Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Appoints Executive Director for Clinical Affairs

Steven B. Newman, M.D., a hematologist/oncologist with more than 30 years of clinical, operational and administrative experience, has been appointed executive director for clinical affairs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of clinical services for the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Miller School’s Department of Medicine. Newman will see patients at Sylvester in Miami and focus on improving access to cancer care at Sylvester across South Florida.

“My goals are to integrate the satellites in Plantation, Kendall and Deerfield Beach with the medical campus in Miami and create a model of excellent care throughout the health system with expanded access to clinical trials and other services throughout the South Florida community,” Newman said. “By optimally using all three of our satellites, we give patients the opportunity to be part of the UM system and get great care without having to travel far from home.”

Before joining the University, Newman was associate professor of clinical medicine and attending physician at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. For more than two decades, he also managed one of Chicago’s largest hematology/oncology practices, expanding the enterprise to include 25 physicians in seven offices and three radiation facilities.

A native of Chicago who earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Newman completed his residency at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics, before moving to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he completed a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology.

Remaining at UCLA for seven years, Newman built an active private practice, and served as an attending physician on the inpatient Hematology-Oncology Service at UCLA and as the consult attending at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. In 1992, he returned to Chicago, where he has served on multiple hospital committees for administration and quality assurance, and was involved in all aspects of practice management and medical policy relating to hematology/oncology.

In 2010, the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center recruited Newman to direct its Outpatient Clinical Operations and establish the Outpatient Infusion Therapy program. In his 16 months there, he helped significantly improve access to care by, among other things, decreasing the time patients waited before their first appointment to under a week.

“I’ve known Steve since his residency at the University of Chicago, and he’s always been that rare breed of physician who is compassionate, detail-oriented and accomplished in the practice of cutting-edge medicine but also in optimizing the patient experience,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester. “He is a distinguished clinician and teacher who brings a wealth of practice management and administrative skills to Sylvester that will improve patient access to care and advance the cancer center’s goals.”

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