Baptist Health South Florida

Joel Calafell, M.D., joins Baptist Health Medical Group as a General Surgeon

September 29, 2021

MIAMI – September 29, 2021 – Joel Calafell, M.D., joins Baptist Health Medical Group, part of Baptist Health, as a general surgeon. Dr. Calafell specializes in colon and rectal surgery and has extensive training in robotic surgery. He was born and raised in Miami and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Dr. Calafell joins Baptist Health South Florida from the Lehigh Valley Health Network, where he completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery.

“I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Calafell to Baptist Health Medical Group,” said Bernie Fernandez, M.D., chief executive officer of Baptist Health Medical Group. “His fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery, along with his experience in robotic surgery, will make him an asset to our patients and team.”

During his general surgery residency, Dr. Calafell was elected administrative chief resident and awarded the Golden Humanism Award (Best Resident Teacher). He was also elected president of the Student Government Association in medical school.

His research has been published in the Annals of Emergency Surgery and the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. He also authored a chapter in the book “Seminars in CRS: Entering Practice in Colorectal Surgery.”

Dr. Calafell earned his medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, followed by a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

He will see patients at 6200 SW 72 Street, Suite 502, in Miami.


About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health Medical Group is a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high quality medical care to patients of all ages. Baptist Health Medical Group is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region with 11 hospitals,  more than 48 multispecialty physician practices and 50 outpatient facilities, as well as Baptist Health Quality Network, Baptist Health Medical Group North, Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform, 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 more than 23,000 employees and more than 4,000 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, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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