A radiologist and nuclear medicine physician for 30 years, Dr. Jack Ziffer is the first leader of the Baptist Health Medical Group, serving as corporate vice-president of Physician Enterprises for Baptist Health South Florida. The group is the preeminent organization of physicians and surgeons serving Baptist Health. Its approximately 100 members cover a broad base of specialties, including cardiac and thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, general surgery, and hospitalists.
Prior to becoming a physician-executive at Baptist Health, Dr. Ziffer served for more than six years as president and CEO of RASF, one of the 10 largest multispecialty physician groups in South Florida. He was chief of radiology at Baptist Hospital of Miami for seven years, and prior to that director of cardiac imaging at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami, as well as medical director of nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET) at Baptist Hospital. He continues to practice radiology and nuclear medicine at Baptist Health facilities.
Before joining Baptist Health, Dr. Ziffer was director of cardiovascular nuclear medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, where he completed his fellowship in cardiac MRI and nuclear medicine, as well as his residency in diagnostic radiology. He received his PhD in molecular biology from The Rockefeller University, in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, MD, PhD, and Bruce Cunningham, PhD He received his medical degree from the University of Miami in its two-year accelerated PhD to MD program. He simultaneously received his BS (summa cum laude) and MS degrees in chemistry from Emory University.
Dr. Ziffer has excelled in principal leadership positions in a number of national and international medical organizations, bringing together the diverse constituencies and interests of cardiologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and scientists. Having recognized the need for a multidisciplinary organization that focused solely on cardiac CT, he became one of the founders of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, a 4,000-member group of physicians and scientists worldwide devoted to the development of that field, and he served as president in 2009-2010. He was also a founding member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, of which he is vice president and a member of the executive council. He has served as president of the Cardiovascular Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Southeastern Chapter.
Dr. Ziffer has played pivotal leadership roles in defining quality, training, and education in the field of imaging, particularly in the cardiovascular field. He was a founding board member of both the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. He was a director of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (an ABMS board), the Joint Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories. He is a frequent oral board examiner for the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Ziffer has also had leadership roles in the American Heart Association, the Radiologic Society of North America, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the North American Society of Cardiac Imaging. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology, with Special Competence in Nuclear Radiology, the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, and the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.
Dr. Ziffer continues to be a leading voice internationally in the advocacy and development of cardiac imaging as a diagnostic and prognostic tool in the assessment of patients with suspected cardiac disease and acute coronary syndromes (heart attacks). In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Cor Vitae award from the American Heart Association for his career contributions in preventing death from heart disease. His research work in diagnosing heart attacks was highlighted in a network newscast of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in 1998.
Constantly active in the professional development of his field, he is the author of over 100 published peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts. He has been an editorial reviewer for a number of scientific journals, including Radiology, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.
Dr. Ziffer is highly sought after as a speaker and presenter. He has given hundreds of invited international, national, and regional lectureships and over 200 course lectureships. Devoting even more time to the education of the next generation of medical practitioners, he has held numerous academic appointments and visiting professorships, including positions in the radiology departments at the University of Miami and Emory University and in biomedical engineering at Florida International University. He has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Castle-Connolly as one of the top 1% of doctors in the nation in his specialty. At Emory University, he was a John Gordon Stipe Scholar.
In his spare time, Dr. Ziffer is an avid saxophone player, with two rock-and-roll bands. His local band has played at a number of large venues in the Miami area; and the other band, the Thallium Stallions, with musicians from around the country, has played in such venues as the Silver Dollar Club in Toronto, the House of Blues in New Orleans, and the Performing Arts Center in Denver.
Raised in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Ziffer has lived in Miami for 20 years with his wife of 25 years, Hope, and daughters Sara, 22, and Hanna, 15.