Vascular Interventions Fellowship


FIRST COAST CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE (FCCI), located in Jacksonville, FL, houses one of the most robust Vascular Interventions Fellowship programs in the Southeastern United States. The Vascular Medicine section is especially active in the evaluation and treatment of all forms of arterial and venous disease, as well as, arteriovenous fistulas and wound care. Approximately 2,500 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 50% of his/her time in the catheterization laboratory and 50% on the inpatient consultation service where the fellow assumes primary responsibility for patient care. 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

How to Apply:

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

Shelly Cataleta
PO Box 551308
Jacksonville, FL 32255
M: 904.518.0532


“My endovascular fellowship year this year has been amazing. My passion to learn more about peripheral arterial and venous disease lead me to FCCI to learn from true vascular interventional experts.  I have had the opportunity to work with very talented physicians in the cath lab learning how to treat patients from, claudication to severe limb threatening ischemia, renal, mesenteric, carotid, deep vein  and AAA interventions. After completely indulging myself in such a high volume practice dealing with all aspects of vascular medicine and vascular interventions, I feel very confident that I will be able to provide the highest quality of care to my patients with a very diverse and unique skill set as a interventionist trained amongst limb salvage and vascular medicine experts.” 
-Dr. Imran Farooq

Interventional Vascular Fellow 2022-2023

Dr. Tarek Chami joins First Coast Cardiovascular Institute after completing his endovascular interventional training under Dr. Khatib at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute and interventional cardiology fellowship at Minneapolis Heart Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his medical education at University of Aleppo in Syria and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiovascular fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

Dr. Tarek Chami has been active in pursuing clinical research throughout his career. He has a great appreciation for how up-to-date medical practice impacts patients’ lives and has contributed with numerous publications to research on various cardiology-related topics.

His primary procedural interests are in coronary and peripheral endovascular interventions, with a focus in amputation prevention. He considers it a privilege to help others and strives to treat all patients as if they were a family member.

Interventional Vascular Fellow 2020-2021:

Dr. Khawaja completed medical school at Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He then went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at Providence Hospital in Michigan. His interest for cardiology than lead to preventive cardiology (post doc fellowship) at VA Boston/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. He also earned an MPH in clinical effectiveness from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA at the same time. This was followed by completion of Critical Care fellowship from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He completed his general cardiology fellowship at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio where he was the chief fellow in his final year. Dr. Khawaja then pursued his passion for interventional cardiology at St. John Hospital in Detroit, MI.  He is also well published in peer reviewed journals.

Read Dr. Khawaja’s full bio here.

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.

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