Testimonials – TEST


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

“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

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