Dr. Mustafa Ahmed is an Associate Professor for the University of Florida’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He specializes in advanced heart failure, ventricular assist devices and transplantation, while serving as the Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at UF Health. He is also the Program Director for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at UF. He attended the Johns Hopkins University as an undergraduate and obtained his medical degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine where he received the Van Liere Research Scholarship and the Harak V Dedhia Medical Student Award. He completed his internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Ahmed then trained in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Florida, followed by an additional fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation while also serving as the Cardiology Cell Therapy Research Network Training Scholar. After serving on faculty at Temple University, Dr. Ahmed returned to Florida in 2013. Dr. Ahmed is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease as well as Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. His current research interests include cell therapy in heart failure, ideal strategies for CIEDs in LVAD recipients, as well as the role of spirituality in medical care. He is a member of the Heart Failure Society of America as well as the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He also serves on the Board of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology as the Education Chair. Within Gainesville, Dr. Ahmed is active in the community, having founded a free medical clinic, and in recognition of this work, received the Annual Spirit of Gainesville Award in Medicine.