Javier Pérez-Fernández, M.D. is the medical director of the Baptist Hospital Critical Care Unit and is Board-certified in critical care medicine, internal medicine and pulmonology. He received his medical degree from the University of Navarra School of Medicine in Navarra, Spain.
Following his permanent certification in 1994, Dr. Pérez-Fernández interned at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan, followed by a residency in internal medicine at the same university. He then completed a fellowship in pulmonary diseases at the San Juan VA Medical Center in San Juan and a critical care fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago under the guidance of Drs. Parrillo and Dellinger.
Dr. Pérez-Fernández has conducted research as a primary and co-investigator on more than half a dozen research studies. He is very active in the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) where he serves as chair of the Latin American Leaders’ Council and represents the SCCM in the Panamerican and Iberian Federation of Societies of Intensive Care Medicine (FEPIMCTI), where he is chair of the Digital Transformation Committee, and the World Federation of Societies of Critical Care. He is also a world-recognized speaker and has given several presentations around the world.
Dr. Pérez-Fernández is the editor of the new Fundamental Critical Care Support Manual from the SCCM, in its seventh edition, a publication with world reach, translated to fifteen languages. He is also editor of the first Critical Care Book of Administration (Springer Ed.) which became available in February 2020. In addition, he is author of multiple articles and chapters in critical care and pulmonary medicine. He serves as board member and editor of the COPD Foundation.
Locally he is a leader in our health system. As medical director of ICU he oversees more than 100 ICU beds, more than 6,000 yearly admissions and supervises the work of over 50 clinicians and more than 200 nurses. He is involved in multiple initiatives in the local community such educational campaigns in TV, radio and press as well as social media. He is an associate professor of medicine at Florida International University and Nova University Health.