About ISA

The Institute for Surgical Advancement was developed to facilitate the success of Physicians

The Institute for Surgical Advancement was developed to facilitate the success of physicians who have the capabilities and desires to innovate academically and through procedural and instrumentation development. Through our various resources, we facilitate and assess the needs of our physicians to help develop advancements for patient care and innovate new surgical approaches.

Combining physician experience with expertise in engineering improves the early phases of design and encourages the flow of ideas. We have various resources for this process, through the brainstorming room, our prototype lab, and the Nicholson Center for Innovation.


Backed by Florida Hospital, a Local Leader with National Recognition

Florida Hospital Orlando is a cornerstone of Central Florida's epicenter for arts, sciences and medicine. Around us, neighborhoods have flourished, a small town became the city beautiful, and a hospital is becoming part of Health Village.

Our campus is the anchor of an urban community where every generation can thrive. Health Village is where residence, lifestyle, business and medicine merge to enrich the community as a whole.

Our Team

Our team is aligned to be catalysts for collaboration and innovation, with the goal of advancing the surgical platform on a global scale.

Iris Bouyett
Executive Assistant

Organizes and supervises all of the administrative activities.

Jodi Fails
Innovation Engineer

Serves as consultant for technology and engineering within the healthcare industry.

Paula Veldhuis
Clinical Research Specialist

Facilitates and coordinates research conducted within the ISA.

Regina Thrasher
Physician & Program Liaison

Develops programs which will accelerate innovation, promote quality and aid in attracting world class physicians.

Gareth Hearn
Innovation Engineering Manager

Serves as a consultant and lead for technology and engineering within the healthcare industry.

Amy Chen
Physician Liaison

Develops relationships that extends ISA through academic and innovative programs.

Swati Patel
Clinical Research Coordinator

Assists with research conducted within ISA.

Our Institutes

In 100 years, we've grown from a small two-story farmhouse to one of the most sought after hospitals in the country.

As our campus and capabilities continue to grow, we are committed to leading Central Florida into the next century of healthcare.

Cancer Institute

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is the largest provider of cancer services throughout Florida and the Southeast United States, with outcomes that exceed national standards and access to more than 100 clinical trials. Our exceptionally talented multi disciplinary team of oncology specialists along with the latest in minimally invasive robotic surgery and radiation oncology--including True Beam, a precise non-invasive radiation delivery procedure that minimizes exposure to healthy tissue— employ the latest techniques to both find and eliminate cancers before they spread throughout the body. In addition to medical treatment, patients have access to spiritual and psychological support, educational and patient support programs, as well as personal care coordinators to navigate patients through their personalized course of treatment. The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is home to a group of sub-specialty physician practices, including pediatric oncology, bone marrow transplant, gynecologic oncology, thoracic oncology and neuro-oncology.

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Neuroscience Institute

With broad expertise and advanced treatment options, the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute treats more neurology patients than any other hospital system in the country. The Neuroscience Institute is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians who are practicing cutting-edge and minimally invasive treatments for brain and spine disorders, stroke,sleep disorders and many other conditions. From detection and treatment to rehabilitation, the Neuroscience Institute is dedicated to achieving superior patient outcomes in a compassionate environment of care that exceeds the expectations of our patients and their families.

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Cardiovascular Institute

The Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute, an established leader in the fight against cardiovascular disease since 1967, addresses every facet of heart health care. Through our Centers of Excellence in valve surgery, arrhythmia and ablation and vascular surgery, we are a leading provider of cardiovascular and thoracic services. Serving more than 72,000 patients each year, including approximately 4,650 who undergo cardiac surgery, our centers are supported by a team of more than 1,000 specially trained nurses and technicians. Our 125 board-certified cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons offer patients the best possible outcomes. To provide high-caliber treatment, Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute physicians work as a multidisciplinary team to deliver truly comprehensive medicine — from prevention and diagnosis to the latest advancements in open-heart surgery and transplantation.

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Women’s Institute

Florida Hospital for Women at Orlando campus offers women in all life stages a comprehensive health and healing experience, with services in three major areas: pre-pregnancy care, well-women care and specialty care. This new patient tower introduces a whole new era of high-tech care for the women of Central Florida. Opening at the end of this year, our 12-story, 332-bed tower will feature some of the area’s most advanced technology to deliver unique woman-centric health care in a hotel-like setting. At Florida Hospital for Women, our expert physicians are available to treat a myriad of disorders ranging from advanced endometriosis to pelvic pain to large fibroid tumors to interstitial cystitis. And almost all of our procedures are performed in a minimally invasive way, with the goal of treating our patients with less downtime, scarring and discomfort.

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Digestive Health

The Florida Hospital Digestive Health Center offers the latest technology for the detection and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. We strive to provide the full measure of knowledge, technology, talent and compassion to ensure the digestive health and well-being of our patients. The Digestive Health Center provides groundbreaking techniques, diagnostic strategies, minimally invasive surgery, and works cohesively with the Cancer Institute to prevent and treat cancer.

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Orthopaedic Institute

The Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute’s Fracture Care Center is a pacesetter in orthopaedic care. Treating more than 4,000 orthopaedic patients each year, the orthopaedic specialists at the center specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system with the expertise and experience to treat the most common and most complex conditions. The center has become a true destination for medical innovation and the treatment of orthopaedic injuries and conditions. Located at Florida Hospital Orlando, the Fracture Care Center specializes in treating complex orthopaedic traumas with elite practitioners and state-of-the-art technology, including MAKOplasty Robotic procedures. Our orthopaedic support team is comprised of orthopaedic nurses, specialty orthopaedic surgical teams, radiologists and therapists working 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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