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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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Otolaryngology:

    THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and heavy drinking seem to increase the risk that patients with head and neck cancer will need a feeding tube for an extended time after treatment, new research suggests.

    The study included 104 patients with squamous cell cancer of the ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A family history of prostate cancer may be tied to a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests.

    Women whose father, brother or son have had prostate cancer may have a 14 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer, said Jennifer Beeb...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Opdivo (nivolumab) has been expanded to include advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the agency said Wednesday in a news release.

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the Unit...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. recommendations against the PSA test for prostate cancer might have prompted a small but measurable increase in the number of higher-risk cases diagnosed recently, according to a new study.

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that a wait-and-watch approach for prostate cancer isn't being used often enough, and that more men are being treated than may be necessary.

    Additionally, the researchers expressed concern about the numbers of men being tr...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports.

    Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United State...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests.

    According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure may be closer to 540,000, re...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of women in developed countries, reflecting changing smoking patterns among females worldwide, a new report shows.

    Legions of women began smoking four decades ago, and the dire...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Radiation Oncology:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prostate biopsies that combine MRI technology with ultrasound appear to give men better information regarding the seriousness of their cancer, a new study suggests.

    The new technology -- which uses MRI scans to help doctors biopsy very specific p...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer may get an emotional lift from man's best friend, a new study suggests.

    The study, of patients with head and neck cancers, is among the first to scientifically test the effects of therapy do...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common.

    Now, an experimental test may help determine whether lung nodules detected by tho...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Colon / Rectal Surgery:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer U.S. colon cancer patients who are diagnosed in the final stages of their disease are having what can often be unnecessary surgery to have the primary tumor removed, researchers report.

    These patients are also living longer even as the su...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live in the mountains seem to have lower rates of lung cancer than those closer to the beach -- a pattern that suggests a role for oxygen intake, researchers speculate.

    Their study of counties across the Western United States found ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher vitamin D levels in patients with advanced colon cancer appear to improve response to chemotherapy and targeted anti-cancer drugs, researchers say.

    "We found that patients who had vitamin D levels at the highest category had improved surviv...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncologic Surgery:

    MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For many rectal cancer patients, the prospect of surgery is a worrisome reality, given that the operation can significantly impair both bowel and sexual function.

    However, a new study reveals that some cancer patients may fare just as well by forg...Full Article