Our Team

Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg

Abraham Schwarzberg, MD

Senior Vice President of Network
Development & Chief of Oncology,
Tampa General Hospital

Abraham Schwarzberg, MD, formerly a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital’s department of medical oncology, has an ongoing commitment to academic medicine and clinical research. Dr. Schwarzberg received his medical oncology and hematology training at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and his internal medicine training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both in Boston.

Dr. Schwarzberg is the Senior Vice President of Network Development & Chief of Oncology at Tampa General Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

CANCER CARE SPECIALTIES
Bladder
Genitourinary
Melanoma
Prostate

HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES
Jupiter Medical Center (Jupiter, Florida)
JFK Medical Center — Main Campus (Atlantis, Florida)
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

MEDICAL SCHOOL
George Washington University School of Medicine
(Washington, D.C.)

INTERNSHIP
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
(Boston, Massachusetts), Internal Medicine

RESIDENCY
Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)

FELLOWSHIP
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, Massachusetts),
Hematology and Medical Oncology

Talya Schwarzberg

Talya Schwarzberg, MD

Medical Oncologist

Talya Schwarzberg, MD, is a former clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital’s department of medical oncology. She received her medical oncology and hematology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her internal medicine training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both in Boston.

Dr. Schwarzberg is currently seeing patients with different types of cancers, with a focus on breast and gynecologic cancers. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

CANCER CARE SPECIALTIES
Breast
Gynecologic Cancers

HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES
Jupiter Medical Center (Jupiter, Florida)
JFK Medical Center — Main Campus
(West Palm Beach, Florida)
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

MEDICAL SCHOOL
SUNY Upstate Medical University
(Syracuse, New York)
George Washington University School of Medicine
(Washington, D.C.)

INTERNSHIP
Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)

RESIDENCY
Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)

FELLOWSHIP
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston,
Massachusetts), Hematology and Medical Oncology

Raymond Tsao, MD

Raymond Tsao, MD

Medical Oncologist

Before joining the Cancer Center of South Florida, Raymond Tsao, MD, served as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, where his duties included cancer care, medical education and enrolling patients in clinical trials. His research on pancreatic cancer and lymphoma has been published and presented during national cancer meetings. Dr. Tsao completed his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, and has been a member of multiple national cancer research organizations, including Southwest Oncology Group and National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project.

Dr. Tsao is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. He is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on hematologic and gastrointestinal malignancies, including esophageal, stomach, colorectal and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Tsao is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Hematology
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

CANCER CARE SPECIALTIES
Gastrointestinal
Hematology

HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES
Jupiter Medical Center (Jupiter, Florida)
JFK Medical Center — Main Campus (Atlantis, Florida)
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
(Camden, New Jersey)

INTERNSHIP
Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island),
Internal Medicine

RESIDENCY
Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island),
Internal Medicine

FELLOWSHIP
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, Ohio),
Hematology and Medical Oncology

Sujal Shah, MD

Sujal Shah, MD

Medical Oncologist

Sujal Shah, MD is a former assistant professor of medicine at the University of Texas at Austin and an associate instructor of clinical medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dr. Shah completed his internal medicine residency and his hematology and oncology fellowship at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics in New Orleans.

Dr. Shah is currently seeing patients with different types of cancers, with a focus on lung cancer and head and neck cancers. Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

CANCER CARE SPECIALTIES
Head and Neck
Lung

HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES
Jupiter Medical Center
(Jupiter, Florida)
JFK Medical Center — Main Campus
(Atlantis, Florida)
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Rush University Medical College (Chicago, Illinois)

POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING
Tulane University Hospital and Clinics
(New Orleans, Louisiana), Department of Medicine

RESIDENCY
Tulane University Hospital and Clinics
(New Orleans, Louisiana), Internal Medicine

FELLOWSHIP
Tulane University Hospital and Clinics
(New Orleans, Louisiana),
Hematology and Oncology

Vijay Narendran, MD, MBA
Vijay Narendran, MD, MBA

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Vijay Narendran, MD, MBA, trained in internal medicine at University Hospitals Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland. Dr. Narendran continued his graduate medical studies at New York University School of Medicine by pursuing a clinical fellowship in hematology and medical oncology. Dr. Narendran later conducted research in hematologic malignancies and went on to become an assistant professor at Hofstra University School of Medicine in Hempstead, New York. Dr. Narendran also worked at Monter Cancer Center in North New Hyde Park, New York, focusing on hematologic malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma, and a variety of benign blood disorders. Before joining the Cancer Center of South Florida, Dr. Narendran also practiced medicine in the Pacific Northwest, working primarily in cancers of the lung, and the head and neck.

Dr. Narendran treats a variety of cancers and has a special interest in gastrointestinal and hematologic malignancies. Dr. Narendran is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Hematology
Medical Oncology

CANCER CARE SPECIALTIES
Gastrointestinal
Hematology

HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES
Jupiter Medical Center (Jupiter, Florida)
JFK Medical Center — Main Campus (Atlantis, Florida)
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine (Lubbock, Texas)

INTERNSHIP
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
(Cleveland, Ohio), Internal Medicine

RESIDENCY
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
(Cleveland, Ohio), Internal Medicine

FELLOWSHIP
New York University School of Medicine
(New York, New York), Hematology and Medical Oncology

Mayer Fishman, MD, PHD

Mayer Fishman, MD, PHD

Medical Oncologist

Mayer Fishman, MD, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience in medical oncology, specializing in urologic oncology. With a focus on creating longitudinal plans for patient care, Dr. Fishman utilizes emerging therapies and medication options to coordinate chemotherapy, medical therapy, radiation and surgical services. Dr. Fishman provides second opinions, consultations and treatments for:

Kidney cancer • Bladder cancer • Prostate cancer • Penile cancer • Testicular cancer • Urethral cancer

Dr. Fishman’s expertise in innovative care is matched by his teaching and administrative experience. In addition to spending more than 18 years on the medical staff and in different committees at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, he also served as a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. Over 80 fellows have rotated through his clinic.

Dr. Fishman has more than 100 publications to his credit and has been invited to speak on a variety of oncology topics at lectures and seminars. He is a current member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

TRAINING
Medical School:
University of Maryland School of Medicine
(Baltimore, Maryland)

RESIDENCY
Internal Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
(St. Louis, Missouri)

FELLOWSHIP
Medical Oncology and Hematology
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and USF Health
Morsani College of Medicine
(Tampa, Florida)

John R. Pawloski, MD, PHD

John R. Pawloski, MD, PHD

Medical Oncologist

Dr. John Pawloski is a hematologist oncologist at Tampa General Hospital who specializes in stem cell transplant. Prior to joining Tampa General, he was the program director of cellular therapy at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health/St. Joseph Hospital where he performed 11 autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplants, one matched unrelated allogeneic transplant, and 13 peripheral blood hematopoietic progenitor cell collections. Dr. Pawloski was also section leader of malignant hematology and medical director of hematology. He has served in medical director, chief clinician, and professorship roles at leading academic and treatment institutions including Cancer Centers of America, Drexel University College of Medicine, and Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Pawloski performed the first hematopoietic progenitor (stem) cell transplant in enterprise history at both the University of Arizona Cancer Center and Cancer Treatment Centers of America-Atlanta. He has been recognized by Press Ganey for HCAHPS and CAHPS patient satisfaction. Dr. Pawloski has three patents and his clinical research has impacted treatment protocols for patients with large B-cell lymphoma and multiple myeloma. He has made over 50 media appearances and published numerous peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and presentations. Dr. Pawloski has memberships with the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, American Society of Hematology, and Alpha American Society of Clinical Oncology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Internal Medicine

CONDITIONS TREATED
Leukemias
Lymphomas
Myeloma
Myeloproliferative disorders
Non-malignant conditions for transplant evaluation

PROCEDURES OFFERED
Stem cell transplant

MEDICAL SCHOOL
St. Louis University School of Medicine
(St. Louis, MO)

RESIDENCY
Duke University Medical Center
(Durham, NC)

FELLOWSHIP
Research
Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)
Hematology-Oncology (Stem Cell Therapies)
Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)
Adult Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant
Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)

Eduardo M. Sotomayor, MD

Eduardo M. Sotomayor, MD

Director, Cancer Institute
Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Sotomayor is the director of the newly established Cancer Institute at Tampa General Hospital. He is a pioneer in the field of cancer immunology and immunotherapy and an internationally renowned expert in lymphoma research and treatment. Prior to joining Tampa General, he was the director of the George Washington University Cancer Center with responsibility and authority over all aspects of cancer care and research at GW and affiliated health systems. He was also a professor of medicine in the division of hematology/oncology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Sotomayor has returned to Tampa, where he previously had a highly productive 15-year tenure with Moffitt Cancer Center. He served as the Susan and John Sykes Endowed Chair of Hematologic Malignancies and chair of the department of malignant hematology. In addition, he was the scientific director of the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt Cancer Center. He also guided future medical professionals as a professor in the University of South Florida College of Medicine’s departments of oncologic sciences, and pathology and cell biology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

CONDITIONS TREATED
Lymphomas and lymphoproliferative disorders
Leukemias

PROCEDURES OFFERED
Cell therapies (CAR T-cells) (in the near future)

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Federico Villarreal National University School of Medicine
(Lima, Peru)

RESIDENCY
Jackson Memorial Medical Center, University of Miami School of Medicine
(Miami, FL)

FELLOWSHIP
Medical Oncology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)

Cancer Immunology Research
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Miami School of Medicine
(Miami, FL)

Cheryl Cassella Rymer

Cheryl Cassella-Rymer, APRN

With more than 20 years of Oncology Experience, Ms. Casella-Rymer is a board certified nurse practitioner that is currently involved in the evaluation, management and treatment of patients with both hematologic and solid tumor malignancies at the Cancer Center of South Florida. She obtained her MSN from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.

In 2011 Ms. Casella- Rymer graduated from the City of Hope Cancer Genetics Intensivist Program City of Hope, California. She currently sees patient regarding the screening and testing of Hereditary Cancers Syndromes. Ms. Casella-Rymer has lectured on all aspects of identification, management and treatment of hematologic and solid tumor malignancies to patient and professional audiences.

She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, and is a past president of both the Broward Oncology Nursing Society and Palm Beach Area Oncology Nursing Society.

Christina Gustavson, APRN

Christina Gustavson, APRN

Christina is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Born and raised near Philadelphia, she lived in Pennsylvania until relocating to Virginia for college. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University in 2007 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University in 2011. Christina has worked in Hematology/Oncology throughout her career and has truly gained a passion for these patients. She relocated from the Washington, DC area to join the Cancer Center of South Florida team in 2016. She and her husband have two children, a daughter, and a son. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, or cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Valerie Fiordilino-Maslow, PA

Valerie Fiordilino-Maslow, PA

Valerie Fiordilino-Maslow is a nationally certified Physician Assistant with a passion for the hematology/oncology field. She received double bachelor’s degrees, an MBA and a Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies from Nova Southeastern University. Valerie is well known and respected in the community as an advocate for numerous charitable organizations, in particular, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Valerie’s passion for oncology stems from her father’s four year battle with Leukemia. Since then, Valerie has dedicated her time and life to cancer research, with a concentration in hematologic malignancies. She has worked in the fields of Dermatology and Family Medicine, and has been under the direction and clinical expertise of South Florida’s finest physicians during her studies.

Valerie is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Association of Physician Assistants, and the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Kid Sanctuary Campus Charities. Valerie has also received university recognition for medical research in stem cell and monoclonal antibody therapy and national accolades for her philanthropic work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Emily Mattingly, APRN

Emily Mattingly, APRN

Emily Mattingly earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and became a Registered Nurse in 2009.

After graduating from UF she returned home to Martin County, where she was born and raised, and began working on the oncology-medical floor at Jupiter Medical Center. In 2010, Emily returned to the University of Florida to become a Nurse Practitioner, while continuing to work at JMC.

She graduated from UF with her Master of Science in Nursing and became a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2013. Emily is also an Oncology Certified Nurse and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two Morkie- Poos, Meika and Puppy.

Katherine Arreaza, APRN

Katherine Arreaza, APRN

Katherine Arreaza is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has 13 years of nursing experience as a registered nurse and received her Masters in the Science of Nursing in 2018 from Florida Atlantic University. She began her journey as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner shortly after graduation in Broward County. She later re-located to the Palm Beach are in 2020 and joined the Cancer Center of South Florida team. She enjoys traveling, wake boarding and going to the beach with her two pups Chica and Reef.

Darcy Garland, APRN

Darcy Garland, APRN

Darcy is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with her MSN in 1996 from the University of Connecticut where she lived with her husband and three children. She began her career as a RN in 1979 after graduating from a hospital based RN program in Boston and went on to obtain a BSN in 1987. During this time she has worked in Pediatric Intensive care, Emergency Medicine and for the last 10 years, Oncology, which has become her passion. She most recently helped to develop and manage an Urgent Care Clinic associated with Yale New Haven Hospital designed to care for sick oncology patients.

Most recently she has relocated to Florida and joined the Cancer Center of South Florida team. During her time off she enjoys traveling to see her now grown children and grandkids, gardening, teaching yoga and barre and cooking.

Andrew Whitis, PA

Andrew Whitis, PA

Andrew graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2019 with a Master of Medical Science. He completed his undergraduate and RN training at Auburn University. Andrew has experience in multiple facets of medicine including Acute critical care, Trauma, Post anesthesia recovery, and Cardiovascular Intensive care. He is currently stationed at Jupiter Medical Center to assist in coordinating timely and appropriate care for our patients.

Andrew is an avid fisherman and stalks the depths every chance he gets. Growing up in northeast Alabama leaves a plethora of information to learn about saltwater fishing. When not out on the water you can find him training for his first marathon, a post pandemic lofty goal.

Amanda Hoelscher, APRN

Amanda Hoelscher, APRN

Amanda is a nurse practitioner, who was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She received both her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of South Florida, studying adult-gerontology and oncology nursing, earning a dual master’s degree in 2013 and graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Most of her career has been spent working in the oncology field in Dallas, Texas, including time in Phase 1 Clinical Trials. She returned home to Florida in 2020 to join CCSF. Her interests include oncology, research, and integrative medicine. Her hope is to someday combine these interests and develop an integrative oncology clinical and research program here at CCSF. She is married and has two children and a dog. She spends her free time snorkeling and diving and is a certified rescue diver.

Sydnie Swartz, APRN

Sydnie Swartz, APRN

Sydnie was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In 2010, she moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She began her career as a Registered Nurse in 2015 and immediately discovered her passion for hematologic cancers as a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse. She became a board-certified nurse practitioner in 2020 after graduating from Chamberlain University with a master’s degree in Nursing-Family Practice. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a doctorate degree in Nursing and strives to be Oncology Certified. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and seeking new adventures for travel. She is passionate about living life to the fullest and loves having the opportunity to support her patients in doing the same.

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