Augusto E. Villegas, MD
"Helping patients through all stages of their disease is a very satisfying part of my work."
Dr. Augusto E. Villegas is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine.
practices at the Cancer Specialists of North Florida Fleming Island office.
areas of interest are in the immunological treatment of melanoma and renal cell carcinoma as well as in the treatment of lung and breast cancer.
trained with Dr. Troy Guthrie who is considered an expert in the treatment of melanoma and renal cell carcinoma. ?I learned to treat patients with high dose intereleukin 2, which is only delivered in specialized centers.
Dr. Villegas received his undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico and his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
residency in internal medicine at the Damas Hospital
Internal Medicine Residency Program, where he
was chief medical resident.
He completed a fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville where he served on the Institutional Medical Ethics Committee.
The son of a doctor, Dr. Villegas
grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where his
mother worked in the public relations department of a small cancer hospital. ?My father was a family doctor who died of metastatic colon cancer.
I knew I wanted to be a doctor from a young age but was not sure of what kind.
Eventually I learned that treating patients with cancer was the right specialty for me,? he
is bilingual, making him better able to connect and form relationships with all his
says that trying to help patients through all stages of their disease is a very satisfying part of his
work. ?Even when the patients are not doing well and their disease is progressing there is satisfaction when you are doing your best to provide comfort.?
Dr. Villegas is on the board of The Blood Alliance.
is also a speaker for Celgene, and is featured on the Proleukin website.
Dr. Villegas is married to Dr. Nilmarie Guzman, a physician who specializes in infectious diseases.
When not working, Dr. Villegas
enjoys spending time with his
family and traveling.