South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday September 17, 2019

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September 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 3




Good Samaritan Medical Center announces Dr. K.C. Cohen as the new Medical Director of Clinical Informatics and Dr. John Rimmer as Medical Director for the Breast Institute. 

In her new role, Dr. Cohen will collaborate with physicians, nursing, and clinical leadership and will train staff as it pertains to the usage of clinical applications. Dr. Cohen is a board certified oncologic and hepatobiliary surgeon specializing in general and oncologic surgery.
Dr. Rimmer, will lead the direction and provide strategic, medical, and scientific leadership for the Breast Institute. Dr. Rimmer is a board certified breast surgeon specializing in breast cancer surgical management. Dr. Rimmer has over 30 years of surgical experience in the field of breast health.
Dr. Cohen holds a BSA in Biology from the University of Georgia, and earned her M.D. in Allopathic Medicine from American University of the Caribbean.
Dr. Rimmer earned his undergraduate degree from Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London, England and his medical degree from King’s College Hospital Medical School in London, England. 

Neurosurgeon Raul A. Vasquez, M.D., is the new director of complex spine surgery at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center and a new member of Baptist Health Medical Group. Dr. Vasquez specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions, including tumors, degenerative spine diseases, spinal deformities, scoliosis, kyphoscoliosis and neurotrauma.

Dr. Vasquez earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, graduating summa cum laude. He completed his internship and residency in neurosurgery at University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. His postdoctoral training also includes two fellowships – one in clinical research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, and the other in complex spine surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Prior to joining Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, Dr. Vasquez was assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Lexington VA Health Care System and in Lexington, KY.

Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Anthony Alvarado-Ortiz, D.O., a neuro-interventional fellow has joined Advanced Neuroscience Network Physicians (ANNP) and joined the practice of Dr. Ritesh Kaushal, National Stroke Medical Director for Tenet Healthcare, interventional neurologist located in Hialeah, FL. Dr. Alvarado-Ortiz is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. As an interventional neurologist, Dr. Alvarado-Ortiz specializes in stroke, neurocritical care and endovascular intervention. He is on staff at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, FL.  

Prior to joining ANNP, Dr. Alvarado-Ortiz completed a neurovascular fellowship at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Alvarado-Ortiz finished his residency at Larkin Community Hospital, Miami. Dr. Alvarado-Ortiz graduated medical school from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY.
Dr. Alvarado-Ortiz served as an HCA Network and Tulane University School of Medicine assistant professor in neurology, neuro-tele and neuro-electrophysiology at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans and Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. In addition, Dr. Alvarado-Ortiz worked at Larkin Community Hospital in Miami, as a general physician and resident neurologist.

Broward Health has experienced significant growth within its employed medical practice over the past 12 months. Since July 2018, Broward Health Physician Group has added more than 30 providers to locations across Broward County.

“Broward Health remains dedicated to achieving its mission of creating greater access to high-quality care for its patients,” said Beth Cherry, senior vice president of ambulatory services at Broward Health. “We continue to recruit and retain highly qualified physicians to ensure the best possible care for our community.”
In the past quarter, Broward Health Physician Group has welcomed the following physicians:
Rebecca Braunstein, M.D., Endocrinology
Maria Farrell, D.O., Palliative Care
Maxine Hamilton, M.D., Hospital Medicine
Jorge Hurtado-Cordovi, M.D., Hematology and Oncology
Ekta Sharma, D.O., Pediatrics
Ryan H. Sobel, M.D., Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology
Alexandra D. Williams, M.D., Internal Medicine
Chi Zhang, M.D., General and Bariatric Surgery

Elena Antedomenico Rehl, M.D., FACS, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon awarded the Bronze Star Medal and six other United States Armed Forces honors and recognitions while serving her country in Iraq, Africa, Germany and here in the U.S., has opened an office with Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Rehl specializes in breast surgery, breast cancer surgery and benign breast disease, and is on-staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Dr. Rehl is certified by the American Board of Surgery. Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Rehl worked as a breast surgeon at the Center for Breast Care, Memorial Health Anderson Cancer Institute located in Savannah, GA. Dr. Rehl, an award-winning, veteran general surgeon, has held the academic appointment of Assistant Professor of Surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, GA. In addition, Dr. Rehl worked professionally as a clinical breast instructor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, general surgery staff at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany and Wurzburg Army Community Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany.
Dr. Rehl served as both chief of general surgery/trauma surgery staff of the 21st Combat Support Hospital, Al Asad, Iraq, and as general surgery staff during Operation Nomad Fire - In Support of the President of the United States visit to Ghana, Africa. She also served as general surgery staff/trauma surgery staff for the 67th Forward Surgical Team, Airborne in Tallil, Tikrit, Baji and Baghdad, Iraq. 

Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida welcomes medical oncologist and clinical researcher Bruno Bastos, M.D., to its multidisciplinary team of cancer care specialists. Dr. Bastos specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary cancer, which includes the prostate, bladder, kidney, ureter and urethra. He has expertise in the use of the most advanced systemic therapies, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy, both in the adjuvant and metastatic setting.

Dr. Bastos is triple board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, medical hematology and medical oncology and he earned his medical degree at Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in developmental therapeutics in the medical oncology division at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Bastos treated patients and conducted research at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston.
Hematologist-oncologist and clinical researcher Marco Ruiz, M.D., MPH, FACP, FIDSA, has joined the Division of Hematologic Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida and the state’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance.
Dr. Ruiz earned his medical degree at the University Of San Marcos School Of Medicine in Lima, Peru. He also earned a Master of Public Health from the Nuffield Center for International Health & Development, University of Leeds in Sheffield, United Kingdom. His training also included an internship and residency in internal medicine at San Juan City Hospital in Puerto Rico. He completed fellowship trainings in hematology/oncology at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA and in bone marrow transplantation at Ochsner Medical Center, also in New Orleans. Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Ruiz was an associate member of the Malignant Hematology and Cellular Therapy/Bone Marrow Transplantation Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Pembroke Pines.
He currently serves as associate professor of clinical medicine at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University. 

Broward Health Coral Springs has named Maureen Martin its new Chief Financial Officer. Martin is a strategic leader with more than 30 years of experience managing hospitals’ operating revenues.

Martin most-recently worked at St. Vincent HealthCare in Jacksonville, FL, where she was the vice president of finance for the last four years. She also worked for Miami Children’s Health Systems and in Columbus, Ohio, at OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System and Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Martin has a Master of Business Administration from Capital University and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University.

West Boca Medical Center appoints George Rizzuto as its new chief executive officer. Rizzuto has more than 35 years of hospital leadership experience as a healthcare executive with extensive experience in hospital operations and finance, as well as public accounting.

Rizzuto will be replacing longtime CEO Mitch Feldman, who is retiring from West Boca Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare after close to 30 years of service to the organization. Feldman’s strong work ethic, knowledge and determination to deliver high quality care, built a strong and successful foundation at West Boca Medical Center.
Rizzuto returns to Tenet from a former sister facility, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, where he served as the CEO, and prior to that, chief financial officer of the hospital. Rizzuto also served as vice president of operations at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Prior to this, George served in leadership roles at Central Montgomery Medical Center, Warminster Hospital and Abington Memorial Hospital.
Rizzuto graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA, before earning his Master’s in Business Administration from West Chester University in West Chester, PA.

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathan H. Walcker to the Executive Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer.

Walcker brings over a decade of diverse healthcare industry experience and finance expertise to FCS, most recently serving as an integral member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s healthcare investment banking group, where he was responsible for advising leading healthcare companies on mergers, acquisitions, and capital structure strategies.
Walcker earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University.
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