Cardiology

Phone: 863-680-7490

Cardiology is one of the largest and most well respected departments at Watson Clinic. Since 1941, Watson Clinic has led the way in delivering the highest caliber care and the latest medical innovations to the communities we serve. Our cardiology department epitomizes these characteristics.
 
Today, the department performs over 4,000 diagnostic cardiac catherizations, more than 2,700 cardiac interventional procedures, over 6,000 pacemaker follow-ups, over 7,000 cardiac rehabilitation visits, and approximately 6,000 echo studies on an annual basis.
 
In 2004, the Watson Clinic Echocardiology Lab became one of the first echo labs in the region to achieve a full three-year accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). They’ve achieved re-accreditation status every three years since.
 
By emphasizing an unparalleled quality of service, and the most advanced clinical research, Watson Clinic’s cardiology department is a recognized and respected leader in the healthcare industry. They are also renowned for introducing the latest innovative procedures to the community, known as the Watchman, a device that replaces the need for blood thinners by significantly decreasing the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
 
Additionally board-certified electrophysiologist Neal G. Kavesh, MD, FACC, FHRS and board-certified interventional cardiologist Douglas G. Ebersole, MD have become the first specialists in Central Florida to implant the Amulet™ device, a revolutionary new tool designed to prevent the risk of stroke. Patients who suffer from non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) as well as intolerance to long-term oral anticoagulation medications may benefit from the clinical trial of St. Jude's Medical Amulet™ device and Watson Clinic's partnership in the trial.
 
Our team consists of the area’s finest board-certified interventional and non-interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and a pediatric cardiologist, all of whom are assisted by a highly experienced assembly of nurses and additional specialists.
 

Non-Invasive Cardiologists collaborate with patients in an effort to prevent and manage their potential heart problems. Through a series of diagnostic tests – such as echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, and stress tests – they can identify areas of concern, and prescribe medications or lifestyle modifications to treat those concerns. They also offer nuclear cardiology services, a process by which high resolution images are taken of the heart after the patient is injected with a harmless radioactive dye.

Invasive, Non-Interventional Cardiologists are trained in a diagnostic procedure called cardiac catheterization, which are used to find blockages of the arteries. If a blockage is found, the non-interventional cardiologist will refer the patient to an interventional cardiologist for whatever procedure is needed.

Interventional Cardiologists perform advanced invasive procedures such as balloon angioplasty, coronary and peripheral stent placement to open narrowed arteries.

Electrophysiologists study the bio-electrical impulses that control the pace of one’s heartbeat. When these electrical impulses are not functioning properly, a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia may ensue. In addition to treating these conditions through surgical means such as ablation and pacemaker insertion, electrophysiologists may also recommend various drug therapies, and lifestyle and diet modifications.

Cardiologists refer cases that would benefit best from surgical intervention to the Watson Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgeons for care. Click here to read more.

Cardiology Physicians:


Dr. Kevin Browne, Jr.
Kevin F. Browne, Jr., MD, FACC
  • Medical School: New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, NJ, MD
  • Internship, Residency & Chief Residency: College Hospital, Newark, NJ
  • Fellowship: Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Cardiology and Electrophysiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Electrophysiology, and Interventional Cardiology
  • Fellow: American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Society of Invasive Cardiology, Clinical Council with the American Heart Association
  • Publications: Author of numerous publications

Dr. John Canto
John G. Canto, MD, FACC, MSPH
  • Medical School: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, MD
  • Internship and Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Cardiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology

Dr. Douglas Ebersole
  • Medical School: University of Miami, Miami, FL, MD
  • Residency: Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, Cardiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Fellow: American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology
  • Member: American Heart Association San Antonio Division Speaker's Bureau, Teleparty Committee, Program Committee Member and Board of Directors
  • Publications: Author of numerous publications

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez
Jorge L. Gonzalez, MD, FACC
  • Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL. MD
  • Internship and Residency: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology and Noninvasive Cardiovascular Techniques (Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology)
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Member: American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association Lakeland Division - 1992 and 1993, Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Publications: Author of numerous publications

Dr. Neal Kavesh
Neal G. Kavesh, MD, FACC
  • Medical School: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, MD
  • Internship and Residency: Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO, Cardiology and Electrophysiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Member: North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology. American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association

Dr. Joseph Massaro
Joseph P. Massaro, DO, FACC
  • Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY, DO
  • Internship: Peninsula Hospital, Queens, NY
  • Residency: Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Brown Mills, NJ, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology
  • Member: American College of Cardiology, American Osteopathic Association

Dr. Mark Mines
Mark H. Mines, MD, FACC
  • Medical School: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, MD
  • Residency: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowships: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Adult Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology
  • Member: American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association

Dr. Patrick Reddy
Patrick J. Reddy, MD, FACC
  • Medical School: St. Louis University Medical School, St. Louis, MO, MD
  • Internship and Residency: Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Cardiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Nuclear Cardiology
  • Fellow: American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology
  • Member: American Federation for Clinical Research, American Society of Echocardiography, Society of Nuclear Medicine Cardiovascular Council, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
  • Publications: Author of numerous publications

Dr. Christopher Simek
Christopher L. Simek, MD, FACC
  • Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, MD
  • Internship and Residency: Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Cardiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Fellow: American College of Cardiology
  • Member: Alpha Omega Alpha, American College of Physicians

Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Ravi Srivastava, MD, FACC
  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, MD
  • Internship and Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Cardiology
  • Board-certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Cardiology
  • Fellow: American College of Cardiology
  • Member: American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Polk County Medical Association

Diane Booth
Diane M. Booth, ARNP-C
  • Nursing School: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, BSN
  • Masters Program: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, MSN
  • Member: Polk County Advanced Practice Nurses Association; American Nurses Association; Florida Nurses Association

Dottie Gregory
Dorothy "Dottie" Gregory, ARNP-C
  • Nursing School: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, BS
  • Masters Program: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, ARNP

Cynthia Rodriguez
Cynthia G. Rodriguez, DNP, ARNP-C
  • Nursing School: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, BSN
  • Masters Program: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, MSN
  • Doctorate Degree: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, DNP
  • Fellow: National Lipid Association
  • Member: American Heart Association

Jami Sharik
Jami Sharik, ARNP-C
  • Nursing School: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, BSN
  • Masters Program: Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, MSN

Larry Yoder
Larry E. Yoder, PA
  • Undergraduate Degree: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, BS
  • Physician Assistant School: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, PA
  • Member: Florida Academy of Physician Assistants; American College of Cardiology Cardiac Care Associate

 


Please call 863-680-7490 for additional information.