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February 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 8

Cardiology Profiles - Tenet Florida Physician Services

Tenet Florida Physician Services – North - Palm Beach County

 Brian Bethea, MD
Dr. Brian Bethea is a cardiac surgeon and the Regional Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery for Tenet Florida Physician Services. Dr. Bethea performed the first left ventricular assist device surgery (LVAD) ever attempted in Palm Beach County on a patient with advanced stage heart failure at Delray Medical Center. The LVAD implantation is an innovative heart treatment option for patients with advanced heart failure.
At his Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care (TFCC) office in Delray Beach, Dr. Bethea specializes in minimally invasive heart valve surgery, the aortic mitral tricuspid procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), complex thoracic surgery, atrial fibrillation surgery and high-risk cardiac surgery. Dr. Bethea is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He completed a residency and fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Division of Cardiac Surgery in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Bethea is on-staff at Delray Medical Center.
Hao Pan, MD
Hao Pan, M.D., is a cardiothoracic surgeon in Delray Beach, FL specializing in complex aortic surgery, aortic root surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and transcatheter valve repair and replacement. He underwent additional training in performing thoracic endovascular aortic repair primarily to treat aortic aneurysms. Prior to joining Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care, Dr. Pan served as Chief Resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX, where he underwent an integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency. He also completed his internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center after he graduated medical school from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Pan is a member of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons: South Texas Chapter. Dr. Pan is committed to advancing his field through multiple lectures and grand rounds presentations. He is on-staff at Delray Medical Center.
James Gardner Jr., DO
James Gardner, Jr., D.O., is an invasive non-interventional cardiologist. He is trained in general cardiology as well as using cardiac catheterization and other procedures to diagnose significant ailments and treat underlying conditions inside of the heart. Prior to joining the Jupiter Cardiology Group with interventional cardiologist Dr. Rahul Aggarwal and cardiologist Dr. Craig Vogel, Dr. Gardner, Jr., worked as an internal medicine hospitalist and attending physician at St. Margaret Dyer Hospital – Franciscan Alliance located in Dyer, IN. For his education and training, Dr. Gardner, Jr., completed a fellowship in General/Invasive Cardiology as well as his residency and internship at St. James Hospital – Midwestern University in Olympia Fields, IL. He also trained at in University of Chicago for Heart Failure. Dr. Gardner, Jr., specializes in invasive cardiology, congestive heart failure, preventative medicine, hypertension, clinical and nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He is board certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. His office is conveniently located in Jupiter, FL, and he is on-staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center as well as other local hospitals
Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care
Nishant Patel, MD
Dr. Nishant Patel is a cardiothoracic surgeon with Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care (TFCC) and provides the full range of cardiac surgery to his patients at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Delray Medical Center. He excels in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery to treat severe coronary artery disease. Dr. Patel is one of a few cardiac surgeons in the country that offers multiple arterial grafting for CABG. Only 5 percent of patients in the United States receive multiple arterial grafts during CABG. On the other hand, approximately 50 percent of Dr. Patel's patients receive at least two arterial bypass grafts during CABG surgery, which is thought to improve both survival and durability of the procedure. Dr. Patel also provides state-of-the-art valve repair, valve replacement, atrial fibrillation surgery and aortic aneurysm surgery, as well as minimally invasive surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Dr. Patel is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He completed medical school and all of his training in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Patel has presented his scientific research at 32 national and international conferences. He has published over 50 articles in some of the most prestigious cardiothoracic surgery and medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Patel is on-staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Delray Medical Center.
Joseph Ricotta, MD, MS, DFSVS, FACS
Dr. Joseph Ricotta specializes in vascular surgery and endovascular therapy and is the Regional Medical Director for Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy. Dr. Ricotta recently pioneered a new vascular procedure to prevent harmful plaque from traveling to the brain which reduces a patients’ risk of stroke during carotid artery treatment. He was the first physician on the east coast of Florida to perform the novel trans-carotid artery revascularization (TCAR) procedure, which is a new minimally-invasive treatment for patients with carotid artery blockage that results in shorter procedure times, hospital stay and reduced risk of stroke.
In addition, Dr. Ricotta performed the first endovascular robotic procedure in the United States using the Corindus robot at Delray Medical Center earlier this year. He has a unique interest in limb salvage procedures to prevent leg amputations. aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, and venous disease including pulmonary embolism. Dr. Ricotta is committed to care at his Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care office in Delray Beach, FL and is on-staff at Delray Medical Center.
Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) – South – Broward County
Mohamed Osman., MD, FACC
While Dr. Mohamed Osman always says that his number one focus is in the prevention of heart disease, he has dedicated his career as an interventional cardiologist to offering patients the highest quality care with minimally invasive solutions for cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, valvular heart disease and peripheral arterial disease. In addition, he now performs transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures for patients with aortic valve stenosis avoiding the extensive conventional surgical approach, again allowing for a speedy recovery for his patients. Dr. Osman is also specialized in limb salvage procedures for patients with advanced peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Mohamed Osman is triple-board certified and has extensive experience in caring for critically ill patients. Dr. Osman has an office at Tenet Florida Physician Services in Plantation and is on-staff at Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore in Fort Lauderdale, North Shore Medical Center in Miami and Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah. He is bilingual in English and Arabic.
Mohamed Behairy, MD, FACC
Dr. Mohamed Behairy is a highly experienced cardiologist with roots deep in the Plantation community. Teamed with his colleague Dr. Mohamed Osman, they offer current options in preventative medicine and evidence based general and interventional cardiology diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Behairy is certified by the American Board of Cardiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is on-staff at Florida Medical Center, a Campus of North Shore located in Fort Lauderdale.
Dr. Behairy is bilingual in English and Arabic. He has been practicing medicine for over 35 years. Dr. Behairy completed a fellowship in cardiology and an internal medicine residency from Bergen Pines Hospital, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Paramus, NJ. He also finished an internal medicine residency at St. Francis Medical Center, Hahnemann University, located in Trenton, NJ. Dr. Behairy completed his internship and medical school at Ain Shams University Hospital, Cairo, Egypt.
Tenet Florida Physician Services – South - Miami-Dade County
Jose Marquez, MD
Jose Marquez, M.D., is an interventional cardiologist board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease with over 35 years of experience. He is dedicated to providing quality patient care specializing in cardiac catheterizations and minimally invasive treatment options.
Dr. Marquez completed his fellowship at Down State Medical Center and Affiliated Hospitals in Brooklyn, NY, in cardiology. Prior to that, he underwent a Cardiology residency and completed his internship at King’s County Hospital and Affiliated Hospitals in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Marquez graduated medical school from the Universidad Central del Este in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Dr. Marquez has been dedicated to the Miami community with over 25 years of practicing medicine in South Florida. His Tenet Florida Physician Services office is conveniently located in Miami and he is on-staff at Palmetto General Hospital where he serves as the Chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Palmetto General Hospital.
Jaime J. Sanchez, MD, FACC
Dr. Jaime Sanchez is a cardiology specialist with the expertise needed to guide patients on a successful path to a healthier heart. Dr. Sanchez’s proficiency in cardiac testing and diagnosis helps him develop a heart treatment plan unique to each patient. He is an award-winning cardiologist with a conveniently located Hialeah office and is on staff at Palmetto General Hospital.
 Dr. Sanchez is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and nuclear cardiology. He is dedicated to bringing his patients the latest evidence-based cardiology care. Dr. Sanchez completed fellowships in cardiology, including serving as chief fellow, as well as his internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Bronx, NY. He also completed a residency in family medicine at Dr. Jamie Oliver Pino Hospital, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Dr. Sanchez is bilingual in English and Spanish. With Dr. Sanchez, exceptional cardiac care is just a heartbeat away.
Miguel Diaz, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Dr. Miguel A. Diaz is a clinical and interventional cardiologist with a Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) office in Hialeah, FL, specializing in the treatment of adult cardiovascular diseases. His areas of interest include preventive and general cardiology, complex coronary and structural heart disease, and management of peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Diaz performs complex coronary and peripheral arterial interventions, chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention (CTO-PCI), structural heart disease and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a new treatment option for people with aortic stenosis which could be an alternative to traditional types of open heart surgeries.
TAVR is a minimally invasive cardiac treatment where a cardiology team, led by an interventional cardiologist and cardiac surgeon, repairs narrowed heart valves causing aortic stenosis by inserting a new replacement valve inside of the existing aortic valve instead of removing the diseased valve. In 2017, Dr. Diaz and Dr. Brijeshwar Maini, an interventional cardiologist and Regional Medical Director of Transcatheter Therapies, performed the first Mitra Clip NT case in South Florida as a treatment for valvular heart diease. Dr. Diaz is board-certified in clinical, interventional and nuclear cardiology.
Tenet Florida Physician Services – South Florida Heart Institute
Dr. Jonathan Vafai, MD, FACC, FASE
Dr. Jonathan Vafai is a Harvard-trained noninvasive cardiologist. He is quadruple board-certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and internal medicine. Dr. Vafai is a member of an elite team of cardiology and interventional cardiology experts at South Florida Heart Institute caring for members of the Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach communities in Palm Beach County.
One of Dr. Vafai’s interests is in a growing field called cardio-oncology. Dr. Vafai, along with Dr. Eric Lieberman, Tenet’s Regional Medical Director of Cardiology, help patients diagnosed with cancer manage the possible cardiovascular effects of cancer treatments. He serves as the medical director of the echocardiography laboratory at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Vafai’s areas of interest also include echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and stress testing.
Jonathan Kahan, MD
Dr. Jonathan Kahan is a multi-specialty board-certified cardiologist at the South Florida Heart Institute in Delray Beach. Dr. Kahan is on-staff at Delray Medical Center and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Kahan is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Computed Tomography imaging and has extra additional certification in vascular study interpretation. His interests include hypertension, hyperlipidemia coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, peripheral artery disease, preventive cardiology and obesity treatment, arrhythmias, syncope, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
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