The mission of Midway Specialty Care Center, as a not-for-profit clinic, is to provide our patients a comprehensive infectious disease care center, with primary care, and access to behavioral health services, gynecological care and nutritional support. Our dedicated team of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, and pharmacists work to provide total patient care with dignity to those living with an infectious disease.
We have offices in Key West, Miami, Miami Beach, Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale), West Palm Beach, Atlantis (Lake Worth), Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Winter Park, Tampa and Winter Park. We adhere to the World Health Organization’s model of 90/90/90: 90% of all people living with HIV will be identified, 90% of all people with HIV will be on treatment, and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression to an undetectable level.
Our goal is to create a collaborative not-for-profit practice that will serve the community’s needs and exceed customers’ expectations through our customized approach to patient care services. We strive to provide high-quality medical and pharmaceutical services incorporating natural and pharmacological approaches to wellness. We promise our patients the utmost in professionalism and provide quality health care which will focus on the latest proven treatment options.
Your Midway Specialty Care Center healthcare providers have an over-all plan for you, which includes your specialty and primary care appointments, lab tests, and many other services. When you participate in all of these parts, you are engaged in your care.
Our reliable staff at Midway Specialty Care Center is trained in the guiding philosophy of excellence in patient care and treatment and we all share the same concerns for our patients.
Moti Ramgopal | MD, FACP, FIDSA is a Consultant Physician and Director of Associates in Infectious Diseases; Founder of Midway Immunology and Research Center, Founder and Chairman for the not-for-profit Midway Specialty Care Center and Founder of Midway Primary Care, a not-for-profit primary care practice; Associate Professor of Medicine at Florida State University Medical School; and founder of Asvins.org.
Dr. Moti Ramgopal is affiliated with several hospitals in the area, including Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, Saint Lucie Medical Center and Martin Health Systems. Dr. Ramgopal received his medical degree from University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Bon Secours Hospital in Michigan. He then completed a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Jackson Memorial and the University of Miami School of Medicine. He has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Ramgopal is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Infectious Disease.
Dr. Ramgopal serves as a Certified Principal Investigator for clinical research. His studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Journal of AIDS and IDSA’s The Journal of Infectious Diseases. His Midway Immunology and Research Center clinical team treated 300+ HIV and Hepatitis C patients for free at a savings to the community of more than $5,000,000 to date, giving patients access to cutting-edge treatments not available to the general public. Dr. Ramgopal was awarded the Top Physician honor by Treasure Coast Newspapers in 2014, received the Frist Humanitarian Award from HCA, and is a winner of FSU Guardian of the Mission Award. He founded the 501 c-3 Midway Specialty Care Center the same year to enhance access to treatment for all patients living with chronic diseases and Hepatitis and HIV.
Midway Specialty Care Center’s (MSCC) focus is to treat the whole patient, including a patient’s physical and mental health care needs. MSCC patients have access to in-house behavioral health care services, prescription medication management, nutrition services and wellness, acute and chronic care, as well as access to treatment and drugs through the clinic’s in-house pharmacy. Dr. Ramgopal is also recognized as a top Infectious Disease Doctor in the country by US News and World Reports. See his currently enrolling clinical trials: www.midwayresearch.org
Raja Talati | MD, MBA, MSC, FAAFP was a past board member and then joined the team as Assistant Chief Medical Officer and Primary Care Physician at Midway specialty Care Center. He is involved with the informatics, IT and development of the telemedicine program. Dr. Talati sees patients at Midway Specialty Care Center in Fort Pierce as well as providing Family Medicine care to patients at Midway Primary Care in Port St. Lucie.
He is currently an assistant program director at the St. Lucie Medical Center Family Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. Prior to this, he was in practice at the Heart and Family Health Institute, also in PSL.
He served as the Medical Director at the St.Lucie County Juvenile Detention Center from 2011 to 2017. He has served on numerous committees at St.Lucie Medical Center which include the following:
Infection Control, Utilization, Ethics, Medical QA 2011 ,Infection Control, Medical executive as Vice Chief of Staff and is now Chief of Credentials.
In the Community he was the local soccer clubs staff physician and also was the Consulting Physician at Sungrove Montessori school when they were trying to earn accreditation.
For his country, he currently holds the position of Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the 927th AMDS at MacDill AFB and was previously the Chief of Credentials. He has about 400 hours of flight time in the C-17 and KC-135.
Since completing medical school, he earned his Masters In Health Information Systems and is a candidate for his MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Analytics.
When not working; he enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his two sons and wife.
Practices as an Infectious Disease Specialist in Port Saint Lucie, FL. Berjan Collin, MD graduated from Vrije Univ Brussel, Fac Van De Geneeskunde En De Farm, Brussel. Dr. Collin completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the university of North Dakota in Fargo, North Dakota; which was followed by a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Suzan Zimmer attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University. She completed a three year Family Medicine Residency at Florida Medical Center South. After the completion of her Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Zimmer moved to Fort Pierce, FL. In 1996 Dr. Zimmer worked for Florida Community Health Center Inc., where she stayed for 6 years as Clinical Director. In 2002 she went into private practice and has since remained in private practice. Dr. Zimmer has staff privileges at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and at St Lucie Medical Center. Dr Zimmer has served on Medical Executive Committee at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for the past several years.
Claudio Tuda, MD is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Argentina. Dr. Tuda then completed an Internship and Residency at University Hospital “José de San Martín”.
After coming to the US, Dr. Tuda was a Fellow / Research Associate in Microbiology and Virology, Department of Pathology at the West Virginia University Hospital. He then completed another Research project titled Special Immunology / AIDS Comprehensive AIDS Program at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tuda enrolled in another Internship and Residency program in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida and went on to complete a Fellowship in Infectious Disease.
Dr. Tuda was enlisted to work as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine/Key Faculty Attending, Infectious Disease Department for University of Miami / Mount Sinai Medical Center, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NOVA University-Department of Medicine / Osteopathic School of Medicine.
His fields of interest are general infectious disease, HIV and hepatitis C.
Cynthia I Rivera, is an Infectious Diseases specialist and the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
Dr. Rivera received her undergraduate training at University of Nebraska, followed by medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center. She then moved to Miami in 2004 to undergo her internship and residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
After a year as Chief Medical Resident and another year specializing in medical education, she started her Infectious Diseases fellowship, also at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Upon completion of her Infectious Diseases training, she joined private practice and she has been in practice since 2011.
Her interests include: medical education, treatment and prevention of HIV, maintenance of overall sexual health, wellness initiatives and treatment of patients with hepatitis C, both mono-infected and co-infected with HIV. In addition, she serves on the board of directors of Mindo Futures, a 501c3 organization dedicated to health and educational initiatives in rural Ecuador and elsewhere.
Dr. Nicholas Camps is a new addition to the Midway Specialty Care Center/ Academic & Clinical Infectious Disease group and part of the Infectious Diseases faculty at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University Osteopathic Medical School. Following graduation in 2013 he completed his internship and residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, FL where he was a Chief Medical Resident.
Following Residency, he went on to do his Infectious Disease fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami where he graduated as Infectious Disease Fellow of the Year in 2018. He subsequently joined the Academic and Clinical Infectious Disease/Mount Sinai Infectious Disease group and is a voluntary faculty with the interns and residents.
After moving to Florida from Maine in 1989, Dr. Brenda Jacobs witnessed the great demand for nurses and decided to go back to school for nursing. She received her BSN and MSN from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Brenda worked as an ICU nurse for 4 years prior to joining Midway Immunology and Research Center in 2002. In 2013, she obtained her DNP from University of Florida. She specializes in the care of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C patients. Brenda has been instrumental in helping Dr. Ramgopal establish and expand Midway Immunology and Research Center. Brenda is a dedicated nurse practitioner who is focused on improving the access of care for the HIV/AIDS community and decreasing the stigma of HIV. She is inspired by the opportunity to build relationships and make differences in peoples’ lives by helping them to obtain a better quality of life.
Ms. Bagwell graduated from the University of Tampa with a Master of Science in Nursing and is a board certified adult nurse practitioner. She holds a certification as an HIV specialist from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Ms. Bagwell joined Midway Specialty Care Center in 2013 at the advent of the direct acting antiviral era for the treatment of hepatitis C. Ms. Bagwell provides treatment for HIV, hepatitis C, pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis, post-exposure HIV prophylaxis, sexually transmitted infections, and primary care. Ms. Bagwell enjoys spending her free time with her husband and her two daughters.
Jenn primarily practices as an advanced practice registered nurse in the field of infectious disease. Jenn serves as the clinical administrator and is primarily responsible for the West Palm Beach office. She has provided infectious disease consultations in the inpatient as well as outpatient clinical settings. Dr. Kuretski attained the distinction of Doctor of Nursing from the University of Miami, School of Nursing. She has a particular interest in retroviruses such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This interest and clinical experience led her to obtaining specialty certification as an American Academy of HIV Medicine, HIV Specialist. She has been involved in over 50 clinical trials in the field of infectious disease. She previously served as adjunct faculty at the University of Miami in the M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs at the School of Nursing. Dr. Kuretski is a family nurse practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Lauren Leeflang is a Board Certified Physician Assistant.
Lauren was only two semesters away from graduating with a Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida when she enrolled in a Medical Anthropology course. From that moment on, she was fascinated by the societal and cultural influences on healthcare and medicine, leading her to immediately enroll in Florida Atlantic University’s Pre-Health Professions Post-Baccalaureate program upon the completion of her degree. It was there that she learned more about the Physician Assistant profession and the nationwide shortage of primary care providers.
She graduated with honors from the Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program in Orlando, Florida, where she earned her Masters of Medical Sciences. As a PA, Lauren is passionate about primary care, and appreciates the diverse clinical challenges of HIV and other infectious diseases.
A self-described “food nerd,” Lauren spends much of her free time in the kitchen trying new recipes, or brewing beer with her husband. She also loves gardening, the beach, and her adorable dog, Kona.
Tracy is a lifelong resident of Fort Pierce and has 15 years experience in the medical field. She achieved her goal of becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, in 2011 from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to that, she worked as an registered nurse. In addition to her time spent seeing patients at our Primary Care Practice, Tracy visits many patients to provide care for them in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities as well. Ms. Britcher also also serves as Clinical Preceptor for Florida Atlantic University and Southern University.
“I love my career and love people. I love that I am able to give back to people and make a difference in healing others,” Tracy said.
She also has privileges and practices at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute in Fort Pierce.
Ms. Trodglen received her Associate and Bachelor in Science in Nursing from Indian River State College. Angela received a Master of Science in Nursing with high honors from South University in Savannah, Georgia.
Angela has worked for Associates in Infectious Diseases, PA since 2016. She joined the Medical Staff Team with several years of Hospital experience in PCU and Surgical PCU. Ms. Trodglen has developed a focused interest in the field of Infectious Diseases. Angela is a Florida native and grew up in Vero Beach.
Mr. Patel has been a pharmacist since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from K.L.E.’s College of Pharmacy, Belgaum, India. He is also a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida and Texas.
Mihir’s past pharmaceutical experiences include Industrial Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Product Development, Marketing and Retail Pharmacy. He developed products (creams, ointment & tablet) for the global generic market, specifically for Indian market and developing countries. He enjoys the experience at Midway Specialty Care Center where he interacts with patients and provides Medication Therapy Management (MTM). This is a service that benefits patients by helping them to organize their medications, avoid drug complications, improve their medication knowledge, and improve their adherence and utilization of medications. This results in a reduction of drug duplication, harmful side effects and drug interactions. His aim is to optimize drug therapy and improve therapeutic outcomes for Midway Specialty Care Center’s patients.
Certifications: Florida State License, Texas State License, APhA Certified Immunizer and APhA Certified MTM – “Train-The-Trainer”.
Chris graduated with his Pharm D from Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy in 2008. He is credentialed as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and a HIV Pharmacist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He has 8 years of experience working in HIV and has held various leadership roles such as Director of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Manager since 2009. He believes in giving back to the community and has volunteered his time with the Palm Beach County HIV CARE Council since 2015. He has served as the Chair of the Local Pharmaceutical Assistance Program Committee and is the current Chair of the CARE Council.”
Dr. Lorraine Dowdy, Midway’s Chief Medical Officer, received her DO from Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. She did a General Rotating Internship at Humana Hospital South Broward in Hollywood, followed by Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Jackson Memorial Hospital /University of Miami School of Medicine. She is currently Board Certified in Infectious Disease.
Dr. Dowdy previously served as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Infectious Diseases Liaison to the Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation and Infection Control Physician, Tuberculosis and Bloodborne Pathogens Programs, Office of Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Miami. She established the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Jackson Memorial Hospital and served as chair of the Infection Control subcommittee.
Dr. Dowdy has been published on a number of occasions and has served as Principal Investigator on several research endeavors over the years.
Dr. Dowdy has been in private practice providing inpatient consultations and ambulatory Infectious Disease management. She holds Active staff privileges at Jackson South Community Hospital and Baptist Hospital.
Dr. Raj B. Uttamchandani graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. He then finished a 6 month stint as a rural health physician in the town of Buenavista, Guimaras Island, followed by a year of rotating medical internship and another year of residency in Internal Medicine at the Makati Medical Center, Makati, Philippines. His North American experience started soon after as a pediatric resident at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, followed by an internal medicine residency at the St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, then finishing at the Cabrini Medical Center (New York Medical College) in New York City. This latter rotation is where he became infatuated with the specialty of Infectious Diseases which lead to a two year fellowship in Infectious Diseases followed by a year of clinical research fellowship in Special Immunology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. This experience sealed his fate leading to his immersion into and the dedication to HIV medicine.
Dr. Uttamchandani joined the Faculty of Internal Medicine, division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Miami/Jackson Medical Center where he was a participant/co-investigator to hallmark early HIV treatment trials and co-authored or authored several key publications in the field. He was medical director of a novel, dedicated to the HIV treatment unit. Since leaving the University, he has continued to care for patients with HIV in the inpatient and outpatient setting and remains committed to continue the same.
Dr. Uttamchandani currently has Active staff privileges at Jackson South Community Hospital and Baptist Hospital of Miami.
Dr. Bolivar, Midway’s Chief Clinical Scientific Officer, received his Medical Degree from the University of Quindio School of Medicine in Colombia, South America. He completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Dr. Bolivar completed Fellowship Programs in Clinical Immunology and HIV at University of Miami Affiliated Hospitals in Miami, Florida and an Infectious Disease Fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Bolivar has served in Academic Appointments as Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine as well as AIDS Clinical Research and Liver Elastography Studies. Several of Dr. Bolivar’s works have been published and he has been involved in many funded clinical research studies.
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