JLR has worked in close partnership with Florida Hospital to grow its Transplant Center. We work in concert with the entire transplant team to maximize clinical outcomes, operating room efficiency, patient safety and patient satisfaction.
Ranked in the 93rd percentile for an overall rating among hospitals nationwide and ranked in the 99th percentile for willingness to recommend to others, putting the inpatient transplant unit in the top one percent of hospitals for patient satisfaction.
Ravi Bissessar, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Division, Director of Cardiothoracic Transplant and Director of Liver Transplant
Dr. Bissessar has transplant anesthesiology expertise in the perioperative management of liver, kidney, pancreas, heart and lung transplantation. This includes complex cardiac cases, adult and pediatric congenital anomalies, minimally invasive and robotic surgeries, cardiac transplant, and management of ventricular assist devices. In addition to his current position, he has served on JLR’s board of directors as well as numerous other clinical and operations committees. Dr. Bissessar completed his fellowship in Cardiothoracic and Critical Care at Duke University Medical College in Durham, North Carolina, as well as a board certification in echocardiography. Prior to that, he received Diplomate in Anesthesiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was Chief Resident. He earned his medical degree, and his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and molecular science from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Moeed Azam, MD
Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesiology
Dr. Azam joined JLR after completing his anesthesiology residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a medical internship at University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has served as the Director for Liver Transplant Anesthesiology since the program’s inception at Florida Hospital and has been integral in producing outcomes that surpass national averages. These results were achieved through close collaboration in many areas, including operating room logistics, peer review and transplant patient selection committees, and transplant department governance. Experience in these complex procedures has produced niche expertise in perioperative bleeding management. Dr. Azam also serves as the Chief of Anesthesiology for Physicians‘ Surgical Care Center with specialized skill in regional anesthesia procedures for ambulatory surgical patients of the Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic.
Jared Weiner, MD
Director of Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Anesthesiology
A native of Central Florida, Dr. Weiner returned to his hometown when he joined JLR in 2006. He helped start the heart/lung transplant program at Florida Hospital and continues to serve as one of its medical directors. He also participates in JLR’s advanced orthopaedic anesthesiology program, providing advanced regional anesthesia to help minimize pain in orthopaedic patients. Dr. Weiner was a clinical instructor in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, prior to joining JLR. He completed his anesthesiology residency and cardiothoracic fellowship at Emory.