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March 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 9

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Salute to Physicians Continued

Cleveland Clinic Florida

Evan Peck, MD
 
Dr. Evan Peck is a sports medicine and concussion specialist with Cleveland Clinic Florida. Based in the Tomsich Health and Medical Center of Palm Beach County, he specializes in injury prevention, non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, regenerative medicine, and sports concussion.
 
In 2016, Dr. Peck was awarded the Health/Science Professional of the Year award by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches in recognition for his work to raise awareness about youth sports concussions in Palm Beach County. This included the establishment of a baseline concussion testing program that determines the non-concussive neuropsychological status of a student-athlete to serve as a comparison in the event of a suspected brain injury.
 
Dr. Peck was an undergraduate at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and completed medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. His advanced training included an internship in internal medicine and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, TX. He also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
 
Diego Reino, MD
 
Dr. Diego Reino is a hepatobiliary and abdominal transplant surgeon with Cleveland Clinic Florida, specializing in liver and kidney transplantation, living donor surgery and liver cancer surgery. Dr. Reino and his colleagues at Cleveland Clinic Florida work in close collaboration with physicians from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which has more than 50 years of successful transplant experience.
 
Dr. Reino is part of the transplant team recently recognized by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients with a top five-star rating for providing the best organ transplant outcomes.
 
An undergraduate at Drew University in Madison, NJ, Dr. Reino earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He completed a general surgery residency at New Jersey Medical School followed by a fellowship in abdominal organ transplant at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center.
 
Delray Medical Center
 
Erica Podolsky, M.D.
 
Dr. Erica Podolsky is a board certified bariatric and minimally invasive general surgeon specialist who specializes in bariatric surgery, and currently is the medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Podolsky received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and then went on to medical school at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Podolsky did her residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and followed that up with a fellowship at Duke University Health System. While at Duke, Dr. Podolsky concentrated on minimally invasive and bariatric surgery and also served as an assistant professor at the school. 
 
Jordan Moseson, DO
 
Dr. Jordan Moseson is a colorectal and general surgeon on the medical staff of Delray Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive colorectal, general surgery and proctology procedures. Dr. Moseson received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He then went on to pursue his medical degree at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. His internship was completed at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y. Dr. Moseson then did his general surgery training also at Nassau University Medical Center before completing his colorectal fellowship at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Dr. Moseson is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colorectal Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
 
Coral Gables Hospital
 
Alejandro Posada, MD
 
Dr. Alejandro Posada is a member of the medical staff at Coral Gables Hospital who specializes in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Posada is a graduate of the University of Miami, School of Medicine and completed a fellowship at Harvard University concentrating on sports medicine. His areas of interest are knee and shoulder replacement, ligament repair and construction, elbow reconstruction and trauma. He is a member of the International Society for Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Posada has been an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Miami and an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Florida International University.
 
Manuel A. Penalver, MD
 
Dr. Manuel Penalver is a member of the medical staff at Coral Gables Hospital. He specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology. He received his medical degree from University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Penalver is professor at Florida International University. He is a member of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and an active Fellow of the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologist. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
 
Martin Health
 
Evan Collins, MD
 
Dr. Evan Collins is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Women’s Health Specialists in Jensen Beach and Port St. Lucie. He joined the practice in 1990 after obtaining his undergraduate and medical school degrees from the University of Tennessee and completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
 
When Dr. Collins first served on the Martin Medical Center Board of Directors as president of the Martin Health Medical Staff in 2011, he strongly advocated for the innovative DaVinci surgical system. Collins had been trained on the DaVinci system in 2007 and knew it would eventually become a standard for every hospital system. He was instrumental in Martin Health’s purchase of the surgical system in 2012.
Dr. Collins has served on the Martin Medical Center Board of Directors since 2011.
 
Benjamin Ngo, MD
 
Benjamin Ngo, M.D., followed in his father’s footsteps as a gastroenterologist in Stuart. He worked side-by-side with his father, Domingo Ngo, M.D., who had a solo practice for 30 years. Prior to partnering, the father and son sold their practice to Martin Health System in 2011. The elder physician retired in 2016, but Dr. Benjamin Ngo has continued to operate the practice as part of Martin Health Physician Group.
 
Dr. Ngo obtained his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He followed his residency with a fellowship in gastroenterology at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA.
 
Last year, Dr. Ngo was honored with the Physician Citizen of the Year Award by Martin Health associates for demonstrating excellence and professionalism, as well as compassion and respect, for patients, their families, and the entire Martin Health System patient care team.
 
Good Samaritan Medical Center
 
Kathleen Minnick, MD
 
Dr. Kathleen Minnick is a Board-Certified female breast surgeon on the medical staff of Good Samaritan Medical Center. She completed her residency program at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Minnick specializes in the care of benign and malignant breast disease. Through her interactions with the community as a physician, public speaker, local organizations, and an active participant in local breast cancer support groups, she recognizes the surgical care of patients with breast disease does not begin and end at the operating room doors. 
Dr. Minnick participates in the Mastery of Breast Surgery Pilot Program. She completes numerous hours of continuing medical education courses and attends national meetings on a yearly basis. She is an active participant in local breast cancer support groups and serves as an active board member for Your Bosom Buddies II, Inc. 
 
Thomas Klein, MD
 
Dr. Thomas Klein is a Radiation Oncologist on the medical staff of Good Samaritan Medical Center. Dr. Klein graduated with honors from Duke University and received a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He then went on to earn his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where he was honored with the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society award. He did his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and then did his residency for Radiation Oncology training at the Yale School of Medicine, where he was named chief resident. He specializes in most cancers, including, breast, head and neck, prostate, lung and skin.
 
North Shore Medical Center
 
Amy Jarvis, MD
 
Dr. Amy Jarvis is a neurologist on the medical staff at North Shore Medical Center. She specializes in strokes, vascular disease, neurocritical care, migraines/headaches, concussions/neurotrauma and women’s neurological care. Dr. Jarvis completed a fellowship in stroke and cerebrovascular neurology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She completed her residency in neurology at Georgetown University in Washington DC where she was named chief resident. Dr. Jarvis obtained her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and also earned a bachelor’s in business management from the American School in London. She is bilingual in English and French.
 
Jack Klem, MD, FACS
 
Dr. Jack Klem is a fellowship trained neurosurgeon who has practiced medicine since 2001. He is the Medical Director of the Neurosurgical program at North Shore Medical Center. He received his medical degree in 2001 from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Klem completed his residency training in Neurological Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Klem is fluent in English, Spanish and Polish.
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
 
Richard S. Faro, MD
 
Dr. Richard S. Faro is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon who founded Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s Heart Institute more than 30 years ago. Dr. Faro has authored several articles for multiple medical publications and previously served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Florida, as well as, a Clinical Instructor at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. His areas of interest include all aspects of Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, along with the TAVR procedures. Dr. Faro earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his fellowship in cardiac and thoracic surgery, followed by a fellowship in vascular surgery, at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Faro is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and general vascular surgery, and the American Board of Phlebology.
 
Joseph Motta, MD
 
Dr. Joseph Motta is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon on the medical staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, who specializes in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. His areas of interest include all aspects of cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery, along with the TAVR procedures. A native Floridian, Dr. Motta is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital. He trained in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also helped establish and founded the open heart surgery unit at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
 
Broward Health Coral Springs
 
Risa Wolf, MD
 
Dr. Risa Wolf, a board certified pediatric endocrinologist at Broward Health Coral Springs, is the driving force behind the implementation of a unique concept in pediatric diabetes care. Her vision was to lead a comprehensive pediatric diabetes center with a team approach of endocrinologists, diabetes educators, nutritionist and psychologists-all with the goal of helping children manage the complexities of diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle. From her vision, the Broward Health Pediatric Diabetes Center was born and is now a safe haven for parents and children who had limited access to all these resources under one roof with a center in Coral Springs and another in Fort Lauderdale.
 
Dr. Wolf joined Broward Health Physician Group after completing her pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and her pediatric endocrine fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. During her fellowship, Dr. Wolf was awarded prestigious grants from both the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the Endocrine Society to support her research in obesity and metabolism.
 
Dr. Wolf enjoys treating all pediatric endocrine disorders, but has a particular interest in pediatric diabetes. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the Endocrine Society.
 
Charles Lago, MD
 
Broward Health Coral Spring's Colorectal Center Medical Director, Charles Lago, M.D., has led the way for making Broward Health Coral Springs the only hospital in Florida to earn top marks in colorectal treatment. Through his leadership the Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery Program has achieved full Joint Commission re-accreditation with zero deficiencies making it the first and only program of its kind in Florida to officially earn these marks.
 
Dr. Lago is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He completed a surgical residency at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences State University of New York at Buffalo and a Fellowship in Colon Rectal Surgery at Orlando Regional Healthcare System/University of Florida Affiliate.
 
Dr. Lago is a Diplomat of the American Board of General Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Colon Rectal Surgery.
 
University of Miami Health System
 
Govindarajan Narayanan, MD
 
Govindarajan Narayanan, M.D., is a pioneer in the field of interventional radiology, a specialty that cuts across different disciplines with the ability to treat nearly every organ in the body with minimally invasive, targeted treatments. Narayanan, a professor of interventional radiology, built the Division of Interventional Radiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and was named the first chairman of the historic new Department of Interventional Radiology. Narayanan has led many of the specialized clinical applications in interventional radiology that are now offered to patients at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and in other disciplines at the University of Miami Health System. Using catheters or transcutaneous needles to directly expose cancerous tissue to chemotherapy or energy-based treatments such as radiation, Narayanan and his colleagues are treating tumors that were once thought to be inoperable, and so extending patients’ lives in meaningful ways.
 
Eduardo de Marchena, MD
 
Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., is an internationally renowned cardiologist and an expert in interventional cardiology who serves as associate dean for international medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He leads the International Medicine Institute, which conducts global research, serves patients through UHealth International, and educates medical students from Latin America and the Caribbean through its William J. Harrington Latin American training programs. De Marchena’s research has resulted in several patents and patent applications in percutaneous cardiovascular devices, and he is recognized for world-leading achievements in the transcatheter treatment of valvular heart disease. The recipient of many distinguished honors, De Marchena has most recently been named the 2017 winner of the Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame Award.
 
West Boca Medical Center
 
Noah Schreibman, MD
 
Dr. Noah Schreibman is a pulmonologist and is the medical director of the sleep lab at West Boca Medical Center. Dr. Schreibman has nearly 20 years of experience in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine and is also is the medical director of the sleep lab at sister hospital Delray Medical Center. His specialties include dealing with sleep apnea, snoring, and narcolepsy. Dr. Schreibman completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He then graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York. Dr. Schreibman did his internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He followed that up with pulmonary, critical care, and a sleep fellowship at Temple University in Philadelphia.
 
Marla Dudak, MD
 
Dr. Marla Dudak is a breast surgeon on the medical staff at West Boca Medical Center. She attended Duke University where she graduated Cum Laude with a major in chemistry. Dr. Dudak remained at Duke for medical school training. Her five year general surgery residency was completed at University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital. She completed a twelve month clinical breast care fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Dr. Dudak returned to South Florida in 2001 and currently, she treats breast problems with special training in risk assessment and cancer care. Dr. Dudak is board certified in general surgery, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is an active member in the American Society for Breast Disease and the American Society for Breast Surgery.
 
Genesis Community Health
 
Tzvi Y. Doron, DO
 
When Genesis Community Health opened its doors in Boca Raton, many people didn’t realize the hidden population of underserved residents who lived in the affluent city.
 
Dr. Tzvi Y. Doron was hired as the primary care physician for the office, which is an extension of Genesis’ Boynton Beach clinic. Genesis’ mission is to provide healthcare for the socioeconomically disadvantaged and those who would otherwise forgo medical care, due to expense or lack of access.
 
Since Dr. Doron began serving Genesis clients in December 2015, he has not only provided critical medical treatment to the homeless and patients in drug recovery, but he has also acquired a new awareness of his patients.
 
“My work with Genesis has given me a window into a certain population that a lot of people don’t have,” said Dr. Doron. “I’ve learned that you don’t know anything about a person until you speak with the person.”
 
Tenet Florida Physician Services – South
 
Alia Abdulla, DO, FACOS
 
Dr. Alia Abdulla is a surgical oncologist with the Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology with offices in Hialeah and Miami. Dr. Abdulla is the Medical Director of Surgical Oncology at North Shore Medical Center in Miami and is on-staff at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah. She is dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment with the latest evidence based surgery and treatments. As an expert in surgical oncology care, Dr. Abdulla specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, melanoma and skin cancer, complex gastric and colorectal malignancies, breast cancer, sarcoma, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, as well as pancreatic and liver cancer. She is certified in general surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and completed her surgical oncology fellowship training at Fox Chase Cancer Center, a part of the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Abdulla also holds certifications in the daVinci Robotic Surgical System and the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS). She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Surgery on the faculty of Nova Southeastern University and a member of the Advanced Surgical Oncology Network, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
 
Tenet Florida Physician Services –North
 
Nils Mueller-Kronast, MD
 
Dr. Nils Mueller-Kronast is the Regional Medical Director of Neurosciences for Tenet Health’s Coastal Region and a neurointerventionalist who provides emergent treatments for stroke and brain aneurysm patients. Dr. Mueller-Kronast has championed regional collaboration and data collection with EMS to improve the stroke system of care emergency services personnel and participates in community outreach in an effort to decrease treatment times to highly time sensitive catheter based stroke therapy.
 
Dr. Mueller-Kronast provides vascular and interventional neurology consultations at his Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute offices in Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach. Dr. Mueller-Kronast is board-certified in neurology, vascular neurology and neurocritical care. His areas of interest include endovascular management of stroke, elective and ruptured aneurysm, and vascular malformations, intra-arterial stroke treatment, carotid, intracranial and other cerebrovascular stents, cranial and spinal tumor embolization, diagnostic cerebral and spinal angiography, migraine therapy and botulinum toxin injection. Dr. Mueller-Kronast is on staff at Delray Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore, and is a member of the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ANN).
 
St. Mary’s Medical Center
 
David Feldman, MD
 
Dr. David Feldman is an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. Dr. Feldman joined the Paley Institute to lead the spine deformity center and hip preservation center. Dr. Feldman was previously the chief of pediatric orthopedic surgery and a professor of orthopedic surgery and pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center/ NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Feldman specializes in pediatric orthopedic surgery and subspecializes in children with scoliosis and severe limb and hip deformities as well as advanced joint preservation techniques in children and adults. After graduating from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in 1988, Dr. Feldman interned in general surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery in June 1993 and spent the next year in fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with a special interest in pediatric orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery. Dr. Feldman brings over 20 years of experience in pediatric orthopedics, spinal deformity and joint preservation.
 
Lawrence Lottenberg, MD
 
Dr. Lawrence Lottenberg is a trauma surgeon and the director of trauma research and education at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Dr. Lottenberg’s duties include coordinating the research initiatives and education at St. Mary’s level I trauma center. He also provides surgical critical care to the most severe trauma cases brought to the hospital. Prior to his time at St. Mary’s, Dr. Lottenberg worked at the University of Florida as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology. Dr. Lottenberg received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida where he graduated with honors with a degree in chemistry. Dr. Lottenberg continued his education at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. His residency was completed at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Dr. Lottenberg is a member of the American College of Surgeons.
 
Florida Medical Center
 
Dr. Jessica F. Okun, DO, MS
 
Dr. Jessica Okun is a member of the medical staff at Florida Medical Center. Dr. Okun is a neurological surgeon that specializes in brain and pituitary tumors, epilepsy surgery, including endoscopic approaches as well as cranial and spine trauma. She is a member of the American College of the Osteopathic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, North American Spine Society and Walter E. Dandy Neurological Society. Dr. Okun has several neurological and spinal research articles in medical journals and she has participated as an invited lecturer on diverse neurological topics. She finished her neurosurgery training in 2016.
 
Albert Nayeri, MD
 
Dr. Albert Nayeri is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Medicine and is on staff at Florida Medical Center. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society. He received his undergraduate degree in neurobiology and psychology from Cornell University. Dr. Nayeri attended medical school at Suny Upstate Medical University where he graduated cum laude in 2004, and was inducted into the prestigious medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.
 
 
VITAS Healthcare in Broward County
 
Nada Boskovic, MD
Medical Director
 
Nada Boskovic, M.D., joined VITAS Healthcare in 2012 and serves patients throughout Broward County. Board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine, Dr. Boskovic oversees the medical care and treatment of VITAS patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospital inpatient units.
 
She sites “bridging the gap between curative and palliative care” as her motivation to serve terminally-ill patients, noting that the vast majority of medical care is too focused on utilizing curative treatments to treat chronic existing pain or terminal illnesses instead of accessing palliative treatments like hospice.
 
“Dr. Boskovic is passionate about helping patients and families understand their best treatment options at the end of life,” said VITAS General Manager Donna Borland, R.N. “She also works closely with several local health care facilities and general practicing physicians to educate them on Medicare’s hospice benefit.”
 
In addition to that, she serves as assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, affiliate professor at Florida International University and ethics chairwoman at Broward Health North.
 
John Zaravinos, MD
Associate Medical Director
 
John Zaravinos, M.D., realized his passion for medicine and helping those in need at a young age. Growing up in a family with a strong background in medicine made a tremendous impact on his desire to bring happiness and relief to suffering patients.
 
Board certified in hospice and palliative medicine, and internal medicine, Dr. Zaravinos joined VITAS Healthcare in 2016 as associate medical director. In this role, he supervises the daily care and treatment for hundreds of patients throughout Broward County.
 
When asked what the most rewarding part of his job at VITAS is, Dr. Zaravinos said, “bringing comfort, compassion and dignity to terminally-ill patients.” He also said that by offering support and relief to families of hospice patients, their burden decreases and it gives them time to focus their love and energy on their loved one who is nearing the end of life.
 
Dr. Zaravinos earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Columbia University and a medical degree from St. George’s University. He also contributed a wealth of knowledge to breast cancer research while working for the University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Center.
 
VITAS Healthcare in Palm Beach County
 
Jemelle “June” Mayugba, MD
Medical Director
 
Jemelle “June” Mayugba, M.D., is board-certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. She joined VITAS Healthcare in 2010 as associate medical director and was promoted to her current position in 2015. She recently began to manage the daily care of hospice-appropriate patients at VITAS’ free-standing inpatient unit in Delray Beach located at 5912 W. Atlantic Avenue.
 
Dr. Mayugba is passionate about providing exemplary care to hospice patients and notes that “quality of life” is the primary concern for most patients nearing the end of life. She humbly attributes her success in providing quality patient care to her entire team at VITAS.
 
VITAS General Manager Diana Smith says, “Dr. Mayugba is a valuable member of the management team. She understands the complexities of caring for terminally-ill patients and goes above and beyond to make sure our patients are well cared for.”
 
With more than a decade of experience, Dr. Mayugba has worked with many of South Florida’s top health care companies and has served thousands of patients over the course of her career.
 
Luis A. Torres-Roman, MD
Inpatient Physician
 
Luis A. Torres-Roman’s calling to serve people came very early in life. As the son of a physician, Dr. Torres-Roman was fascinated with the possibility of being able to help people, and even more, providing them with comfort—just like his father.
 
Dr. Torres-Roman joined VITAS in 2016 as an inpatient physician, after working for several hospitals and medical centers in Florida and Puerto Rico. He provides treatment and care to hospice patients at VITAS’ state-of-the-art, eight-bed inpatient unit in Delray Beach.
 
Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Torres-Roman decided to specialize in hospice care six years ago when he began caring for terminally-ill people in Puerto Rico as a field doctor. “It was then that I learned the impact a physician can have on hospice patients, and more so, their families,” he said.
 
A graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine, Dr. Torres-Roman is an esteemed member of VITAS’ management team and is known by his patients for his kind disposition and for providing quality, compassionate end-of-life care.
 
VITAS Healthcare in Dade and Monroe Counties
 
Shaughn Bennett, DO
Nursing Home Physician
 
Board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and osteopathic medicine, Shaughn Bennett, D.O., joined VITAS Healthcare in 1994 and provides care to terminally-ill patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
 
Dr. Bennett earned a medical degree from Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and has more than three decades of experience under his belt. He currently serves as clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Nova South Eastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and from 2012 to 2014 served as fellowship director for the hospice and palliative care fellowship at Larkin Community Hospital.
 
In addition to that, he has served on the board of numerous medical committees, including the Rehabilitation Committee, Infection Control Committee and Utilization Review Committee, and currently serves on the board of Out-Patient Facilities Committee at Baptist Hospital.
 
A deserving recipient of VITAS’ prestigious Leadership Council Award and Florida native, Dr. Bennett is an active member of the community and for the past 30 years has served on the pastoral home group ministry at St. Louis Catholic Church in Pinecrest.
 
William A. Leone, M.D., F.A.C.S Named 2017 Top Orthopedic Surgeon by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
 
William A. Leone, M.D., F.A.C.S., head of The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, was named a 2017 Top Orthopedic Surgeon by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.. This is the eighth consecutive year that Dr. Leone has received this coveted designation.
 
“I am honored to be ranked among the nation’s best orthopedic surgeons and especially humbled to receive this award for the eighth year in a row,” said Dr. Leone.
 
With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Leone has earned a reputation as one of the country’s top orthopedic surgeons for solving complex hip and knee problems by combining the latest techniques and technologies with a gentle and compassionate approach. Dr. Leone has helped thousands of patients from around the world by restoring mobility and improving their quality of life.
 
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