Salute to PhysiciansMay 30, 2018
Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care
Joseph Ricotta, MD, MS, FACS
Dr. Joseph Ricotta is a world-renowned vascular surgeon and leader in endovascular therapies including limb salvage, a specialized focus aimed at saving an individual from amputation. Dr. Ricotta is committed to providing his patients expert care, while ensuring they are fully informed through his explanation of vascular surgery detail to the patient and their families at his Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care (TFCC) office in Delray Beach. In the TFCC office, Dr. Ricotta performs VenaSeal™ closures for varicose veins and venous reflux disease in the office. In addition, Dr. Ricotta is known for his fortitude, a former Yale University Bulldogs’ basketball and football player, he often spends 14-16 hour days in the Hybrid Operating Room at Delray Medical Center performing vascular surgery and endovascular therapies. A pioneer in robotic surgery Dr. Ricotta performed the first robotic-assisted peripheral vascular intervention with the Corindus CorPath® GRX System at Delray Medical Center in February 2018. During the procedure, Dr. Ricotta performed a series of bi-lateral stents and performed a bilateral LEG angiogram using a drug-coated balloon for lower extremity interventions. In 2016, Dr. Ricotta was the first to offer the Magellan™ Endovascular Robotic System Surgery in Palm Beach County.
Tenet Florida Physician Services, Hialeah
Werner Andrade, MD, FASMBS
Dr. Werner Andrade is known for his compassion when discussing body mass index in adults who face health issues tied to morbid obesity. Dr. Andrade and his devoted office staff at Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) in Hialeah assist patients in losing weight and changing their diets before scheduling a bariatric surgery. Patients describe Dr. Andrade’s demeanor as pleasant, gentle and comforting during a time when patients can be scared at the thought of surgery. In his TFPS office, Dr. Andrade takes the time to explain the different types of bariatric surgeries he performs including gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. A dedicated and highly-experienced surgeon, Dr. Andrade also specializes in general surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries including hernia repairs, robotic surgery, laparo-endoscopic single site surgery and gastrointestinal interventional endoscopy. Dr. Andrade is a member of the Nicaraguan American Medical Association. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Dr. Andrade has been practicing medicine since 2001 and is on-staff at Hialeah Hospital and Coral Gables Hospital in Miami.
Tenet Florida Physician Services, Fort Lauderdale
Fernando E. Bayron, MD, FACS,
Fernando E. Bayron, M.D., FACS, is an experienced, award-winning general and bariatric surgeon with Tenet Florida Physician Services, located in Fort Lauderdale. He is board-certified in general surgery and has been practicing medicine for 25 years. Dr. Bayron specializes in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery, bariatric surgery including gastric bypass, lap-band®, sleeve gastrectomy, thyroid and gastroenterological surgery, robotic hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Bayron completed his medical education, internship and residency at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals, where he and the medical staff at North Shore Medical Center and Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore donated $10,000 to support an outreach effort on the island to aid rural communities that have limited access to healthcare.
Maxine Hamilton, MD
Maxine Hamilton, M.D., is a board-certified internist committed to providing comprehensive care to the community. She provides quality care to her patients at her Tenet Florida Physician Services office in Fort Lauderdale where she specializes in general internal medicine, preventive medicine, geriatric care, hospital medicine, cardiovascular disease, physicals, vaccinations, health promotion and wellness, and clinical research. Dr. Hamilton is passionate about fostering further medical development. She continues to pursue research and is dedicated to teaching. She has held multiple teaching positions including her current position as a clinical assistant professor in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University. For over 35 years she has been steadfast in her dedication to her patients.
Vanitha Vasudevan, MD, FACS
Dr. Vanitha Vasudevan is a general and oncological surgeon devoted to providing her patients with compassionate care. She specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, gastrointestinal, gallbladder, breast, colorectal, thyroid, liver and pancreas surgery as well as breast cancer, skin and soft tissue tumors, and gastrointestinal endoscopy. She is dedicated to providing advanced treatment options including minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Vasudevan’s Tenet Florida Physician Services offices are located in Hialeah and Fort Lauderdale. She is on staff at Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore and Palmetto General Hospital. Dr. Vasudevan is committed to the community having completed her internship, two residencies and her fellowship at the University of Miami.
Tenet Florida Physician Services, Boca Raton
Jonathan Hersch, MD, FAAOS
Jonathan Hersch, M.D., FAAOS, is a highly experienced orthopaedic surgeon committed to keeping his patients on the move. He serves as the medical director of the Delray Beach Open, volunteering his time to ensure the health of the athletes, officials and fans of the matches. Dr. Hersch is dedicated to providing experienced care to his patients at his Tenet Florida Physician Services office in Boca Raton. He specializes in orthopaedic care for adults as well as adolescents including shoulder, elbow and knee surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopy, fracture care and hip arthroscopy. Dr. Hersch continues to focus on advancing treatment options available for orthopaedic injuries and diseases. He has conducted clinical research focusing on knee injuries whereby the patient’s own cells are used to repair the damage to the knee. Dr. Hersch is committed to team work and is devoted to helping his patients cross the finish line.
Coral Gables Hospital
Juan Fernandez, MD
Dr. Juan Fernandez has been a member of the medical staff at Coral Gables Hospital since 1995. He graduated from the University of Northeastern Catholic University and completed his Doctorate in Medicine Doctoral Thesis on Medical and Surgical Therapy for Peptic Ulcer Disease. He is certified with the Federation of State Medical Boards, American Board of Physician Specialties and Good Clinical Practice. Dr. Fernandez is also the chief of staff at Coral Gables Hospital. He serves as a liaison between the hospital’s administrative staff and its medical staff members. He also plays a key role in making continuous quality improvements, as well as providing medical staff input for all major expansion and renovation projects.
Amadeo Cabral, MD
Dr. Amadeo Cabral is a board-certified general surgeon on staff at Coral Gables Hospital. He has more than 26 years of experience. He has given presentations on cystic tumors of the pancreas, anterior spinal artery syndrome, soft tissue sarcomas and options in treatment for metastasis. His post graduate work experience and clinical research include burn care research/burn trauma unit and general surgery and burn care. Dr. Cabral did his general surgery residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital and he received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriques Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He graduated with honors in 1992.
Health Care District of Palm Beach County
C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics
Noelle Stewart, DO
Noelle Stewart, D.O., is the Medical Director of the ten C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers owned and operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. The Brumback Clinics provide comprehensive medical and dental services to adults and children, with or without insurance. Behavioral health, women’s health and pharmacy services are also offered. In 2018, the clinics received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition. In 2017, the Brumback Clinics were honored nationally for their innovative approach to achieving a colorectal cancer screening rate that’s twice the national average for community clinics. Dr. Stewart has lectured on this topic and has published articles on skin diseases. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
Dr, Stewart holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her residency at Palm Beach Centre for Graduate Medical Education in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is Board Certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Stewart’s professional affiliations include: the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society. Her areas of medical interest include cancer screenings, nutrition, diabetes and hypertension.
Courtney Rowling, MD
Courtney Rowling, M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in Addiction Psychiatry. She is the Director of Behavioral Health for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics (FQHC’s) and oversees behavioral health as well as the Medication Assisted Treatment program. Within general psychiatry, she’s worked in many settings including inpatient, outpatient, consults, psychiatric emergency medicine, community mental health, psychotherapy, and integrated care. With substance use disorders, she has experience with Medication Assisted Treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorders (including buprenorphine maintenance, methadone, and naltrexone), detoxification, dual diagnosis, and abstinence based treatment.
Dr. Rowling attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her internship and residency in general adult psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System/VA Ann Arbor. Dr. Rowling is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and the American Psychiatric Association.
Lakeside Medical Center
Kenneth A. Scheppke, MD
Kenneth A. Scheppke, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Aeromedical Program. Dr. Scheppke is a dual board certified specialist in the fields of Emergency Medicine and EMS (Emergency Medical Services). He serves as the EMS Medical Director for seven fire-rescue agencies in both Palm Beach and Broward County, Florida, collectively serving a population of over 2 million people.
Dr. Scheppke is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2017 EMS10: Innovators in EMS Award from JEMS. He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed scientific literature and trade EMS journals and is a recognized leader in the fields of adult cardiac arrest resuscitation, prehospital use of Ketamine, regional prehospital stroke triage systems, and EMS integration of medication assisted treatment for chronic opiate dependency. Dr. Scheppke has presented scientific abstracts both nationally and internationally at large scientific symposiums. He volunteers his time during medical disasters such as the Haiti Earthquake and Hurricane Irma. He is also an instrument rated private pilot and routinely volunteers his time to fly animals at risk for euthanasia to safety.
Daniel Padron, DO, CPE
Daniel Padron, D.O., CPE, is the interim Medical Director of Emergency Services at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s rural, teaching hospital, Lakeside Medical Center. As a first generation Cuban American, Dr. Padron learned the importance of hard work and perseverance. This work ethic translated into success in medical school which gave him the opportunity to attend a highly competitive ER residency position at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. There he was chosen by his peers and ER staff to be Chief-Resident.
Dr. Padron’s leadership experience continued at JFK Medical Center as an attending physician. He served as a Vice-Chief of Emergency Medicine at JFK and then became the Medical Director at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, FL. Most recently he has served as the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Palms West Hospital in Wellington, Florida and in 2018 received his designation as a Certified Physician Executive.
Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Kevin Inwood, MD
Kevin Inwood, M.D., is the Medical Director at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s skilled nursing facility in Riviera Beach where he oversees the medical care of nearly 120 residents. Dr. Inwood has been practicing Internal Medicine in Florida since 1988. He attended The American University for medical school before beginning his residency training at St. Francis Medical Center and Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Inwood is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with nearly 30 years of experience in the field of Internal Medicine. Dr. Inwood believes in high-quality, preventative care and education and encourages patients to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Healey Center, which provides short-term and long-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing for eligible residents, was named a “2017-2018 Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row.
VITAS® Healthcare in Broward County
Zulmarie Ortiz, MD
As a medical director, Zulmarie Ortiz, M.D., brings to VITAS Healthcare a commitment to promote the benefits and availability of hospice and palliative care throughout Broward County, where she oversees the care of VITAS patients in their homes, nursing homes, living facilities, hospitals and inpatient units.
Dr. Ortiz completed specialty training in hospice and palliative care in Tampa in 2012 at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa General Hospital and LifePath Hospice. In 2013, she became Baptist Hospital/Kendall’s first inpatient palliative care physician. Impressed by VITAS services and unique hospice modalities, she joined the company in 2017.
“One of the things I love about this specialty is that we’re privileged to walk with our patients on a journey that can be very stressful and earth-shattering. We provide excellent symptom management while addressing emotional, spiritual and psychosocial issues,” says Dr. Ortiz.
Donna Borland, general manager of VITAS in Broward, says Dr. Ortiz brings “a new sense of excitement and passion for having the difficult conversations with patients and families at end of life. We are excited to have her working with our teams and our community, educating and bringing awareness of the best care and treatment options at the end of life.”
“As human beings,” says Dr. Ortiz, “we often don’t know how we’re going to react to death until we have to face it directly. I believe that in hospice and palliative medicine, we provide patients and families the opportunity to plan, as best they can, the future care of their very ill loved ones. The goal is to improve their quality of life. We’re here to supplement patients’ care and avoid suffering.”
Dr. Ortiz studied medicine at the University of Guadalajara School of Medicine, completed her degree at New York Medical College, and is an associate professor at Florida International University College of Medicine.
Memorial Hospital Miramar
Jonathan D. Black, MD
Dr. Jonathan Black is a graduate of the University of Rochester whose focus within the Memorial Healthcare System is on gynecologic oncology.
A graduate of the University of Rochester’s medical school, Dr. Black completed his internship in 2011 and residency (2014) in obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. His fellowship training in gynecologic oncology followed, also at Yale, in 2017.
Dr. Black maintains an office in Miramar. In addition to Memorial Hospital Miramar, other affiliations include Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Regional Hospital.
Aeisha Rivers, MD
Dr. Aeisha Rivers is a board-certified, fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist. Her patients include those at all stages of breast cancer, including survivors, as well as patients at risk of developing the disease and those who present with benign lumps.
“Many times, I’m the first doctor a patient sees after they’ve been diagnosed,” said Dr. Rivers, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. “In addition to providing them the best surgical option for their treatment, my goal is to help them understand the situation, its options, and empower them to take an active part in the plan that’s devised for them. I want to replace their fears with facts.”
In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Rivers is also involved in clinical research and has been instrumental in the development and strategic planning for numerous breast cancer programs. Prior to joining Memorial, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern and the medical director of the Breast Evaluation and the Breast Surgery clinics at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Memorial Hospital Pembroke
Blane T. Shatkin, MD, FACS, FACCWS
Dr. Blane Shatkin, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is the medical director for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Memorial Hospital Pembroke, a program he started more than 20 years ago. He specializes in wound care and reconstruction, hyperbaric medicine, and limb salvage.
“I’m extremely proud that our center has consistently maintained healing rates above 90% for the past decade,” said Dr. Shatkin, a 2009 Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation “Spirit of Healing” award winner. “We’re also home to three monoplace hyperbaric chambers, making it one of the largest limb salvage centers in South Florida.”
Dr. Shatkin has held numerous leadership positions in the Memorial Healthcare System, including being the first chief of staff at Memorial Hospital Miramar and current vice chief of staff at Memorial Hospital Pembroke. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, did his medical school training at the University of South Florida, and then completed general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at the State University of New York.
Jeremy Gallego Eckstein, MD
Dr. Jeremy Gallego Eckstein is a board-certified general surgeon and the associate medical director for bariatric surgery at Memorial Healthcare System. He specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic weight management surgery.
“What I like most about working with Memorial is that they treat the whole human being,” said Dr. Eckstein. “Patients who have lost considerable weight following surgery often tell me I’ve helped get their life back and that, for the first time, they’re winning the struggle against obesity. Hearing that fills me with joy.”
Dr. Eckstein received his medical degree from the Lius Razzeti School of Medicine in Venezuela, before completing general surgery residencies at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and Maimonides Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Eckstein was born in New York but grew up in Venezuela and speaks three languages, English, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Memorial Hospital West
Daniel A. Sheldon, MD
Dr. Daniel Sheldon is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon that has been practicing in South Florida for nearly two decades. He subspecializes in joint reconstruction (hip and knee replacement) and arthroscopic surgery (hip, knee, and shoulder). In those areas, he has been a pioneer for the Memorial Healthcare System, being the first to perform hip arthroscopy and direct anterior hip replacement surgery.
At Memorial Hospital West, Dr. Sheldon has also had impact outside the operating room, serving as chief of orthopedic surgery and vice chief of the Department of Surgery. He is also the hospital’s former chief of orthopedics.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Sheldon earned his medical degree from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residencies at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Professional memberships include the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Florida Medical Association, Florida Orthopedic Society, and the Southern Orthopedic Association.
Ivan T. Stoev, MD
Dr. Ivan Stoev is a board-eligible neurosurgeon who specializes in spine disorders. He has performed research in the use of cell transplants for treatment of strokes and in new techniques for lumbar spine surgery.
A native of Bulgaria who was a registered nurse before becoming a doctor, Dr. Stoev’s decision to pursue a medical career was influenced, in part, by having a brother with cerebral palsy. “I’ve witnessed the impact disease can have, not only on the patient, but on the entire family. Neurological problems are like an imprisonment of the body that can shake anyone to their very core.”
Dr. Stoev earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and served as an intern and resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. His neurosurgery spine fellowship was completed at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
South Broward Community Health Services
Elkin Bejarano, MD
Dr. Elkin Bejarano is a board-certified family physician that provides continuous and comprehensive care to patients, always delivered with a message of the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing further medical problems. Patients most often come to him with a variety of issues, including hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, respiratory problems, hypothyroidism, and osteoarthritis.
“The time spent with patients is precious to me,” said Dr. Bejarano, who can speak Spanish, French, and English. “I like listening to their stories, getting to know them, and creating a rapport. Each patient comes through our doors having had unique experiences, and very often they involve inspirational stories of struggle and survival.”
Dr. Bejarano knew from an early age that he wanted to relieve pain and comfort people. He pursued that plan through medical school at Rosario University in Colombia and a family medicine internship and residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York.
Helen-Valentine N. Chukwu, DO, MS
Dr. Helen-Valentine Chukwu is a board-eligible internal medicine physician that focuses on patient-centered primary care. She joined Memorial Healthcare System in 2016.
Prior to joining the Memorial Physician Group, Dr. Chukwu practiced as an osteopathic internist at Unity Health Care, Parkside Health Center, and at the Department of Corrections in Washington, DC. Her experience also includes stints as a clinical associate professor at Still School of Osteopathic Medicine, a general practitioner at Censeo Health, and chief/internal medicine resident physician at Memorial Hospital in York, PA.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry at the New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Chukwu completed an osteopathic medicine internship at St. Luke’s Hospital (Allentown, Pennsylvania) followed by the aforementioned residency at Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the American Medical Association.
Memorial Regional Hospital
Fernando E. Pedraza Taborda, MD
Dr. Fernando Pedraza Taborda is the board-certified medical director for Memorial Healthcare System’s Adult Nephrology and Kidney Transplant Program. His patients include those with hypertension, acute and chronic kidney disease, end-stage kidney disease, kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and cystic diseases of the kidneys. He also evaluates and manages transplant candidates, recipients, and donors throughout the different stages of renal transplantation.
“I dedicate my energy and expertise to helping patients in an integral way,” said Dr. Pedraza. “The bonds of trust and friendship that form extend to families and loved ones that are part of the healing process.”
The bilingual (English/Spanish) Dr. Pedraza completed a fellowship in nephrology and hypertension at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Prior to joining Memorial, he served as transplant nephrologist at the Miami Transplant Institute. When not working with patients, Dr. Pedraza enjoys traveling to the countries and learning the cultures of those who have previously been under his care.
Priyanka Gosain, MD
Dr. Priyanka Gosain is a board-certified cardiologist specializing in advanced heart failure and transplant at the Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute (MCVI). She is a part of a multi-disciplinary team that provides care to the most acutely ill patients.
“Making a real connection with patients and families is what I enjoy most,” said Dr. Gosain, whose writing on managing patient preferences has been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Annals of Internal Medicine. “We tailor therapies to the individual and share the decision-making process to ensure a patient’s ideals and beliefs remain central to all treatment plans.”
Dr. Gosain is also actively involved in clinical research examining risk stratification as it relates to treatment protocol for patients with heart failure. She is a graduate of Lady Hardinge Medical College whose internship and residency were completed at Cook County Hospital. Her fellowships in cardiovascular disease and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology were at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine.
Memorial Pembroke 24/7 Care Center
Gustavo A. Gonzalez, MD
For more than 20 years, Dr. Gustavo Gonzalez has practiced acute ambulatory care and served patients in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. He is a board-certified family practitioner for Memorial Healthcare System and medical director at its 24/7 Care Center in Pembroke Pines.
“I’m passionate about providing the highest quality care to both adults and children and we’re able to do it in a setting that enables them to be seen in shorter time frames than traditional hospital emergency rooms,” said Dr. Gonzalez.
A decorated U.S. Army physician, Dr. Gonzalez was a family practice resident at Dewitt Army Community Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Prior to that, he completed a general surgery residency at Baltimore’s Union Memorial Hospital and earned his medical degree in 1984 at the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic.
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Jill Whitehouse, MD, FACS, FAAP
Dr. Jill Whitehouse is a fellowship-trained, board-certified pediatric general surgeon and vice chief of pediatric general surgery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. She specializes in minimally invasive surgery, thoracoscopic lung surgery to treat congenital lung diseases, neonatal surgery, and procedures to treat ovarian disease.
“Each surgical case is as unique as the child we are treating,” said Dr. Whitehouse. “I devote a lot of time to getting to know my patients and their families so, together, we can explore all the possible treatment options to find the best fit.”
Dr. Whitehouse earned a bachelors degree at Albion College and her medical degree from Wayne State University. She then completed a general surgery residency, pediatric surgery research fellowship, and pediatric surgery fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
“The most rewarding part of being a pediatric surgeon is greeting the families in the waiting room, giving them the thumbs-up, and seeing them smile,” said Dr. Whitehouse.
Steven L. Singer, MD
While still a resident at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Steven Singer noticed there were no ear, nose, and throat physicians that focused exclusively on the treatment of children. Seeing an underserved audience in his hometown and already enjoying the work he did with kids, the UCLA School of Medicine graduate made a choice to specialize in pediatric otolaryngology.
“For 15 years, I was the only fellowship-trained pediatric ENT in Broward County,” said the board-certified Dr. Singer. “I love the variety involved in my practice, whether I’m in the operating room or in the office interacting with families.”
Dr. Singer was the chief of surgery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for nine years and maintains a position on its Executive Board. He completed a Pediatric Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery fellowship at Le Bonheur/ St. Jude’s Medical Center and considers endoscopic sinus surgery a specialty.
Memorial Regional Hospital South
Kathleen L. Davenport, MD
Dr. Kathleen Davenport has participated in sports throughout her life, so she understands her patients desire to get past their injuries and back in the game.
“Being a physician is about meeting someone where they are and working together towards a common goal,” said Dr. Davenport, a board-certified specialist in physical medicine & rehabilitation and sports medicine at Memorial Regional Hospital South.
Most often that means working with patients with musculoskeletal injuries, joint problems, and overuse injuries. “Once the patient understands what’s causing their discomfort, we discuss treatment options and select a plan that fits their lifestyle and goals.”
A lifelong dancer herself, Dr. Davenport is a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She was an intern and resident at the University of Washington and earned a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery prior to joining Memorial Healthcare System.
Meilani Mapa, MD, CMQ
As a child, Dr. Meilani Mapa saw her own father’s outpatient rehabilitation from a stroke and believes it made her a better physician.
“I saw firsthand how therapy, goal-setting, and being resilient helped my dad recover,” said Mapa, a board-certified doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and program director of the Memorial Healthcare System’s residency program in that specialty. “It helped me understand the struggles a family goes through when someone is recovering from a stroke, traumatic brain, or spinal cord injury.”
In addition to her work with patients, which she calls “humbling” and “a privilege,” Dr. Mapa is excited about working in Memorial’s Graduate Medical Education program. “The residents we train will benefit our patients and add to the quality healthcare we’re able to offer the South Florida community.”
Dr. Mapa is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University. She was a resident at Baylor’s College of Medicine and completed a fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School.
Memorial Urgent Care Center
Marc Shapiro, DO
Dr. Marc Shapiro’s medical focus is on acute urgent care and emergency cases, both at stand-alone centers and more traditional ERs. He has been actively involved in the development of the Memorial Healthcare System’s capabilities in this area, including its newest center at 16620 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines.
“With urgent care, I appreciate that you can often see the difference made in a patient’s life immediately,” said Dr. Shapiro.
A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Shapiro enjoys having Memorial’s network and resources available to patients after having spent the first 12 years of his career practicing office-based medicine. In that role, he primarily dealt with infectious diseases, metabolic and circulatory problems, and critical care.
Dr. Shapiro completed an internal medicine internship at Florida Medical Center South and was a resident at Bryn Mawr Hospital. A bi-lingual (English-Spanish) speaker, he is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Elliott Ellis, MD
Dr. Elliot Ellis is a gastroenterologist and section chief of gastroenterology at Good Samaritan Medical Center. After receiving his undergraduate and medical school degrees at the Ivy League's University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ellis completed his Internal Medicine residency at Yale University. Dr. Ellis went on for fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mount Sinai Hospital of New York.
While at Yale University's New Haven Hospital, Dr. Ellis received the Chief Resident Recognition Award given to a senior resident with exceptional leadership, work ethic, professionalism and commitment to patient care.
Dr. Ellis spent his third year of fellowship as the "advanced endoscopy fellow" dedicated to endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and fine needle aspiration techniques. He was certified by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in EUS and is the first physician at Good Samaritan Hospital to perform EUS.
Dr. Ellis specializes in managing patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease including Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. He serves on the medical advisory committee to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's South Florida Chapter. In 2018 Dr. Ellis was awarded the "Top Doctor" designation by Palm Beach Illustrated.
Hayder Al-Azzawi, MD
Dr. Hayder H. Al-Azzawi, is a colorectal surgeon on staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center. As a colorectal specialist, Dr. Al-Azzawi specifically concentrates on anal, colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence and benign anorectal diseases and hernias. Dr. Al-Azzawi is board-certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery.
Dr. Al-Azzawi completed his Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Florida. Prior to that, he finished his residency and internship in general surgery at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While he was a General Surgery Resident at Indiana University in 2009, Dr. Al-Azzawi won the Willis D. Gatch Award from the American College of Surgeons- Indiana Chapter. The Willis D. Gatch Award is given each year to the top-four surgical resident written research papers and oral presentations from Indiana University. Dr. Al-Azzawi attended medical school at the Baghdad University, College of Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq. He is also bilingual in Arabic and English.
Sunrise Medical Group
Jessica Okun, DO, MS
Jessica Okun, DO, MS, is a neurological surgeon with Advanced Neuroscience Network Physicians in Sunrise. She excels in leadership, by dedicating her time to community service. She has volunteered at the REACH Health Fair in Belle Glade and spent time working with the Arts in Medicine projects for Children & the Elderly at Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine. Dr. Okun’s diverse background includes specializing in brain and pituitary tumors, epilepsy surgery, endoscopic approaches, degenerative spinal pathology, and minimally invasive and complex approaches. She’s also skilled in peripheral nerve and carotid diseases, and has training in cranial and spine traumas. Dr. Okun completed a neurological surgery residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and an osteopathic neurosurgical internship from Mercy Health System, both located in Philadelphia, PA