Florida Cancer Specialists’ Physician Named FLASCO President

Dr. Michael Diaz Assumes Leadership of Statewide Cancer Advocacy Organization
April 13, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Michael Diaz, MD, who serves on the FCS Executive Board, has been named President of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) at the organization’s Spring Conference and Annual Meeting, held last week in Orlando, FL. Known as the “Voice of Oncology in Florida,” FLASCO is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 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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Inverness South Office Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Tour of New Facility
Among those in attendance at the Inverness South Ribbon Cutting (left to right): Jeff Rubin – Senior Director of Operations; Shelly Glenn – Chief Marketing & Sales Officer; Julie Anning – Physician Liaison; Servillano E. Dela Cruz, Jr. – Medical Oncologist ; William V. Harrer, III – Medical Oncologist ; Anthony Klement – Medical Assistant; Stephanie Alawee – Registered Nurse; Jennifer Petellat – Patient Services Specialist; Jaimee Gordon – Patient Services Specialist; Darlana Martin – Financial Counselor; Christine Soldo – Registered Nurse; Chris Hightower – Office Manager; Karen Genzardi – Head Nurse; Sherree Scriven – Patient Services Specialist; Tiffany Anthony – Medical Assistant.

Inverness South Office Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Tour of New Facility

April 8, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists physicians and staff welcomed community leaders and patients to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Inverness South office on April 8, 2015. The event celebrated the second Florida Cancer Specialists location in Inverness, FL, which provides added convenience for patients in Citrus County.
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Construction begins on new $10M cancer facility in Gainesville
Proposed rendering of the new Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute in Gainesville, located adjacent to the North Florida Regional Medical Center. Florida Cancer Specialists physicians pictured (from left to right): Manuel de la Puerta, MD - Medical Oncologist; Peter Acs, MD, PhD - Medical Oncologist; Laura C. Dickerson, MD - Medical Oncologist; Lucio Gordan, MD - Medical Oncologist; Andres Bhatia, MD - Medical Oncologist.

Construction begins on new $10M cancer facility in Gainesville

Florida Cancer Specialists Announces State-of-the-Art Facility Will Be Located Adjacent to North Florida Regional Cancer Center
March 18, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute launched a new $10 million construction project during an official Groundbreaking Ceremony in Gainesville today. The new, 25,000-square-foot facility will offer patients added convenience and access to a broad range of cancer services. According to Florida Cancer Specialists’ CEO, Brad Prechtl, the new center will house the clinical practice and research operations in Gainesville under one roof in a building connected to the North Florida Regional Cancer Center. The new facility will replace FCS’s current 13,000-square-foot building in Gainesville, where they have practiced since 2011. FCS will be in full operation at its current location – 1147 NW 64th Terrace – during the construction. Physicians practicing at the Gainesville location include: Peter Acs, MD, PhD; Andres Bhatia, MD; Manuel de la Puerta, MD, Laura C. Dickerson, MD; and Lucio Gordan, MD.
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Dr. Ernesto Bustinza-Linares Joins Florida Cancer Specialists

New Physician to Practice in Central Florida
March 19, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to welcome Ernesto Bustinza-Linares, MD to the practice. Dr. Bustinza-Linares has had training at MD Anderson and is seeing patients at the Deland, Lake Mary and Orange City office locations in Central Florida.
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Florida Cancer Specialists Welcomes Dr. Miguel Pelayo

Dr. Pelayo to See Patients in Sarasota County
March 18, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Miguel Pelayo, MD, has joined the practice. He began seeing patients at the Lakewood Ranch office on Monday, March 16, 2015.
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Florida Cancer Specialists Announces Nominees for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man/Woman of the Year

Florida Cancer Specialists Announces Nominees for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man/Woman of the Year

March 16, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Drs. Beth Byron, Todd Gersten, Anjan J. Patel and Physician Liaison Danielle Spears have been nominated by several local Florida chapters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as Man/Woman of the Year for 2015. After an intensive nominating and vetting process, these four outstanding community leaders accepted the challenge to engage in a spirited competition to raise funds for blood cancer research and earn the coveted title of “Man/Woman of the Year.”
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Washington Post Article Features Dr. Andy Lipman on Patient Empathy

March 9, 2015…… As an Oncology Fellow at Tufts - New England Medical Center in Boston, MA, Dr. Andy Lipman learned a simple yet powerful truth: Never answer a patient's feeling with a fact. It's a lesson he takes to heart everyday in his medical practice in Naples, FL, as a partner with Florida Cancer Specialists. Click Here to read the full article.
Congressman Richard Nugent and Mayor Kent Guinn Attend Ocala Ribbon Cutting
Among those in attendance at the Ocala location ribbon-cutting (left to right): Shelly Glenn, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer; Sandy Brooks, Physician Liaison; Mirna Cortez, Billing; Dr. Vipul Patel, Medical Oncologist; Paige Morris, RN-Nurse Specialist; Michelle Guess, ARNP; Bradley Prechtl, Chief Executive Officer; Peggy Hinman, RN-Head Nurse; Rachel Lefkowitz, Office Manager; Lisa Matos, MA; Dr. Patrick Acevedo, Medical Oncologist; Terri Ertley, Pharmacy Tech; Reina Goenaga, RN; Mary Cordier, PSS; Monica Peterkin, MA; Dr. Imad El-Jassous, Medical Oncologist; Jeff Rubin, Senior Regional Director; Max Gibbons, PSS.

Congressman Richard Nugent and Mayor Kent Guinn Attend Ocala Ribbon Cutting

February 26, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists physicians and staff welcomed Congressman Richard Nugent and Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn, as well as patients and their families, to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Ocala office on February 26, 2015. The event celebrated the expansion of the office to provide greater comfort and state-of-the-art services for patients in Marion County.
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Congressman Richard Nugent and Mayor Kent Guinn Attend Ocala Ribbon Cutting
Among those in attendance at the Hudson North location ribbon-cutting: Tom Lawhorn; Curt Conover; Gayle Glover, LPN; Shelly Glenn – Chief Marketing & Sales Officer; Lisa Hrenko; Shayne George; Gajanan Kulkarni, MD – Medical Oncologist; Ven Rodriguez – Financial Counselor; K. S. Kumar, MD – Medical Oncologist; Joni Corey, MA; Jack Mariano – Pasco County Commissioner; Ada Gauthier; Chip Wichmanowski; Jamie Mick; Ruth Mantell, RN; Kathy Jamison, RN; Kris Murray – Patient Service Specialist; Kathy Still – Lab; Lisa Spiller, LPN; Shannon Torreson-Douglas – Patient Service Specialist; Jeff Rubin – Senior Director of Operations; Cheryl Marshall – Patient Service Specialist; Christine McLaughlin – Patient Service Specialist.

Hudson North Office Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Tour of New Facility

February 25, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists physicians and staff welcomed local dignitaries and patients to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Hudson North office on February 25, 2015. The event celebrated the new location, which opened in January 2015 and provides greater comfort and state-of-the-art services for patients in Pasco County.
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Students Make Special Delivery to Tampa Cancer Center
Students from St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School deliver hand-knitted blankets to Florida Cancer Specialists patients.

Students Make Special Delivery to Tampa Cancer Center

February 24, 2015…… A group of students from St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School knitted lap blankets as a service project. Because many of them have family members battling cancer they wanted to donate the blankets to Florida Cancer Specialists. On February 20, 2015, eight students made a surprise visit to Tampa Cancer Center to the delight of our patients and staff.
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Clermont Office Welcomes Local Dignitaries at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Among those in attendance at the Clermont location ribbon-cutting (left to right): Shelly Glenn - Chief Marketing & Sales Officer; Olga Maderas, LPN; Melissa Muniz - Medical Assistant; Paola Elao - Financial Counselor; Cheri Gilreath - Patient Service Specialist Team Lead; Ahmed Al-Hazzouri, MD - Medical Oncologist; Vasundhara Iyengar, MD - Medical Oncologist; Meera Iyengar, MD - Medical Oncologist; Jessica Arbina - Patient Service Specialist; Danielle Spears - Physician Liaison; Annie Pigue - Senior Office Manager; Donna Milam - Head Nurse; Sara Jones - Customer Experience Manager.

Clermont Office Welcomes Local Dignitaries at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

February 20, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists' physicians and staff held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the Clermont office on February 18, to celebrate the new location, which opened in November 2014. The Clermont office is one of four locations in Lake County, including Lady Lake, Leesburg and Tavares. Local dignitaries, supporters and patients attended the event and enjoyed a tour of the facility.
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Clinical Trial Program Expands to Palm Beach County

Patients Benefit from Greater Access to National Clinical Trials
February 10, 2015…… The Palm Beach County offices of Florida Cancer Specialists are expanding their clinical trials research program to now include trials offered through the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, one of the largest clinical trial organizations in the United States. As a strategic partner of Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Florida Cancer Specialists is able to offer its patients access to the most promising clinical trials being conducted.
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ABOUT FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALISTS

Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 170 physicians, 110 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and over 80 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.

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.

At Florida Cancer Specialists, our primary purpose – and our passion – is to provide the most advanced cancer treatment, using cutting-edge technologies, in a setting where patients can be close to home and surrounded by family and friends.

BECOMING A PATIENT


To become a Florida Cancer Specialist patient simply click on the city closest to you from the list below. Contact information will be listed for each office. Every office has Patient Service Specialists that will be happy to assist you.

Florida Cancer Specialists has office in the following cities:
Altamonte Springs | Apopka | Atlantis | Bonita Springs | Bradenton | Brandon | Brooksville | Cape Coral | Clearwater | Clermont | Crystal River | Daytona Beach | Deland | Englewood | Fort Myers | Gainesville | Hudson | Inverness | Lady Lake | Lake Mary | Lakewood Ranch | Land O' Lakes | Largo | Lecanto | Leesburg | Naples | New Port Richey | New Smyrna Beach | North Port | Ocala | Orange City | Orlando | Ormond Beach | Oviedo | Palm Beach Gardens | Palm Coast | Port Charlotte | Port Orange | Sarasota | Sebastian | Sebring | Spring Hill | St. Petersburg | Sun City Center | Tallahassee | Tampa | Tavares | The Villages | Venice | Vero Beach | Wellington | West Palm Beach | Zephyrhills

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