Thank you for your interest in our ACGME accredited Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases of the HCA West Florida GME Consortium Program at Brandon Regional Hospital. The program is designed to provide the trainee with high quality instruction and experience in all aspects of general and selected specialty cardiovascular areas. Residents may be accepted into the program only after successfully completing three years of general Internal Medicine Residency training.

Our Team

Stephen W. Mester, MD, FACC
Fellowship Director
Cardiovascular Disease Program Director

Dr. Mester is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in Cardiovascular Diseases from The American Board of Internal Medicine. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine, his residency was completed at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology training was at the USF College of Medicine. He is reported in the US News and World Report “Top Doctor” as one of the best physicians and is the recipient of the Brandon Regional Hospital’s Physician of the Year Award for 2018.

Dr. Mester is currently Medical Director of Electrophysiology Laboratory at Tampa General Hospital, Chief of Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiac Surgery at Brandon Regional Hospital, Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Brandon Regional Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the University of South Florida. He has been the Medical Director of the Tampa General Hospital Cardiac Transplant program.

His major interests are in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization, Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty, Permanent Pacemakers, Implantable Defibrillators, Nuclear Cardiology and Congestive Heart Failure.

Our Curriculum

The curriculum includes a core of didactics, which are molded after the core competencies in the American College of Cardiology COCATS document. These didactics will be delivered through the cardiology lecture series presented by Faculty and Cardiology Fellows which includes weekly cardiac catheterization conferences, cardiovascular conferences, journal club, EP lecture series, Braunwald’s, and daily academic rounds on all rotations.

The core curriculum is based on the recommendations of the ACC COCATS training document. The program is designed to provide educational and experiential input from a broad range of specialty providers at Brandon Regional Hospital as well as affiliate institutions.

Patient Care Experience

The program provides extensive participation in clinical cardiac patient care services. Fellows will be exposed to a variety of cardiac clinical settings including both diagnostic and interventional catheterization including Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Electrophysiology, Pacemaker /ICF/Atrial Flutter and Atrial Fib Ablations/ Arrhythmia management, Tilt table procedures, Cardiac Stress Testing, Coronary Artery Bypass and cardiac valve surgery, TAVR and the Watchman procedure.


Fellows complete a 36 month training program. Working hours are generally 7:00am to 7:00pm, with rotating on-call schedules. Fellows receive 15 days of paid time off which is used for vacation, personal needs, sick time and holidays. An additional 5 days of optional CME is available with program director’s approval.


Below are the requirements for the application/admission process:

  • Must have graduated from an accredited US Allopathic or Osteopathic Medical School, or LCME accredited International Medical School.
  • Currently in good standing in an ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Residency program or graduated from an ACGME accredited Internal Medicine program less than two years ago.
  • Must have passed USMLE or COMLEX Step I, Step II and Step III. USMLE is helpful, but not required for osteopathic candidates.
  • Citizenship Status - US citizenship, Green Card or J1 Visa

How to apply

Fellowship candidates will submit their application through ERAS. If you have additional questions, please email Brittany Wilkins.

Our ACGME/ERAS Program Codes:

  • 1411114296

List of leadership and faculty

  • Tehreen Khan, MD, FACC Assistant Program Director
  • Ravi Khant, MD, FACC Key Clinical Faculty
  • Christian Perzanowski, MD, FACC Key Clinical Faculty
  • Umesh Gowda, MD, FACC Key Clinical Faculty
  • William Bugni, MD, FACC Faculty