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.
  • Evaldas Giedrimas, M.D.
  • Natalia Hernandez, M.D.
  • Sumit Verma, MD, F.A.C.C.

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.
  • Ashleigh Howard, RN, can be reached at 850.430.7156 or Jordan Kruck, 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.

AFIB Overview

AFIB Question Form

  • Thabet Alsheikh, M.D., FACC, FHRS

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

    Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

  • Evan Giedrimas, M.D.

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

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

  • Natalia Hernandez, M.D.

    Natalia Hernandez, M.D.
    Fellowship:
    Cardiovascular Disease
    SUNY Upstate University, Syracuse, NY

    Cardiac Electrophysiology
    University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

  • Sumit Verma, M.D., FACC

    Sumit Verma, M.D., FACC
    Fellowship:
    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
    Fellowship:
    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

  • Ashleigh Howard- AFib Nurse Navigator

    Ashleigh Howard, RN
    Atrial Fib Nurse Navigator

  • Jordan Kruck - Atrial Fib Coordinator

    Jordan Kruck
    Atrial Fib Coordinator