Dr. Omar H. Llaguna, MD

Bio

Dr. Omar H. Llaguna is a board-certified general surgeon with advanced fellowship training in Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. A South Florida native, he graduated from La Immaculata La Salle High School, completed his Bachelors degree at the University of Miami, as well as a Masters degree at Nova Southeastern University. He subsequently 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 Surgeryat the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. In July 2011 he returned to South Florida and partnered with Dr. Juan-Carlos Verdeja, Dr. Jorge R. Rabaza, Dr. Anthony M. Gonzalez and Dr. Jaime Rodriguez of Baptist Health Medical Surgery Group. More recently, he has accepted the appointment of Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He is a Diplomat 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. Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal cancer - Esophageal - Gastric - Pancreatic - Colorectal - Primary and metastatic liver cancer Melanoma Sarcoma Malignant and benign disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid Clinical Affiliations: - Baptist Hospital of Miami - South Miami Hospital - West Kendall Baptist Hospital - F.I.U. Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

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  • Baptist Health South Florida

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  • Baptist Health Medical Group General Sur...
  • MIami, FL
  • 305-271-9777
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Urology:

    THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors often recommend no treatment at all when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, opting instead to keep a close eye on the slow-growing tumor and acting only when it becomes aggressive.

    But a new, long-term European study says this str...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report early progress in developing a treatment that might one day help the immune system defend itself against cancer.

    The results of their study -- the first of three stages of research required of drug treatments in the United S...Full Article

  • Omar H. Llaguna, MD
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    • Easily burned by the sun.
    • Subject to excessive sun exposure, including individuals who work in the marine
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes have double the risk of pancreatic cancer compared to people who don't have diabetes, according to a new analysis of 88 previous studies.

    Diabetes has been considered a risk factor for pancreatic cancer, but what's not clear ...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans who need a liver transplant are less likely to get a new organ -- and are more likely to die -- the farther they live from a VA liver transplant center, a new study shows.

    "Our study is the first to show that while the VA model of ...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A minimally invasive treatment that delivers radiation directly to tumors may slow progression of breast cancer that has spread to the liver, a new study suggests.

    The treatment is called yttrium 90 (Y-90) radioemboliza...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat seizures may reduce the risk of head and neck cancers, a new study suggests.

    Valproic acid (Depakote) is prescribed to prevent seizures and also to control mood, but it is also being investigated for cancer prevention because...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Where you're treated for ovarian or other gynecologic cancers makes a difference. Women with these conditions live more than a year longer on average if they're treated at hospitals that deal with a large number of these cancers, according to a new study

    ...Full Article
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    THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer is missed in about 6 percent of colonoscopies, according to a new study.

    "Not only did we find that colonoscopy isn't perfect, we discovered a number of factors associated with these 'missed' cancers," study lead author Dr. N....Full Article

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    TUESDAY, March 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People fighting cancer might have to wait longer to see a cancer specialist in the coming decades, as demand for treatment outpaces the number of oncologists entering the workforce, a new report released Tuesday warns.

    Demand for cancer treatme...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Urology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery may trump a "watch-and-wait" approach when it comes to treating prostate cancer, especially in younger patients, according to a new study.

    Death and the spread of cancer were less likely for men who underwent a radical prostatectomy to...Full Article

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    MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who carry a BRCA1 gene mutation and have their ovaries removed by age 35 appear to dramatically reduce their odds of developing ovarian cancer and dying, a new international study finds.

    Having this procedure, called oophorectomy, may reduce...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical trials investigating new uses for the anti-cancer drug Avastin have produced mixed results.

    When combined with standard chemotherapy, Avastin extended the survival of patients with advanced cervical cancer by nearly four months, doctor...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Testing a key lymph node in patients with the most dangerous form of skin cancer is the best approach to determine if the cancer has spread, new late-stage clinical research indicates.

    The test could significantly improve survival among those w...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Testing a key lymph node in patients with the most dangerous form of skin cancer is the best approach to determine if the cancer has spread, new late-stage clinical research indicates.

    The test could significantly improve survival among those w...Full Article