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SMH Installs New Physician Leaders

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SARASOTA (Oct. 30, 2014)  – Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff installed its new leaders for 2014–2015, with GYN Oncologist James Fiorica, MD, becoming Sarasota Memorial’s chief of staff on Nov. 1. He succeeds outgoing chief of staff Anesthesiologist M. Cindy VonWaldner, MD, whose term ends Friday, Oct. 31.

James Fiorica, MDAs the new chief of staff, Dr. Fiorica, who serves as Sarasota Memorial’s medical director of Women’s Cancer Services and practices with Sarasota Memorial’s First Physician’s Group, will serve as the top representative of Sarasota Memorial’s more than 800 medical staff members. A member of SMH’s medical staff since 2004, 

Dr. Fiorica served as chief of staff-elect last year. He completed his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. He is board certified in Gynecologic Oncology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologist. 

Other medical staff officers appointed for 2014-2015 include:

  • Chief of staff-elect Karen Hamad, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (First Physicians Group)
  • Secretary/treasurer Ranjan Ghose, Nephrology (Nephrology Associates of Sarasota)
  • Members-at-large: Richard Brown, MD (Oncology/Hematology, Florida Cancer Specialists) and Hardy Schwartz, MD (Cardiology/Internal Medicine, Heart Specialists of Sarasota).

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800 physicians, 4,000 employees and 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care centers and physician groups, to laboratory and imaging centers, home health, rehabilitation and long-term care.

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