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8.18.2015

Dr. Matthias Loebe Joins Miami Transplant Institute

Matthias Loebe, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) as Director of Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Support.

“There is an enormous need here in South Florida to provide heart and lung transplantation services at a very high level in an academic environment,” said Loebe. “My goal is to build the best thoracic transplant program in the world, one that will become a reference center for the Southeastern U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America for people with advanced heart and lung diseases. I look forward to collaborating with the great scientists here to accomplish that goal and to help train the next generation of transplant surgeons.”

“We are delighted to have Dr. Loebe on our faculty,” said Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery. “His tremendous talent as a transplant surgeon and his dedication to great outcomes, patient satisfaction, and academic collaboration represent a wonderful addition to the MTI and our cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery teams.”

Loebe previously served as professor of cardiovascular surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and as Director and Chief of Thoracic Transplantation at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Institute in Houston. He was also Surgical Director of the Center for Difficult Airway and Pleural Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, which is home to one of the busiest heart, lung and heart-lung transplant programs in the country.

Over the past 25 years, Loebe has been instrumental in his field, developing groundbreaking cardiac surgery techniques in the U.S. and Germany. He has performed vital research on organ replacement and lung disease, and his work has led to the implementation of second-generation ventricular assist devices. He continues to do research in order to improve ICU care for cardiothoracic surgery patients, in addition to his work on cardiac disease. He has broadened the understanding of lung disease and how it relates to lung transplantation. An accomplished research scientist and medical educator, Loebe is the author of five textbooks, numerous book chapters and more than 200 journal articles.

“Another goal is to develop a program for combined organ transplants, such as heart and lungs, or lungs and liver,” said Loebe. “This can only be done in places where you find both high quality and high volume. There are very few in the world, and MTI is one of them. There are many patients who need double organ transplant, and they have nowhere to turn. Now we have the opportunity to change that.”

“I am confident that Dr. Loebe will bring the expertise to make the MTI one of the best heart and lung transplant programs in the world,” said Rodrigo M. Vianna, M.D., professor of surgery and Director of the Miami
Transplant Institute. “We are extremely happy to have him as part of the Miami Transplant Institute.”

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