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Minimally Invasive
Cardiac Surgery.

The heart experts at UHealth are dedicated to providing patients with the most advanced, minimally invasive options for cardiac care that have the best possible outcomes.

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Make an Appointment Today

Please Schedule an appointment with the experts at UHealth. Call 305-689-2784 for Cardiac Surgery, 305-689-3366 for Thoracic Surgery or schedule an appointment online.

Committed to Quality

UHealth Cardiac Surgery is committed to delivering excellence in minimally invasive approaches to heart surgeries. As an emblem of our dedication to saving lives, we're proud to be among an elite group of hospitals to have received the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award, as designated by the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation. In addition, UHealth Cardiac Surgery has earned maximum star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for mitral valve repair and replacement and aortic valve replacement.

Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award

Meet Dr. Joseph Lamelas, Chief of Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Lamelas is an internationally known pioneer in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and is the state’s leader in cardiac care*. He developed the minimally invasive “Miami Method” for cardiac surgery – an approach he has performed in more than 7,000 cases, and that has been demonstrated to have many advantages for patients. These include getting patients back to their lives faster and with fewer complications than with open heart surgery. Dr. Lamelas leads UHealth’s team of heart experts, who offer the full spectrum of comprehensive cardiovascular care.

* AHCA data, 2020: Dr. Lamelas performed more cardiac surgeries in the State of Florida than any other heart surgeon.


The Benefits of a Minimally Invasive Approach to Cardiac Surgery

Research shows that high-risk patients, including the elderly and the obese, have better outcomes with Dr. Lamelas’ minimally invasive approach to cardiac surgery. This minimally invasive approach provides many advantages to patients, including:

  • Reduced pain and trauma
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker recovery


Your UHealth cardiac surgery team specializes in the full spectrum of leading-edge minimally invasive procedures, treatments, and therapies, including:

Are You at Risk?

You may be at risk for cardiovascular disease and not even know it. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly half of all Americans have at least one of three key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and tobacco use. Take the confidential and free UHealth Heart Risk Assessment to learn if you may be at risk and the steps you can take right now to improve your heart health. If you are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, a UHealth cardiovascular nurse will provide a free, in-person heart risk assessment to determine if you meet the criteria to receive a reduced-cost coronary calcium scan.