"Empowering Investigators to find effective treatments and cures"

Meet our Principal Investigators

VIN Neurology

Dr. Victor Faradji

Board-certified neurologist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He obtained his Medical Degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.  He completed his internship in Internal Medicine, and residency in Neurology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida. He then completed a fellowship in Neurologic Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, FL. He was also awarded a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship in EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology at the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Jorge Pardo

Board-certified neurologist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He obtained his medical degree from Escuela Colombiana de Medicina in Bogota, Colombia. He specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida where he also completed a fellowship in Special Immunology and HIV Medicine.

He is presently Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Neurology at the Herbert-Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

VIN WOMEN'S HEALTH

Dr. Ellen Schwartzbard

Board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA. She attended University of Miami School of Medicine. After receiving her medical degree she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Maryland where she was the administrative chief resident in her final year.

VIN Endocrinology

Dr. Elton (Tim) Shapiro

Dr. Tim Shapiro is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Lipidology, and neck ultrasound.  He obtain his medical degree from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa. 

His endocrinology fellowship was completed at University of Chicago. Dr. Shapiro is also a certified Diabetes educator

Dr. Leonard Thaler

Dr. Leonard Thaler is a board-certified Endocrinologist, practicing general endocrinology, with interest in thyroid disease and diabetes.  Dr. Thaler carries the distinction of ECNU, Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound, an American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine recognized expert in thyroid ultrasound

VIN Gastroenterology

Dr. Jonathan Rivas

Board-Certified Gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years. He is one of 14 doctors at Broward Health Medical Center and one of 12 at Cleveland Clinic Florida who specialize in Gastroenterology.