Boca Raton Regional Hospital Physicians Co-Author Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Textbook Chapter

Physician publications, peer-reviewed articles exemplify Hospital’s evolution

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 today.”

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center ( 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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