South Florida Hospital News
Sunday June 25, 2017

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June 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 12




Surgery without an incision is now a possibility. The new Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure, or TIF, using the innovative EsophyX® device for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is now available at Delray Medical Center.

The TIF procedure is based on established principles of surgical repair of the antireflux barrier, except that it is “surgery from within” performed transorally (through the mouth). The procedure can reduce hiatal hernia and can re-establishe the high pressure zone between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar. 

Boca Raton-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America® Global, Inc. (CTCA) announced the appointment of Ankur R. Parikh, D.O., as Medical Director of Precision Medicine.

Board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, Dr. Parikh earned an osteopathic medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He completed an internal medicine residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, followed by a hematology-oncology fellowship at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He has served as a principal and associate investigator for clinical research protocols involving targeted therapies, immunotherapy, myelodysplastic syndrome and aplastic anemia. 

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has awarded John Ritrosky, Jr., M.D., a pediatrician with Physician’s Primary Care, the 2017 Prendergast Family Child Advocacy Award. This award recognizes his passion and commitment to keeping children safe through many years of service in the care of children in Southwest Florida.

Dr. Ritrosky made Southwest Florida his home in 1967. He has been instrumental in creating and maintaining many programs designed to protect children in the region. He helped establish the Children’s Medical Services Child Protection Team in Lee County, was the co-director from 1984-2000, and has served as the medical director since 2007. Children’s Medical Services establishes a medical home for children with special and complex medical needs, and through this program, Dr. Ritrosky has led the cleft palate team. He has served on the board of the Island Coast Primary Care Project for many years.

Luiz E. Raez, M.D., the Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Director of Memorial Cancer Institute at Memorial Healthcare System, has been appointed as Vice President of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO). He has been appointed for 2017-8 and he is the President Elect for 2018-2019.

Dr. Raez has been a longtime member serving in a variety of leadership roles including Chairman of the Program Committee, Member of the Executive Committee and Member of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Raez acquired his medical degree at Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Raez is board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP).

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Miguel A. Medina III, M.D., has joined the team of cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Medina will serve as the Institute’s director of microsurgery.

Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute at the Baptist Hospital campus, Dr. Medina specialized in craniofacial and reconstructive microsurgery at Cleveland Clinic in Weston. He is an innovator in his field, with numerous invited national and international presentations, instructional courses and lectures. He also is an experienced clinical educator, serving as clinical assistant professor of surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Medina has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and serves as a reviewer for three scientific journals, including the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center names structural heart disease expert, Saurabh Sanon, M.D., FACC, an interventional cardiologist, as the new medical director of its Structural Heart Transcatheter Therapies program.

Dr. Sanon is certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in nuclear cardiology by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. 

Lee Health is proud to welcome Venkat Prasad, M.D., MBA/MHA, FAAFP, chief medical officer of Lee Physician Group

Prior to joining Lee Health and Lee Physician Group, Dr. Prasad served UNC Physicians Network in Morrisville, NC as medical director, associate quality assurance medical director and, most recently, senior medical director. As senior medical director, Dr. Prasad was responsible for overseeing the clinical functions of employed providers and their practice sites and services. Focused on quality and empowering leaders, Dr. Prasad founded the UNC Physicians Network for Physician Leaders to help develop physicians and advanced providers into stronger leaders. Dr. Prasad has also served as the physician and medical director at Rex Family Practice in Wakefield, NC, as well as medical director with Tri-County Community Health Center in Newton Grove, NC.

The Lee Health Board of Directors has chosen Larry Antonucci, M.D., to succeed Jim Nathan as President/CEO of the health system. Dr. Antonucci has served as system Chief Operating Officer since 2011. He also served as Chief Administrative Officer for Cape Coral Hospital.

Prior to joining Lee Health in 2007, Dr. Antonucci was a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist. In 1983, he co-founded Physicians Primary Care and served as its chief executive officer for many years.

West Boca Medical Center appoints Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, president and CEO of Allegiance Home Health, as one of the hospital’s new Governing Board members.

In her current position, Rosie overseas patient care, operations, marketing, finance, human resources, safety regulations, compliance and public relations. She founded Allegiance Home Health after her mother was in need of home health services.
Prior to becoming President and CEO of Allegiance in 2005 she was the Administrator at Martin Physical Therapy. She oversaw development, planning, and operations and headed the sales department. During her tenure she helped distinguish Martin Physical Therapy as one of the preeminent rehab facilities in Palm Beach County. 

Martin Health System is very pleased to welcome these new members to the board of directors for Martin Health System and Martin Medical Center.

Michael Brown, Jr., executive vice president and chief lending officer at Harbor Community Bank; Joseph Gage, M.D., board certified cardiologist with Stuart Cardiology Group; Dennis S. Hudson, III, Chief Executive Officer of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida; Frederic Salerno, retired telecommunications executive; Wynne S. Lee-Nunez, M.D., Physicians to Women; George E. McLain, M.D., anesthesiology; and Nancyann Taylor, president of the Martin Health Auxiliary
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