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Leadership

RESIDENCY FACULTY

Family Medicine Inpatient Team

Our family medicine inpatient faculty Drs. Djahed, Green, Mehta, and Ramos (from left to right). Each rotate on our service  and  our Jefferson Reaves Clinic.

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Behnam Djahed, MD

Inpatient Director/Residency Faculty 

“It is a very different feeling to know that you were trained and continue to work in the program that started it all. Our Family Medicine program at UM/JMH was the first academic program in the country. I have been privileged enough to have known and worked with Dr. Lynn Carmichael, one of the founding fathers of Family Medicine in the United States. I am proud to say that under the leadership of Dr. Robert Schwartz, the initial mission and vision of our department continues to live today -- to provide quality care to anyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay. For over half of a century, our UM/JMH program has existed in a large academic tertiary care center with rigorous clinical activities and a solid scholastic foundation. This affords our residents with a comprehensive experience in patient care that in many ways is unparalleled. No matter how minor and complex of a medical issue, our residents are exposed to them. This creates confident physicians who elevate and enhance the health of the communities that they live in and provide care the way it was meant to be, caring for the whole person.” Dr. Djahed is a proud Class of 1990 program graduate.

Jennifer Green, MD 

Inpatient/Residency Faculty

"When looking to see what residency I would choose, the decision was obvious once I interviewed here. The faculty, residents, and staff truly really made my experience top tier! On top of that, I was able to care for patients from a variety of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. My passion lies in caring for underserved populations, and I was given the privilege to do so here. During my time in residency, I was also encouraged to grow my leadership skills which translated to my time as chief resident. This program and hospital system offers an incredible and unique opportunity to learn from patients and interact with diverse cultures - it is truly a gem! I enjoyed my experience here so much that I was thrilled to stay on as faculty!" Dr. Green was our Class of 2024 chief resident.

Luis Ramos Goñez, MD 

Inpatient/Residency Faculty

"I love teaching because it is all worthwhile the moment that our residents get it...it is a great feeling for both residents and teacher." Dr. Ramos graduated from our program in 2012 and joined our faculty in 2013. Prior to joining our program, he had extensive clinical experience as a practicing physician in Cuba and South Africa. Dr. Ramos was honored with our Faculty Teaching Award by the Class of 2020 and 2024.

Ashley Rojas Mehta, MD

Inpatient/Residency Faculty 

 "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. Mehta was our Class of 2017 chief resident, and is currently our associate program director.

The key to our success is the commitment of our faculty and staff to excellence in education and patient care.

Marie Denise Gervais, MD

Residency Faculty

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We do more than treat pathologies. We take care of people. That may mean educating parents about losing weight or cooking healthier foods for their children. Most of all, it means having a trusted relationship with the family.”

 

Dr. Gervais has been a clinician, educator, and advocate for South Florida’s Haitian community. A native of Montreal, she came to Miami in 1997 as a resident. She was Class of 2000 chief resident and joined our faculty in 2000. As a Creole speaker from a Haitian family, Dr. Gervais understands both the health care and cultural issues that impact patients and families. In addition to precepting residents at our family medicine practice and overseeing our board review sessions, Dr. Gervais is also our family medicine clerkship assistant director at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Antonio J. Suarez, MD

Residency Faculty

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Forming a doctor into a Family Physician is a unique process. I feel indebted to this process and to my mentors who taught me by example. I enjoy teaching our residents in a clinical setting in which I feel that Family Physicians set themselves apart from other specialists. We are responsible for teaching a comprehensive approach to caring for our patients in a setting where we are being measured on quality and efficiency of care. Miami is home and it provides a unique opportunity to serve a diverse multicultural population in a renown academic environment."

 

Dr. Suarez teaches at our Jefferson Reaves Clinic and sees patients at our UHealth Kendall Family Medicine Practice. He is also a proud Class of 2011 chief resident.

Katrina Ciraldo, MD
Residency Faculty

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Katrina Ciraldo, MD, is a board-certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine specialist with a focus on women’s health and pregnancy. She provides primary care for families across the lifespan and trained specifically to care for pregnant people with substance use disorders and their babies with an intradisciplinary approach. She was born and raised in Miami and then attended Columbia University in the City of New York where she studied history and anthropology. She attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and remained at Boston Medical Center for family medicine residency. She then completed a one-year fellowship in Obstetrics for Family Physicians in San Jose, California, and then the Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship at University of California-San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). At SFGH, she provided prenatal care with Team Lily, a low-barrier clinic for pregnant or postpartum patients who were experiencing homelessness, had addiction and/or who had severe mental illness. She also worked with the Street Medicine and Shelter Health team to provide primary care and addiction services to people experiencing homelessness. She worked on inpatient addiction consult service to start medications for hospitalized patients with substance use disorders and provide linkage to care and harm reduction services. She joined University of Miami/Jackson in November 2021 and works in a variety of settings, including THRIVE prenatal clinic for human trafficking survivors and pregnant people with substance use and the IDEA Syringe Services Program Wellness Clinic. Each week, she supervises family medicine residents at Jefferson Reeves Community Health Center and on Labor and Delivery as well. She works at a community methadone clinic in order to help link patients from Jackson and UHealth to methadone for treatment of opioid use disorder. Dr Ciraldo is committed to compassionate, family-centered care for vulnerable populations, especially pregnant people with addiction and their families. 

Christie Thomas, MD Residency Faculty

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I am passionate about community medicine and health equity, and I believe that every individual deserves access to quality healthcare and the opportunity to lead a healthy life. It's an incredible privilege to work with residents, especially in the community setting, and to have the opportunity to shape the future of medicine by molding compassionate and competent physicians who will make a positive impact on countless lives."

 

Dr. Christie Thomas began her journey in medicine at the University of Miami, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. She then dedicated a year to working for AmeriCorps, providing health education at a community clinic, which solidified her commitment to public health. Dr. Thomas returned to UM for medical school as a National Health Service Corps scholar. Her career has spanned diverse healthcare settings, including residency at Kaiser Permanente, an integrated managed care consortium, her first job out of residency at a county clinic, and then later working at Miami Beach Community Health Center where she taught both medical students and residents. Dr. Thomas is dedicated to providing holistic patient care and is passionate about nutrition and preventive medicine. Outside of medicine, she enjoys travel and outdoor adventures such as hiking in national parks, running, and playing tennis. At home in Miami, she nurtures both her garden and her family, enjoying walks with her baby and embracing the vibrant Miami lifestyle.

"We do more than treat pathologies. We take care of people."

-Marie Denise Gervais, MD

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