Patient Care

Leading the way in diagnosis and treatment…...

The Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine represents the largest subspecialty division in the Department of Medicine. The Division is composed of 60 full or part-time faculty members including 49 hematologists /oncologists,11Ph.D faculty, s16 active fellowship -trainees and a staff of over 40 full and part-time employees devoted to excellence in delivery of patient care and the conduct of basic, translational and clinical research, affecting patients with cancer and hematologic disorders. Over the past decade, our division has enjoyed unprecedented growth thru the recruitment and incorporation of new and nationally prominent faculty, with recognized expertise in a variety of hematologic and solid tumor malignancies, and through highly visible research efforts. The division has recruited a talented cadre of senior and mid level faculty, in a variety of areas including hematologic malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes, stem cell transplantation, and faculty with specialized expertise in solid tumor malignancies such as breast cancer, genitourinary malignancies, gastrointestinal malignancies, sarcoma, and melanoma.

Divisional activities in relation to cancer are conducted in the context of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center , a matrix cancer center incorporating faculty from 19 different departments. This includes cancer treatment, research, education and outreach conducted by our faculty at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and within the University of Miami Health System. Since the founding of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1992, our faculty have worked to transform cancer treatment, research and education in the region and plays a unique role in provision of primary and tertiary hematologic oncologic care in South Florida.. Our physicians have treated over 5,600 newly diagnosed cancer patients at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and affiliated satellite clinics in the past year as well as approximately 3000 newly diagnosed cancer patients at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Additional patients are cared for at the Miami Veterans’ Administration Hospital. The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and divisional physicians also supervise care at multiple South Florida locations including Coral Springs, Plantation, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, and Kendall. We represent the largest and most sophisticated providers of tertiary hematologic and oncologic care in the region.

Provision of patient care is highly specialized, and is delivered through multidisciplinary site disease groups. Highly trained nurse navigators as well as nurse practitioners assist our physicians in shepherding patients through complex treatment protocols. In addition to the care of benign hematologic conditions such as thrombotic disorders, coagulopathies, and hemoglobinopathies as well as hereditary hematologic conditions, we have organized cancer care within 15 multidisciplinary site disease groups serviced by physicians from the Division of Hematology-Oncology. These include bone and soft tissue cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, ocular malignancies, head and neck cancer, leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, pancreatic, liver and related cancers to name a few. Site disease groups have active clinical trial portfolios which allow our physicians to provide state-of-the-art options to patients with complex hematologic and oncologic diseases.

Gustavo Fernandez, M.D., M.B.A.
Associate Director for Clinical Affairs
Division of Hematology-Oncology