Complex Coronary Revascularization Program | Tampa General Hospital

Complex Coronary Revascularization Program

What Sets Us Apart

Our Complex Coronary Revascularization Program team includes board-certified interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals trained to accurately diagnose and treat complex coronary artery disease (CAD) using advanced techniques and technologies. Part of the Interventional Cardiology Center of Excellence, our team is committed to providing personalized care by working with each patient to develop a treatment plan that meets their specific needs and goals. 

Our interventional cardiologists are highly skilled in the management of patients with the most advanced CAD, including but not limited to the use of

  • atherectomy (laser, rotational, and orbital)
  • intravascular lithotripsy
  • intravascular imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
  • coronary physiology assessment
  • mechanical support including the use of Impella and ECMO
  • STEMI Shock care
  • Chronic Total Occlusion PCI.

Additionally, we have a mature hybrid revascularization program with cardiothoracic surgeons skilled in performing minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) operations without opening the chest.  The Robotic CABG program at TGH is an advanced state-of-the-art program and integral component of the Hybrid Coronary Revascularization Program.

Volume & Quality

Tampa General Hospital is a high-volume center for percutaneous cardiac procedures, performing more than 1,000 percutaneous coronary intervention procedures each year. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality of care for patients with complex CAD. We have one of the highest volumes in the nation for complex coronary revascularization, keeping us on track to continually refine the care of extremely complex patients. We participate in national registries to benchmark our outcomes with similar high volume academic institutions.

Advanced Technology & Research

Tampa General Hospital is committed to being a world-class academic medical center rooted in innovative technologies, clinical research, and education. Through our clinical research initiatives that are presented at regional and national cardiovascular meetings, we help define the future management of CAD. Finally, through our postgraduate training programs, we are committed to training the next generation of cardiac interventionalists, a critical mission for the future delivery of healthcare in our country.

Patients We Treat

  • Complex/multi-vessel CAD
  • Chronic Total Occlusions
  • Patients turned down for bypass surgery
  • Patients turned down for stenting
  • Patients told there are no options to fix coronary blockages

Treatments Options for Complex CAD

The Complex Coronary Revascularization Program is made up of a highly experienced clinical team that plans and applies a treatment process that is tailored to each patient’s condition, age, symptoms, and risk factors. In addition to medical therapy, we offer:

  • Complex/high-risk coronary angioplasty and stenting
  • Chronic total occlusion revascularization
  • Rotational and Orbital Atherectomy
  • Intravascular Ultrasound and Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Mechanical Support-Assisted PCIs
  • Brachytherapy (coming soon)
  • Hybrid/Robotic/Minimally Invasive bypass surgery

These revascularization decisions are made in close collaboration with the Cardiothoracic Surgery team with the understanding that some patients are better suited for a hybrid revascularization approach, including Robotic LIMA, a surgical strategy not commonly offered at other institutions. 

Clinical Trials

Physicians in the CCRP are national leaders in the field of coronary artery disease, enabling them access to industry- and physician-sponsored clinical device trials. These devices are often the most advanced technologies offered in our country and help establish the future delivery of CAD management.

Our Leadership Team

Our nationally recognized multidisciplinary system of care ensures comprehensive patient evaluations and the best possible care.

This is achieved under the collaborative leadership and teamwork of:

Dr. Samip Vasaiwala, MD, MSc, FACC
Associate Professor, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Coronary Programs Director, TGH Heart & Vascular Institute

Dr. Hiram Bezerra, MD, PhD
Medical Director, TGH Interventional Cardiology Center of Excellence
Professor, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Dr. Fadi Matar, MD, FACC, FSCAI
TGH Cath Lab Director
Associate Professor, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Meghan Schmaltz APRN, NP-C

Allison Joseph BSN, RN
Coronary Programs Nurse Navigator






Dr. Lucian Lozonschi, MD
Associate Director, TGH Heart & Vascular Institute, Transplant Institute
Medical Director, TGH Cardiothoracic Surgery Center of Excellence
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Rodrigo de Souza, MD
Associate Professor, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Cardiothoracic & Transplant Surgeon, TGH Heart & Vascular Institute