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The ReMissions in the MKC Lobby

The ReMissions

Brought together by Dr. Hwu, The ReMissions can be found entertaining fans at events around Tampa and beyond. Moffitt's house band is made up entirely of Moffitt team members.

Named in honor of the one thing that every cancer patient hopes for — their disease to be in remission — these musical team members want their positive message to highlight the great work Moffitt is doing to fight cancer.

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Dr. Hwu has been playing in bands for more than 30 years. It’s become a meaningful creative outlet for him while dealing with a high-pressure career. “Being in a band is really about teamwork,” said Hwu. “As opposed to being a solo performer, the role in a band isn’t to just play, but to hear and listen to everyone else. ” 

That’s what we do here that makes Moffitt so special. We’re a team. We listen to each other, work together and make harmony together.
Dr. Hwu
President and CEO

Meet The ReMissions

Dr. Dana Ataya

Breast Radiologist

Instruments: Vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, harmonica

Favorite Music Genre: All genres, but jazz is my favorite for unwinding after a busy day

Most memorable gig to date: Snapshots of Courage at Moffitt’s McKinley Outpatient Center last fall. The event brought courageous breast cancer stories to life through patient-selected photos. The attendees were either breast cancer survivors, family members, or Moffitt breast cancer health professionals. At the end of the night, we spontaneously decided to perform “Lean On Me”.  When I walked out into the audience, I was joined by a line of courageous women. They embraced me, and each other, and joined me in singing.  It was a powerful moment.

Favorite songs to play with the band:  Feeling Good and any songs we’ve re-imagined (“ReMission-ized”)

Dr. Dana Ataya

Dr. Patrick Hwu

Dr. Patrick Hwu

President and CEO, Medical Oncologist Researcher

Instruments: Keyboard, piano, guitar and trumpet

Favorite music genre: Blues and rock

Most memorable gig to date: Our holiday caroling gig, because it’s such a joyous time in front of out team members along with a number of special guest vocalists who work at Moffitt.

Favorite song to play with the band: Don’t Stop Believin’. As a cancer immunologist and researcher, it symbolizes our never-ending belief that we can and will find better cancer treatments.

Jeff Leighton

Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit

    Instruments: Bass and guitar

    Favorite Music Genre: Progressive jazz, or anything that’s too complicated for me to play.
    Most memorable gig to date:
    The Grand Opening reception for the new Moffitt McKinley Hospital.

    Favorite song to play with the band: Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin


    Jeff Leighton

    Dr. James Mulé

    Dr. James Mulé

    Researcher, Associate Center Director of Translational Science

      Instrument: Electric and resonator guitar

      Favorite Music Genre: Hard rock and blues rock

      Most memorable gig to date: They have all been special in their own ways, but I would have to say the recent Moffitt McKinley Hospital grand opening.

      Favorite songs to play with the band: Takin' Care of Business and You Shook Me All Night Long


      Ron Zalva


        Instruments: Drums

        Favorite Music Genre: Jazz, blues and rock
        Most memorable gig to date:
        Toss-up between Magnolia Ball, the Mole Patrol event and the DPR Construction open house

        Favorite songs to play with the band: Black Velvet and Don't Stop Believin'  

        Ron Zalva

        The ReMissions in front of Moffitt Cancer Center

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