Endovascular Fellowship


FIRST COAST CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE (FCCI), located in Jacksonville, FL, is one of the most active Vascular Medicine programs in the Southeastern United States. The Vascular Medicine section is particularly active in the evaluation and treatment of all forms of arterial and venous disease, as well as, arteriovenous fistulas and wound care. Approximately 2500 cardiovascular interventional procedures are performed at its state-of-the-art outpatient facility and affiliated hospitals under the leadership of Drs. Yazan Khatib and Vaqar Ali.

FCCI is seeking candidates for a one-year, Interventional Vascular Medicine fellowship program. During the fellowship the successful candidate will spend 60% of his/her time in the catheterization laboratory, 30% on the inpatient consultation service where the fellow assumes primary responsibility for patient care, and 10% in the Clinical Research Department/Venous Laboratory. At the completion of the fellowship the successful candidate will be qualified to sit for the American Board of Vascular Medicine(ABVM) certification examination as well as the Physician Vascular Interpretation (PVI) exam or the Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) examination. FCCI offers competitive compensation and standard benefits to qualified candidates.

First Coast Cardiovascular Institute – Highlights

  • The first in Northeast Florida to establish an independent outpatient cardiovascular catheterization laboratory.
  • A pioneer in carotid artery stenting research in the Southeastern United States.
  • The first institution in Florida to be approved for peripheral drug eluting stents.
  • The first institution in Northeast Florida to receive approval for the CardioMEMS Heart Failure Monitoring System.

Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  • Completed an accredited general cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship
  • Medical licensure in Florida

How to Apply:

For further questions or to apply, please email your cover letter and curriculum vitae to our Practice Administrator:

Tracy Pirtle
PO Box 551308
Jacksonville, FL 32255
T: 904.493.3333 | F: 904.493.2222

Interventional Vascular Fellow 2019-2020:

Imran Farooq, MD, MSHA, FACC, RPVI

Dr. Farooq attended medical school at the prestigious Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar’s six year accelerated program. He graduated with honors and then went on to complete his internship and residency at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He then pursued a chief residency year followed by a Master’s in Healthcare Administration at VCU as well. He is a gifted educator and was awarded numerous teaching and medical education awards including being inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha as well as being awarded the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Farooq subsequently went on to complete his general cardiology fellowship at VCU and was Chief Fellow in his final year. He finished his fellowship with the awards for Outstanding Graduating Cardiology fellow and Exemplary Leadership.

Read Dr. Farooq’s full bio here.

Interventional Vascular Fellow 2018-2019:

Tomas Rivera-Bonilla, MD

Dr. Tomas Rivera-Bonilla, MD graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, and then went on to obtain a post-baccalaureate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. After completing medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, he moved to Arizona and performed his Internship and Residency at the University of Arizona, Phoenix Campus. He also served as a Chief Medical Resident, in addition to completing further subspecialty training in both General and Interventional cardiology fellowships. Dr. Rivera-Bonilla holds board certifications in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). In addition, he is also certified in Adult Echocardiography by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), Nuclear Cardiology by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and also in Vascular Interpretation by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). He is well published in various scientific journals and participates in scientific abstracts at various cardiology societies including the American College of Cardiology.

Read Dr. Rivera-Bonilla’s full bio here.


Interventional Vascular Fellow 2017-2018:

Ayhan Zia, MD

Dr Ayhan Zia, MD graduated from medical school in Pakistan and subsequently completed his Internal Medicine Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL in 2002. He engaged in basic research at the University of Arizona 2004 -2006, while also working as an internist in Tucson. Dr. Zia then went on to join a Cardiovascular Fellowship at the University of Tennessee. Afterwards, he returned to the University of Arizona to complete an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, followed by five years of hospital-based general and interventional cardiology practice at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Arkansas. His desire to excel in non-coronary vascular interventions brings him to a one year fellowship at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute.

Read Dr. Zia’s full bio here.

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