Health Notes: Sports medicine expert to lead new orthopedic center in West Palm

By Christine Davis

Dr. Peter Asnis has been appointed medical director of HSS Florida, the soon-to-open new home of Hospital for Special Surgery, which has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for orthopedics for the past 10 years by U.S. News & World Report. 

A specialist in knee and shoulder sports injuries, Asnis was trained at HSS in New York before serving as the lead physician/medical director for the Boston Bruins, head team orthopedic surgeon for the Boston Red Sox, and a team physician for the New England Patriots. He rejoins HSS from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was chief of the Sports Medicine Service.

He earned his undergraduate degree cum laude in biology at Harvard College and his MD with honors in research from what is now known as Weill Cornell Medicine.

Asnis completed his orthopedic residency at HSS in New York. He completed a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, afterward joining the hospital staff. Asnis is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School.

A board certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine, he is a member of the Team Physician Societies for the National Football League, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. 

HHS Florida is at 300 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. The new 60,000-square-foot center will offer outpatient orthopedic care, including radiology, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation and sports performance programs.

HSS Florida will specialize in hand and upper extremity treatment, hip and knee replacement, physiatry, shoulder surgery, sports medicine, and treatment of trauma and fractures.

A satellite location is open at 1395 S. State Road 7, Suite 410, Wellington.

Dr. Larry Bush has become the 2020 president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society.

Bush has practiced in the specialized field of infectious diseases in Palm Beach County since 1989. He is an affiliated professor of medicine at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, as well as affiliated associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He did his residency in internal medicine at the Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where he went on to serve as chief medical resident.

He completed specialty training as a fellow in infectious diseases at the Medical College of Pennsylvania before relocating to South Florida. 

In addition to walking in and waiting, anyone with a minor illness or injury can now reserve a spot at a Baptist Health South Florida Urgent Care or Urgent Care Express. With the “Save My Spot” online reservation system, patients can select a desired arrival time at one of the Baptist Health Urgent Care centers, complete a basic form and wait from home.

“During flu season, patient volumes in our centers can be high. With Save My Spot, our patients will spend considerably less time sitting in a busy waiting room when they’re feeling under the weather,” said Luis Bellmas, vice president of outpatient services, which includes Baptist Health’s Urgent Care and Urgent Care Express centers.

Moving from the No. 23 spot last year, Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s online master’s degree in nursing is now ranked No. 7 in the nation and is the top-ranked program in Florida for “Best Online Graduate Programs” in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report.

FAU’s College of Business, College of Education and overall online bachelor’s programs also made the list.

“Our college is grounded in caring science, which also extends to and is integrated into the delivery of our online graduate programs,” said Safiya George, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing. “Faculty, staff and students co-labor together to ensure a positive online learning experience, full engagement with the content and learning environment and mastery of content.

“A combination of exceptional talent, use of best practices, and great leadership from our associate dean for academic programs, Dr. Kay Edwards, and our assistant dean for graduate programs, Dr. Joy Longo, are the keys attributable to this success.”

The FAU College of Nursing’s online master of science degree programs include nursing administration and financial leadership, a 37- to 39-credit-hour program; clinical nurse leader, a 33-credit-hour program; and advanced holistic nursing, a 33-credit-hour program.

The College of Nursing also offers a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate, a 22-credit-hour program.

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