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Thoughtful Tuesday

March 21, 2017

TMP_5324-Edit“Don’t have such a narrow idea of how your life script is supposed to unfold that you miss out on all the unexpected and exciting plot twists along the way.”
-Ruben Chavez

Dr. Daniel Thielemann never imagined himself in the rapidly growing field of sleep disorders. However, as he moved through his residency in neurology, Dr. Thielemann grew his passion for the field and decided to turn it into his lifelong career. Now he helps thousands of patients every year get a better night’s sleep, significantly increasing their quality of life.

Thoughtful Tuesday

October 25, 2016

sssl0025“Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.”

-Tony Robbins

Having had the privilege of serving the First Coast for the past 15 years, we’ve found that change is inevitable. The landscape of healthcare is constantly evolving and it is our job to stay at the forefront of these changes so we can consistently provide the best care to patients. That’s why we’ve redefined our mission statement over the years as a symbol of our progress. Our mission is to, “To enhance quality of life by providing cutting-edge care with a team of compassionate experts and advance medicine through research, education and patient empowerment.”

Thoughtful Tuesday

October 18, 2016

img_2549“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”  

-William James

Our Westside team knows that caring for a patient is a team effort. Every member of the office know what they do makes a difference in giving each patient the best experience possible from the minute they walk in the door, from the front desk staff to the physician.  

Thoughtful Tuesday

October 4, 2016

sssl0333“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”


At Jacksonville Clinic & First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, teamwork trumps all. Our physicians support one another and create a collaborative environment to bring out the best in each other. Surrounded by company that uplifts them, our doctors are able to provide the highest quality patient care.

New Fully-Accredited Sleep Laboratory Opens in Fleming Island! 

June 9, 2016

a1e55501-4a5e-4ad1-a6a7-311b5c5220cbWe are excited to announce we have opened a brand-new sleep laboratory in Fleming Island! Our sleep lab is fully-accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, ensuring we’ve met the highest standard in the healthcare field. Dr. Daniel Thielemann, Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist, will be seeing patients.  Continue reading “New Fully-Accredited Sleep Laboratory Opens in Fleming Island! ” »

What We Do Wednesday | Meet Dr. Thielemann

March 23, 2016

12032622_744591025673335_3899006479893185477_oIntroducing “What We Do” Wednesdays on the Heart Blog! At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, our patients are family. That’s why we want you to get to know the team caring for you. Every Wednesday, we’ll spotlight a different provider, service or initiative to share with you. This week, get to know our Sleep Medicine Specialist, Dr. Daniel Thielemann.  Continue reading “What We Do Wednesday | Meet Dr. Thielemann” »

Collaborative Cardiovascular Care is The Key to Success at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute®

December 12, 2013


Your cardiovascular health is no longer a one-man show; these days it takes a village of subspecialties to keep your ticker ticking!

It used to be that the general practitioner took care of all our medical needs. That was more than 50 years ago. Since then, the revolution in cardiovascular medicine and technology has made it impossible for one cardiologist to handle all patients’ needs. Increasingly, doctors have had to further subspecialize in cardiovascular medicine.

Although cardiology is a relatively narrow field, advancements have swiftly progressed, furthering subspecialties in order for physicians to keep pace with medical innovation. Dr. Ali, Vice President at FCCI, summarizes the secrets for a successful practice in “the rule of 3 T’s”: Talent, Tenacity, and Tools. “We seek doctors with talent and tenacity to fight for the patients, and provide them with the best in cutting edge tools. This has worked extremely well for us and our patients for the past 10 years; It defines who we are.”

First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI) recognized early on the importance of this continuous transition and progress, in fact, the senior partners, Drs. Yazan Khatib, Vaqar Ali, Sumant Lamba and Youssef Al-Saghir, introduced many of those subspecialties to the larger tri-county area, Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Baker counties, even before they were acknowledged as additional subspecialties. “We were the first to introduce high-end endovascular medicine to the area, indeed we dedicated a division for it and I was assigned by the group the task of spearheading it,” says Dr. Khatib, the Institute’s President. Five years later, vascular medicine and endovascular medicine became recognized as separate branches of medicine, for which a specialty board examination was introduced. “I am proud that our doctors were among the first to credential for that prestigious board certification,” says Juzar Lokhandwala, M.D., Director of FCCI Operations in St. Johns County.

FCCI has added many board certified subspecialties to its practice creating an all-encompassing Institute for cardiovascular patients. These include: vascular and endovascular medicine, repairing vessels from head-to-toe through minimally invasive techniques without surgical wounds; electrophysiology, focusing on irregular heart beats, pacemakers and defibrillators; interventional cardiology, specializing in halting heart attacks using lifesaving stents; nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and vascular ultrasound, making up the basic tools with which doctors test patient’s heart and vessels; sleep medicine, analyzing the relationship between sleep and cardiovascular health; neurology, furthering the prevention and treatment of strokes; and research department, allowing patients access to tomorrow’s treatments today.

“We see the integration of 15 diverse board certifications and accredited services in one cohesive group as a proud milestone. We are also constantly collaborating with colleagues in other specialties for the betterment of overall healthcare in our beloved First Coast,” says Dr. Youssef Al-Saghir Director of Clay county FCCI operations.

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