STATE-OF-THE-ART SURGICAL TREATMENT FOR PATIENTS WITH HEART AND LUNG FAILURE

 

 

meet our surgeons

 

our surgeons

 

Christiano C. Caldeira, M.D.

 

Dr. Caldeira is the founder of Florida Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgery (FACT Surgery). A native of Brazil, he received his medical degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais School of Medicine. He moved to the United States and performed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Case Western Reserve University. He then completed his fellowship in lung transplantation, heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

 

Dr. Caldeira is an expert in high-risk cardiac surgical procedures, and has a special interest in surgical therapies for the treatment of heart failure. In addition to heart and lung transplantation, Dr. Caldeira is experienced in the use of implantable ventricular assist devices and left ventricular reconstruction surgery. He has mastered minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs, surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation, and procedures for the treatment of aortic pathologies.

 

Since moving to Tampa, Florida in 2005, Dr. Caldeira has been appointed Surgical Director of Heart & Lung Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Programs.

 

 

our surgeons

 

Robert Hooker, M.D.

 

Dr. Hooker is the latest addition to the Florida Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgery group. Originally from Michigan, he attended the Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City and began his general surgery training at SUNY-Downstate, in the surgical lab working in transplantation, completing his residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

 

Dr. Hooker then joined Stanford University where he completed both vascular and cardiothoracic fellowships. After completing his training, he join Spectrum Health Group in Grand Rapids, MI, developing a very successful ventricular assist device and thoracic transplantation program.

 

In addition to his interest in thoracic transplantation and ventricular assist devices, Dr. Hooker also is specialized in thoracic aortic pathology, valve repair and replacement, and arrhythmia surgery. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed journal articles and has participated in many device trials.

 

Dr. Hooker has worked diligently on patient safety issues as well as quality improvement initiatives.

 

 

 

our surgeons

 

Riad Meada, M.D.

 

Dr. Riad Meada received his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in 1982. His pursuit of higher education led him to visit the United States where he did his General Surgery residency at one of the world’s leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions, the University of California, Davis. After that, he started his cardiothoracic journey at Medical College of Virginia.

 

His interest in Aortic surgery led him to the University of Texas where he then did his Fellowship of Aortic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Center, and after completion of his fellowship he became an Assistant Professor of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery at the University of Texas. Right before joining USF Health, Dr. Meada was at Duke University where he did a fellowship in assist device and thoracic transplant.

 

Dr. Meada will be seeing patients at the Harbourside Medical Tower, Suite 820.

 

 

 

our surgeons

 

george Makdisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

 

George Makdisi, MD, MPH, MS specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and surgical management of end-stage heart and lung disease, mechanical circulatory assist devices, and transplant of donated heart and lungs.

 

With a global education in cardiothoracic care, Dr. Makdisi was trained and practiced surgery in three countries. Dr. Makdisi received his medical degree from Damascus University in Syria. He completed residency in general surgery, then he moved to France where he completed a thoracic surgery fellowship training, and a training in microscopic surgery at Aix-Marseille University and Hospitals System of Marseille and a training in VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery) at René Descartes University, Paris. After training in France, Dr. Makdisi moved to New York City for general surgery residency, he was graduated from Beth Israel Medical Center.

 

During his time in France, Dr. Makdisi earned Master's degrees in therapeutic and pharmacologic oncology, public health, medical science, and information technology from Aix-Marseille University.

 

Dr. Makdisi completed cardiothoracic surgery residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He then completed an advanced fellowship in thoracic transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at the Indiana University Health. Dr. Makdisi is Board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He fluently speaks English, French and Arabic.

 

 

THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO.

At FACT Surgery, we provide comprehensive surgical treatment for patients with heart and lung disease. We are experienced in complex surgeries on high risk patients and pride ourselves on our expertise and knowledge of our advanced cardiothoracic procedures.

 

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Christiano C. Caldeira, M.D.

 

Dr. Caldeira is the founder of Florida Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgery (FACT Surgery). A native of Brazil, he received his medical degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais School of Medicine. He moved to the United States and performed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Case Western Reserve University. He then completed his fellowship in lung transplantation, heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

 

Dr. Caldeira is an expert in high-risk cardiac surgical procedures, and has a special interest in surgical therapies for the treatment of heart failure. In addition to heart and lung transplantation, Dr. Caldeira is experienced in the use of implantable ventricular assist devices and left ventricular reconstruction surgery. He has mastered minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs, surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation, and procedures for the treatment of aortic pathologies.

 

Since moving to Tampa, Florida in 2005, Dr. Caldeira has been appointed Surgical Director of Heart & Lung Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Programs.

 

Robert Hooker, M.D.

 

Dr. Hooker is the latest addition to the Florida Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgery group. Originally from Michigan, he attended the Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City and began his general surgery training at SUNY-Downstate, in the surgical lab working in transplantation, completing his residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

 

Dr. Hooker then joined Stanford University where he completed both vascular and cardiothoracic fellowships. After completing his training, he join Spectrum Health Group in Grand Rapids, MI, developing a very successful ventricular assist device and thoracic transplantation program.

 

In addition to his interest in thoracic transplantation and ventricular assist devices, Dr. Hooker also is specialized in thoracic aortic pathology, valve repair and replacement, and arrhythmia surgery. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed journal articles and has participated in many device trials.

 

Dr. Hooker has worked diligently on patient safety issues as well as quality improvement initiatives.

 

 

Riad Meada, M.D.

 

Dr. Riad Meada received his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in 1982. His pursuit of higher education led him to visit the United States where he did his General Surgery residency at one of the world’s leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions, the University of California, Davis. After that, he started his cardiothoracic journey at Medical College of Virginia.

 

His interest in Aortic surgery led him to the University of Texas where he then did his Fellowship of Aortic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Center, and after completion of his fellowship he became an Assistant Professor of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery at the University of Texas. Right before joining USF Health, Dr. Meada was at Duke University where he did a fellowship in assist device and thoracic transplant.

 

Dr. Meada will be seeing patients at the Harbourside Medical Tower, Suite 820.

 

 

george Makdisi, M.D.

 

George Makdisi, MD, MPH, MS specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and surgical management of end-stage heart and lung disease, mechanical circulatory assist devices, and transplant of donated heart and lungs.

 

With a global education in cardiothoracic care, Dr. Makdisi was trained and practiced surgery in three countries. Dr. Makdisi received his medical degree from Damascus University in Syria. He completed residency in general surgery, then he moved to France where he completed a thoracic surgery fellowship training, and a training in microscopic surgery at Aix-Marseille University and Hospitals System of Marseille and a training in VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery) at René Descartes University, Paris. After training in France, Dr. Makdisi moved to New York City for general surgery residency, he was graduated from Beth Israel Medical Center.

 

During his time in France, Dr. Makdisi earned Master's degrees in therapeutic and pharmacologic oncology, public health, medical science, and information technology from Aix-Marseille University.

 

Dr. Makdisi completed cardiothoracic surgery residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He then completed an advanced fellowship in thoracic transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at the Indiana University Health. Dr. Makdisi is Board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He fluently speaks English, French and Arabic. .