Juan C. Cendan, MD

Dean, College of Medicine; Senior Vice President for Health Affairs; Professor

Department of Surgery

Phone: 305-348-2400

Email: jcendan@fiu.edu

Areas of Interest: Medical and surgical procedural simulation and education

Dr. Juan C. Cendan is a board-certified surgeon with a clinical focus on minimally invasive surgery and surgical disorders of the breast. He also has a lengthy career in academic medicine.

Cendan joined FIU in 2021 as vice-dean and executive associate dean for student affairs. In 2022, he was appointed dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and senior
vice-president for health affairs.

Before FIU, Cendan was a founding faculty member of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, where he served in several roles from 2010-2021, including assistant dean for simulation, medical director of the simulation laboratory, and chair of the Department of Medical Education. As provost chair and associate dean in residence alongside UCF’s provost, he developed the framework for founding the UCF Academic Health Center. 

Following his medical training at the University of Florida, Cendan practiced as a general surgeon in Gainesville, Florida. He then returned to UF as faculty, where he developed an academic focus on simulation-based medical education; his undergraduate training in biomedical engineering was particularly useful allowing him to align the technical specifications to end-user educational needs.


General Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
M.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, and Queen Mary University, London, England

 Areas of Specialization

  • Alignment of infrastructure and governance to support medical education
  • Quality improvement of medical school programs and student performance 
  • Innovative scholarship in medical education
  • Academic leadership