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Primary Care Focus Symposium
17th Annual
Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1, 2018
Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Florida

2017 Faculty


Symposium Directors

A. Ruben Caride, M.D.
Symposium Director     
General Internist, Baptist Hospital
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Caride 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 16 years ago.

Guest Faculty


Jeffrey Block, M.D.

South Miami Hospital
Voluntary Faculty Professor,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
Miami, Florida 
Biography    Jeffrey Block, M.D., is a board-certified anesthesiologist who is fellowship-trained in pain management and addiction medicine. Immediate
past president of the Medical School’s alumni association and an internationally awarded horticulturist. Dr. Block was the only physician appointed by the
Florida Department of Health’s surgeon general to determine the rules pertaining to “the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014” and Florida’s only
doctor appointed by the Florida Medical Association as Designated Expert on Botanical Medicines to author mandated physician continuing medical education
concerning cannabis and its supporting endocannabinoid sciences. Dr. Block is a leading institutional member of the American Public Gardens Association and
serves the Florida Department of Agriculture Extension Office’s programming as a Certified Master Gardener and Course Educator for the University of Florida’s
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Jorge Caso, M.D.
Baptist Health Medical Group and Miami Cancer Institute​
Miami, Florida 
Biography​    Dr. Jorge Caso specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of various urologic conditions such as erectile dysfunction, kidney, prostate and
bladder cancers, and laparoscopic and robotic surgery treatment options. He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida, where he also completed
a surgery internship and urology residency. He then completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Caso has authored over 25 manuscripts
on a multitude of urological issues.

Peter L. Citron, M.D.

Baptist Health Medical Group
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Peter Citron received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He continued his training in
hematology/ oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  


Oriana Damas, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida 
Biography  Dr. Damas received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She continued her training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her research in inflammatory bowel disease focuses on identifying the etiologic contributions of genetic and environmental factors in the development of IBD in immigrant Hispanics. ​

Frank Don, D.O.

Private Practice
Coral Gables, Florida
Biography    Dr. Don is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He completed his residency in dermatology at Wellington Regional Medical Center. Dr. Don is currently in private practice in Coral Gables, Florida. 

Lorraine M. Dowdy, D.O.

Infectious Disease
Baptist Health Quality Network
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Dowdy received a biology degree from the University of Miami and graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her fellowship training in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Miami, Florida. She also completed training in hospital epidemiology from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ American Hospital Association.

Ricardo E. Estape, M.D.
Director of Gynecologic Oncology Disease Management Team
Miami Cancer Institute
Director of Robotics
Baptist Health South Florida
Voluntary Associate Professor of Gynecologic Oncology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Estape attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his degree from the University of Miami in Miami. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has performed more robotic surgeries than any other gynecologic oncologist or gynecologist in the world.​

Randy A. Fink, M.D., FACOG
Medical Director, Miami Center of Excellence for Obstetrics & Gynecology and Florida Keys Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baptist and Mariners Hospitals
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Fink Dr. Fink 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.​


Joe U. Levi, M.D.

Chief, Division of General Surgery
Professor of Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Joe Levi graduated from the University of Florida School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and his residency in surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Dr. Levi is very well published in the medical journals and has received numerous honors and awards in surgical teaching and clinical training. ​


Paul Martin, M.D., 
Chief, Division of Hepatology
University of Miami Health System
Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine  
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Paul Martin is a native of Dublin, Ireland, where he graduated with honors from medical school at University College, received a doctorate in medicine from the National University of Ireland. He specializes in internal medicine and gastroenterology, training initially in Dublin and subsequently in Canada. He trained in hepatology as a medical staff fellow in the National Institute of Health’s Liver Unit. Dr. Martin is editor-in-chief of Liver Transplantation and chair of the Gastroenterology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine also serving on the council. 

Jim Painter, Ph.D., R.D.
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
University of Texas
Houston, Texas  
Biography    Jim Painter earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Texas, School of Public Health. 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.​


Manuel B. Torres, M.D.

Family Medicine
West Kendal Baptist Hospital
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Torres received his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. He completed his residency in family medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Torres is Board-certified in family medicine and Obesity Medicine. Dr. Torres is an active member in the Baptist Health Management Committee and Baptist Health Medical Group’s Finance Committee. ​

Grace Wang, M.D.

Hematologist Oncologist
Baptist Health Medical Group Oncology
Miami, Florida
Biography    Dr. Grace Wang received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she completed an internship and residency, as well as a fellowship, in hematology and oncology. Dr. Wang is Board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. She co-chairs Baptist Health’s Oncology Committee and is an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society Board, Relay for Life, Day of Caring and the Cancer Support Community.

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