Florida Cancer Specialists Press Release


Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes New Physician and New Location in Fort Myers

Dr. Raymond Esper to Join Nation’s Largest Independent Oncology Group

Fort Myers, FL – July 11, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Raymond Esper, MD, PhD, has joined the practice and is seeing patients at two FCS locations in Southwest Florida. Dr. Esper will practice at the Cape Coral Cay West office, located at 1708 Cape Coral Pkwy West, Suite 10, Cape Coral, FL, and at the new, state-of-the-art Gladiolus office, located at 8260 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers, FL.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "We are excited to have Dr. Esper join our practice. He comes to us with excellent credentials and experience in both research and clinical practice. He will be a great addition to our network in Lee County.”

Dr. William Harwin, Founder and President of FCS, added, “I am glad to welcome Dr. Esper to our new Gladiolus facility, where I will also be practicing. With his training in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Dr. Esper has an outstanding background in research, which is an extremely important focus for me personally, as well as throughout our practice.”

Raymond Esper, MD
Medical Oncologist

Dr. Raymond Esper began his medical career while serving in the United States Army in Fort Sam Houston, TX, where he worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician in the Army’s Academy of Health Sciences. In addition to his medical degree, he holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where he also completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Neurology and Center for Molecular Medicine. Dr. Esper completed his Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, which is focused on developing both cutting-edge researchers and astute clinicians and has established a reputation as one of the leading oncology fellowship programs in the nation. Prior to joining Florida Cancer Specialists, Dr. Esper was a Physician Clinical Lecturer in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Michigan.

In addition to providing comprehensive cancer care, the new Gladiolus location in Fort Myers offers an expanded array of services, all under one roof, including a wide variety of adult clinical trials and some of the most advanced technology available today. Gladiolus is the first location in the United States to have the Horizon PET/CT scanner, a cutting-edge nuclear imaging device that produces the highest quality scans so vital in diagnosing and treating cancer.

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 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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