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Miami Beach, FL, (February 5, 2009) – Mount Sinai Medical Center welcomes back Gervasio A. Lamas, M.D. to lead its new Columbia University Division of Cardiology as chief. Dr. Lamas is lauded internationally for his contributions in the field of cardiovascular disease and prevention. He joins Mount Sinai from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, where he was director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program, interim vice chief of clinical affairs/clinical services for the cardiovascular division, and medical director of the CCU at the University of Miami Hospital.

“We are very fortunate to welcome back Dr. Lamas,” said Steven D. Sonenreich, president and chief executive officer of Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach. “Mount Sinai’s outstanding cardiovascular services are world renowned. With Dr. Lamas on board leading our Columbia University Division of Cardiology, we now have an opportunity to take our medical center to even greater heights. Dr. Lamas brings a rare combination of academic excellence and a strong clinical presence.”

In his role as chief of the Division of Cardiology, Dr. Lamas will oversee all cardiology services and lead physician recruitment, academic and research activities, quality assurance, clinical management, and performance improvement.

“We are proud to add Dr. Lamas to our faculty as leader of the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai. Together we will work to enhance Mount Sinai’s role as a local, national and international leader in cardiovascular care and innovation,” said Dr. Allan Schwartz, chief, Division of Cardiology and vice chairman, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center in New York. “Our goal is to share cutting-edge technologies and treatments and to enhance clinical care and research protocols through a new relationship that develops synergy between the two programs and creates an innovative program in cardiovascular disease at Mount Sinai Miami Beach. Dr. Lamas is uniquely skilled to achieve our collective vision of cardiovascular excellence.”

Gervasio Antonio Lamas received his BA in Biochemical Sciences (cum laude) from Harvard College and his MD with honors (AOA) from New York University. He completed his internship, residency, and cardiology training at the Brigham and Women’s hospital (Harvard Medical School, Boston MA), and then served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Lamas’ clinical care, teaching, and research have been focused on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, coronary disease, valvular heart disease, heart rhythm disorders including atrial fibrillation, pacemakers, and defibrillators. He has led numerous clinical trials involving thousands of patients. Dr. Lamas is presently Study Chair of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), an international $30 million NIH-sponsored trial. He has served as Chair or Member of several National Institutes of Health Data and Safety Monitoring Boards, and of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Clinical Trials Review Committee. Dr. Lamas has served on the ACC/AHA Joint Committee to re-write the Guidelines for the Treatment of ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (2004 and 2006). He is author of 316 publications, including 140 abstracts, 109 original reports, 52 reviews and 15 books and chapters. Dr. Lamas is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology, and the Asian-Pacific Society of Cardiology. Dr. Lamas has recognition by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners as having special competency in cardiac pacing.

His patient care activities are now devoted to clinical and consultative cardiology, including second opinions, treatment of coronary disease and heart failure, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Lamas’ new clinical office is located at Mount Sinai’s main Miami Beach campus, suite 2070 in the deHirsch Meyer Tower, phone 305-674-2690.

About Mount Sinai Medical Center

Founded in 1949, Mount Sinai Medical Center is the largest independent, private, not-for-profit teaching hospital in South Florida. Mount Sinai’s Centers of Excellence combine technology, research and academics to provide innovative and comprehensive care in Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology and Orthopaedics. One of only six statutory teaching hospitals in the state, Mount Sinai is the hospital of choice for those who seek the level of expertise and care that only a teaching hospital can offer. The medical center’s commitment to quality has garnered prestigious recognition, including designation in 2007 as one of America’s Top Hospitals in Geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report.

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Established in 1767, Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons was the first institution in the country to grant the M.D. degree and is among the most selective medical schools in the country. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and state and one of the largest in the United States. For more information, please visit www.cumc.columbia.edu.