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Hermes J. Florez, M.D.

General Information

Hermes J. Florez, M.D.


  • Fax: 305-243-6572


  • English


  • American Board of Internal Med-Geriatric Medicine



  • Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine - Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


  • Director, Division of Epidemiology & Population Health Sciences
  • Director, Geriatrics, Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Research Interests

• Obesity and metabolic syndrome
• Diabetes epidemiology and prevention
• Cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention
• Aging and lifespan epidemiology
• Genetics epidemiology


2006 Ph.D.
University of Miami
1998 MPH
University of Miami
1993 M.D.
University of Zulia School of Medicine



Dr. Hermes Florez is a Tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine and Director of 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 Co-Leading the Aging Working Group in this National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded multi-center clinical trial. In addition, Dr. Florez is the Miami Principal Investigator of the VA-funded Million Veteran Program (MVP), the largest genomics initiative in the U.S.  and Miami Co-Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded GRADE, a comparative effectiveness research study in patients 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 at high-risk for diabetes and other age-related diseases in studies funded by the Pan American Health Organization, the American Heart Association, and the International Diabetes Federation – Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems (IDF-BRIDGES). 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. He has led efforts at UM and the Miami VA for the implementation of evidence-based programs to promote healthy aging through physical activity, falls prevention, screening for depression, and chronic disease management among near 25,000 South Floridians.
Dr. Florez was the Associate Program Director (2004-2008) and then Program Director (2009-2010) of the Fellowship Training Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. He also served as GRECC Associate Director for Clinical Affairs (2008-2012) before becoming the Director of this federally-funded Center of Excellence in Geriatrics in November of 2012.
In June of 2012, Dr. Florez was appointed Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences supporting the training of future healthcare leaders through the MPH, MD/MPH and the Epidemiology PhD programs at UM. Since February of 2013 he has served as Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and more recently he was appointed National Co-Chair of the GRECC Directors Network with the purpose of coordinating initiatives among these 20 Geriatric Centers of Excellence to promote healthier aging in the US population, in alignment with the next decade agenda recently presented in the White House Conference on Aging.

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