September 1, 2014

CEO Spotlight: Bernardo B. Fernandez Jr.

Clinically Tested

Martha Brannigan | 8/1/2006

DR. BERNARDO B. FERNANDEZ JR., 45
CEO / Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston

Born: Havana, Cuba. Came to the U.S. as a child via Spain.

Joined Cleveland Clinic: In 1987 to do internal medicine internship and residency. "I walked in, and I fell in love. It's a dynamic place with exciting stuff happening all the time."

Clinic: 650 employees. About 100 doctors on staff spanning 35 specialties. A doctor's son: "I owe my parents everything I am. I always wanted to be a doctor. It was just so natural for me. I remember going with my father when he was making the rounds at the hospital."

His specialty: Vascular medicine. "I see patients every day. I'm not an administrator; I'm a doctor."

Quotable: "What really makes the Cleveland Clinic special is the collective wisdom of all the different fields. We keep expanding minimally invasive techniques to a lot more fields."

Hobby: "Golf is my passion outside of the Cleveland Clinic -- whenever I get the chance."

Tags: Southeast, Healthcare

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