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Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Opens New Location In Lake Worth

FCS Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Shelly Glenn; Medical Assistant Lucille Johnson; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Shaachi Gupta, MD, MPH; FCS Chief Executive Officer Nathan Walcker; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Napoleon Santos, DO; Office Manager Anna Gallardo; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Howard M. Goodman, MD; Regional Director Laura Greene; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Shachar Peles, MD; Medical Assistant Ashlee Owens; Michele Innocent, APRN; Medical Assistant Paola Council; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Elizabeth Byron, MD; Kelsey Hagan, PA-C; Regional Physician Liaison Manager Rebecca Appelbaum
FCS Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Shelly Glenn; Medical Assistant Lucille Johnson; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Shaachi Gupta, MD, MPH; FCS Chief Executive Officer Nathan Walcker; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Napoleon Santos, DO; Office Manager Anna Gallardo; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Howard M. Goodman, MD; Regional Director Laura Greene; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Shachar Peles, MD; Medical Assistant Ashlee Owens; Michele Innocent, APRN; Medical Assistant Paola Council; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Elizabeth Byron, MD; Kelsey Hagan, PA-C; Regional Physician Liaison Manager Rebecca Appelbaum
FCS Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Shelly Glenn; Medical Assistant Lucille Johnson; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Shaachi Gupta, MD, MPH; FCS Chief Executive Officer Nathan Walcker; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Napoleon Santos, DO; Office Manager Anna Gallardo; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Howard M. Goodman, MD; Regional Director Laura Greene; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Shachar Peles, MD; Medical Assistant Ashlee Owens; Michele Innocent, APRN; Medical Assistant Paola Council; Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Elizabeth Byron, MD; Kelsey Hagan, PA-C; Regional Physician Liaison Manager Rebecca Appelbaum
Chief Executive Officer Nathan Walcker; President & Managing Physician Lucio Gordan, MD, Medical Oncologist Shachar Peles, MD
Chief Executive Officer Nathan Walcker; President & Managing Physician Lucio Gordan, MD, Medical Oncologist Shachar Peles, MD
Chief Executive Officer Nathan Walcker; President & Managing Physician Lucio Gordan, MD, Medical Oncologist Shachar Peles, MD

Fort Myers, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fort Myers, Fla., Oct. 12, 2020 — Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) opened a new facility at 4801 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33461 to provide comprehensive treatments and a variety of services to adults with cancer and other diseases. The new location replaces the previous FCS clinic at 5507 South Congress Ave., Suite 130, Atlantis, FL 33462.

The clinic is an expansion of space that includes more than 9,000 square feet, nine private exam rooms and 22 chemotherapy infusion chairs. Patients have access to all existing services and providers, in a comfortable, spacious setting.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide patients who live in and around Palm Beach County with convenient access to the most advanced treatments close to home,” said FCS CEO Nathan H. Walcker.

“Our new location offers the most advanced treatments for cancer, blood disorders and other diseases in an individualized and compassionate manner,” said FCS President & Managing Physician Dr. Lucio Gordan.

FCS Medical Oncologist Dr. Shachar Peles said, “My colleagues and I are excited to be able to care for our patients in this new facility. It’s a privilege to provide cutting-edge cancer treatments in the comfort of our patients’ local community.”

Four Board-certified medical oncologists Drs. Elizabeth Byron, Shaachi Gupta, Shachar Peles, Napoleon Santos and Board-certified gynecologic oncologist Dr. Howard Goodman, are joined by a team of cancer experts and support staff to provide care in the new Lake Worth office.

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Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida. Over the past 5 years, the majority of new cancer drugs approved for use in the U.S. were

Study finds obesity medicine specialists are using evidence-based care

Study finds obesity medicine specialists are using evidence-based care
Obesity and weight-management care supported by scientific research and clinical trials is best for patients, says a survey by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers. They urge physicians to offer services to their patients with obesity such as nutritional counseling. Credit: Public domain image courtesy of Carlos Silva

The United States obesity rate is now more than 40%, and physicians are looking for new and more effective ways to treat the problem. In 2013, the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a complex, chronic disease that requires medical attention. However, past research studies showed that the percentage of physicians providing adequate counseling and treatment to patients with obesity remains low.

Additionally, patients with obesity are often unaware that such services even exist.

To better understand the state of obesity medicine in the United States, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers surveyed physicians certified in the discipline by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) found that these practitioners, whose numbers are low, commonly offer key services supported by scientific research and clinical trials.

This suggests that primary care clinicians can be increasingly confident that their patients will receive this “evidence-based care” when referred to an obesity specialist. Overall, most of the respondents endorsed the use of nutrition, behavioral services, weight-loss surgical care and anti-obesity medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The findings were published online on Sept. 10, 2020, in the journal Clinical Obesity.

“Modifications are key to losing weight,” says study lead author Kimberly Gudzune, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and director of both the Johns Hopkins Healthful Eating, Activity and Weight Program and the Johns Hopkins Obesity Medicine Fellowship. “A lot of physician training doesn’t include obesity treatments such as lifestyle counseling and medication management, and without it, you’re unlikely to help patients lose weight. We want to ensure that obesity medicine providers are providing great care to help patients achieve long-term success.”

Through ABOM, Gudzune surveyed over 490-obesity medicine certified physicians. The physicians were asked about their current clinical practices in the hope of learning if the services they offer are in line with currently accepted science.

Gudzune and her colleagues found that the majority of ABOM physicians responding to their survey offered nutritional (90%), exercise (68%) and mental health (77%) counseling to their patients. Only a few offered minimally invasive procedures (24%), but most provided care before and after surgery (63%). Most (83%) prescribed FDA‐approved medications—both short‐ and long‐term agents (71%).

Gudzune’s team concluded that most of the survey participants’ obesity medicine services are evidenced based.

Gudzune plans to use the study’s findings to raise patient awareness that there are health care providers specifically trained to help with obesity and its consequences, such as a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers and premature death. She also hopes the study results can be used to identify where gaps may exist in obesity care and to support development of more comprehensive treatments.


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