SMH recruits new pediatrician to fill shoes of retiring Dr. Shamsey

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed a new pediatrician to the health system’s First Physicians Group (FPG) network and community.

Jose Tavarez, MD, began accepting new patients at FPG Pediatrics at Lakewood Ranch on Monday. He joins pediatricians Katherine Keeley, MD, Wendy Hurwitz, MD, Charlotta Langley, MD, and Rene Sueiro, MD. Tavarez succeeds longtime pediatrician Robert Shamsey, MD, who retired from the practice last month after more than 42 years taking care of children in the community.

Board certified in Pediatrics, Dr. Tavarez has worked as a pediatrician since 2013, providing medical and preventive care to infants, children and adolescents in outpatient and inpatient settings in Amory, Miss., and has served as chair of the Pediatrics Department at Merit Health Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory for the past year.  He earned his medical degree in 2006 from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, where he also completed a year-long training program to become certified as an assistant professor in biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology. In 2013, Dr. Tavarez completed a pediatrics residency at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, New York. From 2004-2010, he served as assistant professor and professor in biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. Bilingual in English and native Spanish, Dr Tavarez is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association. Located at 8430 Enterprise Circle, Ste. 130, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202, the FPG Pediatrics at Lakewood Ranch practice and Dr. Tavarez can be reached at (941) 366-3000.