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Who We Are

The Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Medical Team (Left to Right):
Dr. Stephen Steinberg, Dr. David Forcione, Dr. S. Forrest Dodson.

Our Mission at The Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy

The mission of The Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy (CATE) is to approach each patient as a unique individual as we use our broad experience, and state of the art technology to focus on the overall needs of the patient and his or her family.

The excellent outcomes we achieve with our procedures are the result of our team approach. Our nurses have years of experience which contribute to the success of every case. They provide a resource to the entire region, helping to educate other endoscopy nurses. Our program is unusual in that every procedure is attended by a board certified anesthesiologist.

For many patients comprehensive care requires collaboration with other medical specialties. We have a team of experts in Medical Oncology, Surgery, Radiation Oncology and Interventional Radiology available to provide a multidisciplinary approach as required for each individual patient.

Key Personnel Backgrounds

Dr. Stephen Steinberg, M.D.

Stephen E. Steinberg, M.D., FACP, FACG – Director

Dr. Steinberg received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, Magna Cum Laude in Physics and Phi Beta Kappa; and his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with honors (Alpha Omega Alpha). He completed residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and trained in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Washington. His Gastroenterology education occurred at the University of Minnesota where he trained with the pioneers of therapeutic endoscopy. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hematology, and Oncology.

His academic appointments have included: Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota; Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery, SUNY Stony Brook; Professor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Colorado and Voluntary Professor of Medicine, University of Miami. He was Chief of Clinical Gastroenterology and Therapeutic Endoscopy at the University of Colorado, and at SUNY Stony Brook. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. He has taught therapeutic endoscopy to Gastroenterology trainees for more than 20 years and has been an innovator in the area.

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Dr. David G. Forcione, M.D.

Dr. David Forcione, M.D.

Dr. Forcione is a board-certified gastroenterologist who specializes in complex endoscopic evaluation of the pancreas and bile ducts, diagnosis and treatment of Barrett’s esophagus and management of early gastrointestinal malignancies. 

Dr. Forcione earned his medical degree as valedictorian from Boston University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training included an internship, residency, clinical fellowship, research fellowship and advanced endoscopy fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School where he also completed the Harvard Leadership Course. 

While at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Forcione held numerous positions in the Division of Gastroenterology including Associate Director of Interventional Endoscopy and Chair of the Gastrointestinal Unit Device and New Technology Committees. He also supervised the Advanced Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Fellowships. 

Dr. S. Forrest Dodson, M.D.

Dr. S. Forrest Dodson, Clinical Director

Dr. S. Forrest Dodson is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed his residency in general surgery in 1991 at Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, Ohio. He did a two year fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in hepatobiliary surgery and research eventually rising to Associate Professor of Surgery and Clinical Director of Adult Liver Transplant. Prior to coming to Boca Raton to focus on hepatobiliary surgery, for the past decade Dr. Dodson was director of the Section of Abdominal Transplant at Rush University where he performed liver transplants, liver resections and hepatobiliary surgery at both Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He has performed over 2000 major hepatobiliary cases and he has over 100 scientific publications.

Dr. John Roberts

Dr. John Roberts, M.D.

Dr. Roberts is a board-certified thoracic surgeon who specializes in robotic surgery and other surgical treatments of lung and esophageal cancers.  He earned his medical degree with honors from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and earned his masters of business (MBA) at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. His postgraduate training included an internship and residency program in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as chief resident in surgery and completed an oncology and trauma fellowship. Dr. Roberts went on to complete an additional residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, affiliate of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Roberts served as the Chief of General Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine followed by various clinical appointments at Centennial Hospital and Baptist Hospital in Tennessee. He also held faculty appointments as Instructor in Surgery at The John Hopkins Hospital and as Assistant Professor of Surgery at both the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Dr. Andrew S. Ross, M.D.

Dr. Andrew S. Ross, M.D.

Andrew S Ross MD received an undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University. He received his MD degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His surgery Training was completed at Tufts-New England Medical Center and The North North Shore University Hospital/ Cornell University Medical College. He also completed advanced fellowship training in colon and Rectal surgery at UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical center..

Dr. Ross is board certified by the American Board of colon and rectal surgery and is a fellow of the American College of surgery, the American College of colorectal surgery and the International Society of University colorectal surgeons. In addition, he has a clinical associate Professor surgery at Florida Atlantic University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ross has been active in clinical Colon and Rectal Surgery at Boca Raton Regional Hospital for over 30 years and serves as the director of The Center for Colo-Rectal Surgery At Boca Raton Regional Hospital. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery, utilizing the Davinci robotic platform as well as laparoscopic techniques.

Paulette C. Chiravalle, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC

Paulette C Chiravalle holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Her areas of expertise include Gastroenterology, Oncology, Gynecology as well as Critical Care. She is an active member of the American Academy of Critical Care Nurses and Society of Gastroenterology Nurses Association, Oncology Nurses Association. She has been with CATE for over four years.

Gail Fox Seaman, ARNP

Ms. Fox Seaman’s expertise and wealth of experience provides a huge resource for our patients. In addition to helping to manage their medical problems, she often serves as a “navigator” helping them move through the “system” for their care, and helping them sift through what is often “information overload” with conflicting and confusing reports UPDATE staff.