William N. Harwin, M.D.
Since founding Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) in 1984, William N. Harwin, M.D. has guided the organization to become the largest independent oncology/hematology practice in the United States. An innovator and leader in the field of medical oncology/hematology, Dr. Harwin is a highly respected clinician and researcher, as well as medical administrator. He has a strong emotional connection to FCS and a never-ending drive to ensuring that the company is best in class in every aspect of oncology, as well as providing compassionate, state-of-the-art care with a focus on participation in clinical trials and physician education. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology, and is a former President of Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO). Each year for the past decade, Dr. Harwin has been named one of the top doctors in Southwest Florida by "Castle Connolly: America’s Top Doctors." Winners of this prestigious award are peer-nominated and then reviewed and chosen by a national, physician-led panel, ensuring the highest practice standards are achieved.
After receiving his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and his medical degree (M.D.) from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Harwin completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Miami. In 1997, Dr. Harwin performed the first peripheral stem cell transplant in Lee County for a woman with breast cancer. He is a noted lecturer and has published in leading medical journals, including the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology
. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Oncology Business Review
(OBR). In 2015, Dr. Harwin was named to the Physician Advisory Panel for Florida Blue (Blue Cross/Blue Shield), one of the largest health insurance companies in the state.
Dr. Harwin has served as a principal investigator in numerous clinical trials throughout his career; he has been the driving force in developing the Florida Cancer Specialists Phase 1 Clinical Trials Program, which has set a national benchmark for community oncology and rivals programs at many larger academic medical centers. FCS currently has two Drug Development Units (DDUs) in its network and Dr. Harwin consistently leads the practice in the accrual of patients for clinical trials.
Although he treats all forms of cancer, Dr. Harwin has a special interest in lymphomas, gastrointestinal cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer, having lost his first wife to the disease in 2006. His personal experience with cancer has given him a unique perspective, both as an oncologist and as a single father. In addition to his dynamic medical practice, Dr. Harwin is devoted to his four adult children, three grandchildren and his new bride, Cimbria, who he married in 2015.
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Stephen V. Orman, M.D. - Assistant Managing Partner; Director, Executive Board
Dr. Stephen Orman
has been caring for patients in the greater Venice Community for over 25 years. Dr. Orman received his BA in Biology from St. Louis University and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, TN. He completed his Internship and Residency training in Internal Medicine and fulfilled a research year in Immunology at the University of Tennessee. He received his Fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC. In 1985, he joined Venice Oncology Associates which later merged with Florida Cancer Specialists in 1998. During his career, Dr. Orman has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology, on the Board of Directors of Venice Hospital and Bon Secours Hospital in Venice, and as Chief of Staff of Venice Hospital. He has been the recipient of the “Hope Award” for the Wellness Community of Southwest Florida. Dr. Orman has participated as a sub-investigator in nearly 100 clinical research trials and has been published in Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics, Archives of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Stephen Orman serves as Assistant Managing Partner and a Member of the Board of Directors of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute. As Assistant Managing Partner, he provides leadership in the strategic growth and development of the organization. He has led several key initiatives pertaining to construction of a centralized Administration Building, practice expansion, and regional business development. In 2010, Dr. Orman initiated the formation of the Florida Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established by the physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute. In his spare time, Dr. Orman enjoys golfing, traveling, and all sports. He can often be found cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays or Buccaneers. He is married and the proud father of three young gentlemen.
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Michael Diaz, M.D., Director of Patient Advocacy; Director, Executive Board
Dr. Michael Diaz
joined Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) in 2011 and currently serves on the FCS Executive Board and as Director of Patient Advocacy for the practice. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors and as President for the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO). Dr. Diaz also provides leadership on the Board of Directors for Community Oncology Alliance (COA), serving on the Payment Reform Task Force working to champion Medical Oncology Health Care Reform. He is active on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Payment Reform Work Group and was recently appointed to ASCO's Clinical Practice Committee. Dr. Diaz donates many hours as an active Medical Missionary and has participated in numerous medical missions to Kingston, Jamaica.
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Lucio Gordan, M.D., Medical Director – Informatics; Director, Executive Board
Dr. Lucio Gordan
has been an investigator for numerous clinical trials, and has published in internationally recognized medical journals. Dr. Gordan is chairperson for Oncology Services at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He also serves on the Executive Board of FCS and as Medical Co-Director of Health Information Technology. Throughout his career, Dr. Gordan has received several grants and awards. In 2003, Dr. Gordan joined Gainesville Hematology Oncology Associates, prior to the practice merging with Florida Cancer Specialists in 2010. Dr. Gordan was awarded the 2013 Dr. Frist Award from North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Gordan is married and has one child. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, exercising, reading, kayaking and exploring nature.
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Lowell L. Hart, M.D., Scientific Director of Clinical Research, Director, Drug Development Program
As the Scientific Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Lowell Hart
oversees the extensive clinical trial and research program at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute. As a strategic research site for the largest community-based clinical trial organization in the nation, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute can offer our patients more access to clinical trials than any other oncology practice, hospital, or academic medical center program in the state of Florida. Dr. Hart graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University in New York City, and completed his Internship and Residency at the University of Miami Hospitals. His Fellowship in Hematology & Oncology was with Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, and he later served at Duke as an Attending Physician in the Breast Oncology Clinic. Dr. Hart joined Florida Cancer Specialists in 1989 and was named Research Director in 2003. He has served as a sub-investigator or principal investigator in well over 100 clinical trials, and has extensively published the results of his research. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Oncology & Biotech News. In 2010 and 2011, Dr. Hart was a guest participant at the International Breast Cancer Conference in Paris, France.
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James A. Reeves Jr., M.D., Director of Research Operations
Dr. James Reeves
joined Florida Cancer Specialists in 1988, only four years after the group was founded; he has consistently been a driving force in the growth of the practice, especially as it relates to clinical trial research. Published frequently in such prestigious journals as Blood, Journal of Clinical Oncology, New England Journal of Medicine and Clinical Genitourary Cancer
, Dr. Reeves has extensive research experience, having served as either Principal Investigator or Sub Investigator on over 130 Phase I, II and III Clinical Trials for a broad spectrum of cancers, including, but not limited to, multiple myeloma, renal cell carcinoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, metastatic breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, gastroesophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Reeves’ unwavering dedication to clinical trial research has helped to significantly increase the body of knowledge about cancer treatment and helped to develop many promising new drugs and therapies for our patients.
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2016 Executive Board
- Jose Alemar, M.D.
- Roy Ambinder, M.D.
- Jorge Ayub, M.D.
- Michael Diaz, M.D.
- Lucio Gordan, M.D.
- Joel Grossman, M.D.
- William Harwin, M.D.
- Maen Hussein, M.D.
- Julio Lautersztain, M.D.
- Scott Lunin, M.D.
- Vikas Malhotra, M.D.
- Noel Maun, M.D., PhD
- Stephen Orman, M.D.
- Ivor Percent, M.D.
- Marilyn Raymond, M.D.
- Frank Rodriguez, M.D.
- Shalin Shah, D.O.
- Gerald Sokol, M.D.