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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:

  • Anas Bizanti, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Hospitalist seeing patients at the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Dr. Bizanti completed his Medical Education at the University of Tripoli, Faculty of Medicine in Libya. In addition to his Doctor of Medicine degree, he holds a Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering degree from Libya and a Master of Nanotechnology degree from the University of Central Florida. During his Internal Medicine Residency at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Bizanti served as chief resident of Internal Medicine.
  • Ugo C. Nzeako, MD, joins the Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Gastroenterologist seeing patients at the Lakeland Regional Health Pablo Campus and Medical Center. Dr. Nzeako earned his medical degree from the University of Nigeria. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut in Farmington, and his Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Nzeako’s additional training includes a Callender Binford Research Fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Sydney in Australia. For several years, Dr. Nzeako served as a member of the Gastroenterology Board Exam Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Nzeako is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
  • Veronica Coraci, PA-C, joins the Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Surgical First-Assistant at our Medical Center.  Ms. Coraci earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of South Florida, Honors College, and her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine. Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Ms. Coraci served as part of the Florida AHEC Scholars program (American Health Education Center – AHEC) that provides care to under-served and at-risk individuals in the community.
  • Tami Allen, PA-C, joins our Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Surgical First-Assistant at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.  Ms. Allen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Florida, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine. Ms. Allen is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
  • April Novotny, RN, MSN, CEN, CENP, Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Clinical Services at Lakeland Regional Health was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives. The recognition program acknowledges clinicians working in the healthcare industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact, according to Modern Healthcare. April received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Florida State University, her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida, and is completing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Southeastern University.
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