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 Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute, 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 Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute, 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)

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)

Dr David Swoboda
David M. Swoboda, MD

Dr. David Swoboda is a hematologist oncologist at Tampa General Hospital who specializes in malignant hematology. Prior to joining Tampa General, he was a chief hematology-oncology fellow at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa after serving as a chief resident at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Swoboda received his medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, where he was the president of the Internal Medicine Interest Group.

Dr. Swoboda enjoys developing a close relationship with his patients and their families, building trust and gaining a full understanding of each disease in order to provide personalized, comprehensive care. His research is directed toward acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and myeloproliferative disorders. He has published several entries in peer-reviewed journals and has participated in numerous scientific abstract presentations. Dr. Swoboda has memberships with the Society for Hematology Oncology, American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Internal Medicine

CONDITIONS TREATED
Acute myeloid leukemia
Myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative disorders
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphomas

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

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Florida State University College of Medicine
(Tallahassee, Fla.)

RESIDENCY
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, D.C.)

FELLOWSHIPS
Chief Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute (Tampa, Fla.)

Dr. Jamie E. McKenzie
Jamie E. McKenzie, MD

Dr. Jamie McKenzie is a hematologist-oncologist at Tampa General Hospital who specializes in breast cancer. She is a compassionate physician who utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to providing patients with comprehensive care and rehabilitation before and throughout the treatment process. Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital, she had a clinical practice with New England Cancer Specialists at community sites in Maine and New Hampshire. Dr. McKenzie also was a presenter and Breast Cancer Tumor Board participant at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire.

In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. McKenzie has followed her passion for educating patients and instructing future professionals around the world throughout her medical career. While working as a hematologist and medical oncologist at Lahey Medical Center in Massachusetts, she participated in the multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic and also served as an internal medicine resident teacher. Years before, she was a teaching assistant for doctor-patient communication and physical diagnosis at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, where she graduated with honors. Following post-graduate training, Dr. McKenzie began her career as a hematologist and medical oncologist in Washington state with Providence Regional Cancer System in 2013.

Dr. McKenzie is board certified in medical oncology, hematology, hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine. She is a current member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She has a particular interest in the care of young women with breast cancer and the role that lifestyle factors/modification play in the prevention and management of breast cancer.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Internal Medicine – Medical Oncology, Hematology, Hospice and Palliative
Medicine, Internal Medicine

CONDITIONS TREATED
Breast Cancer

TREATMENT OPTIONS
Endocrine therapy
Chemotherapy
Immunotherapy
Targeted therapy

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Drexel University College of Medicine
(Philadelphia, Pa.)

RESIDENCY
Internal Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
(Boston, Mass.)

FELLOWSHIPS
Hematology-Oncology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
(Boston, Mass.)

Palliative Medicine
Harvard University: Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
(Boston, Mass.)

Dr. Alan Kerr
D. Alan Kerr II, MD, PHD

Dr. D. Alan Kerr is a hematologist-oncologist and physician scientist with Tampa General Hospital, where he previously conducted continuity clinic work with a focus on malignant hematology. He specializes in benign and malignant hematology as well as solid tumor oncology.

Prior to joining Tampa General, Dr. Kerr treated patients in a private community practice at Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers (ACTC) in Brooksville, Fla., after completing a three-year hematology and medical oncology fellowship program with Moffitt Cancer Center/University of South Florida. Before that, he completed an internal medicine residency program at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, where he served as a chief medical resident. In the same department, he followed his passion for teaching future medical professionals as an assistant professor from 2015-16. Dr. Kerr received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Louisville.

Dr. Kerr is a site investigator for numerous active clinical trials and his primary clinical interests include lymphomas and myeloid diseases. Well-versed in translational research and clinical research protocols, Dr. Kerr is credited with several publications, oral presentations and abstracts on a wide range of oncology topics. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and has memberships with the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology

CONDITIONS TREATED
Anemia
Blood clotting/bleeding disorders

CANCERS
Leukemia
Lymphoma
Myeloma
Solid tumors

PROCEDURES OFFERED
Bone marrow biopsies
Intrathecal chemo infusions

MEDICAL SCHOOL
University of Louisville School of Medicine (Louisville, Ky.)

GRADUATE SCHOOL
University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.)

RESIDENCY
Internal Medicine
University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.)

FELLOWSHIPS
Hematology and Medical Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center/University of South Florida (Tampa, Fla.)

Tulika Ranjan, MD
Tulika Ranjan, MD

Dr. Tulika Ranjan is a renowned neuro-oncologist with the Cancer Institute at Tampa General Hospital. She has a wealth of experience in treating adult primary brain and spinal cord tumors and has conducted groundbreaking research on new therapies for treating glioblastoma (GBM).

Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Ranjan was the director of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) adult neuro-oncology program that specialized in advanced modalities such as laser interstitial thermal therapy and cancer stem cell chemo-sensitivity testing. She also served as chairperson for AHN Cancer Institute Neurologic-Oncology disease site leadership team.

Before joining AHN in 2015, Dr. Ranjan was part of the collaborative clinical research team at Duke University’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center that developed a novel therapy using the polio virus to treat GMB, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer.

Dr. Ranjan’s prominent clinical trials include “Chemo ID for GBM,” which was a multicenter trial run at the national level. Her Executive General Management program education from Harvard University, further supports innovations and cost-effective management in the health care field.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Neuro-Oncology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

CONDITIONS TREATED
Cancer:
Brain cancer • Brain metastases • Glioblastoma • Leptomeningeal disease • Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma

Benign:
Ependymoma • Low-grade glial tumor • Meningioma • Schwannoma

TREATMENTS OFFERED
Chemotherapy • Clinical trials • Immunotherapy • Ommaya/intrathecal treatment • Optune device • Targeted therapy

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Sri Krishna Medical College (India)

RESIDENCY
Neurology and Medicine
Rutgers University (Newark, N.J.)

FELLOWSHIPS
Neuro-Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York City, N.Y.)

GENERAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Harvard Business School (HBS) (Boston, Mass.)

Kelly Foster MD
Kelly Foster, MD

Kelly Foster, MD, is a former medical oncologist at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, where she provided quality care to patients with all types of cancer. Dr. Foster completed her internal medicine residency and her medical oncology and palliative medicine fellowship training all at Northwestern University. She received her undergraduate degree at UCLA and completed medical school at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Foster is board certified in medical oncology, internal medicine and palliative medicine. She is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on breast and gastrointestinal cancers (gastric, esophageal, pancreatic, hepatobiliary, colon, anal). She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
Medical Oncology
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Internal Medicine

CANCER CARE SPECIALTIES
Breast cancer
Gastrointestinal cancers (gastric, esophageal, pancreatic, hepatobiliary, colon, anal)

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

MEDICAL SCHOOL
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (Maywood, Ill.)

INTERNSHIP
Northwestern University (Chicago, Ill.)

RESIDENCY
Northwestern University (Chicago, Ill.)

FELLOWSHIP
Northwestern University (Chicago, Ill.)
Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine

Norman Ashraf
Noman Ashraf, MD

Dr. Noman Ashraf is a hematologist-oncologist with Tampa General Hospital who specializes in solid tumor oncology. He has been an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine since 2019. Additionally, he has been actively involved with the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Moffitt Cancer Center.

Prior to joining Tampa General, Dr. Ashraf served as the assistant chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa after completing his hematology and medical oncology fellowship with USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Moffitt Cancer Center in 2012. He completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and received his medical degree with honors from The Aga Khan University in Pakistan.

Dr. Ashraf has been an invited speaker and presenter at regional, national and international conferences, including many throughout Tampa. He has formally trained more than 80 post-graduate fellows, including many current TGH medical staff members. Dr. Ashraf has also served as a principal investigator for clinical trials and is credited with several peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and presentations in his areas of expertise.

Victoria Rizk

Victoria Rizk, MD

Dr. Victoria Rizk is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer. Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute, Dr. Rizk worked as a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she provided comprehensive care, support, and education for patients with breast cancer. Additionally, she was as an instructor in medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where she taught and mentored medical students. Aspiring to become an oncologist from a young age, Dr. Rizk graduated from an accelerated, six-year B.A./M.D. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She then completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of South Florida/Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Skilled in clinical research, Dr. Rizk is credited with several peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and presentations. She has received numerous honors, including the Merit Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation and induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the UMKC School of Medicine. Dr. Rizk has memberships with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the European Society for Medical Oncology, the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association.

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

CANCER CARE SPECIALTIES
Breast Cancer
Sarcoma

HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES
Tampa General Hospital
(Tampa, Florida)

MEDICAL SCHOOL
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
(Kansas City, Missouri)

RESIDENCY
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine (Tampa, Florida),
Internal Medicine

FELLOWSHIP
University of South Florida/Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Florida),
Hematology and Medical Oncology

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 Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute. 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 Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute 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 Sigismondi, APRN

Katherine Sigismondi 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 Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute 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 Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute 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.

Anna-Manasherov

Anna Manasherov, APRN

Anna is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who recently graduated with her MSN from University of Texas Medical Branch. Her experience as an oncology nurse included working at both MD Anderson Cancer Center and Mt. Sinai Dubin Cancer Center in NYC. Her passion for oncology and hematological disorders was heightened during her experience working at large academic institutions and providing exceptional care to her patients. Anna is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Prior to working in oncology and beginning her graduate studies in nursing, Anna completed her MPH at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel. Upon completion, she began working as the RN at the U.S. Embassy Medical Unit in Tel Aviv, Israel. During her time there, she served as the primary RN for all US government diplomatic personnel and their families, US military personnel, and congressional delegations stationed overseas. She worked during various high threat situations and worked closely with local hospitals and government health officials to ensure all personnel receive excellent care.

She recently relocated to South Florida with her family and is very excited to begin her career as an APRN in hematology/oncology at the Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute!

Anna Krzeczowska
Anna Krzeczowska , MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC

Anna Krzeczowska is a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She was born and raised in Poland; however, she completed all her undergraduate and graduate education in the United States. She first graduated with the highest honors from the University of West Florida with a degree in Pre-Professional Biology. During that time, she worked as a nursing assistant and discovered her passion for nursing. Subsequently, she enrolled in the accelerated nursing program at the University of South Alabama (USA). She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2016. Immediately after graduation, she began her career as an oncology nurse. She also passed her oncology certification shortly thereafter. Anna was voted Oncology Nurse of the Year 2020, and she is also a Daisy Award Honoree. In 2020 she completed her Master of Science in Nursing with a subspecialty in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. She is currently continuing her education by pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of South Alabama.

In her spare time, she is preparing for the Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner Certification examination.

Anna places high value on patient education and a patient-centered, multidisciplinary team-based approach to individualized oncology care. She is especially interested in the evolution of precision medicine in the treatment of malignant hematologic disorders.

Brigett Brandjes
Brigett Brandjes, PA-C

Brigett Brandjes is a certified physician assistant with Tampa General Hospital. Her clinical expertise focuses on cellular therapies, blood and marrow transplantation, and associated toxicities. Prior to joining Tampa General, she practiced for seven years in the Blood & Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Immunotherapy Department at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. She also serves as an internal medicine preceptor for physician assistant students as well as on the board for FLASCO. Brigett received her Master of Medical Science from Nova Southeastern University and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida Gulf Coast University where she graduated top of her class.

Brigett has been involved in numerous research protocols with goals of advancing the standard of care for cancer patients and she’s credited with several presentations and publications in areas of her expertise. Brigett earned certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She has memberships with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Medical Reserve Corps.

Ofelia Betancourt

Ofelia Betancourt, APRN

For her nearly 20-year career as an APRN, Ofelia Rose has held a passion for oncology, specifically within solid tumors.

Rosie was an academic scholarship recipient for both undergrad and graduate school, graduating sum cum laude from the University of Miami with her BSN degree in 1999. She was soon inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, Coral Gables chapter. She began working as an oncology nurse at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center and obtained her OCN certification. Shortly thereafter, she moved forward in pursuit of higher education, graduating with honors from Florida International University in 2002 with her MSN, APRN degree. At the time, she electively became ANCC Board Certified.

While continuing to work as an oncology nurse practitioner, Rosie served on the ASCO, Florida chapter (FLASCO) as a planning committee member as well as speaker throughout the state of Florida. She has also worked as an APRN Research Practitioner, treating and enrolling patients on oncology clinical trials.

In the last 10 years, Rosie has regularly volunteered her time and expertise on medical missions through the University of Miami where she cares for and treats the underserved in Latin America, with her last mission being that of the Haiti Earthquake.

When not caring for patients, she spends her time with her beloved family and friends and enjoys traveling. Being a native Floridian, she loves to spend time outdoors and on the water.

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Erin Bialousz, PA

Erin Bialousz is a NCCPA board-certified Physician Assistant. She graduated summa cum laude at Florida State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. She then attended the University of South Florida and graduated in May 2022 with her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. She always had a strong passion for oncology which heightened during her experience working in pediatric hematology/oncology during physician assistant school.

Erin is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology. She most recently relocated from Tampa to the Palm Beach area. Erin enjoys spending time at the gym, with family, friends and her mini goldendoodle, Theo. Erin is very excited to be a part of the Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute.

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Yi Alice Gu, ARNP-C

Alice is a Board-Certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who recently graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Florida. She completed her undergraduate and nursing training at Millikin University in 2013 in Illinois and finished her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of South Florida in 2020. Alice is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She was a charge nurse of an Oncology Thoracic Surgery/Tele unit prior to joining Cancer Center of South Florida. Her patient’s resilience and courage inspired her passion for oncology and hematology. She was born and raised in China and moved to the United States in her 20s. She and her family recently relocated to the West Palm Beach area. When she is not working, she spends time with her two fluffy bears (aka dogs) named Friday and Sunny. She also enjoys traveling and loves to try all kinds of food from different cultures.

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Samantha Roberts, APRN

Samantha is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who received her Master’s in Science of Nursing from University of Tampa in May of 2022. She joins Cancer Center of South Florida with over 12 years of nursing experience as a registered nurse with Tampa General Hospital. She is excited to grow as an APRN with the Neuro Oncology team within the TGH Cancer Institute.

In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family by going to the beach, traveling, and creating new memories.

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Madeleine Savon, ARNP

Madeleine obtained her BSN from Advent Health University and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Madeleine has experience working as a hospitalist managing complex and comorbid disease conditions in Central Florida. She has been a preceptor for USF nurse practitioner students, and later held a position as adjunct faculty. In 2017, Madeleine moved to Tampa and worked for an observation unit and emergency department. Her experience as a registered nurse included cardiac intensive care and neurovascular stepdown unit.

On her time off, she enjoys reading a good book, exercising, and caring for her family. The best thing about moving to Tampa is being close to the best beaches on the gulf coast.

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