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http://orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/photo_ufhccoh_roh.jpgMark Roh, MD, MMM, FACS
Mark Roh, MD, MMM, FACS, serves as the president of UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. An internationally renowned liver cancer surgeon, Dr. Roh also serves as the chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Cancer Center.

Dr. Roh received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He fulfilled a clinical and research fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Previously, he served for 10 years as chief of liver tumor surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He also graduated from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business with a master’s degree in medical management in 2007. Dr. Roh comes to Central Florida from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where he was chairman of the Department of Surgery and professor of surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Additionally, he has served in numerous leadership positions in international oncology organizations. Since 1994, Dr. Roh has served as the executive editor of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. He has also been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1992. He is the associate director of medical affairs at the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Project, a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials foundation, and he has published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectured nationally and internationally.



AveropoulosNicholas G. Avgeropoulos, MD
Nicholas G. Avgeropoulos, MD, serves as co-director of the Brain and Spine Tumor Program at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. Board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Avgeropoulos has been exclusively practicing medical neuro-oncology since completion of his fellowship training. Dr. Avgeropoulos’ residency training in neurology was at the Medical University of South Carolina where he was chief resident and subsequently completed neuroimmunology and neurovirology fellowships.

Dr. Avgeropoulos continued fellowship training in neuropathology at Yale University/Yale New Haven Hospital and then a neuro-oncology fellowship training at Harvard/ Massachusetts General Hospital. He was named as the first Pappas Fellow of neuro-oncology during his second year of training, at which time he also completed clinical research effectiveness courses at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Avgeropoulos’ expertise includes the design and conduct of clinical and translational research studies, which advocate for the health and benefit of neuro-oncology patients. Prior to his current position, he served as program director of neuro-oncology and medical director of the Office of Research Administration at Florida Hospital and was adjunct faculty at Duke University and faculty at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Dr. Avgeropoulos has served as principal or co-investigator in many clinical trials and translational research projects. While at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, he has been the recipient of the Exemplary Physician Colleague Award, the Service Star Award, and consistently listed as one of Orlando’s Best Doctors. Dr. Avgeropoulos also co-directs the Brain and Spine Tumor Support Group.



Dr. BaidasSaid Baidas, MD
Said Baidas, MD, hematologist/medical oncologist, joined UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health in March 2006 as medical director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. 

For 16 years, Dr. Baidas served on the faculty of Georgetown University Medical Center/Lombardi Cancer Center, where he held the positions of associate professor of medicine and oncology and director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. 

Dr. Baidas has particular experience in the treatment of breast cancer, hemostasis and thrombosis, and is a member of the Breast, Gastrointestinal, Hematology and Lymphoma/Myeloma Specialty Sections. 

Dr. Baidas completed his fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Georgetown University and fulfilled his residency in internal medicine at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. 

He has been published in professional journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, American Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of Neuro-Oncology. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


Dr. Billingsley
Joshua Billingsley, MD
Armed with impressive credentials, Joshua Billingsley, MD, joined Orlando Health’s neurosurgical staff in 2014. After earning an undergraduate degree in microbiology/immunology and a Master’s in biology and molecular endocrinology at Idaho State University, Dr. Billingsley then received his medical degree in neurosurgery at Oregon Health & Sciences University. Before coming to the University of Florida, he completed his neurosurgery residency at Rush University in Chicago and then completed the first year of a fellowship in cerebrovascular/endovascular surgery with Dr. Demetrius Lopes at Rush. He completed his final year of cerebrovascular/endovascular fellowship training at the University of Florida with Dr. Brian Hoh.

Dr. Billingsley has published in numerous medical journals, including
Journal of Neurosurgery, Skull Base Journal and Biophysical Journal. Dr. Billingsley’s research has included investigating molecular pathways involved in spinal cord injury at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. Other research interests have included evaluating the safety and efficacy of placing a flow diverter in a cerebral artery to treat a large aneurysm that failed treatment with a previous stent and coil construct.

Dr. Billingsley is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, garnered the Southern Neurosurgical Society Basic Science Research Award, and received an AGSBS Research Grant.


Dr. BoseDebashish Bose, MD, PhD
Debashish Bose, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Pancreas Center at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He is also chief of GI Surgical Oncology in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Specialty Section at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. Dr. Bose is board-certified in general surgery and holds a specialty certificate in surgical oncology. He specializes in surgery of the pancreas, liver, stomach and upper abdomen. Dr. Bose has been part of the center’s Multidisciplinary GI Oncology team since 2010. Since then, UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health has developed into a high volume specialist center for cancers of the pancreas and liver. Dr. Bose and his colleagues have also developed specialized programs such as the Borderline Resectable program for pancreatic cancer and Liver Resection for metastatic neuroendocrine cancers.

Dr. Bose graduated from Princeton University, after which he attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine for medical school and graduate school. He completed his residency in general surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Bose then completed the fellowship in surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. As a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award in Cancer Research, Dr. Bose also completed his postdoctoral research fellowship in cancer biology. Dr. Bose’s research has been recognized with several awards, and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Lancet Oncology and the Journal of the American College of Surgery. Dr. Bose is currently an associate member of the American College of Surgeons. 



Dr. Buchholz
Daniel J. Buchholz, MD, FACP
Daniel J. Buchholz, MD, FACP, is board-certified in radiation oncology and serves as the chairman of radiation oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health and serves as team leader for the Breast Care Specialty Center and the Gastrointestinal Clinic.

Dr. Buchholz earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed a general surgery internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He later served as chief resident in radiation oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he remained on staff until joining UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health in 1995. He has since helped transform UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health from a community cancer center to a nationally recognized, quality cancer center.

Dr. Buchholz has been on Orlando Magazine’s Best Doctors list for eight years and is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and Orange County Medical Society. His research interests include the study of organ and tumor motion and radiation targeting. He has initiated protocols on the use of radiation in treatment of liver cancer and in radiation targeting for breast cancer, and has developed quality standards in radiation oncology to help patients receive the highest-quality treatment.


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Marc L. Demers, MD, FACS
Dr. Demers serves as leader of surgical oncology for the Gastrointestinal Cancer Department and is a member of the Melanoma/Sarcoma and Breast Cancer Departments at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. Dr. Demers completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He fulfilled a residency in general surgery at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, and earned his medical degree from Boston University. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.


Dr. Demers made numerous presentations at annual meetings and symposiums. He has been published in journals including the Journal of Surgical Oncology and the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. In 1999, he received the surgical resident teaching award from Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Demers is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Massachusetts Medical Society. He sits on the Florida Surgical Society's board of directors.


http://orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/Dr.Dhaliwal-lab_coat.jpgPerry Dhaliwal, MD
Perry Dhaliwal, MD, brings an impressive background of professional accomplishments to the Cancer Center, including groundbreaking research and numerous publications on a wide range of neurological topics. Dr. Dhaliwal received his undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary in Canada then his medical degree at the University of Alberta in the city of Edmonton. He completed a six-year residency in neurosurgery at the University of Calgary in 2012. Along the way, he found time to earn a Master’s degree in Public Health at the esteemed Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Finally, he undertook a combined orthopedic/neurosurgical spine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation over the past year. He was named a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 2012.

Among Dr. Dhaliwal’s research credentials are participation in a study group on Child Health Education at Johns Hopkins and working on a Randomized Controlled Trial on Use of Intrathecal (under the spinal cord’s outer membrane) Morphine in Spinal Surgery. His list of publications and contributions to medical journals is even more impressive. Among a sampling of Dr. Dhaliwal’s titles: a chapter on Isthmic Spondylolisthesis in a new textbook on spine surgery and articles on Management of Postoperative Pain with Intrathecal Morphine After Lumbar Spinal Fusion, Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Neuronavigation for Transoral Approaches to Upper Cervical Pathology, and Rapid Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided Reduction of Craniovertebral Junction Deformities. Dr. Dhaliwal is an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spine surgery, and general adult neurosurgery.



Dr. DvorakTomas Dvorak, MD
Dr. Dvorak serves as a radiation oncologist at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He specializes in the treatment of breast and gynecological cancers.

Dr. Dvorak received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to focusing on radiation oncology, Dr. Dvorak served as a healthcare consultant with Easton Associates, where he led evaluations of new drugs, medical devices and health technology for venture capital firms, biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Dvorak completed his residency and served as chief resident in the joint department of radiation oncology at Tufts University / Brown University. His research interests include health technology assessment with a focus on potential utilization of proton therapy and evidence-driven delivery of medical care.

His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. He also works as a developer and editor of the online Wiki Textbook of Radiation Oncology. He is currently a member of the American Brachytherapy Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Medical Association and the American Society for Radiation Oncology, where he serves on the Communications Committee and the Payer Relations Committee.


http://orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/Dr.Farkas-lab_coat.jpgJacques N. Farkas, MD, FAANS, FACS
Jacques N. Farkas, MD, FAANS, FACS, graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago. After obtaining his medical degree, he completed his residency in general surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago and then a neurosurgical residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.

Dr. Farkas is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He has been appointed an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Farkas is past president of the Florida Neurosurgical Society and has been a delegate and alternate delegate to the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has been appointed to the executive committees of Palms West Hospital and JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL and has served as the chief of neurosurgery at JFK Medical Center and St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

In private practice since 1985, Dr. Farkas has practiced in the Chicago area, southeast Florida and recently in northeast Florida. His interests have included microneurosurgery, neuro-oncology, stereotactic radiosurgery, neurosurgery, trauma care, and disorders affecting the cervical spine.


Dr. FeinerJeffrey M. Feiner, MD
Jeffrey Feiner, MD, graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his doctoral degree, graduating first in his class, from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He then completed his residency in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Feiner is board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, with an emphasis on reconstructive microsurgery and leading-edge perforator flap breast reconstruction.

Throughout his medical tenure Dr. Feiner has won several awards, including the Morris and Sadie Stein Neuroanatomy Award, the Maimonides Medical Society Award, and the Dr. Louis Sklarow Award from the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He was awarded the Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland Residency Teaching Award by his peers for his commitment to excellence in teaching.

Dr. Feiner has numerous published works and has given many presentations at The Johns Hopkins Medical Grand Rounds and for the Plastic Surgery Research Council. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.


Dr. FeldmanElizabeth Feldman, MS, DMD, MS
Elizabeth Feldman, MS, DMD, MS, leads the Dental Section as part of the Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Section at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health where she provides maxillofacial prosthodontics and dental oncology services.

Dr. Feldman received a master’s degree in medical radiation physics from Chicago Medical School, and then went on to earn her dental degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She completed her specialty training in prosthodontics at the University of Florida where she also earned a master’s degree in science. She completed her fellowship training in maxillofacial prosthodontics and oncologic dentistry at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Dr. Feldman focuses on prosthetic correction and management of patients with maxillofacial rehabilitation needs, especially head and neck cancer patients. She is trained to make intraoral and extraoral prostheses. Her special interests include orofacial implant rehabilitation as well as taking care of patients with bisphosphonate and radiation osteonecrosis, chemotherapy and radiation therapy effects on the oral cavity. She has extensive experience with traumatic injuries – and children with special needs, including ectodermal dysplasia.

Dr. Feldman received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from the NSU College of Dental Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Association of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, NSU College of Dental Medicine, American Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration and a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She is also fluent in Russian.


http://orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/Dr.Friedman.jpgWilliam A. Friedman, MD
Among the significant career accomplishments of William A. Friedman, MD, is that he was teaching neurological surgery at a prestigious medical school 30 years before he came to practice at Orlando Health. Dr. Friedman’s talents are among the incalculable resources that are part of Orlando Health because of its affiliation with University of Florida Health’s Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Friedman’s distinguished medical career began when he graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University’s College of Medicine only three years after completing his undergraduate pre-med degree. Following a one-year surgical internship at the University of Florida, he moved into the residency program in neurological surgery there, where he rose to Chief Resident for the last 18 months of his five years in that program. Dr. Friedman then transitioned into teaching at UF where he was promoted to full professor after nine years. During this time, he also became first the neurological surgery residency program's coordinator then its director. Dr. Friedman also rose through the ranks to become chair of UF’s neurological surgery department in 1999. He has served on the Shands Hospital board of directors from 2005-2009. Dr. Friedman has served as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Florida Neurosurgical Society, and the International Society of Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

Dr. Friedman has published over 275 articles and chapters. He is holder of 11 patents in the area of stereotactic surgery and radiosurgery. He is a nationally recognized expert in brain tumor surgery, radiosurgery, and trigeminal neuralgia.


Dr. Hajdenberg
Julio Hajdenberg, MD
Julio Hajdenberg, MD, serves as chairman of the Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology as well as the section leader for Genitourinary Oncology and Nonmalignant Hematology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Hajdenberg joined UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health in 2004. He is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. He currently holds academic appointments at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Florida State University College of Medicine.

Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Hajdenberg received his medical degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his medical internship and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He fulfilled a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he served as a clinical instructor.

Dr. Hajdenberg received training awards from the American Association for Cancer Research and American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a fellow with the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has served on the board of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology.

His clinical research interests include cancers of the prostate, kidney and bladder, as well as some hematological neoplasms, such as lymphomas, Hodgkin’s disease and chronic leukemias. He serves as the principal investigator on multiple cancer clinical trials involving those conditions.



Dr. Herrera
Luis Herrera, MD
Luis Herrera, MD, thoracic surgeon, is the medical director of the Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He is a member of the Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Section. He joined UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he served as chief resident of thoracic surgery and is currently appointed as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Thoracic Surgery.

Board-certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery, Dr. Herrera specializes in surgery for tumors of the chest, including cancer of the lung, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum and also treats benign disorders of the esophagus. Dr. Herrera has expertise in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, advanced pulmonary resections, and esophagectomy. He also specializes in VATS (video assisted thoracic surgery), laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Herrera graduated summa cum laude with his medical degree and magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Puerto Rico. He fulfilled a general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a cardiothoracic surgery residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, focusing on thoracic surgical oncology.

Dr. Herrera is involved in basic and translational research focusing on new treatments for lung and esophageal cancer. He has received several awards for his work, including the Minority Scholar Award in Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research, the National Institutes of Health Minority Supplement Grant from the National Cancer Institute and the United States Surgical Corporation Resident Research Grant.

He has been published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Neoplasia, Clinical Chemistry, Nanomedicine and has given presentations at several national meetings.


Dr. JohnsonTirrell Johnson, MD
Board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine, Tirrell Johnson, MD, is a medical oncologist at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He serves as a member of the Hematology, Melanoma/Sarcoma and Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Sections.
Dr. Johnson fulfilled a fellowship in hematology/oncology from Brown University Medical School’s teaching hospitals in Providence, RI.

He completed a residency in internal medicine at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from the University of Florida and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Florida A&M University.
Dr. Johnson was the recipient of the Exemplary Physician Colleague Award in 2011, for outstanding multidisciplinary involvement with staff.

Actively involved in medical research during his fellowship and currently at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, Dr. Johnson has served as the primary investigator for several forms of chemotherapy for advanced head and neck cancers and thoracic malignancies.
He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.


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Michael P. Kahky, MD, FACS
Dr. Kahky is the team leader for Breast Cancer Surgical Oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He received his medical degree from SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in New York City.


He is board certified in general surgery. He completed his surgical oncology fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and his surgical residency at State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center Department of Surgery.

Dr. Kahky has been the assistant chief at the Orlando Cancer Center Department of Surgery, junior faculty associate at MD Anderson in Houston, assistant instructor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Surgery and a clinical assistant Instructor at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center Department of Surgery.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. Dr. Kahky has published a number of articles on the effects of human liver natural killer cells on cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as articles on Paget's disease of the breast, melanoma and thyroid surgery.



Dr. KayalehOmar R. Kayaleh, MD
Omar Kayaleh, MD, serves as the medical oncology team leader for the Gastrointestinal Cancers Specialty Section and as a member of the Breast Cancer, Genitourinary Cancers, Hematology, Lymphoma/Myeloma and Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Sections at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He also served as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine as well as chief of the Hematology/ Oncology Specialty Section at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Kayaleh received his medical degree from the University of Florida, completed a residency in internal medicine at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore and fulfilled a fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Kayaleh is board-certified in internal medicine and in the specialties of medical oncology and hematology. He has held many offices and memberships on numerous medical staff committees, including Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

He is a member of the Orange County Medical Society, Florida Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Society of Hematology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.



Faseeh Uddin Khaja, MD
Faseeh Khaja, MD, serves as a medical oncologist and hematologist for the Medical Oncology and Hematology Specialty Section at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Khaja received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. He completed his residency at Orlando Health, and his medical oncology and hematology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando. Dr. Khaja has also trained in stem cell transplants at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and is currently an associate professor of oncology/hematology at the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Khaja is fluent in Spanish, Hindi and Urdu.



Dr. KellyPatrick Kelly, MD, PhD
Patrick Kelly, MD, PhD, graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1999. In 2007, he graduated with his doctoral degree from the School of Medicine/Department of Pharmacology at Duke University. He completed his internship at the University of Florida Department of Medicine in 2008.

In 2005, Dr. Kelly won the Experimental Biology/International Union of Physiological Sciences Travel Award and the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Science Program for Excellence in Science nomination. In 2006, he was awarded the Duke Cancer Center Intramural Research Award. During his tenure at Duke, he was awarded the Duke Medical Alumni MD/ PhD Training Grant.

He is adept in several clinical skills, including GammaKnife-based intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery, proton therapy for pediatric cancers, and stereotactic body radiotherapy for lung cancer and spinal metastases.

Dr. Kelly is on the editorial board and reviews the International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics. He has nearly two dozen published articles and has presented at several national conferences, including the Gordon Research Conference, the American Society for Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology Oncology, and the American Radium Society.



Dr. KleinRichard Klein, MD, MPH, FACS
Richard Klein, MD, MPH, FACS, is the Section Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery center at the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health and a member of the Breast Care Center, Head and Neck Center and the Lymphedema Center. Board-certified by and a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Klein specializes in advanced and complex reconstructive surgery procedures of the head and neck, breast, body and limbs. His area of expertise is in microvascular perforator flap reconstruction for the entire body after cancer or trauma as well as lymph node transfers for lymphedema.

Dr. Klein received his medical and public health degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a four year research fellowship in trauma and burn surgery preceded his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Medicine. His research culminated in being awarded a prestigious five-year research grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health as a research fellow at UM.

Following his research he completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at UM and was named chief administrative resident. He also is the Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine along with a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Florida State University College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida.

After receiving specialized training in Paris, France, he introduced and performed the first vascularized lymph node transfer for the treatment of lymphedema in the state of Florida. He is among a dozen surgeons in the country performing this procedure on a regular basis. Sought out as an expert in his field, Dr. Klein frequently presents at professional conferences across the country. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and has contributed to several medical textbooks. Additionally, he is fluent in French and Spanish.


Dr. Kollas
Chad. D. Kollas, MD
Chad D. Kollas, MD, is the medical director of Palliative and Supportive Care at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Kollas earned his medical degree and completed his residency training at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. He is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine.

Dr. Kollas serves as the American Medical Association delegate and current Awareness and Advocacy Strategic Coordinating Chair for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He received AAHPM’s 2014 Gerald H. Holman Distinguished Service Award. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. He received the AAHPM’s 2006 Paper Award for an analysis of legal reasoning in the Terri Schiavo case; he has received the Society of General Internal Medicine National Award for Innovation in Medical Education and the John Templeton Foundation Award for Spirituality Curricula in primary care residency programs.

Dr. Kollas has achieved fellowship status in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His published research includes articles on pain management and end-of-life care, health policy and medicolegal issues in several journals, including the Journal of Palliative Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of Legal Medicine.



Dr. LandauDaniel Landau, MD
Daniel Landau, MD, is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology for the Medical Oncology and Hematology Specialty Section at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Landau received his medical degree from the University Of South Florida College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency. Dr. Landau completed his medical oncology and hematology fellowship at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, serving as chief fellow.

Dr. Landau has received several honors and awards, including recognition as a top oncologist by SmartestOncologist.com three consecutive times. He is currently a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

 


Dr. LeeKenneth R. Lee, MD, FACS
Kenneth R. Lee, MD, FACS, is a dual board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in complex reconstruction of oncological and traumatic defects in adults and pediatric patients. His expertise includes microvascular reconstruction, breast reconstruction with perforator free flaps, head and neck reconstruction, vascularized lymph node transfers, pediatric plastic surgery and aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Lee received his undergraduate and medical school degrees through the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine BS/MD program. He then completed a five-year general surgery residency with Orlando Health, serving as chief resident in his final year. He completed a second residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of South Florida/H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, serving as administrative chief resident for three years.

The author of many publications and a book chapter, Dr. Lee has presented widely and nationally on breast reconstruction.

He holds faculty positions of assistant professor of plastic surgery with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and clinical assistant professor of surgery with the Florida State University College of Medicine. He also teaches within the Orlando Health Medical Education Department for the general surgery and orthopedic residency programs.

Dr. Lee has been selected for the Patient’s Choice award from 2011-2013. He was named to Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons from 2011-2013. Recently, he was selected to the Top Docs in Plastic Surgery List in Orlando Magazine.


Dr. Liao
Mickey Liao, MD
Mickey Liao, MD, is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.

Dr. Liao graduated from the Pennsylvania State University Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He later participated in the Graduate Training Program in Translational Investigation at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Liao completed a post-sophomore fellowship in anatomic and clinical pathology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, an internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a chief medical residency at the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center, also in Chicago. He then completed geriatric medicine, hematology and medical oncology fellowships, all at UCLA.

While at the University of Illinois, he was awarded The Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and the Alpha Omega Alpha Clinical Teaching Award. Dr. Liao has presented his research at several national meetings, including the annual meetings of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He is an associate member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. His clinical interests include specialized care of our aging population.



Dr. Maddipatla
Sreeram Maddipatla, MD, MPH
Sreeram Maddipatla, MD, MPH, is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. He serves as a medical oncologist/hematologist for the Liver Center and Pancreas Center at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Maddipatla received his medical degree from Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College in Bangalore, India, and his master’s degree in public health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. He completed an internal medicine residency at University at Buffalo, State University of New York and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Maddipatla has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Public Health Student from the University of North Texas. He was also presented with the Exemplary Physician Colleague award by Orlando Health Nursing. During his fellowship, he was awarded the Dinah Kukes Research Grant from Phi Mu Foundation.

Dr. Maddipatla has presented his research at various national meetings, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and Society of Surgical Oncology. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Clinical Cancer Research and Oncology. He is currently a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, ASCO and ASH.


Dr. Mamounas
Eleftherios (Terry) P. Mamounas, MD, MPH, FACS
Terry Mamounas, MD, MPH, FACS, received his medical degree from the University of Athens Medical School in Athens, Greece, in 1983 and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. He completed his general surgery residency at McKeesport Hospital in Pennsylvania. He then completed a clinical oncology research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and a surgical oncology fellowship at the Department of Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York.

Dr. Mamounas has authored and coauthored more than 300 abstracts, peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and has given numerous lectures at national and international meetings. As part of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, his clinical research has been funded over the past 20 years by several National Cancer Institute grants and more recently by a Komen for the Cure grant. He has served on the editorial boards of several oncology journals and is a past associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He has received several awards and distinctions and has been listed in The Best Doctors in America consistently since 2001. He is considered one of the nation’s best cancer physicians.

Dr. Mamounas holds memberships in several professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


Dr. ManonRafael Mañon, MD
Rafael R. Mañon, MD, is board-certified in radiation oncology and serves as a radiation oncologist for UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Mañon received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. He then completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Mañon has received several awards, including the Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Award from the Office of Naval Research and the Exemplary Physician Colleague Award from Orlando Health. He has also authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of radiation oncology. He specializes in the treatment of head and neck, thoracic and gynecologic malignancies with radiation.

His professional affiliations include the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. Dr. Mañon has faculty appointments at the University of Central Florida, Florida State University and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.


Dr. McKenzieNathalie Dauphin McKenzie, MD, MSPH
Nathalie Dauphin McKenzie, MD, MSPH, is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has received subspecialty training in gynecologic oncology. She specializes in the care of women with ovarian, endometrial, uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers. Her surgical expertise focuses on advanced minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic techniques and radical debulking procedures to remove advanced tumors. Her special interests include innovative surgical techniques, personalized cancer treatment, and HPV related neoplasia.

She received her medical degree from the University of Buffalo in New York and went on to the University of Miami for her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, followed by a fellowship in gynecologic oncology, which included earning a Master’s of Science in public health and epidemiology.

Dr. McKenzie is a cancer survivor. As such she has a clear understanding of the many obstacles and fears experienced by her cancer patients and their families. She has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, institutional handbooks and book chapters.

Dr. McKenzie has presented her research throughout the U.S. and abroad. She serves as reviewer for numerous medical journals and is the Principal Investigator of several clinical trials. In addition to her teaching responsibilities as Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, Adjunct Assistant Professor – UF School of Medicine, Dr. McKenzie also continues to serve as adjunct faculty at the University of Miami. She is the recipient of several awards and honors; including teaching awards and the prestigious ASCO Young Investigator Award for a phase I clinical trial in the treatment of women with advanced cervical cancer.

 


http://orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/Dr.Montoya-lab_coat.jpgGerman Montoya, MD
German Montoya, MD, began a series of fellowships in general surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. In private practice in Central Florida since 1974, Dr. Montoya holds the rare distinction of having served as chair of the departments of neurological surgery at both Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital – Orlando.

A native of Colombia, Dr. Montoya received his medical degree from National University in Bogota before taking an internship at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA. During his neurosurgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Montoya also served as Academic and Senior Registrar at National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London for a year. He moved to the Orlando area after a three-year stint in the U.S. Navy as Chief of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Naval Hospital in Memphis, TN, where he rose to the rank of Commander. Dr. Montoya is an expert, senior general adult neurosurgeon.


Dr. Moroose
Rebecca Lynn Moroose, MD
Rebecca Lynn Moroose, MD, is board-certified in medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and serves as a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer for UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Moroose received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington. She completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore before returning to the University of Connecticut Health Center to complete her residency in internal medicine, where she served as chief medical resident. Dr. Moroose also completed her hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Prior to joining UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, Dr. Moroose worked at the Florida Hospital Cancer Center, where she served as medical director. She served on the founding faculty as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, where she was the director of the Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare Module, and served as the co-chair of the Hematology/Oncology Module and the Focused Individualized Research Module. She received the University of Central Florida College of Medicine Visionary Award, selected by the Class of 2013. She currently has an appointment as associate professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and is invited to lecture on cancer, coagulation and genetics.
She has published book chapters as well as many published refereed articles. She is an invited columnist for Orange Appeal magazine. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and currently serves on the Parents Council of Rollins College.


Dr. Nair
Rajesh M. Nair, MD
Rajesh M. Nair, MD, an oncology surgeon, is a member of the Department of Surgery at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health and a member of Orlando Health’s Graduate Medical Education team.

Dr. Nair graduated magna cum laude from the University of Akron in Ohio and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown, OH. He spent three years at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia as a surgery resident and completed his surgical residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Nair fulfilled a fellowship in surgical oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. He serves as assistant professor of surgery for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and clinical assistant professor of surgery for the Florida State University College of Medicine.

He has been a principal investigator in multiple research projects and has presented at national and regional medical and surgical meetings, including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and a Tripartite meeting with similar groups from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in conjunction with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Nair has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Cancer Control, Diseases of the Colon & Rectum and The Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. He has particular clinical interest in regional cancer therapy for peritoneal carcinomatosis (HIPEC) and limb infusion for patients with unresectable extremity cancers.


Dr. NandaAkash Nanda, MD, PhD
Akash Nanda, MD, PhD, is board-certified in radiation oncology. He serves as director of urologic and hematologic radiation oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando and director of radiation oncology at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and Health Central Hospital. He is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and adjunct professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, teaching radiation oncology.

Dr. Nanda graduated from the MD/PhD program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, also receiving his doctorate in human genetics and molecular biology. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and was awarded a resident research grant. He also participated in a prostate brachytherapy fellowship at the Seattle Prostate Institute.

Dr. Nanda’s primary research interests include outcomes analyses and the design of prospective prostate cancer clinical trials. He has presented his research at several national meetings and in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He has one patented biomedical invention. Dr. Nanda is a member of the American Society for Radiation and Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Radiological Society of North America, American Association for Cancer Research and American Medical Association.


Dr. PattaniKavita M. Pattani, MD, FACS
Kavita M. Pattani, MD, FACS, serves as a head and neck surgical oncologist as part of the Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Section at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Pattani received her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed her residency and surgical internship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She completed her head and neck surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Pattani has presented at several meetings all across the United States including the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer, where she spoke on the effects of radiation on anti-apoptotic pathways in head and neck cancer. She has also been in several publications, including The Annals of Surgical Oncology. She has received several awards, including the AHNS Travel.

Grant Award from the AHNS International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer and the Humanitarian Travel Grant.


Dr. PriebeAnna Priebe, MD
Anna M. Priebe, MD, is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has extensive experience in the minimally invasive management of gynecologic cancers, including robotic and laparoscopic surgery.

A native of Poland, Dr. Priebe immigrated to the United States in 1981. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, she returned to Poland and received her medical degree from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in 2001. She subsequently completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in 2005, and her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008.

Prior to joining the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health in 2012, Dr. Priebe was an attending physician at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, where she developed the clinical research program and was the principal investigator for more than 30 clinical trials for women with gynecologic cancer. Her research interests include cancer cell metabolism and the molecular targeting of these aberrant pathways. She is particularly interested in patient education, empowerment and cancer
survivorship.



Dr. RamakrishnaNaren R. Ramakrishna, MD, PhD
Naren R. Ramakrishna, MD, PhD, Director of Proton Therapy, Neurologic and Pediatric Radiation Oncology; Co-Director Brain and Spine Tumor Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.

After completing his bachelor of arts in biology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ramakrishna went on to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Cornell University Medical College where he received his medical degree, and a doctorate in Cell Biology and Genetics from Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

After an internal medicine internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, he completed a residency in radiation oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was the chief resident. He also completed a Koch Research Fellowship in Gene Therapy at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Center and Brady Urological Institute and received an AACR-Glaxo Wellcome Oncology Scholar Award.

Dr. Ramakrishna served for eight years on the faculty of Harvard Medical School where he was an Instructor in Radiation Oncology. He was also the Chief of Central Nervous System Radiation Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Director of the Central Nervous System Radiosurgery/Radiotherapy Fellowship program. He is currently a Professor in Radiation Oncology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and a diplomate of both the United States Medical licensing Examination and the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Ramakrishna is an author of 12 book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has presented his work at national and international symposia. His current research centers on stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy and proton treatment for primary and metastastic brain tumors.



http://orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/dr_garrett_riggs_neurologic_oncologist_uf_health_cancer_center_orlando.jpgGarrett Riggs, MD, PhD
Garrett Riggs, MD, PhD, is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He serves as a neurologist in the Medical Oncology Department at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health and is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida. He has a special interest in the care of patients with cognitive side effects of cancer.

Dr. Riggs received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his residency in the Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Riggs completed an experimental therapeutics and clinical trials fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester, as well as a fellowship in cognitive and behavioral neurology.

He has an MS in communicative disorders and holds a PhD in anatomical sciences and neurobiology, both received from the University of Louisville. Dr. Riggs currently holds a faculty appointment as assistant professor of neurology and medical education at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Recently, he received a Curricular Innovation Award at UCF. He has also received many other honors and awards, including the Neurology Faculty Teaching Award from the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Riggs has published many refereed articles and currently sits on the editorial boards as an ad hoc reviewer for The Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders, Advances in Physiology Education and Neurology. He has many professional memberships, including the American Academy of Neurology, the Neurocritical Care Society and the Linguistic Society of America.



Dr. RineerJustin M. Rineer, MD
Justin Rineer, MD, serves as a radiation oncologist at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. He specializes in melanoma/ sarcoma and thoracic malignancies.

Dr. Rineer graduated magna cum laude with his medical degree from State University of New York – Downstate, where he also completed his residency in radiation oncology and served as chief resident. During his residency, he received the 2008 and 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Award for original research presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting. He continued his training as an advanced radiation oncology fellow at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he gained extensive experience in applying advanced technologies to lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies.

Dr. Rineer’s primary research interests include improving outcomes through the application of multi-modality treatment in lung and esophageal cancer. He has presented his original research at top national and international meetings, including the annual meetings of the American Society of Radiation Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has also published peer-reviewed articles in several high-impact medical journals. Dr. Rineer is currently a member of the ASCO and the ASRO.



http://orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/dr_Regan_Rostorfer-uf_health_cancer_center.jpgRegan D. Rostorfer, MD
Regan D. Rostorfer, MD, graduated magna cum laude with his bachelors of science degree in biological sciences from the Honors college at the University of South Florida, and his doctoral degree from the Florida State University College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Orlando Health, where he was on several quality committees and served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, where he was involved in several research projects, quality committees, and served as chief fellow.

He was named Follow of the Year his senior year.

Dr. Rostorfer is involved in clinical research as a member of the institutional review board. He also serves as principle investigator and sub-investigator in numerous clinical protocols. Dr. Rostorfer is also involved in teaching fellows, resident physicians, and medical students. He is assistant professor of medicine for Florida State University College of Medicine and for the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine.

Dr. Rostorfer is board-certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American College of Physicians, and American Medical Association.



Dr. SarrieraJose E. Sarriera, MD
Jose E. Sarriera, MD, serves as a medical oncologist/ hematologist at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. Dr. Sarriera is board-certified in medical oncology and hematology and is the section leader for myeloma, lymphoma and leukemia cancers.

He received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. Dr. Sarriera fulfilled a medical oncology/hematology fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Dr. Sarriera has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and has a published book chapter on urologic complications. He has received several honors and awards, including the University of Puerto Rico Academic Scholarship Award. He is also involved in several Orlando Health committees, including being a member of the Blood Bank Committee and chairman of the Hematology and Oncology Subcommittee.

Dr. Sarriera is a member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.



http://orlandohealth.com/mediabank/images/dr_veronica_schimp-gynecologic_oncology-uf_health_cancer_center_orlando.jpgVeronica Schimp, DO
An expert in minimally invasive surgery, Veronica Schimp, DO, is chief of Gynecologic Oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health and chair of the Robotics/Minimally Invasive Surgical Quality Committee at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as gynecologic oncology.

Dr. Schimp earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Lake Superior State University in Michigan and a doctorate in osteopathy from Michigan State University. She went on to complete residencies in general surgery at St. John/Oakland General Hospital and in obstetrics and gynecology at Hutzel Hospital/Wayne State University, both in Michigan, as well as a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Author of chapters in two medical books, as well as numerous articles and case studies on cancer of the female reproductive organs, Dr. Schimp has presented at more than 50 seminars and conferences. She has received the Patient’s Choice Award and America’s Top Oncologists Award for several years, and has been named in the Best Doctors in America® and Consumers’ Guide to Top Doctors. Dr. Schimp is a member of several organizations, including the International Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Society of Surgical Laparoscopists.



Dr. Shah
Nikita C. Shah, MD
Nikita Shah, MD, serves as the medical oncology team leader for the Breast Cancer Specialty Section and medical director of the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, where she has been a member of the medical team since 1999. Dr. Shah earned her medical degree from Baroda Medical College in India and completed an externship in the emergency department at Methodist Hospital in Indiana. As a medical student, Dr. Shah had the highest annual score in forensic medicine and received an award as an outstanding medical student.

She completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL, and a fellowship in hematology/ oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Shah is a member of numerous societies, including the Florida Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Oncologists, American Medical Association and American College of Physicians.



Dr. Sheikh
Asad Sheikh, MD
Asad Sheikh, MD, a board-certified medical oncologist, serves as the director of oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health at South Seminole Hospital. Dr. Sheikh joins UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health from the Medical College of Georgia where he served as chief fellow of the hematology/ oncology fellowship program.

Dr. Sheikh earned his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan and completed an internship for the Department of Surgery and Medicine at Services Hospital in Pakistan the following year.

He worked at the Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia in Decatur, GA, where he was a clinical research physician and awarded permanent residency in the United States under the special category of Outstanding Professor/Researcher in the Field of Cancer. Dr. Sheikh went on to complete his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Sheikh has a license to practice medicine in California, Florida, Georgia and Pakistan. He is a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and Oncology and the Patient Welfare Society.

Dr. Sheikh has published several studies for the American Society of Clinical Oncology and presented the second largest data trial published in the U.S. on breast cancer in the community setting.

Dr. Sheikh also designed, developed and maintained MS Access and SQL databases for cancer patients. His research has been featured in national and international scientific assemblies such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the British Oncologic Association and the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.



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Jeffrey R. Smith, MD, FACS
Dr. Smith is a member of the Melanoma/Sarcoma, Gastrointestinal and Breast Cancer Departments at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. Additionally, he is on faculty as an assistant clinical professor at Florida State University.

Dr. Smith was chief surgical resident at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he completed an internship in general surgery. He earned a medical degree from the University of Florida. Board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Smith is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Also, he serves on the board of directors for the Central Florida Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Smith has made multiple presentations and has been published in several journals, including the American Journal of Surgery.



Dr. Thomas
Sajeve Samuel Thomas, MD
Sajeve Samuel Thomas, MD, is board-certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and serves as a medical oncologist with specific interest in melanoma, sarcoma and GI malignancies. Dr. Thomas has a genuine interest in medical education by providing didactics periodically to the fellows, residents and medical students. He serves as an associate professor for the University Of Central Florida College of Medicine. As a computer engineering graduate from the University of South Florida, Dr. Thomas went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Florida. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of South Florida, receiving the Outstanding Resident Award and completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Florida, where he served as the chief fellow in his final year.

He is a member of many organizations, including the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians. He has made multiple presentations in oncology topics and has published articles in several journals. Dr. Thomas is currently a very active primary investigator on multiple cooperative groups and industry-supported clinical trials.

Dr. Thomas looks forward to being fully involved in clinical research and medical education while providing excellent clinical care to his patients.


Dr. Toro-SerraRafael O. Toro-Serra, MD
Rafael O. Toro-Serra, MD, serves as a head and neck surgical oncologist as part of both the Rod Taylor Thoracic Center and the Head and Neck Center at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Toro-Serra received his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, where he was named Gold Star Resident of the Year in Pediatric Surgery in 2008. He completed his head and neck surgery fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

An accomplished researcher, Dr. Toro-Serra has presented papers at the Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings in Chicago and at the State University of New York Research Day in Buffalo. Additionally, he contributed to the parathyroid carcinoma chapter in the published medical book Surgery of Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands, 2nd Edition.

Dr. Toro-Serra is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association. Prior to joining the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, he served as a head and neck endocrine surgeon at the Norman Parathyroid Center near Tampa.



Dr. TsengJennifer E. Tseng, MD
Jennifer Tseng, MD, hematologist/medical oncologist, is the Thoracic/Head and Neck Specialty Section leader for Medical Oncology and the associate director of Clinical Research for Medical Oncology at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Tseng received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and served as assistant chief resident in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and board-eligible in hematology. Dr. Tseng has received several honors and awards, including the C.D. Howe Award for clinical excellence in medical oncology and a Clinical Research Award from MD Anderson, the American Medical Women’s Award, Hewlett Packard Award, the Alpha Omega Alpha Research Symposium Award from Duke University and a Beneficial-Hodgson scholarship from The Johns Hopkins University. She was also awarded Attending of the Year from the Internal Medicine Residency Program from Orlando Regional Medical Center and received the Exemplary Physician Colleague Award from Orlando Health in 2009.

In addition to her clinical studies, Dr. Tseng has published research on various topics including molecular alterations in lung cancer and novel agents in the treatment of head and neck cancer. She has recently presented at the Annual Thoracic Oncology Symposium of the Puerto Rican Society of Hematology Oncology and spoke on neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatment strategies in lung cancer.



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Mikhail Vaysberg, DO
Mikhail Vaysberg, DO, serves as a head and neck oncological surgeon as part of the Thoracic/Head and Neck Cancers Specialty Section at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Dr. Vaysberg received his medical degree at Midwestern University: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and his head and neck surgery fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Vaysberg is board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Neck Ultrasound and previously taught on the faculty of the University of Florida’s College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor. His work on squamous cell carcinoma has appeared in several publications, including the American Journal of Otolaryngology and American Journal of Clinical Oncology and he is interested in thyroid/parathyroid diseases.



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Mark Vollenweider, MD, MPH
Dr. Vollenweider, board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, is an Intensivist specially trained in interventional pulmonology who serves on the Medical Critical Care team at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He also works with the Cancer Medicine Specialty Section at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health to provide complete medical care for all patients.

He received his medical degree from St. George University School of Medicine in Grenada. He completed both his residency and internship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, where he also served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in pulmonary-critical care medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine and also received a Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University in California.

Dr. Vollenweider has presented at many national and international meetings. His research interests include complicated airway management and pleural malignancies. He is using several innovative technologies to diagnose and treat benign and malignant airway and pulmonary lesions.