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FAU medical school first primary care practice open for patients

Boca’s only medical school has opened a primary care practice across from campus and down the street from the hospital.  Boca Voice took a tour of FAU Medicine on the fourth floor of the Galen Medical Building at 880 NW 13th St. It’s across from Florida Atlantic University’s campus and close to Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Opened on Feb. 15, the practice looks like any new doctor’s office, from the waiting room and nurse’s station to exam rooms. One exam table accommodates patients with mobility issues. TV monitors allow patients to see their own medical records. There’s a lab on site for testing.

“It’s a new option for care,” for patients who don’t want to pay for concierge services, said Dr. Elaine Van der Put, a senior associate dean at the medical school.

The practice accepts insurance from Medicare Part B and other major insurance plans, such as Florida Blue and United Healthcare.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. most weekdays except 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. They’re designed for working adults, Van der Put said.

Drs. Leonard Berkowitz and Nashreen Ghazi are both board certified in family medicine.

Berkowitz said his New York credentials are giving patients “a comfort level since many have roots in the northeast,” he said. “We give them the quality of medical care they’re used to.”  Before a stint in Aventura, he was primary care physician at Heart and Vascular Associates and Primary Care Medical Associates in New Jersey and at Medical Associates in New York. He graduated from New York College of Medicine.

Patients can also be referred to specialists in the network who are adjunct professors at the hospitals affiliated with the medical school.

The practice is focused on prevention, Berkowitz said. “We want to help fill the gap for patients who don’t have primary care services,” he said.

For an appointment, go to FAU medicine or call 561-566-5328.

By Marci Shatzman

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