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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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!

 
 
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.

 
 
Keith Latal

Keith Latal has been a nurse for over 20 years. He started his nursing career in Manhattan working with people living with HIV disease. Keith then worked on a very busy IV Team where he honed his IV skills. He started working with oncology patients in 2001, earning his QCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) in 2004. Keith has worked in medical oncology in New York City & Miami. He then worked at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa in outpatient BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant). Just before coming to work at the Cancer Center of South Florida, Keith worked for 3 years in Boston at Massachusetts General in their outpatient oncology infusion center. His passions include: patient teaching and palliative care. Keith brings not only a vast experience but also a great sense of humor to the cancer center.

 
 
 
Patty Arce

Patty Arce joined the staff at the Cancer Center of South Florida in 2009. She spent the past 5 years in the oncology field as a pharmacy technician. Certified on chemochek also graduated as a medical assistant in 1998. Recently became a national certified pharmacy technician. I have 2 beautiful daughters and enjoy the outdoors. I'm very excited to be part of such a great team.