Florida Cancer Specialists Press Release


Florida Cancer Specialists’ Physician Named FLASCO President for Second Term

Dr. Michael Diaz Continues Leadership of Statewide Cancer Advocacy Organization

Orlando, FL – April 25, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce Michael Diaz, MD, who serves on the FCS Executive Board, has been named President of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) for a second consecutive term. The announcement was made during the organization’s Spring Conference and Annual Meeting, held April 8-9 in Orlando, FL. Known as the “Voice of Oncology in Florida,” FLASCO is regarded as one of the top state societies nationally and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to facilitating and promoting multidisciplinary efforts to improve patient care in Florida. FLASCO also promotes excellence in care of patients afflicted with cancer and hematologic disorders and leads efforts to respond to policies and legislation that threaten to compromise patient access to quality cancer care.

Michael Diaz, MD
Medical Oncologist

Dr. Diaz, who practices in two FCS offices in Pinellas County, said, “It is truly an honor to continue to serve this prestigious group. FLASCO has long been one of the premiere professional oncology organizations in the state and it has distinguished itself as a catalyst to develop partnerships, share knowledge, and bring together physicians, staff members and other professionals to demonstrate strength and determination as we move forward in the battle against cancer.”

Brad Prechtl, CEO of FCS, said , “The Florida Cancer Specialists Executive Board has benefited from Dr. Diaz’s leadership and keen ability to advocate for cancer patients. Not only is he an excellent oncologist, Dr. Diaz is a true leader who understands the complexities of today’s healthcare environment. His expertise as a physician who delivers world class cancer care, coupled with his business acumen, has made him an outstanding leader for FLASCO, as well.”

FCS Founder and President Dr. William Harwin, who also serves on the FLASCO board, added, “As a community oncology practice, we rely on FLASCO to provide educational opportunities, advocacy and leadership for oncologists and allied health professionals throughout Florida. Dr. Diaz has consistently been at the forefront of the issues and challenges that community oncology faces today and I have no doubt he will continue to bring the highest level of dedication to his role as FLASCO President.”

Dr. Diaz joined Florida Cancer Specialists in 2011 and currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Oncology Alliance (COA), serving on the Payment Reform Task Force working to champion Medical Oncology Health Care Reform. Dr. Diaz is also an active Medical Missionary and has participated in numerous medical missions to Kingston, Jamaica.


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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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