Contact us

For more information, please contact our program coordinator.

Demetria Rao

(727) 992-8203

How to apply

  • ERAS: 1411114294
  • NRMP: 2137141F0
  • ACGME: 1411114294

How to Apply

Welcome from our Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our Cardiovascular Disease program!

Program overview

The Cardiology Fellowship Program at HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a comprehensive, three-year program.

Upon completion, the fellow will meet the training requirements to take the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Exam in Cardiology.

During training, fellows will work alongside board-certified general cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists to gain extensive exposure to a wide variety of cardiovascular pathologies as well as providing diagnostic and interventional treatment strategies for a number of cardiovascular diseases.

Curriculum and rotation schedule

Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident and fellow physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.

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Our Program Director and staff

Our team is comprised of skilled experts with deep experience and knowledge from which residents and fellows can benefit.

Rami Akel, MD

Program Director

Our core faculty

  • Luis Annoni-Suau, MD
  • Gopel Chalavarya, MD
  • Ali Dahhan, MD
  • John Forcella, DO
  • Raul Jimenez, MD
  • Darshan Patel, MD
  • Christos Pitarys, MD
  • Keshav Ramireddy, MD
  • Viond Raxwal, MD
  • Peter Rossi, MD

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Program details

Procedure observation and participation

The fellows will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional procedures, includin

  • Advanced electrophysiology procedures and ablations
  • AngioVac use for infective endocarditis and thrombus removal
  • Atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale closure
  • Carotid angiography and stenting
  • Coronary computerized tomography angiography (CCTA) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Implantable loop recorder insertion
  • Inferior vena cava filter placement
  • Mechanical circulatory support, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Impella, Impella RP, intraaortic balloon pump
  • Mechanical thrombectomy and catheter-directed thrombolysis (EKOS)
  • Peripheral vascular angiography and stenting
  • Permanent pacemaker placement
  • Pulmonary angiography
  • Right and left heart catheterizations including percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Temporary transvenous pacemakers
  • Tilt-table testing
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (Mitraclip) and TMVR
  • Transesophageal echocardiography and structural heart procedural imaging
  • Watchman left atrial appendage closure


  • PGY4: $64,438
  • PGY5: $67,330
  • PGY6: $70,366


HCA Healthcare provides a comprehensive list of personal benefits. The most current plans and enrollment and renewal information may be found at HCA HR Answers. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • HCA 401(k)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee stock purchase plan

Mission statement

The HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital Cardiology Fellowship Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.

As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.