South Florida Hospital News
Friday May 26, 2017

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May 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 11




Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Syapse, a market leader in precision oncology solutions, announced that they will team up to launch a new precision medicine initiative at Sylvester to help make personalized cancer care in South Florida and throughout the Southeastern U.S. more effective. By partnering with Syapse, Sylvester physicians will be able to more efficiently deliver personalized care that matches patients with targeted, cutting-edge therapies based on the clinical and molecular profile of the patient, leading to improved survival rates and better health outcomes.
Through the partnership with Syapse, Sylvester physicians will now have a robust platform that brings together clinical, molecular, treatment, and outcomes data to power this new era of precision medicine clinical workflows. The Syapse platform will provide access to the largest, real-world precision oncology data sharing consortium in the world, enabling oncologists to make better decisions for their patients using real-world treatment and outcomes data on clinically and molecularly similar patients. 

In recognition of National Doctors’ Day, North Shore Medical Center honored its physicians and thanked them for their service, skills and compassion. The outstanding group of physicians participated in a special awards ceremony and luncheon.Amy Jarvis, M.D., neurologist, was named “Most Responsive Physician,” Rehan A. Naqui, M.D., internal medicine, was acknowledged for being the “Highest CPOE (computerized physician order entry) Performer,” Bashar Moshen, M.D., neurologist, and Arthur Iglesias, M.D, radiation oncologist, tied for “Best Bedside Manner,” Susan Baker, M.D., pathologist, received the “Best Team Player” award, and Alia Abdulla, D.O., surgical oncologist and Medical Director of the Surgical Oncology Program, was honored with the “Physician of the Year” award.


Boca Raton Regional Hospital announces the appointments of four highly regarded and respected neurologists in the region to the Hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute and BocaCare® physician network.

Roy C. Katzin, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist who has been in practice in Boca Raton for the past 31 years. He attended Rutgers University and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; he performed his internal medicine internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and his neurology residency at the University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics.
Jonathan Harris, M.D., attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He performed his internal medicine internship and neurology residency at the University of Miami Affiliated Hospitals.
Marc Swerdloff, M.D., attended Albany Medical College and performed his neurology residency at University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was an electromyography fellow at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Neurology.
Thomas C. Hammond, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist. He attended New York University School of Medicine and performed his internal medicine residency at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and his neurology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Karan Munuswamy of the Holy Cross Medical Group has been elected president of the board of directors for the American Diabetes Association's South Florida region.

Dr. Munuswamy has a long history of supporting public health education and medical research. He previously served as board president of the organization's Broward County chapter from 2000 to 2012.
In addition to his involvement with the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Munuswamy served as president of American Heart Association of Broward from 1995 to 2000.
He joined the Holy Cross Medical Group in 2010 and currently serves as director of nuclear cardiology for Cardiology Associates of Fort Lauderdale. 

Edward Abraham, M.D., has been named Dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, beginning July 1.

Dr. Abraham, who is now Dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, brings a wide range of experience to this critically important position. In addition to his role as Chief Academic Officer for the Miller School of Medicine, he will serve as Physician Executive of the University of Miami Medical Group.
Abraham is an internationally renowned pulmonary medicine and critical care physician and an accomplished scientist who has received extensive NIH funding for more than 25 years. As an administrator, he has a proven record of accomplishment, breaking down silos and building teams.
Abraham joined Wake Forest from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was chair of the Department of Medicine. Before moving to UAB, he spent 13 years at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he was head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine.

Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center is pleased to welcome two new pediatric hematologist oncologist to their devoted staff of expert physicians.

Angelica Garzon, M.D., is a board eligible pediatric hematologist oncologist and board certified pediatrician who completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has also conducted research at New York Blood Center’s Laboratory of Platelet Biology where she studied microRNA of terminal megakaryocytopoiesis.
Catalina Ruiz Mesa, M.D., is a board eligible pediatric hematologist oncologist who earned her medical degree at Fundacion Universitaria San Martin. She completed an internship at Fundacion Universitaria San Martin and affiliated hospitals, a pediatric residency at St. Barnabas Hospital and a pediatric hematology oncology fellowship at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center’s Holtz Children’s Hospital. 

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) welcomes Linda Walton, MSN, RN, CENP, as the new Chief Nursing Officer.

Walton brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to IRMC, including three years in her most recent post as Chief Nursing Officer for South Lake Hospital. She has also served in management roles for Orlando Health’s physician group, UW Health, the academic medical center for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and for Columbus Community Hospital. Walton also served as a Commissioner Officer in the United States Army Nurse Corps where her last assignment had her stationed in Mosul, Iraq. Walton earned her MSN at University of Pittsburg in PA.

HCA East Florida announces the appointment of Madeline Nava as CEO of Plantation General Hospital (PGH).

Nava was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center since August 2015. Prior to that, Nava served as the Chief Operating Officer at Palms West Hospital from 2011 through 2015. She started her career with HCA in 2008 as Vice President of Operations at JFK Medical Center.
Nava received her bachelor’s degree and Master of Health Services Administration from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. She also holds a Respiratory Therapy degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL.

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) announced the addition of Mary Carter, Ph.D., as the Director of Clinical Research.

Dr. Carter has over 15 years of experience in managing clinical research, working with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and academic researchers. Her experience spans the spectrum from molecular biology to clinical research and global health. She earned her Ph.D. from the Medical University of Lublin, Poland, her Master of Public Health from Columbia University and her Master of Business Administration from Wagner College, New York City. And she completed an NIH sabbatical in Clinical Research Management and has been a recipient of NIH grants supporting scientific conferences.
Prior to her employment with IRMC, Dr. Carter was a consultant for the International Science and Technology Center, organized to support research projects in Eastern Europe. She is a founder of the Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation.

Broward Health Coral Springs (BHCS) welcomes Michael Leopold as the new Chief Operating Officer. Michael comes to BHCS from Boca Raton Regional Hospital where he held the positions of Director of Rehab Services/Sports Medicine and Ancillary Support Services. Previous to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, he held various administrative positions with Tenet Healthcare as Associate Administrator, Director EVS, Emergency Management Coordinator, Program Director for Operational Performance Improvement, and Director of Rehab Services. Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College and MBA in Healthcare Administration with honors from South University.



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