Background and Training
Dr. Rafael Baez completed his undergraduate, medical school, and fellowship training in his native Puerto Rico. Dr. Baez worked in a Quality Control laboratory for one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Puerto Rico. His interest in Medicine and desire for helping others led him to pursue a career in Medicine. Dr. Baez did his medical school in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and after finishing his medical degree, he started his residency in Internal medicine at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences campus. During his training in Internal medicine he was selected by his peer physicians as “Resident of the year” for three consecutive years. He was honored to be chosen as Chief Resident.
During his training, he did several article publications in the Journal of the Society of Nephrology of Puerto Rico and later in the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH), where he had the opportunity to do a Poster presentation on renal biopsies in Puerto Rico and Vascular Access outcomes in Interventional Nephrology.
During, his Fellowship training in Nephrology, he published several articles in peer reviewed journals. He presented a poster at the Latin American Society of Nephrology on both Renal Biopsy and on Vascular Access outcomes in Interventional Radiology.
Dr. Baez received the distinction of being named Chief Fellow during his training in Nephrology. He also studied Transplant Nephrology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA.
Dr. Baez is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Special areas of interest include hypertension, diabetic nephropathy, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplant. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, basketball, sailing and spending time with his family in Puerto Rico. He is fluent in Spanish and English
In 2013 the Dr. Baez joined the Kidney and Hypertension Group in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Currently, the Kidney and Hypertension Group is the only practice in treatment of hypertension in Florida-certified by the American Society of Hypertension. Dr. Baez is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, where he enjoys spending time with resident physicians during their Nephrology rotation.
His philosophy is based primarily on the prevention of diseases and its complications. He is a firm believer that educating patients about their conditions plays a key role in improving quality healthcare and controlling diseases.