Endoscopic Specialist Joins GI Oncology Team
SARASOTA, Fla. – This week, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed a specialist in digestive and gastrointestinal diseases to its First Physicians Group (FPG) network.
Stephen Kucera, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist, is now accepting new patients at FPG’s gastrointestinal (GI) specialty practice. Together with gastrointestinal oncology surgeon Kenneth Meredith, MD, and general surgeon Pedro Briceno, MD, they provide comprehensive testing and treatment for patients with cancers of the liver, pancreas, bile duct, or esophagus.
Prior to joining First Physicians Group, Dr. Kucera spent six years in private practice in Sarasota. While caring for patients with some of the most challenging cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, he helped Sarasota Memorial to build its endoscopic oncology program. Using endoscopic ultrasound (EU), Dr. Kucera fills a vital role on Sarasota Memorial’s GI oncology team, providing important diagnostic and staging information used to map out and treat cancers that were previously untreatable because of the lack of specialists and technology in the Suncoast region. He works closely with other GI specialists, as well as medical and radiation oncologists in the community.
Dr. Kucera earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine on Dominica, West Indies. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Kucera is also fellowship trained in interventional endoscopy and endoscopic oncology from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
He is an innovative therapeutic endoscopist, utilizing the application of modern endoscopic techniques and technologies to advance patient care and outcomes. He has been nationally recognized and published for his research involving cystic lesions of the pancreas, Barrett esophagus and esophageal cancer.
The FPG Gastrointestinal Oncology practice is conveniently located across the street from Sarasota Memorial Hospital in the Medical Arts building, 1950 Arlington Street, Suite 101. For information or appointments, call 941-262-0400.