What Our Patients Are Saying

At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute patient care is at the forefront of everything we do. We thrive on hearing how our doctors are helping patients live their happiest and healthiest lives. Keep reading to hear what our patients have to say about our amazing doctors.


Carla Urff also shared her amazing success story on Everyday Health

read it here.


“FCCI has helped me get my heart health on track. Thorough diagnostic testing coupled with the time Dr. Sasseen, Dr. Khatib, and all of the staff has taken to educate me on my condition and how best to manage it, it lets me know I’m in good hands.”

-Jeri Burtchell

“For fourteen years, my heart health has been entrusted to Dr. Khatib and the entire staff at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute. Thank you so much.”

-John Denton

“Dr. Hamdani has a wonderful and engaging bedside manner. She is very intelligent and is a pleasure. She identified the fluid around my lungs and contacted a surgeon to get the surgery performed. I had open heart surgery initially and after having the surgery, there was lots of recovery time. Dr. Hamdani was instrumental in helping me recover. She is a very good communicator and I really enjoyed the care that I received from her. She would tell me in advance what was going to be done and I very much appreciated the way in which we interacted.”

-James Swenson

“I learned that I had 2 heart problems. Dr. Al-Saghir did a marvelous job of taking care of them. I went home the next day, and my energy came back up. I could walk upstairs, go for a walk, I could do a lot of things that I couldn’t do before. If anybody has trouble breathing or walking, go see Dr. Al-Saghir and get tested, because he is fantastic, has great manners, and is brilliant. He is my hero and he saved my life.”

– Hartzel Jennings, patient of Dr. Al-Saghir

“If I were a rich person, I would take out a full page ad in the newspaper and tell the world how great you are. If I were a rich person, I would hire a plane to write across the sky how great you are. If I were a rich person, I would rent a billboard that would tell the world how great you are. Alas, I am not a rich person but I can write a letter that tells how great you are.

This year my husband [Ed] and I will enjoy celebrating our 50th anniversary. It is my firm belief that without the care afforded to him, we would not be so lucky. Thank you for taking Ed as a patient. You have been there in the middle of the night with Ed in the cath lab. I guess what I am trying to say is thank you for the anniversary. I intend on sending this letter to everyone I can think of. You are a credit to the medical profession as well as mankind. My world has been made better for knowing you.”

-Patient of Dr. Lamba

“I have a family history of atherosclerosis. I lost my right left above the knee five years ago. The pain in my left leg was no longer manageable so I was on my way to the amputation table. My podiatrist said, “Wait a minute, before you do that, are you willing to look at something different?” I said, “I’ll look at anything to save a leg.” She left the room and came back with a post-it note that had Dr. Khatib’s name and office address on it. She said, “Go there now, they are waiting on you.” As soon as I arrived, I had a sonogram. I went in later for the surgery and Dr. Khatib saved my leg. It doesn’t get any better than that. The FCCI team was magnificent. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.”

-William Cassels

“My first initial appointment with Dr. Khatib and the staff was so very honest and relatable. He talked to me like I was a person, not like someone revolving out of his door. The procedures I went through had been attempted five prior times by another reputable cardiovascular organization and they didn’t have any success. I’ve been diabetic for the past 35 years, so I knew that it was a probable chance that if I couldn’t get my arteries working, I would be a double amputee. Dr. Khatib and the staff were wonderful and made me feel comfortable and confident in what they could do to help me. Dr. Khatib performed three procedures. I felt blood going through the lower extremities of my legs that I hadn’t felt in over a year. I could not believe that my legs automatically started feeling again and I could just walk to the second level of my home. I had these procedures with no complications. I can’t wait to start jogging and hopefully do a marathon again.”

-Teresa Boyd

“I’ve never had any major medical issues in my entire life. I began to have problems with my leg and couldn’t walk very long distances without pain. My primary care physician recommended I go to Dr. Khatib. He checked it out and found that I had clogged arteries in my left and right leg. I had stents put in my left leg and an angioplasty in my right leg. Since that time, I’ve been walking fine. My progress is doing great. The staff is very good. They always try to work around my schedule. He’s a very caring physician. At the time I was smoking. We had some conversations about that. He wasn’t judgmental. He explained to me it was in my best interest to stop smoking and I’ve been without cigarettes for a year now thanks to Dr. Khatib.”

-Michael Starks

“Two doctors said I was going to lose my leg. I didn’t have blood going into either leg and I couldn’t walk. My foot was black and purple and my toes were split open. It was so painful. I was in California at the time and I had been going to this doctor for three years. He finally told me, “No more.” He said he was going to cut off my leg next time. My sister told me to come down from California to Florida to see a foot doctor. The foot doctor told me I was going to lose my leg, and the only person he knew that could save it was Dr. Khatib.
After several procedures, Dr. Khatib saved both of my legs. He really stuck with me until he got my legs up and working again. His staff and employees are so wonderful and they treated me like a loved one.
I still cry when I think about how awful my legs and feet were until Dr. Khatib fixed them. Now I feel great. Dr. Khatib and his staff have kept on top of everything and have made my whole life wonderful. This is the longest I have been without a procedure and my legs are fine. I have no problem walking around; it is like a whole new world. When I look at my legs I thank god for Dr. Khatib and his staff, because of them I can walk again.”

-Doreen Untinen

“I had been short of breath. I saw Dr. Alnabki and we discussed getting an angiogram. Dr. Alnabki did the angiogram and it turned out to be an angioplasty because he found one artery that was 80% blocked. He did a stent. The problem came afterward. I was in recovery with my daughter. I said, ‘Something is wrong, I am getting dizzy.’ My heart stopped. The nurse immediately called the code. Dr. Alnabki was by my side.

Dr. Alnabki was there all of the time. He was not only there to see me but he came early in the morning. He called the nurses’ station at night to find out how I was doing. I wouldn’t be here if it was not for him.

The receptionist seems to always be joyful and always understands patient frustration. She is very courteous and friendly. The office is excellent. I hardly had any wait time at all. I would recommend Dr. Alnabki to anyone, my family particularly. He is exceptional, professional, knowledgeable. I wouldn’t be here without him.”

-David Seibert, Patient of Dr. Alnabki

“I have never experienced something like this. FCCI is well-designed and they are there to help you. Everybody was very professional and very nice. I didn’t feel rushed, I didn’t feel like I was taking up their time. They were there to do their job, and you don’t find that all the time.”

– Barbara Brunelle

“Before walking into our appointment with our FCCI physician, me and my wife were very upset and devastated, because everybody we have gone to wanted to amputate my leg and wouldn’t consider any other way. I never lose hope and knew there should be something that we can do to save my leg. Every time I was told amputation was my only choice, my heart would immediately sink. All of these changed when I first walked into FCCI. I was taken care of immediately and patiently. The staff was amazing and understanding of my condition and didn’t rush me through the process. During our first appointment, our doctor was very kind and amazing at explaining all the procedures and test results. He told us right away that he will save my buddy (my leg). I am very thankful for the FCCI team; they fought for my leg like it was theirs.”

-Robert Rio


“Prior to my meeting Dr. Lamba, I was enduring decreasing health. I found I was unable to play outside with my grandkids and became very tired. I would like to tell you what First Coast Cardiovascular Institute and Dr. Lamba did for me.  I learned more from him than I had in 16 years that I had been going to a cardiologist for the past years and nothing was done to help me. Dr. Lamba saved my life. Dr. Lamba is a wonderful, caring doctor. He really cares for his patients and I heard that from other people in the waiting room. I tell everyone about First Coast Cardiovascular Institute and Dr. Lamba.  The staff is amazing and everyone wants you to feel better.”

– Bonnie Ciluffo

I was referred to First Coast Cardiovascular and I was blessed with Dr. Al-Saghir. He is very personal, his heart is always in the right place and will always do his best for every patient.

I had a loud heart murmur. It got worst over the years. We decided I needed to go ahead and have the TAVR. I had a very successful TAVR procedure and replaced my aortic valve. I did not have any complications. Now I’m walking twice a day, 30 minutes. I’ve got a lot more energy than I had. I knew I was in good hands. I think the world of Dr. Al-Saghir.

-Douglas Mitchell, patient of Dr. Al-Saghir

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