South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday April 1, 2015
March 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 9




Thomas J. Zaydon, Jr., M.D., FACS was recently elected as the new President of the Florida Society of plastic Surgery.
Dr. Zaydon is also the current Chief of Plastic Surgery at Plantation/Mercy Hospital in Miami. Dr. Zaydon is a cosmetic and plastic reconstructive surgeon practicing in Miami for the past 20 years. He is Board Certified with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Zaydon received his Bachelors degree at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, FL and his medical degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, with internship, residency, and teaching assignments at Louisiana State University(LSU) in New Orleans, LA.



Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) welcomes Bruce Grossman, M.D., FACG, FACP, to IRMC’s multi-specialty group of physicians.
After graduating from NYU with Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and psychology, Dr. Grossman furthered his studies at Far Eastern University School of Medicine in the Philippines and was Chief Resident at Mt. Sinai. He completed his Gastroenterology fellowship at Tulane University. Specializing in Gastroenterology, Dr. Grossman has expertise in Crohn’s Disease, IBS, ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, esophageal cancer, colorectal screening, and Barrx™ ablations.


Broward Health North has added Brian Burrough, M.D., Pain Management, and Deryck Fernandez, D.P.M., Podiatry, to its medical staff.




Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Nicholas DePrima, Psy.D., a neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist, has opened his office at the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute (PBNI) and is the newest member of the Advanced Neuroscience Network. Dr. DePrima is on staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
Prior to joining PBNI, Dr. DePrima worked as a neuropsychologist in private practice in South Florida. Dr. DePrima completed his post-doctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville and his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.


Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Dr. Alia Abdulla has joined the Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology located on the campus of Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah.
Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Abdulla completed fellowship training in surgical oncology in the Department of Surgical Oncology at Temple University Health System, Fox Chase Cancer Center, located in Philadelphia, PA. She finished her general surgery residency and internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and graduated medical school from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, FL.


Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute (MCVI) recently employed 21 community cardiologists – a move that positions the Institute as a regional cardiac service provider and expands its primary cardiology services and clinical research to complement surgical and transplant programs. This group of distinguished physicians, who are also part of the Memorial Physician Group, will treat patients in the areas of clinical cardiology, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology and women’s cardiac health.           
Catholic Hospice is proud to announce their new Director of Finance, Jacob Spruit.
Jacob has been a leader in the finance and medical field for over 28 years.
Jacob states, “I am very honored to be joining the team of caring professionals at Catholic Hospice. We have more than 400 individuals who are dedicated to serving the end-of-life needs of patients and families in Broward and Dade Counties. One of my challenges will be to ensure that we have adequate resources to continue to provide these valuable services at the highest levels of quality with a personal touch.”


Health Foundation of South Florida announced that Loreen Chant has been elected chairwoman of its Board of Directors.
Chant, a recognized community leader, is president and CEO of Easter Seals South Florida where she is leading and growing the organization as an outstanding provider of services for people with disabilities or special needs and their families. Prior to this position, Chant had a successful 22-year career with Johnson & Wales University. She most recently served as president of their North Miami Campus and led its growth and development into a thriving $100 million, 29-acre facility serving nearly 2,000 students from all over the world.
Health Foundation of South Florida’s other officers for this term are Arthur Finkle, CLU, Arthur Finkle & Associates as Vice Chairman and Roderick King, M.D., CEO of Florida Institute for Health Innovation as Secretary. Richard Lavina, EVP Regional President of HSBC, is the immediate past chairman.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global® (CTCA) announced the appointment of Ellen Crane Schulman, APR, as director of public affairs.
Schulman served most recently as president of a public relations firm she founded in 2000. The firm is being merged into Fort Lauderdale-based Pierson Grant Public Relations.
Previously, she held senior public relations positions with such major companies as the Aluminum Company of America in Pittsburgh, American Airlines in Fort Worth, and Hill and Knowlton in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. She also worked for Offerdahl’s Bagel Gourmet during its transition to Einstein Bros Bagels, the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Tripp, Scott, the e-learning company,, and the Barbar Group, a Boca Raton-based real estate firm.
A graduate of Leadership Broward, Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Ellen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and currently serves on the Leadership Broward Foundation Executive Board. She also is a member of the Pine Crest School Annual Fund Committee.
Named one of the Top 100 Women in Broward County, she also was named a Woman of the Year by the Association of Women in Communications and a Woman of Distinction by the March of Dimes. In addition, she has received the Miami Dolphin’s Community Quarterback Award and been honored by the Salvation Army as an Advisory Board Member of the Year. A member of the Public Relations Society of America since 1981, she holds an accreditation in public relations (APR).


Aventura Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) is pleased to announce the reelection of Martin Grossman, M.D., as its Chief of Staff. Dr. Grossman has been serving as Chief of Staff at the hospital since 2013. He is a board certified general surgeon and has been an active member of the medical staff for over 20 years. During that time, he has held numerous medical staff leadership positions. A graduate of Chicago Medical School in Chicago, IL, he completed his internship, residency and fellowship training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY.
Other medical staff officers who have been appointed are Vice Chief of Staff-Elect, Naaman Abdullah, M.D.; Immediate Past Chief of Staff, Charles Shenker, M.D.; Secretary/Treasurer Ali Bazzi, M.D.; and Representatives at Large, Stacy Roskin, M.D., and Hamid Keshvari-Rasti, M.D.
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