Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Physician Executive
Dr. Ziffer is executive vice president and chief medical officer for Baptist Health South Florida, with responsibility for all strategic, operational and policy matters for Baptist Health’s physician initiatives and enterprises. A luminary physician leader, Dr. Ziffer spearheads the overall strategy and vision for Baptist Health Medical Group, a multispecialty network of more than 160 employed physicians and 600 employees, and Baptist Health Quality Network, a clinically integrated network of more than 700 community physicians throughout the region. His focus is on coordinating the physician efforts to achieve the most cost-effective and highest-quality healthcare for the patients served by Baptist Health. Related areas of responsibility include Baptist Health’s eICU LifeGuard program, Home Healthcare, Medical Staff Services, the Transfer and Transport Center and the Follow-up Care program.
Dr. Ziffer was the founding leader of Baptist Health Medical Group and the entity’s first chief executive officer. Under his leadership, Baptist Health Medical Group tripled in size, attracting world-class physicians throughout the nation to provide a broad base of patient care, including primary care, cardiac and thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, general surgery, gastroenterology, cardiology and hospital medicine.
Prior to becoming a physician-executive at Baptist Health, Dr. Ziffer served as president and CEO of RASF, one of the 10 largest multispecialty physician groups in South Florida and among the largest in the nation for radiology. He also was director of cardiovascular nuclear medicine at Emory University, where he completed his combined fellowship in nuclear medicine and cardiovascular MRI and his residency in diagnostic radiology. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami in its two-year accelerated PhD-MD program, and a doctorate in molecular biology from the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman, M.D., Ph.D., and Bruce Cunningham, Ph.D. He simultaneously received his bachelor’s (summa cum laude) and master’s degrees in chemistry from Emory.
Dr. Ziffer was a founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and served as one of the original presidents in 2009. He was also a founding member and vice president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, of which he is currently a board director, and is a past president of the Cardiovascular Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. He has played leadership roles in defining quality, training and education in his field, as a founding board member of both the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. He has served on the board of directors of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, the Joint Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories.
Dr. Ziffer is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology, including special competence in nuclear radiology, and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. He has authored more than 100 articles, chapters and abstracts and given hundreds of lectures in the U.S. and abroad. He serves as a reviewer of numerous journals and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Ziffer is also a clinical professor of radiology at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.