• Michael J. Zinner, M.D.

    Michael J. Zinner, M.D.

    CEO and Executive Medical Director

    In March 2016, Dr. Zinner became the Founding CEO and Executive Medical Director of Miami Cancer Institute, a member of the Baptist Health South Florida Health System. Prior to that Dr. Zinner was the Moseley Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, the Surgeon-in-Chief at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), the Clinical Director of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and the Crowley Family Distinguished Chair in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 1994-2016.

    He has been a member of the editorial boards of several surgical journals, including Annals of Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He is the past and current Editor for “Maingot’s Abdominal Operations”, a worldwide textbook and atlas of gastrointestinal surgery in its 4th Edition under his editorship.

    Dr. Zinner is a past President of the Association for Academic Surgery, past President of the Society of the University Surgeons, and past President of the Society of Surgical Chairman. He has previously served as a Director of the American Board of Surgery, a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and a member of the Board of Directors of Collegium Internationale Chirurgiac Digestivae. In 2008, he received the National Award for the Advancement of Women in Surgery from the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS). He was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) from 2008 to 2010 and was Chairman of the Board of Regents of the College from 2016-2017.

    In 2004, he established the Center for Surgery and Public Health, a collaboration between the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, focused on healthcare, quality, safety and effectiveness and global surgical care. His current interests include these areas and the national debate on health care reform. He is active in local, regional and national organizations on health care policies, and was Chairman of the Health Policy and Advocacy Committee for the American College of Surgeons. He has taught courses on health care at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and was appointed Adjunct Professor there. He has been on the Boards of several hospitals and health care systems across the country, including Partners Health Care and the Sisters of Mercy Health Care System. In addition, he is on the Board of several medical device and software companies, and the National Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

    Dr. Zinner remains a clinician and his clinical focus centers on surgical oncology and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. He enjoys his practice and interactions with junior staff, trainees, and has received teaching and mentorship awards for both. At the Miami Cancer Institute, over the past 24 months, he has recruited 60 new physicians to MCI from all across the country. Many of these physicians have come from named institutions including, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dana Farber, Yale, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, University of Chicago, Boston University and more.

  • Leonard Kalman, M.D.

    Leonard Kalman, M.D.

    Executive Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Kalman, after finishing his medical oncology training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, came to Miami in 1982 and began his practice as the 4th member of a medical oncology practice founded by Dr. Martin Liebling. Over the years, he grew the practice, Advanced Medical Specialties (AMS), to one of the largest in the country, including 47 medical, radiation, and pediatric oncologists through Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

    With the emergence of Miami Cancer Institute (MCI), all the physicians and personnel of AMS who practiced at Baptist facilities became employees of Baptist Health in December 2014. These “legacy” physicians formed the basis of the initial medical, radiation, and pediatric oncology staff at Miami Cancer Institute.

    In September 2014, Dr. Kalman assumed the role of Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute, where he, with others, defined the overall mission and vision of the Institute, defined its component parts and multi-disciplinary care model, and began the recruitment of key leadership, faculty and staff. At present, Dr. Kalman serves as Executive Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer, a role in which he continues to work closely with the leadership team of MCI to lead recruitment efforts, to create new programs and services and to deal with medical staff issues.

  • Michele Ryder, R.N.

    Michele Ryder, R.N.

    Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer

    Michele has been an RN for over 40 years and her background encompasses both patient care and executive management roles. Her current role is in clinical operations and the integration of multiple oncology service lines. She is proficient in building complex business lines such as: Centers of Excellence in Oncology, Surgery, Neuroscience, and developing/managing Radiation Oncology, Imaging and Rehabilitation. Michele is a member of ACHE and many other local and regional associations.

  • Minesh Mehta, M.D.

    Minesh Mehta, M.D.

    Deputy Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology

    Dr. Mehta is an internationally renowned radiation oncologist, one of the world’s experts in the treatment of brain tumors, and a pioneer in the fields of radiosurgery, intensity-modulated image-guided radiotherapy, MR-Linac based radiotherapy, and pencil-beam scanning proton therapy. He has previously served as the Chair and Professor of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin, Professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University, and the University of Maryland, where served as Professor of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Proton Therapy Center.

    Dr. Mehta provides overall leadership and direction to the entire Radiation Oncology Division, including our unique Proton Therapy Center; mentors junior mid-career colleagues; develops and directs a far ranging clinical trials program in radiation oncology, including clinical trials evaluating the increasing importance of proton therapy in an expanding number of cancers, and remains clinically active, caring for patients with brain tumors and lung cancer.

    As Deputy Director, he has a significant role in the operational and clinical development of and integration of all radiation modalities within Miami Cancer Institute, and also in future strategic planning for the organization. Because of his vast experience, he remains a key liaison with national radiation and proton organizations, with our academic alliance partner Memorial Sloan Kettering, with Baptist International and Baptist Finance, and with potential partners in the radiation oncology industry.

  • Guenther Koehne, M.D., Ph.D.

    Guenther Koehne, M.D., Ph.D.

    Program Director

    An internationally renowned expert in the application of both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation for the treatment of leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, multiple myeloma and other lymphoproliferative diseases, Guenther Koehne, M.D., Ph.D., serves as deputy director and chief of Stem Cell Transplantation, Hematologic Oncology and Benign Hematology at Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida. Prior to joining the Institute in 2017, he was a leading physician in adult bone marrow transplantation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Koehne is recognized for his work in adoptive immunotherapeutic approaches with antigen-specific, donor-derived T lymphocytes to treat viral complications following allogeneic transplants and the development of novel treatments for high-risk multiple myeloma, minimal residual disease of leukemia and relapsed disease post-allogeneic stem cell transplantation. A physician-scientist, Dr. Koehne has led the development and growth of the Institute’s outpatient and inpatient blood and bone marrow transplant program and is involved in numerous groundbreaking clinical trials.

    Dr. Koehne is Board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He received his medical degree and Ph.D. from Medical University of Hamburg, Germany, where he also trained as a resident in internal medicine. He completed an additional internal medicine residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. His extensive training also includes a medical oncology/hematology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a research fellowship in the Immunology Program at the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation Service.

    Dr. Koehne is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He champions the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has served as Chairman of the Light the Night Walk, the organization’s largest fundraiser.

  • Beatriz Currier, M.D.

    Beatriz Currier, M.D.

    Medical Director, Cancer Patient Support Center

    M. Beatriz “Bebe” Currier, M.D., is medical director of the Cancer Patient Support Center at Miami Cancer Institute. The Center aims to enhance patients’ health outcomes and quality of life for them and their caregivers by addressing their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs with advanced treatments, education and research across the continuum of care. The Center’s integrated, multispecialty approach is focused on the combined resources of four medical specialties: psychosocial oncology, integrative medicine, rehabilitation and survivorship.

    Dr. Currier attended medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with subspecialty certification in psychosomatic medicine. A Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, she has received numerous teaching awards and has been peer-selected to appear in Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors.

    Dr. Currier is invited regularly to speak at national and international grand rounds, symposiums and scientific meetings to address the diagnosis and management of depression in patients with cancer and other medical illnesses, advances in women’s mental health issues and advances in the treatment of depression.

    Her current research interests include investigating the bidirectional relationship between the pathophysiological correlates of systemic inflammation associated with depression and cancer outcome. She has served as principal investigator on numerous clinical research trials focusing on antidepressant pharmacotherapy of mood disorders in medically ill populations. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and served as guest editor of the International Review of Psychiatry issue entitled “The Interface of Psychiatry and Oncology.”

    Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Currier served as director of oncology support care services at the Courtelis Center for Psychosocial Oncology at University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as division chief of consultation psychiatry/psychosomatic medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

  • Maggy Pons, CPA,MBA

    Maggy Pons, CPA,MBA

    Vice President, Business Operations

    With financial operations leadership for healthcare since 1987, Maggy is VP, Business Operations for Miami Cancer Institute. Maggy participated in the acquisition by Baptist Health South Florida of Advanced Medical Specialties (AMS), a 23 physician oncology practice. Maggy is responsible for the business operations of Miami Cancer Institute, including clinic management and front end revenue cycle management, as well as dining and gift shop services.

    Historically, Maggy’s financial career began in Miami in 1983 as a Staff Accountant at a private accounting firm. From 1984 through 1987, she worked with the global accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand in the Audit Staff and Emerging Business Services departments. With Coopers & Lybrand, she provided financial leadership to a diversity of business sectors including health care, construction, floral products, interior design, architecture, banking, security system and cruise lines. Since 1987, she has specialized in healthcare. Most recently, Maggy served as Executive Director for AMS.

    Maggy served ten years as a Board Member and Community Ambassador for the nationally recognized Cancer Support Community, a nonprofit organization providing support, education and hope to individuals dealing with cancer. She’s also a long-time volunteer with the Kendall Relay for Life Event, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients and their families.

    Beyond her professional pursuits, Maggy’s interests include the performing arts and fine arts with a special affinity for works by Cuban artists. She also enjoys the culinary arts and experiencing diverse cultures and destinations through world travel.