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Baptist Health Doctors Hospital, located in Coral Gables, has been providing high quality medical care to the community for decades. Starting today, August 1, Doctors Hospital will offer expanded cardiovascular services, including a comprehensive diagnostic center – all part of expanded services that will be overseen by four cardiovascular physicians affiliated with the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. , which is also part of Baptist Health.
Doctors Hospital is widely recognized as the home of the Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute’s Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center, which includes the Institute’s wide range of orthopedic specialties, including a top-floor ambulatory surgery center. But Coral Gables residents and professional athletes need cardiovascular care.
For years, cardiologist Percy Aitken, MD, has anchored the hospital’s cardiac care, often referring patients to Baptist Hospital or South Miami Hospital, also part of Baptist Health, for further treatment or diagnosis. . He has also referred many heart patients to the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Diagnostic Center, which houses the most advanced imaging technology. With the expansion of cardiac care at Doctors Hospital, many of these patients may not have to leave Coral Gables for extended testing or treatment.
With the expanded cardiovascular program at Doctors Hospital, Dr. Aitken will be joined by Eli Friedman, MD, medical director of sports cardiology at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, who leads programs to help diagnose or treat cardiovascular disease in athletes from around the world. South Florida, and help train athletes and their coaches in proper CPR techniques. Also joining the team are Tarak Rambhatla, MD, cardiologist and director of inpatient cardiac services at Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute; and Adedapo Iluyomade, MD, preventive cardiologist at the Institute.
“Now, it’s always been my idea to have a bigger presence here at Doctors Hospital,” says Dr. Aitken. “There have been many advances in cardiovascular medicine at our great center at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (Baptist Hospital). But there is a growing need here because patients have a lot of questions. They have a lot of needs and we can refer them, we can direct them, we can guide them. We can be like their quarterback on cardiovascular care. With expanded services and the addition of three physicians, we will offer a wider range of services to more patients.
With Doctors Hospital home to Baptist Health Orthopedic Care, Dr. Friedman’s expanded presence is an ideal step forward, he adds.
“The sports orthopedics program cares for many high school and college level athletes – as well as professional and semi-professional players,” Dr. Aitken said. “These athletes may have an EKG that the computer reads as abnormal, and they want a cardiologist to check it. So now we will have a referral doctor for them on a more widespread basis.
This “go-to physician” is Dr. Friedman, who is a pioneer in sport locally and nationally, and continues to refine the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in athletes of all types and ages.
“The world of sports medicine is already centered at Doctors Hospital, from a Baptist Health orthopedic care perspective. And we want to support those goals and those initiatives there,” says Dr. Friedman. “We are increasing our diagnostic presence at Doctors Hospital and will be performing many cardiopulmonary exercise tests there. This will also benefit our multidisciplinary and subspecialty cardiology groups. There are many opportunities to collaborate in this way.
But Dr. Friedman adds that his specialty in sports cardiology is not just focused on professional and amateur athletes, but on the very active and athletic residents near Doctors Hospital. He regularly sees Coral Gables residents at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute on the Baptist Hospital campus.
“I know there is a community around Doctors Hospital that needs what we can provide,” adds Dr. Friedman. “And when I say ‘we’, I’m not just talking about sports. I am also talking about general cardiology. Doctors Hospital is a niche hospital, but we are now able to bring very advanced cardiac patients there and perform the kind of quality diagnostic tests there as we do at Baptist Hospital.
(Photo caption: Pictured above, left to right: Adedapo Iluyomade, MD; Tarak Rambhatla, MD; Jonathan Fialkow, MD; Percy Aitken, MD; Eli Friedman, MD)