New Family Medicine Physician Joins SMH's First Physicians Group

New Family Medicine Physician Joins SMH's First Physicians Group

Friday, August 18, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. – (Aug. 16, 2017) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed a new family practice physician to the health system’s First Physicians Group (FPG) network and community this week. 

Rafael Pita, MD, joined the FPG primary care practice at University Parkway on Aug. 14, providing a full spectrum of family medicine, from pediatrics and adult care to geriatrics. Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Pita joins Drs. Carlos Rodriguez, Enas Sallam, Nicholas Sutera, and Clarissa Zafirov. 

After pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida International University School of Nursing, Dr. Pita earned his medical degree in 2012 at St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman Island. He completed his Family Medicine Residency and served as chief resident at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS-West). He came to Sarasota from Fort Smith, Ark., where he spent several years caring for patients with traumatic injuries and acute conditions in an Emergency Medicine fellowship at Sparks Regional Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

FPG’s Internal Medicine/Pediatrics & Family Medicine Practice is located at 5350 University Parkway, Suite 101. For information or appointments, please call the practice at (941) 917-4675.

About Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group 
As part of Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group, Dr. Pita joins a network of more than 165 primary and specialty care physicians and advanced care practitioners employed by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System to help fill the gaps caused by a shortage of physicians in the region. Specialties include: Bariatric Surgery; Cardiovascular/Thoracic, Orthopedic Trauma and General Surgery; Internal Medicine and Family Practice; Pediatrics; Obstetrics/Gynecology; Perinatology (Maternal-Fetal Medicine); Gynecological Oncology; Gastrointestinal Oncology; Dermatology; Palliative Care; Pain Management and Physiatry.