Baptist Health Announces New Cardiac & Thoracic Group

Baptist Health's team of cardiothoracic surgeons includes, (from left, front row): Lynn Seto, M.D., Niberto Moreno, M.D., Lynn Harrison Jr., M. D., and (from left, back row:) Lisardo Garcia-Covarrubias, M.D., and Mark Dylewski, M.D. (Photo: Business Wire)

CORAL GABLES, Fla.--()--Baptist Health is expanding its highly regarded cardiovascular surgery program and will be offering patients even more advanced and innovative approaches to care, according to Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO.

Joining the Baptist Health Cardiac & Thoracic Surgical Group and Baptist Health’s Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Niberto Moreno, M.D., are Lynn Harrison, M.D., clinical director of cardiac surgery; Lynn Seto, M.D., director of cardiac robotic surgery; Mark Dylewski, M.D., director of general thoracic surgery and thoracic surgical oncology and Lisardo Garcia-Covarrubias, M.D.

“We have brought together an outstanding team of surgeons from across the country,” Dr. Moreno said. “They are renowned physicians in the field, with world-class training and experience in all aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery, including robotics and minimally invasive procedures. Our team will provide exceptional care to our patients at both Baptist and South Miami Hospitals.”

Baptist Health’s open heart program attracts patients from throughout the region, as well as internationally. “Our reputation for quality care and patient satisfaction has been a key reason patients choose to come to Baptist Health,” Mr. Keeley said.

Dr. Moreno is one of the pioneers in the area of beating-heart surgery, in which the heart is allowed to continue to pump blood to the body while intricate operating techniques are used by the surgeon. He did the first beating heart operation in South Florida in 1994 and the first minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgeries the following year. He has been affiliated with Baptist Health for 22 years, joining the medical staff at Baptist and South Miami Hospitals in 1987 and holding a variety of leadership positions throughout the years. Dr. Moreno is Board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has published results of cardiovascular surgery studies in numerous medical journals and has trained other physicians extensively, particularly in Central and South America and the Caribbean. His post-graduate training includes a residency at the University of Illinois, Metropolitan Group Hospitals, and fellowships at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL., and at The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In 2007, he received “A Physician Who Cares” award from the Florida Medical Association.

Dr. Harrison joins Baptist Health from the University of Massachusetts, where he was chief of the division of cardiac surgery. He is credited with leading the transformation of the university’s cardiac surgery program into one of the top 100 programs in the United States. UMass Memorial Medical Center is ranked number two in the United States for surviving a heart attack by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Harrison received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, and his training in general and cardiothoracic surgery from Duke University, where he was a Teaching Scholar in Cardiac surgery. He came to UMass from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he served as the Craighead professor of surgery and chief of cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Harrison is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and has trained other physicians in a variety of surgical techniques. In addition, his research and clinical findings have been widely published.

Dr. Seto comes to Baptist Health from Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. Her special interest is in the area of robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery, particularly mitral valve repair. At Cleveland Clinic, she performed 400 heart surgeries without a single fatality. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Her post-graduate training includes residencies at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia and Albany Medical Center in New York and fellowships at Episcopal Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Health Systems. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Seto has served as an internationally recognized proctor to teach other physicians how to use robotic systems and minimally invasive techniques in cardiac surgery.

Dr. Dylewski has been affiliated with Baptist Health since 2004. He is considered one of the country’s cutting-edge surgeons in the area of robotic techniques, particularly minimally invasive lung surgery. He developed the Dylewski technique using the da Vinci robot to remove the lung without cutting or spreading the ribs — a technique other robotic physicians are now adopting. He is a graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed surgical residency programs at University of California, Davis-East Bay, and at University of Albany Medical Center. In addition, he completed a cardiothoracic surgical residency at the University of Albany Medical Center. Prior to joining Baptist Health, he served as associate director of thoracic surgery and assistant professor of thoracic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dylewski has been involved in numerous clinical research projects in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, as well as robotic-video-assisted thoracic surgery. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in general thoracic robotic minimally invasive surgery and serves as a clinical instructor for other thoracic surgeons who wish to learn robotic surgery. He is Board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Garcia-Covarrubias joins the Cardiac & Thoracic Surgical Group after extensive post-graduate training. He completed a cardiothoracic transplant fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center following a thoracic surgery residency and transplant fellowship at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was also chief administrative cardiothoracic resident. He came to Miami when a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Previous to the fellowship, he had completed a residency in general surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine. He also completed research and clinical fellowships in hyperbaric medicine. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has lectured and published more than 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His special interests include treating patients with end stage heart disease and mechanical circulatory support.

Baptist Health’s comprehensive cardiac and thoracic surgery program includes coronary artery bypass grafting, conventional valve surgery, comprehensive thoracic surgical oncology, minimally invasive thoracic and esophageal surgery, device implantation, minimally invasive valve surgery, beating heart and bloodless surgery, robotic mitral valve and coronary surgery, aneurysm surgery and care for congestive heart failure patients, in addition to other services.

Baptist Health is the largest faith-based, not for profit healthcare organization in the region. In addition to Baptist and South Miami Hospitals, it includes Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

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