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Shyam Paryani
UNF Degree: M.H.A. – ‘02
Employment: Florida & Georgia Radiation Oncology Group

UNF helps Paryani to aid cancer patients

 Dr. Shyam Paryani was already an accomplished medical doctor when he enrolled at UNF’s Master of Health Administration program. The training Paryani received at UNF made it possible to greatly expand the number of cancer patients helped each year.

 

Paryani, who was born in India and came to Jacksonville with his father at the age of 11, graduated from the University of Florida Medical School in 1979. After additional training in radiation therapy, he returned to Jacksonville to follow in the footsteps of his father, who was also a radiation oncologist.

 

As the practice grew it became clear to Paryani he needed more than his medical training to succeed. “I went to UNF because I needed better management skills.”

 

Today Paryani is director of Florida & Georgia Radiation Oncology Group, one of the region’s largest such medical organizations with offices in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palatka and Orange Park. The Florida group was started by Paryani’s father and Dr. Walter Phelps Scott, who is referred to as the father of radiation therapy in north Florida. “My proudest accomplishment professionally is being able to continue with the vision of my father and Dr. Scott. From the beginning our mission has been to provide cancer care to anyone who needed it.”

 

That mission has been amplified with Paryani’s role as chairman of the board of OnCURE Medical Corp. OnCURE owns, operates and manages 35 radiation centers in Florida and California. The firm provides management expertise to its affiliated physician groups.

By taking on more of the management responsibilities, Paryani reasons his group is able to allow physicians more time to treat patients. “I don’t think I could do any of this without the training I received at UNF.”

 

That’s quite a compliment from Paryani, who has studied at many educational institutions. In addition to his medical degree, he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering/radiation physics from the University of Florida. He did post–graduate work at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, the University of Texas at Houston and Stanford University.

 

Despite the growth of the management business, Paryani still finds time to care for his long-time patients, some of whom have been with him for more than 20 years. “Normally I don’t take new patients, but I feel I have an obligation to them.”

 

Apparently, medicine runs in the family. He is married to Dr. Sharon Goldman Paryani, who is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. The couple has three children.

 

Paryani is also active in the Jacksonville community. He is chairman of the board of the Baptist Health Foundation, a past board member at the Bolles School, past president of the Duval County chapter of the American Cancer Society, and a Board member of the Deerwood Rotary.

However, his pet project is helping with the annual Professional Scholarship Classic, a golf tournament benefiting health care students. He is proud that 100 percent of the proceeds provide 30 to 40 scholarships for students, including many going to UNF.

 

“UNF is an undervalued treasure. There may be bigger schools that get more attention, but UNF is one of our most valuable community resources.”