Director of Clinical Services, Ph.D., Chief APRN, FNP
Dr. Vivian Padron-Fajardo is the Director of Clinical Services, Ph.D., Chief APRN, and a Post-trauma specialist at CITIMED. An invaluable member of our community, she has been on our medical team since 2012. She provides initial and ongoing case management for treating patients, works alongside other physicians and licensed medical professionals, and oversees all APRNs. She focuses her practice on the quality of patient care, hires and trains any new APRNs to care for our post-trauma patients, and reviews CITIMED’s clinical protocols and procedures.
Dr. Padron-Fajardo’s passion for medicine began at a young age as a ward clerk at Miami Children’s Hospital in 1979, where she worked in the ER, NICU, PICU, Surgical, Hematology/Oncology, and general medicine units. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, becoming Graduate Nurse in the Levin unit at Miami Children’s. Dr. Padron Fajardo continued her studies at UM to earn a Master of Science at the School of Nursing and Health Studies Nursing Graduate and Family Nursing Program in 1997.
From 1996 to 2000, she was a clinical instructor, lecturer, teaching assistant, and clinical simulation director at the University of Miami School of Nursing. In 2000, Dr. Padron-Fajardo became the Skills Lab Director at UM’s School of Nursing and continued as a lecturer and instructor, accomplishing a Ph.D. from the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Graduate School of Nursing, in 2005 and became the Clinical Assistant Professor at UM’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. She held the Wallace Gilroy Chair during this time and contributed her efforts as a Family Nurse Practitioner and ARNP at multiple clinics.
In 2012 she became the Director of Nursing Research at Miami Children’s Hospital and joined CITIMED as an ARNP and Post-trauma specialist. And in 2017, she became our Director of Clinical Services and the Associate Professor of Clinical at Miami Regional University. In response to Hurricane Irma and Maria, Dr. Vivian Padron-Fajardo was the Director of Disaster Management Services for HealthFree Inc., CITIMED’s non-profit, and Lead APRN, where she traveled to the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico for triage and disaster management, treating the post-disaster victims.
Dr. Padron-Fajardo is licensed to practice medicine in Florida. She became a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in 2005 and received Disaster Management Certification from Miami Children’s Hospital in 2012. Dr. Padron-Fajardo has had Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner Honorary Certification since 2004 and CITI Program Research Certification from 2004 to 2014.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Master os Science at the School of Nursing and Health Studies.