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Friday October 20, 2017

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October 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 4




Nearly 90% of the 100 trillion microbes in the human body are made of bacteria. 500-1000 of those bacteria live in the gut and serve a specific function. Thanks to support from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, scientists are discovering how those bacteria work for those suffering from digestive diseases. The Microbiome Initiative is only one ofnumerous programs supported by the Foundation to improve the lives of the more than 1.6 million U.S. residents afflicted with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. This year, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is celebrating the advancements it has helped make towards finding a cure for digestive diseases for the past five decades.

To date, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has invested $298 million in research alone. And, in addition to the millions of patients and families they’ve helped manage their disease, they have also assisted more than 14,000 patients online. This has allowed the Foundation to gain an even greater understanding of issues facing IBD patients and to partner with other organizations to educate and to provide assistance for the more than millions of children and adults living with digestive diseases each year.
To celebrate this work, the Foundation will host the Take Steps Walk in West Palm Beach on November 4, 2017. The Walk will bring together hundreds of people dedicated to finding a cure for the debilitating diseases. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. at City Place in downtown West Palm Beach, walkers will be treated to entertainment, food, and fun before descending on the walk course. Registration can be made by contacting Alyssa Rich at or (561) 218-2929.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s impact has grown each year, and will continue its work until a cure can be found for every person afflicted withIBD. For more information, visit

Aaron Wohl, M.D., FACEP, an emergency medicine physician with Lee Health, was awarded the Martin Gottlieb Advocacy Award at the Florida College of Emergency Physician (FCEP) Annual Meeting. Dr. Wohl is a member of the FCEP Board of Directors.

Over the last three years, Dr. Wohl has developed relationships with legislators and helped to craft legislation to reduce some of the morbidity and mortality associated with the opioid crisis.  Such legislation allowed Dr. Wohl to spearhead a naloxone (opioid overdose antidote) distribution program from our emergency departments and from Lee Health outpatient pharmacies for those patients suffering from opioid use disorder. This year, with other thought leaders in the state, he has been developing some best practices for our emergency departments to improve the care and health of our communities’ opioid use disorder patients. This is in response to recently passed legislation directing hospitals to do more for this patient population.

Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, has announced that Guenther Koehne, M.D., Ph.D. – currently one of the leading physicians in the Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation Service in the Division of Hematologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City – will be its new chief of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Hematologic Oncology.

A physician-scientist, Dr. Koehne received his medical degree and Ph.D. from Medical University of Hamburg, Germany, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. He completed an additional internal medicine residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He did his medical oncology/hematology fellowship at MSKCC, and an additional research fellowship in the Immunology Program at the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation Service, where he also served as a research associate.

Palm Beach Children’s Surgical Specialists (a Tenet Florida Physician Services practice) welcomes Mark Kayton, M.D., a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon with over a decade of practice experience. Dr. Kayton is on staff at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Dr. Kayton graduated medical school from Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and performed his residency and internship in general surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He has extensive fellowship training having completed fellowships in pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, and in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. 

“Great attention to detail, ensures safe delivery of anesthesia, always kind and thoughtful, and greatly respected by his colleagues.” These are just some of the words colleagues use to describe Dr. David West who was awarded with the Physician of the Quarter at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Dr. West is an anesthesiologist at the hospital and was nominated by several employees who described his ability to educate others in the OR about the process, technique and particular way of delivering anesthetics. One employee said of Dr. West, “Dr. West is always pleasant and easy to approach. Many of us appreciate a day to work with Dr. West for many reasons.”

Lee Physician Group is proud to welcome Renee Sarra, A.P., D.O.M., Florida Licensed Acupuncture Physician, Licensed Therapeutic Massage Therapist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Sarra joins Heather Auld, M.D., Integrative Medicine Physician, and Teresa Spano, Naturopathic Consultant, in the Lee Physician Group Integrative Medicine practice in Bonita Springs.
Sarra is recognized as a dual Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She completed the advanced study program in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu TCM University of China; and completed a residency at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Sarasota, Fla. and an internship at New College of Sarasota. Prior to earning her bachelor and master degrees from the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Sarra earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. She also attended Suncoast School of Massage where she earned her license in massage therapy.

HeartWell, LLP, South Florida’s premier cardiology group, announced that it has added three new physicians to the growing practice. Roberto Arce, MD, Paula A. Montana De La Cadena, MD and Ashok Mittal, MD join HeartWell at the Galloway location. 

Dr. Arce has tremendous experience and a significant reputation in South Florida, where he has been practicing for 35 years. He is an established clinical cardiologist with a focus on cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his both his internship and residency at Jackson Health System.
Dr. Montana De La Cadena comes to HeartWell from Texas where she was an assistant clinical professor of Medicine at the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She will be developing a new program focusing on women’s heart issues to answer the need for a focused practice directed at this population. She completed her cardiovascular disease fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center and her internship and residency in internal medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. She earned her MD at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Columbia.
Dr. Mittal brings valuable experience he gained at the Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland where he was a fellow in the Division of Vascular Medicine, with Level III training in vascular medicine. He is also skilled in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology and earned his Level II training in these areas at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He earned his medical degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi, India and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular cardiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. 

Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Mitchell Goldstein, D.O., a primary care physician, with nearly four decades of experience providing quality patient care, has opened a family practice with TFPS in Boca Raton. Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Goldstein practiced medicine across South Florida, including in Dania Beach and most recently in Boca Raton. During his dedicated career in medicine, he owned a private practice and worked in a group practice located in Boca Raton. Dr. Goldstein specializes in geriatric care and family medicine. Dr. Goldstein is certified in family practice/OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment, hands-on care) by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Dr. Goldstein is on staff at West Boca Medical Center.


Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Muneer Hassan, M.D., a vascular neurologist and neurohospitalist, has opened an office with the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute (PBNI). Dr. Hassan specializes in the treatment of stroke, neurocritical care, intracranial monitoring and general neurology. He is on-staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Dr. Hassan graduated medical school from the American University of the Caribbean in Netherlands, Antilles, and completed a neurology residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. He has extensive fellowship training in vascular neurology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.

Lee Health recently welcomed four new physicians to fill the roles of acute care medical officer (ACMO) at each of its hospitals.

Cape Coral Hospital welcomes Harry Alberti, M.D., MBA, ACMO. Prior to joining Lee Health, Dr. Alberti served as the chief medical officer and vice president for pharmacy, lab and environmental services at Thompson Peak Medical Center in Phoenix.
Gulf Coast Medical Center welcomes Jonathan Velez, M.D., ACMO. Dr. Velez previously served as vice president of medical affairs for Hartford HealthCare Corporation Central Region in Hartford, CT.
HealthPark Medical Center welcomes Eric 

Appelgren, M.D., MBA, ACMO. Prior to joining Lee Health, Dr. Appelgren served as vice president of operations and clinical services for Saint Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis.
Lee Memorial Hospital welcomes Scott Wolf, D.O., MPH, ACMO. Dr. Wolf previously served as president of Mercy Medical Center/Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, MA. 
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