The Team


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Dr. Joseph Lamelas

The King of Hearts and leader of our team is a pioneer of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He is board certified in cardiac and thoracic surgery and has performed more than 17,000 cardiac surgeries in his career, 7,000 of which have employed the minimally invasive approach. As a result, he consistently achieves amongst the highest survival rates in the country. Dr. Lamelas has been instrumental in the design and development of new and innovative concepts for advancing the field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, including the “Miami Method.”

Drs. Jorge Cabrera (left) and Jonathan Auerbach (right)

Jorge Cabrera, DO is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is board certified in critical care medicine and spends his clinical time working at UHealth Tower’s Cardiothoracic ICU.  His professional interests focus on acute resuscitation, difficult airway management, point-of-care TEE/TTE, and ECLS. Dr. Cabrera did his critical care medicine training at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as the inaugural critical care ultrasound fellow. He subsequently  went on to pass both the NBE’s Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography and Critical Care Echocardiography exams.  Dr. Cabrera is an instructor at the Baltimore airway course directed by Dr. Levitan, and has taught at over 70 national and international airway courses.

Jonathan Auerbach, MD is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His professional interests include airway management and education, point of care ultrasonography and anything that involves acute resuscitation. He completed a 5 year IM/EM residency at SUNY Downstate/Kings County, before moving on to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his critical care training with a certificate in education.

This website is dedicated to our our families for their support and sacrifice, and most of all, to our critically-ill patients for entrusting their lives to us. We hope that the material found in this website will aid current and future generations of intensivists to care for the critically-ill patient.