Baptist Health South Florida Highlights Importance of Orthopedic Works in The Bahamas and Caribbean

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November 01, 2017

Two of the region’s top orthopaedic surgeons from Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida, flew into Nassau recently for the Caribbean Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS) 12th Annual Scientific Meeting, in which regional doctors come together to exchange new ways to mend common issues.

The annual conference spanned in topics from sports medicine to trauma. Charles Jordan, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Miami Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, believes it is of the utmost importance that organizations such as the CAOS be supported in their endeavors to hold such academic conferences in the Caribbean.

“These meetings give us a forum to share our experiences and teach each other in a way that textbooks and medical journals simply can never do,” Dr. Jordan added. “Physicians take this shared knowledge and experience back to our island homes or back to the States as in my case, and use it to better treat our patients. Ultimately this is a huge benefit for the people of the Caribbean and South Florida. This is one of the most important ways that we can stay current in treatment techniques and improve upon the already outstanding care that we provide our patients.”

“Staying up to date with industry advances goes further than just the doctors in attendance”, said Baptist Health’s International Representative for the Caribbean, Kathleen Tuitt. She explains that the exchange of information can provide regional patients with the expertise they need without having to travel.

“In the past, patients would come to Miami with a suitcase filled with cash to pay hospitals for their services,” said Tuitt. “These days, most of our patients have commercial insurance policies that cover services and allow patients to get care outside of their countries. It is still important to have these kinds of conferences where we can build relationships with Caribbean doctors, so patients, in turn, have the best options for care.”

Baptist Health orthopedic surgeon Joseph Grant Muller, M.D., who presented on lesser toe and hammertoe deformities, said that while the Caribbean registers many orthopaedic injuries with the feet and ankles, there are not many specialists in the foot and ankle areas. In the U.S., there are many surgeons who concentrate on one area as they have the population to sustain their specialization. Dr. Muller stated that in situations like this, it is a good thing many people in countries like The Bahamas were in close proximity to the U.S. for assistance. “These are problems you take care of sooner rather than later,” he added. “That’s why it’s good that Baptist Health is so close, and you’re just 30 minutes away from getting consultation.”

About Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute offers comprehensive services for athletes and non-athletes – from physical and cognitive evaluation to rehabilitation and surgical reconstruction. Additionally, Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute is the sports medicine provider for the Miami Dolphins, Miami HEAT, Florida Panthers, Florida International University athletics, Orange Bowl, Miami Open Tennis, Miami Marathon and Half Marathon and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with ten hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has approximately 18,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

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Baptist Health International is one of the largest hospital-based International programs in the United States. Thousands of people travel to Miami each year from around the world to receive care from our respected physicians at Baptist Health South Florida facilities. Baptist Health International is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality services for international physicians and their patients, including hospital admissions, outpatient medical exams, medical second opinions, physician consultations, as well as concierge services.

Dr. Muller at the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting held in October by the Caribbean Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

News date : 11/01/2017    Category : About Bahamians, Health, Press Releases

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