Roger A. Winkle
Born in Cincinnati, Roger obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell in 1967, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati Medical School with his MD in 1971. After internship and residency at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, he came to Stanford for his fellowship in Cardiology. Upon finishing his fellowship, he joined the Stanford faculty and obtained tenure before deciding to found Silicon Valley Cardiology in 1984. He has published over 200 scientific articles, most related to diagnosing and treating cardiac arrhythmias, and was instrumental in the development of the modern ICD, now the standard for preventing sudden cardiac death.
Roger continued his research and development work within Silicon Valley Cardiology, and has been a pioneer in the field of radiofrequency ablation, having performed over 2000 ablation procedures. He helped develop some of the most widely used ablation catheters. He has served on the medical advisory boards of numerous companies including a founding role with Ventritex, now part of St. Jude Medical. The Winkles raised their son and daughter in Palo Alto, where they currently reside. They enjoy golf and their second home on Flathead Lake in Montana.