Cardio-Oncology Program

Cardio-Oncology Program
From left, Dr. Arthur Labovitz, USF Chair of Cardiology, Bernadette Shields, RN, cardio-oncology nurse coordinator at Moffitt, Dr. Michael Alberts, Dr. Roohi Ismail-Khan, Dr. Michael Fradley, and Larry Roy, administrator for the Cardio-Oncology program.

Moffitt Cancer Center's Cardio-Oncology Program helps patients monitor and manage the cardiovascular side effects of cancer treatment, as well as pre-existing cardiovascular conditions that might complicate a patient’s diagnosis. We are the first such academic program in the region, bringing together the expertise of researchers and oncologists from Moffitt and expert cardiologists from USF Health.

Our Cardio-Oncology Program welcomes patients who are currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, as well as survivors who have already completed treatment. Because most patients do not develop cardiotoxic side effects until several years after the conclusion of treatment, our program plays an essential role in enhancing long-term health and quality of life, and works hand in hand with Moffitt's Cancer Survivorship Clinic. 

Our Approach

As a hybrid program combining two closely correlated specialties, our program provides patients with the opportunity to consult with a number of experts in a single, convenient location. We offer a variety of services, including: 

  • Establishment of baseline measurements for patients preparing to begin a new type of cancer treatment, especially chemotherapeutic agents that have been linked to cardiotoxic side effects
  • Screening for new or progressive cardiotoxic effects (via state-of-the-art technologies, such as 3D echocardiography systems)
  • Assessment and treatment of cardiovascular complications, such as cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, cardiac ischemia and hypertension
  • Cardiovascular evaluations for patients to determine their candidacy for certain surgeries or clinical trials 

We are also heavily involved in cardio-oncology research, with a shifting focus from managing existing conditions to preventing future ones. Current investigations include medications to help minimize the cardiotoxic effects of certain chemotherapy drugs, more targeted radiation therapy techniques to minimize healthy tissue damage and the role of holistic options, such as diet and nutrition, in a cancer patient’s cardiovascular health.  

Referrals are not necessary to meet with the members of Moffitt's Cardio-Oncology Program; call 813-745-2718 or submit a new patient registration form online. Appointments are available at Moffitt's Main Campus, USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare and USF Health South Tampa Center.