Dr. Omar H. Llaguna, MD

Bio

Omar H. Llaguna, M.D., is a Board-certified general surgeon with advanced fellowship training in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery and a member of Baptist Health Medical Group, an organization of more than 180 physicians in multiple specialties closely aligned with Baptist Health South Florida. A South Florida native, he graduated from La Immaculata La Salle High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami and a master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University. He received his medical degree from Ross School of Medicine, where he graduated with high honors, and completed his surgical internship at Maimonides Medical Center, where he received the Surgical Intern of the Year award. Dr. Llaguna completed his general surgery residency at Beth Israel Medical, where he served as chief resident and received multiple awards including the Surgical Resident Scholarly Achievement Award, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Medical Teaching Award and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons’ Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award. Dedicated to cancer care, he went on to complete a clinical fellowship in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. In 2011 he returned to South Florida and partnered with Drs. Juan-Carlos Verdeja, Jorge R. Rabaza, Anthony M. Gonzalez and Jaime Rodriguez of Baptist Health Medical Surgery Group. More recently, he has accepted the appointment of assistant professor of surgery at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology and member of the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

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  • Baptist Health South Florida

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  • Baptist Health Medical Group General Sur...
  • 7800 S.W. 87 Avenue
  • MIami, FL
  • 305-271-9777
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    MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding chest radiation to chemotherapy allows some people with small-cell lung cancer to live longer and cuts recurrence rates by nearly 50 percent, European researchers report.

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    MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Monitoring early stage prostate cancer instead of treating it may not be appropriate for all patients, especially black men, a new study indicates.

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    MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer often turn first to testosterone-depleting therapies, since male hormones help prostate tumors grow.

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    THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.

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    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Botox, the wrinkle fighter, might be a cancer fighter, too, according to a new animal study.

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    TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While medications are helping HIV-positive people avoid developing full-blown AIDS indefinitely, a new study finds that cancer patients with HIV are up to four times less likely to be treated for their tumors.

    The research comes with caveats. It l...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For an uninsured man with prostate cancer, the price of surgery could range from $10,000 to $135,000, depending on the hospital, a U.S. study finds.

    What's more, that wide range in charges -- a 13-fold difference -- has nothing to do with qualit...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of tumor-targeting agent may help detect and treat a wide variety of cancers, according to a new study.

    This new agent -- dubbed the tumor-targeting alkylphosphocholine (APC) molecule -- can travel throughout the body, even crossing ...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid patients appear to receive worse cancer care than people who can afford private insurance, a trio of new studies says.

    Those covered by Medicaid, the federal health plan for low-income people, are less likely to have their cancer caught...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survivors who had chemotherapy show changes in brain activity during multitasking chores, according to a new Belgian study.

    These findings may partly explain the phenomenon dubbed "chemo brain." For years, people who've had chemoth...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, May 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Testing lung cancer patients' tumors for various gene mutations may help doctors choose the best treatment, and possibly extend people's lives, a new study suggests.

    Experts said the findings, reported in the May 21 Journal of the American Medi...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, May 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that a new blood test could help doctors find pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage, potentially improving a patient's chances of survival.

    A set of four "markers" -- or signs -- in the blood identifie...Full Article

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    MONDAY, May 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pancreatic cancer is set to become the second deadliest cancer in the United States by 2030, new research predicts.

    If the projections hold, pancreatic cancer will bypass breast, prostate and colorectal cancers, ending up second only to lung cancer...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. women still see breast cancer as a bigger killer than lung cancer, despite the fact that lung cancer kills more Americans each year -- women and men -- than any other cancer.

    That's one of the findings from a new American Lung Association (AL...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular doctor visits may reduce the risk of dying from melanoma skin cancer, according to a new study.

    Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit analyzed the cases of 251 white patients, average age 60, diagnosed with melanoma between 2001 and ...Full Article