South Florida Hospital News
Monday December 9, 2019

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December 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 6



Orthopedic surgeon and researcher Lionel E. Lazaro, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group as part of Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Lazaro earned his medical degree at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine in Jalisco, Mexico and New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. His post-doctoral training includes a fellowship in orthopedic surgery research at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic (Cedar-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute) in Los Angeles, CA.

Lee Health board member and former board chairman Sanford “Sandy” Cohen, M.D., was named Florida Hospital Association’s (FHA) Trustee of the Year at their annual Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards. Dr. Cohen has served on the Lee Health Board of Directors since 2013 and served as chairman from 2014 to 2017.

FHA cited Dr. Cohen’s years of service within health care and education and his support of the construction of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami, as key factors in honoring him with this award. Dr. Cohen has increased transparency within Lee Health by pushing for better reporting of quality outcomes and has been instrumental in advancing physician-led teams such as the Physicians Leadership Council and the Clinical Collaboration Council.
Dr. Cohen earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1960. He served as Chair of the Pediatrics Department at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He also served as dean and the university’s provost before retiring as a professor. Dr. Cohen served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has an extensive history of community involvement in pediatric health care issues and research organizations.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes board-certified family medicine physician Tania Ziegler, M.D. Dr. Ziegler earned her doctorate of medicine from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Ohio, and is a member of the American Board of Family Physicians and American Academy of Family Physicians

At Emory College, Dr. Ziegler earned her bachelor's degree in Biology and Classical Civilizations and studied abroad in Greece. She has donated her time to numerous organizations and charities and volunteered as a 2nd lieutenant health officer for the Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.
During her residency, Dr. Ziegler participated in the Global Health program and contributed to the creation of a community-based health education program for women in Guatemala. Most recently, Dr. Ziegler served patients in Merritt Island, Brevard County, where she focused on preventative medicine and disease management of adults, adolescents and children age six and older.

General surgeon Wilmer Mata, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group. Dr. Mata treats a broad range of conditions that commonly require surgery, including appendicitis, hernias, gallbladder, stomach and intestinal issues. He has unique training and expertise in minimally invasive surgical procedures that result in reduced pain and faster recovery times for patients.

Dr. Mata earned his medical degree at Universidad de Carabobo School of Medicine in Valencia, Venezuela. He completed a residency in general surgery at St. Vincent Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN, where he served as chief resident. He also completed research and clinical fellowships in minimally invasive surgery at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami. Dr. Mata has conducted clinical research on robotic surgery techniques and published his findings in peer-reviewed medical journals.

The BocaCare® Physician Network has added neurologist Svetlana Faktorovich, M.D., to the medical staff of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She specializes in general neurology as well as neuromuscular medicine, diagnosing and treating a wide range of disorders affecting the peripheral nervous system.

Dr. Faktorovich is board certified in neurology. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University in New York and also received a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Faktorovich earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass. Her postgraduate training included a residency program in neurology and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology with a focus in neuromuscular medicine, both at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY.
Dr. Faktorovich is affiliated with the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and will see patients at 800 Meadows Road in Boca Raton.

Broward Health and the Broward Health Physician Group continue to expand the system’s employed medical practice. In recent weeks, experts in family medicine, bariatrics, trauma, pediatrics and psychiatry have joined the almost 200 other specialists who are already part of the Broward Health Physician Group.

In the past quarter, Broward Health Physician Group welcomed the following physicians:
Melissa Armas, D.O., Family Medicine
Coney Bae, M.D., Bariatrics
Edward Perez, M.D., Orthopedic Trauma
Bradley Roth, D.O., Orthopedic Trauma
Elizabeth Steinberg, M.D., Pediatrics
Scott Walker, M.D., Psychiatry

Family medicine physician Douglas Inciarte, M.D., has been named program director of the West Kendall Baptist Hospital – Florida International University Family Medicine Residency program.

Dr. Inciarte comes to Baptist Health South Florida from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he served as the family medicine clinic director and was associate professor of family medicine. A graduate of the medical school of Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, Dr. Inciarte completed a family medicine residency at UNMC, where he also served as chief resident. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in medical management from The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Since 2011, Dr. Inciarte served as the director for the UNMC College of Medicine’s clerkship program and has been a preceptor for medical students and nurse practitioners. He has been published in numerous medical journals and authored and served as editor of medical textbook chapters and sections. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

On Nov. 20, Broward Health celebrated the dedication of one of its valued team members during the monthly meeting of the North Broward Hospital District. Jon Guben, M.D., is board certified in diagnostic radiology and has been with healthcare system for 30 years.

He attended medical school at University of Dominica (Ross University), completed his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown and had a fellowship at University Hospital/Boston City Hospital.
During the presentation, Broward Health Medical Center leadership acknowledged that the healthcare The Broward Health team and greater community have been fortunate to benefit from Guben's expertise for three decades. Guben's connection to Broward Health actually goes back further than his start date. He was born at their largest hospital, now known as Broward Health Medical Center.

Christina Madera says she was using heroin and cocaine for 20 years before medication-assisted treatment set her on the road to recovery.The self-employed 35-year old from Delray Beach says thanks to her commitment to therapy, she has been sober for six months.Madera is the first patient at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ newest location, which serves patients with substance use disorders. The medical office officially opened its doors October 21 on the JFK Medical Center North Campus in Mangonia Park.

For the past two years, patients suffering from substance use disorders have been receiving medical treatment (including medication-assisted treatment), psychiatric care, behavioral health counseling and primary care services at the Brumback Clinics’ Lantana site.Psychiatrist Courtney Rowling, M.D., who is the Director of Behavioral Health for the Brumback Clinics, says the new site is larger with four exam rooms and will build on a successful outpatient model of care.
“We now have more community partnerships to help meet the need in our county for compassionate, integrated treatment for new patients with substance use disorders,” said Dr. Rowling.“Our goal is to help treat the whole patient and stop the cycle of repeat overdoses.”
Dr. Rowling says she is proud to be a part of a caring team of psychiatrists, primary care physicians, counselors specialized in treating addiction and other licensed professionals.Services include medication-assisted treatment (Buprenorphine, Naltrexone and Vivitrol), individual and group therapy, psychiatric services, individualized care coordination, pharmacy services and links to other health and social service resources.
“Our new site is ready to provide evidence-based care to patients at different stages of treatment, even if they are not sure that they are ready,” said Belma Andrić, M.D., MPH, Chief Medical Officer, VP and Executive Director of Clinical Services for the Health Care District. “Patients with substance use disorders, including opioid and alcohol addiction, are treated to a one-stop-shop approach to meet their health care needs in one setting. We hope they choose to make the Brumback Clinics their medical home.” 

Northwest Medical Center is excited to announce that it has expanded its Pediatric Emergency Room. 

Growing to meet the needs of the community, the Pediatric ER has expanded from a 5-bed pediatric area to a dedicated and secure 12-bed unit, providing special care to the pediatric population.  
Caring for 12,000 pediatric patients annually, this much needed expansion will allow Northwest Medical Center to serve even more of the communities’ tiniest patients.
“The expansion is much needed for our community and allows our patients to have pediatric care close to home,” said Ann Marie Font, M.D., Pediatric Medical Director at Northwest Medical Center.
Continuing to reinvest in the community, Northwest Medical Center has completed the expansion of its brand-new patient tower, offering Maternity and Medical/Surgical services and is looking forward to expanding its Level III NICU in 2020.
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