Dr. Jay Avashia and Dr. Susan Ross Join Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute


Nation’s Largest Independent Oncology Group Adds Two Physicians and Three Locations in Central Florida


Davenport, FL – September 1, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Dr. Jay Avashia and Dr. Susan Ross are joining the practice, effective September 1, 2016. The additions of Dr. Avashia’s and Dr. Ross’ practices will add three new clinical sites to the Florida Cancer Specialists’ network, extending services into Davenport (40107 US Highway 27, Suite 200, Davenport, FL), Lake Wales (2 FL 60 West, Lake Wales, FL) and Poinciana (339 Cypress Parkway, Suite 180, Poinciana, FL).

FCS CEO Bradley Prechtl said, "We are very pleased to welcome Drs. Avashia and Ross into the FCS family. These new locations reinforce our mission to provide world-class cancer treatment close to our patients’ homes. It enables us to offer new, convenient locations in Polk and Osceola Counties, allowing patients in these areas to receive the most advanced treatment and personalized care close to where they live, without having to travel to a larger city.”

Dr. William Harwin, Founder and President of FCS, added, “Dr. Ross has been in practice for over twenty years and has established an excellent reputation for personalized patient care. Likewise, Dr. Avashia is a very well respected physician who has been in practice since 1991, and brings a focus on clinical research to the practices in Polk County. We are excited to be able to welcome these two outstanding physicians to our network.”

After completing his Internal Medicine training, Dr. Jay Avashia was awarded a Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic, a world renowned multispecialty academic medical center in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Avashia, who treats a variety of cancers, moved to Central Florida in 1991 and established his practice in Davenport and Lake Wales.

Dr. Susan Ross has been caring for cancer patients for over 20 years. She completed her Residency at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC Before relocating to Florida for her Medical Oncology Fellowship at University Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, a major teaching affiliate of the University of Florida. Dr. Ross founded the Ross Cancer Center in 2013 to serve patients in Central Florida.

Dr. Avashia and Dr. Ross will be joined in the Davenport office by two additional FCS physicians, Dr. Syed Ahmed and Dr. Wasif Riaz. Drs. Ahmed and Riaz also practice at the FCS Sebring office and will be bringing their expertise to the Davenport office to offer added convenience and expanded services to patients in Polk County.

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.