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Warm Springs Surgical Center

SRC proudly congratulates Warm Springs Surgical Center for achieving accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. As a freestanding outpatient surgical center located in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, they have performed over 1,000 successful weight-loss procedures since 2013. With the expertise of Surgeon of Excellence Matthew E. Apel, MD, FACS, FASMBS, the leading-edge facility is equipped with the latest technology to ensure efficiency, safety and comfort for all patients.

Holy Cross Hospital

SRC recognizes Holy Cross Hospital, who has been committed to quality patient care as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology since 2014. Led by a skilled team of two Master Surgeons and seven Surgeons of Excellence, Holy Cross has become a national leader in minimally invasive gynecology surgery. In fact, the facility performs more inpatient gynecologic and gynecologic oncology procedures than any other hospital in Maryland.

Master Surgeons at Holy Cross:
Dr. Stella L. Blosser
Dr. George Anthony Resta

Surgeons of Excellence at Holy Cross:
Dr. Rupen P. Baxi
Dr. Evan Friedman
Dr. Roy Khoury
Dr. Randolph Lizardo
Dr. Shobha Sikka
Dr. Albert Steren
Dr. Selena Thomas

Dr. Mark Mason

Deciding to be a surgeon was easy for newly accredited SRC Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery, Dr. Mark Mason, who found his calling during the first week of his general surgery rotation in medical school. Dr. Mason specializes in a full complement of general surgery services with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery and gastrointestinal health issues. He emphasizes the importance of education to produce the safest, most efficient, quality outcomes for his patients. Dr. Mason is also an SRC accredited Surgeon of Excellence in Hernia, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Center of Excellence Providence Medford Medical Center. Congratulations on all your achievements.

Dr. Andrew Galffy

SRC is proud to congratulate Dr. Andrew Galffy on achieving accreditation as a Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery. Dr. Galffy is a bilingual (English & Romanian) obstetrics & gynecology specialist at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Oregon. He is recognized for his expertise in upholding the highest patient safety and quality care standards. Dr. Galffy is also an SRC- accredited Surgeon of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Surgery and Robotics.

Dr. Angelo Cuzalina

Congratulations to recently SRC-accredited Master Surgeon in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Angelo Cuzalina. A leader in the field of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Cuzalina is board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and an elected member of the board of trustees for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Over the last decade, Dr. Cuzalina has performed over 100,000 cosmetic surgery procedures and has written key articles and book chapters in major medical publications. Watch the video to learn more about the very talented, Dr.  Angelo Cuzalina. Dr. Cuzalina’s private practice, Tulsa Surgical Arts & Medical Spa, is an SRC- accredited Center of Excellence in Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Gary Kasten

SRC recognizes Dr. Gary Kasten, who has sustained his commitment to excellence as a Master Surgeon in Minimally Invasive Gynecology since 2012. Dr. Kasten serves as the Chief of Division – Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Southside Hospital, which is part of Northwell Health. Over his 29 years of experience in the field of gynecology, he has gained a reputation for providing his patients with superior care in his New York community.



Our second and final spotlight is on one of our newest SRC team members, June Hill, BSN, RN, CNOR. Ms. Hill came on board a few months ago as Senior Manager, Clinical Quality and Compliance after working as a highly successful operating room nurse with more than 35 years of experience. Ms. Hill was the Director of Robotics at Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health care systems, where she led the organization in achieving SRC accreditation as a Center of Excellence in six practice areas. She is a nationally recognized speaker and clinical consultant for Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic surgical system. Ms. Hill has worked in a Level-1 trauma center and in areas including robotics, cardiac, bariatric, urology, gynecology, thoracic and general surgery.

What made you decide to become a nurse?
“I’ve always worked in a hospital, since volunteering as a “Candy Striper” in Girl Scouts as a teenager. I enjoyed talking with the patients in the hospital and helping out whenever I could. I trained as a Respiratory Therapist for about 5 years before going to LPN school which lead me to train as a scrub technician in the OR. After a few years, I went back to school to earn my Associates’s degree in nursing, then later for a BSN. ”

What did you find most rewarding?
“Working in the OR and watching/assisting surgeons. Whether it be cancer, broken bones, spinal deformities, heart surgery, (I could go on and on), it is rewarding to see those patients recover.”

What do you feel is/was your greatest skill as a nurse?
“Probably my dedication. I have always tried to have a good work ethic (I got that from my Dad) and have loved every aspect of my job. I would like to say my greatest skill is communication and hopefully, my coworkers would agree. Knowing how to handle stress is key to a good outcome. I’ve always tried to stay calm in urgent situations and go the extra mile when needed.”

How did you handle the stress?
“I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of support from family (especially my girls). My parents had a house at the beach, and I took the girls there a lot on the weekends. I read a lot and I also have a big network of friends that I travel with. Different times of my life offered different stress relievers.”

Tell me something fun about yourself, unrelated to nursing. What is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
“I LOVE to dance and I love to travel. My favorite place to visit is New Orleans. I usually go 3-4 times a year for music festivals and have such a good time. New Orleans is for all ages and I can dance like no one is watching. I can’t wait to go back!”

National Nurses Week Spotlight

In honor of National Nurses Week, we wanted to shine a spotlight on a couple of our very own. First up is Teresa Leath, RN, BSN and SRC’s Senior Manager, Accreditation and Site Inspector. With over 40 years of experience in nursing, Ms. Leath began her career working in the medical-surgical units and emergency departments of community hospitals and Level II trauma centers. As an OR nurse, she developed proficiencies in numerous surgical disciplines and was a preceptor for new employees. Teresa has been with SRC for over 10 years so we wanted to go back in time a little and ask her a few questions about her nursing career and how she got started. Read the interview below.

What made you decide to become a nurse?
“From childhood. When adults would ask, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. There weren’t any nurses in my family. In fact, I was the first to go to college in my family. I remember my first nursing instructor telling me, ‘You will be the best nurse that YOU want to be.’ That really stuck with me. I have always wanted and tried to do my best in all positions I have held during my entire nursing career.”

What did you find most rewarding?
“The patients that realize you truly care about them as a person. I have worked in many areas of the hospital in my career and I have memories of very special people that I had the honor of taking care of.”

What do you feel is/was your greatest skill as a nurse?
“Communication with the patients and having the ability to realize early on when a patient was critical. Even when no obvious symptoms were noticeable.”

How did you handle the stress?
“Most of the areas in my line of work were all in high-stress areas. How I dealt with it differed but some things that helped were scrapbooking which gets me off the computer and I can create something that a family member will cherish in the future. I also love laying on the beach, hearing the waves crash on the shore and watching the sunset. God gives us so many gorgeous portraits of the sky to soak in that time of the day.”

Tell us something fun about yourself, unrelated to nursing. What is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
“Because my mind is on overload all the time, I enjoy playing solitaire while watching TV. Also, I’m one of the most avid Alabama Crimson Tide football fans you may ever meet! I was raised on Alabama football and my dream would is to have season tickets and attend every game, rain or shine. The most memorable moment for me, recently, was when my grandsons learned to say, Roll Tide Roll!!”

Dr. Josue Torres Chavez

SRC is proud to congratulate Dr. Josue Torres Chavez for achieving Master Anesthesiologist in Specialized Anesthesia – Obesity. As the Chief of Anesthesia at SRC-accredited LIMARP  International Center of Excellence for Obesity in Tijuana Mexico, Dr. Chavez has successfully completed over 10,000 procedures including Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Switch. Additionally, he is a member of the Mexican Society of Anesthesia, the Mexican Federation of Anesthesia, the International Society of Anesthesiologists and Tijuana’s Anesthesiology.

LIMARP completed their most recent compliance sight inspection in September of 2019 and have been a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery since 2012. They continue to surpass the highest standards of quality and safety in surgical care. Look for the seal, expect excellence.



Dr. Filip Simona Ioana has been named a Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery with the SRC-accredited Center of Excellence Ponderas Academic Hospital. As part of the hospital’s team of highly skilled surgeons, Dr. Ioana has mastered the gastric sleeve surgery resulting in patients having minimal scarring, reduced pain and a quick recovery.