Cancer Center of South Florida
 
 
 
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. With an ongoing commitment to academic medicine and clinical research, he 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. Locally, he is the program director for clinical trials at the Cancer Center of South Florida. In addition, I am very proud to have been able to establish a Proleukin Center for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma and melanoma. I am inspired by hope and courage which makes it possible for me 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 they 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 and has an active role within the JFK Hospital oncology program, and has staff privileges at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Jupiter 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 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 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 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). Dr. Tsao is triple 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.

During his free time, 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.

 
 
Antonella Leary

Dr. Antonella Leary received her Gynecologic Oncology training from Brown University in Providence, RI and her Obstetrics and Gynecology training from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.  Dr. Leary served as an assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts for the past five and a half years where she was also the head of minimally invasive surgery and robotics. She is a Principal Investigator with the national Gynecologic Oncology Group whose primary focus is to develop and evaluate clinical trials centered on female malignancies. She is a member of multiple national organizations including the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the New England Association of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Dr. Leary’s primary focus is on female malignancies including cervical, vulvar, uterine, and ovarian carcinomas. She is dually board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology.

 
 

Dr. Andrea Katz received her Medical Oncology and Hematology training at Yale University. She graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University, completed her medical school at Penn State University and her residency at East Carolina University. She has done research in Colorectal cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Ovarian cancer and Breast Cancer. She has been published and presented in national cancer meetings including the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting, American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium, and the National American College of Physicians Meeting Annual Meeting. She was the recipient of an NIH pre-Doctoral Intermural Research Training Award, Mellinger Research Scholarship, and the Speith Scholarship for Oncology. She was named the most outstanding resident in Hematology/Oncology in her training program and won the North Carolina Medical Society Research Poster Competition in 2006, 2007, and 2008. She has also won awards for her reseach from the American Society of Clinical Oncology as well as from the American College of Physicians.

Before joining Cancer Center of South Florida, Dr. Katz worked at Cleveland Clinic Florida where she participated in caring for cancer patients, medical education, and enrolling patients in clinical trials.

Dr. Katz is a member of several national cancer organizations including the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Katz is dually board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine.

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

Dr. Katz and her husband have a son and are actively involved in local community activities.

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

 
 
Haylee Befeld

Dr. Donna Pinelli received her Gynecologic Oncology training at Moffitt Cancer Center and University of South Florida in Tampa Florida. Her undergraduate years were spent in Charlottesville at The University of Virginia, followed by medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been treating women's cancers in Palm Beach County, Florida since 1996. She has performed over 600 robotic surgeries and started the robotic surgery program at Jupiter Medical Center where she serves as the medical director of robotics.

Dr. Pinelli has served as a clinical instructor at the University of South Florida and at the University of Vermont Medical Schools.

Dr. Pinelli focuses on complete, quality, and compassionate care for women with Female cancers and complicated gynecologic problems. She performs many minimally invasive, robotic, and open surgeries each year.

In her free time, Dr. Pinelli has a husband and three children who are native to Florida and they enjoy many outdoor Florida activities.

 
 
Dina Giovanetti

Dina Giovanetti received her BSN from Florida Atlantic University 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 last year 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 Lab Director for our lab and for other labs in South Florida.

 
 

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 Bachelors in Science in Nursing, she began her nursing career at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. 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!

 
 
Cheryl 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 Cancer Center of South Florida, Palm Beach County. She obtained her MSN from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2011 Ms Casella- Remer graduated from the City of Hope Cancer Genetics Intensivist Program City of Hope, California. She currently sees patient regarding screening, 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.

 
 
Haylee Befeld

Haylee Befeld became a registered nurse in 1999. Her first job was working on a post-op open heart floor. After 1 year, she moved on to work as a cardiac nurse on a progressive care unit for 5 years. She came to work in oncology 4 and a half years ago, and joined the CCSF family November 2009. She is OCN (oncology nurse certified) as well as chemotherapy and biotherapy certified. In her free time, Haylee enjoys spending time outdoors, boating and playing with her two Boston Terriers Lily and Mr. Boston.