Heart Health and Preventive Care

About Us

UF Health cardiologists focus on the prevention of heart attack and medical management of heart conditions that lead to and result from heart attack. Patients benefit from UF Health’s advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, and the multidisciplinary collaboration between UF Health’s nationally known heart and vascular experts.

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Why Choose UF Health?

The UF Health cardiology team is made up of nationally recognized, board-certified experts who provide comprehensive prevention and treatment for all common and complex heart conditions. Our experts take a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to develop customized treatment plans for each patient, and use the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies to ensure the best possible outcomes. Additionally, UF Health is proud to be accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology.

When heart attack happens, every second counts. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you’re with seems to be having a heart attack.

Heart attack, also called myocardial infarction, is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and is primarily caused by coronary artery disease. Known as the “silent killer” because people often are not aware they are at risk, coronary artery disease is a condition where fatty plaque builds up in the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle, leading to blockages of blood flow.

Any interruption of blood supply to the heart muscle results in cellular death of muscle tissue. Even when a person survives heart attack, the heart muscle will be damaged – placing the patient at risk of developing heart failure or rhythm disorders that significantly impact quality of life and can lead to death. Ongoing medical management and cardiac rehab are essential to achieving quality outcomes for heart attack survivors.

Knowing your risk factors for heart attack and making changes can help you prevent one from ever happening. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion estimates that nearly half of all Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease that can lead to heart attack – high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Family history and other life-style factors also increase risk for heart attack. Our cardiology experts can help you manage your risk factors with medical intervention and lifestyle changes that prevent heart attack and protect and improve your heart health.

Conditions & Treatments

UF Health cardiologists are experts in the prevention and care of heart diseases, including the following conditions:

  • Adult congenital heart
  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders
  • Blood clots
  • Cardiac imaging/diagnostics
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Dizziness
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart abnormalities
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Hyperlipidemia/high cholesterol
  • Hypertension/high blood pressure
  • Myocarditis
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Renal artery disease
  • Subclavian artery disease
  • Stroke prevention

Meet the Team

General Cardiology

Natalie J Bracewell

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Natalie J Bracewell MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Thomas J Lewandowski

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Thomas J Lewandowski MD, FAC, FASE

Clinical Associate Professor

Ralph Matar

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Ralph Matar MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Diego Moguillansky

Department:

MD-COGNITAL HRT CTR EXCELLENCE

Diego Moguillansky MD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor, Congenital Heart Center And Cardiovascular Medicine; Medical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program At UF

Dhaval K Naik

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Dhaval K Naik DO

Clinical Assistant Professor

John W Petersen

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

John W Petersen MD

Professor Of Medicine

Mohammed Ruzieh

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Mohammed Ruzieh MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Carsten M Schmalfuss

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Carsten M Schmalfuss MD

Associate Clinical Professor

Shawn C Simek

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Shawn C Simek M.D.

CLIN AST PROF

David E Winchester

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

David E Winchester MD, MS, FACP, F

Professor Of Medicine And VA Faculty

Anita Wokhlu

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Anita Wokhlu MD, FASE, FSCCT, FSCMR

VA Faculty

Interventional Cardiology

R. David Anderson

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

R. David Anderson MD, MS, FACC, FSCAI

Clinical Professor

Phone:

(352) 265-0820

Calvin Y Choi

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Calvin Y Choi MD, MS, FACC, FSCAI

Associate Professor Of Medicine

Phone:

(352) 265-0820

Ellen Keeley

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Ellen Keeley MD, MS

PROF

Phone:

(352) 273-9065

Richard A Kerensky

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Richard A Kerensky

PROFESSOR

Phone:

(352) 265-0820

Michael R Massoomi

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Michael R Massoomi MD

CLIN AST PROF

Phone:

(352) 265-0820

Ki Park

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Ki Park M.D.

Associate Professor

Khanjan B Shah

Department:

MD-CARDIOLOGY

Khanjan B Shah MD, MPH

CLIN AST PROF

Phone:

(352) 273-7832

Locations

UF Health Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Gym

1242 SW 13th St., Suite E
Gainesville, FL 32606

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UF Health Cardiology – Heart & Vascular Hospital

1505 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608

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UF Health Cardiology – Springhill

4037 NW 86th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32606

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