News & Media Relations

Cleveland Clinic Florida is frequently featured by local and national news and media organizations for its unique model of medicine, innovative treatments and expert physicians.



Cervical Cancer Check Soon Could Be Less Invasive

Palm Beach Daily News – November 29, 2014

A news analysis of several studies adds fuel to the push against using pap smears to screen mostly healthy, low-risk women for cervical cancer. A urine test, once it is readily available in the United States, would give women another option for screening, according to a local gynecologist.

Fall Foods Pack a Healthy Punch

WPLG Channel 10 – November 27, 2014

Here in South Florida, we may not have leaves that turn color, but the produce section at the grocery store certainly reflects those fall shades. From beet root to brussel sprouts, there is a bounty of healthy fall foods to pick from.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Cancer Center Receives Donation

WSVN – Channel 7 – November 21, 2014

One South Florida hospital has a model of care that caught Ryan Hunter-Reay’s eye. “All of our doctors work together with one goal in mind and that's the patient. So we're able to bring in creative treatments. We're able to integrate our treatments in a way that we can focus on those kind of outcomes."

Indy Champ Hunter-Reay, AutoNation Give $2.5 Million to Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center

Sun Sentinel - November 21, 2014

After his mother died of colon cancer in 2009, South Florida’s race car driver Ryan Hunter-Reay dreamed of helping to find a cure and one day dedicating a cancer facility in his mother’s honor. The Sun Sentinel links do not work. This one sends you to the intranet first (which we cannot link to) and then sends you to the Sun Sentinel post, but it just goes to the homepage and not the actual article.


Study Questions Benefits of Bi-lateral Mastectomies

WPLG Channel 10 – October 2, 2014

When it comes to treating breast cancer, more women are choosing to undergo a bilateral mastectomy when it comes to treating early stage disease. A recent study questions the benefits.

Study Finds Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality Rates

WTVJ Channel 6 – October 8, 2014

According to the American Cancer Society, each year nationwide 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, 40,000 of those women will die. That's why doctors say it is critical that women get annual mammograms. The earlier you're diagnosed with breast cancer, the better your stage is, the better your prognosis and survival odds.

Researchers Find Gene That May Raise Risk for Breast Cancer

WPLG Channel 10 – October 22, 2014

It has been long known that the faulty BRCA gene greatly raises the risk for breast cancer. Now researchers are finding a less common gene might also play an important role.

Pancreatic Cancer Now the Fourth Leading Cause of Death

WPLG Channel 10 - October 31, 2014

It’s a disease that you don’t hear about often, it’s actually a leading cause of cancer deaths. Every year, about 45,000 people in this country will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


Use it or Lose It: Exercising Your Body and Mind is Key to Aging Well

Miami Herald – September 27, 2014

Newlywed Marilyn Richardson Kapper, 76, plays tennis three times a week and goes to the gym three or four times too, where she benches, lifts weights and does cardio.

Maroone to Donate Millions to Weston Cancer Clinic

WSVN Channel 7 – September 25, 2014

A renowned South Florida entrepreneur is driven to help cancer patients, as he will donate more than $10 million to the Cleveland Clinic of Florida.

Maroone Gift Helps Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center

Sun Sentinel – September 25, 2014

Long before he became a car dealer, Al Maroone watched his mother fall ill with cancer. He would drive across town, pick her up, take her to the hospital for treatment and drive her home.

More Light, Better Health: Designing the Egil and Pauline Braathen Center to Maximize Daylight

South Florida Hospital News – September 2014

Often, expansion of a hospital’s physical campus means that floor plans grow deeper, placing more occupants further from windows and decreasing the amount of natural light available to patients and staff.


Cleveland Clinic Florida Approved by Medicare for Liver and Kidney Transplants

Palm Beach Post – August 7, 2014

Cleveland Clinic Florida has received approval to bill Medicare for liver and kidney transplants. The stamp of approval by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services means that Medicare beneficiaries in Palm Beach County who need a transplant now have an option closer to home.

Cleveland Clinic Approved for Heart Transplants

Sun Sentinel – August 5, 2014

Weston-based Cleveland Clinic Florida became the second hospital in Broward to receive final approval to perform adult heart transplants, clinic administrators said Tuesday.


Cleveland Clinic Florida Putting the Freeze on Cancer

Sun Sentinel – July 8, 2014

Doctors at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston say they are using a novel, minimally invasive technique to put the freeze on a deadly cancer threatening seniors.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Receives $500,000 Grant

WSVN Channel 7 – July 7, 2014

A charitable organization is granting support for a South Florida hospital. The James M. Cox Foundation is announcing a $500,000 dollar grant to help support Cleveland Clinic Florida's capital campaign. The campaign is co-chaired by Auto Nation president and COO Mike Maroone and his father Albert.

Cleveland Clinic’s Expansion: An Insider’s Look

WSVN Channel 7 – July 7, 2014

Construction of the $90 million expansion at Cleveland Clinic is well underway. The 143,000 square foot Egil and Pauline Braathen Facility will house the expanded Pauline Braathen Neurological Center and the Cleveland Clinic Florida Cancer Center.


Hospital Adding Neurological and Cancer Centers

Sun-Sentinel – June 27, 2014

There was plenty of symbolism during the recent topping out ceremony for what will be the Egil and Pauline Braathen Neurological Center and Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Cancer Center in Weston.

Hispanic, Black Women Bear the Brunt of Cardiovascular Disease

Miami Herald – June 21, 2014

Mildred Rodriguez was 52 when she had a heart attack that changed her life. After undergoing open heart surgery, she vowed to take care of herself and to spread the message of prevention that women, particularly minority women, often ignore – to their detriment.

What Causes Back Pain for Most Patients?

WPLG Channel 10 – June 9, 2014

Back pain is one of the most common complaints that doctors deal with but in some cases, the real problem lies elsewhere.

Avoiding Alzheimer’s

WSVN Channel 7 - June 6, 2014

t's a disease that robs you of your mind and destroys your body. Now a groundbreaking study to prevent Alzheimer's Disease is taking place here in South Florida. 7's Christine Cruz shows us how people may soon be avoiding Alzheimer's.


Medical Specialists Focus on Protecting Younger Players

WPLG Channel 10 – May 30, 2014

Baseball may be America’s pastime, but sports medicine specialists say it is also a source of rising injuries, especially in younger players.

Narcolepsy Causes Frightening Health Issues

WPLG Channel 10 – May 29, 2014

Narcolepsy can affect the quality of lives and in some cases, put people at risk.

Ways to Alleviate Allergies

WPLG Channel 10 – May 22, 2014

A warmer winter has set Florida up for an aggressive allergy season.

Differences Between Food Intolerance and Food Allergies

WPLG Channel 10 – May 16, 2014

An estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer from food allergies and 1 out of 8 of them are children.

Hospital Hosts Annual Health & Wellness Expo

Sun Sentinel - May 16, 2014

When it comes to health and wellness, knowledge is power. That’s the thinking of officials at Cleveland Clinic Florida and why it hosts the annual health & Wellness Expo, recently staged at the Jagelman Conference Center.

Cancer Care

Florida Trend – May 2014

From his office at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, cancer center Director Dr. Steven Roshon can look out on the shape of cancer care to come. When the 143,000 sq.-ft. structure currently taking shape outside his window finally opens to patients in February 2015, a new era will begin in diagnosis and treatment of cancer at Cleveland Clinic.

South Florida Researchers Investigate if Diabetes Drug Can Prevent Alzheimer’s

Sun Sentinel – May 4, 2014

Is one of the most common chronic medical conditions among seniors connected to one of the most feared? South Florida researchers have joined a worldwide clinical trial investigating whether a well-known medication for Type 2 diabetes could delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable neurological conditions affecting almost half million Floridians.


Keeping the Core Strong Reduces Back Pain

Miami Herald – April 25, 2014

An avid hiker who founded the American Hiking Society, The Florida Trail and Big City Mountaineers, Jim Kern knew instantly something was terribly wrong with his hip while on a hike in the woods in 2011.

“I felt something painful in my left leg,” recalled Kern, a Miami resident for 40 years who moved to Saint Augustine in 1993. “I hobbled back to the car. It was quite severe.”

Health 101: Achieving Health, Wellness Goals

City & Shore – April 18, 2014

Why do some seniors look, act and feel younger than others? Part of the explanation is hereditary. But diet, exercise and activities that engage the mind are keys to staying vibrant and attaining wellness goals. You’ve heard it before: Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

“Most Americans get only half the fiver they need,” says Gina Sweat, a registered dietician with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Treating Abdominal Cancers

City and Shore Magazine – April 2014

Until recently, the only way to administer chemotherapy to abdominal cancers was intravenously, sending it through the entire body. This traditional method usually needs to be done repeatedly for weeks or months and causes unpleasant side effects like severe nausea and hair loss.

Now, doctors at Cleveland Clinic are using Hyperthermic (heated) Intraoperative Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), an innovative alternative that delivers drugs directly into the abdomen to treat Stage 4 cancers.

Weston Hospital Starts Narcolepsy Support Group

Sun Sentinel - April 4, 2014

A Weston hospital recently launched a support group for those with narcolepsy. Officials at Cleveland Clinic Florida said it’s the first in the state to be associated with the Narcolepsy Network, a non-profit that educates and helps those with the disorder.

Dr. Laurence Smolley, chairman of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center, welcomed attendees to the inaugural meeting, which coincided with Suddenly Sleepy Saturday, a day for narcolepsy awareness.


Boomer Health: Drug Offers Hope for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Palm Beach Post – March 24, 2014

With every passing year, increasing numbers of baby boomers move into the demographic – 65 and older – that puts them in the cross hairs of Alzheimer’s disease.

And, not surprisingly, our senior-citizen heavy state has one of the highest concentrations of Alzheimer’s patients in the nation.

ED is Common Among Men Over 40, But Many Don’t Seek Treatment

Miami Herald – March 21, 2014

A significant percentage of men over 40 who suffer from erectile dysfunction may have abnormally low levels of testosterone, according to Dr. Lawrence Hakim, chairman of urology at Cleveland Clinic in Weston.


The Doctor Will See You Now, Virtually

Telemedicine has arrived in S. Florida but won’t be widely available unless legislation forces insurers to cover services

Sun Sentinel - February 16, 2014

No longer science-fiction, virtual healthcare has hit South Florida with a gigabyte bank. Like something out of TV’s “The Jetsons,” telemedicine is helping patients see their doctor, have their vital signs checked and get their records updated – without leaving the house.


Regular Exercise Improves Brain Health and Stimulates Creativity

Miami Herald – January 24, 2014

TV commercial viewers in the late 1980s might recall a shapely Cher standing toned against moody blue lighting, artful smoke and wind machines tousling her raven hear as she touted a fitness gym she was representing. “If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body,” the pop icon boasted.

Digital Dilemma

WSVN Channel 7 – January 31, 2014

Most of us can't live without our smart phones, tablets and computers, but are all those hours staring at a screen putting a strain on our eyes? 7's Diana Diaz shows us how we can help prevent this Digital Dilemma.

Out in the Cold: A Freezing Technique Called Cryoablation Can Destroy Benign Tumors

City and Shore – January 2014

Finding a lump in the breast is scary, even though most are not cancerous. Even some benign tumors can cause pain and worry, though, so some doctors are now using a freezing technique to destroy common benign tumors.

Blood Pressure Guidelines Changing

WPLG Channel 10 – January 15, 2014

A blood pressure reading is one of the most basic, non-invasive diagnostic tools in medicine. The numbers—one high or systolic and one low or diastolic—tell your health care professional how hard your heart is working to pump blood through the body.

Should Sick Workers Stay Home?

Miami Herald – January 15, 2014

After four days in bed with the flu, Cindy Papale returned to her office only to have a colleague come in sniffling and coughing, touching common surfaces and spreading germs. Within a few days Papale was out again with a fever.

Is Dietary Product Alternative to Surgery?

WPLG Channel 10 - January 7, 2014

The creators of Bystrictin tout it as a natural alternative for blocking hunger and an alternative to bariatric surgery.

“They shouldn’t be comparing a dietary product to a surgical process,” said Dr. Lillian Craggs-Dino, a bariatric nutritionist at Cleveland Clinic Florida.


Cleveland Clinic Florida Names Osmel Delgado Chief Operating Officer

July 24, 2014

Cleveland Clinic Florida has appointed Osmel “Ozzie” Delgado, MBA, PharmD, FASHP, Chief Operating Officer. Delgado will be responsible for planning and directing operations for the academic medical center, which includes a hospital and medical practices in Weston as well as practices in Parkland, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Cleveland Clinic Florida Among Best In Region

July 15, 2014

For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic Florida among the best hospitals in the region and highest in Broward County.

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Steven Wexner Elected President Of The American Society Of Colon And Rectal Surgeons Research Foundation

July 14, 2014

Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Ed), Director of the Digestive Disease Center and Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).

Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital Awarded American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence® Designation

June 16, 2014

Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital in Weston, Fla., has been awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence® designation. Achieving this designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital and identifies it as one of the best places for nurses to work.

Cleveland Clinic Hosts Health and Wellness Expo

April 26, 2014

Cleveland Clinic Florida will be hosting a Health and Wellness Expo, where health specialists and fitness professionals will educate the community on preventive measures they can incorporate into their daily lives to stay healthy.

Wexner Honored With 2014 SAGES Distinguished Service Award

April 16, 2014

Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Ed), Director of the Digestive Disease Center and Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, has been awarded the SAGES Distinguished Service Award for 2014 by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. SAGES is a leading surgical society representing a worldwide community of more than 7,000 surgeons.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Participates In Largest Nationwide Trial to Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

March 4, 2014

Researchers at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Fla. and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nev. are participating in a new clinical trial designed to test the effectiveness of using a currently-approved diabetes drug to delay the development of Alzheimer’s Disease in people who are predisposed to develop the condition. The study will also look at whether a new genetic biomarker, TOMM40, is an additional indication of a patient’s elevated risk of developing the disease.

Cleveland Clinic to Host Free “Heart & Vascular Health Symposium”

February 22, 2014

Heart and vascular disease affects millions of Americans every year from all walks of life. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s “Heart & Vascular Health Symposium” will be a free day of health screenings, nutrition and exercise tips designed to help attendees get heart healthy.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Earns Primary Stroke Center Certification

January 2, 2014

Cleveland Clinic Florida has earned the Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification demonstrates that Cleveland Clinic Florida’s program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.


Cleveland Clinic Florida Receives Transformational $30 Million Gift To Establish Neurological Center

November 18, 2013

Longtime Cleveland Clinic Florida patient Pauline Braathen has made history by giving the largest gift in the organization’s 25-year history. Braathen’s $30 million donation will fund the construction of a five-story, 143,000 square foot building on Cleveland Clinic Florida's Weston campus. The building will be named the Egil and Pauline Braathen Facility and will house the expanded Pauline Braathen Neurological Center and Cleveland Clinic Florida's Cancer Center.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Ranked Highest in Broward by US News and World Report

July 16, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked highest among hospitals in Broward County in regional rankings in US News & World Report’s ranking of Best Hospitals 2013-2014. Overall, Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked fifth among 73 hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and 14th of 271 hospitals in Florida. A complete list of newly ranked hospitals is available online at

Cleveland Clinic Florida Achieves National Accreditation

July 11, 2013

The Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Center once again has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The center earned its initial accreditation in 2010 becoming the first in Broward County at the time and the third accredited center in Florida.


Cleveland Clinic Florida Receives Approval for Transplant Programs at Weston Facility

August 17, 2012

Cleveland Clinic Florida is pleased to announce that the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in Florida has approved its applications for heart, liver and kidney transplant services. Cleveland Clinic Florida saw the need to create transplant programs in order to meet the needs of a growing number of patients who currently must seek transplant services outside of South Florida. Research indicates that approximately 15 percent of patients have to travel out of the area for liver transplants, 23 percent for kidney transplants and 33 percent for heart transplants.

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s General Surgery Residency Program Set to Begin

April 24, 2012

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s General Surgery Residency program approved last year by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is set to begin on July 1, 2012. A total of 18 general surgery residents will begin the five-year program this year and an additional three resident will begin next year.


Cleveland Clinic Florida Presents Speaking of Women's Health

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Bonaventure
250 Racquet Club Road
Weston, FL 33326

Cleveland Clinic Florida is proud to host this year’s Speaking of Women’s Health event an extraordinary health conference designed to empower women. Speaking of Women’s Health is dedicated to educating women to make informed decisions about health, well-being and personal wellness for themselves and their families. This conference is a day for women to step away from their hurried lives, focus on taking care of themselves, and rejuvenate their spirits. Speaking of Women’s Health conferences include free health screenings, tote gift bag, sponsor boutique area, a dynamic keynote address and breakout sessions on important women’s health topics.

Pelvic Floor Center At Cleveland Clinic Florida Designated A Center Of Excellence

July 26, 2011

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Pelvic Floor Center has been designated a Center of Excellence (COE):Continence Care in Women by the National Association for Continence.