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"Life and Work

Paul DeLeeuw, who was born and raised in Connecticut, was motivated by his father's medical career and decided to pursue a similar path. DeLeeuw's father had an eventful life, beginning with his escape from Nazi Germany and ending with his medical degree at the age of 62. DeLeeuw strives to follow in his father's footsteps in terms of education and community engagement.

In 1978, Paul DeLeeuw started his medical career as an anesthesiologist at Cedars Medical Center. He rose through the ranks at Cedars to become the Chief of Anesthesia, a position he held until 2002. Dr. DeLeeuw left Cedar to become the Director of Anesthesia Services at Riverwalk Surgery Center, where he managed the anesthesia department and directed nurse anesthetists. Dr. DeLeeuw's career as an anesthesiologist was cut short due to a shoulder injury, therefore he switched to a profession as a bariatrician. Dr. DeLeeuw joined Bariatric Physicians Inc. as a bariatrician in 2008. He started working as a bariatrician with Medi Weightloss Clinics in 2009. He currently treats weight-loss patients in Orlando, Boca Raton, and Sarasota, among other cities in Florida.

Dr. Paul DeLeeuw married the eldest daughter of Willard Kempton, a well-known philosopher and linguist who directed the Aid to France program after WWII, in 1991. We had two children together: Joseph, who is now an ethicist and programmer in Brooklyn, NY, and Halley, who has suffered seizures since she was two years old. While working full-time as an anesthesiologist, Dr. DeLeeuw spent countless hours raising, educating, and treating Halley. Halley is presently the Director of Business Intelligence for the State of Florida.

Education

Dr. DeLeeuw graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with a bachelor's degree in 1967. He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut in 1973, with a specialty on endocrinology, after completing his undergraduate education (the study of hormones in the body). Dr. DeLeeuw then completed an anesthetic residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. DeLeeuw passed the bariatric boards in 2011.

Certifications

Paul DeLeeuw believes in remaining current with medical advancements so that he can serve his patients with cutting-edge treatments. In 1981, he got board certified in anesthesia, and again in 2011. He also keeps up with the newest research in pharmacology, weight reduction, acupuncture, and pain management.

Career Achievements and Awards

Dr. DeLeeuw has worked hard to stay at the top of his field, earning numerous awards along the way, including:

Board Certified in Anesthesia (1981): Board certified anesthesiologists have earned certification and passed a licensing exam after completing a four-year bachelor's degree, a four-year medical degree, four years of anesthesia residency, passing the national anesthesiology board exam, spending two years in private practice or completing a fellowship program.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Fellow (1982): Fellows in anesthesiology demonstrate remarkable dedication to their discipline, leadership in their field, and active participation in the advancement of the field.

Recertification in Anesthesia (1994): Recertification guarantees that medical practitioners remain well-versed in their specialty and ready to provide care based on the most recent medical research.

Board Eligible in Bariatrics (2010): Doctors must have a valid medical license, finish a residency, have an active board certification, and meet a continuing medical education or fellowship requirement to become board eligible in bariatrics.

Beth Israel Synagogue Certificate of Appreciation (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020): Dr. DeLeeuw has been acknowledged several times for his dedication to helping the Beth Israel Community.

Philanthropy

Paul DeLeeuw believes in giving back to his community and is dedicated to continuing his father's philanthropic legacy. DeLeeuw considers philanthropy to be a vital part of his life, and he is proud to continue to research subjects that have a strong personal importance for him. He enjoys assisting patients as a doctor, but he also enjoys helping people in his community in other ways, including as working at his synagogue, delivering meals for those in need, and supporting educational endeavors for persons with learning disabilities.

Among Dr. DeLeeuw's charity endeavors are:

Dr. DeLeeuw is a member of Beth Israel Synagogue and enjoys serving his congregation in a variety of ways, including delivering meals, bringing care packages to shut-ins, and providing rides to services for persons who are unable to drive.

Paul DeLeeuw is proud to have volunteered for more than 500 hours with Loaves and Fishes, a charity that gives meals to those in need. Volunteers at the charity perform a variety of tasks, including preparing hot meals, delivering a la carte food to underserved areas, and planting, tending to, and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables at the Loaves and Fishes organic farm.

Learning Ally: DeLeeuw has volunteered for more than 600 hours with Learning Ally, a nonprofit that provides books to persons who are blind or dyslexic, as well as kids who require academic assistance. Students who require reading assistance can get books, CDs, and instructional programming through the Learning Ally program, which sets them up for future success.

Hobbies and Personal Interests

Dr. DeLeeuw understands the necessity of remaining fit and healthy in order to provide the best care to his patients. He enjoys cycling and tennis in his spare time."

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