Omar Rashid, MD, JD,

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Dr. Omar Rashid

“My dream was to return home to South FL to provide world class cutting edge compassionate care in the community where I was born and raised”

Dr. Rashid specializes in surgical oncology and robotic surgery in South FL where he was born and raised, board certified in Complex

General Surgical Oncology & General Surgery. He earned a BS in Biochemistry & Latin/Classical studies at Dartmouth College and an MD-JD at Duke University Schools of Medicine and Law, focusing on health policy to better prepare for the challenges cancer patients face. He completed General Surgery residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Dr. Rashid completed a legislative fellowship in the VA General Assembly for the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee, focusing on Budget and health policy, including appointments under Governor Tim Kaine (Democrat) and also Governor Bob McDonnell (Republican).

He is a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Bar and he collaborated on health policy advocacy at the State and Federal levels.

Dr. Rashid returned to South FL where his family still lives because of his dream to return home to serve the community where he grew up. He has continued his clinical work in cancer and advanced surgery, research, administrative leadership, health policy and legislative advocacy. His clinical practice includes general surgical oncology and complex general surgery, including robotics and multimodality therapy, and clinical trials, including National Cancer Institute designated research. Dr. Rashid has affiliations with Harvard Medical School’s oldest and largest teaching hospital Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Miami School of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University School of Medicine, and Holy Cross Hospital. His research team has initiatives related to cancer care, surgical care, health policy, value-based care, cancer prevention, and survivorship, with multiple research presentations and awards, over 80 publications (h-index of 22 and i10-index of 36), and grant funding.
Dr. Rashid has been recognized internationally, with multiple presentations and collaborations with physicians and medical societies in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Europe, including his collaboration with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to develop Caribbean region-specific recommendations for cancer care.

His spoken languages include Spanish, Italian, Latin, and Arabic. Dr. Rashid is an active member and leader of the American Cancer Society Broward County and the South East FL Area volunteer leadership boards and he has a passion for improving outcomes in cancer care.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery – General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery – Complex General Surgical Oncology

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate Studies – Biochemistry and Classical Studies Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Medical School and Law School – MD/JD – Duke University Schools of Medicine & Law, Durham, North Carolina
  • Residency – General Surgery  – Virginia Commonwealth University Health System & Massey Cancer Center, Richmond, Virginia
  • Fellowship – Complex General Surgical Oncology – H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida

Fellowship/Residency

  • Fellowship, Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship – H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute – Tampa, FL
  • Administrative Co-Fellow, Complex General Surgical Oncology – H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute – Tampa, FL
  • Administrative Chief Resident, General Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) – Richmond, VA
  • Senior and Chief Resident, General Surgery, VCU, Richmond, VA
  • Legislative Fellowship – Virginia General Assembly, State Capitol – Richmond, VA
  • Research Resident, Department of General Surgery, Department of Biochemistry, Division of Surgical Oncology – VCU – Richmond, VA
  • Internship/Junior Resident, General Surgery – VCU – Richmond, VA

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Society
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and
  • Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Humera Surgical Society
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Florida
  • Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Society
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and
  • Endoscopic Surgeons Americas
  • Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • Humera Surgical Society
  • Caducean Society of Greater Fort Lauderdale

Specialized Training

  • Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute – Tampa, FL
  • American College of Surgeons Course on Robotic Surgery for Gastrointestinal Operations
  • Society of Surgical Oncology Fellows Institute, Surgical Oncology / Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Track
  • Intuitive daVinci® Surgical Robotics Training Program: Certification as Console Surgeon
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Training Completion, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons Ultrasound Certification Course

Focus Areas

  • Surgical Oncology, General Surgery
  • Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma and sarcoma
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Gastric / Stomach cancer
  • Liver / Hepatic cancer / Hepatocellular carcinoma / Adenoma
  • Duodenal cancer
  • Gallbladder and bile duct cancer / cholangiocarcinoma
  • Small intestinal cancer / Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Minimally invasive approaches to treating these malignancies, including robotic surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Intraoperative radiation, radiofrequency ablation, microwave therapy and other intraoperative multi-modality therapy for cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery

Patient Feedback

 

Lauri D.

 

Dr. Rashid saved my life! He was compassionate and walked us through every step of my surgery and recovery. His nurse Khin was amazing and understanding.

Victoria T.

 

  Amazing doctor! Dr. Rashid allowed me to be part of a new castle scan study that allowed us to find out if my melanoma tissue shows high or low risk for recurrence and how likely it is to be in my lymph nodes. The result of this test gave me peace of mind that I’m low risk and my anxiety has gone down tremendously!! thank you for that! When i did go to his office to speak with him, he sat with me for almost an hour explaining everything in detail and taking his time to make sure I understand everything. He is very kind and patient and I highly recommend him if you are researching to find a doctor!  

Caroline B.

  Highly recommend Dr. Rashid. Caring, compassionate and well qualified cancer surgeon. He takes the extra steps most physicians don’t take to make your experience seamless and complication free as possible.  

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