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Dr. Cendán is a board-certified surgeon with a clinical focus on minimally invasive surgery. He is the Oversight Editor and Chair for the UCF-Cureus Channel called Flagship.
His special interests include bariatric and adrenal surgery as well as medical education and simulation research. Dr. Cendán began his medical career at the University of Florida (UF) where he also completed his surgical residency and Surgical Metabolism Laboratory experience. After completing his training, Dr. Cendán was engaged in private surgical practice for four years prior to returning to the academic environment. At the medical school he became active in medical education serving on the Admissions Committee and as a member of the Standardized Patient Center of which he eventually became Medical Director. While at UF he served as a member of the Curriculum Committee and Director of the surgical clerkship. While serving in these roles, Dr. Cendán was awarded multiple teaching and clinical excellence recognition awards. He served on the Medical Advisory Group formulating a revision of the medical curriculum and represented the school on the AAMC Faculty Forward Program.
The University of Central Florida College of Medicine welcomed Dr. Cendán in July 2010. In his roles as Chairmain of the Medical Education Department, Assistant Dean for Simulation and Professor of Surgery he has focused on developing clinical and simulation experiences that support the academic content in the modules and clerkships. He is responsible for identifying, implementing and coordinating the use of simulation technology for conducting and improving medical education. Dr. Cendán also provides the vision for simulation-based research for medical modeling for both medical education and healthcare improvement. Dr. Cendán is an active researcher and has recently been awarded an R01 grant by the National Library of Medicine; this grant is for the investigation of how medical students interact with, and learn from, interactive virtual patients demonstrating cranial nerve palsies.
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