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Cleveland Clinic Florida Announces Medical Leadership Appointments

May 24, 2010

Cleveland Clinic Florida announces several leadership appointments in the Departments of Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery. The appointments are representative of the growth of the Cleveland Clinic Florida organization, now employing nearly 180 physicians in over 35 specialties.

“Our mission is to serve the community by bringing world-class care to South Florida,” said Bernie Fernandez, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “It is a pleasure to collaborate with this exceptional group of physicians to offer the best patient care and education available. Together, we will innovate and advance treatment services and provide an environment conducive to research, education and collaborative patient care.”

David Friedman, MD has been named Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Trained as a general surgeon and as a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Friedman also holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgery of the hand. As both a hand surgeon and plastic surgeon, Dr. Friedman provides a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach to patient care. Dr. Friedman earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and his plastic surgery and hand surgery residencies at New York University Medical Center.

Gregory Gilot, MD. has been appointed Chairman of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, having served as interim chairman and staff surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida for over three years. He completed his medical degree at Pennsylvania State University, his orthopaedic residency at Louisiana State University and an adult shoulder fellowship at University of Texas. His specialty interests include shoulder repair and replacement, including disorders of the rotator cuff, shoulder instability, degenerative and inflammatory arthritis of the shoulder and revision shoulder surgery. Previously, Dr. Gilot was assistant professor and co-chief for the hand and shoulder service in the Department of Orthopaedics at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis.

George DeVelasco, MD and Enrique Huertas, MD were recently named Vice Chairs of the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. DeVelasco obtained his medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and completed his advanced anesthesia residency training at University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. He specializes in cardiovascular anesthesia. Dr. Huertas achieved his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey completed his advanced anesthesiology training at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His areas of specialization include cardiothoracic and neuro-anesthesia.

Darby Sider, MD will now serve as the Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She has specialized in women’s health and asthma in Department of Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic for the last 5 years. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic team, she devoted a decade to serving as the primary care practice manager at Verdugo Hills Medical Associates in Glendale, CA. and as a clinical instructor for the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine and pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Further demonstrating the scope and specialization of Cleveland Clinic’s offerings, the following physicians have been appointed as section heads in the Department of Radiology:

  • Mark Berman, M.D., Section Head, Interventional Radiology
  • Fabian Candocia, M.D., Section Head, Neuro-Imaging
  • Jacobo Kirsch, M.D., Section Head, Cardiothoracic Imaging
  • Maria Artze, M.D. – Section Head, Women's Imaging, Nuclear Imaging, Radiation Safety Officer
  • Lana Wilkinson, M.D., Section Head, Abdominal Imaging
  • Mitchell Whiteman, M.D., Section Head, Musculoskeletal Imaging

Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic has nearly 180 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 (2007, 2008, 2009) and one of America’s Best Hospitals for gynecology by U.S. News & World Report. Cleveland Clinic Florida is 1 of only 13 hospitals in the nation recognized at the Gold level of the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines program for Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure and Stroke. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic 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