Meet the Cardiac Docs

Sergio Caminha, MD

After practicing as a cardiovascular surgeon in New York, Brazil and completing five years as a cardiovascular surgery associate at the prestigious Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota), Sergio Caminha, M.D., brought his skills to Visalia. Since 1999, Dr. Caminha has served the cardiothoracic needs of Central Valley residents with tremendous results. From 2007-11, he served as chair of the Kaweah Delta Medical Center's Department of Cardiovascular Services.

Education & Training
  • Fellow, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan
  • Resident, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, New York
  • Chief Surgical Resident, Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
  • Surgical Resident, Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
  • Straight Surgical Intern, Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
  • Surgical Resident, Federal University of Ceara, BrazilMedical Degree, Federal University of Ceara School of Medicine, Ceara, Brazil
  • English Language, Federal University of Ceara School of Languages, Ceara, Brazil
  • General Education Colegio Castelo Branca, Fortaleza, Brazil
Work History
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Associate, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Staff Cardiovascular Surgeon, Veterans Administration Hospital, Syracuse, New York
  • Staff Cardiovascular Surgeon, Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, New York
  • Staff Cardiovascular Surgeon, SUNY Health Science Center, University Hospital, Syracuse, New York
  • Staff Cardiovascular Surgeon, Hospital dos Servidores do Estado-CNCC.INAMPS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Specialty Certification
  • Board-certified in Surgery & Thoracic Surgery
Graduate Honors & Awards
  • Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Services, Kaweah Delta Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, New York
  • Chief, Cardiac Surgery Services, Hospital dos Servidores do Estado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Current Positions
  • Attending Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Kaweah Delta Medical Center

Leheb Araim, MD

A private practice physician and recent graduate of Medical College of Georgia, Leheb Araim, M.D., came to Visalia in 2010, bringing with him a seasoned foundation in the latest cardiothoracic training. That training includes working under: Laman Gray, MD, the first physician to ever perform a heart transplant in Kentucky; Dr. Ed Garrett, whose father was among those credited with one of the first successful coronary artery bypass operations worldwide in 1964; and Dr. Hammond Cole, whose father was a pioneer of thoracic surgery. In one year's time, Dr. Araim was named Physician of the Year at Kaweah Delta.

Education & Training
  • Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Cardiothoracic Residency, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • General Surgery Residency and Research, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • B.A. in Chemistry Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Work History
Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cookeville, Tenn.

Specialty Certification
Board-certified in General and Thoracic Surgery

Graduate Honors & Awards
Physician of the Year, Kaweah Delta Medical Center (2011)
Outstanding Clinical Lab Mentor for Medical Students (2000-2002)

Current Positions
Cardiothoracic Surgery

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