Structural Heart Program
The Structural Heart Program at the Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute offers innovative treatments and high quality care for patients with heart disorders all within a state-of-the-art facility.
Our Program is comprised of a collaborative team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the valves and other vital structures of the heart. Patients benefit from our personalized, coordinated care and comprehensive range of treatment options.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact 561.955.5467.
Michael Cammarata, MD, FACC,
Director, Structural Heart Disease Interventions Program
Dr. Cammarata grew up in Southwest Florida and attended the University of Miami, graduating with honors in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He began medical school later that year at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL where he was awarded the Jules B. Chapman Scholarship for academic excellence and humanism. He graduated in 2008 and began his internship and residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Internal Medicine. After completion of his residency, Dr. Cammarata spent a year as a hospitalist in Raleigh, North Carolina.
He started a combined research and clinical cardiology fellowship in 2012 at Wake Forest University - Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. While he was in fellowship he completed a Master of Science degree in “Clinical and Population Translational Sciences” through the Wake Forest University Graduate School. He published several papers relating to cardiology in addition to writing a book chapter on Hybrid revascularization procedures. He has presented multiple abstracts/posters at national conferences. He also completed the American Heart Association’s “Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke” in 2012.
Upon completion of his General Cardiology fellowship in 2016, he began a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Wake Forest University. During this fellowship, he received training in cardiac procedures including: cardiac catheterization, coronary angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, intracoronary imaging, structural cardiac interventions (balloon aortic valvuloplasty, Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), MitraClip, ASD/PFO closure) and peripheral vascular imaging and intervention. He developed special interests in radial artery access for heart catheterization, coronary interventions and trans-catheter interventions in structural heart disease.
He is currently board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology and is currently practicing at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. He lives in Boca Raton with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and participating in watersports including SCUBA and swimming.
Richard Cartledge, MD, FACS
Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. Cartledge is fellowship trained
in cardiovascular surgery from New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and in thoracic surgical oncology from Memorial Sloan Kettering both in New York. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and performed his residency at Mercer University School of Medicine, The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Dr. Cartledge is a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, a specialist in heart valve surgery and a regional pioneer of minimally invasive heart valve surgery. Dr. Cartledge performs on and off-pump CABG, complex mitral valve repair, thoracic aortic surgery, minimally invasive lung surgery and many other procedures.
Alexander Kulik, MD, FACC
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. Kulik obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto Medical
School and completed his cardiac surgery residency training at the
University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He obtained his fellowship board certification from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and then participated in an advanced aortic surgery fellowship at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. Thereafter, he developed expertise in endovascular surgery within fellowship training at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix. During his surgical training, Dr. Kulik obtained a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University.
Mikaela smith, RN, BSN, CNOR
Mikaela received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Broward College in 2008, her CNOR in 2013, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Florida Southwestern State College in 2022. Her background and clinical experience in structural cardiology interventions and cardiothoracic surgery focus on the care coordination for the patient undergoing these procedures. Her strong interpersonal skills in patient centered care, communication with physicians, families, and administration ensure smooth operations and a superior patient experience.