Largo, FL – The world of interventional oncology is now joining The Hepatobiliary Center of Largo Medical Center in its effort to beat liver cancer. Interventional radiologist Rafik Lababidi, MD, is working diligently focusing on the disciplines of interventional oncology and transplant related interventions, bringing some of the latest treatments to Pinellas County for patients suffering from a wide range of conditions treated at Florida’s newest transplant hospital.
“As a relatively new and emerging field in the world of oncology, this subspecialty offers a unique mix of minimally invasive treatment options for various liver tumors,” said Rafik Lababidi, MD, Interventional Radiologist with The Hepatobiliary Center at Largo Medical Center. “As part of Pinellas County’s only hepatobiliary center, we now offer local catheter-directed chemo and radiation based therapies providing a much more targeted approach when compared to traditional systemic chemotherapy and external beam radiation.”
Dr. Lababidi also performs minimally invasive targeted ablation treatments at the hospital. He said that these can kill tumors through a less than one inch incision, with rapid recovery which may facilitate or, on occasion, replace surgery.
“As part of the Hepatobiliary Center at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Dr. Lababidi assists in diagnosing and treating our liver, pancreas or kidney transplant patients who have vascular disorders as well,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer, Largo Medical Center. “This entire process moves our hospital forward in our vision of becoming a nationally renowned academic medical center always providing compassionate care and service.”
As a graduate of Kent State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Lababidi came to the Tampa Bay area in 2009 to complete his radiology training. This included a diagnostic radiology residency along with a subspecialty fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of South Florida.