South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday November 21, 2017

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November 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 5




Gynecologist and obstetrician Daniel Gomez, M.D., FACOG, has joined the Holy Cross Medical Group.

Dr. Gomez was most recently assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and co-director of the Surgical Care Clerkship at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. He served as the OBGYN representative of the Morsani College of Medicine Faculty Council, taught Fundamentals of Gynecologic Surgery and was the attending for the Primary Care Clerkship.

Roberto J. Cubeddu, M.D., has been appointed Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiology in the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Dr. Cubeddu joined Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2015 as Section Head of Structural Heart Disease and Director of the Multidisciplinary Valve Clinic.
Dr. Cubeddu received his medical degree from the Central University of Venezuela School of Medicine and graduated with honors. He completed his residency in internal medicine and was chief resident and completed a fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. Dr. Cubeddu also completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and structural and adult congenital heart disease at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard School of Medicine in Boston.

Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce David E. Perloff, M.D., FACC, FACP, a board-certified cardiologist, has joined the TFPS multispecialty physician group with an office located in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Perloff, the former president of the Broward County Medical Association, is an award-winning and highly skilled cardiologist dedicated to providing top-tier heart care to residents across South Florida. He is a fellow of both the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians, is a Charter Member of the Southeast Lipid Association and a Member of the Florida Medical Association. Dr. Perloff is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and is on staff at Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore.

Dr. Perloff has been practicing medicine in South Florida since 1991 and in 1997 opened a successful cardiology office in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Perloff worked as the Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Broward Health Medical Center and was a Chair member of the Department of Medicine at the hospital. 

Dr. Vivek Narendra Patel has joined the Holy Cross Medical Group.

Dr. Patel completed his residency in internal medicine at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, FL, and received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he also graduated with honors with a B.S. in biology.
Dr. Patel was formally a medical resident in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Miami. 

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center awarded Urologist Dr. Sean Sawh, with its Physician of the Quarter award. Dr. Sawh was nominated by his peers for going the extra mile for his patients. Co-workers say he’s always available and greets each patient with a smile. Dr. Sawh is also known to draw pictures for patients so that they can understand their diagnosis and the procedure they are going to have in better detail. His bedside manner has been described as top notch and very personable.


Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care (TFCC) (a Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) practice) welcomes Jordan Sasson, M.D., a vascular surgeon, to the TFPS multispecialty physician group.

Dr. Sasson graduated medical school from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in New York, NY, and New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He performed a general surgery internship at North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System in Manhasset, NY, and his residency in general surgery at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital, Mount Sinai Health System, in New York, NY. He has extensive fellowship training having completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at the Jackson Health System / University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami.

Eric Goldsmith, D.O., was recently awarded the Charles L. Ballinger Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award from the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS). This award recognizes ACOS members for their outstanding accomplishments as a surgeon, educator and/or researcher. Dr. Goldsmith balances roles as both a general and oncologic surgeon with Lee Physician Group and the Medical Director of Academics and Medical Education for Lee Health.

A graduate of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA, Dr. Goldsmith completed a general surgery residency at Metropolitan Hospital in Springfield, PA and oncologic surgery training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. He is board certified in general surgery.

Paula Eckardt, M.D., of Memorial Healthcare System, is the recipient of the distinguished Louis Curbelo Leadership Award, an honor recognizing the Medical Director of the Division of Infectious Disease for playing a vital role in raising awareness of HIV and AIDS in Broward County’s Latino community.

Dr. Eckardt is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She earned her medical degree in 1997 from Universidad del Norte, in Barranquilla, Colombia. She completed an internship in internal medicine in 2000 at Jackson Memorial Hospital/VA Medical Center through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine in 2002 and a fellowship in infectious diseases in 2004. She has served as a primary care physician and infectious disease consultant since 2004.
In 2008, she joined Memorial Healthcare System as an infectious disease consultant, HIV/AIDS specialist and primary care physician and later joined as a member of Memorial Physician Group. Since 2011, Dr. Eckardt has served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Since 2014, she has also served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Florida Atlantic University. 

Holy Cross Hospital has acquired the da Vinci Xi™ Surgical System, which further advances the technology used in minimally invasive surgery.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.
By enabling efficient access throughout the abdomen or chest, the da Vinci Xi System expands upon core da Vinci System features, including wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion and an ergonomic design. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100 percent in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

Broward Health announced changes to its financial team including the additions of Samantha Gardner as vice president of Managed Care and Onel Rodriguez as chief financial officer for Broward Health Coral Springs, and the promotion of Alexander M. Fernandez to vice president of financial operations.

In the past, Gardner served as an Associate Vice President to the COO of Jackson Health System in Miami and assisted with their system-wide turn around. She made her footprint there by successfully restructuring several areas of the Health System in order to createfinancial stability and ensure growth and profitability. Aside from launching two local physician related startup companies, her career has also included leadership positions at Mercy Hospital and Cigna Healthcare. 

Previously, Rodriguez was vice president of finance at HCA’s JFK Medical Center where he oversaw revenue enhancements, cost-saving initiatives, accounting improvements, and 
preparation of reports for management on key financial metrics for the 245-bed hospital. He was with Tenet Healthcare for more than nine years in various positions handling financial responsibilities for several hospitals in its system.
Prior to working at Broward Health, Fernandez was the chief operation officer at Tenet Healthcare Corporation where he worked in collaboration with the chief executive officer to formulate and execute strategies designed to drive volumes to sustain the long term financial viability of the medical center.
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