Dr. Amit Patel Named Chief of Cardiac Surgery

Amit Patel, M.D., M.S., professor of surgery and director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been named Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Miami Health System. Patel is a leader in the development of new therapies for cardiac diseases that incorporate the latest advances in open surgical reconstruction, trans-catheter interventions, stem cells, genetic approaches, and matrix therapies.

“Dr. Patel’s expertise will bring a new dimension and scope to the care of cardiac patients in the South Florida region by incorporating the latest advances in minimally invasive and hybrid techniques to coronary revascularization, heart valve reconstruction, and the treatments for thoracic aortic dissections and aneurysms,” said Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor and Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the Miller School of Medicine.

“Patients will not only benefit from these most modern techniques that aim to reduce post-procedure pain and length of hospitalization while increasing quality of life, but also will have access to innovative clinical trials that advance new treatments and cures.”

Patel has served as national principal investigator in several first-in-human trials and has numerous patents, publications, and national and international presentations. He is a leader in clinical translation and innovation with a track record of entrepreneurship intended to bring forth novel devices and biologics that may ultimately represent new treatments and cures. His clinical focus includes advanced heart surgery for coronary disease, valve repair and replacement, heart failure, thoracic aortic surgery and endo-grafts.

Patel has championed numerous international outreach programs for cardiac patients with no medical options in South America, Europe and Asia. He coordinates with several clinical sites around the world to provide advanced cardiac therapies.

He was born in Dallas and received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University, did his internship and residency in surgery at Baylor University Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Patel begins at UM on Feb. 1.

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