The cardiac surgeons at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute diagnose and treat heart conditions by performing a variety of complex procedures. These include surgical treatment of heart failure, weakened or malfunctioning heart valves and congenital heart defects in adults. The surgeons also perform transcatheter aortic valve replacements and implant ventricular assist devices.

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute surgeons are on the leading edge of treating cardiac conditions, including those that are rare and complex. They use the latest innovations in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and open-heart surgery, including:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and a minimally invasive version of this surgery known as MICS CABG
  • Heart valve repair or replacement, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Aortic dissection repair

Institute surgeons strive to provide a minimally invasive approach to treat heart issues — whether they’re opening a blocked artery or repairing a damaged valve. Compared with open-heart surgery, these procedures often offer:

  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Lower risk of infection

The cardiac surgeons at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute are part of an integrated, multidisciplinary team of doctors and healthcare professionals who provide individualized care.


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Chief of Cardiac Surgery

Chief of Cardiac Surgery

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health and the region’s largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility, has named Joseph T. McGinn, Jr., M.D., chief of Cardiac Surgery. Dr. McGinn specializes in the assessment and surgical treatment of patients with coronary artery, aortic and vascular disease. A pioneer in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, he developed the minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting method known internationally as the “McGinn Technique.”

Meet the Team

A Lasting Legacy

Dr. Niberto Moreno

Dr. Niberto L. Moreno, M.D.

Dr. Niberto Moreno served as chief of surgery at Baptist Hospital from 2004 to 2010 and has been on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee for more than 15 years. He served as chief of cardiac surgery until 2018, when he became chief emeritus of cardiac surgery.

He was the founding chairman of Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute management company and was instrumental in the development of the Institute as a center of excellence. Dr. Moreno’s dedication to his profession is only surpassed by his devotion to family – the success of which he would place as an accomplishment above any other. Dr. Moreno’s enduring and unequivocal commitment to his patients and our health system is a meaningful legacy for all of us to recognize.

Dr. Ralph Machado

Dr. Ralph Machado, M.D.

In the 90s, anesthesiologist Ralph Machado, M.D., took a dramatic step in revolutionizing cardiac care by proposing specialized cardiac anesthesiology to support heart surgery and interventional cardiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. Dr. Machado, with support from Institute Founder Barry Katzen, M.D., trained for and partnered with a multidisciplinary team to establish protocols to provide anesthesiology, along with imaging support, to heart surgeons, interventional radiologists and interventional cardiologists during procedures.

“Ralph’s vision and work improved patient care, fortified collaboration among multiple cardiovascular disciplines and laid the groundwork for the minimally invasive interventions and heart surgery we do at the Institute today,” Dr. Katzen said. Dr. Machado built a team of cardiac anesthesiologists who continue his legacy at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, as he returns to general anesthesiology. “Ralph led the way in establishing cardiac anesthesiology as an important component of what we offer at the Institute, and we truly appreciate his contribution to cardiac care for our patients.”

Cardiac Surgery Program

Our team has experience with a range of cardiac surgeries, including the latest minimally invasive techniques.

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