South Florida Hospital News
Saturday October 25, 2014
October 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 4




Heather Miller, senior counsel in the Miami office of statewide law firm Broad and Cassel, has received the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida award.

Award recipients were nominated by their peers to receive this award and selected by a committee comprised of well-known local attorneys and community leaders. This year’s 40 Under 40 nominees have demonstrated excellence in the legal field and contributions to the community.

Miller is a member of Broad and Cassel’s Health Law Practice Group. She focuses her practice on complex health care transactions on behalf of physicians and hospitals, regarding regulatory compliance and federal and state fraud and abuse issues. Miller acts as both general and special counsel to both hospitals and large medical groups.


West Boca Medical Center will now provide MAKOplasty, one of the latest innovations in total hip and partial knee replacement surgeries, for patients suffering from hip and knee pain. This highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm procedure enables accurate hip implant alignment and knee resurfacing.

MAKOplasty helps treat patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, which is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The procedure also helps patients who have arthritis in the hip. About 450,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year.

Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Dr. Raul A. Perez-Vazquez, a board-certified internist, has opened an office on the campus of West Boca Medical Center. Dr. Perez-Vazquez specializes in preventive medicine, geriatric care, general internal medicine, hospital medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Perez-Vazquez gained valuable medical experience in skilled nursing and long term care facilities, hospital as part of a private medical practice in Boca Raton. Before establishing himself in southeast Florida, he also held a position as an emergency/urgent care staff physician at John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Detroit, MI.

Dr. Perez-Vazquez is certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine. He completed his residency and internship at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center after graduating medical school from Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ponce, Puerto Rico and Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico.

Hialeah Hospital names Rossana Lopez, M.D., the medical director of the hospital’s newly opened Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. Dr. Lopez is board certified in internal medicine and has extensive research experience in medicine, including geriatrics and schizophrenia. Prior to joining Hialeah Hospital, Dr. Lopez had a private practice where she specialized in psychiatry and geriatric medicine.

Dr. Lopez completed her fellowship in geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatric medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Her residency in internal medicine and general psychiatry took place at Metropolitan replica watches uk Hospital in New York City. She obtained her medical degree at the Medical School Universidad del Este, San Pedro De Macoris in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Lopez is bilingual replica watches in both English and Spanish, and she has been practicing medicine since 1985.

Broward Health North welcomes Nelson Cordero-Torres, M.D., to its medical staff. Dr. Cordero-Torres is a psychiatrist and his office is located in Oakland Park, FL. He completed medical school at the Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and psychiatric residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.



Sunrise Medical Group (SMG) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Hassan Batayneh, a triple board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologist, to the SMG network. Dr. Batayneh specializes in epilepsy, sleep disorders and studies, neuromuscular disorders, EEG/EMG studies, intraoperative monitoring, evoked potential studies and clinical neurophysiology. His practice is based in Tamarac and he is on staff at Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore.

Prior to joining SMG, Dr. Batayneh served as a hospitalist at both Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, AZ and as a staff physician at Physicians’ Medical Center of the Ozarks, Mountain Home, AR. He completed fellowships in both neurophysiology and sleep medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Prior to his fellowship training, Dr. Batayneh completed a neurology residency program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH and internal medicine residencies at Wayne State University - Detroit Medical Center, and Jordanian University Hospital in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Batayneh graduated medical school from the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan.

Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Dr. Arif Dalvi, an expert neurologist and movement disorders specialist, joined the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute (PBNI). Dr. Dalvi is leading the development of the Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center at PBNI. At his PBNI office and on-staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Dr. Dalvi specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and care of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. He is a nationally recognized expert on deep brain stimulator programming for Parkinson’s disease and tremor. His areas of interest also include Botox for dystonia, spasticity, migraine, and sialorrhea. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been practicing medicine since 1990.

Prior to joining PBNI, Dr. Dalvi was the director of the Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Program at the Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Institute in Merrillville, Indiana. His professional experience includes caring for patients as a neurologist in the Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Program at the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL. Dr. Dalvi’s academic appointments include associate professor of neurology and director of the neurology residency program at the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati.

Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Dr. Vanitha Vasudevan, a General and Oncological Surgeon, has opened an office on the campus of Palmetto General Hospital at the Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology. Dr. Vasudevan specializes in general, minimally invasive and oncological surgery.

Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Vasudevan completed a General Surgery residency at the University of Miami - Palm Beach Regional Campus/ JFK Medical Center. She completed her Internship in the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. In addition, Dr. Vasudevan has completed a General Surgery residency at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India and Pediatric Surgery residency at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. Dr. Vasudevan graduated medical school from the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India.

Mark N. Phillips, RN, MBA, joins the staff of Florida Medical Center, as the hospital’s new Chief Nursing Officer. Phillips has more than 13 years of clinical and administrative experience in nursing.

Prior to joining Florida Medical Center, Phillips served as the Chief Nursing Officer for Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City, FL. He obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Averett University in Danville, VA and his Associate Degree in Nursing from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. He is a member of the Nursing Advisory Committee Chipolla College and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.


To better serve our growing enrollment in the Healthcare MBA Program and continue our tradition of research excellence, the FIU Chapman Graduate School of Business is delighted to welcome two new faculty members for this fall.

Sam Paustian-Underdahl, assistant professor of management, received her PhD. in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and will be teaching an organizational behavior class this fall. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Paustian-Underdahl was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management and Research Director for the Women's Leadership Center at Kennesaw State University. In addition to her academic experiences, Dr. Paustian-Underdahl has gained valuable external and internal human capital consulting experiences working with Strategic Management Decisions and Ingersoll Rand.

Sue Ganske Mota, clinical professor of business law, has over 30 years teaching experience in business law, and 20 years teaching experience in MBA programs. This fall she will be teaching a class in the legal environment of business. She received her J.D. from the University Of Toledo College Of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif, where she was the Business Editor of the Law Review. She has her undergraduate and master’s degrees in economics from Bowling Green State University. She was previously a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Bowling Green State University.


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