Florida Cancer Specialists Press Release

Dr. Ayman Barakat Joins Florida Cancer Specialists in Hernando County

Nation’s Largest Independent Oncology Group Adds New Physician in Hernando County

Sping Hill, FL – August 16, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS),the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Ayman Barakat, MD has joined the practice and is seeing patients at two FCS locations in Hernando County, FL. Dr. Barakat will practice at the Brooksville office, located at 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill, FL. and at the County Line Road office, located at 11063 County Line Road, Spring Hill, FL.

FCS CEO Bradley Prechtl said, "After working two years in a community oncology practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Barakat moved to Florida and has spent the past few years practicing in the greater Tampa area. He will be bringing his expertise to the Hernando community and offer added convenience and his experience to our patients. We are very pleased to have him in the FCS family.”

Dr. William Harwin, Founder and President of FCS, added, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Barakat to Florida Cancer Specialists. He completed his early medical training at leading academic medical centers, including MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, one of the most highly respected cancer programs in the world. He comes to us with excellent credentials and I know he will be a great addition to our network in Hernando County.”

Ayman Barakat, MD
Medical Oncologist

After earning his undergraduate medical degree, Dr. Ayman Barakat completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He went on to practice internal medicine for several years, caring for patients in the Midwest area, before returning to Texas to finish his Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Barakat began his private practice as an associate member at the Tulsa Cancer Institute in Tulsa, OK. Fluent in four languages, he is well published in several recognized medical journals. While Dr. Barakat has a special interest in breast, colorectal and lung malignancies, he does evaluate and treat a broad spectrum of hematological and oncological diseases and takes pride in providing his patients with exceptional care, utilizing the most novel and evidence-based therapies in his practice.

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute offers a full range of oncology and hematology services, including clinical research and the use of evidence-based medicine and proactive patient support services. FCS is a strategic site of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, one of the largest community-based clinical trial organizations in the United States.


About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute: (FLCancer.com)
Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With nearly 200 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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