South Florida Hospital News
Sunday January 20, 2019

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January 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 7




North Shore Medical Center donated toys to the Miami Vets Center for this holiday season. The toys will be distributed among seventy three children. In addition, the medical staff bought Publix cards to help families in need. The Miami Vet Center is a non-profit that assists families of wounded soldiers. “Giving these toys to much needed families this holiday season was one of the things we wanted to do in order to support those in our community,” said Mark Racicot, Chief Executive Officer of North Shore Medical Center. “The donation of these toys is going to make area children happy, and that is what the holidays are all about.”

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recently celebrated its volunteers at its annual volunteer luncheon. The luncheon honored those who have dedicated more than 679,000 hours of hospital service since 1973. Among those who were recognized was Martha Duncan, who has been volunteering for 40 years. The hospital selected Duncan as its volunteer of the year. 


Two new doctors have joined the Holy Cross Medical Group.

Alexandre Sintow, M.D., joins Holy Cross Medical Group as a specialist in internal medicine and primary care. Prior to joining Holy Cross, Dr. Sintow served as a junior faculty member of internal medicine at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center while completing his internal medicine residency there. He received his medical degree from Ross University in Dominica and his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and microbiology.
Alan J. Yesner, M.D., FACP, is a board-certified internal medicine and primary care specialist who joins the Holy Cross Medical Group from the University of Miami Medical Group, Affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital since 1982, Dr. Yesner previously served as medical director of the Holy Cross Home Health Agency, and currently serves on the hospital’s medical staff medical executive committee, and medical staff peer review committee, for which he serves as chairman. Dr. Yesner received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, prior to completing his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. 

Dr. Thanh Duong-Wagner, a board-certified cardiologist with fellowship-training in both cardiovascular and vascular medicine, has opened a Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care (TFCC) office in West Palm Beach. Dr. Duong-Wagner is the newest member of the Tenet Florida Heart & Vascular Network.

Prior to joining TFCC, Dr. Duong-Wagner worked as a non-invasive adult cardiologist at Cardiology Consultants/ Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Duong-Wagner also served as medical director of the Echocardiography & Vascular Laboratory at Cardiology Consultants/ Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, FL. From 2003-2005, Dr. Duong-Wagner served as Cardiovascular Section Chief at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. In 2014, Dr. Duong-Wagner became the primary echocardiographer for the structural heart disease program at Baptist Health Care. Since 2015, Dr. Duong-Wagner served as Medical Director of the non-invasive section of the Heart & Vascular Institute at Baptist Health Care.
Eduardo Parra-Davila, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, a colorectal and general surgeon, has opened an office with Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS).
Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Para-Davila served as the Director of Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery and the Director of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction at Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Orlando, FL. Previously, he also served as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program at Boca Raton Community Hospital in Boca Raton and as the Chief of General Surgery at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami. Dr. Parra-Davila has worked as a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida, Florida State University and University of Miami.             

The physicians at Palmetto General Hospital enjoyed a special lunch and dessert spread as a thank you for their tireless work and dedication that they have shown to their patients. Palmetto General Hospital paid tribute to its dedicated physicians on Cuban Doctors’ Day which commemorates the birthday of Carlos Finlay, a Cuban physician and scientist recognized as a pioneer in yellow fever research.


Sports medicine physician Leonardo Oliveira, M.D., F.A.C.P., has joined Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Oliveira will be based at the organization’s Coral Springs Family Health Center, a recently opened 73,000 square-foot facility as well as the main campus in Weston, FL. He will co-lead the Sports Medicine Department alongside Farah Tejpar, M.D.

Before joining Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Oliveira was a sports medicine physician with University of Chicago Medicine, where he also served as an assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine. He was a team physician for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and Concordia University Chicago, as well as Bremen and Hillcrest High Schools.
Originally from Brazil, Dr. Oliveira earned his medical degree from Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. He completed an internal medicine residency and primary care sports medicine fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS) recently installed Marc Hirsh, M.D., FACP, as the President. The 2018 Palm Beach County Medical Society President Brandon Luskin, M.D., passed the gavel to Dr. Marc Hirsh, who will serve during a very special year — the 100-year Centennial of the Palm Beach County Medical Society.

As a nationally recognized musculoskeletal ultrasound instructor, Dr. Marc Hirsh, of The Hirsh Center in Delray Beach, is a leader in the field of rheumatology. As the Palm Beach County Arthritis Foundation’s Medical Honoree, Dr. Hirsh is devoted to raising local awareness about arthritis. He volunteers his time toward fighting arthritis and finding a cure for the nation’s number one cause of disability.
Dr. Hirsh graduated Phi Beta Kappa with his Bachelor of Science degree and his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. After an internship at Northwestern University in Chicago, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami. He served on the faculty for one year as chief resident before completing his subspecialty training in rheumatology at the University of Miami.

Board-certified neurologist Dr. James Goldenberg has joined the Atlantic Coast Health Network (ACHN) as medical director.

Dr. Goldenberg previously had a private neurology practice in Palm Beach County. He has more than 25 years of clinical experience.
In addition to serving as ACHN’s new medical director, Dr. Goldenberg also is an affiliated assistant professor of neurology at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.
He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and his medical degree from the University of South Florida. His neurology training and fellowship in neuromuscular disease were completed at the University of Miami.

Palmetto General Hospital proudly honors Dr. Hans Rutzen, cardiac electrophysiology, as the hospital’s Physician of the Month for November 2018. Dr. Rutzen was nominated because his colleagues describe him as highly engaged, and he is beloved by both staff and patients. Dr. Rutzen is being recognized for his outstanding service, commitment and dedication to caring for patients and the hospital staff.




Cleveland Clinic has announced a new regional leadership structure in Florida.

The current CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida, Wael Barsoum, M.D., will serve as the CEO and president of the Cleveland Clinic Florida region. Dr. Barsoum completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic in 2000 and re-joined the staff after his fellowship in 2001 in Naples. He then returned to Cleveland in 2003 as a member of the Orthopaedic Surgery staff.
As a part of this new Cleveland Clinic Florida structure, under Dr. Barsoum’s leadership, the following positions have been developed.
Joseph Iannotti, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute for nearly two decades, has been named Chief of Staff for the Cleveland Clinic region in Florida. Dr. Iannotti joined Cleveland Clinic in 2000. In addition to his clinical practice as an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Iannotti has been the co-director of the Orthopaedic Research Center, with a joint appointment in the department of biomedical engineering.
Rodolfo J. Blandon, M.D., who has been serving as Chief of Staff in Weston, has accepted the new role of president of Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston. Dr. Blandon has been a member of the Cleveland Clinic Florida staff since 2001.
Gregory Rosencrance, M.D., currently chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Medicine Institute, will return to Florida to serve as president of Indian River Medical Center (IRMC). Dr. Rosencrance joined the staff at Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2014, moving to Cleveland in 2016 as chairman of the Medicine Institute.
Robert L. Lord, Jr. will continue in his role as president of Martin Health System. In November 2015, Lord was named the president of Martin Health after previously having served as its chief operating officer, senior vice president responsible for system facility management, and chief legal officer. He joined Martin Health in 1998. 
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