Our VAD Team
Brian Bethea, MD, Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Bethea is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive heart valve replacement and repair, catheter-based heart therapies including: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – replacing the aortic valve via a catheter rather than traditional open heart surgery, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), aortic, mitral, and tricuspid surgeries and a minimally invasive approach to left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) for advanced heart failure. His practice is based in Delray Beach.
From 1995 to 2008, Dr. Bethea completed extensive education and training in cardiothoracic surgery. He graduated medical school from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery in Baltimore. Dr. Bethea also completed his fellowship and research fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Phillip Habib, MD, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Phillip Habib, MD is an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist who came from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida to the Center for Advanced Heart Therapy Program at Delray Medical Center. He graduated medical school from Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed internal medicine residency at The Ohio State University.
He completed general cardiology fellowship at University of Florida in Jacksonville in addition to an advanced echocardiography fellowship at University of Pittsburgh. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Habib has a number of interests including: cardiac resynchronization therapy, mechanical circulatory support, pulmonary arterial hypertension, valvular heart disease, advanced cardiac imaging, advanced heart failure, and cardiac transplantation.
Neil Galindez, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Neil Galindez, MD is a cardiothoracic surgeon for The Center for Advanced Heart Therapies at Delray Medical Center. He graduated medical school from the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed his residency at Morristown Memorial Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Galindez also completed his fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
He specializes in open and minimally invasive surgery for Atrial Fibrillation, temporary and long-term mechanical circulatory support, surgical coronary revascularization, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), aortic valve surgery, mitral valve surgery, and videoscopic assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).
Meghan Ciganik, BSN, RN, CHFN, Asst. Director VAD and Advanced Heart Failure Program
Prior coming to Delray Medical Center, Meghan Ciganik spent 4 years at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas caring for patients with ventricular assist devices (VADs) and heart transplant recipients. As a VAD Coordinator, Meghan is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team at the Center for Advanced Heart Therapies at Delray Medical Center.
Her prior cardiovascular nursing experience spans seventeen years at Duke University and the University of Wisconsin Hospital System. Meghan went to nursing school in Green Bay, Wisconsin.