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Ameeth Vedre, MD, FACC

Ameeth Vedre, MD, FACC

Dr. Ameeth Vedre, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, FASNC  is a Non-invasive Cardiologist and Cardiac Imaging Specialist. He is passionate about both general and preventive cardiology. He brings that passion, together with his extensive knowledge, to the patients of First Coast Heart & Vascular Center.

Dr. Vedre attended M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India, graduating with the highest honors of his graduating class in 2000. Following an internal medicine residency at Michigan State University’s Hurley Medical Center, Dr. Vedre completed a clinical outcomes research fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor before returning to Michigan State University to complete a basic science cardiovascular research fellowship and a 3-year Clinical Cardiology Fellowship, with a focus on echocardiography, nuclear and cardiac PET expertise at Michigan State University, East Lansing. He served as the co-chief in his final year.

Dr. Vedre also received additional training at advanced cardiac imaging fellowship program in cardiac MRI at Duke University in Durham, N.C. and Duke Cardiac MRI Training practicum. Throughout his Cardiology fellowship and practice he gained expertise in cardiac CT as well and maintains a level 2 COCATS certification.

Dr. Vedre utilizes multi-modality cardiac imaging and collaborates with fellow physicians and local hospitals to ensure each patient receives the highest quality care possible.

After completing his medical training, Dr. Vedre moved to Jacksonville to be closer to family.  When Dr. Vedre is not working he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys travel and table tennis, a sport he played competitively. Dr. Vedre enjoys watching the Spartans and the Blue Devils play since he attended both Duke and Michigan State, but has a hard time when they play each other.

Dr. Vedre is ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Nuclear Cardiology and the National Board Echocardiology.

Medical Education

  • M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India

Residency & Fellowship

  • Internal Medicine – Michigan State University’s Hurley Medical Center
  • Clinical outcomes research fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Basic science cardiovascular research fellowship Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • 3-year Clinical Cardiology Fellowship, with a focus on echocardiography, nuclear and cardiac PET expertise at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Advanced cardiac imaging fellowship program in cardiac MRI at Duke University in Durham, N.C. and Duke Cardiac MRI Training practicum

Licensure & Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Level 2 COCATS certification
  • Board Certified in Echocardiography through NBE (National Board of Echocardiography)
  • CBNC/Nuclear Board certified

Dr. Vedre speaks Telugu, Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Punjabi, & Medical Spanish.

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Brooks Rehab
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Vincent Medical Center South
  • Orange Park Medical Center

Dr. Vedre recommends these websites for his patients:

Heart.org
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Heart Hub
Cardio Smart
NewHeartValve.com

Gayle Martin, MD, FACC

Gayle Martin, MD, FACC

Gayle Martin, MD, FACC has been trained in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. She received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi and completed her cardiology fellowship through the Jacksonville Health Education Program associated with the University of Florida at University Hospital, which is now Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Martin is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease, but more importantly, she has many years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and related cardiovascular problems.

Dr. Martin’s philosophy is whether she is seeing a patient for chest pain evaluation, cholesterol management, the treatment of coronary artery disease or management of congestive heart failure, she believes that all of these problems require a personalized approach and treatment customized to the individual. She utilizes her education and clinical expertise to direct a patient’s care or to offer a second opinion concerning many problems encountered by the heart patient.

Dr. Martin takes a vital interest in preventive cardiology.

Residency & Fellowship

  • Internal Medicine Residency – University of Mississippi
  • Cardiology Fellowship – Jacksonville Health Education Program associated with University of Florida

Licensure & Board certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Recommended websites:

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Orange Park Medical Center

Michael J. Koren, MD, FACC

Michael J. Koren, MD, FACC

Michael J. Koren, MD, FACC, American Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, 1991 and 2002.
Dr. Michael Koren graduated, with honors, from Harvard Medical School and completed his post graduate training at Cornell Medical Center, New York Hospital and Sloan-Kettering, he served as a 3rd year Chief Resident in Medicine and published several important scientific papers as a cardiology fellow.

Dr. Koren relocated to the Jacksonville area in 1991 and raised his family here. Dr. Koren founded Apex Cardiovascular Group in 2000 and in 2018 he joined First Coast Heart & Vascular Center. He specializes in preventative cardiology, heart rhythm disorders, valvular disease and nuclear cardiology.

He has published extensively in the world’s most prestigious medical journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation and The Lancet. He also plays competitive soccer and composes music in his spare time.

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Flagler Hospital St. Augustine
  • Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital – South
  • Baptist Southside
  • Baptist Beaches

Vincent J. Caracciolo, MD, FACC

Vincent J. Caracciolo, MD, FACC

Director of St. Johns County Cardiology Services

Clinical, Invasive & Imaging Cardiology

Vincent J. Caracciolo, MD is a founding member of First Coast Heart & Vascular Center.

Dr. Caracciolo says his main objective in treating patients is to educate them on every aspect of their care, which not only provides enhanced compliance, but allows patients to take ownership and control of their lives. “I believe an informed patient is a healthier patient,” says Dr. Caracciolo.

Obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Clarkson University, where he graduated with honors, Dr. Caracciolo went on to earn his M.D. from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Yale University – Norwalk Hospital Program where he was the recipient of multiple awards including Resident of the Year for 1999 – 2000, Peer Award, Team Care Achievement Award and the Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award.

Dr. Caracciolo completed a three year fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Stony Brook, N.Y. “I enjoyed a very active and diverse medical training which included, not only top notch clinical instruction from medical leaders, but also had multiple publications in several medical journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association,” said Dr. Caracciolo about his experiences preparing for a career in medicine.

Trained in many aspects of cardiovascular disease including clinical cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and invasive non-interventional cardiology, Dr. Caracciolo has a special interest in coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, general medical electrophysiology as well as preventative cardiovascular medicine. Dr. Caracciolo began medical practice on the First Coast after practicing in Sarasota County for three years.

Enjoying time with his wife Jenna and his three children are important to Dr. Caracciolo who also plays golf and loves the beach and playing lacrosse with his sons.

Dr. Caracciolo is ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and also Board Certified by the American Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

Medical Education

  • St. George’s University School of Medicine

Residency & Fellowship

  • Internal Medicine – Yale University, Norwalk Hospital Program Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship – Stony Brook University Hospital

Licensure & Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology

Dr. Caracciolo recommends these websites for his patients:

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Baptist Medical Center
  • Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Flagler Hospital St. Augustine
  • Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
  • Orange Park Medical Center
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital – South

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David Grech, MD, FACC

David Grech, MD, FACC

Clinical & Imaging Cardiologist
David Grech, MD is a founding member of First Coast Heart & Vascular Center. He came to Florida after a successful practice in Elyria, Ohio where he worked as a Cardiologist at the North Ohio Heart Center and as a clinical assistant professor of Cardiology for the Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine since 1993.

Born in Detroit, Michigan Dr. Grech attended the University of Michigan for his Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree. He went on to serve his internship and residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his fellowship at Brown University.

Dr. Grech is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and holds certificates in the subspecialties of nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.

Dr. Grech’s and his wife are busy raising four children.  He occasionally finds the time to continue his martial arts training, having achieved a second degree black belt in taekwondo.

Medical Education

  • University of Michigan Medical School

Residency & Fellowship

  • Internal Medicine Residency – Cleveland Clinic
  • Cardiology Fellowship – Brown University Affiliated Hospitals

Licensure & Board certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
  • Diplomate National Board of Nuclear Cardiology
  • National Board of Echocardiography
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Recommended websites:

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Baptist Medical Center
  • Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Flagler Hospital St. Augustine
  • Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
  • Orange Park Medical Center
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital – South

Kevin Hayes, DO, FACC

Kevin Hayes, DO, FACC

Director of Clinical Services & Imaging for Duval County Offices

Clinical & Imaging Cardiologist

Kevin Hayes, DO, is a founding member of First Coast Heart & Vascular Center.

Dr. Hayes completed his fellowship in cardiology at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J.

Dr. Hayes obtained both his bachelor and masters degrees from Florida State University. He then worked as a clinical specialist with Medtronic Inc. programming and analyzing implantable pacemakers and ICDs before obtaining his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Nova Southeastern University (NSU).

Medical Education

  • NOVA Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency & Fellowship

  • Internal Medicine – Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital
  • Cardiology Fellowship – Deborah Heart & Lung Center

Licensure & Board Certifications

  • American Board of Osteopathic Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiology
  • Board Member – College of Human Services, Florida State University

Recommended websites:

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Baptist Medical Center
  • Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Flagler Hospital St. Augustine
  • Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
  • Orange Park Medical Center
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital – South

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