Dr. David Molthrop Named "Outstanding Teacher" by Florida Hospital’s Residency Program

The Internal Medicine Residency Program of the Central Florida Division of Florida Hospital has named Dr. David Molthrop as one of its Outstanding Teachers of the Year. Dr. Molthrop, who practices in the Orlando Orange and Winter Park locations of Florida Cancer Specialists, received the award at the 2016 Residency Graduation ceremonies, held Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Orlando”

Dr. Hugo Davila Joins Florida Healthcare Specialists

Urologist to Practice in Sebastian and Vero Beach, FL Locations

Hugo Davila, MD

Fort Myers, FL – June 20, 2016……… Florida Healthcare Specialists (FHS), an affiliated practice of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), announced that urologist Dr. Hugo Davila is joining the practice, effective June 20, 2016. Beginning that date, Dr. Davila will see patients at his Sebastian office, located at 1627 US Hwy. 1, Suite 201, Sebastian, FL 32958; in July, he will add a second practice location in Vero Beach (3730 7th Terrace, Vero Beach, FL 32960).

Dr. Davila said, “I am very pleased to join Florida Healthcare Specialists. This affiliation with Florida Cancer Specialists will translate into additional high quality services and treatments for my patients, as well as the opportunity for me to collaborate with a phenomenal physician network. FHS and FCS are setting a benchmark for community-based healthcare and I am proud to be associated with this outstanding organization.”
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gainesvile opening
gainesville opening
Dr. Lucio Gordan welcomes the Patient Advisory Group members to the new Gainesville Cancer Center.
Touring the infusion room, which is light, comfortable and more than double the size of the previous facility.

New $10 Million Gainesville Cancer Center Delivers Comprehensive Care in Community Setting

Florida Cancer Specialists & The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Healthcare Partner to Provide Broad Range of Services Under One Roof

Gainesville, FL – June 13, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the largest independent hematology/medical oncology practice in the United States, announced the opening of its new location, the Gainesville Cancer Center, 6420 West Newberry Road – East Wing, Suite 100. The new state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer facility, which more than doubles the size of the previous FCS office, is an expansion of The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Healthcare (NFRH) and brings medical oncology services under the same roof as radiation oncology, as well as ancillary services, such as patient navigation, acupuncture and support groups.
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Florida Cancer Specialists’ Research Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Annual Meeting

Clinical Trial Research at FCS in 26 Presentations, Including 19 from Phase 1 Clinical Trials Program

Manish Patel, MD
Medical Oncologist

Fort Myers, FL – June 6, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) announced that there were a record 26 presentations co-authored by FCS physicians that were presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, held in Chicago, IL, June 3 – 7, 2016. The ASCO annual meeting is the largest gathering of oncologists in the world. This year’s theme is “Collective Wisdom: The Future of Patient-Centered Care and Research” and the meeting featured an address by Vice-President Joe Biden on the “Cancer Moonshot Initiative,” which was outlined in President Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress in January.

19 of the FCS co-authored presentations were from research done through the FCS Phase 1 Drug Development Unit (DDU) in Sarasota, FL, led by Dr. Manish Patel, Director of Drug Development Sarasota, and Dr. Judy Wang. Dr. Patel said, “A high percentage of the presentations from the DDU trials included early and senior authorships. It is particularly gratifying that the DDU has contributed so much to the body of knowledge about new cancer treatments. Our strong relationship with Sarah Cannon Research Institute is pivotal to this success.”
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Medical Physicist Charles Able to Present Research to American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Florida Cancer Specialists’ Physics Team’s Research Chosen for National Meeting

Charles Able, M.S., DABR
Director of Physics

Hudson, FL – May 24, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) announced today that the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has selected several research initiatives authored by FCS Physics Team lead by Director of Physics Charles Able, M.S., DABR. Mr. Able has been selected for an oral presentation at the AAPM 58th Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, D.C. July 31 – August 4, 2016. In addition, other team members will present two posters. The annual meeting will bring together more than 11,000 radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiation therapists and other professionals from around the world to discuss this year’s theme, "Technology Meets Patient Care".

“We are extremely honored to have two posters and an oral presentation at this year's annual AAPM meeting,” said Able. There are limited invitations for oral presentations; therefore, the opportunity speak is notable. “This is a validation of the dedication our physics team has to innovative thinking regarding our patients' care. We are always striving to do better for our patients."
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Three Florida Cancer Specialists’ Physicians Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man/Woman of the Year

Nation’s Largest Independent Medical Oncology/Hematology Practice Lends Support to Blood Cancer Research

FCS Physicians  Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man/Woman of the Year
(On the left) Dr. Meera Iyengar and Dr. Vipul Patel are thrilled at winning the titles of Woman/Man of the Year for the Central FL chapter of LLS. (On the right) FCS Physician Liaison Monica Clark, who also served as Campaign Manager, congratulates Dr. Julia Cogburn on being named Woman of the Year by the Suncoast chapter of LLS.

Tampa, FL and Orlando, FL – May 18, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Julia Cogburn, Dr. Vipul Patel and Dr. Meera Iyengar have all been named as Man/Woman of the Year 2016 by two regional Florida chapters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). After a spirited fundraising campaign, these outstanding physicians and community leaders soared in the competition to raise funds for blood cancer research and earn the coveted title of “Man/Woman of the Year.” Together, the FCS doctors raised over $308,000 for LLS!
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Dr. Lucio Gordan Accepts Term on Editorial Board of Journal of Clinical Oncology - Clinical Cancer Informatics

Florida Cancer Specialists’ Gainesville Physician Lends Expertise to Leading Oncology Publication

Lucio Gordan, MD
Medical Oncologist

Gainesville, FL – May 17, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lucio Gordan, who practices at the Gainesville Cancer Center of FCS, has accepted a new term on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI). The Journal of Clinical Oncology, published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), is a global journal for disseminating significant clinical oncology research. According to ASCO, the new JCO CCI is an “online-only journal publishing high quality studies representing actionable knowledge, clinical and are delivery research validations and new research hypotheses, based on the growing knowledge base represented by EHR (Electronic Health Records), registry, and clinical trials data to genomics databases.”
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Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Collaborates with Patient Power To Deliver Enhanced Patient Education Team

Florida Cancer Specialists Announces Advancement of Three Senior Leaders

Seattle, WA and Orlando, FL – May 13, 2016……… Patient Power has established a new alliance with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) – the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States.

“We believe Patient Power’s proven expertise in educating patients about cutting-edge cancer treatments will help advance our shared mission of arming cancer patients with information that can help them access world-class cancer care,” says FCS CEO Brad Prechtl. “As a leader in providing clear, credible and current digital content, Patient Power is bridging the knowledge gap between patients and health care providers and taking a patient-centered approach that will help and support the patients we serve.”
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Time To Remember FUNraiser - May 2016
On the left: Time to Remember Event Chair Patty Baker and her husband Jay with special guest entertainer Martha Reeves. On the right: Founding Signature Event Chair Jackie Bearse and Patty Baker.

Time to Remember FUNraiser proceeds top $1.2 million for Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Naples, FL – May 9, 2016……… As promised, the 500 guests of Time to Remember enjoyed a magical, Motown-inspired evening of fabulous entertainment, dining and dancing, all while raising funds to assist cancer patients who are financially in need. By night’s end, donations from sponsors, donors and guests generated $1.2 million, which will go toward assisting individuals undergoing cancer treatment who may be unable to work and are struggling to make ends meet.
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Appreciation Dinner at New Port Richey
Appreciation Dinner at New Port Richey
Appreciation Dinner at New Port Richey
From left to right: Dr. Mamta Choksi and her patient Jacqueline Koivu
From left to right: Riya Choksi, Physician Liaison JoLynn Wright, patient Toni Zumstein, Tampa Bay Buccaneers player William Gholston, Robert Wright, Shruti Patel, Nicole Kindel, Olivia Maynard, Krisha Choksi.
From left to right: Dr. David Wenk, Dr. Arthur Matzkowitz, Dr. Joseph Sennabaum

Florida Cancer Specialists Physicians and Staff Host Annual Patient Appreciation Dinner at New Port Richey

New Port Richey, FL - April 21, 2016…… Over 500 patients and their families along with 50 staff members attended the Patient Appreciation Barbecue dinner on April 21, 2016 at the New Port Richey office of Florida Cancer Specialists. Hudson, Hudson North, New Port Richey and New Port Richey West Physicians put on their chef hats and joined other FCS staffers in serving lots of great food. The fun evening event also featured live music, goody bags with sunscreen, lip balm, kettle corn and T-shirts, raffles, autographs and pictures with Buccaneer defensive end player, William Gholston.
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Florida Cancer Specialists’ Physician Named FLASCO President for Second Term

Dr. Michael Diaz Continues Leadership of Statewide Cancer Advocacy Organization

Michael Diaz, MD
Medical Oncologist

Orlando, FL – April 25, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce Michael Diaz, MD, who serves on the FCS Executive Board, has been named President of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) for a second consecutive term. The announcement was made during the organization’s Spring Conference and Annual Meeting, held April 8-9 in Orlando, FL. Known as the “Voice of Oncology in Florida,” FLASCO is regarded as one of the top state societies nationally and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to facilitating and promoting multidisciplinary efforts to improve patient care in Florida. FLASCO also promotes excellence in care of patients afflicted with cancer and hematologic disorders and leads efforts to respond to policies and legislation that threaten to compromise patient access to quality cancer care.
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COA Conference April 2016

Florida Cancer Specialists Has Significant Impact at 2016 Community Oncology Alliance National Conference

Orlando, FL - April 16, 2016…… Several Florida Cancer Specialists’ Executive Board members, Executive Management, Senior Management and staff members were in attendance and speaking at the 2016 Community Oncology Alliance’s national conference, held in Orlando April 14 and 15, 2016. FCS had a significant presence and impact at the 1000 attendee conference, which offered clinical, business and advocacy tracks.

American Cancer Society - Pass the Buck

Sarah Cevallos Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Florida Society of Clinical Oncology Recognizes FCS Chief Revenue Cycle Officer

Orlando, FL - April 8, 2016…… Sarah Cevallos, Chief Revenue Cycle Officer for FCS, recently received the “Distinguished Service Award” from FLASCO (Florida Society of Clinical Oncology), based on her continued support of facilitating resolution of reimbursement issues with FLASCO for oncologists in Florida.

Florida Cancer Specialists Joins Initiative To Stop Medicare Experiment on Cancer Drugs

Nation’s Largest Independent Oncology/Hematology Practice Opposes CMS Initiative to Test Alternative Reimbursement Plans

Fort Myers, FL - April 4, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the largest independent community oncology/hematology practice in the United States, is joining other stakeholders from across the healthcare continuum in raising red flags about a proposed plan by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to “experiment” with alternative reimbursement plans for medications covered under Medicare Part B. If implemented, the CMS proposal could change the way cancer patients receive treatment and restrict patient access to the newest, most advanced cancer treatments. Led by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a coalition of over 300 cancer organizations and other healthcare and advocacy groups has signed on to a letter to leaders in Congress urging them to stop CMS from instituting its plan.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "This so-called ‘experiment’ was ill-conceived and did not seek any input from the oncology community. It certainly is not in the best interest of our patients and, if implemented, could cause a shift away from community-based cancer care, where close to 70% of U.S. cancer patients are treated, and force patients to leave their doctor to seek treatment in a hospital setting, which will not only cost more for the patient, but also be more expensive for CMS, as well.”
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Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes Dr. Rasha Beg

Nation’s Largest Independent Hematology/Oncology Practice Adds Hospitalist in
Volusia County

Rasha Beg, MD

Orange City, FL - April 1, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce Rasha Beg, MD, has joined the practice as a hospitalist and will be seeing FCS patients who require hospitalization at any of three hospital locations. Dr. Beg will have privileges at Florida Hospital Deland, Central Florida Regional Sanford and at Fish Memorial in Orange City, FL.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "Dr. Beg will bring an added dimension to our practice locations in Volusia County, focusing on bridging the continuum of care we offer for our patients who must be hospitalized. We are happy to have her join the FCS family.”
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About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute:

Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 180 physicians, 150 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and over 90 locations in our network, we are committed to providing world-class cancer care in community-based settings close to home.

Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida. 70% of new cancer drugs approved in 2015 for use in the U.S. were studied in clinical trials conducted with FCS participation*. Our physicians are consistently ranked nationally as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report. Trained in such prestigious medical schools and research institutes as Duke, Stanford, Harvard, Emory, M.D. Anderson, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists provide leadership and consultation in the state's leading hospitals.

FCS serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, and on the East Coast in Daytona/Palm Coast, Vero Beach/Sebastian and in Palm Beach County.

Florida Cancer Specialists has built a national reputation for excellence that is reflected in exceptional and compassionate patient care, driven by innovative clinical research and cutting-edge technologies that help advance targeted treatments and genetically-based immunotherapies, and embodied by our outstanding team of highly-trained and dedicated physicians, clinicians and staff.

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