Jose F. Arrascue, MD, is a highly respected board-certified nephrologist specializing in critical care medicine. He is the remaining founder of South Palm Beach Nephrology. A native of Peru, Dr. Arrascue received his medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan where he served as Chief Resident. He completed his Nephrology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, California. He has published peer-reviewed articles in Kidney International and The American Journal of Physiology, among others. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Nephrology, and holds a Certificate of additional qualification in Critical Care Medicine. He has also been recognized as a Certified Physician Executive from the American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. Arrascue is an active member of the American Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Nephrology, the Peruvian American Medical Society, the American College of Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Physician Executives. He has twice been elected President of the Medical Staff at both JFK Medical Center and Bethesda Memorial Hospital. He is a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor of Medicine at both Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University. He also teaches Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine to the Internal Medicine residents at the JFK-University of Miami Internal Medicine program. He has served as medical director of outpatient dialysis clinics, as well as inpatient acute dialysis/pheresis programs and for critical care services for many years.
Dr. Arrascue actively participates in hospital board committees and has developed an expertise and passion for quality improvement, which he has brought to the Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS). As past president and current Board member of PBCMS and PBCMS Services, Dr. Arrascue created and launched the Future of Medicine Initiative in 1997, which he continues to chair. Partnering with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, he is spearheading the Triple Aim movement to improve the quality and value of health care in Palm Beach County. Presently he is leading a training program for Community Health Care workers, to improve outcomes and cost in patients with chronic disease. Dr Arrascue is the chair of the Specialist committee and board member of the Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization, (PBACO) one of the most successful Physician own ACO's in the country.
Dr. Arrascue has been active in organized medicine and serves his fellow physicians through leadership roles in the American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association, the Palm Beach County Medical Society, and the Florida Society of Nephrology. He has received the 2005 President's Award for "Physician Leadership" from PBCMS, the "Physician Local/National Heroes in Medicine Award" from PBCMS Services, and the "Attending of the Year" Award from the Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education. He is also recognized as one of Florida's "Super Doctors."
One of Dr. Arrascue's proudest accomplishments is to have assembled an outstanding team of clinical nephrologists in Palm Beach County who share an unparalleled commitment to providing the highest quality of care, optimizing the patient experience, superior outcomes and value-based care. In this time of revolutionary change in healthcare, South Palm Beach Nephrology is poised to lead the way toward providing the best Nephrology care for our patients and community.
David Halpert, M.D. did his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University. He was a Political Science major with a focus on pre-med courses. He then went onto Rush Medical College in Chicago where he received his medical degree, and Completed his internship, residency and fellowship at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. He has been Board Certified in Nephrology since 1979.
Dr. Halpert joined South Palm Beach Nephrology, P.A. in 1996. He has served on several hospital committees and has been a member of the American Society of Nephrology. He formerly served as a Principle Investigator with JEM Research Institute and was involved with ongoing clinical drug studies for hyperkalemia and other nephrologic conditions. Dr. Halpert is also a teaching physician for the Internal Medicine Residency Program of the University of Miami.
Dr. Halpert is the Medical Director of the Delray Dialysis Center. He is an active staff member of JFK Medical Center, Bethesda Memorial Hospital System, Delray Medical Center and Select Specialty Hospital.
Dr. Marco F. Farias has been practicing Nephrology in Palm Beach County since 1992. Medicine has been part of Dr. Farias' life since early childhood. He was influenced into the profession by his grandfather, a military physician who graduated in Mexico in 1925.
Mexican by birth, Dr. Farias received his M.D. license from LaSalle University in Mexico City in 1984. He earned a Masters in Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. He received the first Charles C. Shepard Award for Excellence in Research from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Farias completed his training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the same institution in Atlanta, Georgia.
To date, Dr. Farias is a Board Certified Nephrologist. He has been a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Nephrology, the Florida Society of Nephrology, and the Palm Beach County Medical Society.
Dr. Farias has participated and continues to serve on the Executive Medical Committees at various hospitals in Palm Beach County. He was an Assistant Professor for the Clinical Track in Atlanta, Georgia and currently is practicing in teaching Nephrology to residents at the JFK-Miami University Internal Medicine program.
He has been a partner at South Palm Beach Nephrology, P.A. for over a decade. He previously was the Medical Director of the Boynton Beach hemodialysis unit and the JFK Ultrafiltration program. The latter of these, being a cutting edge approach to minimize hospitalizations on the common, but difficult cases of Cardiorenal Syndrome for chronic congestive heart failure resistant to diuretics. He currently is the Medical Director for the Lake Clarke Shores dialysis center.
Dr. Jhon Guzman-Rivera joined South Palm Beach Nephrology in 1999. He is Board Certified in Nephrology and is from Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Dr. Guzman went to medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico. He did his medical training at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and his fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Dr. Guzman has participated in many clinical trials specific to nephrology addressing hypertension, anemia and peritoneal dialysis and secondary hyperparathyroidism. He has also published many articles during his fellowship and private practice. He is a teaching physician at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine Regional Campus Internal Medicine Residency program located at JFK hospital.
He is an active member of the Florida Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, the American Medical Association, and the Renal Physician Association.
Dr. Osvaldo Valenzuela joined South Palm Beach Nephrology in 2000. Dr. Valenzuela is Board Certified in Nephrology. He was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Brooklyn.
Dr. Valenzuela received his medical education at the University of Chile School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency programs at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. After completing a year of being Chief Resident, he completed his fellowship in Nephrology at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. During his fellowship, Dr. Valenzuela published numerous articles in peer reviewed medical journals.
Dr. Valenzuela is an active member of the medical staff at Delray Medical Center, Bethesda Memorial Hospital, JFK Medical Center, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Palms West Hospital and Select Specialty Hospital.
Dr. Valenzuela previously served as Chief of Medicine at Bethesda Memorial Hospital. In addition, he held an academic appointment as a volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at both Florida Atlantic University, and Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine. He also is a teaching physician at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Regional Campus Internal Medicine Residency Program at JFK Medical Center.
Dr. Valenzuela is a member of multiple medical societies.
Dr. Freya Silverstein became interested in the treatment of kidney diseases following the loss of a beloved grandparent to Polycystic Kidney Disease in the pre-dialysis era. Dr. Silverstein received her undergraduate and graduate medical education in a combined accelerated program at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Departmental honors and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She received the Horowitz-Hecht award for the best senior thesis. After graduation, she moved to Miami for her internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. During her fellowship, she published multiple papers on dialysis and on the physiological effects of water immersion (her research project). She became a Board Certified Diplomate in Internal Medicine in 1986 and in Nephrology in 1988.
Upon completion of her training, Dr. Silverstein moved to Palm Beach County to start private practice in 1988. Dr. Silverstein has been a trailblazer in the field of chronic dialysis care. She was the first female Nephrologist in the County. She treated patients in the area's first high-flux dialysis unit. Dr. Silverstein opened and became Medical Director of the Boynton Beach Dialysis clinic in 1997. This was the first dialysis clinic in Palm Beach County to feature in-facility exercise equipment in order to foster rehabilitation of dialysis patients. In 2002, she opened a second dialysis unit in North Boynton Beach and assumed the responsibilities of Medical Director. Seeing the need to be able to provide flexible, longer dialysis times to patients who wanted to continue working, she then opened the first nocturnal dialysis unit in the County. For her efforts in improving the care of renal patients, she was honored by the American Association of Kidney patients in 2003 receiving the Lisa Kleinman Award.
order to provide patients in the Western communities a flexibility in their choice of dialysis modality. One of Dr. Silverstein's primary goals has been to improve the quality of dialysis care by fostering patient empowerment through education.
The Wellington West Dialysis Unit was opened in 2016. This facility is a state of the art home and in-center dialysis clinic. It was constructed with hurricane impact windows and an on-site generator to be able to provide care to dialysis patients in the event of a major hurricane. In 2017, the clinic was utilized to treat dialysis patients evacuated to Florida from Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and St. Thomas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Dr. Silverstein is now opening the county's first Transitional Dialysis care unit in order to better treat patients with Acute Kidney injury and who are new to dialysis. Transitional Dialysis is a patient-centric approach to gently ease patients into dialysis therapy. The Wellington West clinic is participating in a national trial of this four week program.
Dr. Silverstein has served on a variety of Palm Beach County hospital committees and was the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Palms West Hospital for four years. She has been a Castle Connoll top United States Nephrologist for the last ten years and also a south Florida Super Doctor (a nationally recognized ranking system that identifies the top 5% of physicians in each state). In 2016, Dr. Silverstein was chosen to join the Fresenius Kidney Care Medical Advisory Board representing Florida nephrologists. She was appointed as the lead nephrologist for the Southeastern Leadership team in 2017.
Dr. Hitesh Kapupara, M.D., Internal Medicine and Nephrology, finished his internship and residency training at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York in 2009. He finished his nephrology fellowship at University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York in 2011.
He is originally from India and received his undergraduate and graduate training from locally well respected institutes in the State of Gujarat, India. He is very proud of getting very thorough and extensive training at his medical school in India, which helped him to create a more solid foundation for higher education in USA. His goal to specialize in Nephrology was not just an "out-of-the-blue" decision, but rather an aspiration he developed after diverse experiences, educational opportunities and a desire to stay true to his inherit nature.
He loves practicing nephrology and helps patients understand various aspects of their many complex kidney and other related medical problems. His patients love him as he spends time to help them and their families understand the basics of their illness as he firmly believes without a patients understanding and participation, no one can help improve/maintain ones health.
Due to his tremendous interest, Dr. Kapupara was actively involved in many research projects during his residency period. He had many publications and opportunities to do poster and oral presentations of his work at various local and national conferences.
Upon completion of his training, Dr. Kapupara move to Florida to further pursue his career closer to friends and family. He is a partner with South Palm Beach Nephrology, P.A. and has been with the group since 2012. He is very proud to be a part of the most respected practice in the region. Dr. Kapupara loves to teach and mentor future physicians, and he is also very proud to be part of the teaching facility at JFK hospital.
In 2017, Dr. Kapupara was elected for the Physician Leadership Academy (PLA) Course by the Palm Beach County Medical Society. PLA helped him maximize his potential of leadership to create a personal and organizational transformation that benefits patient outcomes and improves health care. After he graduated from the PLA course, he became a member of the Board of Directors for the Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS). He also serves as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Bethesda Hospital.
He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American College of Physicians (ACP).