In addition to her M.D., Dr. Hernandez Suarez holds a Master of Business Administration with specialization in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Miami. She has spent her career in South Florida building partnerships amongst hospitals, community, academia, and government to advance learning and health.
Born and raised in New York City, she attended Swarthmore College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and spent several years on the faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and in private practice on Miami Beach. Dr. Hernandez Suarez was also Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in the Jackson Health System, where she had oversight of Ambulatory Services, including specialty care, diagnostics, and mobile health.
From 2010-2015, she served as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Clinical Affairs at Florida International University HWCOM and Chief Executive Officer for FIU Health. Dr. Hernandez Suarez was subsequently Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Humana’s Care Delivery Organization, and then served as Vice President of Clinical Innovation for Conviva Care Solutions, a managed services organization that supports physician groups in Florida and Texas.
In her new role as the Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs at the HWCOM, Dr. Hernandez Suarez is charged with the oversight and development of clinical services and educational sites, clinical teaching staff and education support services. Furthermore, she will assist in the development of residency training programs and continuing medical education, voluntary clinical faculty affiliations, and medical service models including clinical support services for the faculty.