South Florida Hospital News
Thursday January 23, 2020

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January 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 7




Medical oncologist Sarah Joseph, M.D., has joined Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida, the state’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. Dr. Joseph will primarily be a hospital-based hematologist-oncologist. She will see new patient consultations and manage the day-to-day care of patients requiring hospitalization.

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Joseph earned her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Experimental Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She completed a residency in internal medicine at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg, PA. Her post-doctoral training also included a fellowship divided between Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA and McGill University. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and a member of the American College of Physicians.

The only fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in Palm Beach County, Jessica L. Buicko, M.D., has joined Bethesda Health Physician Group. Dr. Buicko treats a range of disorders impacting the body's endocrine system through open and minimally invasive surgery of the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Dr. Buicko earned an undergraduate degree in biology and participated as a scholar-athlete on the nationally ranked women’s lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins University. She went on to earn her medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, graduating with distinction as part of the Alpha Omega Alpha and Iron Arrow Honor Societies. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Miami program at JFK Medical Center in Palm Beach County, where she served as chief resident and was named Resident of the Year. She then completed a fellowship in advanced endocrine and metabolic surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She also received advanced training in breast surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery, including both robotic and laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Buicko is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. She has faculty appointments at both Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami. 

West Boca Medical Center welcomes Cory Harow, M.D., FACEP, as the new medical director of the emergency department. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Harow joined the West Boca Medical Staff in November 2017, and with 20 years of experience, he is well prepared to step into this leadership role.

Prior to his time at West Boca Medical Center, Dr. Harow served as the emergency medical director at Lakeside Medical Center, in Belle Glade, FL. He also was the Assistant Medical Director at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.  
Dr. Harow earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York, New York. He then received his medical degree from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. Dr. Harow completed his residency at the University of Chicago in emergency medicine and was also a faculty member and teaching assistant at the University of Illinois.

Family medicine physician Andria Rodriguez, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group. Dr. Rodriguez specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health issues, including simple and complex health conditions, chronic disease management, minor emergencies and the coordination of specialty care. She also focuses on wellness and prevention to help patients prevent disease, decrease disability and maintain good health.

Dr. Rodriguez received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed a family medicine residency with St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Program in Alabama, where she served as chief resident and recruiting coordinator. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Barry University and research certifications from the National Institutes of Health and the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative. Prior to joining Baptist Health, she was an attending physician in the community. She is Board-certified in family medicine and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Ana Cecilia Belzarena, M.D., a fellowship-trained oncology orthopedic surgeon and pediatric orthopedic surgeon, is bringing her talents to Miami Cancer Institute and to Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Belzarena earned her medical degree at the University of the Republic, College of Medicine in Montevideo, Uruguay and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Santa Casa of Sao Paulo Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She then completed two orthopedic oncology fellowships at the following highly respected institutions: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, as well as a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes orthopaedic surgeon Clay Greeson, M.D.

Dr. Greeson earned a doctorate of medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Cleveland Clinic, OH, and a sports medicine fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. During his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Greeson completed an orthopaedic research fellowship and worked on patient-specific joint replacement and rotator cuff repair.
Dr. Greeson most recently treated patients at Centura Health in Garden City, Kansas, as the Director of Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He mentored a robust team of 10 certified athletic trainers who canvassed the western part of the state providing care for more than 20 high schools and three colleges. He also served as a surgical site mentor for the Witchita State University Physician Assistant Program.

Jupiter Medical Center announced that President and CEO Dr. Amit Rastogi has been selected as a 2019 Power Leader in Health Care by the South Florida Business Journal.

“I am humbled to have been selected for this recognition,” said Dr. Amit Rastogi. “This honor is a reflection of my dedication to providing the highest level of patient care in the region. As a physician and healthcare executive, I look forward to leading our teams to help Jupiter Medical Center continue to provide world-class, patient-centered healthcare.”
Dr. Rastogi joined Jupiter Medical Center in 2019 and brings more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare executive and a practicing, board-certified internal medicine physician. With a reputation for innovation, Rastogi launched one of the first advance payment accountable care organizations in the country, implemented one of the first outpatient High Reliability programs in the nation at Yale New Haven Health in order to improve patient safety in the ambulatory setting, and hosted the largest, single-night, nonprofit fundraiser in the metro D.C. region, raising $26.3 million for the regional cancer center. In his current role, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the Jupiter Medical Center’s expanding clinical programs, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies.
Dr. Rastogi earned his master’s degree in healthcare management from Harvard University, and is a recognized healthcare and executive leader who has quickly instituted numerous clinical initiatives at Jupiter Medical Center.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recently awarded Virginia Groover as its Volunteer of the Year for 2019.

Groover has been a volunteering at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center for 22 years as a scheduler in the surgical waiting room. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the hospital, where she serves as recording secretary. 

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce honored Holy Cross Hospital nurse and Pompano Beach resident Kristen Schroeder-Brown with the Excellence in Healthcare Award in Nursing during the annual Perspectives on Florida's Healthcare Conference.

Schroeder-Brown, RN, CDE, CHES, who is the program coordinator for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, Department of Community Health & Well-Being at Holy Cross, launched the non-profit hospital’s National Diabetes Prevention Program in 2017. The program has already received full recognition status by the Centers of Disease Control.
A certified diabetic educator, Schroeder-Brown values prevention and the need for community-level action. In addition to in-person classes, Schroeder-Brown and her team launched Holy Cross Hospital’s My Body My Health, a virtual platform providing the National Diabetes Prevention Program that gives participants free, convenient access anytime, anywhere via computer, tablet or smart phone. Schroeder-Brown and the lifestyle coaches are active in the community teaching about the risks associated with prediabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. She also has been published in several articles on those topics. 

West Kendall Baptist Hospital has received a Community Benefit Achievement award from the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) for its efforts to improve the health of the community. The honor recognized West Kendall Baptist Hospital in the 150-beds and under division. The award highlighted the Healthy Hub, where more than 25,000 free health screenings have been performed since opening in the hospital lobby in 2015.

The Healthy Hub is a one-stop health kiosk that provides screenings such as blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat and weight. Aiming to improve overall fitness and balance ― and decrease the risk of falls ― TRX MAPS was added last year. It measures mobility, muscle activation, posture and symmetry as participants do three squats and then provides results and suggested exercises to target problem areas.
A dedicated registered nurse is on site to provide education and motivate participants to improve their health and return for reassessment. She also gives them “green” prescriptions to encourage them to visit local parks and green spaces. If they do not have a primary care physician or need a specialist, they are referred to one. On occasion, participants are whisked to the emergency room if results indicate a potentially dangerous problem.
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