South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday May 27, 2015
May 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 11




Lance Simkins, M.D., FACC, has been certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as a specialist in obesity medicine. Dr. Simkins with prior board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology has now completed a rigorous training curriculum and examination process to achieve this notable designation.
Dr. Simkins has been an interventional cardiologist in South Florida since 1991 and joined Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) in 2012. His office is located in Tamarac and he is on staff at The Heart Institute of Florida at Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore in Fort Lauderdale where he is the current chief wellness officer. Prior to joining TFPS, he worked as a cardiologist in two separate private practices and as director of a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in Tamarac. His teaching experience also includes as a preceptor of senior medical student externships in cardiology with the Department of Internal Medicine, North Broward Hospital District, University of Florida College of Medicine and Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Mount Sinai Medical Center welcomes Dr. Kfir Ben-David, its new vice chair of Department of Surgery and chief of the Gastroesophageal Division.
Dr. Ben-David earned his medical degree in 2001 at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency in 2006 at the University of Cincinnati's Department of Surgery, where he was also chief resident. Dr. Ben-David also completed a minimally invasive advanced gastrointestinal surgery fellowship in 2007 at Duke University in North Carolina.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Ben-David was a respected member of the faculty at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he was a tenured associate professor of surgery. He also served as chief of the minimally invasive gastroesophageal and bariatric service and director of the minimally invasive surgery fellowship and general surgery residency programs.
Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently held a special donor appreciation event in the College’s atrium at FAU’s Boca Raton campus.
“This has been a landmark year for the College of Nursing, and it was made possible by our many generous supporters who give their time, talent and treasure to ensure our success today and in the future,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean of the College.
In 2014, the College of Nursing received a number of gifts from community members and groups to support the education, research and community practice taking place through the College. Additionally, last year, FAU became the first university in Florida’s State University System to admit freshmen directly into nursing. Subsequently, the College of Nursing initiated its Lamplighter scholarship program, awarding half of the College’s freshman class with $500 scholarships to defray the expenses of their nursing education.
Pictured (l-r) Mark Swillinger,donor; Marilyn Swillinger, advisory board member and donor; Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing.
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