FAU Opens its First University-run Primary Care Practice

FAU Medicine, Coach Lane Kiffin, Owlsley, Schmidt College of Medicine, Primary Care, Physician Practice, Owlsley

Leonard Berkowitz, D.O., lead physician of FAU Medicine (left), gets a special visit from FAU's beloved mascot Owlsley and head coach Lane Kiffin.

By gisele galoustian | 2/27/2019

Florida Atlantic University has opened its first University-operated primary care physician practice in Boca Raton. Managed by FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, Palm Beach County’s only medical school, FAU Medicine is dedicated to offering adult primary care and preventive health services to serve the community. FAU Medicine is located in a 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical facility in the Galen Medical Building, 880 NW 13th St., in Boca Raton, conveniently located near Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The practice’s experienced team of physicians combine the latest innovations in primary care medicine with a personalized, patient-centered approach. Services provided at FAU Medicine include preventive care and wellness, routine check-ups, management of acute and chronic health problems, medical and laboratory tests, and specialized geriatric care. As an academic center, FAU Medicine also offers patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and to engage in the latest research studies.

“We are excited to launch FAU Medicine to address a gap in accessible primary care in Palm Beach County,” said Phillip Boiselle, M.D., dean of FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine. “Patients will benefit from our highly skilled physicians who are part of a sophisticated team of clinical leaders teaching the next generation of doctors. Our physicians have their finger on the pulse of the latest developments ─ not only to treat disease ─ but also to prevent disease and promote wellness.”

Dr. Leonard Berkowitz checks to make sure Owlsley is in tip-top shape during his special visit to FAU Medicine.

FAU Medicine offers a spacious waiting room and comfortable exam rooms, and is fully equipped with the resources needed for initial consultations, treatment services, and preventive care. The practice also offers a wide range of on-site diagnostic services including a full laboratory, EKG, and other services such as vaccinations, among others.

“Whelchel Partners is thrilled to play a part in FAU’s medical school evolution. With the launch of additional specialty clinical services, our local university continues to play a significant role in providing access to care for our growing senior population and beyond,” said Jay Whelchel, the medical office building’s owner and principal at Whelchel Partners. "The Galen Medical Building, a long-standing home for many of South Florida’s top physicians, welcomes the new practice as we collaborate in providing top quality health care services for citizens across south Palm Beach County."

Patients who need to see a specialist will be referred to the medical school’s affiliated physicians in various specialties who care for their patients at the best hospitals in the region, which also are affiliated with the medical school. In addition, these affiliated physicians are part of the medical school’s faculty and are actively involved in teaching medical students and medical residents. 

“I am delighted to join FAU Medicine to help advance the health of our community one patient at a time by providing personalized and compassionate medical care,” said Leonard Berkowitz, D.O., lead physician of FAU Medicine, who is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Berkowitz previously served as a primary care physician at Heart and Vascular Associates and Primary Care Medical Associates in New Jersey and at Medical Associates in New York. He is a graduate of Cornell University and New York College of Medicine. “Our practice model allows us to spend quality time with our patients in a non-concierge setting. We believe that the quality of medical care improves when you can spend quality time with your doctor and focus on prevention. Our goal is to keep you healthy in the first place.” 

To better serve patients, FAU Medicine offers expanded hours in the evenings on Wednesday and on Saturday mornings and makes every effort to provide same-day appointments within the practice. Extended hours will be added as needed.

FAU Medicine accepts insurance from traditional Medicare Part B and other major insurance plans such as Florida Blue and United Healthcare. 

For more information or to make an appointment at FAU Medicine, visit www.faumedicine.org or call 561-566-5328.