Tony knew he wanted to be a doctor since the age of five. His desire to become a doctor was likely sparked by the fact that his younger brother was often sick. On many occasions Tony had to accompany his mother and brother to the pediatrician. Also, in later years, his grandmother, who lived with his family, suffered from a thoracic aortic aneurysm. After many doctors visits and hospitalizations, she eventually succumbed to this condition.
Tony’s father, Tony Sr., was a hard-working man who owned his own printing firm. His mother, Jeanne, began her career as a teacher, and through hard work, eventually received her doctorate in education and served on the New York City School Board as Director of Funded Projects. Her efforts in pursuing her doctorate spanned many years. She received her doctoral degree just six months prior to Tony graduating from medical school. Having observed his parents dedication to success, Tony developed his own strong work ethic and commitment. As a young man, Tony worked many jobs including paper routes, working in his fathers printing shop, and later, helping with insurance claims while in medical school.
Tony graduated the top of his class at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. He then completed an intense internship at Nassau County Medical Center. He then was accepted to additional Internship and residency training at Norwalk Hospital, a Yale University affiliated hospital. His post-graduate training continued with a Fellowship in Cardiology. He currently is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
After completing his training, Tony moved to Florida to join Bradenton Cardiology Center where he worked for 31 years. Tony was the first Cardiologist in Manatee County to implant permanent pacemakers and defibrillators in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Tony was also the first interventional cardiologist to implant a coronary stent, and the first to use laser atherectomy to treat coronary artery disease. During that time, he also served as committee chairman of the departments of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Believing that he should also serve his community, Tony served as President of the American Heart Association, Board Member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and Board President of The Manatee Performing Arts Center during the construction of their new facility.
Tony has been happily married to his wife, Lillian, for over 36 years. Their family consists of two grown children, Anthony, and Krissy, and a 9 pound Bichon who really runs the show.
Tony is thrilled about the next chapter of his career working at Cardiovascular Solutions Institute. Tony and Gino (Sedillo) both began their cardiology careers at Bradenton Cardiology Center and are now back working together once again. Tony brings with him a strong work ethic and a vast experience level, which he is confident, will add significant value to the practice. He is eager to continue serving the community and his patients’ needs for many years to come.