Bernardo B. Fernandez Jr. M.D., MBAChief Executive Officer
Bernardo “Bernie” Fernandez, M.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of more than 250 physicians in multiple specialties spanning from Broward, Dade and Monroe County and the holder of the John and Margaret Krupa Distinguished Chair.
Prior to joining Baptist Health South Florida, Dr. Fernandez, an internist who specializes in vascular medicine, served as CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic Florida, a world-renowned academic medical center with locations in Weston and West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2013, Dr. Fernandez was honored by The Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives with the prestigious award of National Hospital CEO of the Year. Also in June 2013, he was appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine by Governor Rick Scott until 2017. During his tenure, he was elected vice chairman in 2014 and Chairman of the Board in 2015.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Fernandez received his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and completed his internal medicine residency and vascular medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Vascular Medicine and a Fellow of the Society of Vascular Medicine and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Fernandez holds an MBA from the University of Miami, School of Business and is also a graduate of the Wharton School of Business’ Executive Development Program.
Active in the South Florida community, Dr. Fernandez is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, a member of the board of trustees for St. Thomas University, a member of the board of directors of U.S. Century Bank, one of the largest community banks headquartered in Miami and one of the largest Hispanic-owned community banks in the nation. He also serves on the board of the Health Network Foundation, the East Ridge Corporate Advisory Board; a subsidiary of Santa Fe Healthcare Inc., as well as the Broward Workshop and the Community Foundation of Broward. Dr. Fernandez served on the University of Miami School of Business Administration for Health Sector Management and Policy. He also served on the selection panel for the White House Fellows program, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service, in 2011 and 2017. Dr. Fernandez is a member of the Miami/Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Young President's Organization, YPO Gold, where he has been membership chair since 2015.
Dr. Fernandez and his wife, Dr. Rosa Monte Fernandez, a pediatrician, reside in Davie and have two children.
Pete MalliasChief Operating Officer
Pete Mallias is a native New Yorker and a licensed CPA. He earned his MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
His background includes working in highly recognized academic medical centers such as NYU Langone Health, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Northwell Health. He also was part of the Advisory and Business Assurance division at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked with many healthcare organizations throughout the United States. He has 26 years of comprehensive experience in healthcare and finance, in particular physician practice finance, revenue cycle operations, financial planning and forecasting, treasury and acquisitions.
Mr. Mallias has been with Baptist Health since 2015, most recently serving as Vice President of Finance, where his focus was on Miami Cancer Institute and physician financial operations.
He resides in Weston with his wife, Samantha, and their three children.