Meet Our Oncology Physicians

The Anderon Family Cancer Institute at Jupiter Medical Center offers a multidisciplinary team of physicians who are committed to providing quality care for our patients. They have trained at some of the most prestigious facilities in the United States. As a patient, you can rest assured that their combined expertise ensures that you will receive high quality care throughout your treatment.

Board-Certified Surgical Oncologists

Shanel Bhagwandin, DO, MPH
Medical Director, Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology Program
Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) Surgery
Fellowship Trained, Icahn School of Medicine

Education

  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Internship: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Residency: The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Fellowship: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Certifications

  • Board Certified, General Surgery
  • Board Certified, Complex General Surgical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

Diagnosis and treatment of complex malignancies of the liver, pancreas, and biliary tract, in addition to gastric and esophageal cancer, colon and rectal cancer, sarcoma, and melanoma.

Management of advanced peritoneal carcinomatosis through the application of Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) and cytoreductive surgery; a technique that combines surgery with chemotherapy delivered directly into the abdomen.

Specialties

Diagnosis and treatment of benign conditions and a wide array of cancers, including highly complex or recurrent cases utilizing the most recent advances in technology, including:

  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Liver Cancer and Colorectal Liver Metastases
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • Skin Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach Cancer

As a hepatobiliary surgeon, Dr. Bhagwandin also has expertise in the management and treatment of benign conditions, such as:

  • Benign Abdominal Tumors
  • Bile Duct Injuries
  • Biliary Cysts
  • Hepatic Cysts
  • Pancreatic Cysts
  • Splenectomy

In addition, Dr. Bhagwandin has experience in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for cancer of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, colon, and peritoneum.

K. Adam Lee, MD
Medical Director, Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center of Excellence

Education

  • Medical School: New York Medical College
  • Residency: Beth Israel Medical Center, General Surgery
  • Fellowship: University of Massachusetts - Cardiothoracic Surgery

Certifications

  • Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery Board Certified, General Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Clinical Expertise

  • Multimodality therapy for lung and esophageal cancer
  • Surgery for higher-stage lung cancer
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung and esophageal cancer
  • Minimally invasive surgery for mediastinal disease
  • Robotic lobectomy for lung cancer
  • Robotic thymectomy

As medical director of the Thoracic Surgery and Lung Center of Excellence, Dr. Lee leads a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest and lungs.

Dr. Lee and a surgical team performed the first four-arm robotic lobectomy in the nation nearly two decades ago. He remains a pioneer and leading practitioner of thoracic surgery using minimally invasive techniques, including da Vinci™ robotic technology.

Dr. Lee has spent many years traveling around the United States as an instructor of robotic thoracic surgery.

Donna M. Pinelli, MD, FACOG
Medical Director, Gynecologic Oncology and the Walsh Robotic Surgery Program
Fellowship Trained, Moffitt Cancer Center

Education

  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia
  • Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia
  • Internship & Residency: Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital
  • Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology: Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital

Clinical Expertise

  • Women’s Cancer Specialist in radical pelvic surgery, treating uterine, ovarian, cervical and vulvar malignancies
  • Risk-reducing surgery
  • Innovative approaches to gynecologic cancer treatments
  • Extensive experience with the da Vinci® robotic surgery system and laparoscopy
  • Sentinel node mapping and biopsy

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Gynecologic Oncology
  • Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Dr. Donna Pinelli is a women’s cancer specialist and is the medical director of Gynecologic Oncology and the Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program at Jupiter Medical Center. Selected as a “Top Doc” in Gynecologic Oncology every year for many years, Dr. Pinelli has been caring for patients in Palm Beach and its surrounding counties for over 20 years.

She treats women facing uterine, ovarian, cervical and vulvar cancers, as well as other complicated gynecologic medical issues with skill, compassion and dedication. She is highly skilled in minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system and has performed over 1,000 robotic surgical procedures in addition to thousands of laparoscopic and open radical surgeries.

John A. P. Rimmer, MD, FACS, FRCS, FRCS (ed.), FICS

Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Care

Certifications

  • Board Certified in General Surgery

Education

  • Medical School: King’s College Hospital Medical School, London, England
  • Residency: Chief Resident at Stanford University Medical Center

Specialties

Dr. Rimmer treats women, and men, facing breast cancer with skill, compassion, and optimism. To provide the highest possible standards of care, he focuses on providing a comprehensive, state-of-the-art surgical plan and therapy. He is a highly skilled surgery with vast experience. Dr. Rimmer believes in the dignity of his patients and their families and provides a supportive and comfortable environment serving as their advocate and empowering them through education and freedom of choice.

Clinical Expertise:

  • Specializing in the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant breast disease
  • Nipple sparing mastectomy
  • Hidden Scar™ breast cancer surgery
  • Oncoplastic breast cancer surgery
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)

Dr. Rimmer is a breast surgical oncologist and is medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Program at Jupiter Medical center. Selected as a “Top Doc” in Breast Surgery every year for more than ten years, Dr. Rimmer has been caring for patients in the region for more than 25 years.

Board-Certified Medical Oncologists



Debra Schwab Brandt, DO

Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Program Leader - Breast and Gynecologic Cancers

Certifications

  • Board Certified, Medical Oncology, Medical Hematology
  • Fellowship Trained, Hematology and Oncology

Education

  • Medical School: Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Internship: Union Hospital, Union, NJ
  • Residency: Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, NY, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Fellowship: Yale University, New Haven, CT

Specialties

Dr. Brandt completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Yale University, subspecializing in general oncology, breast cancer, and heamtologic oncology.

Clinical Expertise

Prior to arriving at Jupiter Medical Center, Dr. Brandt was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine (Medical Oncology) at Yale School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Torrington, CT, and a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Research Program at Yale Cancer Center.

Dr. Brandt is also a recipient of the 2020-2021 ASCO education fellowship (postponed secondary to COVID). She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Des Moines University and completed her residency at the Rutgers, New Jersey Medical Center before completing her fellowship training in medical oncology and hematology at Yale School of Medicine.

For over 20 years, she has focused her practice on bringing translational cancer care to patients by emphasizing clinical trials in a local, community setting.

Adam J. Kotkiewicz, DO

Medical Oncologist, Program Leader - Genitourinary and Hematologic Cancers

Certifications

Board Certified, Medical Oncology, Medical Hematology

Fellowship Trained, Hematology Oncology

Education

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship: Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Drexel Hill, PA

Residency: Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA

Fellowship: Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Conditions

  • Benign and Malignant Hematology – Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • Genitourinary Malignancies
  • General Oncology
  • Lung Malignancies

Medical Services

  • Biological Therapy
  • Bone Marrow Evaluation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hemophilia Treatment including factor resources, factors VII, VIII, IX
  • Immunotherapy
  • Intrathecal Chemotherapy
  • Cancer Research and Clinical Trials
  • Precision Medicine
  • Second Opinion Service for Cancer
  • Sickle Cell Disease Biological Therapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Clinical Expertise

Adam Kotkiewicz, DO, is part of a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts at the Anderson Family Cancer Institute. In addition to medical oncologists, our team includes surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic and interventional radiologists and pathologists who are committed to providing cancer care of the highest quality.

Cases are presented in multidisciplinary cancer conferences, imaging and pathology of complex cases are reviewed, treatment options are discussed and a comprehensive plan of care is developed that is personalized for every patient.

Philosophy of Care

I will be your counselor when guidance is needed, leader when direction is sought, and listener when disappointment arises. Even when you are not in my office, I am still planning and collaborating on your care.

Boris Naraev, MD, PhD, FACP

Medical Oncologist, Program Leader - Gastrointestinal, Neuroendocrine, and Rare Cancers

Certifications

Board Certified, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Medical Hematology

Education

Medical School: Orenburg State Medical Academy, Orenburg, Russia

Residency: Internal Medicine, St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, MO, Otolaryngology, Orenburg State Medical Academy, Orenburg, Russia

Fellowship: Hematology/Oncology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Specialties

Dr. Naraev completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at The University of Iowa, subspecializing in gastrointestinal medical oncology. Other areas of expertise include neuroendocrine and rare cancers.

Clinical Expertise

Prior to arriving at Jupiter Medical Center, Dr. Naraev was Program Lead of the Neuroendocrine Cancer Program at the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ.

In practice more than 20 years, Dr. Naraev holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences and serves as a reviewer for Medical Science Monitor, Precision Cancer Medicine and Cancer Management and Research publications. He has extensive experience in clinical research, published numerous articles and abstracts and lectures nationally and internationally.

Multidisciplinary Care

Dr. Naraev is part of a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts at the Anderson Family Cancer Institute. Our team includes medical, surgical and radiation oncologists and diagnostic and interventional radiologists and pathologists who are committed to providing cancer care of the highest quality.

Cases are presented in multidisciplinary cancer conferences, imaging and pathology are reviewed, treatment options are discussed, and a comprehensive plan of care is developed that is personalized for each patient.

Philosophy of Care

I believe in compassionate, personalized cancer care that is focused on my patients, their hopes, needs and quality of life.