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The Department of Orthopedics was established in the Fall of 2008 as part of the new FIU College of Medicine.

Vision and Goals

The Vision of the Department of Orthopedics is to be one of the most outstanding academic departments of Orthopedics in the region and a center for excellence in innovative surgery, research, and surgical education.

The Department of Orthopedics is committed to improving the health of those we serve with dedication to excellence by:

  • Training our medical students with the highest level of professionalism in patient care.
  • Familiarizing them with the specialty, giving them a competent basic education in Orthopedic Surgery while encouraging research at every level.
  • Developing the Orthopedic Surgery Departments at various sites in our community into centers of excellence for patient care and education.
  • Creating and maintaining a curriculum that will expose our residents and students to all aspects of Orthopedics through our academic affiliated institutions.
  • Recruiting the best faculty and supporting them in their pursuit of excellence in patient care, research, medical education, and technology.

Contact us

Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Department of Orthopedics
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC-2 675
Tel: 305-348-9280
Fax: 305-348-0123

Community-based faculty

Carlos Alvarado, MD
Assistant Professor

Avi C. Baitner, MD
Assistant Professor

Gilbert Beauperthuy, DO
Assistant Professor

Ana Cecilia Belzarena, MD
Assistant Professor

Georgiy Brusovanik, MD
Assistant Professor

William Vincent Burke, MD
Assistant Professor

Roy Cardoso, MD
Assistant Professor

Kingsley Chin, MD
Professor

Dan Scott Cohen, MD
Assistant Professor

Lauren Crocco, MD
Assistant Professor

William Davis, MD
Instructor

Joseph Fernandez, MD
Assistant Professor

Vivien Fongue, DO
Assistant Professor

Keith Hechtman, MD
Professor

Christopher W. Hodgkins, MD
Assistant Professor

Jan Pieter Hommen, MD
Assistant Professor

Kevin Horowitz, MD
Assistant Professor

Pooya Hosseinzadeh
Assistant Professor

Nestor Javech, MD
Assistant Professor

Haggart John, MD
Instructor

Charles Javier Jordan, MD
Assistant Professor

Daniel Gerald Kalbac, MD
Assistant Professor

Joel Kallan, MD
Assistant Professor

Deepak Kapila, MD
Assistant Professor

Michael Mashura, MD
Instructor

Roberto Augusto Miki, MD
Assistant Professor

Ismael Montane, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Benham Myers, DO
Instructor

John Nordt, MD
Assistant Professor

Jorge Orbay, MD
Associate Professor

Elizabeth Ann Ouellette, MD
Professor

Derek Francis Papp, MD
Assistant Professor

Giovanni Parailticci, MD
Instructor

Theresa Pazionis, MD
Assistant Professor

Alejandro Ernesto Pino, MD
Assistant Professor

Howard David Routman, DO
Assistant Professor

Richard Rozencwaig, MD
Assistant Professor

Vani Janaki Sabesan, MD
Assistant Professor

Cesar Saenz, MD
Assistant Professor

Roger Saldana, MD
Assistant Professor

Thomas P. San Giovanni, MD
Associate Professor

Scott Schoenleber, MD
Assistant Professor

Verena Schrieber, MD
Assistant Professor

Juan Suarez, MD
Assistant Professor

Michael S. Thorpe, MD
Associate Professor

Michael A. Tidwell, MD
Assistant Professor

Marc Evan Umlas, MD
Professor

Alexander Van der Ven, MD
Assistant Professor

Luis Alberto Vargas-Ortiz, MD
Assistant Professor

Gautam P. Yagnik, MD
Assistant Professor

Joseph P. Zimmerman
Instructor

John E. Zvijac, MD
Associate Professor