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16th Annual
Primary Care Focus Symposium

Friday-Sunday, June 30-July 2, 2017
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Florida

About Event

Symposium Overview

The primary care practitioner has the special and important responsibility to diagnose and manage patients with every category of ailment, injury and disease. This symposium will provide practical, evidence-based strategies to strengthen healthcare competencies. Expert faculty will explain recent advances in diagnosis, management and treatment and address compelling issues as they relate to inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, food psychology, hormone replacement therapy, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, psoriasis, facts and fiction surrounding medical marijuana, pancreatic cancer, targeted therapy, genitourinary cancer screenings, gynecologic oncology and multiple myeloma. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A with the faculty during the panel discussion.

Symposium Directors

A. Ruben Caride, M.D., FACP
Tomas Villanueva, D.O., MBA, FACPE, SFHM​​

Topics this year.

Topics This Year

  • Nutrition Myth Busters
  • The Medical Handoff
  • Eating Disorders
  • Improving Transitions in Care
  • The Role of Exercise in Heart Health
  • Evaluation of Chest Pain
  • Anemia
  • Helping Heart Patients Thrive
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Test Topics
Topics this year.

Who Should Attend

  • Family Physicians
  • Dietitians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • General Internists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Test Attendees
Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitors will be provided with a standard-size booth space in the exhibit hall, which is separate form the workshop sessions. Each company is entitled to continental breakfast for two people on Thursday-Saturday.

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International Attendees

International Attendees

Babtist Health South Florida is pleased to extend a 30% discount to International Healthcare Professionals. Availability of this discount is limited.

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Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

We are accepting abstracts for poster presentations on research and new concepts in cardivascular disease thorugh Monday, January 18, 2016.

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Michael Ozner, M.D., FACC, FAHA

Michael Ozner, M.D., FACC, FAHA

Medical Director, Center for Prevention and Wellness
Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, Florida

Dr. Ozner is one of America’s leading advocates for heart disease prevention. He is a well-known regional and national speaker in the field of preventive cardiology. Dr. Ozner has frequently appeared in the print, radio and television media including The New York Times, NPR radio and CBS News. He was the recipient of the 2008 American Heart Association Humanitarian Award and has been elected to Top Cardiologists in America by the Consumer Council of America. Dr. Ozner is also the author of The Great American Heart Hoax and Heart Attack Proof. His most recent book, The Complete Mediterranean Diet, was released worldwide April 2014.

Khurram Nasir, M.D., MPH

Khurram Nasir, M.D., MPH

Research Director, Center for Prevention and Wellness
Director, High-risk Cardiovascular Disease Clinic
Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, Florida
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for Preventive Cardiology, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Nasir’s area of expertise lies in population health management, role of cardiovascular imaging for identification of high-risk individuals with a particular emphasis on innovative health care delivery based paradigms to improve patient outcomes and appropriate resource allocation. Dr. Nasir is a recipient of the NIH training award for cardiac imaging training program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. Dr. Nasir has published more than 290 publications in his area of interest. He is an Associate Editor for the journal, “Atherosclerosis”, “Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes” and “Journal of American Cardiology: Cardiac Imaging” as well serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Cardiac CT. He is currently the chair of prevention council for the Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging and Prevention as well member of board of directors for Society for Cardiac CT (SCCT). He was awarded in 2013 for his contributions the “Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumni Award”, which honors alumni who have typified the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and brought credit to the University by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.

Theodore Feldman, M.D., FACC, FACP

Theodore Feldman, M.D., FACC, FACP

Medical Director, Center for Prevention and Wellness, Baptist Health
Medical Director, Prevention and Community Health, Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, Florida

Dr. Feldman is extensively involved in clinical research and education in cardiovascular disease prevention. He serves as a Symposium Director for the International Symposium on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, one of the largest and most prestigious such meetings in the US. He also is Symposium Director of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Comprehensive Cardiovascular Symposium. Board-certified in internal medicine with a subspecialty in cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Feldman currently serves as Medical Director of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at South Miami Hospital and is a Medical Director for the Center for Prevention and Wellness at Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Feldman is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as well as the Cardiology Clerkship director at FIU and an interviewer for the FIU HWCOM Admissions committee. Dr. Feldman is in private practice in South Miami and is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Heartwell LLP, a large single specialty cardiovascular practice closely affiliated with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.


​​Symposium Registration

Registration Fees

2016 Rates Primary Care Focus Symposium
February 20-21, 2016
Physicians & Psychologists* $225
Other Healthcare Professionals $145
Babtist Health Employees $60
Physicians in Training** $145

International Registration

Combined Registration Fees

2016 Rates Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Symposium
February 18-20, 2016
andMiami Cardiac & VAscular Institute Cardiovascular Summit
February 20-21, 2016
Physicians & Psychologists* $225
Other Healthcare Professionals $145
Babtist Health Employees $60
Physicians in Training** $145

International Registration

The following options are available to expedite your symposium registrations:

Mail registration with check payment only to
Baptist Health CME Department
8900 North Kendall Drive,
Miami, Florida 33176.

Registration Form

Confirmations will be sent to acknowledge registrations received by Friday, February 12. Registrations will not be processed or confirmed without full payment. Cancelation fee of $25 applies after February 12.

Guest Attendance Policy

All symposium activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for conference attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the conference areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.


Please Note:

No photography or recording of presentations is allowed in the General Session, unless authorized by Baptist Health South Florida.
By attending this symposium, you agree to be included in photographs that will be used for educational purposes or to promote future courses. If you do not agree to be photographed, please contact us at 786-596-2398.

*Group discounts available for three or more doctors who register together as a group by Friday, February 12. No add-ons. Call for details.
**Registration must be accompanied by a letter from the Fellowship/Residency Director.


Additional Registration information is available at Registration is required.​​


Location & Accommodations

Location & Accommodations
Extraordinary renovations took place recently and Marriot Marco Island Beach Resort is now a JW Marriot-branded luxury resort. This breathtaking resort is a tranquil island paradise nestled on three miles of pristine southwest and a memorable symposium. Make your hotel reservation now by calling 1-800-438-4373 or go to to receive the special group rate of $259, plus applicable taxes. Group rates wil be honored through Friday, Jun 2, 2017. Hurry though - hotel rooms go very quickly! 

Extend your stay and celebrate a splendid Fourth of July on sandy beaches of Marco Island. The special group rate of $259 plus applicable taxes, still applies.

Contact Us

To help us serve you better, please fill out the form below completely.

To expedite your request, you can contact us directly by phone at 78​6-696-2398.

You may also mail your request to:

Continuing Medical Education Department
Baptist Health South Florida​
8900 N.Kendall Drive​
Miami, Florida 33176