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September 2014

Dr. Deborah German Receives Alma Dea Morani Award


The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award, Deborah German, M.D., Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.


Dr. German was appointed Founding Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in December 2006. She also serves as UCF's Vice President for Medical Affairs.


As such, she oversees both the Medical Education (M.D.) program and the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.


The College of Medicine is a founding tenant of Medical City, located just minutes from Orlando International Airport. The life sciences cluster is expected to generate more than 30,000 jobs and $7.8 billion in annual economic development by 2017.


Deborah German earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Boston University and gained her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She was a Resident in Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York. After her residency, she became a Fellow in Rheumatic and Genetic Diseases at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She was appointed to the faculty at Duke University Medical School and worked in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, studying adenosine metabolism. She was also Director of the Duke Gout Clinics and Associate Dean of Medical Education while maintaining her own private practice of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.


In 2005, Dr. German spent a year at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. as a Petersdorf Scholar in Residence. She studied the leadership of academic health centers framed in the concepts of chaos theory and complex adaptive system science.


Many communities have recognized Dr. German for her contributions. The city of Nashville honored her with the Athena Award and she was inducted into the YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement. She is the recipient of the AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. German was named a Local Legend of Medicine in the National Library of Medicine.



Physician Associates to Expand to Lake Nona


Physician Associates, one of the largest multi-specialty healthcare groups in Central Florida and a part of Orlando Health will soon be offering its services in the Lake Nona area. The new office expects to open in January, 2015 in the Lake Nona Village. Alix Casler, MD; Daniel Goddard, MD and Norman Lamberty, MD will practice at the new location providing pediatrics, adult medicine and obstetrics and gynecologic services respectively.


Physician Associates will relocate its physicians and staff from the Vista Lakes office on Chickasaw Trail to the Lake Nona location. With the opening in Lake Nona, the group will have 28 offices in four Central Florida counties: Lake, Orange, Seminole and Osceola. Drs. Casler and Lamberty will practice full-time at the Lake Nona location. Dr. Goddard will divide his time between the Lake Nona location and the Water’s Edge office in Edgewood.


Physician Associates, which is one of very few local practice groups that has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), currently consists of 97 physicians. The group’s specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric gastroenterology, orthopedics, podiatry and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.



Family Practice Clinic Opens In New Smyrna Beach


Bert Fish Medical Center welcomes Raman Ashta, M.D., to the medical staff. Dr. Ashta has opened her new practice, Coronado Health Partners – Primary Care in New Smyrna Beach. Dr. Ashta is Board Certified in Family Medicine and will begin seeing patients in her convenient location on September 2nd.


Dr. Ashta has been in private practice since 2009 and is experienced in a full spectrum of family medicine including adult medicine, pediatrics, office gynecology and psychosocial medicine.



Medical Media Holds Training Session


Medical Media USA held a sales training meeting addressing all legal issues regarding Sunshine and Stark laws at Lake Buena Vista. Former Alabama Attorney General, Troy King, from Montgomery, Ala. conducted the training session for Medical Media. CEO Nick Autrey, has put together a team of videographers, graphic designers, information technologists, and sales managers. This team has now launched into the Florida market and by all indications, have been just what the doctor ordered. Medical Media has approximately a dozen sales managers throughout the state of Florida that offer patient education and practice promotion through customized video content.



AADM Recommends Medical Practices Prepare for Disasters


September is National Preparedness Month. The American Academy of Disaster Medicine (AADM) recommends medical practices, that could be called upon to help treat injuries − or even to save lives − establish and maintain a comprehensive, up-to-date plan to ride out a disaster or wide-spread community emergency.


While every practice is unique, there are several general steps every physician or office manager can take once the potential serious risks have been identified:


1. Prioritize the practice’s operations on the basis of what will be maintained throughout the duration of the emergency and determine how those operations will be maintained.


2. Assign team members to relevant tasks, preferably in keeping with their everyday duties.


3. Create an inventory, with photographs and receipts, of every item in the office.


4. Make a list of emergency contacts and keep it in an easily accessible place.


5. Create a document, preferably digitally and in print, providing all the details of the disaster plan.


Other factors should be taken into account as well. In fact, the number one consideration during a disaster situation is the safety of staff members and patients. An evacuation route should also be planned, in case the immediate vicinity becomes unsafe. It also is vital to establish guidelines for recovery ahead of time, keeping them as general as possible to suit the particular emergency or loss.



Holiday Charity Ball set for November 22nd


The Holiday Charity Ball has been an important tradition in New Smyrna Beach since 1996. We are pleased to announce that this year’s Charity Ball will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at the Brannon Center, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. This 18th annual event will be the final event held at the Brannon Center building before renovations begin.


The Charity Ball fundraiser was originally started by Kaye Walker in 1996. It is now being coordinated through the Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation with Walker’s guidance and assistance. She is also a Foundation board member. Monies raised from the evening will be dedicated to patient services at Bert Fish Medical Center and improving the health of the Southeast Volusia community.


The fun filled evening features dancing, a silent auction, open bar, and other activities, along with a wide variety of food items contributed by area restaurants. Tickets are $75 per person and available through the Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation Office. Tickets may also be purchased by credit card by calling 386-424-5015. Only 400 tickets will be available this year and the event is expected to sell out quickly. Corporate sponsorships are also available.


For additional information, please visit website www.holidaycharityball.com, or contact the Foundation office at 386-424-5015 with any questions. Let’s all come together to make this a “Ball” to remember!



Cardiovascular Interventions Offers Total Heart Health Programs in a Single Facility


Cardiovascular Interventions (CVI) offers a state-of-the-art total cardiac health facility and staff. Founded by Dr. Pradip Jamnadas, who recently received recognition as a “Top Doc” in Central Florida by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the practice continues to grow.


The following procedures are changing the way patients can utilize services at a private facility:


Cardiac catheterization (heart cath) – CVI patients have the convenience of outpatient services for diagnostic coronary and interventional peripheral procedures. All procedures are same day discharge and are performed by a friendly, well-trained team of professionals.


External Counter Pulsation (ECP) – This non-invasive, FDA approved, outpatient therapy helps them address the persistent symptoms of chest pain due to blockages in the coronary arteries. ECP quickly stimulates the formation of collateral blood vessels to help create a natural bypass around narrowed or blocked arteries to improve coronary blood flow with no significant side effects.


Dr. Jamnadas has performed 15,000 procedures in the cath lab and over 10,000 quality interventions and thousands of pacemakers and ICDs. CVI’s 12,000 sq. ft. facility houses a variety of state-of-the-art technological advancements and equipment that aid in the diagnosis/treatment of cardiac conditions and assists in developing the most sophisticated cardiac treatment plans.



Richard J. Lee, MD Joins Central Florida Cancer Care Center


Central Florida Cancer Care Center is proud to announce that Dr. Richard J. Lee has joined the practice as their newest Radiation Oncologist.


Having worked in one of the nation’s most prestigious facilities, with arguably some of the best physicians in his field, Dr. Lee brings along with him an innovative clinical approach to radiation oncology. This knowledge, combined with his comforting and friendly demeanor, will make him a noticeable addition to the Central Florida medical community.


Dr. Lee attended the University of Michigan, as well as Boston Medical School, and completed his residency, as chief resident, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.


Dr. Richard J. Lee will be treating patients at both of Central Florida Cancer Care Center’s locations in Sanford and Orlando.



 
 
 
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