Broward Health Medical Center

Center Information

Debra Ayer
Manager of Cardiovascular & Cancer Research
Broward Health Medical Center
1600 S. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
954-355-4775 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Center Overview

Broward Health Medical Center is the Regional Referral facility of the Broward Health system [formerly known as the North Broward Hospital District] (5th largest not-for-profit hospital district in the country) with two dedicated in-house Cardiovascular and Cancer (Adult and Children's) research teams. Our Cardiac & Cancer research nurses work with Board Certified Cardiologists & Internal Medicine physicians as well as Board Certified Hematologist/Oncologists. Broward Health Medical Center offers full-service Cardiac and Cancer treatment.

Broward Health Medical Center is a facility of the Broward Health system, and the largest hospital in Broward County, Florida. Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a community health system offering a full spectrum of healthcare services. Broward Health system encompasses more than 30 healthcare facilities, including Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital and Broward Health Weston, which is a medical safety net for Broward County residents.

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Clinical Research Experience

  • Cancer- Adult & Pediatric
  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Orthopedic
  • Pulmonary
  • Trauma

The Cardiovascular Research team has worked with sponsors, such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Organon, Merck, Reliant, Proctor & Gamble, Otsuka, Eli Lilly, Covalent, deCode Genetics, NitroMed, Gilead, Sanofi-aventis, Roche, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Amarin, Medtronic, Sorin, and Abbott. We have conducted ACS/IVUS trials, CAD, CHF, DVT, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension and Electrophysiology as well as many other related areas.

Broward Health Medical Center’s Adult Cancer research program is affiliated with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. The Children's & Adult Cancer research teams work with both sponsored trials and cooperative groups, such as Children's Oncology Group (COG), Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), GSK, Amgen, Sanofi-aventis, Wyeth, Abbott, Amgen & Imclone.

Facility Description

Broward Health Medical Center is a full-service hospital with in-house research teams. Our facility offers full-service cardiac and cancer treatment care.

Other Broward Health facilities:

Broward Health North provides an in-house cancer research team. Other Broward Health facilities offer research services such as HIV & infectious disease research for adults and children, as well as orthopedic research.

Investigator Experience

Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC)

Violet Atanasoski–McCormack M.D. – Cardiology – Interventional
Barry Berman M.D. Hematology – Oncology
Arnoux Blanchard M.D. – Cardiology
Marko Bukur M.D. – Trauma & General Surgery
William Burke M.D. – Orthopedic
Frank Catinella M.D. – Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Joseph Catino M.D. – Trauma & General Surgery
William Early M.D. – Oncology
Joel Gellman M.D. – Cardiology
Delia Segrua Guaqueta M.D. – Hematology Oncology
Fahim Habib M.D. – Trauma & General Surgery
Kenneth Herskowitz M. D. – Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
David Kenigsberg M.D. – Cardiology - Electrophysiology
Archana Maini M.D. – Hematology Oncology
Wilfred McKenzie M.D. – Internal Medicine
Andre Landau M.D. – Cardiology – Interventional
Evan Landau M.D. – Therapeutic Radiation
Marshall Lieberfarb M.D. – Therapeutic Radiation
Ahmed Osman M.D. – Cardiology – Electrophysiology
Michael Parra M.D. – Trauma & General Surgery
David Perloff M.D. – Cardiology
Ivan Puente M.D. – Trauma & General Surgery
Rudolph Roskos M.D. – Pediatric Oncology
Hector Rodriguez–Cortes M.D. – Pediatric Oncology
Gary Richmond M. D.– Pulmonology
Keith Robinson M.D.– Pulmonology
John Rozanski M.D. – Cardiology
Janet Sperry M.D. — Therapeutic Radiation
Nicholas Tranakas M.D. – Surgery – Oncology
Ricardo Vicuna M.D. – Cardiology – Interventional
Kenneth Zelnick M.D. – Interventional Cardiology

Broward Health North (BHN)

(Contact: Cancer Research – Research – 954-786-6736)

Diogenes Alayon-Lauger M.D. – Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Mayda Arias M.D. – Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Douglas E. Faig M.D. – Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Johnathan Harris M.D. – Neurologist
David Kahn M.D. – Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Richard Kimmel M.D. – Thoracic Surgery
Evan Landau M.D. – Therapeutic Radiation
David Lessen M.D. – Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Marshall Lieberfarb M.D. – Therapeutic Radiation
Janet Sperry M.D.—Therapeutic Radiation
Theodore Zarravinos M.D. – Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

Staff Expertise

BHMC Cardiovascular Research Team:

Debra Ayer RN, MSN, MBA, CCRP
Amor Leahy RN, BSN
Ami Nelson RN, BSN

BHMC Adult Cancer Research Team: 954-355-5346

Maria Rowena Dimayuga, RN, MSN
Donna Stefinsky RN, CCRC
Melissa Hoag BS Research Associate

BHMC Children's Research Team: 954-355-5488

Claudia Diaz Pow Sang BSN, RN, CCRP
Arlene McMillan BSN, MS, RN, OCN

Trauma Research Team: 954-468-5266

Joanne Puia RN, BSN, MHS

Broward Health North (BHN) Cancer Research: 954-786-6736

Simone Franklin, Research Associate

Patient Demographics

Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale) Florida

Large diverse population of all ages.

Other Information

Broward Health Institutional Review Board - meets monthly and returns approval letters in a timely fashion. For IRB information and forms, see:

Broward Health IRB
Broward Health Medical Center
1600 S. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316


Cardiovascular Research Team: 954-355-5563


Children's Research Team: 954-355-5488

Adult Cancer Research Team: 954-355-5346


Cancer Research: 954-786-6736

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