Michael Zinner: Returns home to open Miami Cancer Institute in 2017
Written by Susan Danseyar on April 19, 2016
After a long and distinguished career as a cancer researcher and surgeon working for several world-renowned hospitals, Michael Zinner is coming home to Miami. The 70-year-old graduate of Coral Gables High and the University of Florida’s medical school still has friends and family in South Florida.
But Dr. Zinner didn’t move here from Boston, where he was most recently at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, to retire to fishing or golfing. He is the founding chief executive officer and executive medical director of Baptist Health South Florida’s newly created Miami Cancer Institute, which will see its first patients Jan. 2, 2017.
Dr. Zinner said the Institute will be a world-class clinical center and research destination, offering comprehensive cancer services with expanding clinical trials and state-of-the-art technology, including the first proton therapy treatment in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The bulk of cancer care in this country isn’t administered in teaching hospitals or big centers but 85% in community hospitals, he said.
Dr. Zinner described the Institute as a hybrid cancer center, a great community hospital that links to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. This will be Memorial Sloan Kettering in South Florida, Dr. Zinner said, a destination cancer center on the campus at Baptist Hospital where Florida residents diagnosed with the disease can stay at home for treatment.
Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Dr. Zinner at Baptist Health South Florida’s offices in Coral Gables.
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