Randas Batista

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Randas José Vilela Batista
Born 1947
Passos, Minas Gerais
Citizenship Brazilian
Education Universidade Federal do Paraná (MD, 1972)
Occupation Medical doctor
Organization Vilela Batista Heart Foundation
Known for Batista procedure

Randas José Vilela Batista (Passos, Minas Gerais, 1947) is a Brazilian physician and cardiac surgeon. He graduated in medicine at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in 1972. After that, he moved to United States to do residency. Twelve years later, after passing through Canada, England and France, he would end up with a postgraduate degree in cardiac surgery. Then he returned to teach medicine in Brazil.


Doctor Randas developed eight techniques for cardiac care,[1] considered revolutionary. The best known of these is the "Batista procedure", that removes a piece of the dilated heart (partial left ventriculectomy) to treat heart failure patients. Thus, the method would exclude the need of a transplant.[2] The procedure became famous around the world, but there are some questions about its efficiency. According to information from the Brazilian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, the technique has become obsolete. Four years since the first operation, only 25% of the patients survived.[3][4]

Randas does not consider these data real. According to him, data from Instituto do Coração (InCor), which performs the surgery, indicates that survival 5 years after surgery is of 60%. He also suggests the reason why, in the United States, they do not perform procedures with the name "Batista Surgery": the technique is considered experimental there. In this way, the public authorities would not pay for the surgery, leaving to the interested patient the option to change the terminology to "ventricular aneurysm resection", which in practice is the same procedure, to have the treatment paid by the U.S. Government.

The techniques invented by him render honors until today in European countries and the United States. In United States he was considered one of the fifteen world heroes of medicine in a list of Time magazine[5] and CNN.[6] He also had his name engraved on a memorial on the island of Kos (which honors the father of medicine, Hippocrates), in Greece.[7] He is also the president of Vilela Batista Heart Foundation that, in partnership with the Japanese holding group Tokushukai, builds in the city of Apucarana, Paraná, the one who must be one of the largest heart hospitals in Latin America.


  1. ^ Zanin, Patrícia. "Coluna Audioretratos - Histórias de vida no rádio - Randas Batista" [Column Audioportrait - Life stories on the radio - Randas Batista] (in Portuguese). UEL FM. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Press office (June 17, 2010). ""Hospital do Coração" aguarda equipamentos para ativar ambulatório" ["Heart Hospital" awaits equipment to open ambulatory] (in Portuguese). Apucarana, Brazil: Apucarana City Hall. Retrieved July 9, 2010. The project is a proposal of the physician and president of the foundation, Randas José Vilela Batista, considered one of the most important heart surgeons in the country, and internationally recognized after the invention of a method named "Batista Surgery", which eliminates the need for organ transplantation. 
  3. ^ Sade, Sérgio (April 18, 2001). "Holofote" [Spotlight] (in Portuguese) (1696). VEJA. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeffrey, Susan (December 4, 2000). "Batista procedure an 'apparent failure'". Medscape. Retrieved May 27, 2015. (Registration required (help)). 
  5. ^ Gordon, Derek (October 1, 1997). "Too Big a Heart". Time. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Heroes of Medicine: Dr. Randas Batista". CNN. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Carnasciali, Juril (April 6, 2008). "O que se passa na sociedade" [What is happening in society] (in Portuguese). Gazeta do Povo. Archived from the original on September 26, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2010. In late April, the doctor participates in the 18th World Congress of Cardiac Surgery, in Greece, where he will have his name engraved on a memorial on the island of Kos, in honor of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, award of great prominence in the medical area(…) 

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