The Hypertension Institute brings together the very best state-of-the-art traditional western medicine with natural medicine, functional medicine and metabolic medicine. Here we integrate the whole person…. mind, body and spirit towards healing and wellness. We educate our patients to be partners in their health care. Your health will be defined as more than the absence of disease, but as truth health and vitality where prevention is the best intervention. “A wise healer uses that which works.”

The Hypertension Institute was founded in 1995 by Dr. Mark Houston, internist and hypertension and cardiovascular specialist, and Dr. Allen Naftilin, cardiologist and hypertension specialist, at St. Thomas West Hospital and St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN. The Hypertension Institute immediately received national acclaim as one of the leading Institutes in the US for the treatment of hypertension and related cardiovascular disorders.

Meet Our

Primary Care Team

  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Hypertension
    What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Hypertension
  • What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Heart Disease
    What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Heart Disease
  • Nutrition and Integrative Strategies in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Nutritional and Integrative Strategies in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Handbook of Hypertension
    Handbook of Hypertension

The Hypertension Institute has formed a professional alliance with all of its affiliates to promote clinical patient nutritional supplements development and provide cutting edge clinical laboratory testing. These groups represent excellence in healthcare and will help the Hypertension Institute sustain the new medical care of the future. Learn more about our affiliates.

Hypertension Institute of Nashville

Consortium for Southeastern
Hypertension Control

Cardiovascular Center of Excellence™

What Makes Us Different?

Award Winning Care

J. William Hillman Award for Excellence in Teaching: Vanderbilt Medical School

Harold Harper Award: ACAM 2002

Integrative Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching July 2010: IFIM

Total Provider Access

Houston Concierge Medicine member advantage is more personal time for your medical care, advice, consultation, advocacy, emotional support, and  health care needs.


Convenient Location

Located at St. Thomas West Hospital just minutes from downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

USA Today

Most Influential Doctor in both Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia. Dr. Houston named one of America’s Top Physicians in 2008 and 2009.

No Hassle Appointments

Houston Concierge Medicine members receive appointments that will be available same day and will begin on time!


Latest Technology

Our staff is equipped with the most sophisticated diagnostic tools available to offer the best patient care.

The Hypertension Institute is one of a prestigious group of organizations selected by a national committee of experts to be a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence (COSEHC) in the US.

The Houston Concierge Medicine is a member subscription program with limited number of patients and appointments that begin on time!

Houston Concierge Medicine members can scheduled follow-up visits during concierge hours or during traditional hours.

Houston Concierge Medicine members have the advantage of more personal time for medical care, advice, consultation, advocacy, emotional support, all of your health care needs.

News & Articles

See the latest news and announcements on hypertension, cardiovascular health, recipes, books, and supplements from the Hypertension Institute of Nashville.

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