“We Know You by Heart”
When you’re concerned about cardiac issues, it’s not just answers you’re seeking. Sure, you want an experienced physician, but expert care is only part of the equation. You also want the assurance, patience and conscientious treatment that bring peace of mind
That’s exactly what Paul Urban, MD, FACC, FSCAI, was determined to offer patients when he opened Paul Urban Cardiology in 2009.A board-certified cardiologist and interventional cardiologist, Urban has been practicing for 31 years and has been serving Ocala for 22 years.
After many years of hospital-only care, Urban, who graduated from and completed his fellowship at the highly-rated Thomas Jefferson University, realized the field of medicine was changing. He wanted to be able to provide full-service care for his patients and knew that a private cardiology practice would allow him to do just that.
In February 2014, Dr. Urban and partner Dr. Premranjan Singh opened Urban Cardiology West in February 2014 to meet additional demand and offer more options for area residents. As interventional cardiologists, both Urban and Singh excel in clinical knowledge, but are also known for their superior bedside manner and kind approach.
“We’re excited to be expanding and able to offer a more complete health care service,” says Dr. Urban. “We are here to offer our patients options in their health care. Our approach is to ‘be a servant’ and treat all people with respect. Our goal is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing.”
At Urban Cardiology you’ll find a complete range of sophisticated diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic options for cardiac conditions. Whether you go to the 17th Street office or the Urban Cardiology West facility, you’ll experience the utmost professionalism, balanced by the warmth and feel of a small practice. The expansion means even more opportunities for patients, as Urban Cardiology has brought on additional physicians.
With four interventional cardiologists, four nurse practitioners, a physician’s assistant and a large support staff, you can trust that you’ll always receive the most knowledgeable care. The team of health care professionals now includes Dr. Urban; Premranjan Singh, MD; Shafeeq Ahmed, MD; Jigar Patel, MD; Matthew Morgan, ARNP; Myriam Alexander, ARNP; Eddice Companion PA-C; Dianne McDonald-Graber ARNP and Denise Raychok, ARNP.
The experience you’ll have at Urban Cardiology is unique to this practice and it’s directly because of the doctors and staff. Each member of the team is committed to providing friendly, personalized attention that is second to none.
“No one likes going to a doctor, but the doctors and staff at Urban Cardiology are so nice, and it’s a beautiful office, so you don’t mind going. The doctor treats you like a person, like you’re his only patient; you’re not a number,” says Suzanne Grant of Ocala, who has been a patient at Urban Cardiology for two years and has had six stents put in place by Dr. Premranjan Singh.
“I’ve had clogged arteries and have had stents put in my left carotid artery, my heart and also two in my legs. I’m a hard patient to deal with because I’m diabetic and also have lymphoma,” says Grant.
“I’m always asking a thousand questions and I like that Dr. Singh talks to me in layman’s terms and answers all of them,” she adds. “He takes his time, shows me diagrams and explains everything in detail. He’s very patient about it and very concerned. He does good work besides having a great ‘bedside manner.’”
Grant’s enthusiastic appreciation of Dr. Singh is echoed by his other patients, as well. Board certified in diagnosing and treating peripheral artery disease, as well as venous disease, Dr. Singh has helped many patients just like Grant who suffer from circulation problems in their legs. Opening the arteries with stents usually eliminates the chronic leg pain and allows grateful patients to be up and walking again.
“Our motto has always been that we’re not just treating the heart. That’s only one part of a person,” says Teri Fisher, practice manager at Urban Cardiology, which has two offices in Ocala.
“Sometimes people just need to talk and be heard. We use a holistic approach and recommend what options would be best, but as the patient, you are always in control. That may be a different kind of philosophy, but we never forget that you could go anywhere, but you choose to come here. That’s important to us.”
Patients remark on the fact that Urban Cardiology has a friendly, small-practice “feel,” but with all the benefits of the most up-to-date medical and technological advances.
Dr. Urban’s passion for underwater photography is evident in the 17th Street waiting area where large aquariums create a quiet, soothing atmosphere. As an avid collector of American Civil War artifacts, Dr. Urban has many of these and other historical items—including interesting memorabilia from Ocala’s early days—on display in the waiting areas of his offices. Some of them were once formally displayed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
A pleasant environment and kind staff certainly helps when you’re dealing with a stressful health situation. Just ask Karon Johnson, who is presently being treated for cardiomyopathy.
“The experience I’ve had at Urban Cardiology has been great,” says Johnson, who has been a patient of the practice since 2010 and has lived in Marion County his entire life.
“The doctors are very knowledgeable and take time to provide great care; they’re very thorough in the treatment they provide, so you aren’t surprised about anything because they really educate you and make you feel comfortable about what you’re going through.
“There is a very caring feeling from the doctors and staff,” adds Johnson. “They’re concerned about you and want to help you return to a better lifestyle and everyday living experience. They do whatever it takes to take care of their patients. They even did a community fundraiser for me to help me get an LVAD device I’m now wearing. I wouldn’t be talking to you today without this.”
Continuity of care is crucial when dealing with serious health issues. Urban Cardiology provides extensive follow-through, providing electronic medical records to facilitate quick and thorough treatment, whether a patient is in one of their offices or at a local hospital. Since the practice services all three Ocala hospitals, every patient can count on a customized treatment plan designed around their specific health needs.
At some medical offices, patients feel like they’re simply part of the process. That “lost in the shuffle” experience will never happen with the doctors and health care professionals at Urban Cardiology.
“We operate on the belief of having a medical partnership with our patients, not a dictatorship,” notes Dr. Singh. “We listen to what our patients have to say, because they are more than just a number to us. We strive to present each patient with the best options for their cardiovascular medical care and work with them to select the option that works best for them.”
You don’t have to have a doctor referral to call for an appointment. Self-referral is welcomed and Urban Cardiology accepts most forms of insurance. Call today for your appointment.
Urban Cardiology offers the following in-office procedures:
Chest Pain Evaluation
Cardiac Medical Management
Carotid Disease and Stenting
Blood Pressure Control
Congestive Heart Failure
Peripheral Vascular Disease Evaluation
Pre-Operative Cardiac Clearance
Venous Reflux Testing
Urban Cardiology hospital services include:
Left Heart Catheterization
Angioplasty and stenting of Coronary Arteries
Renal Artery Stenting
Run Offs – Leg Angiogram
Stenting of Peripheral Arteries
Questions Or Concerns?
If you’re experiencing any of the following, you may want to call and schedule an appointment:
Shortness of breath
Hypertension or high blood pressure
Irregular heart rhythms
Fatigue in legs, leg pain with walking
Peripheral Artery Disease
Dr. Paul L. Urban & Dr. Premranjan Singh
Dr. Jigar Patel & Dr. Shafeeq Ahmed
1800 SE 17th Street, Suite 700
Urban Cardiology West
4600 SW 46th Court, Suite 250