Joe L. Hargrove, MD, FACC

Cardiologist | Class of 2022

Joe L. Hargrove, a native of Grady, Arkansas, is the first African American Cardiologist to practice in Arkansas and is in private practice in Little Rock with CHI St. Vincent Heart Clinic Cardiology and Medicine Clinic; he specializes in cardiovascular diseases. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Hargrove served as an Assistant Professor and Director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he is the first African American trained in cardiovascular diseases.

Hargrove received his undergraduate degree from AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff-UAPB); a graduate degree from Tuskegee Institute; and did graduate studies at Harvard University, Cornell University, and the University of Akron. He served on the Science Department faculty at AM&N College from 1967-1971. Hargrove received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and graduated with honors. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Metropolitan General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and at UAMS. He completed fellowship training in cardiology at UAMS.

He is a member of several national and local professional societies including: American Medical Association, National Medical Association, American Heart Association, Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association (AMDPA); and he is past Chairman of the Board of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC).

Additionally, Hargrove has extensive civic involvement and has served on many boards and in civic organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, the Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Reform, a member of the founding Board of Directors for the Chenal Country Club, and the Arkansas Heart Hospital Foundation Board, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and is a life member of both the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He is chairman of The Senior Leadership Council (members of the ABC) to recruit minority physicians and medical professionals to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Hargrove has received multiple honors and awards, including having been inducted into the UAPB/AM&N Hall of Fame, a recipient of the NAACP Black Corporate Executive Award, and the National Medical Fellowship (NMF) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hargrove has served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at UAMS; and he serves as a mentor to high school, college, and post-graduate students. He has established numerous scholarship awards and a fellowship. He lectures locally and on the national level in the fields of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and lipid disorders, and is involved in clinical research.

Dr. Hargrove is married to Frances R. Harris, M.D., and is the father of six children.

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