FIYou: Dr. Fernando Jose Valverde, M.D.

Name: Dr. Fernando Jose Valverde, M.D.

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Job Title/Department: I’m CEO of the FIU Healthcare Network, associate dean of Community and Clinical Affairs in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and professional development stand leader.

Campus: Modesto A. Maidique Campus

In a nutshell: I manage the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine community and clinical business affairs.

Number of years at FIU: Three-and-a-half.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The people, the culture of FIU life and the mission of the university. Additionally, through the very hard work and dedication of our faculty, deans, employees and staff we are building a very special medical school that will impact our community for years to come.

What do you think students and your fellow faculty/staff should know about your department?

I don’t have a department per se, but I would say two things: 1) We are building a world-class primary-care center and a multispecialty ambulatory care center for faculty, employees and staff; and 2) The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has a very innovative curriculum.

Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why?

Frankly, I love the entire campus, but the Frost Art Museum and the Wertheim Performing Arts Center are my favorite spots. I need art and music in my life.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about FIU?

How committed the faculty and staff are to education and the well-being of students. That we have a culture of caring and professionalism – that we are a community treasure.

How is FIU “Worlds Ahead”?

In its attitude, vision and mission to excel in education, research and serving our community.

Family snapshot:

I am blessed with a wonderful family composed of my wife Mayi and our Brady Bunch kids: Daniel, Ferny, Alina, Camila, Andy and Lucas.

Word that best describes you: Awareness.

First paying job: Cleaning parks and cooking burgers at McDonald’s at age 15.

Favorite TV show: From the old days Johnny Carson and Nightline. These days, Sunday football.

What is playing on your iPod?

“Father and Son” by Cat Stevens.

Your proudest accomplishment:

Coaching my kids through different sports at different times in their development.

What do you do when you are not working at FIU?

I like playing tennis, lifting weights, swimming, reading, art and traveling.

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