By Wendy Sarubbi | December 12, 2016 11:40 am

Dr. Aileen Caceres, OB-GYN clerkship director and assistant professor at the College of Medicine, was nominated for a Don Quijote Excellence Award, sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund. The award honors recognizes Hispanic Central Floridians who excel in their profession.

Dr. Caceres was one of three finalists for the Excellence Award at the Dec. 10 gala at Epcot’s World Showplace Pavilion.

“As a gynecologic surgeon for women and medical school educator, excellence is in the cornerstone of my daily activities. I have always strived to provide women with the most cutting-edge technological advances while preserving their health long-term,” she said.

In addition to her work at UCF, Dr. Caceres also is the medical director at the Center for Hereditary Syndromes and Genetics at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. She is the first gynecologic surgeon in the Central Florida area to utilize advanced robotic surgery to perform complex procedures and has been recognized as one of the few gynecologic surgeons in the nation to develop and utilize fluorescence imaging in detecting early stages of endometriosis, a chronic and debilitating condition affecting women of reproductive age.

As a leader in women’s health, Dr. Caceres teaches and mentors College of Medicine students, many of whom go on to obstetrics and gynecology residencies.

“Excellence in teaching is also my deepest passion,” said Dr. Caceres, “and I am honored to teach students and be involved in developing these  future leaders in women’s health.”

Dr. Caceres earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health from Boston University, her M.D. degree at Robert Wood Johnson University, and completed residencies in OB/GYN and pelvic reconstruction at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, respectively. She since has been honored for teaching and humanism by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Winners at the gala event included Henry Maldonado for the Lifetime Achievement Award, David Ruiz for the Excellence Award, Janet Martinez for Professional of the Year, Transpremier LLC for Hispanic Business of the Year, Dr Esther Pichardo Advanced Physical Medicine for Hispanic Business of the Year, Five Years or Less and Dr. E. Ann McGee as Hispanic Community Champion.

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