The Soffer Health Institute, with offices throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County, Florida, is dedicated to making you feel at home throughout your medical evaluation and treatment procedures. We will thoroughly evaluate your condition with the latest research and techniques available, answer any and all questions that you may have, and present you with a carefully considered customized treatment plan that best suits your individual needs. We are here to help you. It is our motto that “Home is where the Heart (and Veins) are!”and we strive to treat you like family every step of the way.
Dr. Soffer set out to create a place where patients can not only get the finest cardiovascular care and preventive treatment that the world has to offer, but to do so in a setting that allows every patient to feel like part of his family. Dr. Soffer began his cardiovascular journey at the age of 16 when he finished highschool and enrolled in Pre-Med Studies, always wanting to be a cardiologist. After graduating medical school at the University of Miami with Distinction, he was accepted to the prestigious Cedars Sinai/UCLA residency program in Beverly Hills, California, one of the top cardiology programs in the world and published several articles on a wide range of cardiovascular topics.
Dr. Soffer is Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1995 and in Cardiovascular Disease in 1998 and is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology. He was named the Chief of Medicine of Hollywood Medical Center and later became the Official Doctor and Cardiologist of the NHL’s Florida Panthers from 2004-2008. Dr. Soffer also served as the Chief of Cardiology for Jackson North Medical Center, the newest hospital in one of the world’s largest academically affiliated Hospital Systems, Jackson Health.
He was asked by St. Jude Medical to write a book on Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome and it is often cited as one of the definitive works on this common and misunderstood cardiovascular disorder. He maintains affiliations and teaching relationships with the University of Florida’s Vascular Biology Working Group, Barry University, and Nova University.
He is one of the first cardiologists to become proficient in the new laser treatment of Varicose Veins, an often undiagnosed vascular problem plaguing men and women of all ages. In fact, dozens of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons have trained in his endovenous laser ablation techniques and for which he runs a prestigious physician training program.
He retains an open mind regarding requests by his patients for alternative treatments and for this reason, the Life Extension Foundation has asked him to write numerous articles in their prestigious and internationally regarded publications. In fact, recently his interest in Enhanced External Counter Pulsation received national attention as an FDA and Medicare approved alternative to angioplasty or bypass surgery. This procedure is currently available at the Soffer Health Institute.
He is on staff at Aventura Hospital and the Memorial Healthcare System.
Mina Soffer is another unique and important part of the Soffer Health Institute family. Mina trained in psychotherapy in the mid 80's and, almost immediately, began to realize the importance of the heart/mind connection. Today, the medical community has caught up to her vision of using stress reduction techniques to augment traditional cardiovascular treatment. More and more studies are showing that stress is a significant factor in getting, and ultimately worsening, heart disease. Her unique skill as a psychotherapist allows her to specialize in reducing one of the biggest risk factors in heart disease and its progression in our society. Mina’s association with many cardiologists through the years has enabled her to treat cardiac patients and to prevent many from becoming a cardiac patient. Mina makes the Soffer Health Institute one of the only practices in the country to have a true "cardiac psychology" treatment philosophy.
Mina, along with Dr. Soffer, developed a two component program for patients at the Soffer Health Institute suffering from Mitral Valve Prolapse and Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome. The first component was the medical one with Dr. Soffer, which included diagnosing the problems and medical treatment when necessary. The second component was educating the patient on their condition and attending to the patient’s symptoms and anxiety. This innovative approach was received by the patients with enormous gratitude. Often, for the first time in their life, their condition was being recognized and treated. The patients were reassured that, indeed, they were not going crazy. This quick and dramatic program was so successful that Dr. Soffer and Mina decided to share it with all inflicted with MVPS by writing the comprehensive book "Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome- Patient Information Guide."
Faith Jaslow is a Board Certified adult acute care nurse practitioner that started with Soffer Health Institute from its inception. She was born and raised in South Florida and has devoted her life to caring for her patients. Faith received her undergraduate training from the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors. She continued her training and obtained her Masters of Nursing from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s top schools. Faith’s broad background in cardiology, dermatology, vein disease and sclerotherapy enables her to be particularly effective as a nurse practitioner and she is a highly valued member of our family. Her extreme attention to detail has been very effective for treating spider veins for our patients. Faith bolsters her training by acting as a sub-investigator on numerous research projects.
Alina, our sunshine, is an experienced Registered Diagnostic Sonagrapher, and she is right by Dr. Soffer’s side during the ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy and endovenouslaser treatments. Our patients adore her positive outlook and energy.
Tai has been with the Soffer Health Institute from the beginning, and has been a valued, loyal assistant to Dr. Soffer for almost 10 years. Tai is always available to answer any of your questions.
Aileen is a valued addition to our team. You can count on Aileen to assist you with any of your needs, including questions on treatment, insurance and appointments.
Maria serves as the personal health care advocate for the concierge patients at Soffer Health Institute. She is dedicated exclusively to members to assist with making expedited appointments with specialists and to coordinate communication among the member's health care team. She is committed to working together to help navigate the complicated health care system and ensure that patients receive the highest quality health care available in the shortest amount of time.
Emira is an attorney and Director of Business Affairs at the Soffer Health Institute. Prior to joining the Soffer Heart and Vein Institute family, Emira was Vice President of Business Affairs for Universal Television located at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. Prior to her tenure at Universal Television, Emira was employed as Manager, Business and Legal Affairs at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, California. Emira is a 1991 graduate of the University of Miami and subsequently received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1994. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1994.