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Hiroko Fernandez, MD, FACC, FHRS

Cardiologist (Heart Specialist), Clinical Cardiologist - Electrophysiology Specialist

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About me

Hello, my name is Dr. Hiroko Fernandez, and I am an associate professor of medicine in the University of Florida Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, specializing in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. After receiving my medical degree from the University of Maryland, I remained there to complete a residency in internal medicine. I then went on to complete a cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Buffalo before returning to the University of Maryland for a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology. I am board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

I am originally from Yokohama, Japan, and worked as a journalist in medical news, which inspired me to become a physician myself. I enjoyed arrhythmia in medical school and was drawn toward this path. My professional goal is to provide high-quality patient care, build positive and collaborative relationships with my colleagues and exercise my interpersonal skills and passion for electrophysiology into clinical practice, research and education.

My strong interest in cardiac electrophysiology is the application of high-definition 3D electroanatomical mapping systems in challenging arrhythmic cases. I am also interested in further development of leadless or epicardial devices, including leadless pacemakers and subcutaneous ICDs. I developed educational programs on subcutaneous ICDs for medical students, cardiovascular fellows, industry staff and FDA staff through training programs at the Jacobs Institute at Kaleida Health.

I am passionate about research, education and clinical care of arrhythmia patients, in particular with a focus in continued improvement of techniques to minimize risk of the procedure and enhance the outcome of arrhythmic patients. I have special expertise in atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter ablation, biventricular pacing, PVC management and ablation, pacemaker and ICD implantation, SVT ablation and VT ablation, with the first three being my favorite procedures.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing the piano, particularly Chopin, staying home to spend time with my husband, cooking and baking. I also enjoy traveling back home to Japan with my husband to be with my family.

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