Miami Minimally Invasive Valves
Joseph Lamelas, MD
Dedicated to the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
About Me

unnamedDr. Joseph Lamelas, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, is a board-certified cardiac and thoracic surgeon practicing in Miami Beach, Florida. He has performed more than 10,000 open-heart procedures and more than 2,500 minimally invasive valve surgeries. In addition to his involvement in training surgeons in advanced and innovative surgical techniques, he has participated in national and international operative surgical symposia and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Lamelas completed his training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the State University of New York, Health Science Center of Brooklyn in 1990.

He has published numerous articles and presented extensively on cardiac surgery. He is the past President of the Cuban Surgical Society (1999-2002), a council member of the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and other surgical and cardiovascular societies.

Dr. Lamelas is Board Certified in Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care. As a result of his extensive experience, Dr. Lamelas has played an instrumental role in the design and development of new and innovative concepts and products for advancing the field of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery. Miami Instruments was a collaborative effort amongst Dr. Lamelas and engineers with the vision of providing Cardiac Surgeons the tools and exposure devices to facilitate minimally invasive procedures. Simplicity and reproducibility have been the primary goal of the “Miami Method.”

4 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Dear Dr Lamellas, I have been a regular reader of your blogs and an admirer of your surgical skills and abilities over the past few years. I am a Consultant CardioThoracic Surgeon in England. I have done over 250 Minimal acces Mitral and Tricuspid cases and have recently started a RAT program. Vinnie Bapat proctored me and mentioned that he found his visit to your hospital very educational and recommended it.
    I am keen to watch someone to both inspire me to move things forward but also to have someone as a mentor going forward. I share your ethos on trying to teach these techniques and have an Italian doctor training with me as a fellow in Minimally invasive surgery.
    I was hoping to arrange a visit to your institution sometime in the coming months so that both me and my team could see how you do such large numbers and try and bring some things back to the NHS in the UK. I hope you will be able to facilitate this visit for both me and my team.
    Look forward to hearing from you,
    Regards and best wishes,

    1. You are welcome to come although it is best done through either Medtronic or St.Jude since we have structured courses at least once a month.

  2. Hartmuth Bittner says:

    This is Hartmuth B. Bittner, MD, PhD, a previous CV surgeon from the Heart Center of Leipzig and Fred Mohr’s Insttution practicing now in Tampa. I really appreciate all your teaching and your great presentations. I am really thankful for that. I’m interested in your MICS-MV set-up and the instrumentation. Do you think that the company of your main instrument manufacturer e.g. left atrial lift might get in contact with me and the rep would sponsor an observation day at your institution. Thank you again, best regards, Hartmuth
    (407 921 8094) or

    1. I work with both Medtronic and St. Jude. They can arrange a visit during one of my monthly courses.
      Medtronic distrubutes the Miami Instrument product line which you see me use.
      Looking forward to meeting you.

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