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Physicians

Skilled and Compassionate Cardiologists in Port Charlotte, FL

In order to serve our patients better, Charlotte Heart & Vascular Institute has three locations, all of which are operated by talented, knowledgeable physicians that focus on cardiac medicine. Our team is comprised of experienced professionals with incredible skill. We invite you to learn more about our impressive founders and knowledgeable doctors that work at our implant heart device clinics. For a higher quality of health services and skilled cardiologists in Port Charlotte, FL, contact us today.

Dr. Maria Benincasa

Maria Benincasa, DO

Specialties       
General Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Languages
English

Spanish

Medical Degree
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 2013

Residency
Internal Medicine – Palmetto General Hospital (Hialeah, FL)

Fellowship
Cardiology - Palmetto General Hospital (Hialeah, FL)
Interventional Cardiology – Palmetto General Hospital (Hialeah, FL)

Certifications
AOBIM Interventional Cardiology 2020
AOBIM Cardiology 2019
National Board of Echocardiography 2017
AOBIM Internal Medicine 2016
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation

Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

 

Hospital Privileges
Bayfront Port Charlotte
Bayfront Punta Gorda
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Practice Interests
General Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Structural Cardiology
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Echocardiography
Transesophageal Echocardiography
Nuclear Cardiology

Services
Coronary Angiography

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Peripheral Angiography
Peripheral Intervention

Structural Intervention

Joined CHVI
September 2020


Dr. Joseph Carragher DO

Joseph Carragher, DO

Specialties
General Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Languages
English

Medical Degree
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 2012

Residency
Internal Medicine – HCA Largo Medial Center (Largo, FL)

Fellowship
Cardiology - HCA Largo Medical Center (Largo, FL)
Interventional Cardiology – HCA Largo Medical Center (Largo FL)

Certifications
AOBIM Interventional Cardiology 2019
AOBIM Cardiology 2018
National Board of Echocardiography 2018
AOBIM Internal Medicine 2015
Florida Osteopathic Medical Association
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Hospital Privileges
Bayfront Port Charlotte
Bayfront Punta Gorda
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Practice Interests
General Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Echocardiography
Transesophageal Echocardiography
Nuclear Cardiology

Services
Coronary Angiography
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Peripheral Angiography
Peripheral Intervention

Joined CHVI
January 2020

 


 

Terence Connelly, MD FACC

Terence Connelly, MD FACC

Specialties
Consultative Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Languages
English

Undergraduate Degree
Wayne State University (Detroit MI)

Medical Degree
Wayne State University (Detroit MI)

Internship
Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee WI)

Residency
Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee WI)

Fellowship
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis MN)

Certifications
Fellow of American College of Cardiology
Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Affiliations
American College of Cardiology

Hospital Privileges
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Practice Interests
Coronary Vascular Disease
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Venous Disease

Services
Coronary Stenting
Peripheral Vascular Stenting
Venous Stenting
Venous Ablation
Pacemaker
Implantable Defibrillator

Recognition and Awards
Castle Connolly Best Interventional Cardiologist in SW Florida 2013-present

Joined CHVI
1998 Founding Member, Board of Directors

 


 

J. Robert Kuhns

J. Robert Kuhns, MD 

Hospital Privileges
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Joined CHVI
2010

 


 

Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez, MD FACC

Specialties
Consultative Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Languages
English
Spanish

Medical Degree
Doctor of Medicine – Universidad Central del Este 1981

Internship
Mountainside Hospital 1984

Residency
Mountainside Hospital 1982

Fellowship
Deborah Heart and Lung Center 1982

Hospital Privileges
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Joined CHVI
1998 Founding Member, Board of Directors

  


 

Ricardo Martinez

Ricardo Martinez, MD FACC

Specialties
Consultative Interventional Cardiology
Nuclear Diagnostics

Languages
English
Spanish

Medical Degree
Howard University 1993

Internship
University of South Florida, College of Medicine 1996

Residency
University of South Florida, College of Medicine 1996

Fellowship
Hartford Hospital 2000

Hospital Privileges
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Joined CHVI
1999, Board of Directors

 

 

 


 

Melody Strattan

Melody Strattan, DO FACC

Specialties
General Cardiology
Interventional Cardiology

Languages
English

Medical Degree
Nova Southeastern University (Davie, FL)

Residency
Largo Medical Center (Largo, FL)

Fellowship
Largo Medical Center (Largo, FL)
Mercy Medical Center (Madison City, IA)

Practice Interests
Radial Heart Catheterization
Radial Heart Interventions
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Echocardiography
Transesophageal Echocardiography
Heart Disease in Women

Certifications
AOBIM Interventional Cardiology 2019
AOBIM Internal Medicine 2014
NBE Comprehensive Echocardiography 2016
AOBIM Cardiology 2017
CBNC Nuclear Cardiology 2017

Hospital Privileges
Bayfront Port Charlotte
Bayfront Punta Gorda
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Joined CHVI
2018