Welcome to the AFib Center at Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute

The AFib Center at Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute (BHVI) is the only AFib facility in the Gulf Coast region. Our team consists of four electrophysiologists (EP), a cardiothoracic surgeon, four advanced practitioners, one nurse navigator and clinical team members that are available to help guide you through your AFib care plan. BHVI's AFib Center can provide you with quality comprehensive care and a personalized pathway for treatment of you or your loved one’s AFib and related symptoms.

The AFib Center

A staff of 4 Board Certified Electrophysiologists

  • Thabet Alsheikh, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S.
  • Sumit Verma, MD, F.A.C.C.
  • Evaldas Giedrimas, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

  • James Lanquist, M.D., FACS

AFib Center provides:

  • A full staff of Advanced Practitioners, a nurse navigator, and clinical staff
  • Direct patient contact by our nurse navigator within 24 hours of referral
  • Appointments with one of our electrophysiologists within 72 hours depending on clinical indication
  • Personalized care and treatment plans based on the individual needs of the patient
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration for co-morbidity treatment options

Our team at the Afib center offers:

  • A personalized patient pathway to help navigate any upcoming appointments, testing, or procedures.
  • Direct access with your nurse navigator for any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Jeanette Duncan, RN, nurse navigator, can be reached at 850.602.6808 or Erin Gaudet, NRCMA, at 850.430.7155 Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and our physician on call after hours.
  • A team of physicians accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) and their staff dedicated to compassionate, quality care.
  • Thabet Alsheikh, M.D., FACC, FHRS

    Thabet Alsheikh, M.D., FACC, FHRS
    Cardiovascular Disease
    Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

    Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

  • Evan Giedrimas, M.D.

    Evan Giedrimas, M.D.
    Cardiovascular Medicine
    St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Tufts School of Medicine, Boston MA

    Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

  • Sumit Verma, M.D., FACC

    Sumit Verma, M.D., FACC
    Cardiovascular Disease
    Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

    Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • James Lonquist, M.D., FACS

    James Lonquist, M.D., FACS
    Cardiac Transplantation/Research
    Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX

    Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Texas Heart Institute, Houston TX

  • Christopher Anderson, PA-C

    Christopher Anderson, PA-C
    Medical Education:
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile, AL

  • Douglas Baker, PA-C

    Douglas Baker, PA-C
    Medical Education:
    University of Nebraska
    Omaha, NE

  • Elizabeth Berg, ARNP-C

    Elizabeth Berg, ARNP-C
    Medical Education:
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile, AL

  • William Watson, PA-C

    William Watson, PA-C
    Medical Education:
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile, AL

  • Jeanette Duncan- AFib Nurse Navigator

    Jeanette Duncan
    Atrial Fib Nurse Navigator

  • Erin Gaudet - Atrial Fib Coordinator

    Erin Gaudet
    Atrial Fib Coordinator