Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Breast Cancer Partnership Earns National Accreditation from American College of Surgeons

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Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) has been granted a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Fort Myers, Fla., January 16, 2024Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), in collaboration with AdventHealth Heart of Florida and Central Florida Cancer Institute, has been granted a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This is the second consecutive designation for AdventHealth Medical Group Breast Surgery at Davenport, which serves patients throughout Polk County.

Three-year breast cancer accreditation granted to FCS physicians in Polk County. Swati Pathak, MD (left), FCS medical oncologist, and Wasif Riaz MD (right), FCS medical oncologist. Image Credit: © Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, LLC

Three-year breast cancer accreditation granted to FCS physicians in Polk County. Swati Pathak, MD (left), FCS medical oncologist, and Wasif Riaz MD (right), FCS medical oncologist. Image Credit: © Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, LLC

The breast cancer program received this second consecutive designation for demonstrating continued compliance with national standards that address leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement for patients. Breast centers seeking voluntary NAPBC accreditation undergo a site visit every three years.

The NAPBC-accreditation shows the commitment of the cancer providers to maintain levels of excellence by providing comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care and demonstrating high-quality clinical outcomes for patients with breast disease.

FCS medical oncologist Swati Pathak, MD said, “Our breast care program provides comprehensive, patient-centered care, with ready access to the newest treatment options and information on clinical trials. In addition, genetic counseling and care coordination services, such as psychosocial support and survivorship care, contribute to an exceptional patient experience and positive outcomes.”

Wasif Riaz, MD, FCS medical oncologist, said, “This accreditation further confirms that patients in our community can be confident that our team of multidisciplinary breast care professionals are committed to working together to provide the best care available through their entire course of treatment.”

Participating NAPBC-accredited breast program providers include:

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute:

  • Swati Pathak, MD
  • Wasif Riaz, MD

AdventHealth Heart of Florida:

  • Edgar Morales, MD
  • Idelisa Torres, MD
  • Paul Williams, MD

Central Florida Cancer Institute:

  • Randy Heysek, MD, FACRO
  • Sandra Sha, MD
  • Michael D. Smith, MD

For more information or patient referral, call (863) 421-7109.

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