Florida Cancer Specialists Press Release

Dr. Bennett Yu Joins Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute


Dr. Yu Brings Broad Research and Clinical Experience to Southwest Florida


Naples, FL – December 2, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Bennett Yu, MD has joined the practice and is seeing patients at two FCS locations. Dr. Yu will practice at the Bonita Springs office, located at 9776 Bonita Beach Road SE, Suite 201A, Bonita Springs, FL and the Naples Napa Ridge office, located at 6360 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 201, Naples, FL.

FCS CEO Bradley Prechtl said, "We are excited to have Dr. Yu join our practice. He comes to us with excellent credentials and deep experience in both research and clinical practice. Dr. Yu will be able to add more convenience and expanded services to our patients in Bonita Springs and Naples. We are very pleased to have him in the FCS family.”

Dr. William Harwin, Founder and President of Florida Cancer Specialists, said, “Dr. Yu has an extensive background in clinical trial research, including phase 1 trials. He has presented his research at national symposiums and has been extensively published in leading oncology journals. He is exactly the physician we are looking for at FCS, as clinical research is at the core of our mission.”

After finishing his internship and residency, Dr. Bennett Yu completed a research fellowship in Hematology at Albany Veterans Hospital and a Hematology Fellowship at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, followed by a Medical Oncology Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he also served as a senior clinical investigator.

In his early career, Dr. Yu practiced at the Josephine Ford Cancer Center, serving as medical oncology consultant in the Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic and Brain Tumor Clinic. Demonstrating a keen interest in academic medicine and clinical research, Dr. Yu has held various research positions and served as assistant professor at both Wayne State University and the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Within his distinguished career, Dr. Yu has served as medical director of the Oncology Therapeutic Area at Wyeth Research in Cambridge, MA, Director of Oncology Research at the Peninsula Cancer Center in Salisbury, MD and Director of Research at West Michigan Cancer Center.

Prior to joining Florida Cancer Specialists, Dr. Yu served as Director, Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza in Tampa, FL, where he was also a member of the Gastrointestinal Tumor Program. A recognized leader in clinical research, Dr. Yu has been an invited speaker at national and regional conferences and his research has been extensively published in such prestigious journals as the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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.

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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 over 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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