South Florida Hospital News
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January 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 7




Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center promotes Alex Masmela to the position of chief operating officer.

Prior to being named COO, Masmela served as the Assistant Administrator for Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Prior to being an assistant administrator, Masmela was the Administrative Director of the Emergency Department at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.
Masmela earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Adelphi University in New York. He then went on to earn an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

The Board of Directors of Indian River Medical Center Foundation has appointed Liz Bruner to succeed Jan Donlan as Foundation President and IRMC Senior Vice President.

Bruner joined the Foundation in 2012 as Director of Leadership Gifts and has served as Vice President for the past year. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Vice President of Development and Communication for Children’s Home Society of Florida where she spent 11 years and led a statewide team. Her career in philanthropy spans more than 25 years, including Director of Development for the Orlando Science Center and Director of Corporate Sponsorship for Florida Hospital Foundation. Bruner also served as Agency Relations Manager for the volunteer division of Heart of Florida United Way and spent five years as a special publications writer for the Florida Times Union/Jacksonville Journal.


Adjua “Maia” McGill and Rachel Jenkins have been hired by Florida International University (FIU) to lead the advancement department of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences. McGill joins the college as its new Director of Development and Jenkins as its new Development Coordinator.

McGill holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Oral Roberts University, and has more than 13 years of experience in a broad range of advancement, business development, marketing and public relations roles with professional and higher education organizations. Just prior to joining the college, McGill was Director of Sales for InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.
Jenkins has a bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship from the City University of New York. She was the Program Manager from 2015-2017 for the Miami Dade College Idea Center’s Generation IT youth training and employment program. She spent one year working in the Special Needs Division of Heart of Hope Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2013, she has served as the Chair of the Retention Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s annual event.

West Palm Beach City Commission President Cory Neering was sworn in as the newest Health Care District Board member by Commissioner Philip H. Ward, III, Board Chair, at the Board’s public meeting on November 28. Commissioner Neering was appointed on September 12, 2017 by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners to serve a four-year term beginning October 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2021. Commissioner Neering will also hold a seat on the C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics Board.

Commissioner Neering has served on the West Palm Beach City Commission since 2015 and is the Vice President of External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida. Neering is the current Chair of the Healthy Start Coalition in Palm Beach County. He also serves as the City of West Palm Beach’s liaison for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as well as the West Palm Beach Housing Authority Board. 
Commissioner Neering holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters in Science in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Commissioner Neering fills the seat vacated by Angeleta Gray, former Delray Beach City Commissioner, who served on the Health Care District Board for four years.

Good Samaritan Medical Center is now performing procedures with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The da Vinci Xi System was designed with the goal of further advancing the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. The System can be used across a spectrum of minimally, invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, oncology thoracic, cardiac, hepatobiliary, and general surgery. This is the second da Vinci Surgical System for the hospital and its comprehensive robotic program.

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% in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates their hands movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patients, body. The Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

Anselmo Cepero-Akselrad, M.D., has been elected vice president of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Medical Executive Committee (MEC) for a two-year term. The committee serves as the governing body for the hospital’s 800-member medical staff.

Dr. Cepero-Akselrad is Director of the Division of Nephrology for the hospital. He earned his medical degree from the University of Havana, Cuba and completed his residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (then Miami Children’s Hospital). He completed fellowships in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology at New Y4rk Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Marcelo Laufer, with the hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases, continues a term begun last year as president of the MEC. Dr. Laufer earned his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion School of Medicine, Paraguay. He completed his pediatric residency and a fellowship in infectious diseases and immunology at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Other members of the medical executive committee for 2018 include Mayra Capote, MD; M. Antonella Denaro, DO; Ruben Gonzalez-Vallina, MD; Ziad Khatib, MD; Alex B. Koetzle, MD; Sarah Legorburu-Selem, MD; Leopoldo Malvezzi, MD; Rigoberto Nuñez, MD; Jose Rosa-Olivares, MD; Efren Salinero, MD; and Stephen Swirsky, DO.

Orthopedic surgeon Juan C. Suarez, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group, an organization of more than 180 physicians, as part of Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. He specializes in adult hip and knee joint replacement surgery, including revision joint replacement and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He is Board certified in orthopedic surgery and has more than 16 years of experience in his specialty.

Dr. Suarez has made numerous symposium presentations on the efficacy of surgical methods utilized in hip and knee reconstructive surgery. He also is widely published in such scientific publications as the Journal of Arthroplasty and the American Journal of Orthopedics. He serves as an affiliate assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and on the editorial board of Arthroplasty Today. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Dr. Suarez received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine in San Juan, P.R., and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., and a fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to joining Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, Dr. Suarez was affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston.

Coral Gables Hospital proudly honors Dr. Amadeo Cabral, general surgeon, as the hospital’s Physician of the Third Quarter of 2017. Dr. Cabral was nominated because his colleagues describe him as highly engaged and is beloved by both staff and patients. Dr. Cabral was presented with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding service, commitment and dedication to caring for others.



Broward Health has named Andrew K. Ta, M.D., MBA as its chief medical officer (CMO).

A physician executive with more than 12 years of leadership experience, Dr. Ta has served as chief medical officer for Florida International University’s College of Medicine, associate chief medical officer at Jackson Medical Group and Physician Services, and as an attending physician at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Most recently, Dr. Ta was with South Miami CritiCare Inc. as an attending physician for West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s Emergency Department, and served as a physician clinical reviewer for NIA Magellan Health overseeing utilization, productivity and quality review.
Dr. Ta holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Dallas and a Doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center. He later completed his emergency medicine residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Ta also earned an MBA in health care administration from the University of Miami, is a certified physician executive and fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Congratulations to DOHCAF's president and founding member, Dr. Amadeo Cabral, on his appointment to the Board of Directors of the Health Council of South Florida.

This recognition highlights his merits as an outstanding physician and professional. His trajectory has included advocating for improved health outcomes, developing strong and efficient medical networks, and working with the physician community to improve access and productivity. His leadership at various practices and organizations have made him a recognized figure in health care in South Florida.
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