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March 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 9
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Salute to Physicians

Palmetto General Hospital

Monica Mejia–Acosta, MD
 
Dr. Monica Mejia–Acosta is a neurologist on the medical staff at Palmetto General Hospital and a member of the Comprehensive Stroke Center team. Her areas of interest include neurointensive care, epilepsy and status epileptics and stroke. Dr. Mejia–Acosta has been a practicing neurologist for nearly 15 years. Dr. Mejia–Acosta attended medical school at the University of Rosario School of Medicine in Bogota, Colombia. She completed internships at Kennedy’s Hospital in Bogota, Colombia and Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. She is board certified by the American Board of Neurology and has a sub-specialty board certification in neurocritical care. 

Ritesh Kaushal, MD 

Dr. Ritesh Kaushal, interventional neurologist, serves as the medical director of Palmetto General Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. In his role, he oversees a team of interventional neurologist, neurosurgeons, clinical neurologist and other medical staff who care for Palmetto’s stroke patients. Dr. Kaushal completed his internship in internal medicine at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and his residency in neurology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He completed his fellowships in stroke-neurocritical care and endovascular-interventional neurology at St. Louis University Hospital in St Louis, Missouri. Dr. Kaushal is a member of the American Heart/Stroke Association, American Neurology Association, and Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology.
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
 
Sean Sawh, MD
 
Dr. Sean L. Sawh is a Urologist specializing in general urology, urologic oncology, endourology and stone disease. Dr. Sawh is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and as the eldest son of the Caribbean's a prominent urologist, it was very natural for him to follow in his father's footsteps. Dr. Sawh graduated from University College Dublin where he received his Bachelor of Medicine (MB), Bachelor of Surgery (BCh) and Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics (BAO) degrees. He completed his medical education and general surgery training at the prestigious Harvard Medical School. He underwent sub-specialist training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at Henry Ford Hospital then completed residency in urologic surgery at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
 
Shady Salib, MD
 
Dr. Shady Salib, internist, joins the leadership team at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center as the Chief of Staff. He has earned the respect of his peers culminating in his election to this position by the hospital’s medical staff. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Salib will lead the hospital’s medical staff and will serve as a member of the hospital’s board of directors. Dr. Salib will serve as a liaison between the hospital’s administrative staff and its medical staff members. He will also play a key role in making continuous quality improvements, as well as provide medical staff input for all major expansion and renovation projects.
 
Dr. Salib earned an executive MBA degree in healthcare management from the University of Miami. He attended and graduated from medical school at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Salib did his residency in internal medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Dr. Salib is an associate of both the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians.
 
Miami VA Healthcare System
 
Violet Lagari-Libhaber, DO
 
Dr. Violet Lagari-Libhaber was named Chief of the Endocrinology Section/Medical Service at the Miami VA Healthcare System in March of 2017 after spending 7 years serving Veterans and expanding diabetes, endocrinology and related telehealth services for South Florida Veterans. She completed her internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital/Miami VAMC in 2010. She has been involved with bringing awareness to the diagnosis and proper management of diabetes and endocrine disorders at the Miami VA and also serves on the Women Veterans Program Committee and the Telehealth Advisory Committee.
 
She is the Associate Program Director for the JMH/University of Miami Endocrinology fellowship program, and is involved with teaching/mentoring of medical students, residents and fellows. She has received recognition for Excellence in Endocrinology Fellowship Teaching and Training – she was awarded the Mentor of the Year in 2015 and Teacher of the Year in 2016.
 
“It is a great honor to take care of this country’s heroes at Miami VAHS,” she said. “I am humbled every day that I walk into work and have the opportunity to provide the best care to our Veterans.”
 
Michael Sanfilipo, MD
 
Dr. Michael Sanfilipo joined the Miami VAHS in 2009 and was named the Assistant Chief of Psychiatry in 2014 where he helps lead teams in our inpatient unit, fast track mental health services, behavioral health clinic, outpatient substance abuse clinic and mental health intensive care management programs. In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, Dr. Sanfilipo is also an accomplished medical researcher, authoring 39 peer-reviewed research articles, nine as first author in topics such as multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, PTSD, neuroimaging, MRI methods, biostatistics, and neuropsychology.
 
“My work at the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) has been meaningful and enjoyable because I like working with Veterans, who have been willing to or have actually put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country,” he said. “Working at the VHA also has been enriching personally and professionally due to the capability to treat veterans using a “whole person” and patient-centered approach, the ability to work with dedicated colleagues and employees, the availability of important medical resources, the wide variety of the type of work needed, and the abundant opportunities for growth and advancement.”
 
Cleveland Clinic Florida
 
Zeina Nahleh, MD
 
Zeina Nahleh, M.D., is Chair of the Department of Hematology-Oncology and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Maroone Cancer Center, which is nationally recognized as “high performing” by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Nahleh leads a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists including surgeons, hematologists and radiation oncologists, treating patients with solid tumors and hematologic malignancies.
 
A Certified Principal Investigator (CPI) by the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals, Dr. Nahleh has focused her career on developing innovative breast cancer treatments and improving cancer survivorship care. She served on the National Cancer Institute neoadjuvant and metastatic breast committees and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians.
 
Dr. Nahleh earned her medical degree from the American University of Beirut. Her Internal Medicine residency was completed at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, followed by another Internal Medicine residency and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She holds a double American Board certification in Hematology and Medical Oncology.
 
Jupiter Medical Center
 
Jennifer Buczyner, MD
 
Dr. Jennifer Buczyner is the medical director of the Stroke Program at Jupiter Medical Center. Board certified in neurology, she has practiced in the Palm Beaches for four years. Dr. Buczyner completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She completed her neurology residency and served as chief resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She also trained at Shock Trauma Hospital in Baltimore, where she evaluated patients with head trauma and gained extensive experience in managing acute strokes. Dr. Buczyner completed her neurophysiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta and served on the faculty of its Department of Neurology. She also worked at the Emory ALS Center, where she diagnosed and treated patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In addition to stroke, Dr Buczyner has a special interest in migraine headaches, neuropathy and other neuromuscular disorders. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Palm Beach Medical Society.
 
Nathan Tennyson, MD
 
Dr. Nathan Tennyson is a radiation oncologist at Jupiter Medical Center. He specializes in the treatment of brain, lung, gynecologic, head and neck, liver, skin and pancreatic cancers.
 
A Florida native, Dr. Tennyson grew up in West Palm Beach and earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Florida. He completed his internship and residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital, where he served as chief resident during his final year. During his training, Dr. Tennyson cared for veterans at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, which houses the national office for Radiation Oncology for Veteran’s Affairs.
 
Dr. Tennyson is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology and the American Board of Radiology. He is also published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous national and international scientific meetings on various topics, including lung cancer, prostate cancer, GI malignancies and radiation uses in benign diseases.
 
North Shore Medical Center
 
Sonal Mehta, MD
 
Dr. Mehta is an interventional neurologist that is on staff at North Shore Medical Center. Dr. Mehta specializes in vascular neurology, neurocritical care and endovascular surgical neuroradiology. He completed his medical school at B.J. Medical College, Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, India. Dr. Mehta completed an internal medicine internship at Michael Reese Hospital and the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL. He was a resident in Neurology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. After completing his residency, Dr. Mehta completed a fellowship in vascular neurology, followed by a two-year fellowship in endovascular surgical neuroradiology. Dr. Mehta is a Fellow of the American Heart Association’s Stroke Council, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology and the Advanced Neuroscience Network. Dr. Mehta is fluent in four languages, English, Hindi, Punjabi and Gujarati.
 
Amy Jarvis, MD
 
Dr. Amy Jarvis is a neurologist on the medical staff at North Shore Medical Center. She specializes in strokes, vascular disease, neurocritical care, migraines/headaches, concussions/neurotrauma and women’s neurological care. Dr. Jarvis completed a fellowship in stroke and cerebrovascular neurology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta GA. She completed her residency in neurology at Georgetown University in Washington DC where she was named chief resident. Dr. Jarvis obtained her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and also earned a bachelor’s in business management from the American School in London. She is bilingual in English and French.
 
St. Mary’s Medical Center
 
Anne Fischer, MD, PhD
 
Dr. Anne Fischer is a pediatric surgeon on staff at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center and is the regional medical director of pediatric surgery for Tenet Healthcare.
 
Dr. Fischer completed general surgery residency and medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, where she went on to earn a Ph. D. in immunology and her postdoctoral fellowship at the university’s Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Fischer completed her pediatric surgery fellowship training at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
 
She was a professor at Oakland University’s William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak, MI, and has held numerous faculty academic appointments during her professional medical career at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
 
Lori Sevald, MD
 
Dr. Lori Sevald is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. She also serves as the chairperson for the department of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
 
She has served mothers and families of the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast since 2005. As a member of The Birthplace at St. Mary’s Medical Center’s team, Dr. Sevald coordinates care with a multidisciplinary team of neonatal physician specialists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, educators, lactation consultants and discharge planners.
 
Dr. Sevald serves as an investigator for the locally based Altus Research, which conducts clinical trials related to women’s health. She is an affiliate faculty member at Florida Atlantic University and enjoys sharing her passion for obstetrics and gynecology with medical students. Dr. Sevald is a member of the Palm Beach County Medical Society and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 
Catholic Hospice
 
Paul Rozynes, MD, FAAHPM
 
Paul Rozynes, M.D., FAAHPM, Medical Director comes to Catholic Hospice with over 40 years of medical experience. He assumed the responsibilities of Medical Director on June 19th, 2017.
 
Dr. Rozynes received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science, with Honors in Chemistry from the University of Florida. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Miami where he proceeded to do his residency in the affiliated hospitals, Jackson Memorial and the VA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Care.
 
“I cherish the opportunity to work with a great organization and with devoted individuals,” said Dr. Rozynes.
 
Hialeah Hospital
 
Arturo Lorenzo, MD
 
Dr. Arturo Lorenzo is an anesthesiologist at Hialeah Hospital. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami and he attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. He did his medical internship at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. From 1989 to 1990 he was the Chief of Anesthesia at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.
 
Jerry Capote, MD
 
Dr. Jerry Capote is a pulmonary disease specialist at Hialeah Hospital. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and his medical degree from St. Matthews, University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman. Dr. Capote did his post- doctoral training at the University of Miami in the Department of Pulmonary. He is board-certified in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Internal Medicine. He was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Defense Congressional Appropriations, Medical documentation and Educational research, and the William Lehman Injury Research Center. In his spare time, he enjoys playing softball and spending time with his family.
 
Holy Cross Hospital
 
Michael Perez, MD
 
Dr. Michael Perez is the current vice chief of surgery at Holy Cross Hospital. Certified by the American Board of Surgery, his focus areas include general surgery and robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery, including minimally invasive hernia repairs and bariatric procedures. Dr. Perez is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He completed his residency at the University of South Florida, where he served as chief resident and was recognized with the college's Outstanding Resident of the Year award. Dr. Perez received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and his bachelor's degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He is fluent in Spanish.
 
Omar M. Rashid, MD, JD, FACS
 
Dr. Omar Rashid is American Board of Surgery certified in general surgery and complex general surgical oncology. His focus includes minimally invasive robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery and multi-modality cancer therapy, including intraoperative radiation. He has authored over 60 peer-review publications. Dr. Rashid has fellowship in the American College of Surgeons and membership in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Surgical Oncology, Americas and International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Associations, and the International Hernia Collaborative. He completed a complex general surgical oncology fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and general surgery residency at Virginia Commonwealth University & Massey Cancer Center, serving as chief resident and legislative fellow in the Virginia General Assembly. He earned medical and juris doctor degrees from Duke University, and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College. He was born and raised in Broward County, is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian, Latin and Arabic.
 
Broward Health North
 
Indulekha Gopal, MD
 
Indulekha Gopal, M.D., is board certified in Internal Medicine specializing in Infectious Disease. Dr. Gopal received her medical degree from the Medical College Trivandrum in Kerala, India. She did her postgraduate residency at the Medical College Hospital in Trivandrum, India. Dr. Gopal continued her postgraduate training as a Research Assistant in the Biology Department at the St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In June 1998, Dr. Gopal continued her residency as a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gopal then became a fellow in the Infectious Diseases and International Health Fellowship Program at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Gopal joined Broward Health North in February 2005. Dr. Gopal is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, ACP, AARPI, IMC, TCMC and American Board of Internal Medicine. She speaks four languages including English, Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil.
 
Asha Gupta, MD
 
Asha Gupta, M.D., is board certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Gupta joined Broward Health North in June 1995. She completed her postgraduate residency in family practice at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Indiana. Prior to that, she completed her postgraduate residency training in pediatrics at Albert Chandler University Hospital in Lexington, KY.
 
A native of India, Dr. Gupta completed her pre-medical studies at the Government Girls College in Sri Ganganagar, India. She then earned her medical degree from the Government Medical College in Patiala, India. Dr. Gupta has a wealth of medical experience as she has been a practicing physician for over 38 years and has a passion for research. Prior to completing postgraduate residency training, Dr. Gupta spent one year as a research associate working in the Hematology Oncology Department for Indiana University.
 
Dr. Gupta is a member of the AMA and the AAFP.
 
West Boca Medical Center
 
Zoyla Almeida, MD
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Dr. Zoyla Almeida is a gynecologic surgeon on staff at West Boca Medcial Center. Dr. Almeida graduated from Swarthmore College and attended Hahnemann University Medical School. Her residency and fellowship training were completed at University of Miami, and she held a position as Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology before completing her fellowship training. She takes pride in being bilingual, and accommodating the needs of her patients and their families.
The minimally invasive surgery performed by Dr. Almeida reflects her belief in the importance of the link between female reproductive health and a woman’s quality of life. It’s also what motivates her to pursue the cutting edge therapies and procedures that will ensure advanced levels of treatment for future generations. 
 
Seyed-Mojtaba Gashti, DO
 
Dr. Seyed-Mojtaba Gashti is a vascular surgeon on the medical staff at West Boca Medical Center. Dr. Gashti is a board certified, fellowship trained vascular and endovascular surgeon. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases and performs the latest endovascular procedures, including carotid artery angioplasty and stenting, stent graft repair of abdominal and thoracic aortic pathologies (aneurysms, dissection, penetrating ulcers, etc.), lower extremity revascularization, and dialysis access. Dr. Gashti earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Northeastern University before attending medical school and becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his internship at the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts and followed that up with his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Gashti then completed a vascular and endovascular fellowships at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ and Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD, respectively.
 
Broward Health Medical Center
 
Celso Agner, MD
 
Celso Agner, M.D., is board certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology and has been practicing in this field since 2004. After finishing fellowship training in neurological critical care/stroke and interventional neuroradiology at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, he joined the University of Illinois at Chicago as an assistant professor of neurosurgery in 2006. Dr. Agner also served as a neurologist/interventional neurologist and director of the neurointerventional program at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, St. John Hospital, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and Oakwood Hospital in Michigan. While completing his visiting fellowship training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Agner served as an on-staff neurologist at hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.
 
Dr. Agner has been published in more than 40 publications including national and international journals and has authored more than 10 book chapters and has had more than 60 abstracts published throughout his career.
 
Dr. Agner is fluent in English, his native Portuguese, Spanish, German and French.
 
Hector Rodriguez-Cortes, MD                                                                               
 
Hector Rodriguez-Cortes, M.D., is board certified in both pediatric hematology oncology and pediatric palliative care.
 
Dr. Rodriguez-Cortes earned his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed a pediatric internship and pediatric residency at University Pediatric Hospital, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed a pediatric hematology oncology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
 
Dr. Rodriguez-Cortes serves as the Medical Director and Principal Investigator of the Children’s Oncology Group at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, a clinical trial group dedicated to curing and controlling cancer in children and adolescents. He also serves as the Assistant Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Broward Health.
 
Dr. Rodriguez-Cortes has a special interest in sickle cell disease and bleeding disorders and has been actively involved in developing an educational conference series for healthcare providers in the area of sickle cell disease and oncology. He has also been involved in creating awareness for childhood cancer throughout the community with many notable children’s foundations.
 
Dr. Rodriguez-Cortes is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology.
 
Delray Medical Center
 
Andrew Zwick, MD
 
Dr. Andrew Zwick is a gastroenterologist on staff at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Zwick was the first doctor in Palm Beach County to perform the TIF procedure for patients who suffer from severe heartburn and acid reflux. The TIF procedure is based on established principles of surgical repair of the antireflux barrier, except that it is “surgery from within” performed transorally (through the mouth). The procedure can reduce hiatal hernia and can re-establishe the high pressure zone between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar. Dr. Zwick is a graduate of Emory University before he received his medical degree from the University of Miami. He then went on to perform his residency at the V.A. and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Afterwards, Dr. Zwick completed a fellowship at Strong Memorial at the University of Rochester in New York.
 
Stephen Milan, MD
 
Dr. Stephen Milan is a Board Certified specialist in Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine on staff at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Milan completed his fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn, where he received training in all aspects of Critical Care and Pulmonary Diseases. Dr. Milan went to medical school at the Ross University School of Medicine. He followed that up with his Residency, at New York Methodist Hospital in Internal Medicine. Dr. Milan is certified in Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Milan speaks multiple languages including Spanish.
 
Florida Medical Center
 
Kunal Nanavati, MD
 
Dr. Kunal Nanavati is a radiologist on staff at Florida Medical Center. He received his medical degree from N.H.L Municipal Medical College. He did his fellowship at the University of Miami. Dr. Nanavati performs minimally invasive procedures under the guidance of X-rays, CT scan and ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment. He is a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and the Radiological Society of North America. He has had journal articles published in the Indian Journal of Radiology and in the Journal of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology. He was also an assistant professor in clinical radiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
 
Ralph M. Zagha, MD
 
Dr. Ralph Zagha is an urologist on staff at Florida Medical Center. Dr. Zagha graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and his urology residency at the Lahey Clinic and Boston Children’s Hospital. Using technology available at Florida Medical Center, Dr. Zagha performs minimally invasive procedures for urological conditions ranging from kidney stones to tumors. Dr. Zagha was a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine as well as at the University of California. He enjoys playing the piano and the flute. Dr. Zagha also is very competitive in many outdoor and indoor sports activities.
 
Community Health of South Florida Inc
 
Edgard Nuñez, MD
 
Dr. Edgard Nuñez is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Community Health of South Florida Inc (CHI). He has been a family medicine provider at CHI since 2002. Dr. Nuñez is responsible for oversight of satellite service providers as well as provider recruitment and retention.
 
Born in Managua, Nicaragua, his motivations to become a physician stem from his early childhood experiences when he admired the passion for medicine from his family doctor in his hometown of Corinto, Nicaragua. Dr. Nuñez earned his doctorate of medicine and surgery degree from the Universidad Autonoma of Honduras in 1983. A few years later, Dr. Nuñez immigrated to the United States where he continued his journey as a physician. He completed his residency in family medicine at the Texas Tech University Health of Science Center.
 
Dr. Nuñez is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Florida Academy of Family Physicians and Nicaraguan American Medical Association. Fluent in Spanish and English, he is often a CHI spokesman for international and national news coverage on community health care and the migrant and Hispanic population.
 
Saint Anthony Amofah, MD
 
Dr. Saint Anthony Amofah is the Chief Medical Officer at the Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI), where he is also the Chief Academic Officer for The Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI.
 
As CHI’s Chief Medical Officer, he is responsible for the oversight and direction of the center’s clinical programs and services including primary and specialty services, pharmacy, laboratory, health information management and radiology. Dr. Amofah chairs CHI’s Performance Improvement Council, coordinates CHI’s accreditation activities and is an ambulatory care surveyor for the Joint Commission.
 
As a Bureau of Primary Health Care Health Disparities Collaboratives clinical scholar, Dr. Amofah has made significant contributions to and presented at national gatherings on the sustaining and spreading of gains in chronic disease care. Additionally, Dr. Amofah has presented at local, state and national levels on the benefits and challenges of utilization of EHRs.
 
Dr. Amofah is board certified in internal medicine, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is certified in risk management, managed care, and healthcare quality and management. He obtained his MBA with specialization in health services administration from the University of Miami and earned his medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School.
 
When the White House wants guidance on how to address disparities in the health care of underserved minority populations, it turns to Dr. Amofah. He has gone to Washington, D.C., multiple times to serve as a subject expert in health care.
 
Elizabeth Philippe, MD
 
Dr. Elizabeth Philippe is Community Health of South Florida’s (CHI) Chief of Family Medicine and is a board-certified practitioner. She is also Program Director for the family medicine residency program and Interim Director of Medical Education for the Brodes H. Hartley Teaching Health Center at CHI.
 
Dr. Philippe was inspired to help people in underserved communities after graduating from the State University Medical School of Haiti in 1984. She discovered this passion when she was completing a one-year requirement in a disadvantaged area in Haiti. To further her goals, she pursued her studies at Yale University where she obtained a master’s degree in public health in 1986.
 
In 1990, she served as the National Coordinator for the Haitian Ministry of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Program. Soon after, she joined the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization and was actively involved with its national immunization program.
 
Dr. Philippe is a strong part of the leadership team at CHI and continues to find innovative ways to address public health disparities, ensuring that CHI meets its care gaps.

 

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