FKP Providers at FSN Annual Meeting: (left to right) Cristina Balsera, MD - Wayne Kotzker, MD - Reinaldo Rosario, MD - Pablo Ruiz-Ramon, MD, FACP - Amit Johnsingh, MD - Rajendra Baliga, MD, FACP, FASN, FAST - Alberto Casaretto, MD

The Florida Society of Nephrology has a tradition of recognizing some of the local practices when they move the Annual Meeting into a new community every other year. This past weekend, the Florida Kidney Physicians group was recognized during the 2019 Annual Meeting, held in the Tampa Bay Area for the first time at the Vinoy Renaissance in St Petersburg.

Cheers and congrats to the FKP group that strives to provide kidney health for everyone, everywhere! Big efforts pay off!


One of the best days of the year for FKP Tampa ❤
This past Sunday, the staff and doctors supported and joined Metropolitan Ministries’ efforts in stocking the food bank and feeding local families.
Pam Chandler, the Tampa Downtown Office supervisor said: "It was a great eye opener and a good team building time as well!"


helping at ministries


We are very grateful to everyone that came to the National Kidney Foundation Fort Lauderdale Walk and supported us in being a part of this event. 👏👏👏 ❤️ Florida Kidney Physicians is proud to have been one of the sponsors for this event that helps patients with kidney disease.

We passed out information, distributed our “Keeping Kidneys Healthy” shirts, discussed with other institutions to see how we can build a better future for our patients and played corn hole with them too!

Dr. Casaretto gave a talk about kidney care and how to keep kidneys healthy. A talk that, without a doubt, deserved all the applause of those who were there.

Thank you to the National Kidney Foundation of Florida for organizing this rewarding and helpful event.

We walked in honor of all patients on dialysis, with chronic kidney disease, transplants, or any kind of kidney problems.

Dr. Casaretto delivered a lecture on prevention of chronic kidney disease.



National Emergency Nurse’s Day is observed annually on the second Wednesday in October. We take this day to say “thank you” to the emergency room nurses for their hard work, dedication, service and commitment to their patients and families and their loyalty to the emergency nursing profession.

They work hard to put us at ease and eliminate pain and discomfort. This is a day to let them know just how important they are in keeping hospitals running smoothly.

Happy Day to all the nurses that dedicate their life to this hard job.

Our nurse Lorianne English is the loved nurse that has dedicated her life to our patients.

Lorianne is a certified Nephrology Nurse Practitioner loved for every REHC patient. Masters of Science in Nursing – the University of South Carolina –Certfication: Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

She was previous Charge Nurse – Davita South Broward Artificial Kidney Center, one of the largesthemodialysis clinics in our region. She loves working with patients and taking care of them: “I love REHC practice because we all work together and my patients become like my family” said Lorianne English in this video.


FKP-Nephrologist, Dr. Parham Eftekhari, M.D. was on CBS Miami News talking about Synthetic Drug Fentanyl

“The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to add the drug fentanyl and other dangerous synthetic opioids to Florida’s drug trafficking statute, clearing the way for law enforcement and prosecutors to pursue stricter punishment against the sellers of the drugs, including felony murder charges in the case of an overdose death.

Dr. Eftekhari believes people need to know that by taking these drugs they are playing Russian Roulette. He said people buying street level pills have no idea what’s in them.”

Nephrologist Dr. Parham Eftekhari has dedicated a big part of his life to the fight against Synthetic Drugs and keeps doing this. Everything started with a patient that came to the office with Kidney issues and was close to death because of Synthetic Drugs intake.

Thank you Dr. Parham Eftekhari for dedicating your life to keep everyone healthy.



Doctor Parham Eftekhari, D.O.

We are proud to share with our patients a career article from the prestigious COM Outlook, produced by
Nova Southeastern University. Spring 2017 • Volume 18, Number 1

Doctor Parham Article



According to ZocDoc, 80 percent of Americans delay or forgot preventative care. The number increases to 93 percent when surveying Millennials

National Call Your Doctor Day is the easiest celebration on the calendar.  It helps establish a baseline for many health concerns later in life and improve opportunities for identifying risk factors.

By making the appointment and keeping it, you place a priority on staying healthy so you can continue to meet those important obligations in the future and it only takes a few minutes.

There may be an even quicker way to make the appointment with us, you can set up an appointment online, quickly and securely, MAKE IT HERE, NOW

Call your doctor and make an appointment. Encourage your friends and family to do the same by using #CallYourDoctorDay to share on social media.”


Dear Valued Broward Health Team Member,

Influenza is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year more than 40,000 people will die from vaccine preventable influenza and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu complications. Despite this fact, many employees have reservations about being vaccinated.

To help you make this decision, here are some helpful tips from the Center for Disease Control:

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be the most common.

  • Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season’s vaccines are available.
  • Vaccination of high risks persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination is also important for healthcare workers and those who live with or care for high-risk people.

Check out some of our Broward Health team members who have already received the vaccine!
From L to R:Chief Medical Officer Dan Westphal, M.D., BHMC Regional Medical Officer David Droller, M.D., BHMC Chief of Staff Louis Yogel, M.D., BHN Chief of Staff Narendra Maheshwari, M.D., BHN Regional Medical Officer Harvey Starr, D.O., BHCS Regional Medical Officer Kutty K. Chandran, M.D., BHCS Chief of Staff Guy Zingaro, M.D., BHIP Regional Medical Officer Alberto Casaretto, M.D. and BHIP Chief of Staff Howard Lewkowitz, M.D.

Please check with your Employee Health Department regarding additional times and locations the flu vaccination is being offered in your region.

  • Broward Health Medical Center: 954.355.5385
  • Broward Health North: 954.786.6651
  • Broward Health Coral Springs: 954.344.3018
  • Broward Health Imperial Point: 954.776.8669

Beverly Capasso, RN, BSN, MHA
Interim President/CEO



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