Aileen Novero, M.D. Named for 2016 Southern California SuperDoctors® Rising Stars

Aileen Novero, MD has been named by Southern California Super Doctors® Rising Stars 2016 as one of the top doctors in Southern California for 2016. The Rising Stars edition looks to the future of medicine by recognizing outstanding physicians who have been fully licensed to practice medicine in their respective specialty for approximately 10 years or less. These doctors have made noteworthy achievements early in their careers and are rising through the ranks of their field.

Each year, MSP Communications undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a survey of doctors, independent evaluation of candidates by the research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. As a part of this evaluation, physicians are asked to consider the following question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following practice areas, which doctor would you choose?” Only doctors who acquired the highest total points from the surveys, research, and blue-ribbon panel review were selected to the California’s 2016 Rising Stars list.

Since 2005, MSP Communications, has published Super Doctors lists across the country. Honorees are also found online at www.superdoctors.com, where selected doctors can be searched by name, medical specialty and location.

About The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation:

The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation is committed to providing superior, compassionate and state-of-the-art medical care to our patients. We offer programs to help our patients and families cope with the challenges that are brought on by cancer and strive to optimize their quality of life. Comprehensive and realistic treatment goals are tailored to every person’s unique needs and decided upon in partnership with the patients and their families. We are dedicated to and excel in cancer prevention, diagnosis and education through our exceptional team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants and office staff.

 

ichael S. Chung, M.D. Named for 2016 California SuperDoctors® Rising Stars

Michael S. Chung, MD has been named by Southern California Super Doctors® Rising Stars 2016 as one of the top doctors in Lynwood, CA for 2016. The Rising Stars edition looks to the future of medicine by recognizing outstanding physicians who have been fully licensed to practice medicine in their respective specialty for approximately 10 years or less. These doctors have made noteworthy achievements early in their careers and are rising through the ranks of their field.

Each year, MSP Communications undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a survey of doctors, independent evaluation of candidates by the research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. As a part of this evaluation, physicians are asked to consider the following question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following practice areas, which doctor would you choose?” Only doctors who acquired the highest total points from the surveys, research, and blue-ribbon panel review were selected to the California’s 2016 Rising Stars list.

Since 2005, MSP Communications, has published Super Doctors lists across the country. Honorees are also found online at www.superdoctors.com, where selected doctors can be searched by name, medical specialty and location.

About The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation:

The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation is committed to providing superior, compassionate and state-of-the-art medical care to our patients. We offer programs to help our patients and families cope with the challenges that are brought on by cancer and strive to optimize their quality of life. Comprehensive and realistic treatment goals are tailored to every person’s unique needs and decided upon in partnership with the patients and their families. We are dedicated to and excel in cancer prevention, diagnosis and education through our exceptional team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants and office staff.

 

The Foundation of Hope and Innovation Hosts Halloween Fundraising Event for Cancer Research

The Foundation of Hope and Innovation will be hosting a Halloween Fundraising Event on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Moravian Church, located at 10337 Old River Schools Road in Downey, CA.

This family event will be a fun-filled night of fun, including activities such as carnival games, raffle prizes, food, and a costume parade and contest for the children. The costume contest will have a grand prize of 4 tickets to Disneyland.

“Not only are we hoping to raise a generous amount of money towards research for a cure for cancer, but we also want to promote awareness and early detection, so we may better take care of ourselves to prevent cancer from even happening,” says Dr. Richy Agajanian, M.D., Board Member of The Foundation of Hope and Innovation.

Game and food tickets will be sold at the event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation.

For information about becoming a sponsor or attending the event, please contact Marianne Aranda at (562) 869-1201.

About Foundation of Hope and Innovation
The Foundation of Hope and Innovation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to cancer research. The organization strives to improve treatment outcomes of those affected by the disease as well as foster awareness in the medical community and the general public. The Foundation of Hope and Innovation is committed to providing hope through innovative approaches that promise to extend the lives of cancer patients and keep them cancer free longer.

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The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation Expands in the South Bay with New Location in San Pedro

In order to provide better coverage in the South Bay area, The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation will start seeing patients in their new San Pedro location on October 1, 2015. The office is located at 1360 W. 6th Street, Suite G in San Pedro, CA 90732. With ongoing focus on quality patient care, the new space will feature state-of-the-art equipment plus all of the top notch care already offered in all of their locations. Anthony Giorgio, M.D., F.A.C.P. and staff express their excitement over expanding the practice to its second location in the South Bay area.

Office visits are available by appointment. Hours for The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation are:

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For appointments, please call (310) 547-2445.

About The Oncology Institute:
The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation is committed to providing superior, compassionate and state-of-the-art medical care. Offering programs to help patients and families cope with the challenges that are brought on by cancer and strive to optimize their quality of life, comprehensive and realistic treatment goals are tailored to every person’s unique needs and decided upon in partnership with the patients and their families. Dedicated to excel in cancer prevention, diagnosis and education through our exceptional team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants and office staff, The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation has 13 Southern California locations in the cities of Anaheim, Covina, Downey, Glendale, Long Beach, Lynwood, Los Angeles, Montebello, San Pedro, Santa Ana, Torrance, Upland, and Whittier. For more information please visit theoncologyinstitute.com

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Anthony Giorgio, MD, FACP joins The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation

Anthony Giorgio, MD, FACP will join the team of board-certified oncologists and hematologists on October 1st in the San Pedro office. Dr. Giorgio received his medical degree from Boston University. He then completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship at the University Of Utah Medical Center. Dr. Giorgio’s prior academic appointments included serving as an instructor at the University of Utah Medical School, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Southern California, and Charles R. Drew Medical School, and professor at Charles R. Drew Medical School. Dr. Giorgio served in the United States Navy Reserves as Active Duty in the Medical Corp, Lieutenant Assignments – Aviation Medicine and Active Reserve in the Medical Corp, Lieutenant Commander Assignments – Medical Officer.

His extensive knowledge and experience in the oncology and hematology has been recognized through his leadership where he served as chairman at the South Bay Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and San Pedro Peninsula Hospital. Before joining The Oncology Institute, Dr. Giorgio had his own private practice in Redondo Beach and San Pedro.

About The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation:
The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation is committed to providing superior, compassionate and state-of-the-art medical care to our patients. We offer programs to help our patients and families cope with the challenges that are brought on by cancer and strive to optimize their quality of life. Comprehensive and realistic treatment goals are tailored to every person’s unique needs and decided upon in partnership with the patients and their families. We are dedicated to and excel in cancer prevention, diagnosis and education through our exceptional team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants and office staff.

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The Oncology Institute Featured in the Long Beach Business Journal

The Oncology Institute was featured on page 21 of the August 18-31, 2015 issue of The Long Beach Business Journal. The practice was featured along with other health care experts in the Long Beach area.

Since its launch on August 16, 2007, the Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation has grown to having twelve offices in three counties, LA, Orange and San Bernardino. Their twenty physicians have privileges in over 60 hospitals in the Southern California region. Founded by Dr. Richy Agajanian, the Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation is dedicated to excelling in cancer awareness, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and education through their exceptional team of nurse practitioners, chemotherapy nurses, medical assistants, office personnel, and physicians who are board certified in medical oncology, hematology, hospice and palliative medicine, and internal medicine.

This August, The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation hit a milestone of serving 50,000 patients. As the largest private practice cancer center in California, The Oncology Institute continues to provide extensive services including state-of-the-art infusion centers, chemotherapy educational sessions, in-house support groups, dietary and nutritional counseling, in-house pharmacy, financial counseling, clinical trials, comprehensive lab testing, and end of life counseling. They also offer supportive programs to help patients and families cope with the challenges brought on by cancer.

In May of 2015, The Oncology Institute expanded to the San Bernardino county by opening an office in Upland to better serve the community. In addition to the growing number of cancer treatment centers, In 2014, The Oncology Institute introduced The Hope, Health, and Healing Center to offer patients alternative and holistic treatments in addition to chemotherapy. The wellness center is committed to providing superior services in a quiet and serene facility. The services offered nurture the body through exercises, stress relief, and relaxing activities as well as nurture the mind through social work sessions, wellness groups, and self-image improvement programs. The goal is to empower patients to take control of their health and improve their quality of life through their treatment process with better symptom management.

The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation is also proud to have access to the latest research, technology and treatment options, including clinical trials for eligible patients. They are dedicated to providing comprehensive medical services to their patients. In their quest to be at the forefront of the latest medical cancer research, The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation participate in numerous clinical trials focused on various types of malignancies that may be of interest to oncology patients.

Celebrated for its excellence in customer service and compassion, In 2010, The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation was award the HOPE Award for Practice Excellence in Patient Care.

The Oncology Institute is honored and humbled to have served 50,000 patients and their families. The dedicated team at The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation commemorated this milestone by preparing a special care package for patient 50,000 and family. “We are very proud of this achievement. We hope to successfully treat many more patients for years to come,” says Dr. Agajanian.

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An app Your Medics to take control of your health records soon to be launched for Android devices.

Integrated healthcare solutions will be soon launching their new Android based application “Your Medics”. An innovative app aiming to transform the way people perceive healthcare in India with the busy and hectic lifestyles.
After you attain a certain age, medicines often become a part of your lifestyle. And needless to say, most of us find it difficult to find out cope up with the hectic schedules and keep a track of medicines and important medical documents. The Your Medics Android application will help you set reminders for your medication through their mobile application or even through an SMS service.

The application will help you save all your medical history and keep them at your disposal. The app, which is soon to be launched on the Google Play Store, is a boon for the modern day patients in India, especially those suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and other heart, kidney and gynecology related problems.

It will help the patients and their families deal with problems such as lost health records, lab test reports, medical bills, surgery details, prescriptions, medical history and other information which is required for your and your family’s wellbeing. Detailed information like genetic predisposition, allergies, current and cured diseases, current and past medication can be curated on the app. The Your Medics app will convert your lab records into comprehensive graphs and trackable timelines.

Once you upload the data in the app, it will get synced in the system and you can access these records on the go from any of your devices such as laptops, mobile, tablets and much more. The information will be securely stored on a cloud based platform which will prove handy to both patients and doctors in the form of a summary. While patients have a collective record of their diseases and problems all at one place, doctors can be put to speed with the patients past treatments and health graphs for better understanding of their case.

The application will be first available to Android user, while the iOS version will be launched later this month.

Signup today at YourMedics.in for more information

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Councilman Santino, Dr. Ostuni Honored at 2013 Carnation Ball

Senior Town of Hempstead Council Member The Honorable Anthony J. Santino, and John A. Ostuni, M.D., were honored at South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 2013 Annual Carnation Ball held Saturday, November 2 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Westbury. The Carnation Ball raised more than $635,000 in support of the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital.

Mr. Santino was the Carnation Ball’s honoree and Dr. Ostuni was the recipient of South Nassau’s prestigious Mary Pearson Award. South Nassau administrators, board members and medical staff members, as well as many of the region’s healthcare executives, state and local public officials and business and community leaders were among the nearly 550 guests who attended the event.

“The good works of this evening’s guests of honor, combined with the support and generosity of our devoted friends, are a driving force behind South Nassau’s tradition of excellence in the delivery of healthcare services,” said Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau. “On behalf of the communities and patients that turn to South Nassau for the quality healthcare that they deserve, I thank Councilman Santino and Dr. Ostuni for their dedication to South Nassau’s mission.”

The Carnation Ball honoree is recognized for exemplary leadership and contributions in support of South Nassau’s mission. Councilman Santino has been an ardent advocate for South Nassau, providing advice and insight to facilitate solutions to the challenges faced by the hospital.

Councilman Santino represents the Town of Hempstead’s Fourth Council District. He was re-elected to his sixth consecutive term as a member of the Hempstead Town Board in November 2011. His tenure as a public servant has been marked by legislative achievements that have enhanced the quality of life of residents of the communities served by South Nassau.

He authored and sponsored the landmark legislation that brought library services to previously un-served residents in the town’s unincorporated communities. The creation of the Bay Park Library District was a first-of-its-kind effort to expand library service in New York State through the creation of a library district that contracts with an existing, neighboring library and has served as a model for other Long Island communities to expand library service to their residents.

Councilman Santino is devoted to volunteering his time and talents to numerous religious, charitable, fraternal and community-based organizations. He is a member of the Order Sons of Italy in America, a charter member of the Msgr. Walsh-St. Raymond’s Council #7220 Knights of Columbus and is also involved in the Kiwanis Club of East Rockaway and the St. Raymond’s Parish (East Rockaway, NY) Holy Name Society. In addition, Councilman Santino is a volunteer for the non-for-profit Italian-Americans in Government Committee, the American Committee on Italian Migration and the Iroquois District of the Nassau County Boy Scouts of America, serving on the Eagle Scout Board of Review.

The hospital’s Mary Pearson Award is presented annually to an individual for extraordinary effort and individual contributions that significantly advance South Nassau’s commitment to compassionate care and standard setting healthcare services. A past honoree of the Carnation Ball, Dr. Ostuni has logged nearly 35 years of dedicated service in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology with South Nassau.

During that time, he has provided his leadership and medical acumen to the growth and expansion of the hospital, serving as South Nassau’s Medical Director from 1991-1997; Vice President of Medical Staff from 1989-1990; President of Medical Staff from 1990-1992 and Co-Chair of the Hospital’s President’s Club. He was the Honoree of South Nassau’s 2000 Carnation Ball.

A Past President of the Medical Society of the State of New York, Dr. Ostuni has served as President of the Nassau County Medical Society, Vice President of the Metro-IPA of Greater New York and President of the Nassau Academy of Medicine. He has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association with a Certificate of Recognition with Distinction for Delivery of Quality Diabetes Care.

“This evening’s proceeds will help ensure that the communities and residents served by South Nassau continue to have convenient access to the most advanced cancer care available anywhere,” said Elizabeth Nardone, South Nassau’s vice president of development. “We are thankful for the many generous and benevolent sponsors, including Exclusive Ball Sponsor Neurological Surgery, P.C., and the devoted efforts of the Carnation Ball Committee and volunteers.”

Treating approximately 1,500 patients annually, the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center has evolved into one of the Northeast corridor’s premiere providers of compassionate advanced cancer care. In 2012, South Nassau was one of just seven hospitals in New York and only 84 in the United States to be named a recipient of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award. South Nassau is one of just seven hospitals in New York and only 84 in the United States to receive the prestigious award in 2012.

The center is the only one on Long Island that is equipped with three of the most advanced and effective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer: the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife® Perfexion.

In addition to its Cancer Center in Valley Stream, NY, The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center incorporates the following specialty cancer care services:

• GYN Oncology Department (Valley Stream)

• Long Island Gamma Knife® Center (Oceanside)

• Center for Prostate Health Program (Oceanside)

• Center for Breast Health (Oceanside)

• Center for Lung Health (Oceanside/Valley Stream)

• Radiation Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)

• Surgical Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)

• Complete Women’s Imaging Center (Oceanside)

• South Nassau’s PET/CT Service (Oceanside)

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Medical Journal Appoints Rajiv Datta, MD, to its Editorial Board

Prominent surgical oncologist Rajiv Datta, MD, chair of the department of surgery and medical director of the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital, has been appointed to the editorial board of International Surgery.

The official journal of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), International Surgery is a quarterly, peer reviewed journal, established in 1938. The ICS was founded in 1935 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Max Thorek, a Hungarian-born surgeon who practiced in Chicago, Ill. It is composed of approximately 8,000 general surgeons and surgical specialists from over 100 countries/regions.

In a letter dated May 6, 2013, announcing the appointment, Professor Christopher Chen, editor-in-chief of International Surgery, stated that in his opinion Dr. Datta earned a place as member of the editorial board as a result of his “exemplary performance” as a significant reviewer of the journal.

Dr. Datta’s exceptional skills are evidenced by his education and recognition in the field of surgery: he has the unusual distinction of holding three fellowships, as a fellow of the prestigious International College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Datta served as the president of the Nassau County Surgical Society in 2009.

A Castle Connolly Medical New York Metro Area Top Doctor for seven consecutive years, Dr. Datta’s areas of expertise include cancers of the colon/rectum, endocrine system, breast and head and neck; soft tissue sarcoma and melanoma; upper gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures; tracheal and esophageal surgeries and radio frequency ablation for liver tumors. Not only does he hold the aforementioned South Nassau titles, he is also director of its division of surgical oncology and head and neck surgery. Dr. Datta also is actively involved in numerous clinical trials that are both federally and privately funded.

A graduate of Grant Medical College in Bombay, India, he has trained at some of the most prestigious surgical oncology and head and neck surgery programs in the world, including Tata Memorial Hospital, the largest cancer center in Asia; and England’s Royal College of Surgeons, where he achieved Fellowship. Following his stay at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Datta continued his training with a Research Fellowship at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This was followed by a rare opportunity for a dual Fellowship in head and neck oncology and surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Datta is a resident of Muttontown, NY.

Under Dr. Datta’s leadership, the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center has evolved into one of the Northeast corridor’s premiere providers of compassionate advanced cancer care. The center is the only one on Long Island that is equipped with three of the most advanced and effective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer: the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife® Perfexion. It is a recipient of many prestigious honors and citations, including the American College of Surgeons Comprehensive Community Cancer Center and the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award.

South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 1000 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® Perfexion radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.

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Prostate Cancer Specialist Appointed Liaison to Cancer Commission

Leester D. Wu, MD, has been appointed South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the ACS.

The CoC is a consortium of 47 professional organizations dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for cancer patients. The Commission achieves its goal through standard-setting, cancer prevention, research, educational activities, as well as monitoring comprehensive quality care.

The Commission’s core functions include establishing standards to ensure the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care in health care settings; surveying facilities to assess compliance with those standards; collecting standardized data from accredited facilities to measure quality; using data to monitor treatment patterns, support cancer control, and enhance clinical surveillance activities; and developing effective educational interventions to improve outcomes at the national, state, and local level. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, and approximately 70 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in these institutions.

“Our cancer care team is in the vanguard of developing and introducing the latest advancements in treatment technologies and therapies and we place special emphasis on working with our patients and their families to develop patient-centered treatment plans,” said Dr. Wu, who is associate director of the department of radiation oncology at South Nassau. “I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues and with the commission to offer the insight and information that will foster innovation and advancement in cancer care.”

The three-year appointment places Dr. Wu among an elite group of approximately 1,600 physicians who are recognized for their leadership in the development of cancer programs and for their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within their cancer program; collaborating with agencies, such as the American Cancer Society; and facilitating quality improvement initiatives utilizing data submitted to the CoC’s National Cancer Database (NCDB). The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides tools back to these facilities to facilitate the analysis of patterns of diagnosis, treatment, and quality of care.

Dr. Wu has a diverse background in community practice and research. He is a specialist in Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), prostate brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, Dr. Wu earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he completed a year-long research project that examined the success of radiotherapy in the treatment of early stage breast cancer. His research projects have been published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology and the Journal of Organic Chemistry and he has presented research at major meetings and conventions of radiation oncologists, including the American Chemical Society and American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. Dr. Wu is board certified in radiation oncology and he is fluent in Taiwanese and conversant in Spanish.

South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® Perfexion radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.

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