Jackson Health System hires new leader of heart surgery programs

Miami, FL. Hari Mallidi, MD, FRCSC, FACS, is joining Jackson Health System as the leader of heart surgery programs system wide, helping cement Jackson’s position as the region’s most comprehensive center for cardiovascular care. In this new role, Dr. Mallidi will serve as system chief of cardiac surgery, program director of heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at the Miami Transplant Institute, and director of the Jackson Heart Institute. Dr. Mallidi, who begins mid-November, will also be a member of the faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Mallidi, who has contributed major clinical breakthroughs in the field of transplantation, with multiple publications in the New England Journal of Medicine – the most prestigious journal in the world -, is coming to Jackson with a proven record of excellence in heart surgery. He has worked at some of the nation’s leading health systems, most recently Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a renowned teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston. There, Dr. Mallidi served as the clinical director of the Cardiac Surgery Service, as well as section chief for Heart Failure Surgery, Advanced Lung Disease and Transplantation. Dr. Mallidi was a senior surgeon in the Collaborative Center for Advanced Heart Disease, and executive director for ECMO at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he has worked since 2015.

“Dr. Mallidi has a national and international reputation as one of the best, most well-rounded cardiac surgeons, with vast experience and excellent clinical outcomes, as well as a leader who knows how to unite physicians, nurses, and other caregivers to create a true clinical home for patients with complex needs,” Jackson Health System CEO Carlos A. Migoya said. “Bringing in a surgeon of his caliber demonstrates Jackson’s commitment to continuing to enhance and advance the comprehensive cardiac care we provide to patients of all ages.”

Prior to his role at Harvard, Dr. Mallidi held the Lester and Sue Smith Chair of Surgery, and he was Chief of the Division of Transplant and Assist Devices at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. His roles there included serving as director of adult heart transplantation and co-director of the Advanced Heart Disease Center of Excellence at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and director of the Center for Cardiac Support at the Texas Heart Institute.

Dr. Mallidi earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1997. He subsequently completed a cardiac surgical residency in Toronto, followed by a cardiothoracic transplant and mechanical circulatory support device fellowship at Stanford University. He then remained on faculty at Stanford University as an assistant professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery, leading the medical center’s first destination therapy ventricular assist device program until his departure in 2012.

“Jackson Health System and the Miami Transplant Institute are synonymous with exceptional, groundbreaking, innovative medical care. The synergy of these two remarkable institutions is capable of providing the most comprehensive care for all patients with heart disease in the region,” Dr. Mallidi said. “I am excited to elevate cardiac surgery at Jackson, to better align cardiovascular services throughout the system, while ensuring high quality patient care remains our constant focus. Most of all, I am excited to collaborate closely with colleagues, from across the cardiovascular disease spectrum, to build a multidisciplinary team that provides world class care while keeping the patient and their loved ones at the center of everything we do.”

Dr. Mallidi will oversee all aspects of cardiac care throughout Jackson for patients of all ages. Outside of his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Mallidi will lead the recruitment of surgeons and physicians to help build a robust and comprehensive team.

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