Barry Katzen

Barry T. Katzen,M.D. is the founder and chief medical executive emeritus of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, a system-wide center of excellence that is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest health system in South Florida. He is Chairman, Department of Interventional Radiology and professor of radiology and surgery, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University; and holder of similar appointments at University of Miami, School of Medicine and University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine. Since its founding in 1987, the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute has served as a national model of success in multidisciplinary cooperation, and is one of the nation’s leading cardiac and vascular institutions.

He established the interventional radiology program, cardiac catheterization laboratory and noninvasive vascular laboratory at Alexandria Hospital in Virginia in 1976, where he pioneered the use of sophisticated video and audio technology to enhance the process of education for practitioners. He is credited with being the first to use “live patient demonstrations” in the United States, which became the benchmark for procedural education in endovascular therapy and many other procedural areas of medicine. Dr. Katzen is one of the pioneers of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and peripheral thrombolysis for less invasive treatment of vascular disease and was part of the investigative team that lead to the approval of the first intravascular stent.He is one of the founders of interventional radiology as a specialty of medicine, performing the first renal angioplasty in the United States.