Joseph Lamelas, M.D., FACS

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Dr. Joseph Lamelas is an expert in the most advanced forms of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Board certified in thoracic surgery, Dr. Lamelas has completed more than 14,000 cardiac surgical operations in his career, has played a significant role in advancing the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery including training more than 700 physicians from around the world.

While Dr. Lamelas practices all facets of cardiac surgery, his main focus over the past 12 years has been minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Lamelas has developed techniques to facilitate minimally invasive approaches for repairing simple congenital cardiac defects, removal of cardiac tumors, aortic valve surgery, mitral valve surgery, double and triple valve surgery, and replacement of the ascending aorta without splitting the sternum.


Dr. Lamelas is the associate chief of cardiac surgery in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons as well as a fellow in the American Board of Surgery, American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, and American College of Surgeons. Dr. Lamelas has lectured both nationally and internationally and his work in the field of minimally invasive valve surgery has been extensively published.


Professional Interests

  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Cuban Surgical Society
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American College of Surgeons
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Southern Medical Association
  • The Florida Society of Thoracic Surgery
  • Dade County Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons Committee of Applicant
  • The International Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society
  • Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons
  • Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgeons

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