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Baptist Health International Center of MIA hosts Symposium

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Baptist Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, hosted the Second Annual Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute International Symposium July 16 and 17. More than 50 physicians in the fields of internal medicine, cardiology, interventional radiology and vascular surgery from Latin America and the Caribbean attended the two-day conference held at Baptist Hospital's Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami.

Symposium directors Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, and Niberto Moreno, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Baptist Health South Florida, together with co-director Antonio Brice, M.D., presented the latest advancements in the field.

At this year's conference, we welcomed a diverse group of medical professionals who are all eager to share the services available through Baptist Health with their own patients, said Dr. Katzen. Our goal is to continue this symposium series in support of Baptist Health's ongoing commitment to keeping the medical communities in Latin America and the Caribbean abreast of trends, news and breakthroughs in our specialty.

Among the topics covered at the symposium were coronary disease, structural heart intervention, minimally invasive surgery, cardiac robotic surgery and interventional techniques for erectile dysfunction. Other subjects included left atrial appendage closure, transarterial ablation to treat hypertension and aortic aneurysm.

As a practicing physician in the Caribbean, it's wonderful to know that we have the support and resources of the Baptist Health International Center here in Miami, said Dr. William Foster of Jamaica. This symposium was particularly important as some of the top specialists in our field presented the latest developments, which we can now bring back to our communities and apply to our own patients.

Founded in 1987, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute was one of the first places in the United States to bring together the perspectives of several healthcare specialties to treat problems within the heart and blood vessels. Patients of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute have access to more than 100 physicians who have met the Institute's rigorous accreditation, practice and educational standards.

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