September 2014, Volume 18, Number 3

Making Their Mark


Doubly Pleased With MDC

Twin brothers Francisco and Javier Flores, 46, have always been of a like mind – they went to the same schools, became doctors specializing in dermatology and are both grateful for the academic foundation they received at MDC.

The brothers came to Miami from Cuba at age 11, and they feel blessed to have found MDC, from where they graduated in 1989.

“I wouldn’t trade my experience at MDC for anything,” said Javier, who has a private dermatology practice in Miami. “The intensity of the studies and the academic challenge I received were second to none.”

Echoing brother Javier’s sentiments, Francisco added that the value of an MDC education extends far beyond academics.

“Since we had finished in the top 10 percent at our high school, we got scholarships that covered full tuition at MDC, which was important because we came from a poor family of immigrants,” said Francisco, who has a private dermatology practice in Broward County.

The twins got bachelor’s degrees in biology at Georgetown and then graduated from the University of Miami’s medical school.

Javier went straight into dermatology, and Francisco did a residency in orthopedic surgery before also following in his brother’s footsteps.

“Dermatology offers a rare combination of being able to do surgery as well as medical assessments,” Javier said. “Dermatology is a window into the body that gives clues as to what may be going on internally. You can save lives if you tune into those clues.”

— WV

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