Dr. Hermes Florez Named Interim Chief of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health, has been named Interim Chief of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Miller School and Interim Director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Miami VA Healthcare System. Florez replaces Bruce Troen, M.D., as division chief and Bernard Roos, M.D., as GRECC director. Both professors of medicine are stepping back from administrative duties to focus on their research.

“Hermes brings a tremendously positive influence to both roles,” said Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., professor and Interim Chair of Medicine. “His knowledge, expertise, background and determination are a good fit for the future of geriatrics, which is such a critical component in our evolving healthcare environment.”

Florez, a physician-scientist formally trained in geriatrics, endocrinology and epidemiology and public health, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Zulia in Venezuela, where he held a junior faculty appointment before coming to the U.S. in 1996 to join the University’s Diabetes Prevention Program research team. After residency training in internal medicine and clinical fellowship training in endocrinology and geriatric medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and Miami VA, he joined the Miller School faculty in 2004. Florez was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and granted tenure in 2012.

For the past five years, Florez, who is also Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences, has led clinical innovation and implementation programs at the Miami GRECC, including evidence-based strategies with research support from the NIH, U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, the Pan American Health Organization and International Diabetes Federation. He also serves as principal investigator of the Million Veterans Program in South Florida, which is expected to enroll nearly 20,000 veterans in the VA’s genomics program designed to improve personalized care based on genetic profiles.

“We will continue building the partnerships needed, with strong support from the Center on Aging, among others, to conduct innovative clinical, education, and research programs aimed at promoting healthier aging populations and reducing frailty and the burden of age-related diseases, including medical and psychiatric comorbidities,” Florez said. “Our talented faculty and trainees will seek support from leadership to fulfill our academic mission and respond to healthcare transformations at regional, national, and international levels.”

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