Dr. Bustamante brings his experience to HCA Florida University Hospital and Westside Regional Medical Center, expanding both facilities’ cardio-vascular care

 February 22, 2022 – HCA Florida Healthcare’s Broward County facilities today announce the addition of Dr. Rafael Bustamante, MD as a vascular surgery specialist. In this role, Dr. Bustamante will lead vascular surgery at HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie, Fla., and Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, Fla.

 Building upon both facilities’ strong cardio-vascular programs, Dr. Bustamante will provide specialty care in treating conditions and diseases of the blood vessels through both traditional and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

“Dr. Bustamante brings a wealth of experience in treating some of the most difficult vascular ailments, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to our network,” said Barbara J. Simmons, RN, CEO of Westside Regional Medical Center. “Blood vessel conditions such as aortic aneurysms and blood clots can be life-threatening if not treated timely, so having this specialty of care will help us continue to build upon our successful track-record of providing exceptional comprehensive care to our community.”

Dr. Bustamante holds his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. After completing his internships and residency at some of the nation’s most respected programs, Dr. Bustamante went on to complete his fellowship in vascular surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Prior to joining HCA Florida Healthcare, Dr. Bustamante was a vascular surgeon with Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

To learn more, please visit universityhospitaldavie.com and westsideregional.com.


About HCA Florida University Hospital

HCA Florida University Hospital is a state-of-the-art, multi-specialty hospital that will partner with top clinical leaders and use enhanced technology to deliver exceptional patient experiences. The comprehensive medical facility will provide a full range of healthcare services to Davie, FL, and its surrounding communities, including 24/7 emergency care with board-certified emergency physicians, maternity, orthopedics, oncology, neurosciences, diagnostic services, imaging, and a full range of robotic and minimally invasive surgical services. HCA Florida University Hospital will feature all-private patient rooms. It is located adjacent to the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Broward County. For more information on HCA Florida University Hospital, please visit universityhospitaldavie.com.


About Westside Regional Medical Center

Westside Regional Medical Center, an award-winning 250-bed hospital, is recognized for providing a wide array of services to the residents of Broward County, South Florida and visitors from around the world. We offer 24-hour comprehensive medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including oncology, cardiology and emergency care. Westside Regional also offers the community with the latest in minimally invasive spine and colorectal surgery and is one of only nine Joint Commission certified centers in the United States for minimally invasive colorectal surgery. Not only is Westside Regional certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA), but it also received its Thrombectomy Capable Center certification from the Joint Commission. Westside Regional Medical Center is also a teaching and research facility, offering Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs in podiatry, surgery and internal medicine. For over 45 years, Westside Regional Medical Center has been committed to expanding and improving every facet of the organization, devoting significant time and resources to enhancing the facility, staff and medical care. Westside Regional Medical Center has an outstanding staff, which includes physicians, specialists and employees, all of whom place importance in making their patients feel welcome and comfortable.


HCA Florida University Hospital and Westside Regional Medical Center are a part of HCA Florida Healthcare, the leading provider of healthcare in the state of Florida. With an employee base of 77,000, HCA Florida Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 49 hospital campuses and more than 400 other care sites.