JUPITER, FLA. (September 28, 2016) – Jupiter Medical Center is pleased to announce that
Lucy M. De La Cruz, MD, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, has joined the team of skilled
oncology specialists that make up the Jupiter Medical Center Physicians Group. Dr. De La
Cruz brings her expertise in surgical oncology as well as her extensive background in
research to the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of cancer experts. She will focus on
treating patients with breast cancer as well as skin cancer, and serves as Medical Director
of Oncologic Research at the Medical Center.
“Jupiter Medical Center is always seeking to build our bench of talented physicians,” said
John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “The appointment of the highly
skilled Dr. De La Cruz is yet another way we care for our community’s health and wellness.”
Dr. De La Cruz received her medical degree from Universidad Central Del Este in the
Dominican Republic, completed her residency at the University of Miami and went on to a
fellowship in breast surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Moving to Jupiter was a homecoming for Dr. De La Cruz, as she did her residency in Florida.
She explains that Jupiter Medical Center, “is the combination of everything I wanted in a
hospital: an academic mindset, paired with a community setting. This kind of hybrid is very
“Jupiter Medical Center, like the top academic medical institutions across the country, takes
a collaborative approach to aggressively treating our patients,” explains Abraham
Schwarzberg, MD, Chief of Oncology at Jupiter Medical Center. “Dr. De La Cruz increases the
depth and expertise of our team, which elevates the level of care we provide both
individually and collectively, and will ultimately improve outcomes.”
Dr. De La Cruz specializes in a number of procedures, including minimally invasive
techniques that utilize the latest technological advancements. An example of this kind of
procedure is a nipple-sparing mastectomy, which involves a small incision that allows a
physician to remove most of the breast tissue, while sparing the breast envelope and
nipple. A plastic surgeon can then reconstruct the breast in a way that is aesthetically more
similar to the patient’s original state.
The Comprehensive Breast Care Program at Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad
spectrum of breast health services, with the expertise afforded by advanced training and
specialization in diseases of the breast. Additionally, the Breast Care Program is highly
invested in research, which is of the upmost importance for breast cancer treatment and
understanding. The team is conducting a clinical trial for intraoperative radiation, which
allows patients to undergo a lumpectomy and have targeted radiation during the same
surgery, eliminating the need for weeks of outpatient radiation treatment after surgery.
“Breast surgery requires a multidisciplinary team approach,” Dr. De La Cruz explains. “The
Jupiter Medical Center physicians, staff, and administration are all very devoted to patientcentered
treatment. Though the experience of going through a diagnosis is a scary one, the
team at Jupiter Medical Center ensures that patients receive the best and most empathetic
For more about Dr. De La Cruz, visit www.jupitermedphysiciansgroup.com. To schedule an
appointment, call 561-263-4400.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care
hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter
Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Awardwinning
physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology
enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty
concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health,
emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575
physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10%
of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical
Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.