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March 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 9

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Top Physicians

Memorial Healthcare System
 
Alan Novick, M.D.
 
When the Rehabilitation Institute of South Florida opened its doors at Memorial Regional Hospital South, Alan Novick, M.D., FAAPM&R, was instrumental in creating a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program. Now, that concept includes both inpatient care and outpatient rehab throughout the Memorial Healthcare System for adults and children.
 
“We provide close medical supervision and management of primary and secondary illnesses in order to significantly enhance recovery and address physical, cognitive, social and psychological needs to help our patients maximize their independence,” Dr. Novick explained.
 
Dr. Novick has been Medical Director of Rehabilitative Services for the Memorial Healthcare System since 2001 and previously from 1991 through 1994. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1987 and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1991. He earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. He is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
 
Memorial Hospital Pembroke
 
Brett Cohen, M.D., FACS
 
Every day, Dr. Brett Cohen is inspired to come to work because of the thousands of successful weight loss surgeries he has completed and the tremendous differences they have made in patients’ lives.
 
Dr. Cohen, a board certified general surgeon and fellowship trained bariatric surgeon, was one of the first surgeons in South Florida to offer an innovative procedure for patients who have struggled with weight loss. He also provides options for patients who have gained some weight back after their weight loss surgery. He performs gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding and the sleeve gastrectomy as well.
 
Dr. Cohen earned his medical degree from the University of Miami where he also did his general surgery training. He completed fellowships in both advanced laparoscopy and weight loss surgery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he gained the expertise to perform complex weight loss procedures and care for patients following weight loss surgeries.
 
South Miami Hospital
 
Yvonne Johnson, M.D.
 
Yvonne Johnson, M.D., is Board-certified in internal medicine and practices emergency medicine at South Miami Hospital. She currently serves as president of South Miami Hospital’s Medical Staff, co-medical director of the hospital’s Emergency Center and emergency director of the hospital’s nationally-accredited Heart Attack Unit. Dr. Johnson received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami in 1990. She has lectured extensively locally and internationally on the topic of Women and Heart Disease.
 
Jorge Rabaza, M.D.
 
Jorge Rabaza, M.D., is a Board-certified general surgeon with expertise in weight-loss and robot-assisted surgery. He has performed more than 720 bariatric procedures over the past decade. Dr. Rabaza is also certified for single-incision robotic surgery, and has performed more than 100 gallbladder removal procedures using this revolutionary surgical technique. Currently serving as Chief of Surgery at South Miami Hospital, Dr. Rabaza is a member of Baptist Health Medical Group and is a past president of the South Miami Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Rabaza received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he received accolades as Chief Resident of the Year. He has published articles about bariatric surgery in the Journal of the American Board of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Journal of Obesity Surgery. 
 
Memorial Hospital West
 
Ihor Pidhorecky, M.D., FACS, FSSO
 
Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Ihor Pidhorecky graduated from New York University and completed his medical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He then completed a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology at the renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute where he was very active in research in melanoma, breast cancer, colon cancer and gastrointestinal stromal tumors.
 
Today, Dr. Pidhorecky primary focus is on surgical oncology with expertise in esophageal, pancreatic, hepatobiliary, gastric, colorectal, melanoma/soft tissue, breast and endocrine tumors.
 
Dr. Pidhorecky joined the medical staff of Memorial Hospital West in 2000 and later served as Chief of Surgery from 2005 to 2011. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the hospital’s medical staff.
 
Memorial Regional Hospital
 
Sean O'Donnell, M.D., FACS
 
Dr. Sean O’Donnell joined the staff of Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute as medical director of Endovascular Surgery in 2012. Board certified in surgery and vascular surgery, his special research interests include endovascular management of aortic dissections and arterial trauma and other aortic diseases.
 
Prior to coming to the Memorial Healthcare System, Dr. O’Donnell had served as Director of Vascular Surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he served a distinguished military career, culminating with a decade as Chief and Program Director of Vascular Surgery Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Since 1995, he has taught medical students, residents and fellows from University of Georgetown and Washington Medical Center as Director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
 
After earning his medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola, University of Chicago, Dr. O’Donnell completed his residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. He completed two surgical fellowships, first at Walter Reed, and later at Cleveland Clinic.
 
Dr. O’Donnell’s many military honors include a Bronze Star for service during the Gulf War, two Meritorious Service Medals and two Army Achievement Medals, including commendation for treating Pentagon casualties after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
 
West Boca Medical Center
 
Noah Schreibman, M.D.
 
Dr. Noah Schreibman is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine. He has been practicing medicine in South Florida since 2002. Dr. Schreibman holds a special interest in sleep disorders and is also board certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Leading the Adult and Pediatric Sleep Diagnostic Center at West Boca Medical Center, Dr. Schreibman and his team offers diagnosis and treatment for common sleep disorders including snoring, restless leg syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea and chronic insomnia. Dr. Schreibman graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York and completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has authored several chapters and abstracts for medical publications such as The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The Adult and Pediatric Sleep Diagnostic Center at West Boca Medical Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2011.
 
Anwar Vardag, M.D., FAAP, FCCP, FRCPCH (UK), DCH (Glasg.)
 
Dr. Anwar Vardag, pediatric intensivist, is the medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at West Boca Medical Center since 1992. Dr. Vardag also serves as the medical director of the Pediatric Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Vardag was named America's Top Pediatric Intensivists and Best in American Medicine 10 years in a row in 2012 by the consumer research company, Castel Connolly Medical Ltd. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and sub-board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
 
Dr. Vardag completed his training at Dow Medical College in Pakistan and a residency/fellowship in internal medicine, adult intensive care, and coronary care at St. Luke Hospital in Malta, followed by a residency and fellowship in general pediatrics and neonatology respectively at Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, Scotland. He then completed a three year fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Miami Children's Hospital.
 
North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus
 
Diane Sanders-Cepeda, D.O.
 
Dr. Diane Sanders-Cepeda is a family medicine physician at FMC Campus and a board certified Geriatrician. She has been serving the South Florida community since 2007 and will be the medical director of the Specialized Geriatric Care Unit at FMC Campus. In the new unit, which will open in the Summer of 2013, Dr. Sanders-Cepeda will lead the team in providing specialized patient centered care for hospitalized older adults. She is an integral part of the development of the new unit for seniors.
 
Dr. Sanders-Cepeda received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri and completed a fellowship in Geriatrics at Nova Southeastern University. She is board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Practitioners in Family Medicine and Geriatrics as well as certified by the National Alliance of Wound Care.
 
Matthew L. Carr, M.D.
 
Dr. Matthew L. Carr specializes in cardiology and is the medical director of the heart Valve Clinic at The Heart Institute of Florida at North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus. With over 30 years of experience in cardiology, Dr. Carr is part of the cardiac team at FMC Campus and has played a key role in implementing best practice clinical protocols.
 
Dr. Carr is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, and he completed his internship in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He continued his medical training at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University School of Medicine where he completed his residency in internal medicine as well as his fellowship in cardiology.
 
Dr. Carr is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease as well as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is board certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Interventional Cardiology and Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography.
 
Coral Gables Hospital
 
Rafael J. Fernandez, M.D.
 
Dr. Rafael J. Fernandez is Chief of Staff at Coral Gables Hospital and an orthopedic surgeon in the hospital’s orthopedics and sports medicine department. With 17 years of experience specializing in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Fernandez has served in multiple leadership positions at Coral Gables Hospital including Chief Department of Surgery, Chief Section of Orthopedics and Co-Chairman of the Safety Committee.
 
Dr. Fernandez earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois where he also underwent his fellowship training in sports medicine. He completed both his internship and residency at the University of Kansas and is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery.
 
Dr. Fernandez is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and served as a medical expert for the Social Security Office of Hearings and Appeals. He is a member of the Florida Medical Association, Dade County Medical Society, Florida Orthopaedic Society as well as the Miami Orthopaedic Society.
 
Alejandro Posada, M.D.
 
Dr. Alejandro Posada serves as the Chief of Surgery at Coral Gables Hospital. He is one of the many respected orthopedic surgeons who work in the hospital’s comprehensive orthopedic and sports medicine department. Dr. Posada has 15 years of experience specializing in orthopedic surgery and his areas of interest are trauma, orthopedics and sports medicine.
 
Dr. Posada earned his medical degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and attended Fundación Santa Fé for an internship in orthopedic surgery, both in Bogotá, Colombia. Dr. Posada also completed both an internship in general surgery as well as his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Posada completed a sports medicine research fellowship at University of Miami and a clinical sports medicine fellowship at Harvard/ Massachusetts General Hospital. He has served as a clinical educator at both the University of Miami and Florida International University.
 
Broward Health Coral Springs
 
Charles P. Lago, Sr., M.D.
 
Dr. Charles Lago who is the Medical Director of the Colorectal Program and the Vice Chair of Surgery at Broward Health Coral Springs is a highly respected colorectal surgeon who is a who Diplomat of the American Board of General Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Colon Rectal Surgery.
 
Dr. Lago has published numerous articles on surgical procedures and complications and diseases commonly found in colon rectal surgical candidates. As a result of his studies and publications, Dr. Lago is frequently a guest lecturer at many symposiums and to many community groups locally and nationally.
 
Dr. Lago is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He completed a surgical residency at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences State University of New York at Buffalo and a Fellowship in Colon Rectal Surgery at Orlando Regional Healthcare System/University of Florida Affiliate.
 
Steven Svabek, D.O.
 
Dr. Steven Svabek, who specializes in spinal and orthopedic surgery, became the first physician in Florida to use the BRYAN Cervical Disc System in a disc replacement surgery. The surgery was completed at Broward Health Coral Springs.
 
As a board certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in spine surgery, Dr. Svabek treats general orthopedic issues and specializes in diseases and disorders of the spine. He is fellowship trained in spine surgery.
 
Dr. Svabek, who completed his internship at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and orthopedic residency at St. Vincent Hospital/Cabrina Medical Center, as well as North Shore University in New York City, feels that his spine fellowship training allows him to better evaluate diseases of the spine. Spine surgeries that Dr. Svabek routinely performs include discectomies, decompressions of the spine and nerve roots, and spinal fusion.
 
Broward Health Urgent Care
 
Ladan Pourmasiha, O.D.
 
Dr. Ladan Pourmasiha is one of the staff physicians at the new Broward Health Urgent Care (BHUC) in Coral Springs. Alongside a stellar team of physicians at the BHUCC, Dr. Pourmasiha offers her expertise as an osteopathic physician with the approach of treating the whole body rather than just the disease process. Her emphasis is on patient safety, and education being a number one priority to ensure long term effects.
 
She attended Nova Southeastern University where she received her Masters in Biomedical Science and further continued her education at NSU's School of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been an integral part of the community, involved in both community service and several medical organizations including American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. She completed her medical residency at Palmetto General Hospital and is board certified in Family Medicine.
 
St. Anthony's Rehabilitation Hospital
 
Daniel C. Carney, D.O.
 
Dr. Daniel Carney received his undergraduate degree (BS) from the University of Miami in 1977. His path to Rehabilitation Medicine was, however, a bit unconventional. A former sportscaster and talk show host in Miami and in Atlanta for CNN, Dr. Carney realized the beginning of his lifelong passion by attending Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Graduating in 1995, he completed his internship at Palmetto General Hospital and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts for his residency in Physical Medicine. He is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and attained his Subspecialty in Spinal Cord Injury from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2002. Dr. Carney is also Board Certified by the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Massachusetts. Dr. Carney is a native of South Florida, and it was only natural that he and his family return to the Sunshine State in 2003. He has served as medical Director of St. Anthony’s Rehabilitation Hospital since that time. His clinical interests include spinal cord injury, stroke, sports medicine, and musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Carney is married with 4 children, and enjoys golf, fishing, and antique “muscle” cars.
 
Veronica Gipps, M.D.
 
Dr. Veronica Gipps has practiced Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in the state of Florida since 1992. Physiatry is an American Board of Medicine recognized specialty that treats patients with neurologic and orthopedic disorders resulting in disabilities. The goal of physiatry is to assist a patient to become more functional and regain independence using a multi-disciplinary approach. Such patients include those with stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury, poliomyelitis, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, rheumatologic and orthopedic disorders and pain. The physiatrist networks closely with physical, occupational & speech therapist, orthotists and prosthetists as a team leader. Dr. Gipps has been licensed in Florida since 1992, and in private practice since 1993. She is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1992 and as an independent Medical Examiner since 2001. Her training has included a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Florida 1983, completion of medical school at Ponce School of Medicine, preliminary year of Internal Medicine at Tulane University 1987-1988 and one year of General Surgery at Brooklyn Caledonian Hospital 1988-1989, as well as a three year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York 1989-1992.
 
St. Catherine's & St. Catherine's West Rehabilitation Hospitals
 
Miriam Feliz, M.D.
 
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dr. Miriam Feliz received her undergraduate and medical school education at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, graduating in 1975. She undertook internship training in internal medicine at the Moscoso Puello General Hospital in Santo Domingo (1973-1975). She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Boston University Medical Center (1977 1980). She also completed a fellowship in industrial rehabilitation and spinal cord injury at Boston University Medical Center (1980-1981). She became Board Certified in Physical medicine in Rehabilitation in 1989. She is licensed to practice medicine in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Dr. Feliz established her medical practice in 1982 in the specialty areas of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Rehabilitation, Industrial Medicine, and Spinal Cord Injury. In 1988, she began a now long-standing commitment to St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital. Presently, she is a Medical Director at St. Catherine’s. Her current interests include cardiac rehabilitation, brain injury, and osteoporosis. Her favorite hobby is boating and spending time with her family.
 
German Ojeda-Correal, M.D.
 
Dr. German Ojeda-Correal graduated from the Universidad Javerina - Facultad de Medicina in Bogota, Colombia, where he also completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery in 2001. After four years as attending physician in various hospitals and clinics, he relocated to the US with his family in 2005. He entered a surgical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach where he was awarded Intern of the Year in 2007. He subsequently completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami in 2011. His main clinical interests are non-operative musculoskeletal care and procedures, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, electromyography/nerve conduction studies, treatment of spasticity with botulinum toxin and baclofen pump, acute inpatient rehabilitation.
 
St. Anne's Nursing Center
 
Francisco Adelquis Cruz, M.D., FACP
 
Born in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Cruz received his degree Doctor in Medicine from The Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana in 1988 and completed his specialty training in Family Practice in 1993. He had multiple publications in The General Integral Medicine (Family Practices) Magazine and several presentations in International Medical Conventions when he was living in Cuba. He immigrated to Venezuela in 1993 where he worked as a physician in a private practice and long term facilities.
He moved to United of States and finished his Internal Medicine residency program at Raritan Bay Medical Center, affiliated to Robert Wood Johnson University in 2003, where he served as chief resident in the same program in 2003.
 
Dr. Cruz joined St. Anne's Nursing Center and Residence in 2004 and was appointed Medical Director in 2008. "He is highly instrumental in setting high standards in quality of care for our long term care residents and patients," states Julia Shillingford, R.N., B.S.N., Director of Nursing.
 
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Broward County
 
Mayda Arias, M.D.
 
When Mayda Arias, M.D., joined the Southeast Hematology-Oncology Group, she had to serve as a hospice physician so she could learn firsthand about caring for patients at the end of life. The experience motivated her to join VITAS in 1995 as a team physician.
 
“I entered the hospice field to gain skills in the whole range of patient care; I stayed because I found I love caring for patients as they reach the end of life,” she says.
 
Board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Care and in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Arias cares for patients in two Broward County VITAS inpatient hospice units.
 
“The team approach is the best way to provide high quality hospice care, and VITAS excels at this,” she says. “I value our nursing staff, chaplains, social workers and volunteers who do their best to provide the quality, compassionate care our patients and their families need.”
 
Armando DeFeria, M.D.
 
Armando DeFeria, M.D., joined VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Broward County in 2011 as a Team Physician. Dr. DeFeria attends VITAS patients in assisted living communities and nursing homes and also helps care for patients who need a Spanish-speaking physician.
 
Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. DeFeria chose to be a hospice physician because he appreciates the hospice team approach to patient care.
 
“Working as a VITAS physician enables me to follow my patients throughout the course of their illnesses and help people when they need it most,” he says. “It is very rewarding that I can help control pain and manage symptoms when patients and their families feel there’s nothing more that can be done.”
 
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Miami-Dade/Monroe
 
Francisco Adelquis Cruz, M.D., FAPC
 
Francisco Adelquis Cruz, M.D., joined VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Miami-Dade/Monroe in 2004 as a Team Physician. Dr. Cruz, who attends VITAS patients in assisted living communities and nursing homes, also educates healthcare professionals and the community about the benefits of hospice care for patients with life-limiting diagnoses.
 
“Serving as a hospice physician enables me to pursue my passion of helping the terminally ill and dedicate my time to providing them with the compassion and support that honors their dignity at the end of life,” Dr. Cruz says. “It brings me great satisfaction to know that we provide peace and comfort to patients and families.”
 
“Dr. Cruz brings his medical expertise and compassion to each patient and family he cares for,” says VITAS Senior General Manager Betty Bel, R.N.
 
Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Cruz is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He also serves as medical director for St. Anne Nursing Home in Miami.
 
Manuel A. Suarez-Barcelo, M.D.
 
Manuel A. Suarez-Barcelo, M.D., became a hospice physician because of his commitment to helping geriatric patients and their families.
 
Dr. Suarez-Barcelo, who joined VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Miami-Dade/Monroe in 2000, cares for patients in their homes, nursing homes and in a VITAS inpatient hospice unit.
 
What VITAS gives to its hospice patients, he says, is a precious commodity that physicians with busy private practice can’t give as generously: time. “Hospice is rewarding to physicians because we can spend more time with patients, getting to know them and their families and easing their physical and emotional pain.”
 
“Dr. Suarez Barcelo is passionate about the care he provides his patients and families and is a huge patient advocate,” says VITAS Senior General Manager Maureen Knips, R.N. “He has been with VITAS for 13 years and we look forward to many more.”
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
 
Neil Ozer, M.D.
 
Specializing in preventative medicine, Dr. Neil Ozer has been practicing medicine in South Florida since 1976. Currently Dr. Ozer serves as the Medical Director and Physician Advisor for Case Management, Utilization Review, Performance Improvement and Risk Management at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center since 1986. Named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and Castel, Dr. Ozer was featured in Palm Beach Life Magazine’s article, “Best Doctors in Palm Beach County.”
 
Dr. Ozer graduated from the University of Miami and is a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and the Palm Beach County Medical Society. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Ozer is committed to delivering quality care and maintains his board certifications as a Diplomate from the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.
 
Richard Sebastian Faro, M.D.
 
Dr. Richard Faro, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, is the founder of the Heart Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Dr. Faro serves on the Cardiac Surgery committee at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and has served on many committees including intensive care peer review and the Board of Governors.
 
Dr. Faro graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in, Nebraska and completed his fellowship in Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. From 1973 to 1975, Dr. Faro served as Captain in the United States Air Force at the Anderson Air Force Clinic in Guam. Dr. Faro is board certified as a Diplomate of the National Board Medical Examiners and certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Phlebology and American Board of Surgery in General Vascular Surgery. Dr. Faro has authored articles for several medical publications and was a clinical instructor at Rush Medical College and Creighton University, as well as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
 
Palmetto General Hospital
 
Jose Gamez, M.D.
 
Dr. Jose Gamez has more than 20 years of experience specializing in psychiatry and serves as the Medical Director of the Geriatric Mental Health Program at Palmetto General Hospital. Dr. Gamez leads the treatment team at Palmetto General Hospital’s Psychiatry Department. Dr. Gamez has served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and currently serves as Chairman of the Governing Board at Palmetto General Hospital.
 
Dr. Gamez is a graduate of the University of Panama School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Panama before attending the University of Miami for his residency in psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gamez completed fellowship training in chemical dependency at the Glenbeigh Hospital of Tampa as well as a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Miami in Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has published medical research in the Community Mental Health Journal and Behavior Health and Aging, and he has participated in medical investigations that have focused on the study of schizophrenia and dementia.
 
Eloy Roman, M.D.
 
Dr. Eloy Roman serves as Palmetto General Hospital’s Chief of Staff and specializes in hematology, internal medicine and oncology. He is one of the many talented physicians that work in Palmetto’s Oncology Treatment Center which focuses on prevention, early detection and innovative treatment options for its patients. Dr. Roman has served as the hospital’s Chairman of Department of Medicine as well as the Vice Chief of Staff and he has previously been honored as Physician of the Month at Palmetto General Hospital. He is also recognized on the Healthgrades Honor Roll; a designation that identifies leading doctors who are board certified in the specialty they practice.
 
Dr. Roman is a graduate of the medical school at the Universidad Central del Este, San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He completed both his internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center before completing his fellowship training in hematology/oncology at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Center.
 
Memorial Hospital Miramar
 
Simon Weiss, M.D.
 
In his daily medical practice, Dr. Simon Weiss combines his expertise in gynecology and routine and high risk obstetrics with common sense. He has assembled a strong, supportive team at Memorial Hospital Miramar and specializes in endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain and complex gynecologic surgery.
 
After graduating from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, Dr. Weiss trained at Yale University in primary care medicine and then at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in obstetrics and gynecology. He completed a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at a time when it was still not widely used in medicine.
 
Today, Dr. Weiss continues to employ the latest medical protocols and technological advances. This includes robotic surgery for the treatment of pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroids and other tumors, enabling patients to avoid large, open incisions and lengthy hospital stays. Radical surgery is almost exclusively done by laparoscopy, with the assistance of robotics.
 
St. Mary’s Medical Center
 
Lawrence M. Adams, M.D.
 
Dr. Lawrence Adams has been serving the South Florida community since 1987 with a specialty in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Adams previously served as Chief of Pediatrics and now serves as Chairman of the Credentials Committee, and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee at St. Mary’s Medical Center as secretary treasurer.
 
Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, sub board in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Dr. Adams is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Adams is a member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition .He has been a Physician Member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Dr. Adams served as a Pediatric Medical Advisor for the Celiac Disease Foundation, Palm Beach County Chapter. Dr. Adams graduated from St. George University in Grenada, West Indies and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology from Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York.
 
Robert Borrego, M.D.
 
For over 22 years Dr. Robert Borrego, a general surgeon, has been practicing medicine with a special interest in critical care and trauma medicine. Dr. Borrego is the Immediate Past Chief of Staff and the medical director and chief of trauma at St. Mary’s Medical Center. From 1991-1999, Dr. Borrego served as assistant medical director of the trauma unit and medical director of the surgical critical care unit. Dr. Borrego serves on several committees at the hospital including the Critical Care Committee, Medical Executive Committee, Surgery Peer Review Committee and the Board of Governors and is diligent in serving the patients in his community.
 
Dr. Borrego is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is board certified in Surgical Critical Care. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons Candidate Group, Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Florida Committee on Trauma. Dr. Borrego served in the United States Army Reserves from 1990-2010 including treating soldiers in Iraq.
 
Good Samaritan Medical Center
 
Richard Follwell, D.O.
 
Good Samaritan Medical Center welcomes Richard Follwell, D.O., as medical director of MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program. In his new role, Dr. Follwell will organize and coordinate physician services and will oversee all medical operations of the program.
 
Dr. Follwell previously directed a bariatric surgery program in St. Louis, Missouri and brings that experience to the South Florida community. He graduated from the University of Health Sciences College Of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri and completed his residency in general surgery at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2004, Dr. Follwell has been a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
 
Marilyn Raymond, M.D.
 
Dr. Marilyn Raymond, Oncologist, is the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Good Samaritan Medical Center. She is a leader in the field of oncology and breast cancer and is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and National Board of Medical Examiners. With the support of a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, Dr. Raymond ensures patients and their families receive a comprehensive diagnosis and compassionate care.
 
Dr. Raymond has authored articles for several medical publications and was a clinical instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Raymond is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Dr. Raymond is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, serves on the Ethics Committee for Good Samaritan Medical Center and is a board member of the Komen South Florida Affiliate.
 
North Shore Medical Center
 
Jaime Lozano, M.D.
 
Dr. Jaime Lozano specializes in radiation oncology and is the medical director of the C. Gordon Griffith Community Cancer Center at North Shore Medical Center. With more than 30 years of experience specializing in radiation oncology, Dr. Lozano leads North Shore Medical Center’s multidisciplinary team approach to minimize stress and maximize treatment effectiveness for its patients.
 
Dr. Lozano earned his medical degree at the Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, before completing an internship in general surgery at The Long Island College Hospital in New York. He then went on to complete his residency in radiation oncology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He is a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Medical Association and the Florida Medical Association. Dr. Lozano is a three time recipient of the Physician’s Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education from the American Medical Association.
 
Hakan Charles-Harris, M.D.
 
With over 20 years of surgical experience, including minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Hakan Charles-Harris has been most recently appointed the Medical Director of the new comprehensive Breast Center at North Shore Medical Center, which will open in the spring of 2013. As a member of North Shore Medical Center’s team of dedicated physicians, Dr. Charles-Harris has also served as the hospital’s Chief of Surgery, Vice Chief of Staff and as a member of the Medical Executive Committee and the Operations Committee.
 
Dr. Charles-Harris earned his medical degree from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and completed his internship and residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has remained active in the academic community serving as an assistant professor in surgery at Florida International University’s College of Medicine and is the Medical Director of the FIU Endovascular Institute.
 
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
 
Juan C. Martinez, M.D.
 
Juan C. Martinez, M.D., is medical director of both the Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Center and the Sleep Lab at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
 
A board-certified pediatric pulmonologist, Dr. Martinez received his medical degree from the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland; and a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland.
 
Before coming to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, he practiced pediatric pulmonology and directed the Sleep Disorders Center and Cystic Fibrosis Center at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has also served as clinical assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa from 1995 through 2003.
 
Dr. Martinez is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is board certified in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.
 
Hospice by the Sea, Inc.
 
John M. Carter, M.D.
 
Last year, John Carter, M.D., joined the team of Hospice by the Sea, Inc. He assumed responsibilities for supervision of medical care for northern Broward County which includes conducting home visitations. Since its opening last November, Dr. Carter has served as Associate Medical Director of the organization’s care center in John Knox Village.
 
Prior to moving to Florida, he was the Medical Director of Hospice Care at the Visiting Nurse Services of New York and held a faculty appointment in the department of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
 
A graduate of Lehigh University and the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Carter is board certified in internal and geriatric medicine as well as hospice and palliative medicine.
He completed an internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center and a geriatric medicine fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
 
Leonard R. Hock, D.O.
 
As Chief Medical Officer, Leonard R. Hock, D.O., and Board Certified in Palliative Care, passionately guides the medical and nursing staff of Hospice by the Sea, Inc. in their effort to provide exceptional care and support to patients and families. His personal commitment to improving the quality of life for elderly patients fuels his advocacy for hospice care.
 
As an internist, hospitalist, intensivist, geriatrician, television correspondent, and hospice physician,
Dr. Hock has become a popular speaker, presenting at more than sixty educational presentations in Broward and Palm Beach Counties last year. Many of which afforded medical professionals the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Unit credits. He also supervises medical students.
 
The Gillum Society of Master Fellows elected Dr. Hock to its membership which is the highest honor awarded by the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. Hock serves on the Bioethics Committee at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Board of Directors for the Florida Medical Directors Association.
 
West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
 
Paul F. Grady, D.M.D.
 
Dr. Paul F. Grady is the Chief of Dental Service at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. He graduated from Tufts Dental School. After graduation, he entered the Army serving 26 1/2 years. He found that his true love was hospital dentistry and was fortunate to gain a position at the VA in Manchester, NH, where he ran a General Practice Dentistry program and became Chief of the Dental Service. After relocating to West Palm Beach, he became responsible for running a General Practice Residency and was later chosen as Chief of the Service. Dr. Grady has lectured both in the United States and overseas on a variety of Dental topics. In the course of his career, he was an Associate Professor at Harvard Dental School, Tufts Dental School and NOVA University and is an active member in the American Dental Association, American Association of Hospital Dentists and the American College of Military Surgeons.
 
Sundara Sridhar, M.D., FRCP
 
In 2010, Sundara Sridhar, M.D., FRCP was selected to serve as the Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. Prior to working at the VA, he worked at the Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York where he has served as an Attending Pathologist from 1980 and as Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services from 2004. He was also the Clinical Asst. Professor at Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York and the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sridhar is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathology and the US-Canadian Academy of Pathologists.
 
Delray Medical Center
 
Christos P. Kokinakos, D.O.
 
Dr. Christos Kokinakos, Internal Medicine, is the Clinical Service Chair of Medicine at Delray Medical Center since June 2012. Dr. Kokinakos has been practicing medicine in South Florida since 1993 and specializes in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and preventive medicine. Among his responsibilities as Clinical Service Chair of Medicine, Dr. Kokinakos oversees the medical peer review committee at Delray Medical Center.
 
Dr. Kokinakos graduated from the University Of Health Science College Of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Kokinakos is also a certified medical review officer by the American Association of Medical Review Officers, a medical society dedicated to establishing national standards and certification of medical practitioners. Enforcing his commitment to quality care, Dr. Kokinakos is certified by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners since February 1990. Additionally, he is recognized as one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors from 1999 to date.
 
Paul Schwartz, M.D.
 
As a Medical Director and Chair for the Utilization Management Committee, Dr. Paul Schwartz brings over 18 years of experience to the interdisciplinary team of dedicated physicians at the Pinecrest Rehabilitation and Outpatient Hospital at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Schwartz is board certified by the American Board of Medical Examiners in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
 
Dedicated to delivering high quality care, Dr. Schwartz is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Schwartz graduated from the University of Miami, completed his residency at the Cornell Graduate program at the Sloane Kettering Cancer Center and North Shore Hospital, in addition to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
 
Community Health of South Florida, Inc.
 
Saint Anthony Amofah, M.D., MBA, FACP, CHCQM
 
When the White House wants guidance on how to address disparities in the health care of under-served minority populations, it turns to Dr. Saint Anthony Amofah of Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) in Miami. But despite his recent invitation to Washington, D.C., Dr. Amofah remains humble.
It’s symptomatic of his demeanor with his patients. A true professional and a gentleman, Dr. Amofah takes time to listen and educate them. He does this even though his time is precious. Dr. Amofah is also the Chief Medical Officer at CHI and Medical Director of the Health Choice Network. He even serves as an Ambulatory Care Surveyor for the Joint Commission.
 
“It is a great privilege to influence in the quality of patient safety,” said Dr. Amofah. “This is also an opportunity to learn from the best.”
 
Dr. Amofah graduated from University of Ghana Medical School in 1990, in West Africa. He completed his Residency in1996 in internal medicine at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. In 1997, he became Chief Medical Resident there.
 
Arnold Oper, M.D.
 
Despite 56 years in healthcare, Dr. Arnold Oper is still passionate about his work at Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) in Miami. That is where Dr. Oper is a general practitioner and Medical Director.
 
“I believe it is important to love what you do for a living,” said Dr. Oper. “I get up every morning and say today is a happy day. I enjoy bringing up the spirit of the ones around me.”
 
He is also known as “the Buffalo Doctor.” Back in 1992, he gave up raising buffalo in Dade County after selling his last one to Jane Fonda. One year later, he started working at CHI.
 
Dr. Oper has never been conventional and that’s why he is so good at using humor and personality to put others at ease.
 
He has held leadership roles on local and state boards and has long list of awards and accomplishments.
 
Dr. Oper graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in 1957.
 
Martin Health System
 
Jeffery L. Crick, D.O.
 
Jeffery Crick, D.O., has a large and diverse base of patients – all of Martin Health System.
 
As Employee Health and Wellness Director for Martin Health, Dr. Crick is working to help the organization create and implement a comprehensive health and wellness program that will assist each of its 3,000-plus associates, volunteers and their families in reaching their own personal health goals.
 
“This health and wellness program is a partnership, with our workforce taking the responsibility for their own health and us helping them along the way,” Dr. Crick said. “I am honored to work with so many amazing people here at Martin Health to help us take on this responsibility together.”
 
Dr. Crick, a family medicine practitioner, has worked with a team of more than 30 Martin Health associates to develop programs that will help support physical fitness, help manage chronic diseases, optimize care and improve access to emotional support.
 
“This is a great opportunity for our organization,” Dr. Crick said. “I’m very excited to help members of Martin Health’s workforce reach their health and wellness goals.”
 
Broward Health North
 
Douglas Ford, M.D.
 
Dr. Douglas Ford was elected Chief of Staff of Broward Health North in May 2011. In that role, he chairs the Medical Council committee and works closely with administration and the medical staff to maximize hospital services and systems that maintain quality and patient safety. Dr. Ford also served as vice chief of staff from 2009-2011 and chief of surgery from 2006-2008. In addition, he was voted most valuable physician (MVP) in 2007.
 
Dr. Ford is an anesthesiologist who joined the staff of Broward Health North in August of 1990. Dr. Ford earned his undergraduate degree at Boston College and received his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He completed his residency at Tufts Medical Center hospitals.
 
“He has been a great asset to the medical center and the physicians who practice here,” said Pauline Grant, CEO of Broward Health North.
 
Jupiter Medical Center
 
K. Adam Lee, M.D., FACS
 
A pioneer and leading practitioner of thoracic surgery using daVinci™ robotic technology for nearly a decade, Dr. K. Adam Lee is Medical Director of the Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center at Jupiter Medical Center (JMC).
 
Dr. Lee was the first lung surgeon in Florida to perform robotic-assisted thoracic surgery, and has since performed more than 300 cases. He was the first in the country to perform a four-arm lobectomy for lung cancer.
 
Dr. Lee’s leadership continues to build upon the world-class technology at JMC. JMC is the first hospital in the nation to offer patients Veran™ Medical Technologies Total Navigation Oncology Solution. The Veran SPiN Drive® Platform enables Dr. Lee to locate and diagnose lung cancer at earlier stages. This system offers patients a minimally-invasive approach to navigate to lesions located deep in the lungs.
 
Lee Fox, M.D., MA
 
Dr. Lee Fox is board certified in diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology, and specializes in endovascular procedures, interventional oncology and vein therapy at Jupiter Medical Center (JMC).
 
Under Dr. Fox’s leadership, JMC installed the Optima CT540 – the first in the country. An advanced diagnostic computed tomography (CT) system from GE Healthcare, it offers improvements in image performance, workflow and lower dose imaging. The Optima CT540 allows radiologists and other healthcare professionals to “see” inside the body – using a series of x-rays – to help them better diagnose and treat patients at JMC.
 
“Jupiter Medical Center has been a leader in dose-reduction strategies,” said Dr. Fox. “Investing in GE’s new technology provides another important tool in lowering radiation dose while providing high quality diagnostic information. We are proud to be the first in the country to offer this technology.”
 
Hialeah Hospital
 
Aurelio Mitjans, M.D.
 
Dr. Aurelio Mitjans specializes in internal medicine and currently serves as the Physician Advisor at Hialeah Hospital where he provides his medical expertise in case management and clinical affairs. He has proudly been serving the Hialeah community since 1976 and has more than 30 years of experience specializing in internal medicine. Dr. Mitjans has served in multiple positions of leadership at Hialeah Hospital including Chief of Staff, the Chairman of Critical Care Committee as well as the Chairman of Credentials and Ethics Committee. He is the recipient of the 2011 Dade County Medical Association Physician Recognition Award.
 
Dr. Mitjans is a graduate of the Universidad De Salamanca in Spain and completed both his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics before coming to Hialeah Hospital. He is also the current President of Advantage Health Providers of South Florida, a physician organization allied with the facility.
 
Alfonso Icochea, M.D.
 
Dr. Alfonso Icochea is Chairman of the Governing Board at Hialeah Hospital and specializes in critical care medicine, internal medicine and pulmonology. He is one of the many talented and dedicated physicians at Hialeah Hospital and has more than 30 years of experience in internal medicine and pulmonary disease. Dr. Icochea has assumed various roles of leadership including the Vice Chief of Medicine, Co-Chairman of Critical Care as well as Medical Executive Chairman Chief of Staff during his tenure at Hialeah Hospital.
 
Dr. Icochea earned his medical degree from the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru before attending the University of Miami where he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine. Dr. Icochea completed a second residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland before further advancing his medical training as a pulmonary fellow at the Washington University Medical Center where he also served as an instructor of medicine.
 
Holy Cross Hospital
 
Edgar Antonio German-Mena, M.D.
 
Dr. Edgar Antonio German-Mena is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in geriatric and internal medicine. He served as general physician for the Secretary of State for
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