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Dr. Asmar, UCF Residents Take Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS continues to get national attention – and the UCF College of Medicine and one of its UCF Pegasus Health physicians are part of the fundraising effort. On August 21, the College of Medicine’s new Internal Medicine residents – led by Dr. Abdo Asmar, a UCF Pegasus Health nephrologist and […]

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DEXA Scans to Detect Osteopenia and Osteoporosis Now Available

About 54 million Americans have osteopenia and osteoporosis, making them more susceptible to bone fractures and breaks. Symptoms of this “silent disease” don’t normally appear until the first break happens–typically in the hip, spine or wrist. Now UCF Pegasus Health, the physician practice for the UCF College of Medicine, offers DEXA scans, widely regarded as […]

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UCF Pegasus Health Cardiovascular Lab Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

UCF Pegasus Health, the physician practice for the UCF College of Medicine, recently earned a three-year echocardiography accreditation in adult transthoracic and adult stress testing from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Cardiovascular disease remains the primary cause of death in the United States, causing a patient to die every 39 seconds. Early diagnosis of many […]

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Therapeutic Yoga Classes Begin Sept. 5 At UCF Pegasus Health

Yoga, long touted as the antidote for stress and stiffness, is now a prescription of choice for physicians who see its benefits in areas like lowering blood pressure and helping cancer patients combat the side effects of radiation. To extend this assistance to its patients and the community, UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s […]

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Seniors At Risk As Florida Temperatures Soar

With Central Florida temperatures hitting the mid 90s and humidity levels hovering at over 55 percent, doctors say the effects of extreme heat can take an especially hard toll on seniors and older visitors to Central Florida. Gerontology specialist Dr. Mariana Dangiolo, who practices at UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine physician practice, says […]

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Dr. Barkley Honored As “Diversity Visionary”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has selected Dr. Lisa Barkley, the UCF College of Medicine’s assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, as a recipient of its “Diversity Visionary Award.” “This is the only national individual honor in higher education of its kind and is being presented to Dr. Barkley as a tribute to her past and […]

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Physicians Advocate For Women’s Heart Health

Four UCF Pegasus Health physicians joined College of Medicine Dean Dr. Deborah German recently at Orlando’s “Go Red” for health luncheon to increase awareness and research funding for women’s heart disease. Hundreds of women gathered at the May 9 American Heart Association event at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort – most wearing red. Attendees heard […]

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Dr. Asmar Selected To Kidney Journal Editorial Board

UCF Pegasus Health nephrologist Dr. Abdo Asmar has been named to the editorial board of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD), one of the top three internal journals on the topic. During much of his 2½ year-term with the journal, Dr. Asmar will focus on the journal’s interactive blog, eAJKD. He will compile and […]

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Dr. Salazar Honored At College Of Medicine Graduation

UCF College of Medicine graduates honored Dr. Sergio Salazar, an internal medicine specialist at UCF Pegasus Health and their assistant professor, with the honor of leading them in the Hippocratic Oath at Friday’s graduation. The oath, first written in antiquity, is named for the renowned Greek physician Hippocrates, considered the father of western medicine. In […]

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UCF Pegasus Health Offers Caregiver Support Series

As Americans struggle to care for a rapidly aging population, approximately 43.5 million people have assumed caregiver roles for aging family members and another 14.9 million are caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In response to that need, UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine physicians practice, is partnering with the UCF Department […]

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Dr. Dangiolo Awarded for Senior Health Initiative

Dr. Mariana Dangiolo recently received one of five Learning Institute for Elders (LIFE) Richard Tucker Gerontology Awards for 2014.This year’s $4,000 supports “Bridging the Gap,” in-home geriatric assessments by medical students aimed at improving the health and quality of life for seniors. Many seniors are reluctant to give up their independence, preferring to stay in their […]

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New Web-Based Portal for Patients

UCF Pegasus Health has launched a new web-based portal, an easy, secure way for patients to communicate with the medical staff, view prescriptions and verify appointments. And on April 18, the first day the portal was available, more than half the patients seen in the clinic that day registered for access. “The launch of the […]

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Drs. Barkley and German Receive BLUEPRINT Awards

The City of Orlando recently honored Dr. Lisa Barkley, assistant dean for diversity and a faculty physician at UCF Pegasus Health, and Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UCF College of Medicine, with BLUEPRINT Women of Distinction Awards. The awards honor outstanding achievements in career, community leadership and personal […]

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Dr. Asmar Inducted Into Medical Honor Society

The UCF College of Medicine’s chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha – the national medical honor society – inducted 13 new members on March 13, including Dr. Abdo Asmar, a nephrologist at UCF Pegasus Health. The ceremony was the second for UCF’s new Zeta chapter. AOA member physicians from the community also attended the induction ceremony […]

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Clinicians Explain Keys To Healthy Hearts

 Three faculty physicians from UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice, provided their expertise on keeping your heart healthy during a community event at the practice on February 27. Drs. Abdo Asmar, Analia Castiglioni and Bernard Gros provided preventative and treatment strategies to about 50 people at the “Live Smart for Your Heart” […]

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Deadly Flu Outbreaks Prompt Officials to Recommend Vaccinations

Physicians at UCF Pegasus Health say those with chronic health conditions are at greatest risk The number of flu-related deaths in Central Florida serves to illustrate the severity of the virus this season, as physicians at UCF Pegasus Health call for those who haven’t received the vaccination yet to get one immediately. This is especially […]

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UCF Pegasus Health Holds “Live Smart for Your Heart” Event

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for nearly one in three deaths in the United States. Learn from doctors at UCF Pegasus Health, the physician practice of the College of Medicine, how you can “Live Smart for Your Heart” in a special event on February 27 at the clinic. You’ll hear about the risk factors of heart […]

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Docs Provide Video Health Tips

Doctors at UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice, are now on video, providing health tips on topics ranging from foods that keep your memory strong to better ways of communicating with your adolescent. The five-minute videos each cover a topic discussed during October’s Healthy Women event. The presenters are all faculty physicians […]

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Don’t Stress the Holidays

Thanksgiving is a wrap, Christmas is right around the corner and the New Year is stealing third. It’s no wonder that stress has become an accepted part of the holiday season. But stress can have serious health consequences, so here are some things to keep in mind this holiday season. While you’re trying to pick […]

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Healthy Women Seminar Success

About 65 women learned about preventative healthcare, and topics from diabetes to dementia, at an “Art and Science of Healthy Women” event at UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Speakers at the October 23 event were female College of Medicine faculty physicians who care for patients at Pegasus Health: Dr. Maria Cannarozzi, […]

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Flu Season is Upon Us

Each year in the United States, anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of the population will become infected with seasonal influenza, or the “flu.” The flu affects the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs) and leads to approximately 200,000 hospitalizations each year from complications, which can be life-threatening. If you’re an established patient at UCF […]

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Hit The Links For Science, Scholarships

Attention, golfers! Hit the links October 7 at Winter Park’s Interlachen Country Club and support graduate school fellowships during the Inaugural UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences Golf Classic. The tournament honors the legacy of the late Al and Nancy Burnett, pre-eminent supporters of UCF, whose generosity created the UCF College of Medicine’s Burnett School […]

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College of Medicine Shares Expertise On Electronic Health Records

Electronic health records were the topic of discussion on 90.7 News WMFE FM public radio today. As more physicians transition from paper charts to electronic records, Jose Rodas, executive director of UCF College of Medicine Regional Extension Center (REC) explained how healthcare is improving because of technology. The center has assisted more than 2,200 practitioners […]

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Time Saving Electronic Health Records Save Lives

More and more Central Florida doctors, including physicians at UCF Pegasus Health, are scrapping the use of bulky paper patient files for more efficient electronic records that help reduce costs and increase patient safety. Gone are the days of waiting for faxes or physically having to carry your patient files to other doctors’ offices. But […]

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Kidney Walk Raises $51,622

Kidney supporters, including a UCF College of Medicine team called “Renal 9-1-1: COM Cares About Kidneys,” raised $51,622 Sunday at the 2013 Orlando National Kidney Foundation (NKF) walk. The 5K trek, held for the first time at Lake Nona’s Medical City, raised money for research and treatments, and to support families and patients dealing with […]

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Local Doctors Honored for Meaningful Use of Health Technology

In an increasingly wired and digital age, more and more aspects of our lives are now “plugged in,” including the doctor’s office. The UCF College of Medicine’s Regional Extension Center (REC) is working with medical practices throughout Central Florida to switch from paper to electronic health record (EHR) systems. On April 4, the REC honored […]

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Two UCF Pegasus Health Physicians Win Hygeia 2013 Honors

Two faculty physicians at UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine physician practice, received honors February 15 at Hygeia 2013, the annual medical student student-sponsored gala. Dr. Sergio Salazar, who practices internal medicine at UCF Pegasus Health, received an     Attending Physician of the Year award for being “an exceptionally   skilled educator and   positive […]

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UCF Pegasus Health Adds Three New Physicians

UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice, announces the addition of three physicians: Dr. Analia Castiglioni, Dr. Lisa Barkley, and Dr. Angela Mazza. “UCF Pegasus Health now boasts 14 primary care and specialty physicians to serve patients throughout the Orlando area,” says Linda Smelser, Director of Clinical Operations. Before joining UCF Pegasus Health, […]

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UCF Pegasus Health Announces Leadership Team

UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice has announced its faculty physician leadership team that will guide operations and patient care at the year-old facility.   Maria Cannarozzi, M.D., has been named Medical Director; Leonardo Oliveira, M.D., Director of Quality and Safety; and Abdo Asmar, M.D., is serving as Director of Medical Staff. Dr. […]

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Scleroderma Patient’s RX: Stay Positive

Roy Louden looks at photos of him lifting weights and remembers his “buff” years. Today, he struggles to get above 100 pounds. His hands and arms are frozen. His heart operates at just 20 percent capacity. Louden, 52, battles scleroderma, a rare auto-immune disorder of the body’s connective tissue that can damage the skin, muscles, […]

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College, Geisinger Form Learning Collaborative

The UCF College of Medicine has established a Learning Collaborative with Geisinger Health System, a Pennsylvania-based, not-for-profit health services organization nationally known for developing innovative models of care. Through the partnership, UCF and Geisinger, in collaboration with other local and national partners, will develop and model new approaches to health care and clinical education. Through […]

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Dr. Asmar Named To National Kidney Foundation Florida Board Of Directors

Dr. Abdo Asmar, a nephrology specialist at UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice, and assistant professor of medicine, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Florida. The NKF of Florida, now in its 29th year, is one of 48 affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation, a […]

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Dr. Bég Speaks To Community About Arthritis

Imagine being a first-time mother whose hands and knees ache when she eases out of bed during the night to care for her baby.  Or a young adult struggling with swelling and stiffness on the job. Or an 86-year-old man who daily slips into a heated pool to swim away the pain of arthritis. Dr. […]

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Dengue Fever Prevention

Central Florida has had several confirmed diagnoses of dengue (pronounced den’ gee) fever, the first locally acquired illness reported in the area since the1960s. Dr. Maria Cannarozzi, an internal medicine specialist at UCF Pegasus Health and an associate professor at the UCF College of Medicine, suggests ways to avoid contracting dengue fever. First, apply DEET […]

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Flu Shots Available

UCF Pegasus Health is offering flu shots to existing patients. Please call 407-266-DOCS (3627) to schedule your appointment. Remember, when it comes to the flu, prevention is the best medicine.

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Dr. Oliveira Lectures on Sports Concussions

Dr. Leonardo Oliveira, UCF Pegasus Health’s sports medicine physician and assistant professor at the UCF College of Medicine, was invited recently to lecture on sports concussion management and cardiovascular conditions involving athletes. The presentation was part of CORA Rehabilitation Athletic Training’s National Athletic Training Month celebrations. “I received a lot of great comments from the […]

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Dr. Dangiolo Wins First UCF Gerontology Award

UCF Pegasus Health’s Dr. Mariana Dangiolo is a winner of the first Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Grants for her work incorporating geriatrics into Anatomy Lab for first-year medical students. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Dangiolo and M-3 students Christina Hsu, Malgorzata Krzyszczak, Reid Green, and Edward Sanchez, the 17-week lab now includes training on […]

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Moving Together For A Cure

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America, and on Saturday, a team of the College of Medicine’s new physicians group (Pegasus Health) helped lead a walk in downtown Orlando to find a cure. Dr. Shazia Bég, who specializes in rheumatology at the new faculty practice, was medical honorary chair of the Orlando 2012 […]

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Announcing Prescription Assistance for Florida Residents

The University of Central Florida College of Medicine and UCF Pegasus Health support the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants’ plan to distribute discount drug cards to Florida Residents. For more information and to receive your card, please visit www.FAPAonline.org. Announcement from Larry M. Langford, PA-C, MPAS, Fellow of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, and […]

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Caring for Kidneys

One out of nine Americans suffers from chronic kidney disease, and on March 25, 600 people – including UCF Pegasus Health physicians and College of Medicine students and staff members – participated in a 5K walk to raise money to fight the disease. Pegasus Health was a platinum sponsor of the National Kidney Foundation 2012 […]

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Happy, Healthy Seniors

More than 100 seniors from Orlando’s Palm Valley community attended a breakfast recently where they met UCF Pegasus Health Geriatrician Dr. Mariana Dangiolo and Director of Clinical Operations Linda Smelser. Linda provided an overview of Pegasus Health including its services and physician specialties. Dr. Dangiolo, who also specializes in family medicine, spoke about her focus […]

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Chamber Learns “Putting Patients First” from Pegasus Health

Members of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce learned how College of Medicine doctors at UCF Pegasus Health are “putting patients first.” Pegasus Health, the college’s new faculty practice, was invited to speak at the January meeting of the chamber at the Stoneybrook East Golf Club. Dr. Abdo Asmar, a nephrologist and the director of […]

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Dr. Cannarozzi Is A “Top Doc”

UCF Pegasus Health’s Dr. Maria Cannarozzi has been named among the “Best Doctors in Orlando and America” for the second year in a row. The “Best Doctors” lists are based on national surveys conducted by Best Doctors Inc. and Consumers’ CHECKBOOK, which survey thousands of physicians and ask, “To whom would you turn if you […]

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