Dr. Benedict S. Maniscalco, M.D. received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1967. He interned at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and did his junior and senior residencies at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, followed by a fellowship in Cardiovascular diseases from 1973-1975. He is licensed to practice in both Florida and Georgia and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Sub-Specialty Board in Cardiovascular disease.


From 1976 through early 1979 Dr. Maniscalco was on the faculty of the University of South Florida School of Medicine, division of Cardiology in Tampa, Florida. Later in 1979, Dr. Maniscalco was recruited to establish the cardiac catheterization laboratory at St. Joseph’s hospital in Tampa. He subsequently expanded the program and founded the nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Heart Institute which served as a model for cardiovascular programs throughout the country.


Dr. Maniscalco served as Chief of Cardiology and Director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory until from its founding through 2001. In this capacity, many of the innovative procedures and technology of modern cardiovascular services were implemented. While Director of the Heart Institute, Dr. Maniscalco was an officer and director of a large multi-specialty cardiovascular group practice.


Over his distinguished career, Dr. Maniscalco has served as a consultant, opinion leader and speaker for numerous companies in both the pharmaceutical and device industry. He has lectured throughout the country for both medical and industry colleagues. He has been involved and led many research efforts in both clinical and non-clinical areas of investigation.


Dr. Maniscalco has been a member of and served many professional medical societies. In the American College of Cardiology, he served in many capacities at the local, state and national levels. He has made significant contributions on numerous committees and in many capacities including his tenure as President and Governor of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. His specific contributions in the areas of health policy and socioeconomic issues were numerous.


Today, Dr. Maniscalco continues his devotion to patients in a consultative and prevention cardiology practice in Tampa, Florida and on an international basis as CEO and Chairman of Heartbeat International Foundation (HBI)! HBI provides pacemakers, defibrillators and other cardiac services to the less fortunate in developing countries of the world. Over 15,000 patients lives have been saved or changed by the efforts of Heartbeat International and the many volunteer physicians and colleagues worldwide.