Advanced Practice Professionals: An Integral Part of Moffitt’s Care Team

By Staff Writer - October 01, 2020

Advanced Practice Professionals (APP) play an important role on the care team at Moffitt, providing expert clinical oncology care, counseling and education to patients and family members. But you might be wondering, what exactly is an APP

Several different types of health care professionals are considered APPs including Physician Assistants (PA), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists  (CRNA) and Anesthesia Assistants (AA). At Moffitt, more than 300 APPs draw on their advanced education and clinical expertise to benefit patients and families. They work in a variety of clinics and specialties.

  • Physician Assistants (PA): practice medicine under the direct or indirect supervision of a physician. PAs are trained in general medicine and receive either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree. They may evaluate and examine patients, provide counseling and education, prescribe medications, diagnose, treat and assist in medical procedures. PAs perform medical services that would otherwise be performed by a physician.

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP): an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who works under general supervision of a physician. NPs coordinate care diagnose and develop treatment plans to address symptoms and side effects. NPs may obtain health histories, perform physical exams and procedures, prescribe medications and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests. They also provide counseling and education on disease prevention and health promotion.

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA): provide anesthesia and related care before, during, and after surgical, therapeutic, or diagnostic procedures. They hold a master’s degree or doctorate degree from a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

  • Anesthesiology Assistants (AA): work collaboratively with physician anesthesiologists to deliver and maintain quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. AAs hold a master’s degree of medical science in anesthesia from an anesthesiologist assistant program accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs.

2019 APP of the Year Linda DeZago pictured holding the award and flowers
Linda DeZago, APRN, Infusion Center, was the winner of the 2019 Advanced Practice Professional of the Year.

Nominate a member of your care team for Moffitt APP of the Year by Oct. 7

Each year, Moffitt recognizes the contributions of our APPs from across the cancer center and among the many roles they represent. The recognition event culminates with a ceremony where the APP of the Year is announced.

Has an APP on your care team gone above and beyond to care for you during your cancer journey? Please submit nominations including the following information to

  • Name of PA, APRN, CRNA or AA
  • Clinical Area if known (e.g. Breast, Neck & Head, etc.)
  • Brief explanation for the nomination


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