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Four Physicians Join Cleveland Clinic Florida

March 16, 2009

Cleveland Clinic Florida announces the addition of four physicians to its team of more than 150 medical specialists. Cleveland Clinic welcomes nephrologist Rute Paixao, MD, ophthalmologist Albert Caruana, MD, gastroenterologist Sunguk Jang, MD and endocrinologist Carmen Villabona, MD.

“Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of medicine brings together many medical specialties to provide our patients with comprehensive and coordinated care of complex medical and surgical conditions,” says Bernie Fernandez, MD, chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “We are very pleased to welcome these four outstanding physicians to our multidisciplinary team.”

Following completion of her internal medicine residency and nephrology and hypertension fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Paixao came onboard as a staff member. She specializes in chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, dialysis, and kidney biopsy. Dr. Paixao received her medical degree from the Universidade Nova, Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas in Lisbon, Portugal. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Nephrology and is also a member of the American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Caruana joins Cleveland Clinic from the Department of Ophthalmology at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. His specialties include cataract surgery, multifocal intraocular lenses, refractive surgical procedures, cornea and external disease, and laser surgery (LASIK, PRK). Dr. Caruana received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from Duke University where he graduated magna cum laude. He later received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX. He completed his internal medicine internship at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and ophthalmology residency from Friederwald Eye Institute at Maryland General Hospital. He later completed cornea external disease, refractive surgery fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Caruana is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Jang comes to Cleveland Clinic from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he taught in the Department of Internal Medicine. His specialties include colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and capsule enteroscopy. Dr. Jang earned his Bachelor’s degree in cellular molecular biology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and he received his medical degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Jang completed the internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. He later graduated as chief fellow in his gastroenterology fellowship program at Drexel University. Dr. Jang’s first introduction to Cleveland Clinic was through his gastroenterology advanced therapeutic fellowship, which he completed at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Gastroenterology.

Before joining Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Villabona completed her internal medicine residency and endocrinology diabetes and metabolism fellowship at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, respectively. She received her medical degree from the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. Dr. Villabona specializes in pituitary diseases, thyroid disease, adrenal disorders and diabetes mellitus. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

Cleveland Clinic, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, Florida, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic has approximately 150 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital, which was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters in 2007 and 2008. Cleveland Clinic was 1 out of only 4 hospitals in the nation recognized at the Gold level by the American Heart Association for performance in all three categories of the Get with the Guidelines program: Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure & Stroke. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit