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August 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 2




Dr. Rolando Garcia, a Miami-based spine surgeon and the first surgeon in Florida to perform spinal disc replacement surgery, has co-developed the first lumbar disc replacement to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in over ten years.

ActivL is the new generation of lumbar disc replacement and the first artificial lumbar disc with intelligent motion technology. Made up of chromium endplates that affix to the patient's vertebrae with bone-sparing spikes for stabilization, it has a mobile ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene core that supports rotational movement similar to the movement of the healthy lumbar spine.
The ActivL was approved by the FDA in June of 2015 after an extensive five year, multi-center national clinical study that followed 324 patients. Dr. Rolando Garcia, a spine surgeon at Orthopedic Care Centers, not only co-developed this technology but was also the co-lead investigator in the FDA trial. He performed the first ActivL surgery in the United States. Dr. Garcia is currently the only spinal surgeon in South Florida, and one of a select few throughout the country, to offer ActivL as an option for lumbar disc replacement. He has also performed the most of these surgeries in the state of Florida.
Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) welcomes board-certified Medical Oncologist Stephen Patterson, M.D., to its multi-specialty group of physicians.
Dr. Patterson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and his graduate studies at the University of South Florida College of Medicine where he earned his medical degree and completed his residency followed by a fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Patterson later held an academic appointment at Moffitt Cancer Center where he delivered oncology care and also served as the Chief Medical Information Officer, Director of the Ambulatory Infusion Center, and Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee. He was recruited to the Nevada Cancer Institute as Medical Oncology Fellowship Program Director and helped build their fellowship program. Thereafter he worked at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale as a Medical Oncologist, was the Founding Program Director of its Internal Medicine Residency Program and also served as Chairman of the Cancer Committee. 

Neurosurgeon Alexander Poisik, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group. Board-certified in neurological surgery, Dr. Poisik will be seeing patients at Baptist Hospital of Miami, Doctors Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Poisik received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He completed an internship in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and a residency in the Department of Neurosurgery at The Emory Clinic in Atlanta, where he also served as chief resident. During his residency, he also was named the Intramural Spine Fellow in Complex Spinal Disorders.
Before joining Baptist Health, Dr. Poisik worked at Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood where his positions included attending neurosurgeon, chief of the Neuroscience Department and chief of neurosurgery, West Operations.

The Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Institute at Delray Medical Center appoints Dr. Jeffrey Newman, thoracic and cardiac surgeon, as its new medical director.

Dr. Newman has been a member of the medical staff at Delray Medical Center since 2008 specializing in cardiac and cardiothoracic surgery. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his residency at both Mercer University School of Medicine/Medical Center of Central Georgia and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Heartwell, LLP announced that it has added three new physicians to the growing practice. Ivan Buitrago Guevara, M.D., Ian del Conde-Pozzi, M.D. F.A.C.C., and Mario Pascual, M.D. all join Heartwell at Galloway location in Kendall.

Dr. Buitrago is a skilled cardiologist with extensive experience and will be launching Heartwell’s 
new Cardio-Oncology Practice.  
Dr. Del Conde is a general cardiologist and also a fellowship-trained vascular medicine specialist.
Dr. Pascual is an electrophysiologist whose expertise includes catheter-based ablation of complex arrhythmias as well as device-based therapy for management of heart failure. 




Cancer specialist Vy Dinh, M.D., and palliative care specialist Mariana Khawand-Azoulai, M.D., have joined Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Dinh is a hospitalist oncologist who cares for cancer patients who are hospitalized. As part of the Institute’s cancer support services team, Dr. Khawand-Azoulai will provide outpatient palliative care, including pain and symptom management and psychosocial support.
Most recently, Dr. Dinh served as a staff physician for hematology, oncology and medicine at the Miami VA Medical Center, as well as an assistant professor of clinical medicine, oncology, and oncology attending physician at the University of Miami-Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Khawand-Azoulai worked with Vitas Innovative Hospice before joining Miami Cancer Institute. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is Board-certified in family medicine.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance has honored Jeff Boyd, Ph.D., director of translational research and genomic medicine for Miami Cancer Institute, as the winner of its 2016 Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award.

Boyd is a renowned expert in cancer research and genetic testing. One of his key areas of research and expertise is genomic medicine, which uses DNA from a patient’s tumor to identify gene mutations and help doctors determine how to best treat that patient’s cancer.
Dr. Boyd is also chair of the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Florida International University.

St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital are pleased to recognize Dr. Richard Kaplan, oral and maxillofacial surgeon and chairman of the department of surgery, as the 2016 Chief of Staff Award recipient. Presented by Dr. Thomas Saylor, chief of staff, Dr. Kaplan was honored for his outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the hospitals, patients and medical staff.

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Kaplan’s work involves restoring the facial features of trauma survivors saved by St. Mary’s Level I Trauma Center. He has also served as the chairman of the hospital’s surgical department for the past five years and was previously the chairman of the Surgical Peer Review Committee.

Broward Health Medical Center is the only facility in South Florida (and one of four facilities in the state of Florida) using an advanced physiologic rotor-mapping system developed by Abbott Electrophysiology. 

The Topera® Physiologic Rotor Mapping Solution is the first proven technology available to identify the location of rotors that sustain atrial fibrillation. When used with interventional catheter ablation, the Topera Solution guides treatment by identifying only those areas that have rotors, with the goal of improving long-term outcomes.
Rotors are similar to small tornados in various locations of the heart that spark and maintain disorganized electrical impulses in a spiral wave pattern and cause irregular heartbeat activity; rotors are considered the “eye of the storm” where these irregular impulses originate. Rotor identification has shown that difficult-to-treat cases with persistent atrial fibrillation consistently have more rotors present in the right and/or left atrium, yet current interventional ablation treatment uses the same approach in only the left atrium.
During the procedure, Ahmed F. Osman, MD, medical director of the cardiac electrophysiology laboratories at Broward Health Medical Center, performs FIRM-Guided Therapy to aid in the treatment of a patient with a serious heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation (AFib). 

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is pleased to welcome Howard Brown, CPA, as its new Chief Financial Officer. With 14 years of financial healthcare experience in areas of general and operational accounting, Brown will be responsible for overseeing the financial operations for the 199-bed acute care hospital and its departments.

Brown has had a long history with Tenet Healthcare, most recently serving as the CFO at North Shore Medical Center for the past three years. Prior to that, he worked as a financial controller at Tenet’s St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. Brown’s career with Tenet began as a senior auditor in the Florida Office of the Internal Audit Services Department before being promoted to audit manager after just two years. 
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