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October 16th, 2019 Baptist Health International

New Radiation Oncology Specialists Clinic at The Cancer Centre Bahamas in collaboration with Miami Cancer Institute

MIAMI – October 15, 2019 – Baptist Health International and Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Heath South Florida, have collaborated with The Cancer Centre Bahamas to establish a Radiation Oncology Specialists Clinic in Nassau.

The inaugural Clinic will take place Monday, October 21, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Cancer Centre Bahamas, located in the Medical Pavilion Bahamas at 72-74 Collins Avenue. Leading the ceremony will be Minesh Mehta, M.D., FASTRO, a world-renowned expert in radiation oncology, proton therapy and cancer research, who serves as deputy director and chief of radiation oncology at Miami Cancer Institute.

Dr. Mehta will be accompanied by Jessika Contreras, M.D., a radiation oncology specialist at Miami Cancer Institute, and Osama Kellini, M.D., medical director at The Cancer Centre Bahamas. Patients will be seen by all three radiation oncology specialists during their clinic appointment.

“We look forward to accepting referrals of any oncology patient who may benefit from this unique opportunity to have their case reviewed by radiation oncology experts from Miami Cancer Institute  right here in their hometown of Nassau,” said Conville S. Brown, M.D., president and chief executive officer of The Cancer Centre Bahamas.

The Radiation Oncology Specialists Clinic will facilitate consultations for any patients requiring or benefiting from the latest technology platforms, including TrueBeam, CyberKnife M6, Radixact and Gamma Knife Icon, and Viewray MRIdian Linac as well as Proton Beam Therapy, the most advanced form of pencil beam scanning technology, available at Miami Cancer Institute – the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Miami Cancer Institute has built a multidisciplinary radiation oncology department, comprising of world-renowned experts and state-of-the-art technology,” said Dr. Mehta. The Institute features a robust roster of nationally and internationally recognized physicians and scientists who collectively have over 25 years of proton therapy experience. “Access to these resources will help patients and doctors in the Bahamas make better-informed decisions regarding their medical care in the fight against cancer,” said Dr. Mehta.

The new Radiation Oncology Specialists Clinic will be held every three to six weeks and will feature radiation oncologists from Miami Cancer Institute specializing in the treatment of prostate, breast, gynecological, gastrointestinal and head and neck cancers. Other Miami Cancer Institute physicians who will be on rotation include Michael Chuong, M.D., Marcio Fagundes, M.D., Noah Kalman, M.D., and Joseph Panoff, M.D.

To schedule an appointment or for more information on how to begin the case evaluation process, please contact The Cancer Centre Bahamas at 242-502-9610.

About Miami Cancer Institute
Miami Cancer Institute brings to South Florida access to personalized clinical treatments and comprehensive support services delivered with unparalleled compassion. No other cancer program in the region has the combination of cancer-fighting expertise and advanced technology—including the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and one of the only radiation oncology program in the world with each of the newest radiation therapies in one place—to diagnose and deliver precise cancer treatments that achieve the best outcomes and improve the lives of cancer patients. The Institute offers an impressive roster of established community oncologists and renowned experts, clinical researchers and genomic scientists recruited from the nation’s top cancer centers. Selected as Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer (MSK) Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a meaningful clinical collaboration that affords patients in South Florida access to innovative treatments and ensures that the standards of care developed by their multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK.

Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Baptist Health International
Baptist Health International is one of the largest hospital-based international programs in the United States, with more than 12,000 international patient visits at Baptist Health South Florida facilities from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. Baptist Health International is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality services for international physicians and their patients, including hospital admissions, outpatient medical exams, medical second opinions and physician consultations, as well as concierge services.

About The Cancer Centre Bahamas
The Cancer Centre Bahamas is among the leading comprehensive cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment centres in the English-speaking Caribbean. The centre is the only one of its kind in this hemisphere and now the only accredited American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Centre outside the United States and North America. It is the only one to house the entire medical, pediatric, surgical and radiation oncology staff under one roof with all supporting areas and state-of-the-art equipment. Located within The Medical Pavilion Bahamas, The Cancer Centre Bahamas is a private, non-government facility, which enables it to move speedily to adapt to new technology, equipment and personnel, thereby keeping it on the leading and cutting edge of cancer care. Housed in a new $12 million facility, with a brand-new Medical Oncology Division and its own Chemotherapy Infusion Centre which functions as a Day-Hospital

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Baptist Health International
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