Halifax Health | UF Health welcome endocrinologist to strengthen diabetes program

  • by Nicholas.rolando
  • November 11, 2020
  • Categories: Article, Blog, Press Release, Uncategorized, Video

Dr. Poonam Kapadia is a part of continued enhancement of the diabetes program, thanks to Nancy and Lowell Lohman

Poonam K. Kapadia, MD

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (November 2, 2020) –

Endocrinologist, Poonam Kapadia, M.D., has joined the Halifax Health – UF Health group of medical practices headquartered at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach.

Kapadia is a board-certified internist with specialty training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Her clinical interests include the management of diabetes and thyroid disease, as well as adrenal and pituitary pathology. She is committed to spending quality time with her patients, in hopes of building rapport and giving patients the tools and education to be successful in managing their diabetes care while minimizing complications from this chronic disease.

Endocrinology services opened on Monday, November 2 in temporary offices. In the second quarter of 2021, Kapadia will move to be a part of the new 2,800-square-foot Lohman Diabetes Center of Excellence at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. The Center of Excellence will be located in the renamed Lohman Professional Building.

“I am very excited to be a part of this new diabetes center and serve the patients of Volusia County. Diabetes has such a profound impact on patients’ lives, not only on their physical health, but also on the psychosocial components,” said Kapadia. “A need for additional comprehensive diabetes care has been identified here, and I am truly excited to help fulfill that need.”

Nancy and Lowell Lohman are making a $4 million donation to establish the center. It is conceived as a one-stop resource center for diabetes patients seeking access to world-class endocrinologists, on-site lab work, educational and lifestyle coaching, and more.

“I am so grateful for this unique opportunity,’’ Kapadia said. “With the generous donation from the Lohman family, we will be better equipped to help our patients and fulfill the mission of managing diabetes care for Volusia County.”

Kapadia received a bachelor’s degree and graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in biology and anthropology.

She earned her medical degree from the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida and completed an internship in internal medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. She also received training in internal medicine at the University of Central Florida. Kapadia completed a two-year fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

“I went to medical school to help people, and I was drawn to the field of endocrinology because of the longitudinal relationships we develop with patients,” Kapadia said. “I look forward to creating lasting relationships with my patients and helping them achieve better health outcomes.”

Along with practicing medicine, Kapadia, who was raised in Orlando, Florida, said she enjoys trying new recipes, traveling and spending time with her husband and young son.

For further information on the Lowell and Nancy Lohman Diabetes Education Prevention Network, please visit halifaxhealth.org/diabetes.

About Halifax Health

Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home health care agency and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

About University of Florida Health

UF Health is a world-class academic health center that combines leading-edge research at campuses around Florida with outstanding clinical care at a network of hospitals around the state. The flagship is UF Health Shands Hospital, ranked the No. 1 hospital in Florida in the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey, with nine adult and three pediatric specialties in the top 50 in the nation, more than any other hospital in Florida.

With main campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville as well as satellite sites in Central Florida and several other locations, UF Health provides exemplary health care to patients across the third-most populous state in the nation. UF Health consists of six health colleges, nine research centers and institutes,10 hospitals — including two teaching hospitals and five specialty hospitals — and a host of physician medical practices and outpatient services.

The backbone of UF Health is a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 33,000 people who provide lifesaving care and research breakthroughs for more than 3 million patients who come to UF Health each year from around the U.S. and more than 30 countries.

UF Health is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. As part of the state’s “safety-net’’ hospital system, caring for people who have little or no medical coverage, UF Health provided more than $254.9 million in unsupported charity care and social responsibility across its Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses in fiscal year 2019. Annually, UF Health contributes more than $4.6 billion to Florida’s overall economy.

Our mission is to promote health through outstanding and high-quality patient care, innovative and rigorous education in the health professions and biomedical sciences, and high-impact research across the spectrum of basic, translational and clinical investigation. Visit www.UFHealth.org to learn more.