Blake Medical Center
March 30, 2021

Bradenton, FL — Blake Medical Center is proud to announce the 2021 Doctor of the Year, Michael Van Vliet, M.D., FACS. Dr. Van Vliet specializes in surgery, surgical critical care, and plastic surgery. He joined Blake Medical Center's Medical Staff in 2015.

Dr. Van Vliet is Blake Medical Center's Chief of Surgery and serves on the hospital's Medical Executive Committee. He also serves as the medical director for Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America at Blake Medical Center, providing compassionate care to the most critically ill burn patients, managing patient needs from the acute state of illness through reconstruction and beyond. He treats patients with hand injuries, complex wounds, traumatic defects, congenital deformities, and cancer. In addition, Dr. Van Vliet manages a variety of aesthetic concerns for patients, including surgery of the body and breast.

“Dr. Van Vliet has a tireless passion for continually improving the care his program delivers,” says Randy Currin, President/CEO Blake Medical Center. “His dedication and leadership in ensuring the highest standards of quality, safety, and patient outcomes are inspiring.”

Nominations for Blake Medical Center's Doctor of the Year were received from patients and caregivers, including fellow physicians. Nomination comments for Dr. Van Vliet included:

“Hard-working surgeon with amazing bedside manner.”

“Great physician that cares for his patients”

“Dr. Van Vliet has shown true dedication to the patients and staff at Blake. He starts his day at 5 am daily to ensure things run smoothly, and he works closely with the OR leadership to help improve processes and improve the patient experience.”

Top finalists for 2021 Doctor of the Year:

  • Iftekhar Baig, DO, Cardiology
  • Margita Beard, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Philip Blaustein, MD, Radiology
  • Jose Erbella, MD, FACS, General Surgery
  • Narrani Kanapathippillai, MD, Internal Medicine – Critical Care Medicine
  • Maria Bezares Oliveras, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Mikhail Ravvin, MD, Anesthesiology
  • Sharla Sundberg, MD, General Surgery
  • Arthur Valadie, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Daniel Wagoner, DO, Emergency Medicine

Doctor of the Year has been a Blake Medical Center tradition since 1983.