Boca Raton Regional Hospital physicians Anthony N. Dardano, DO, FACS, and
Jose Yeguez, MD, FICS, have co-authored a chapter for the textbook
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (Ciné-Med). A culmination of several years’ work, the chapter
details the doctors’ bilaminar “sandwich technique”
for hernia repair surgery. Dr. Dardano and Dr. Yeguez have performed more
than 300 abdominal wall reconstruction procedures using this multidisciplinary
approach, named for layering tissue and biologic mesh in a sandwich pattern
to relieve tension on the suture line.
Physicians authoring textbook chapters and publishing research in peer-reviewed
journals are primary components comprising Boca Regional’s evolution
from a capable community facility into a tertiary academic medical center.
In July, the Hospital welcomed the first class of internal medicine residents
from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
(FAU). Boca Regional also serves as the primary teaching site for the
residency program, and several physicians from the Hospital have conducted
collaborative research with FAU faculty and students.
“Research is one of the fundamental tenets of an academic medical
center. It raises the bar for all physicians, and the end result is the
best possible care for our patients,” said Charles Posternack, MD,
Chief Medical Officer at Boca Regional. “Drs. Dardano and Yeguez
exemplify this, being recognized by their peers as experts in their field
of surgical practice. That is the care our patients should expect with
Boca Regional’s role as a regional academic medical center.”
Accompanying the textbook chapter is an educational video explaining the
sandwich technique, so students and medical professionals alike can gain
a comprehensive understanding of the procedure. Both Dr. Dardano and Dr.
Yeguez have lectured nationally and internationally about the surgical
method and have also published several peer-reviewed-journal articles
on the subject. Moreover, Dr. Dardano has been invited to speak at the
First World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery in Milan, Italy,
April 25–29, 2015.
“Community surgeons often go unrecognized as innovators or scholars
because they focus on their clinical practices and have little time for
writing or research,” said Dr. Dardano, Chief and President of Medical
Staff at Boca Regional. “In reality, private-practice surgeons,
such as Dr. Yeguez and myself, can develop and teach cutting-edge surgical
techniques to current and future physicians. To be invited to write a
chapter and speak internationally on our expertise is quite an honor.
It also demonstrates that Boca Regional has the highest quality and caliber
of physicians to teach and train doctors in our residency programs.”
In addition to its affiliation with FAU’s internal medicine residency
program, Boca Regional collaborates with the university on various research
projects. Alexander Kulik, MD, MPH, cardiovascular surgeon at The Christine
E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute, most recently co-authored an article
with Katie Jerzewski, BSc, from FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine.
“Acute Type-A Aortic Dissection with Cardiac Tamponade: Unexpected
Late Survival without Aortic Surgery” published in the
Journal of Cardiac Surgery’s July 2014 issue.
A team of experts from The Lynn Cancer Institute (LCI) at Boca Regional
also co-authored research on lung cancer with a doctoral student from
FAU. “Can an Alternative Background-Correct [18F] Fluorodeoxyglucose
Standard Uptake Value Be Used for Monitoring Tumor Local Control Following
Lung Cancer Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery?” published last month in the
International Journal of Cancer Therapy and Oncology. Authors from LCI include: Charles Shang, MS, BMED, Director of Medical
Physics; Michael Kasper, MD, FACR, Radiation Oncologist; Joseph Kleinman,
MD, Chairman of Radiology; Rashmi Benda, MD, Radiation Oncologist; Jeremy
Cole, MS, Medical Physicist; and Timothy Williams, MD, FACR, Medical Director
of Radiation Oncology; working alongside PhD student Vindu Kathriarachchi
from FAU’s Department of Physics.
“This is a burgeoning time for research at Boca Raton Regional Hospital,
from our collaboration with FAU to our membership in the Moffitt Oncology
Network,” said Edgardo S. Santos, MD, FACP, Medical Director of
Cancer Research at The Lynn Cancer Institute. “We are not only expanding
our clinical-research portfolio, but we are also developing personalized
medicine by implementing genetic programs and analyses in our patients.
It is our goal to offer a more comprehensive approach to the senior adult
population affected by malignant diseases — an unmet need in oncology
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center
(BRRH.com) with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff.
The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease
and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health,
emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art
diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive
Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished
Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the 10th year in a row
and was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2011, 2012,
2013 and 2014 both by Healthgrades®. Boca Raton Regional Hospital
was also recognized for the third consecutive year in
U.S. News & World Report’s 2013–2014 Best Hospitals listing as a top-ranked hospital in the
South Florida metropolitan area.
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