South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday December 10, 2019

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February 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 8




The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law in December 2017. Some portions of the Act took effect commencing January 1, 2018. Others, such as changes to how the federal government allows alimony to be treated, took effect on January 1, 2019.

They are called “shock losses” but industry experts are no longer shocked, but rather in a state that I would best describe as numb. Juries around the country are awarding mind blowing amounts to patients suing their doctors in medical malpractice cases. Lawsuits that end in awards over $10,000,000 against doctors are becoming normal in America now.

Understanding the landscape of cybersecurity threats and ways to mitigate those threats can seem daunting. New threats are emerging all the time, as bad actors seek to gain access to the valuable data collected and stored by healthcare organizations, including health systems and hospitals. 

Edward Savage, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon from Cleveland Clinic Florida, has joined Cleveland Clinic Martin Health as medical director of cardiovascular surgical services. Working closely with cardiologists and cardiac surgeons within the Frances Langford Heart Center at Martin Health, Dr. Savage is developing programs to optimize quality and patient-centered care, improve safety and outcomes, and increase innovation. 

Dr. Seyed-Mojtaba Gashti is a vascular surgeon on the medical staff at West Boca Medical Center. Dr. Gashti is a board certified, fellowship trained Vascular and Endovascular surgeon. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases and performs the latest endovascular procedures, including carotid artery angioplasty and stenting, 

Dr. Elliot Pearson is a pediatric cardiologist on staff at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He has a special interest in advanced techniques in non-invasive cardiac imaging by ultrasound. Dr. Pearson’s clinical interests include perinatal cardiology (fetal echocardiography), chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity, and mixed connective tissue disease. 

Dr. Erik Beyer, cardiothoracic surgeon, recently joined the medical staff at Florida Medical Center and plays a crucial role in expanding the hospital’s minimally invasive cardiac surgery program. He has been practicing cardiac surgery for more than 20 years. 

Roger Carrillo, M.D., is a cardiothoracic surgeon with Palmetto General Hospital. He specializes in laser extraction of pacemaker and defibrillator complications, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and atrial fibrillation treatments. Dr. Carrillo is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Ida Mazza is a cardiologist on staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Dr. Mazza specializes in non-invasive cardiovascular medicine including the management of complex cardiovascular conditions, preventive cardiology and non-invasive cardiac testing. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Eric Berkowitz is a cardiac electrophysiologist on staff at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Berkowitz is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, echocardiography, and cardiac electrophysiology. He comes to Delray Medical Center after completing a two-year fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at Yale University/Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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