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Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Montero is a cardiac surgeon specialized in the global treatment of cardiovascular disease in adults. Graduated in Medicine from the University of Valencia and PhD from the University of Córdoba. He is also a permanent member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Valencian Community. He currently works as a private surgeon at the Vithas Hospital in Valencia.


The field of cardiology has always seemed very interesting to me because it is a very objective and pragmatic medicine. During the medical career, in the medical practices, I was with the illustrious cardiologist Dr. D. Vicente Tormo at the General Hospital of Valencia. Later, I specialized in cardio-vascular surgery with Dr. Caffarena, at the Hospital La Fe in Valencia. During my training period, I visited hospitals that performed special techniques, such as Harefield Hospital in London with Dr. Mc Yacoub, where I learned the technique of valve homografts.

Later, during my period as Clinical Chief at the Reina Sofía Hospital in Córdoba, I visited the Broussais Hospital in Paris, with Professor Carpantier, to perfect valve surgery. I was also in Cambridge with Dr. English to start the heart transplant at the Reina Sofía Hospital in Córdoba (we did the 1st transplant in 1986) .

During my stay as Chief of Service at the Valencia General Hospital, I perfected my technique in aortic aneurysm surgery, visiting the centers of: Baylor University, Houston (Dr. Caselli) and Mount Sinai, NY (Dr. R. Grippe). I was also at the Cleveland Clinic, perfecting coronary surgery.

       During my period as Head of Hospital Service and Director of the Cardiovascular Area at Hospital La Fe in Valencia, I started the implant of the definitive mechanical heart. I am investigated at the La Fe Research Center and at the Príncipe Felipe Research Center in Valencia, where we are working on cell therapy, implanting stem cells in infarcted hearts


About me


  • In 1986 he performed the first heart transplant at the Reina Sofía Hospital in Córdoba.

  • In 1992 he created the Cardiac Surgery Service at the General Hospital of Valencia.

  • in 1998 he created the research group on cell therapy applied to the heart.

  • In 1999, I implanted the first short-term mechanical heart at the General Hospital of Valencia.

  • In 2000, I introduced at the national level the antegrade and retrograde cerebral perfusion technique for the treatment of aortic aneurysms.

  • In 2006 I put the ECMO system into operation, as circulatory support in cardiogenic shock (myocardial infarction), at the Hospital La FE in Valencia.

  • In 2013 I performed the first heart-kidney transplant in the Valencian Community.

  • In 2014 he implanted the first definitive mechanical heart (Heart Weare) at Hospital La FE

Areas of expertise


Information and appointments

  • Currently, Dr. JA Montero has his consultation at the Vithas 9 de Octubre Hospital, Valencia.

    If you wish, request information or an appointment with Dr. Montero, by calling the following numbers:


96 3179 100

96 3179 200 (External Consultations)

Avda. Valle de la Ballestera 59

Vithas Hospital October 9


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