Our Team

Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg

Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg received his Medical Oncology and Hematology training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and his Internal Medicine training at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Schwarzberg is a former Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the department of Medical Oncology with an ongoing commitment to academic medicine and clinical research.

Locally, he is the program director for clinical trials at the Cancer Center of South Florida. In addition, Dr. Schwarzberg has established a Proleukin Center for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma and melanoma. He is inspired by hope and courage which makes it possible for him to treat this dreaded disease.

Dr. Schwarzberg is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on genitourinary cancers, sarcoma/GIST and melanoma.

He and his wife have three daughters and one son, and are involved in multiple community organizations.

Dr. Schwarzberg is an advisory board member of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation as well as a board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Palm Beach Society. Dr. Schwarzberg serves as the Chief of Oncology at Jupiter Medical Center, has an active role within the JFK Hospital oncology program, and has staff privileges at Good Samaritan Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.


Dr. Talya Schwarzberg

Dr. Talya Schwarzberg received her Medical Oncology and Hematology training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her Internal Medicine training at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is dually board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine.

She is formerly a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the department of Medical Oncology.

Dr. Schwarzberg is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on breast and ovarian cancers.

Dr. Schwarzberg is an advisory board member of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation as well as a board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Palm Beach Society and the Palm Beach American Cancer Society.

She and her husband have three daughters and one son, and are actively involved in local organizations such as the Spirit of Women and Breast Care clinics.

Dr. Schwarzberg has staff privileges at JFK Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Jupiter Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.


Dr. Raymond Tsao

Dr. Tsao completed his fellowship in Hematology & Medical Oncology at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

His research on pancreatic cancer and lymphoma has been published and presented in national cancer meetings.

Before joining the Cancer Center of South Florida, Dr. Tsao served as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, where his duties included cancer care, medical education, and enrolling patients in clinical trials. He has been a member of multiple national cancer research organizations, including Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) and National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP).

He is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Tsao is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on Gastrointestinal Malignancies (including esophageal, stomach, colorectal, and pancreatic cancer).

Dr. Tsao’s goal is to provide compassionate, high quality care to all of his patients.

Dr. Tsao’s hobbies include running, skiing, and tennis.

Dr. Tsao has staff privileges at JFK Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Jupiter Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.


Dr. Sujal Shah

Dr. Sujal Shah

Dr. Sujal Shah was born and raised in Chicago. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and his medical education at Rush University Medical School.

After medical school, Dr. Shah completed his Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics in New Orleans.

Prior to joining the Cancer Center of South Florida, Dr. Shah was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas in Austin and an Associate Instructor of Clinical Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Dr. Shah is currently seeing all types of cancers, with a focus on Lung and Head/Neck cancers.

He and his wife are expecting their first child. In his free time, he enjoys running, snowboarding, traveling with his wife, and looking forward to playing Dad.


 

Ms. Casella-Rymer

With more than 20 years of Oncology Experience, Ms. Casella-Rymer is a board certified nurse practitioner that is currently involved in the evaluation, management and treatment of patients with both hematologic and solid tumor malignancies at the Cancer Center of South Florida. She obtained her MSN from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.

In 2011 Ms. Casella- Rymer graduated from the City of Hope Cancer Genetics Intensivist Program City of Hope, California. She currently sees patient regarding the screening and testing of Hereditary Cancers Syndromes. Ms. Casella-Rymer has lectured on all aspects of identification, management and treatment of hematologic and solid tumor malignancies to patient and professional audiences.

She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, and is a past president of both the Broward Oncology Nursing Society and Palm Beach Area Oncology Nursing Society.


Dina Giovanetti

Dina Giovanetti received her BSN in 1994 and her MSN in 2002 from Florida Atlantic University.

She is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine for most of her career before joining Cancer Center of South Florida and practicing Oncology.

She is a Member of Sigma Theta Tau honor society of nursing practice and is a member of ONS and the ENA.

She also has her BS in Biology and Microbiology and serves as the Laboratory Director for the Cancer Center of South Florida and for other laboratories in South Florida.


Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson was born and raised in Orlando, FL. She attended the University of Florida, where her studies sparked her interest in nursing. After graduating from UF with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she began her nursing career at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Her area of practice was focused on post thoracic surgical care in pulmonary disease and lung transplantation. This experience introduced her to oncology nursing.

Ms. Johnson then moved back to her home town to further her studies in nursing. While attending the University of Central Florida for her MSN/ARNP, she worked in the oncology unit at Winter Park Memorial Hospital. After graduating with her MSN/Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, she remained in oncology, focusing in the specialty of surgical breast oncology. She then transitioned into medical oncology when she moved to South Florida. She has also continued in her interest in surgical care and is currently in the process of completing her Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) certification.

She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Oncology Nursing Society. In her spare time she enjoys the beach, snow skiing, hiking, reading and Gator Football!


Emily Mattingly

Emily Mattingly

Emily Mattingly earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and became a Registered Nurse in 2009.

After graduating from UF she returned home to Martin County, where she was born and raised, and began working on the oncology-medical floor at Jupiter Medical Center. In 2010, Emily returned to the University of Florida to become a Nurse Practitioner, while continuing to work at JMC.

She graduated from UF with her Master of Science in Nursing and became a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2013. Emily is also an Oncology Certified Nurse and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two Morkie- Poos, Meika and Puppy.


Valerie Fiordilino

Valerie Fiordilino is a nationally certified Physician Assistant with a passion for the hematology/oncology field. She received double bachelor’s degrees, an MBA and a Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies from Nova Southeastern University. Valerie is well known and respected in the community as an advocate for numerous charitable organizations, in particular, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Valerie’s passion for oncology stems from her father’s four year battle with Leukemia. Since then, Valerie has dedicated her time and life to cancer research, with a concentration in hematologic malignancies. She has worked in the fields of Dermatology and Family Medicine, and has been under the direction and clinical expertise of South Florida’s finest physicians during her studies.

Valerie is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Association of Physician Assistants, and the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Kid Sanctuary Campus Charities. Valerie has also received university recognition for medical research in stem cell and monoclonal antibody therapy and national accolades for her philanthropic work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Catherine-Baranski

Catherine Baranski

Catherine Baranski brings over 34 years of oncology experience to our team. She completed her MSN and is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a focus on adult medicine. She also has maintained nursing oncology/chemo and biotherapy certification since 1986. She is a member of ONS, AANP, APSHO, and ISONG.

Cathy (as she prefers to be called) has a passion for her chosen specialty and maintains a reputation as a consummate caregiver and patient advocate. As monumental advances occur within this field, the importance of continuous learning is of utmost importance to Cathy, and she brings this knowledge to her patients on a daily basis.

Outside of the workplace she celebrates 36 years of marriage with her ‘soul mate” Ron, opportunities to snuggle their pup Maximillion, any moment spent with her daughter and son-in-law, has lectured for the ACS “ I Can Cope” programs, and volunteers her vocal talents to Cancer Survivorship celebrations in the South Florida area.


Christina Gustavson is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Born and raised near Philadelphia, she lived in Pennsylvania until relocating to Virginia for college. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University. Mrs. Gustavson has worked in Hematology/Oncology throughout her career and has truly gained a passion for these patients. She has recently relocated from the Washington, DC area to join the Cancer Center of South Florida team. When not at work, she can be found cooking, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, or on the beach with her husband and their dog.

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