South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday May 22, 2018

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May 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 11




Dr. Yakov Gitin recently joined Indian River Medical Center as a board-certified gastroenterologist.
Dr. Gitin earned his medical degree at University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT. After completing his internal medicine internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, he completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at Boston University Medical Center in Massachusetts.
Before joining the staff at Indian River Medical Center, Dr. Gitin practiced with Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches in Atlantis, FL.

Theresa J.C. Pazionis, M.D., M.A., FRCSC, a double fellowship-trained oncologic orthopedist and spine surgeon, has joined Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida.

Dr. Pazionis received her medical degree as well as a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at McMaster University, Hamilton Health Services in Ontario. In addition to her orthopedic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she completed a spine surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Pazionis was a spine surgeon and orthopedic oncologist at New York Spine Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, NY. Dr. Pazionis has extensive teaching experience and currently serves as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center. 

Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida has announced that Geoffrey Young, M.D., Ph.D., will serve as chief of the division of Head and Neck Cancer Surgery.

Dr. Young received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in molecular and cellular pathology from the University of Alabama. He completed a residency in general surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ. His post-doctoral training included a fellowship in head and neck surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Young comes to Miami Cancer Institute from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, where he served as assistant professor of otolaryngology at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

William A. Leone, M.D., F.A.C.S., head of The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, was named a 2018 Top Orthopedic Surgeon by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. This is the ninth consecutive year that Dr. Leone has received this coveted designation.

With more than 28 years of experience, Dr. Leone has earned a reputation as one of the country’s top orthopedic surgeons for solving complex hip and knee problems. Dr. Leone has helped thousands of patients from around the world by restoring mobility and improving their quality of life. Patients at The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care range from people in their 80s and 90s to those only in their 20s and 30s.

Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida, the state’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, welcomes medical oncologist Lauren Carcas, M.D., to its multidisciplinary team of breast cancer specialists.

Dr. Carcas received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she served as chief resident. Her post-doctoral training included a fellowship in hematology-oncology at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Dr. Carcas comes to Miami Cancer Institute from Florida Cancer Care, located in Plantation, FL. She has conducted numerous clinical trials, most notably in breast cancer, to improve care and outcomes for cancer patients. She has published her clinical results in medical journals and has presented at numerous symposiums. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American College of Physicians.

Henri R. Ford, M.D., has been named Dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Ford is a Haitian-born pediatric surgeon who maintains close ties with his native country. In 2010 he traveled to Haiti after the earthquake to provide surgical care to children injured in the devastation. Since then, Dr. Ford has returned regularly to provide medical care to its residents.
He is currently the senior vice-president and chief of surgery at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), vice-dean of medical education, and professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Ford was professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine prior to joining CHLA in January 2005.
He received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs, cum laude, from Princeton University, and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He also received his M.H.A. (Master of Health Administration) degree from the School of Policy, Planning and Development from University of Southern California.

Broward Health has been awarded a grant of $29,995 by Susan G. Komen® to support the healthcare system’s “Every Woman Matters” (EWM) program, which is aimed at decreasing the risk of premature death due to breast cancer in various female patient populations in Broward County, including low-income women, uninsured/underinsured women, foreign-born women facing language barriers and women who partner with women (WPW).

EWM ensures access to quality care through screening mammograms and diagnostic services, including ultrasounds, ultrasound biopsies, stereotactic biopsies, MRIs, MRI-guided biopsies, contrast-enhanced mammograms and other services. The program also increases the percentage of women who enter, stay in and progress through the continuum of care by providing testing that this target population could otherwise not afford. Many women are financially unable to obtain a mammogram, delaying care until they are terminally ill or when cancer is at advanced stage, which is costlier to treat with lower survival rates.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center unveiled its new OR expansion project. Some of the new amenities include:
• Ability to accommodate higher acuity, more complex cases in Ortho, Spine, General, and Robotic Services.
• Video integration capabilities allowing images to be displaced on large video monitors for all members of the surgical team to view.
• New LED surgical lighting for all rooms
• Aesthetically, modernized rooms to include equipment and anesthesia booms
• Piped in anesthesia gases, nitrogen, co2, electrical outlets and data support in booms eliminating excess cords and clutter.

Broward Health has announced multiple new hires across the organization.

David Clark will be joining Broward Health as an assistant vice president of corporate services. Clark has more than 15 years of experience as a senior level administrator of capital projects and healthcare programs in both the public and private sectors. He earned his undergraduate degree in architectural and facilities engineering from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, and his Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL.
Janene John, SPHR, has joined Broward Health Coral Springs as chief human resources officer. Prior to joining Broward Health, John served as human resources director at Memorial Healthcare System. She has a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in Hampton, VA, and a master’s degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, GA. Additionally, she is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR).
Romaine Layne will be joining Broward Health Imperial Point as associate chief financial officer. Prior to joining Broward Health, Layne served as controller at North Shore Medical Center. She has a master’s degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Florida International University
Netonua Reyes will be joining Broward Health Imperial Point in a dual role as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. She has 22 years of nursing experience in the acute care setting with specialties in both adult and pediatric medicine. Prior to joining Broward Health, she served as director of nursing at Jackson Health North in Miami. Prior to that, she served as nurse manager at Homestead Hospital. Reyes has both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nova Southeastern University. 

Officials at Catholic Health Services announced the appointment of Dian Backoff as the new executive director of Catholic Hospice. Backoff comes to Catholic Hospice after a highly successful career in providing strategic direction and improving bottom-line growth in the health care and hospice industries. She was instrumental in growing VITAS from a small hospice operation into the nation’s leading hospice provider. Backoff most recently worked as a consultant to Visiting Nurse Service of New York and ValueCare at Home Registry assisting in all aspects of operations, focusing on growth, efficiency and standardization, resulting in increased ability to convert referrals to admissions.



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