Medical Director, Cardiac Imaging & Noninvasive Cardiology, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Long Beach Medical Center.
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Fernando Mendoza, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.S.E. is an expert in cardiovascular imaging and diagnostics. He is the director of cardiac imaging & noninvasive cardiology at the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center.
Dr. Mendoza graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine. During his time at UCLA, he was awarded several Letters of Distinction (granted to the top 5% of students on a rotation) and upon graduation he was awarded the John Adams Outstanding Student Award and Merck Service Award. He pursued training in internal medicine and pediatrics - a highly competitive and demanding residency program that compacts what normally takes six years of training into four years. Dr. Mendoza was then selected to train in adult cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – currently one of the top 5 cardiology training programs in the country.
In 2008, he became the first cardiologist on staff at Long Beach Medical Center to become board-certified in echocardiography. While most cardiologists can read echocardiograms, Dr. Mendoza achieved the level of certification expected of imaging cardiologists at prestigious institutions. He also is the only local cardiologist to have been published in national journals in the field of carotid ultrasounds. In addition to his expertise in echocardiography and carotid ultrasounds, he is one of a few cardiologists in the country to be trained in nuclear cardiology by the developers of the software used to process the images.
In addition to his clinical roles at the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Mendoza oversees the cardiac imaging training of UC Irvine cardiology trainees while they are at Long Beach Medical Center and has served as a clinical preceptor for the family medicine program. His knowledge and passion for teaching have awarded him a Golden Apple Award as the most outstanding teacher on three separate occasions. He has served as the vice-chair of cardiology and the vice-chair of the hospital’s quality assurance program.
Dr. Mendoza has an outstanding command of all fields of cardiology. During his training, he was mentored by national experts in the fields of atherosclerosis, heart disease in women, preventative cardiovascular disease, heart transplantation and advanced heart failure, arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, diseases of the aorta, valve disease, congenital heart disease and interventional cardiology. His outstanding skills have awarded him as a top physician in all local review organizations:
UC Los Angeles School of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
3801 Katella Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA
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