Kassandra M. Bosire, MD
A privilege is defined as a particular advantage or benefit enjoyed by a person or class of people that is not shared by others. We as physicians, within this health system, have the privilege to care for those who cannot care for themselves or will not be cared for because of their class, ethnicity, or race. Healthcare inequality affects the most vulnerable of our community: children, women, and minorities. I have always worked in this environment, as I see myself in these patients. I recognize that I have been given the privilege to serve when and where others will not. This health inequity, ironically provides residents and faculty to experience disease processes in their most advanced stages and rarest of presentations.
To be able to teach and learn with medical students, residents, and faculty who share my approach to medicine, I can think of no other place to serve. It is the perfect place for me: high-level evidenced-based training with strong clinical research for a complex patient population, both medically and socially. To work alongside caring clinicians who provide a human touch in our service to those who need us most is the highest privilege and honor. That is why I am here.”
Dr. Bosire is from Michigan and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Michigan. She teaches our residents at our Jefferson Reaves Clinic, and also sees patients at our UHealth Plantation Family Medicine Practice.
ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Marilia Nery, MD
My family often wonders why my favorite TV shows include both murder mysteries and house-remodeling programs. What does sleuthing have in common with installing a sink? Interestingly, my answer is the same to the often-asked "Why family medicine, and why here?" Simply put, I love answering the "why" and "how" of things, followed by mending, polishing, fixing. The more complex the case, the more invigorating!
UM/Jackson attends to incredibly complex cases, a wide spectrum of pathophysiology, and does so for an equally-challenging population comprised of underserved and often overlooked people. The work is hard, long and daunting at times as we assess cases and build treatment plans.
Despite the challenges, medicine is a beautiful thing in Miami, and so much more complex than remodeling a house. We serve the hurt, broken, confused, and fearful. We clarify, teach, and reassure our patients, and then partner with them to guide them to health. It is my honor and joy to help provide relief, to reassure, and to care deeply. I think this transfers to my passion for teaching, as well. To welcome new, raw residents, guide their learning, and later graduate capable and compassionate physicians is tremendously rewarding! I am grateful to have found my niche at UM/Jackson, and hope to continue as doctor-detective-teacher for many years to come.”
Dr. Nery graduated from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, completed residency at UM/Jackson, and joined our faculty in 2014 after graduating from our program as chief resident. She is from Miami and is fluent in Portuguese due to her strong family ties to Brazil. In addition to teaching our family medicine residents at our Jefferson Reaves Clinic, Dr. Nery is also Assistant Director for our Family Medicine pre-doctoral program, and sees patients at our UHealth Kendall Family Medicine Practice.
"To work alongside caring clinicians who provide a human touch in our service to those who need us most
is the highest privilege and honor."
― Kassandra M. Bosire, MD
ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Ashley Mehta Rojas, MD
“I interviewed at Jackson because I wanted a challenge; I wanted to diagnose and treat interesting patients in a large, well established tertiary care center. I ranked this program first because there was a feeling of family and good vibes among the residents and faculty that I couldn't shake. Jackson felt like home. As a resident, I had so much fun, learned more than I ever would have imagined possible, and shared some of the most important years of my life with individuals whom I am proud to say I worked beside. Coming back after fellowship as faculty was an obvious choice. It is very rewarding working with our amazing students and residents in caring for our underserved population of patients.”
Dr. Rojas teaches our residents both in our family medicine inpatient service and our Jefferson Reaves Clinic. She graduated from our program in 2017 as chief resident, and successfully completed a hospice and palliative fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital.