Dr. Bandeira has expanded his Geriatric Medicine practice to include Primary Care. His strong focus on healthy aging, cognitive health, emotional well-being and preservation of functional independence also involves health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, and the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. Stepping into the office you will notice the difference: it is warm, inviting and peaceful. His top-notch staff greet you in a timely manner, displaying the respect for you and your time that you deserve. His easy accessibility will allow him to be available at any time. When needed, there is a private office phone number for members of this program which provides 24/7 access, so that you may reach him on his cell phone, confidential email 24 hours-a-day, and even on weekends. You can rest assured with the peace of mind that he is always on call and will always respond to your calls or emails within 24 hours or less. Some blood test results will be available before the end of the office visit, whereas others will be provided within 48hrs. Regular appointments are typically scheduled in the mornings, leaving afternoons available for walk-ins. At the office, clients can expect prompt, direct, and easy access to Dr. Bandeira for an unhurried encounter with extended time during each visit, and with a strong focus on health, wellness and overall quality of life.
Recruited by NCH for Innovative Programming
Dr. Bandeira’s innovative approach to healthcare of aging adults led him to be recruited by NCH to develop their first Geriatrics Medicine Program. While serving as Medical Director, Dr. Bandeira transformed Geriatric Medicine at NCH and his department expanded to both inpatient and outpatient arenas.
The inpatient Acute Care for Elders (ACE) program he brought to NCH has assisted hospitalists and nurses with the specialized management of patients with memory loss, underlying cognitive impairments and dementia, psychiatric emergencies such as acute delirium, and other important conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, gait disturbances and falls, as well as polypharmacy.
His outpatient consultative practice was the first of its kind in Naples, and has been recognized by Primary Care Physicians throughout the Naples and Bonita area as highly valuable in providing co-management services to their complex geriatric patients. In collaboration with primary care physicians and hospitalists, Dr. Bandeira has provided consultations to over two thousand patients. His comprehensive geriatric assessment includes a detailed review of medications, interactive neurocognitive and behavioral health screenings, evaluation of functional and physical performance, with a strong focus on essential aspects of health and wellbeing, including quality of life, functional independence, physical, cognitive and emotional health.
Dr. Bandeira has also been instrumental to NCH’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. His training included the Stanford Faculty Development Course in Clinical Teaching, and this preparation has allowed him to be effectively involved in the training and mentorship of NCH’s Internal Medicine residents for the management of geriatric patients in the hospital.
Dr. Bandeira continues to be actively involved in Alzheimer’s disease research, with several recent publications. His goal is to keep you healthy in mind, body and spirit. Enjoying your highest quality of life is his priority, and he partners with you to help you achieve exactly that. Healthy aging and attending to one’s individual needs is his standard of care.
Educational & Professional Background
Dr. Bandeira obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and subsequently attended Universidad de Iberoamerica, an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) approvedMedical School in San Jose, Costa Rica where he graduated with honors as salutatorian. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and went on to complete his Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He continues to be actively involved in Alzheimer’s research.
Dr. Bandeira is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.