Hermes J. Florez, M.D.
- American Board of Internal Med-Geriatric Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Geriatric Medicine - Internal Medicine
- Associate Professor of Medicine
- Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
- Deputy Director, Geriatrics, Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
- Director, Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences
Dr. Hermes Florez is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine and Clinical Director in the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Miami Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System.
Dr. Florez received his medical degree with honors (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Zulia School of Medicine in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, & Geriatrics, and graduate studies in Epidemiology (PhD) and Public Health (MPH) at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In 1996 he joined the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group at the UM and he is currently a Co-Investigator in this National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded multi-center clinical trial, where he chairs the working groups on metabolic syndrome, quality of life, and longevity and leads the physical function assessment task force. In addition, Dr. Florez is the Miami Co-Principal Investigator in the VA Diabetes Trial where he leads effort to develop a cardiovascular risk engine and assess geriatric syndromes in this population of older adults with type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Florez has a research interest on the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes and has been actively involved in the evaluation of patients with the metabolic syndrome and dyslipidemia in studies funded by the Pan American Health Organization and the American Heart Association. He is also working in the translation of diabetes prevention as part of the MOVE weight management program, supported by the VA National Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. At the UM Geriatrics Institute he leads the efforts of the Healthy Aging Research Program. His team is participating in the Healthy Aging Initiative in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties with projects to promote Enhance Fitness and Chronic Disease Self-Management, in South Florida older adults at risk or with type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Florez was the Associate Program Director (2004-2008) of the Fellowship Training Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and since 2009 is the Program Director.