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UCF Health, the College of Medicine faculty practice, continues to grow, with two new primary care specialists joining the practice this month. All UCF Health physicians are faculty at the medical school. Both new physicians will be caring for patients at UCF Health’s East Orlando location, just blocks from the main UCF campus, at University and Quadrangle boulevards.

Dr. Ariel Mejia is an Internal Medicine specialist who speaks Spanish and Portuguese in addition to English. He said his clinical approach is to help patients manage their illnesses with a treatment approach that is meaningful, cost-effective and educational, with the idea that patients can become masters of their diagnoses.

Dr. Mejia

Dr. Mejia earned his medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He completed an internal medicine residency at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before joining UCF Health, Dr. Mejia was an Internal Medicine primary care provider with Trinity Health in Michigan. He was a Clinical Instructor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. 

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Dr. Gavin Van Staden is a board-certified Family Medicine specialist who enjoys personalizing medical care based on each patient’s needs in acute, chronic and preventative care for all ages. The areas of diabetes, hypertension, hormone replacement, sports medicine and weight management are of particular interest to him and he also offers a diverse range of surgical procedures for those in his care.

Dr. Van Staden

Dr. Van Staden received his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand in his native South Africa and speaks Afrikaans in addition to English. He did his graduate medical education in England, completing residencies in general practice, general surgery and orthopedic surgery at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he also completed a fellowship in emergency medicine.

Before coming to UCF Health, Dr. Van Staden had practiced family medicine in Utah since 2005. His medical and surgical skill sets allow for a convenient, efficient and relaxed “one stop” clinical experience. He believes in patient education and empowerment to best manage their own healthcare decisions and treatments as a team approach.

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