Dr. Joseph Lamelas, an internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive heart surgery, is Professor and Chief of Cardiac Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine.
Dr. Lamelas has been in practice since 1990 and has completed more than 17,000 cardiac surgical operations in his career. Dr Lamelas has played a significant role in advancing the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, as well as developing facilitating instruments. He has trained more than 800 physicians from around the world in this approach over the last 14 years.
While he practices all facets of cardiac surgery, his main focus over the past 14 years has been minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Lamelas has developed techniques to facilitate minimally invasive approaches for repairing simple 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 and aortic root without splitting the sternum.
Minimally invasive valve surgery allows for less bleeding, transfusions, a shorter stay in the hospital as well as a quicker return to a full and normal level of activity. Most valve surgery patients are candidates for this procedure.
Dr. Lamelas is board certified in thoracic surgery and a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Lamelas has lectured both nationally and internationally and his work in the field of minimally invasive valve surgery has been extensively published.