• Seema Chandra, MD, FACP

    Seema Chandra, MD, FACP

    Program Director
    Associate Medical Director for Academics, BHMG Hospital Medicine

    Seema Chandra, MD, FACP is the founding Program Director of the Baptist Health South Florida Internal Medicine residency. Dr. Chandra joined Baptist Health as a hospitalist in 2012 and has over 14 years of experience as a clinician-educator.  She has multiple leadership roles at Baptist Health including serving as the site director for the Family Medicine resident rotation in Hospital Medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital (WKBH) and the FIU student rotations in Hospital Medicine at both WKBH and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Chandra is also the Associate Medical Director for Academics for the Baptist Health Medical Group Division of Hospital Medicine.

    Dr. Chandra is passionate about patient care and bedside clinical teaching, and she looks forward to finding a learning opportunity for her patients, her trainees and herself in every clinical encounter. She is a champion of evidence-based quality care and a committed educator who, among other accolades, has been recognized by the Family Medicine residents as Attending of the Year.

    Dr. Chandra completed her medical studies at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Miami/Jackson Health System where she also served as chief resident. After completing residency, she joined the Global Health Corps through the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative and spent over a year in Lesotho caring for adults and children affected by HIV.

    In her free time, she enjoys exploring the natural beauty of South Florida with her husband and two children.

    Medical School:

    Baylor College of Medicine, 2003

    Residency:

    University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, 2007

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    American Board of Pediatrics

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Associate Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Elise McCormack-Granja, MD

    Elise McCormack-Granja, MD

    Associate Program Director | Ambulatory Medicine
    Lead Physician, Internal Medicine Center, BHMG Primary Care

    Elise McCormack-Granja, MD is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Medicine for the BHSF Internal Medicine Residency.  Dr. McCormack is an internal medicine physician with Baptist Health Primary Care, a part of Baptist Health Medical Group. She received her medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, based in St. Maarten. Dr. McCormack-Granja completed her residency and a 4th year chief residency in Internal Medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, where she was also awarded resident-of-the-year.  She was the Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center from 2010 to 2013, and, among other honors, she was named teaching attending of the year for two consecutive years. During this time, she was also the clinical site director for third-year medical student clinical rotations and an instructor at the Boston University School of Medicine.

    For over eight years, Dr. McCormack-Granja has been a leader in Baptist Health Primary Care, serving as the lead physician for the Town & Country Primary Care practice and now as the lead physician for the Internal Medicine Center at Baptist Hospital.  Her clinical interests include preventative medicine, chronic disease management and women’s health. She has a passion for resident education in the ambulatory setting as well as team-based care and resident remediation and coaching.

    Medical School:

    American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, 2005

    Residency:

    Roger Williams Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2008

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Firas Rabbat, M.D.

    Firas Rabbat, M.D.

    Associate Program Director | Hospital Medicine Hospitalist, Baptist Hospital, BHMG Hospital Medicine

    Dr. Firas Rabbat is the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Baptist Hospital. He joined BHSF in 2021. He is a board-certified internist with over 8 years of experience in clinical practice and medical education. Dr. Rabbat graduated from the University of Aleppo, Faculty of Medicine in Syria. He completed his residency training at Lincoln Hospital (Weill Cornell Medical College) in New York City. Following residency, he joined Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, where he served as the Director of Afterhours Teaching Service and Director of Nighttime Hospitalist Service. Dr. Rabbat has a clinical interest in hospital medicine and medical education. His research interests are in cardiovascular disease and hypertension management. He has co-authored several research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at multiple medical conferences.

    Dr. Rabbat is a dedicated physician and educator who is passionate about providing quality care to his patients and helping to train the next generation of physicians. He is a valuable asset to the Baptist Hospital team and to the community.

    Outside of work, Dr. Rabbat enjoys travel, spending time with his family and friends, sim racing, attending music concerts, and stand-up comedy shows. He is an avid car enthusiast.

    Medical School:

    University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, 2014

    Residency:

    Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, 2018

    Board certification:

    American board of internal medicine

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Alejandro Mosquera, MD

    Alejandro Mosquera, MD

    Associate Program Director | Hospital Medicine
    Associate Medical Director, Baptist Hospital, BHMG Hospital Medicine

    Dr. Mosquera is the Associate Program Director for Hospital Medicine for the BHSF Internal Medicine Residency Program.

    In 2011 Dr. Mosquera joined Baptist Health, and during the last 11 years he has become an established hospital medicine leader within the health system. Dr. Mosquera's leadership roles include Associate Medical Director for the BHSF Hospital Medicine Program for West Kendall Baptist Hospital from 2015 to 2017, and for Baptist Hospital from 2017 to the present. Since 2021, he has chaired the system-wide Pharmacy Formulary Optimization Committee, and most recently he was elected as the Vice Chief of Hospital Medicine for Baptist Hospital in 2022. 

    Beyond his leadership duties, Dr. Mosquera has extensive experience in medical education for both students and residents. He has a special interest in helping trainees develop their clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills. 

    As a champion of high-quality, personalized patient care, his help was instrumental in developing and implementing a robust and comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining a focus on both patient outcomes and clinician well-being and safety throughout the crisis.  

    Dr. Mosquera has received recognition for his work as a hospitalist including voted as the West Kendall Baptist Hospital Physician of the Year in 2014.  

    Outside of the hospital, Dr. Mosquera enjoys travelling and spending time with his family. 

    Medical School:

    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine/Medical College of Virginia, 2007

    Residency:

    University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, 2011

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    American Board of Pediatrics

  • Marcus St. John, MD, FACC, FSCAI

    Marcus St. John, MD, FACC, FSCAI

    Associate Program Director | Cardiology
    Medical Director of Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Baptist Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital

    Dr. St. John is an interventional cardiologist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and is the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Baptist Hospital. He specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of cardiovascular diseases through catheter-based procedures, such as angioplasty and stenting. In addition to interventional cardiology, his clinical interests include general and preventive cardiovascular medicine. Dr. St. John has conducted clinical research studies and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles on cardiology. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and the Caribbean on heart disease and preventive cardiovascular medicine.

    Dr. St. John has been recognized multiple times by his colleagues for his exemplary patient care, including as the Baptist Health Medical Group Physician of the Year in 2018 and the Baptist Hospital Physician of the Year in 2020. He is also a leader in the South Florida Chapter of the American Heart Association, currently serving as the Board President.

    Medical School:

    Harvard Medical School, 1997

    Residency:

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2000

    Fellowships:

    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, 2003

    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, 2004

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

    American Board of Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS

    Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS

    Core Faculty | Hematology
    Chief of Benign Hematology, Miami Cancer Institute

    Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS specializes in treating benign (non-cancerous) hematological conditions, including bleeding and clotting disorders, rare blood disorders, high and low platelets, high and low blood counts, bone marrow failure syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms. In addition to his extensive experience in benign hematology, Dr. Nagalla has a master’s degree in microbiology and immunology. He has also contributed significant research to the field of platelet biology that could have a lasting impact on how diseases are treated in the future. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the field of hematology.

    Dr. Nagalla joined Miami Cancer Institute from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his career, he has served in multiple leadership roles. Dr. Nagalla has a strong understanding of the pathophysiology of blood disorders, which is important when developing personalized treatment plans. It allows him to think outside of the box and provide treatment options that are most beneficial to his patients. He believes in educating patients and their caregivers so they can serve as partners and advocates in the treatment process and experience better outcomes. Dr. Nagalla is also passionate about training the next generation of physicians. He has received several awards for his work teaching medical students and trainees. He serves on multiple national committees for medical education.

    When he is not treating patients, Dr. Nagalla enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and golfing.

    Medical School:

    Madras Medical College, 2001

    Residency:

    Drexel University College of Medicine, Internship, Internal Medicine, 2004

    University of North Dakota, Residency, Internal Medicine, 2006

    Fellowships:

    Drexel University College of Medicine, Medical Oncology, 2008

    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Hematology, 2009

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

    American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Sandra V. Chaparro, MD, FACC, FAHA

    Sandra V. Chaparro, MD, FACC, FAHA

    Core Faculty | Cardiology
    Director of Advanced Heart Failure, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

    Sandra V. Chaparro, MD, FACC, FAHA is a nationally recognized leader in heart failure and transplantation cardiology and is the director of Advanced Heart Failure at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. Dr. Chaparro has extensive teaching experience, instructing and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows. She has held multiple leadership roles and previously served as the Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship Program for the University of Miami/Jackson Health System.  She is a dynamic and productive researcher who is the principal investigator on multiple grant-funded trials and is widely published.  Dr. Chaparro is also an editorial reviewer for numerous medical publications.

    Medical School:

    Universidad El Bosque School of Medicine, 1997

    Residency:

    University of Missouri – Columbia Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine, 2004

    Fellowships:

    University of Missouri – Columbia Health Sciences Center, Cardiology, 2007

    Cleveland Clinic (Ohio), Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, 2008

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

    American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Andres F. Soto A., MD, MBA, SFHM

    Andres F. Soto A., MD, MBA, SFHM

    Faculty | Hospital Medicine
    Chief of Hospital Medicine, Baptist Health Medical Group

    Andres F. Soto, MD, MBA, SFHM, is the chief of Hospital Medicine at Baptist Health Medical Group. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Del Valle Escuela de Medicina in Cali, Colombia and then completed his internal medicine residency in 2008 at Pennsylvania Hospital (Penn Medicine). He is board certified in Internal Medicine with Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. Dr. Soto also completed his Master of Business Administration at FIU in 2015 and is currently pursuing additional studies in Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership at Harvard Medical School. As the Chief of Hospital Medicine, he spearheads the clinical operations of the hospitalist groups at Baptist Hospital of Miami (BHM), Doctors Hospital (DH), and West Kendall Baptist Hospital (WKBH). Aside from the hospitalist group, Dr. Soto is a leader in performance improvement, quality and patient safety across BHSF. In 2021, he was elected Vice President of Medical Staff at West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

    When he is not aiding in the optimization of Baptist Health’s operations to provide high quality patient care, Dr. Soto enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

    Medical School:

    Universidad Del Valle Escuela de Medicina, 1996

    Residency:

    Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Internal Medicine, 2008

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Jose L. Vazquez, MD

    Jose L. Vazquez, MD

    Faculty | Ambulatory Medicine
    Chief of Primary Care, Baptist Health Medical Group

    Jose Vazquez, MD, is the chief of primary care at Baptist Health Medical Group, part of Baptist Health South Florida. He specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health issues, including hypertension, diabetes and respiratory conditions. Prior to joining Baptist Health in 2016, Dr. Vazquez served as the chief of the internal medicine division at South Florida Multispecialty Associates and an associate attending physician at Mount Sinai Medical Center. At Mount Sinai Medical Center, he was named “Attending Physician of the Year.” As chief of primary care, Dr. Vazquez is passionate about leadership and mentoring other physicians. His greatest honor is gaining the trust and respect of his patients and peers. Dr. Vazquez’s approach to patient care is to focus on preventive care. He is also committed to listening to each patient and respecting their wishes. When he is not treating patients, Dr. Vazquez enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and other outdoor activities.

    Medical School:

    Ponce School of Medicine, 1991

    Residency:

    St. Vincent's Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1994

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Humanities, Health and Society, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Simon Astor, DO

    Simon Astor, DO

    Core Faculty | Hospital Medicine
    Rotation Director, Procedure Team

    Simon D. Astor, DO is a Hospitalist Physician for Baptist Health Medical Group of Baptist Health South Florida. As the Director of the Hospital Medicine Bedside Procedure Team, he has specialized training in ultrasound guided procedures with a focus in point-of-care ultrasound and modern vascular access.  He graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 2015 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, FL. Before attending medical school, he received his doctorate from the Community School for Traditional Chinese Healthcare and founded the Healing Earth Holistic Center (later the Iluma Center for Health) in Aventura, Florida.

    Along with performing procedures with the hospitalist group, Dr. Astor is on the CLABSI/CAUTI committee for Baptist Hospital and serves as teaching faculty for the American College of Physicians for ultrasound guided procedures. He also works as a Flight Physician for fixed wing air ambulance and critical care transport.

    Dr. Astor enjoys spending time with his family and engaging in outdoor activities including hiking and adventure motorcycling.

    Medical School:

    Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2015

    Residency:

    Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, 2018

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Lorena Bonilla, MD, MS

    Lorena Bonilla, MD, MS

    Core Faculty | Hospital Medicine
    Well-Being Champion

    Lorena Del Pilar Bonilla, MD, MS is a second-generation Ecuadorian American born and raised in New Jersey.  She earned her Masters in Science degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutgers University and Doctor of Medicine from University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2007.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in 2010.  Dr. Bonilla joined Baptist Health Medical Group as a hospitalist.  She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Assistant Professor at FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and actively teaches hospital medicine to residents and medical students.  As core faculty of the BHSF Internal Medicine Residency she leads the well-being curriculum.  She is also involved in designing the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) curriculum for BHSF.

    Dr. Bonilla is a co-founder of Doctors for Camp Closure in Florida and collaborates with multiple immigrant advocacy groups to increase awareness on the health of immigrants in detention.  As a Regional Advisor to the Southeast Regional Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) she is a speaker who educates medical students and residents on health topics including wellness, burnout, and immigrant advocacy.  She has promoted the inaugural National Center for LMSA Leadership & Advancement program and gained sponsorship for this program from Nova Southeastern University.  She has served as National Hispanic Medical Association membership chapter chair. 

    Dr. Bonilla is passionate about promoting wellness, addressing health disparities, mentoring students, and using her clinical expertise to advocate for vulnerable communities.

    Medical School:

    University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2007

    Residency:

    Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2010

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Samantha Taghva, MD

    Samantha Taghva, MD

    Core Faculty | Hospital Medicine

    Samantha Taghva, M.D. is a member of the BHSF Internal Medicine Residency's core faculty. Dr. Taghva is an internal medicine trained physician who has worked at Baptist Health Medical Group Hospitalist Group for the past eight years. She transitioned, post high school graduation, to The University of Miami's (UM) combined 6 year college/medical school program. She remained at UM to complete her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. She devised and completed a Quality Improvement Project on Spontaneous Breathing Trials at the University of Miami during her residency to enhance patient outcomes in all ventilated patients in critical care units. During her residency, she was chosen as one of the three participants of the whole residency to be a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Jeopardy Team and was honored as the "Teaching Resident of the Year" during her residency graduation. Her clinical interests include caring for critically ill patients, problem-solving and complex case management, and being involved with academic medicine with medical students and residents.

    When she is not in the hospital, she enjoys exercising, music, traveling, snowboarding, and watching soccer.  

    Medical School:

    University of Miami School of Medicine, 2011

    Residency:

    University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Internal Medicine, 2014

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Alexander Formoso, MD

    Alexander Formoso, MD

    Faculty | Hospital Medicine

    Alexander Leopoldo Formoso, M.D., is a hospitalist with Baptist Health Medical Group and a first generation Cuban-American born into a family of physicians. Dr. Formoso attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC with a major in Health Care Management and Policy, which provided the opportunity to view health care delivery through a different lens. He received his medical degree from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and completed his internal medicine residency at HCA Florida Blake Hospital, where he served as third-year chief resident. As a member of the Baptist Health Medical Group, he has established himself as a proactive team member by sitting on the Inpatient Medicine Peer Group Interview panels, the Peer-to-Peer Hospitalist Program, and the Baptist Internal Medicine Residency Program Workgroup.  Dr. Formoso is interested in developing policies to improve quality of care and implementing visionary projects that continue to foster excellence in teamwork. He is dedicated to disease prevention and a positive patient experience. In his time outside of the hospital, Dr. Formoso enjoys spending time with and traveling with his family.

    Medical School:

    San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, 2016

    Residency:

    Blake Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2020

    Board Certification:

    American Board of Internal Medicine

    Faculty Appointment:

    Community-Based Assistant Professor of Translational Medicine, FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

  • Mariana De Michele, M.D.

    Mariana De Michele, M.D.

    Core Faculty | Ambulatory Medicine
    Primary Care Physician, Baptist Health Medical Group

    Mariana De Michele, M.D., recently joined the residency team as a core faculty member in ambulatory medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she also completed her residency training. Before joining Baptist Health, Dr. De Michele worked as a clinical assistant professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan teaching medical students and residents. Prior to that, she was a clinical assistant professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and served as the director of Cleveland Clinic's public walk-in clinic.

    Dr. De Michele is passionate about teaching, and her efforts have earned many awards, including the Steven E. Gradwohl Excellence in Continuity General Medicine Teaching Award, which she won twice. She has also received multiple patient care-generated awards like the Caring with Excellence Award and Making a Difference Award. Dr. De Michele specializes in women's health, weight management, and preventative medicine, including diabetes prevention. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and Italian.

    Medical School:

    University of Michigan Medical School

    Residency:

    University of Michigan Medical School

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