Cardiac surgeons from around the nation come to learn surgical techniques at Mount Sinai Medical Center

Mount Sinai Medical Center welcomed cardiac surgeons from across the country to the Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Masters Summit, which took place on June 14th and 15th. The Medtronics ponsored event attracted approximately 25 participants and provided an opportunity for cardiac surgeons to share best practices and participate in team training programs on advanced valve repair and replacement techniques.

Dr. Joseph Lamelas, chief of cardiac surgery at the Mount Sinai Heart Institute who pioneered his own minimally invasive valve surgery method, performed five live cardiac valve procedures, all of which were observed by visiting physicians seeking to learn his techniques and refine their own surgical skills. Dr. Lamelas has performed more than 9,000 open-heart surgeries and more than 1,500 minimally invasive surgeries. He has the best cardiac valve surgery outcomes in all of Florida among doctors who perform many complex cases. In addition, Dr. Lamelas was selected to design new procedural-specific surgical tools that allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive cardiac surgeries that result in quicker healing and shorter hospital stays.

In addition to observing live surgeries, attendees also discussed their best practices by sharing case studies and conducting peer reviews of ongoing cardiac surgical cases. Visiting surgeons represented institutions from across the country, including Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee; Stone Oak Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri; Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; and Methodist Texsan Heart Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

The peer-to-peer training programs will continue on a monthly basis, giving participants an opportunity to interact with Dr. Lamelas and his team, as well as receive training on the safe and effective use of the surgical instruments he helped design.

For more information on the Mount Sinai Heart Institute or Dr. Joseph Lamelas, visit or call 305-674-CARE (2273).

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