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About Dr. Leonard Schwartzbaum

Dr. Leonard Schwartzbaum was a well known Family Practitioner in Sarasota for many years.  He was the founder of Family Practice Associates, one of the most successful Family Practice groups in Sarasota.


He merged the practice with First Physicians Group and practiced as a member of First Physicians Group for many years.  For the last years of his active medical practice, he was associated with Intercoastal Medical Group.


Unfortunately, Dr. Schwartzbaum contracted Lewy Body Dementia.  He bravely fought this disease for ten years until he passed away on August 11, 2018.  Dr. Schwartzbaum was an extremely compassionate and caring physician who enjoyed treating geriatric patients.  He was an inspiration to all who knew him for his friendly manner, kind heart and wonderful generosity to the Sarasota community.


Dr. Schwartzbaum was a member and loyal supporter of Chabad of Sarasota. It is with great pleasure that Chabad honors Dr. Schwartzbaum by naming our annual Geriatric Compassionate Care Symposium for him.

Featuring speakers and round table discussion

on the following topics:

1) Moral and Ethical Dilemmas surrounding transitioning care from curative to palliative.

2) The Conversation (A discussion on advanced care planning)



9:30 AM: Jewish law (Halacha) issues on how or when to decide about the change of care from curative to palliative and comfort care - Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss


10:30 AM: Round table discussion: Moral and Ethical Dilemmas surrounding transitioning care from curative to palliative.

  • Dr. Ricardo Yaryura (Cardiologist)

  • Dr. Ken Hurwitz (Pulmonary Specialist)

  • Dr. Isaac Kalvaria (Gastroenterologist)

  • Dr. Ashok Sastry Nephrologist

  • Moderator:  Dr. Joelle Vahlakis (Palliative Care Specialist)

11:30 AM: Lunch Break - an Opportunity to View Exhibits and Speak to Exhibitors

1:00 PM: The Conversation (A discussion on advanced care planning) - Dr. Angelo Volandes

2:30 PM: Concluding Remarks

Our Speakers

Our speakers come from all corners of the country to share their insights and knowledge. Check out their bios below to learn more, and make sure to save your spot by registering today.

Dr. Ken Hurwitz

Dr. Isaac Kalvaria

Dr. Ricardo Yaryura

Dr. Joelle Vahlakis


The Presenters

Family Practice Associates

Aviva - A Campus for Senior Life






Family Pracitce Associates







Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center

Our Sponsors

Nikki and Jeff Sedacca 

Dr. Charles Loewe


Tidewell Hospice



Bay Village



Takeda Pharmaceuticals


Nikki and Jeff Sedacca 

One Touch GPS

Executive Health Sarasota


First Physi​cians Group

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