Ocala Heart Institute in Leesburg offers a full range of heart and lung services that rank among the best Florida cardiovascular care treatments in the country


Serving Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties, Ocala Heart Institute’s Leesburg location offers a full range of heart and lung services that rank among the best Florida cardiovascular care treatments in the country. Our team approach is a collaboration that draws on the knowledge and skills of top medical specialists in thoracic surgery.

Ocala Heart Institute founders had one goal in mind when the first facility opened its doors over two decades ago in: honor God by using our medical talents to improve the health of the world’s population. We’ve provided superior heart and lung care at six Florida facilities and by participating in missions that take us to remote areas of the world to perform operations that are otherwise unavailable to the people.

Our heart surgeons have performed hundreds of minimally invasive valve surgery procedures with excellent results.

Performing thousands of life-saving heart procedures each year, our experience and expertise has a proven success record of preventing/repairing heart and lung disease. Leesburg Ocala Heart Institute upholds the tradition of superior cardiovascular and lung services and offers one of the largest open-heart programs in the state. Our skilled familiarity with the latest and most sophisticated technology such as the Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation, minimally-invasive heart valve surgery, and the new TAVI procedure has opened up new possibilities for high-risk patients.

Dedicated to individualized care from initial evaluation to post-operative care, Leesburg Ocala Heart Institute ensures patients of streamlined continuity. Having the same team of caregivers reduces confusion and increases quick response to changes in health. With everyone working in cooperation, percentages of successful outcomes also increase. Care does not cease once the procedure is over. Our cardiac rehabilitation program is built on three phases and is considered one of the best in the nation. You and your team will draft a healthcare plan that includes education, cardiac reconditioning, and long-term lifestyle changes such as cholesterol lowering diet and/or medication, quitting smoking, and regular exercise to reduce risk of future heart problems.

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Working Together!

Ocala Heart Institute is an association of cardiovascular, thoracic, and vascular surgeons; and cardiovascular anesthesiologists; working together to provide quality care for cardiac, thoracic and vascular patients through the most minimally invasive surgery possible.

More than Hearts!

A collaboration of more than twenty years ensures you will be in exceptionally qualified hands, which has earned Ocala Heart and Vascular Institute recognition as a “Top 100 Hospitals for Heart Care” by Thomson Reuters several years in a row. Ocala Heart Institute’s expert care is not limited to the heart, and includes lung, esophageal, vascular and pacemaker surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Standard open-heart surgery involves making an incision down the middle of a patient’s chest from the lower neck to the upper abdomen. This is usually 10-12 inches long and requires dividing the breast-bone or sternum. Minimally invasive valve surgery uses advanced techniques to provide the same surgery through smaller incisions. Click below for more information about minimally invasive valve surgery.

A Compassionate Cardiac Medical Team

Our heart and lung surgeons, at Ocala Heart Institute, dedicate their time and skills to the needs of the heart, lung and vascular patient. Each heart and lung doctor has a compassionate medical team, all of whom are specialized in the care of cardiovascular, thoracic and vascular patients, and they work closely with your general cardiologists. The collaboration of the doctors, physicians assistants, nurses and staff make us who we are. We combine expertise, care and wisdom to help patients have a healthy life and family.

Heart & Lung Surgeries

From aortic heart valve replacements and heart stents to heart bypass surgery and pacemaker insertions, our heart and lung doctors, and their teams, will be by your side the entire time. During hospitalization, you are visited frequently by your cardiac team who are involved in the planning and implementation of your heart or lung surgery, from start to finish. We have some of the best heart doctors, and heart surgery teams, in the United States who are on call for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Aneurysm Repairs

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Coronary Bypass Surgery

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Heart Valve Surgery

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Maze Procedure

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation TAVI

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Ocala Heart Institute Testimonies

Now it has been over nine years since February 11, 2003 when you performed 5 heart by-passes for my mother. These years have amounted to a much-appreciated gift to her, and to Dad, who she took care of until he passed away in September, 2007. (Mom) still remembers, with pleasure, your kindly care.
Bill Ocala Heart Patient's Son
It has been four months since my surgery and I feel great. I want to take this opportunity to Thank You and your team for the excellent treatment I received at Munroe Regional. I also wish to thank you for the prayers that you shared with me and my wife before and after my surgery. As you are aware I had successful surgery eighteen years ago in another city, but subsequent treatments were not serving me well. I am thankful that my Doctors recommended you to evaluate me and ultimately perform my surgery. It goes without saying that my wife and family are very grateful for your expertise and experience. Your leadership and commitment as a surgeon is highly commendable. Again, Thank You!
Mr. Lopez Ocala Heart Patient
Thanks to all of you for giving of your time, expertise and kindness in helping us understand Rita’s illness and in making decisions for her health care. You all have been there for us and have been a source of wisdom for us. Your gentleness and quiet confidence has been much appreciated and will always be remembered. May God bless you in your work.
The Geisel Family Ocala Heart Patient's Family