South Florida Hospital News
Monday August 19, 2019

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August 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 2




Cardiac Surgeon Jose Navia, MD, to Lead Cleveland Clinic Weston’s Heart and Vascular Center

April 17, 2019 – Cardiac surgeon Dr. Jose Navia, has been appointed Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Center Director of Cleveland Clinic Weston’s Heart and Vascular Center. 
Board certified in cardiovascular and general surgery, Dr. Navia is a national leader in successfully and safely utilizing various techniques in minimally invasive off-pump bypass surgery, as well as transcatheter aortic, mitral and tricuspid valve procedures. He is also involved in advances in cardiac resynchronization therapy and mechanical circulatory device therapy. Dr. Navia’s research focuses on robotic cardiac surgery, video-assisted minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and a stentless mitral valve — an original design for mitral valve replacement that is being used across the country.
Dr. Navia joins Cleveland Clinic Weston from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio where he was a cardiothoracic surgeon and Vice Chairman for Innovations at the Heart and Vascular Institute and the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He was also Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 
“Dr. Navia is an internationally known cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon and has proven to be an outstanding surgeon and leader, receiving accolades from his peers and patients alike,” said Rodolfo J. Blandon, MD, MBA, President of Cleveland Clinic Weston. “Dr. Navia is ardent about providing advanced techniques and state-of-the-art approaches to treating patients with even the most complex medical problems. We are fortunate to have one of the most brilliant medical minds in our hospital to provide the best cardiovascular care to patients in our community.”
Dr. Navia received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the National University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed internships and residencies in general surgery, cardiovascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery in Argentinian hospitals. 
Dr. Navia earned a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 1994. During his fellowship and residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Navia served as Chief Resident for one year. He has received the Rene Favaloro International Fellow Award and the Dr. Charles H. Bryan Clinical Excellence Award. He joined the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute in Ohio in 1998 following an appointment at the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires as a staff surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
“I have a passion for innovation, and it is extremely gratifying to invent a new way to help a patient achieve the best possible health outcome,” said Dr. Navia. “I am excited to lead one of the top U.S. hospitals for cardiac surgery and collaborate with my peers to provide high-quality and compassionate care to patients in South Florida, and beyond.”
About Cleveland Clinic Weston 
Cleveland Clinic Weston, part of Cleveland Clinic’s Florida region, is a nonprofit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. With locations in Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Parkland, West Palm Beach, Wellington, and Palm Beach Gardens, Cleveland Clinic Weston has more than 250 physicians with expertise in 55 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital. Cleveland Clinic’s Florida region now includes Cleveland Clinic Indian River and Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and has hospitals and outpatient centers in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The Florida region is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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