Florida Cancer Specialists Press Release


Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes Dr. Rasha Beg

Nation’s Largest Independent Medical Oncology/Hematology Practice Adds Hospitalist in Volusia County

Orange City, FL – April 1, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce Rasha Beg, MD, has joined the practice as a hospitalist and will be seeing FCS patients who require hospitalization at any of three hospital locations. Dr. Beg will have privileges at Florida Hospital Deland, Central Florida Regional Sanford and at Fish Memorial in Orange City, FL.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "Dr. Beg will bring an added dimension to our practice locations in Volusia County, focusing on bridging the continuum of care we offer for our patients who must be hospitalized. We are happy to have her join the FCS family.”

Dr. William Harwin, Founder and President of FCS, added, “Dr. Beg comes to us with excellent credentials and is board-certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. She has a broad experience in hospital care and I know she will be a great complement to our physicians in Deland and Orange City."

Senior partner Dr. Victor Melgen, who practices in both Deland and Orange City, explained, “Dr. Beg will ensure there is a seamless continuation of care for our patients who are hospitalized. She will work directly with the FCS physicians in our community cancer centers and, through our Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system, she will be able to access patients’ charts immediately to continue their treatment plan and augment their care while they are in the hospital.”

Rasha Beg, MD

Dr. Rasha Beg completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ and Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She was awarded a Fellowship in Medical Oncology at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, TX, where she provided both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as consultative services; she also helped to build and implement the cancer program for the hospital. She has been a practicing in Florida since 2008 and has worked in both clinical and hospital settings.

Dr. Beg said, “I am very enthusiastic about joining Florida Cancer Specialists. The practice has set a national benchmark for community oncology, and I am truly looking forward to working with the outstanding physicians in Volusia County and providing care for their patients who must be hospitalized.”

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 over 180 physicians, 150 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and over /locations" >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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