Like his father and grandfather before him, Dr. Jorge Bordenave practices medicine the old-fashioned way: as a friend and counselor to his patients. After graduating from medical school, he received his training in Internal Medicine at New York’s St. Barnabas Hospital and later at Chicago’s West Suburban Medical Center. Continuing a traditional path in medical education, he then completed a Fellowship in Clinical, Invasive and Nuclear Cardiology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He subsequently opened a private medical practice at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and later relocated to his current practice in Coral Gables, a neighborhood of Miami, Florida.
Along the way, Dr. Bordenave witnessed the changes in medical practice that have transformed doctors from health professionals dedicated to patient care, into programmed providers who practice assembly line medicine. Having studied healthcare MBA from the George Washington University, he recognized the application of the industrialized management principals, to the diagnostic and treatment regimens of all patients, with the doctor following one size-fits-all Guidelines. Loss of patient centered care and the development of a medical industrial complex where patients are seen by many different doctors that don’t speak to each other, but who instead overmedicate and refer patients for an ever increasing number of tests and procedures. As a result, we now have a loss of the doctor-patient relationship as we knew it, where the physician works with and follows his patient as a trusted caregiver, has almost disappeared.
Believing that there had to be a better way, Dr. Bordenave discovered Integrative Medicine, a medical specialty that does not limit itself to one organ system, but rather treats the entire person as a whole. Integrative Medicine sees the patient as a physical, psychological and spiritual being and combines conventional Western medicine with complementary, non-pharmacologic treatments, such as yoga, nutrition, stress reduction, exercises, herbal medicines, massage, biofeedback, and acupuncture to name a few.
Interested in providing better health care and wellness, Dr. Bordenave took time out of his busy Cardiology practice to complete a third medical residency in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, had pioneered the academic study of this discipline. Here he relearned to think of patients not as a collection of diseases and symptoms, but as an individual with distinctive health care needs. A paradigm shift from the usual expensive, cold, disease-centered care typical of the US medical industrial complex, to a wellness, individualized patient-centered care.
Integrating Western medicine, with Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine, as well as other Evidence-Based healing modalities from around the World, Dr. Bordenave is able to give his patients other options in maintaining and restoring their health.
As a teacher who is on the forefront of the latest research and Evidence-Based health science, he began to explore the prevention of disease states and in the ability to modulate and alter disease. He began to study Functional Medicine, and obtained additional medical education from the Institute of Functional Medicine, where he is completing the required curriculum needed to achieve Board certification. Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. FM incorporates the latest in genetic, environmental, biologic and lifestyle science, in the prevention and modification of chronic diseases. Functional Medicine is so revolutionary and on the forefront of healthcare, that the Cleveland Clinic opened a Functional Medicine Center in 2016, that currently has a several month waiting list.
Dr. Bordenave’s practice is devoted to Preventive and Integrative/Functional Cardiology, with a heavy emphasis of individualization of treatment. Proudly, he is not a paid employee of a hospital or large specialty medical group. He feels no pressure to have to order excessive or needless testing or to make referrals to others in order to increase revenues for a hospital or medical group as a way to earn a “production” bonus for himself. Dr. Bordenave has chosen to remain independent, to be his own boss so as to answer only to his patients. As an Assistant Professor of Medicine at several Medical Schools, he serves his patients while maintaining an active academic, teaching and community service work load.
Dr. Bordenave’s Integrative Medicine background and residency training have made him a leader in wholistic preventive medicine and wellness in South Florida. As an active member of the health care community, he hosted a health and wellness TV program on CNN en Español, and frequently appears on Spanish language radio and television, and is a guest speaker for various community organizations where he advises on the importance of diet and lifestyle choices in preserving health. He has written several books aimed at helping educate patients to take better care of themselves (available on Amazon.com), as well as, publishing a monthly health and wellness magazine in Spanish, to help educate his patients on current medical issues. This interest in wellness has resulted in his being admitted to the very prestigious Masters in Public Health program at John Hopkins University.
His use of diagnostic testing only when needed and not as an additional source of revenue, along with his dedication to prevention, and to decreasing and eliminating the polypharmacy of medications patients take, has lead to Dr. Bordenave being recognized by the Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization (PBACO), as one of the lowest Cardiology utilizers while providing the highest quality of care with a 96.7% ranking score.
Jorge Bordenave’s complete resume includes numerous teaching appointments, consultancies and professional memberships. His current teaching activities include being Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University where he is a cardiology lecturer for the Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry residents. As a practicing physician and as a teacher, Dr. Bordenave challenges himself and his students to be the best they can be for themselves and to better be able to serve patients.
Below is a list of Dr. Jorge Bordenave’s academic and teaching appointments, his consultancies and his memberships in professional and peer review organizations.