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Dr. Joseph Lamelas, an internationally recognized surgeon in minimally invasive heart surgery, is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Professor of Surgery at The University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He is also the Program Director for the Cardiothoracic residency program.
Dr. Lamelas has been in practice for more than 30 years and has completed more than 17,000 cardiac surgical operations in his career. He has an active clinical practice, performing over 700 pump cases per year. Dr. Lamelas has played a significant role in advancing the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, as well as developing facilitating instruments. These instruments were part of a company he founded named “Miami Instruments”. He has trained more than 1000 physicians from around the world in minimally invasive cardiac surgery over the last 17 years.
While he practices all facets of cardiac surgery, his main focus over the past 17 years has been minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Lamelas has developed techniques to facilitate minimally invasive approaches for repairing congenital cardiac defects, removal of cardiac tumors, aortic valve surgery, mitral valve surgery, double and triple valve surgery, as well as replacing the ascending aorta without splitting the sternum. He is the first in the world to perform a replacement of the ascending aorta and hemi-arch via a mini right lateral thoracotomy and since, has performed hundreds of these procedures. He has an “all comers” approach to minimally invasive surgery, with the only exclusion criteria being the inability to cannulate the patient. He has a passion for mitral valve repair and has had a greater than 98% repair rate. He has developed a world recognized approach to minimally invasive cardiac surgery named “The Miami Method”. Furthermore, his operative outcomes, across all risk categories has been excellent, demonstrating amongst one of the highest survivals, lowest length of stay and lowest readmissions in the country.
Dr. Lamelas is board certified in thoracic surgery and a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and is also a fellow in the American Board of Surgery. He has lectured both nationally and internationally and his work in the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery has been extensively published, authoring and co-authoring hundreds of peer reviewed articles.