Florida Cancer Specialists Press Release

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes New Physicians and New Location in Martin County


Dr. Guillermo Abesada-Terk and Dr. Alpana Desai Join Nation’s Largest Independent Oncology Group


Naples, FL – March 2, 2017……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute ), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Alpana Desai, MD and Guillermo Abesada-Terk, MD have joined the practice and are seeing patients at the new Stuart office of Florida Cancer Specialists, located at 301 Southeast Ocean Boulevard, Suite 102, Stuart, FL.

FCS CEO Bradley Prechtl said, “We are delighted to welcome Drs. Desai and Abesada-Terk to Florida Cancer Specialists. This is our first location in Martin County and represents our commitment to serving and supporting our patients in communities, both large and small, throughout Florida. This facility will bring a wide range of treatments and services all under one roof, optimizing convenience for our patients in the Stuart community.”

Dr. William Harwin, Founder and President of FCS, added, "We are pleased to have Dr. Abesada-Terk and Dr. Desai join the FCS family. Both physicians come to us with excellent credentials and experience in both research and clinical practice. These outstanding physicians have established an excellent reputation in the Stuart area and they will be a great addition to our practice.”

After graduating Cum Laude in Chemistry from the University of Miami, Dr. Guillermo Abesada-Terk earned his medical degree from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, a major teaching affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Following his residency, Dr. Abesada-Terk was awarded a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Fluent in Spanish, Dr Abesada-Terk has been practicing Oncology in the Stuart area since 1991, where he also served as Institutional Review Board Chairman at Martin Memorial Health and was the Medical Research Director of the Martin Health System Center for Clinical Research at Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center in Stuart, FL. from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Abesada-Terk also holds a position as Florida State University Medical School Assistant Clinical Professor.

Dr. Alpana Desai received her internal medicine training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. After completing her residency, Dr. Desai relocated to the Stuart area, where she practiced emergency and internal medicine, before completing her Medical Oncology fellowship at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Since 2002, Dr. Desai has been treating cancer patients in Stuart, FL, where she also serves as Chairwoman of the Martin Health Cancer Committee. Demonstrated by her active participation in various research projects throughout her training, Dr. Desai has an avid interest in clinical research. She has served as principal investigator in a number of clinical trials and has a special interest in breast, colorectal and lung malignancies. Dr. Desai is focused on treating the whole patient, utilizing conventional and complementary therapies. She is currently pursuing a prestigious Integrative Medicine Fellowship, led by internationally-recognized integrative medicine leader Andrew Weil, MD, at the University of Arizona Medical School.

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, 160 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and nearly 100 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. 84% 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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