Dr Jose L Navia is the Director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida; Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Florida; and the S. Donald Sussman Distinguished Chair in Heart and Vascular Research. Dr Navia is also Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Dr Navia earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the National University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his internships and residencies in general surgery, cardiovascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery in Argentinian hospitals.
Dr. Navia has been a co-investigator for several clinical research trials. Dr. Navia’s research focuses on robotic cardiac surgery, video-assisted minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and a stentless mitral valve — an original design for mitral valve replacement that is being used across the country. He has developed different cannulas (tubes for needles and surgical instruments) for pulmonary bypass and has designed a proximal anastomosis device to avoid clamping the aorta during cardiac surgery. He has also developed a percutaneous mitral valve ring and prosthesis. He is extensively involved in research to investigate new and more effective treatments for patients with heart failure.