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Primary Care Focus Symposium
18th Annual
Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14, 2019
Naples Ritz-Carlton, Florida




A. Ruben Caride, M.D.,
Symposium Director, General Internist, Baptist Hospital obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Miami and completed his residency in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1991. He has served on the Baptist Hospital Board of Directors as well as the Governor’s Council of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians. He has received several practice-related accolades from Castle Connelly and Best Doctors, Inc. Dr. Caride has been symposium director of the Primary Care Focus Symposium since its creation 17 years ago.


Carlos Buznego, M.D.,
is a practicing ophthalmologist. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Buznego is affiliated with Baptist Hospital of Miami and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital. He is voluntary assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and assistant professor of ophthalmology at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Natalie Castro, M.S., R.D., LDN
, is chief wellness dietitian at Baptist Health South Florida. Ms. Castro is certified in adult weight management and works passionately on improving the health of both adults and children. Her clinical experience includes working with patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders and critically ill patients in intensive care, specializing in nutritional support. In addition, she has conducted research evaluating eating behaviors of overweight and normal-weight children. Her research conducted at the Behavioral Medicine Department at the University at Buffalo has been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals. 

Theodore Feldman, M.D., FACC, FACP,
is medical director of Prevention and Community Health at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and medical director of Baptist Health South Florida’s Center for Healthcare Advancement and Outcomes. Dr. Feldman is clinical associate professor of medicine, cardiology clerkship director and head of cardiology and medical school interviewer at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Feldman is extensively involved in clinical research and education in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Randy A. Fink, M.D., FACOG,
is an obstetrician and gynecologist in the Florida Keys. Dr. Fink is affiliated with Baptist and Mariners Hospitals. He completed his obstetrics & gynecology training at Brown at the University/Women & Infants’ Hospital of Rhode Island, and medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. He attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his undergraduate degree from The American University, in Washington, DC. Dr. Fink’s specialty interests are in anti-aging, sexual wellness and bio-identical hormone management.

Isabel Gomez M.D.,
is assistant chief medical officer at Florida International University’s Annual Global Heath Consortium and director of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. Gomez earned her medical degree at Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia. She completed an observership in infectious diseases at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami; an internship and residency in internal medicine at Lincoln Medical and Health Center in the Bronx, in affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College; and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Gomez serves is an attending physician with South Florida Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine Center. She is Board-certified in internal medicine – infectious disease.


Jason S. James, M.D.,
is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He is chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baptist Hospital of Miami. Dr. James specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotic surgery. Dr. James graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine and his fellowship at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Joseph LaConti, M.D. Ph.D.,
is a board-certified rheumatologist at the Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases.  He specializes in arthritis, autoimmune disorders, joint injections, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and osteoporosis. Dr. LaConti completed his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. LaConti is affiliated with Baptist, Doctors and South Miami Hospitals.

Onelia G. Lage, M.D.,
is professor of pediatrics and vice chair of education and faculty development and assistant strand leader, in the department of Humanities, Health, and Society and director of pediatric and adolescent health for Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP™), and course director of the Community Engaged Physician course series. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Metropolitan Hospital Center New York Medical College and a fellowship in adolescent medicine, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Jim Painter, Ph.D., RD,
is adjunct professor, at the School of Public Health at the University of Texas. Dr. Painter earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His areas of research include reducing the risk of heart disease through phyto-nutrient and dietary intervention and mindless eating and stealthy calorie intake. Dr. Painter consults for the Davison’s Safest Choice and the National Dairy Council. He currently serves on the American Heart Association’s Products and Services Eat Well Task Force and is the author of the 2016 Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Dyslipidemia section update. Dr. Painter has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations to his credit and has authored a text-book, Nutrition You Can Use.

Mario Pascual, M.D., is an electrophysiologist whose expertise includes catheter-based ablation of complex arrhythmias as well as device-based therapy for management of heart failure.  His specialty includes use of advanced imaging technology that has become tremendously important in real-time, 3-D mapping of the heart to guide catheter ablations.  He is board certified in electrophysiology, cardiovascular, and internal medicine.  Dr. Pascual is a graduate of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and completed his fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Florida.   He was also a Chief Cardiology Fellow at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Ana Rivas-Vazquez, PH.D.,
is a Miami forensic and clinical psychologist. Dr. Rivas-Vazquez is a Board Certified clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for more than 35 years. She graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and received her post-doctoral master in clinical psychopharmacology degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Rivas-Vazquez is affiliated with Baptist and South Miami Hospitals.

Seth David Rosen, M.D.,
is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Rosen is affiliated with Baptist and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals. He completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of medicine and his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He specializes in abdominal pain, anemia, colitis, colorectal, constipation, Crohn’s Disease, dyspepsia, dysphagia and liver disease.

Michael Swartzon, M.D.,
is a primary care sports medicine physician at Doctors Hospital of Miami. He is clinical assistant professor at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and volunteer faculty, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.