Endovascular & Structural Heart Fellowship

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2017 Interventional Vascular Medicine 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 Dr. Yazan Khatib. We are strong participants in the structural heart programs of area hospitals including performing TAVR, MitraClip, Watchman, and ASD Occluder procedures.

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
Email: tpirtle@firstcoastcardio.com

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.

Interventional Vascular Fellow 2016-2017:


Shahnaz Punjani, MD

Dr. Shahnaz Punjani graduated from medical school at Dow Medical College in Pakistan. She went on to complete her internal medicine residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, New York where she received the “Best Resident” award during her 2nd year of residency training.  She worked as an Internist before pursuing her cardiology training. During which time her compassionate care is admired by many of her patients in their testimonials.

Read Dr. Punjani’s full bio here.

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