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Kenya Rivas, MD

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Dr. Kenya Rivas is a physician, dedicated and enthusiastic clinician, and educator who is driven not only to enhance a patient’s quality of life but to inspire future medical providers to pursue professional success.

Professional Highlights

  • South Florida Medical Director, Optum, United Health Care
  • Adjunct faculty at NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL
  • Assistant Professor in Geriatrics, NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Primary Care provider extended Hours, NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Moonlighting, Centra-Care, Orlando, FL
  • Moonlighting, Mayflower, Long-Term Care Facility, Orlando, FL
  • Moonlighting, After Hour Clinic, Orlando
  • Physician Assistant Position, Pediatric Transplant Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
  • Laboratory Manager, Family Medicine/ Geriatric office, Miami, FL
  • ED physician at Ceciamb Clinical Hospital, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
  • Internship at Uyapar Hospital, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
  • Speaker presentation Submissions and Poster Review, FMDA The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Orlando, FL
  • Chair of the Education Committee for 2019-2020 for FMDA The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Orlando, FL
  • House of Delegates alternate for AMDA, the society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
  • CME/ Education Committee Member AMDA- The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Columbia, MD
  • Board of Directors FMDA- The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Orlando, FL
  • Chair of the Bylaws Committee, FMDA-The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Orlando, FL
  • House of Delegates member, FMDA-The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Orlando, FL
  • Geriatric Course Director, NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Vice-Chair of the Department of Geriatrics, NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • CME/ Education Committee Member, GEC, NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Committee Member for Medical Outreach Programs, NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • CME/Education Committee Member, FMDA- The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Orlando, FL
  • Assistant Professor in Geriatrics, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Graduation Medical Education Committee Member, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL

 

Education

  • Geriatric Fellowship. Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL (2008-2009)
  • Family Medicine Residency. Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL (2005-2008) 
  • International Post-Graduate Mini-Residency Program: Mount Sinai Medical Center.Miami, FL (2004)   
  • MD from Los Andes University. Merida, Venezuela (1986-1993)

 

Community Service

  • Broward Community & Family Health Center (BCFHC) Health Fair, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Covenant Village Health Fair organizer and participant. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • “Pain Management” lecture at Southcentral/Southeast Focal Point Senior Center, Annual Health & Wellness Conference week. Miramar, FL
  • Lifelong Learning Institute community lectures given in 2017, with NSU KPCOM students.
  • Community service and program organizer at the annual com health fair at Covenant Village of Florida in Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Outreach program leader to Piura, Peru, at a rural medical station with NSU students.
  • Community service at S.W. Focal Point Community Center health fair, Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Community service for Cognitive Screening at Boomers and Beyond-Health Fair, Nova Southeastern University, Lauderdale, FL
  • Community service at Boomers and Beyond-Health Fair, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • NSU KPCOM Co-leader to the outreach program to Piura, Peru
  • Community service at the health fair celebrated at S.W. Focal Point Community Center for seniors, Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Community service for Cognitive Screening at Boomers and Beyond-Health Fair at NOVA KPCOM, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Community service at health and wellness expo celebrated at NSU KPCOM, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Community service for cognitive screening, at 14th Annual Senior & Children’s Health and Education Fair, For Lauderdale, FL
  • Community service for cognitive screening, at Boomers and Beyond-Health Fair, NOVA KPCOM
  • Florida Hospital medical team volunteer at Walt Disney Marathon, Orlando, FL
  • “How to Prevent and Control Diabetes, type 2” lecture given at Hispanic Health Initiatives. St Peter’s Catholic Church, in Deland, Florida. Florida Hospital. Orlando, FL
  • Florida Hospital medical team volunteer at Walt Disney Marathon, Orlando, FL
  • Volunteer in Medical Mission Trip in Veracruz, Mexico
  • Jackson Memorial Pediatric Liver Transplant Medical Member Team, at First Pediatric Liver Transplantation, performed in Venezuela, Metropolitan Clinic, Caracas, Venezuela

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Certifications

  • Florida Medical Association-Controlled Substance Prescribing for MD Prescribers.
  • National Group Task Affiliated Trainer
  • Certified Medical Director
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider
  • Geriatric Medicine Board Certified
  • Family Medicine Board Certified
  • ECFMG Certificate

 

Honors

  • Recognition letter from Lifelong Learning Institute for my commitment and time spent teaching at the Lifelong Learning Institute during the past 2017-18 academic year. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Selected for inclusion in “The Latino American WHO’S WHO “. The publication is a New York-based biographical publication that selects and distinguishes leading Latino professionals throughout the world who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their fields of endeavor and thereby contribute to the growth of industry and culture.
  • Resident of the Year Award, A Family Medicine Residency, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL
  • Plaque Recognition for Outstanding Services and Dedication to Patients, Family and Staff, University of Miami Department of GI/Liver Transplant, Miami, FL
  • Plaque Recognition in Appreciation of Excellent Work, Dedication and Caring Spirit, Jackson Health System Miami, FL

 

Professional memberships

  • FMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long – Term Care Medicine
  • AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long – Term Care Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • Orange County Medical Society
  • American Medical Directors Association

 

Scholarships and Grants

  • Donald W. Reynolds FD Scholarship, Physician Mini-Fellowships at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Geriatrics for Non-Geriatrician, NY, NY
  • Donald W. Reynolds FD Scholarship, Age to Intensive Update in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NY
  • Donald W. Reynolds FD Scholarship, Age to Intensive Update in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NY
  • AMDA Futures Class nominee. AMDA, The Society for Post-Acute and Long – Term Care Medicine, Columbia, MD
  • Antibiotic Stewardship project in Long-Term Care.Submission on hold. NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

Publications

  • Rivas, K., Hames, E (2019) “Health Maintenance in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care“accepted for publication at FMDA’s Progress Report: The Association’s professional journal for physicians and nurse practitioners in long-term care in Florida.
  • Rivas, K., Edwards, I., Pandya N (2017) “A Step Forward Quality.”
  • Rivas, K., Hames, E., and Masri, H. (2014) Evaluation and management of the older adult with chronic kidney disease. Book Chapter: Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice Nephrology. Editor: Samuel Snyder, DO.
  • Elizabeth Nicole Sizemore, Kenya Maria Rivas, Jose Valdes, Joshua Caballero. Enteral Vancomycinand Probiotic use for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea. Abstract published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, March 2013.
  • Elizabeth Hames, Do, Angelina Somorecki, M3, Kenya Rivas, MD. “An 82-year-old Male with tinnitus: a Case of Early Neurosyphilis.” Abstract published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, March 2013.
  • Lectures at State and National Meetings
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. “ UHG Culture. Be Here Now.” Optum Central and Southeast Regional Medical Directors WebEx Oct 7th, 2019. City of Miramar, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. “ UTI Management in the NH.” Optum Central and Southeast Regional Medical Directors WebEx Oct 7th, 2019. City of Miramar, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. “ UTI Management in the NH.”Optum Grand Rounds. Sept 17th, 2019. City of Miramar, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. ”Human Operating System.” Medical Director Meeting. June 3rd, 2019. City of Miramar, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. ”Antithrombotic Agents in the LTC.” Optum Grand Rounds. May 21st, 2019. City of Miramar, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. “ Falls in Geriatrics.” NSU Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. April 3rd, 2019. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD, Hames Elizabeth, DO, CMD. “Health Maintenance Strategies in PALT” 2019 AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. March 9th, 2019. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. ”Falls in Geriatrics.” Optum Grand Rounds. February 19th, 2019. City of Miramar, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. ”Flu vaccination update.” Optum Grand Rounds. October 23rd, 2018. City of Miramar, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD.” Experts Highlight Best Practices for Managing Incontinence”. September 2018. Volume 19, NO.9. www. CarighfortheAges.com
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. “Pain Management.” Southcentral/ Southeast Focal Point Senior Centers. July 20th, 2018. City of Miramar, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD. “Top Tips for Health and Disease Prevention for Caregivers.”SoFIA: South Florida Institute on Aging.”June 22, 2018. Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD, Hames Elizabeth, DO, CMD. “Urinary and Fecal Incontinence: What to do about it in PA/LTC. 2018 AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. March 25, 2018. Grapevine, TX.
  • Rivas, Kenya, MD, CMD, “Urge Incontinence.” Broward Medical Hospital Center, Internal Medicine residents and medical students. March 16th, 2018. Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD, Uzdavines, J.D., “Don’t Forget About Alzheimer’s: Important Legal and Medical Issues.” Faculty Symposium at Nova Southeastern University. February 1, 2018. Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD, Hames Elizabeth, DO, CMD “Food for Thought: Nutrition and Weight Loss in Persons with Dementia.” AMDA WEBINAR SERIES. November 2017.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD, Tood Cheryl MD, CMD, Andrea Levin PharmD “Deprescribing. A case-based approach. Interprofessional Geriatrics Training Institute. February 23rd, 2017. Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

Poster presentations

  • Bertha Carrion DNP-FNP, Kenya Rivas, MD, CMD. “Reducing Unnecessary Hospitalizations due to Pneumonia in the PALTC.” Best Care Practices in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Continuum. FMDA. “Orlando 26Th 2019. Awarded with the first place in the poster competition section.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD, Edward Islen, C Ph, PharmD, Pandya Naushira“ Antibiotic Stewardship in the Long-Term Care. A milestone to Success” Best Care Practices in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Continuum. FMDA. “Orlando 14Th 2017. Awarded with the first place in the poster competition section.
  • Palacios Daliz, DO, Cherner Rebecca, DO, “REM Sleep Disorder Induced by Common Sleep Aid.” Presented at FOMA Convention, Weston, Florida, February 22-26, 2017.
  • Rivas Kenya, MD, CMD, Edward Islen, C Ph, PharmD, Pandya Naushira“ A Step Forward Quality. Transitioning from Sliding Scale Insulin to Patient’s Centered Care Diabetes Management.” Best Care Practices in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Continuum. FMDA. “Orlando 10Th 2016. Awarded with the first place in the poster competition section.
  • Lilian Vilar, MS-2 1, Elizabeth Hames, DO, Kenya Rivas, MD2, Naushira Pandya, MD, CMD, FACP2. “Endocrine Dysfunction in the Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Setting: A Case of Gigantism”
  • Gabriel Betancourt, D.O., Elizabeth Hames, DO Kenya Rivas, MD. “Atypical Presentations of Common Conditions in Geriatric Patients.” The Society For Post-Acute And Long-Term Care Medicine Annual Conference (AMDA), Louisville, KY, March 19-22, 2015
  • AlexOlwinik, M3, Elizabeth Hames, DO Kenya Rivas, MD. “Evaluation of Cognitive Impairment using the Mini-Cog Test in Community-Dwelling Older Adults Seeking Health Screening.” FOMA, February 2014.
  • Alex Olwinik, M3, Elizabeth Hames, DO, Kenya Rivas, MD. “Evaluation of Cognitive Impairment using the Mini-Cog Test in Community-Dwelling Older Adults Seeking Health Screening. Best Care Practices, Orlando, October 2013.
  • Elizabeth Hames, DO, Alexandria Oleinik, M3, Kenya Rivas, MD. Seizures, Left-Sided Weakness, and Headache in a 41-Year-Old Female. A Case of Neurocysticercosis. Awarded with the second place Resident Case Study at the 110th Annual FOMA Convention Research Poster Competition
  • Elizabeth Nicole Sizemore, PharmD, Kenya Rivas, MD, Jose Valdes, PharmD, Joshua Caballero, PharmD. Enteral Vancomycin and Probiotic use for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea. Presented as a poster at “Monumental steps for Quality” at AMDA Long Term Care Medicine, March 21-24,2013. Gaylord National Washington, DC
  • Elizabeth Hames, DO, Angelina Somorecki, M3, Kenya Rivas, MD. “An 82-year-old Male with Tinnitus: a Case of Early Neurosyphilis”. Poster accepted for presentation at “Monumental steps for Quality” at AMDA Long Term Care Medicine, Gaylord National Washington, DC.March 21-24,2013.
  • Elizabeth Hames, DO, Angelina Somorecki, M3, Kenya Rivas, MD. “An 82-year-old Male with Tinnitus: a Case of Early Neurosyphilis”. Presented at the Sixth Annual Interprofessional Geriatrics Training Institute, February 2013.
  • Elizabeth Hames, DO, Angelina Somorecki, M3, Kenya Rivas, MD. “An 82-year-old Male with Tinnitus: a Case of Early Neurosyphilis”. Best Care Practices, October 2012. Awarded with the first-place honors in the case-study category.
Last modified on: 18-11-2020