American Association for Physician Leadership

Zulma M. Berríos


Chief Medical Officer

West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida

Zulma M. Berríos, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAPL, currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region, with 10 hospitals and more than 50 outpatient facilities, spanning four counties from the Keys to the Palm Beaches. Dr. Berríos is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, and completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at San Juan City Hospital. She is a Board Certified OBGYN who began her career as a physician in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Major and awarded The Air Force Commendation Medal.

Dr. Berríos earned a Healthcare MBA from Florida International University. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Patient Safety Simulation Instructor. She has served in professional boards and medical societies including the Puerto Rican Professional Association of South Florida and the ACOG, District XII, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee. Dr. Berríos has a strong commitment to helping better educate the communities she serves with reliable and easy-to-understand medical information serving as spokesperson broadcasting by TV, radio, and social media platforms, in English and Spanish.

Dr. Berríos has a passion for service and philanthropy. In the aftermath of Hurricane María, she served as physician leader of a medical mission to Puerto Rico and spearheaded philanthropic support for the delivery of medications, medical equipment, and supplies. She serves as physician champion for Water Safety Campaign, awarding free swimming lessons for hundreds of deserving children, now in its 8th year.


  • MD
    University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine

  • MBA
    Florida International University


  • CPE


For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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