Leading New York City cardiac surgeon Allan S. Stewart, MD, FACS, has been named chief of cardiac surgery at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida.
“Dr. Stewart brings an impressive combination of clinical proficiency, teaching experience and groundbreaking research to this important leadership position,” said Barry T. Katzen, MD, founder and chief medical executive of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. “His expertise will benefit patients at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute as well as attract patients around the world as he continues to advance the field and train surgeons in these lifesaving techniques.”
“Joining Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute was a natural next step for me, because of its longstanding commitment to pioneering innovate cardiovascular treatments and improving patient outcomes,” Dr. Stewart said. “Of particular appeal was the Institute’s multidisciplinary team approach to treating heart disease. I look forward to working closely with my new internationally renowned colleagues, and building upon the Institute’s strong foundation in cardiac care and expanding existing programs with my expertise in complex aortic surgery and minimally invasive valve repair.”
Niberto Moreno, MD, the Institute’s emeritus chief of cardiac surgery and a pioneer in beating-heart and minimally invasive surgery, added, “Dr. Stewart is an innovative surgeon who has dedicated his career to improving the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery — a mission that aligns perfectly with the Institute’s high standards and goals. We are proud to have him join Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute to continue his groundbreaking work.”
Dr. Stewart has over 13 years of experience in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures, being the second to ever perform this procedure in the United States, and has completed 1,200 since. In Florida, he is the only surgeon to perform valve sparing aortic root procedures, which can enable patients to live without lifelong anticoagulation therapy. Throughout his career, Dr. Stewart has completed over 5,000 open heart surgeries on adults. Approximately 1,000 of these heart procedures have been minimally invasive, a technique, which he is renowned for pioneering, to treat a variety of heart conditions, including complex disorders. These techniques are performed through tiny incisions and result in less pain and a quicker recovery for patients.
Dr. Stewart comes to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute from Mount Sinai Health System in New York where he served as director of the Center for Aortic Disease, co-director of the Heart Valve Repair Center and medical director of International Medicine. He has been included on New York Magazine’s list of “Best Doctors” for 10 consecutive years. He is an avid marathon runner and tri-athlete, and is a loving husband to Donatella Arpaia and father to a 6-year-old son, and twins due in October.
Dr. Stewart earned his medical degree at Rutgers University School of Medicine in Newark, NJ. He completed an internship and chief residency in general surgery at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, a research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
An accomplished educator, Dr. Stewart has instructed medical students and trained physicians from around the world in minimally invasive surgery techniques. While training, Dr. Stewart became ambidextrous when he realized the need to teach from the assistant side of the table.
His clinical research in advanced cardiac surgery techniques has generated more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of American College of Cardiology and as a peer reviewer for other scientific publications. He also is an invited lecturer at national and international medical symposiums. Dr. Stewart is a Fellow of American College of Surgeons and an active member of several major cardiothoracic surgical societies.
To make an appointment with Dr. Stewart, call 786-596-1230.