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February 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 8

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Profiles In Cardiology

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
 
Marie A. Etienne, MPH, RD/LD
 
Marie Etienne, a Registered, Licensed Dietitian joined the Nutrition and Food Services staff, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center six years ago. Her clinical focus has been outpatient nutrition care providing both individual and group nutrition counseling. Her talents have been used to develop the Cardiac Rehabilitation Nutrition Group, Heart Healthy Prevention Nutrition Groups, and MOVE weight management program. As the coordinator for the MOVE program, she has led a dedicated, patient centric multidisciplinary team in providing first class preventive care to our Veterans.
 
Marie holds a Bachelor degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and a Master's degree in Public Health from Florida International University. Her previous work experience includes working in community nutrition, acute care settings, intensive care nutrition support and long term care. Marie’s outside interest include singing in her church choir and participating in charity and community activities.
 
Carol Munn, RN, MSNBC
 
Carol Munn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College, ME. While her nursing career has included a variety of settings, it has always been related to cardiac care. Positions held include work on coronary care units, open heart units, open heart surgery, as well as cardiac research in drug studies and the Framingham Heart Study. However, Carol found her niche in Cardiac Rehabilitation. She's one of the few that holds specialty certification in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Carol has enjoyed working for the Department of Veterans Affairs for nearly 18 years and developed and manages the Cardiac Rehab specialty program at West Palm Beach. She continues to serve veterans of all ages helping with their recovery needs. Through her education and counseling efforts, Carol has made an impact promoting healthy lifestyle changes in her veterans.
 
West Boca Medical Center
 
Carlo Zeidenweber, M.D.
 
Dr. Carlo Zeidenweber, Pediatric Cardiologist at West Boca Medical Center, is board certified from the American Board of Pediatrics and the sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology. West Boca Medical Center provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with congenital or acquired heart disease and a variety of other cardiac conditions. Licensed in the state of Florida since 2001, Dr. Zeidenweber completed his medical education from the Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico. Dr. Zeidenweber completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology from Emory University from Atlanta, Georgia and a fellowship in interventional cardiology from Denver Children’s Hospital, in Denver, Colorado.
 
Prior to joining the medical staff at West Boca Medical Center, Dr. Zeidenweber served as a pediatric cardiologist at Single Source of Pediatric Heart Center in Miami. Dr. Zeidenweber is a member of the American College of Cardiology and American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Zeidenweber was also the founding member of the fellowship society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
 
Donna Rhoden, M.D.
 
Serving the South Florida area since 1996, Pediatric Cardiologist, Dr. Donna Rhoden works alongside the board-certified pediatric specialists and subspecialists on the medical staff at West Boca Medical Center. West Boca Medical Center performs diagnostic services for children with heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, Dr. Rhoden’s areas of interest includes congenital heart disease, fetal cardiology, chest pain, syncope, arrhythmia and hypertension.
 
Since 1993, Dr. Rhoden has been a board certified Diplomate from the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Rhoden received her Doctorate of Medicine and completed her fellowship in pediatric cardiology from the Medical College of Georgia. Licensed in the state of Florida, Dr. Rhoden is also a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
 
Coral Gables Hospital
 
Anays J. Santana-Izquierdo, M.D.
 
With more than 20 years of experience specializing in cardiology in South Florida, Dr. Santana-Izquierdo is a key part of Coral Gables Hospital’s Cardiology Department. Coral Gables Hospital’s cardiac care is fostered by a team of experienced cardiologists, including Dr. Santana-Izquierdo, who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of various heart diseases.
 
Dr. Santana-Izquierdo is a graduate of the Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. She completed both her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center before studying nuclear cardiology at the Institute for Nuclear Medicine Education. She also completed a fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Santana-Izquierdo has participated in several medical presentations at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the National Research Federation Meeting and the ACP Regional Meeting & NASPE Meeting. She is also a current member of the American College of Physicians.
 
Leonardo V. Lopez, M.D.
 
Dr. Lopez has been serving the Miami community for more than 20 years, specializing in cardiovascular medicine. As Assistant Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Department at Coral Gables Hospital, Dr. Lopez oversees the clinical and medical aspects, as well as patient treatment in the Cardiology Department. At Coral Gables Hospital, Dr. Lopez has held several positions of leadership including: Chief of the Department of Medicine, President of the Medical Staff and Chairman on the Hospital Medical Executive Committee. In 2012, Dr. Lopez was recognized as a top-rated doctor by U.S. World News and World Report.
 
He is a member of several professional medical organizations including: the American Heart Association, American Society of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Lopez is a graduate of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. After completing both his internship and residency at the University of Miami’s medical school in internal medicine, he then went on to complete his fellowship in cardiology.
 
Broward Health Medical Center
 
Michael A. Chizner, M.D.
 
Michael A. Chizner, M.D. is a nationally renowned cardiologist and Chief Medical Director of The Heart Center of Excellence at Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Chizner graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and his cardiology fellowship training with legendary cardiologist, W. Proctor Harvey, M.D., at Georgetown University, where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award
 
Among the many awards and accolades he has received, Dr. Chizner has earned the distinction of being named one of America’s Top Doctors by both U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., an honor bestowed upon only 1% of physicians nationwide.
 
Dr. Chizner is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and Barry University.
 
Kenneth Herskowitz, M.D.
 
Kenneth Herskowitz, M.D., is Medical Director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Heart Center of Excellence at Broward Health. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His internship and residency in General Surgery was also at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Herskowitz completed his Fellowship in Surgical Metabolism at the University of Florida and was Resident and Chief Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
 
Dr. Herskowitz has performed more than 6,000 cardiovascular surgical procedures and is a leading expert in the field of minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery, as well as beating heart surgery. He is the principal investigator on numerous research projects and has lectured and published extensively on heart and lung surgery.
 
Dr. Herskowitz was recently honored as the American Heart Association’s 2007 honoree for outstanding
contributions to Cardiac Surgery in South Florida. Most recently he was voted Top Doctor in Gold Coast Magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
 
Broward Health Coral Springs
 
M. Hosny El-Sayed, M.D.
 
Broward Health Coral Springs physician M. Hosny El-Sayed, M.D. is a board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease physician who has a special interest in nuclear cardiology, clinical cardiology and invasive cardiology.
 
Dr. El-Sayed received his medical degree from the Ain Shams University Medical College in Cairo, Egypt. He completed an externship in general surgery, and also an internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Downtown Hospital in New York, New York. Dr. El-Sayed completed further fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
 
Dr. El-Sayed also is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.
 
Broward Health North
 
David Paris, M.D.
 
David Paris, M.D., is a board-certified clinical cardiologist and has been on staff at Broward Health North since November 1997. His office is located in Deerfield Beach. He holds hospital privileges at Broward Health North and Broward Health Imperial Point.
 
Dr. Paris completed his internal medicine residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. He completed a cardiology fellowship at The Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Dr. Paris has been published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine and has served on several committees at Broward Health North.
 
Andre Landau, M.D., FACC
 
Dr. Landau, M.D., FACC, is a board certified cardiologist and has been on staff at Broward Health North since August 2010.
 
He received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his residency at Baragwanath Hospital and at State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Landau then completed his cardiology fellowship and interventional cardiology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.
 
Dr. Landau is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Physicians. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Internal Medicine, Florida Society of Internal Medicine and South African Aerospace Medical Society. 
 
Broward Health Imperial Point
 
Louis J. Cioci, M.D., FACC
 
Louis J. Cioci, M.D., FACC, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Cardiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He graduated with his M.D. in 1986 from the University of Bologna School of Medicine, Bologna, Italy.
 
After completing his Doctor of Medicine, he completed his internal medicine residency and a 4th year as Chief Medical Resident at the Catholic Medical Center of Queens and Brooklyn, NY - an affiliate of the New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. He then went on to complete his cardiology fellowship also at the Catholic Medical Center.
 
Dr. Cioci has worked on a number of successful cardiac clinical trials from 1998-2001. He has a full office practice five days a week, with in-office capability of performing echocardiograms and stress tests. He has been in private practice in Fort Lauderdale since October 2007.
 
Joel Gellman, M.D., FACC
 
Joel Gellman, M.D., FACC, is a cardiologist with board certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. He recently became the first board certified heart failure transplant cardiologist in Broward County. He is the recipient of two prestigious awards from the American College of Cardiology; the Merck Research Award and Centocor Career Development Award.
 
Dr. Gellman received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed Internal Medicine training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, a fellowship in Cardiovascular Research at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and a Clinical Cardiology Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
 
Dr. Gellman is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a member of the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the Broward County Medical Association.
 
Delray Medical Center
 
Eric Lieberman, M.D.
 
With over 25 years of experience, cardiologist Dr. Eric Lieberman is a member of the medical staff at Delray Medical Center. Working along dedicated professionals at Delray Medical Center’s Heart Center, Dr. Lieberman’s areas of interest include preventative cardiology, cardiac consultation, peripheral arterial disease, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, pacemaker evaluation and transesophogeal echocardiography. Dr. Lieberman completed specialized education and is certified as a Testamur of the NASPE exam for special competency in cardiac pacing and defibrillation.
 
Board certified as a Diplomate from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Diseases, Dr. Lieberman is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, member of the American Heart Association and the Florida Chapter, American College of Cardiology, Council Representative. Dr. Lieberman is also a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society at the University of Miami and was honored as a South Florida Super Doctor for 2011 and 2012. Super Doctors is published as a supplement in leading newspapers in city and regional magazines. Dr. Lieberman received his degree from the University of Miami and completed his fellowship in cardiology from the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, in Boston, MA.
 
Robert Carida, M.D.
 
Dr. Robert Carida, interventional cardiologist, serves on the medical staff at Delray Medical Center. The Heart Center at Delray Medical Center offers a wide range of resources to treat routine and complex cardiovascular cases. Board certified in cardiology and interventional cardiology, Dr. Carida’s interests include atrial fibrillation, chest pain, cardiovascular risk reduction, transesophogeal echocardiology, with and without cardioversion, and coronary intervention.
 
Dr. Carida completed his education at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is fellowship trained in interventional cardiology and general cardiology from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Medical Association and American Heart Association.
 
Palm Beach Children’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center
 
Michael Black, M.D., MBA
 
For over 25 years, Dr. Michael Black has been practicing medicine with a specialization in pediatric and adult cardiac surgery. Among his areas of interests, Dr. Black specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, fetal intervention, complex neonatal repairs and adult congenital heart disease. In addition, Dr. Black’s extensive experience in minimally invasive pediatric open heart procedures lead to the development of the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Open Heart Program at St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he has been serving as the Chief and Medical Director since 2011. Dr. Black is credited for performing the first pediatric open heart surgery in Palm Beach County in August of 2011. Prior to joining St. Mary’s, Dr. Black served as the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery for California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. and as Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
 
Dr. Black, board certified as a Diplomate from the American Board of Surgery, completed his medical training at the University of Toronto. He also completed fellowships in pediatric cardiac surgery from the University of California and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Black is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Black also received his MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
 
Suneet Kukreja, M.D.
 
Dr. Suneet Kukreja, a cardiologist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, has been practicing medicine for over 22 years. Dr. Kukreja serves as the Chief of Cardiology at St. Mary’s Medical Center and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee. His areas of interest include hypertension, echocardiography and stroke. Prior to joining the medical staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center in 2008, Dr. Kukreja worked in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Miami.
 
Dr. Kukreja is a board certified Diplomate from the American Board of Cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine. Among his completed fellowships, Dr. Kukreja trained in cardiac rehabilitation and nuclear cardiology at the Spalding Rehab Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Kukreja completed a clinical cardiology fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Kukreja received his medical training from the Government Medical College in Patiala, India and is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association and the Paul Dudley White Society of Harvard Medical School.
 
Palmetto General Hospital
 
Ricardo L. Machado, M.D.
 
 For over 32 years, Dr. Ricardo Machado has specialized in diagnosing and treating patients with cardiovascular diseases. He has been a part of the Palmetto General Hospital cardiac team for over 26 years. During that time, he has served in leadership positions that include Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors, Chief of Medical Staff, Chairman of the Credentials Committee and he is currently the Chief of the Cardiology section. Dr. Machado is an integral part of the Heart Valve Clinic where he evaluates and determines treatment for patients in need of valve repair or replacement alongside other specialists.
 
Dr. Machado is board certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Cardiovascular Diseases; Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Machado was nominated as a Top Doctor by US News and World Report in 2011 and again in 2012.
 
He earned his medical degree from The Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. He trained at St. Agnes Hospital, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, and completed his sub-specialty fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
 
Jose R. Pinero, M.D.
 
Dr. Pinero has been serving the Miami community since the early 1980’s and is well respected within the medical community. He has been a part of the Palmetto General Hospital team for almost 2 decades and was most recently appointed as the Medical Director of Palmetto General Hospital’s Heart Valve Clinic, a part of The Heart Institute at Palmetto General Hospital. 
 
Dr. Pinero oversees all clinical activities and medical procedures in the Valve Clinic, which is dedicated to offering patients some of the latest cardiac treatments by using a multidisciplinary team approach. Dr. Pinero has also served in several hospital leadership positions, including Chief of Staff, Chairman of the ICU-CCU Committee, and he has played an active role as a member of the hospital’s board of directors. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Internal Medicine.
 
Since 1983, Dr. Pinero has been honored as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Pinero completed his education at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Internal Medicine with special training in cardiology, and even served as an assistant professor of medicine in 1984 at the University of Miami.
 
North Shore Medical Center
 
Mohamed Osman, M.D.
 
As Medical Director of the newly opened cardiac catheterization lab at North Shore Medical Center, Dr. Mohamed Osman organizes and coordinates the lab’s physician services, oversees all medical operations, and collaborates with the staff and physicians to ensure the highest quality of patient-centered cardiac care. The cardiac catheterization lab at North Shore Medical Center diagnoses and treats a variety of heart diseases including coronary artery disease.
 
With an interest in cardiovascular disease and peripheral vascular disease, Dr. Osman received his degree from the Cairo University of Medicine in Egypt. Dr. Osman is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and he is board certified in interventional cardiology. Dr. Osman completed his fellowship in cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. He also completed a fellowship at New York Medical College, St. Vincent Hospital in interventional cardiology and critical care, where he was honored as Fellow of the Year in 2002.
 
Chander Shaykher, M.D.
 
Dr. Chander Shaykher specializes in cardiology and internal medicine and is recognized on the Healthgrades Honor Roll, a designation that identifies doctors as leaders who are board certified in the specialty they practice. He is a member of North Shore Medical Center’s cardiac department and has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years in the Miami community. He is a voluntary clinical professor at the University of Miami involved in the teaching of medical students and residents.
 
While at North Shore Medical Center, Dr. Shaykher has held positions of leadership including: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, President and Chief of Medical Staff as well as member of the Executive Committee, and is currently Chief of Cardiology Division.
 
Dr. Shaykher graduated with Honors and Distinction from the Srinagar Medical College, University of Kashmir, India. He completed both his internship and residency at New York University affiliated, Booth Memorial Medical Center before undergoing fellowship training at Washington University in St Louis.
 
Holy Cross Medical Group
 
Aristides Zacharoudis, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P.
 
Dr. Aristides Zacharoudis is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He is a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and serves as a clinical assistant professor in the cardiology division of the internal medicine department at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Zacharoudis completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology and an internal medicine residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Long Island College Hospital, also in Brooklyn. In addition, Dr. Zacharoudis had further cardiology training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He has a medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico and a medical degree from the State University of New York in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Joshua M. Larned, M.D., F.A.C.C.
 
Medical director of Congestive Heart Failure Services at Holy Cross Hospital, Dr. Joshua Larned participates in clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease through the hospital's Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute. Board-certified in advanced heart failure/transplant cardiology, cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine, he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, member of the Heart Failure Society of America, physician preceptor for the Ross University School of Medicine and affiliated assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His numerous published articles include abstracts focused on advanced heart failure for the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Dr. Larned served as chief resident of internal medicine and completed fellowships in congestive heart failure and cardiovascular medicine at Emory University. He received his medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine and his bachelor's degree from Davidson College.
 
Good Samaritan Medical Center
 
Jaimy Bensimon, M.D.
 
For over 30 years, Dr. Jaimy Bensimon, a cardiologist at Good Samaritan Medical Center, has devoted his time caring for patients and teaching future medical professionals in South Florida. Serving on the medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Bensimon’s areas of interests include cardiology, geriatrics and internal medicine.
 
Dr. Bensimon completed his medical training from the University of Montreal, Canada and his fellowship from the Montreal Heart Institute. Dr. Bensimon is a board certified Diplomate from the American Board of Internal Medicine and the America Board of Cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is currently a clinical instructor at Nova Southeastern Medical School in Ft. Lauderdale. Serving on the North America Society of Phlebology, Dr. Bensimon is also a member of the Palm Beach County Medical Association. Throughout his years of experience, Dr. Bensimon has given various presentations and lectures in cardiology, internal medicine and geriatrics to medical students, physician assistants and staff members. In addition, Dr. Bensimon is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
 
Keith Meyer, M.D.
 
Practicing medicine since 1986, Dr. Keith Meyer brings over 25 years of experience to the dedicated and diverse medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center. The Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan Medical Center prides itself on providing comprehensive cardiac care to Palm Beach County community. Dr. Meyer works alongside a dedicated team of healthcare professionals to deliver the highest quality care possible to Palm Beach County.
 
Graduating Magna cum Laude from the Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster Pennsylvania, Dr. Meyer completed his medical education from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine, in New York. After completing his fellowship in cardiology at the New York VA Medical Center from 1983 to 1985, he served as a teaching assistant in medicine at the New York University of Medicine. Dr. Meyer is certified from the American Board of Internal Medicine for Cardiovascular Disease.
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
 
Jorge Castriz, M.D.
 
Cardiologist Dr. Jorge Castriz is dedicated to providing advanced cardiac care to the patients at the Heart Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. For approximately 20 years, Dr. Castriz has been practicing medicine with an interest in clinical cardiology, invasive/interventional cardiology, echocardiology, transesophageal echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and peripheral vascular disease.
 
He is a member of the American College of Physicians along with the American Society of Angiology.
Dr. Castriz received his medical training from the University Central del Este in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic and completed his fellowship in cardiology from the University of Oklahoma Health, Science Center. Board certified, Dr. Castriz is a Diplomate from the American Board of Internal Medicine for cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
 
Augusto Villa, M.D.
 
With an extensive background in Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine, research, and teaching, Dr. Augusto Villa has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. He serves as the Director of the Valve Clinic at the Heart Institute of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Dr. Villa previously served as the Chief of Interventional Cardiology, Chief of Cardiology and as the Chairman of the cardiovascular IP committee at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
 
Dr. Villa is a board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional cardiology and Internal Medicine He is also Board certified by the American Board of Vascular Medicine in Endovascular Medicine. Dr. Villa received his medical training from the Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru and from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He obtained his fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Valvuloplasty from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Cardiology Fellowship from the University of Miami. In addition, Dr. Villa has published extensively on different topics in Cardiovascular Medicine in several prestigious scientific medical journals and book chapters.
 
Cleveland Clinic Florida
 
Darryl Miller, M.D., FACC
 
Darryl Miller, M.D., FACC, is a staff physician in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and practices at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s West Palm Beach location. He was initially appointed in 2007 to the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, located on the main campus in Cleveland, Ohio, before transferring to Cleveland Clinic Florida.
 
Dr. Miller specializes in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, aortic disease, and valvular heart disease. He is a board-certified Diplomate in Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.
 
Dr. Miller earned his medical degree at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Medicine in South Africa. He completed advanced training at Case Western Reserve University – University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he served as Chief Resident during his internal medicine residency. He also served as Chief Fellow during his cardiovascular disease fellowship.
 
Andrew J. Boyle, M.D.
 
Andrew J. Boyle, M.D., is chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He specializes in the medical management of heart transplant patients, mechanical circulatory support, heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Dr. Boyle is a member of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s new transplant team and he will oversee the heart transplant program.
 
Dr. Boyle is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both cardiovascular disease and heart failure and transplant cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is also a member of the Heart Failure Society of America and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant.
 
After earning his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, Dr. Boyle completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and heart failure transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.
 
Hialeah Hospital
 
Victor Pazos, M.D.
 
Dr. Victor Pazos is a member of Hialeah Hospital’s Cardiology Department and specializes in clinical and interventional cardiology. Dr. Pazos has performed cardiac catheterizations, percutaneous interventions, transesophageal echocardiograms as well as nuclear cardiology imaging and echocardiographic interpretation.
 
Dr. Pazos is a graduate of the Universidad de la Habana with highest honors. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, before completing fellowship training in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida. Dr. Pazos has also completed fellowship training in critical care medicine at Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital in Havana, Cuba. He is currently a member of the following professional medical associations: American College of Cardiology, American Society of Angiography and Intervention, American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine and the American Medical Association.
 
Francisco Dieguez, M.D.
 
Dr. Francisco Dieguez specializes in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology and is part of the cardiology team at Hialeah Hospital. In addition to medicine, Dr. Dieguez also has a background in cardiac research, education and preventive cardiology.
 
Dr. Dieguez is a graduate of Universidad Central Del Este in the Dominican, Republic. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at San Juan City Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico before completing two fellowship trainings in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and internal medicine.
 
North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus
 
Lance A. Simkins, M.D.
 
Since 1985, Dr. Lance Simkins has been practicing medicine with a focus in cardiology. Dr. Simkins serves as an interventional cardiologist at North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus where he specializes in percutaneous coronary intervention, nuclear and preventative cardiology with the dedicated staff at the Heart Institute of Florida at FMC Campus.
 
Dr. Simkins is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Simkins has several professional affiliations including membership in the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology. Dr. Simkins completed two fellowships at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in general cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology and completed his medical training at the University Of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida.
 
Alan Schwartz, M.D.
 
As an interventional cardiologist with North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus, Dr. Alan Schwartz specializes in interventional and invasive cardiology, echocardiography, arrhythmia, clinical cardiology and intensive care medicine. He also works with the team and is a part of the new heart valve clinic at the Heart Institute of Florida at FMC Campus. Dr. Schwartz has held leadership positions at FMC Campus including serving as the Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Vice Chief of Staff.
 
Dr. Schwartz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Schwartz is also a consultant for veterinary medicine on primates at Zoo Miami and is an assistant professor at the University of Miami Medical School as well as an assistant professor of Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University. He has been honored by the American Medical Association with the Physicians Recognition Award and the Martin Stein Award for superior performance as a cardiology fellow. Dr. Schwartz is a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and completed his fellowship at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital.
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