The Board


The Florida Board of Medicine plays a leading role in the ever-changing health care environment through dialogue with the public, the legislature, academia and the medical community.

The Board consists of fifteen members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Twelve members of the Board must be licensed physicians in good standing in this state who are residents of the state and who have been engaged in the active practice or teaching of medicine for at least four years immediately preceding their appointment. One of the physicians must be in private practice and on the full-time staff of a teaching hospital in this state and one must be a graduate from a foreign medical school. The remaining three members must be residents of the state who are not, and never have been, licensed as a health care practitioner.  One member of the Board must be a licensed health care risk manager and at least one member of the Board must be 60 years of age or older.

Members of the Board

Nabil El Sanadi
M.D.
Chair
Ft. Lauderdale

Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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Bernardo Fernandez
M.D.
Vice-Chair
Weston

Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Zachariah P. Zachariah
M.D.

Ft. Lauderdale

Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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James Orr
M.D.

Bonita Springs

Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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Magdalena Averhoff
M.D.

Coral Gables

Term Ends:
10/31/2015
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Jorge J. Lopez
M.D.

Maitland

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Brigitte R. Goersch
Consumer
Orlando

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Onelia G. Lage
M.D.

Miami

Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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Merle Stringer
M.D.

Panama City

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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George Thomas
M.D.

Bradenton

Term Ends:
10/31/2014
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Enrique Ginzburg
M.D.

Miami

Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Sarvam TerKonda
M.D.

Jacksonville

Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Steven Rosenberg
M.D.

West Palm Beach

Term Ends:
10/31/15
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Joy Tootle
J.D.
Consumer
Gainesville, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Nina Di Pietro
J.D.
Consumer
Oakland Park, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, serves as the principle administrative unit for the Board. The Board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee. The Board’s activities are supported in full by fees paid by its licensees. All Board members serve four-year terms. Despite the expiration of their term, Board members continue to serve until they have been replaced. To learn more about becoming a member of the Board, visit the Governor’s Appointment Office website or email their office at appointments@eog.myflorida.com.

Board Councils & Committees

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Credentials Committee

This committee interviews license applicants whose prior history, including malpractice cases, raises questions of concern regarding the ability to practice with skill and safety, or questions about an applicant’s performance in medical school or prior practice in other jurisdictions. The committee reports to the full board with recommendations on approval or denial of applications.

Chair
Magdalena Averhoff, M.D.

Member(s)
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.
George Thomas, M.D.
Joy Tootle

Probable Cause Panels

The Board has two Probable Cause Panels, one that handles physicians practicing in North Florida and one that handles physicians practicing in South Florida. These two panels meet monthly. Board members rotate membership on these committees. These panels review investigations of complaints filed against licensees and determine whether the investigation materials reflect probable cause that the licensee violated regulatory requirements, including requirements relating to standards of care and misconduct. When probable cause is found, disciplinary action is initiated by the panels for final action by the full Board, after the licensee is afforded due process rights.

Member(s)


Probation Committee

This committee monitors the compliance of licensees who have been disciplined and placed under conditions or license probation in Final Orders. The committee reviews required reports of compliance and requires personal appearances from probationers as part of ongoing monitoring, until such time as the conditions of probation are fulfilled. The committee presents recommendations to the full Board regarding further action when a licensee is determined to be out of compliance, or to restore full licensure when all conditions have been satisfactorily completed.

Chair
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.

Member(s)
Jorge Lopez, M.D.
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Joy Tootle

Rules/Legislative Committee

This committee develops recommendations for amendment of Board rules or creation of new rules, to clarify standards or to impose requirements to strengthen patient protection and quality of care. This committee also makes recommendations to the full board regarding bills filed with the legislature.

Chair
Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D.

Member(s)
James Orr, M.D
Nina Di Pietro
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.
Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.
Onelia Lage, M.D.
Steven Rosenberg M.D., FACS
Jorge Lopez, M.D.

Surgical Care and Quality Assurance Committee

This committee reviews the Board’s rules relating to standard of care for office surgery to determine necessary and appropriate revisions to strengthen patient safety and minimize the risk factors that contribute to adverse patient incidents. This committee addresses issues related to quality of care and standards of practice and formulates policy recommendations for the full Board’s consideration and studies quality of care issues as they arise.

Chair
Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Member(s)
Nina Di Pietro
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.
James Orr Jr., M.D.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.
Jorge Lopez, M.D.

Finance and Process Accountability Committee

This purpose of this committee is to review the Board’s budgetary standing. In addition, this committee is tasked with following up on recommendations made with regard to process improvement.

Chair
Nina Di Pietro

Member(s)
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.
George Thomas, M.D.

Communication, Education and Information Committee

This committee is tasked with developing proactive communication strategies in an effort to educate and inform applicants, licensees and the public about the roles and activities of the Board of Medicine and the laws, rules and ethics regulating the practice of medicine.

Chair
Brigitte Goersch

Member(s)
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.
Onelia Lage, M.D.
James Orr, M.D.
Steven Rosenber, M.D.

Expert Witness Committee

The purpose of this committee is to approve or revoke approval of expert witnesses to be used by the Prosecution Services Unit in reviewing complaint investigations for a determination that standards of care were violated.

Chair
Merle Stringer, M.D.

Member(s)
James Orr, M.D
Steven Rosenberg, M.D.
George Thomas, M.D.

Compassionate Use Committee

The purpose of this committee is to discuss the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014.

Chair
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.

Member(s)
Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.
Jorge Lopez, M.D.
Nina DiPietro

Negative Drug Formulary

This committee reviews petitions for additions or deletions of drugs from the negative formulary (those drugs that may not be generically substituted by the pharmacist without the physician’s approval). The Board of Pharmacy and the Board of Medicine must both agree on any changes to this formulary.

Member(s)
3 MD members – TBD if needed
Pharmacy members & DO member

Council on Physician Assistants

The Council on Physician Assistants makes recommendations to the department on the licensure of physician assistants. It develops rules regulating the use of physician assistants by physicians and makes recommendations to the Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine regarding all matters relating to physician assistants. It addresses concerns and problems of practicing physician assistants in order to improve safety in the clinical practice of a licensed physician assistant.

Chair
Jeffrey Hulley, PA-C

Member(s)
Ronald Burns, D.O. (Vice Chair)
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.
James Orr, M.D.
Joy Tootle
Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Joint Committee

This committee interviews license applicants whose prior history, including malpractice cases, raises questions of concern regarding the ability to practice with skill and safety, or questions about an Anesthesiology Assistant applicant’s performance in school or prior practice in other jurisdictions. This committee also makes recommendations for rule creation and/or changes relating to the regulation of this profession.

Chair
Ronald Burns, D.O.

Member(s)
James Orr, M.D
Joy Tootle
Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D.

Pharmacist Prescribing Joint Committee

Section 465.186, Florida Statutes establishes a joint committee of the Board of Medicine, Board of Osteopathic Medicine and the Board of Pharmacy to establish a formulary of drugs, which may be prescribed by a pharmacist. Each Board is required to adopt by rule drugs and dispensing procedures established or changed by this committee. Members are appointed as needed by the chairpersons for Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy.

Member(s)
2 MD members – TBD if needed
Pharmacy members & DO member
Joshua Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Office Surgery Rule Subcommittee

This subcommittee was created to review and update the current office surgery rules.

Chair
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.

Member(s)
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.
James Orr, M.D
Steven Rosenberg, M.D.
Jorge Lopez, M.D.

Telemedicine Subcommittee

This subcommittee was created to review and update the current Telemedicine rule which currently relates only to Internet prescribing.

Chair
James Orr Jr., M.D.

Member(s)
Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.
Onelia Lage, M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.

Office Surgery Procedure Subcommittee

This subcommittee has been established to address procedures involving major blood vessels as outlined in Rule 64B8-9.009, FAC – Standards for Office Surgery.

Chair
Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D.

Member(s)
George Thomas, M.D.
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.

Nominating Committee

The purpose of this committee is to review the nominations for the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board for the next calendar year. The committee will compile these nominations to create a ballot, which will be presented to the Full Board for a vote the following day.

Chair
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.

Member(s)
Brigitte Goersch
Magdalena Averhoff, M.D.
Merle P. Stringer, M.D.
Nina DiPietro, J.D.
Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D.
Bernardo Fernandez, M.D.
Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Board Staff

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André Ourso J.D., MPH
Executive Director

Crystal Sanford
Program Operations Administrator
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Board meeting coordinator, new legislation
csanford@flboardofmedicine.gov
Rebecca Hewett
Regulatory Specialist III
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Assistant to Ms. Sanford, Meeting preparation, various administrative functions
rhewett@flboardofmedicine.gov
Joseph Lesho
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Administrative Section
jlesho@flboardofmedicine.gov
Quanesia Arnold
Administrative Assistant I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Assistant to Mr. Lesho, various administrative functions
qarnold@flboardofmedicine.gov
Vicki Martin
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Licensure records maintenance and archiving, various administrative functions
vmartin@flboardofmedicine.gov
Tangela Hills
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: License Status Changes, MD/AA Financial Responsibility updates
thills@flboardofmedicine.gov
Cherise Davis
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Office closures, deceased practitioner updates, medical records questions
cdavis@flboardofmedicine.gov
Tesheia Givens
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Physician Assistant Licensure Maintenance
tgivens@flboardofmedicine.gov
Latrisha Ervin
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Phone receptionist, incoming mail distribution
lervin@flboardofmedicine.gov
Dale Harrison
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Phone receptionist, incoming mail distribution
lbush@flboardofmedicine.gov
Jamie McNease
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Licensure Maintenance Section and PMC/OSR Registrations and Inspections
jmcnease@flboardofmedicine.gov
Shaurice Gillespie
Administrative Assistant I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Assistant to Ms. McNease, MD/PA Dispensing Registrations, PA Prescribing applications
sgillespie@flboardofmedicine.gov
LaQuanzia Bush
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Office Surgery Registration and Inspection Program Coordinator
Responsibilities: Office Surgery Registration and Inspection Program Coordinator
aballantine@flboardofmedicine.gov
Carla Raby
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Pain Management Clinic Registration and Inspection Section
Responsibilities: Pain Management Clinic Registration and Inspection Program
craby@flboardofmedicine.gov
Shirley Morss
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Medical Licensure Maintenance
smorss@flboardofmedicine.gov
Gene Davis
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Pain Management Clinic Registration and Inspection Section
Responsibilities: Medical Licensure Maintenance
gdavis@flboardofmedicine.gov
Chandra Prine
Program Operations Administrator, Initial Licensure
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Initial Licensure Section, Credentials Committee Meeting Coordinator
cprine@flboardofmedicine.gov
Angela Denson
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
adenson@flboardofmedicine.gov
Gloria Nelson
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Endorsement and Exam Licensure Section
gnelson@flboardofmedicine.gov
Carmelette Gilley
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities:
cgilley@flboardofmedicine.gov
Karrell Goldwire
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
kgoldwire@flboardofmedicine.gov
Cheryl Austin
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
caustin@flboardofmedicine.gov
Melissa Stabler
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
mstabler@flboardofmedicine.gov
Michelle Hawkins
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
mhawkins@flboardofmedicine.gov
Tehelia McGlockton
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
tmcglockton@flboardofmedicine.gov
Emily Hancock
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Initial License Intake and Miscellaneous Tasks
ehancock@flboardofmedicine.gov
Deborah English
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Refunds, NICA Questions for Initial Licensure, Fingerprint/Background Checks
denglish@flboardofmedicine.gov
Vacant
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
Wendy Alls
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Endorsement and Exam Licensure Section
walls@flboardofmedicine.gov
Patrice McKissick
Administrative Assistant II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Assistant to POA and Supervisors, various administrative functions
pmckissick@flboardofmedicine.gov
Daphne Laurie
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
dlaurie@flboardofmedicine.gov
Kesha Hodge
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
khodge@flboardofmedicine.gov
Christopher Roberts
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
croberts@flboardofmedicine.gov
Hazel Myles
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications, Registration of resident physicians, interns and fellows, including house physicians
hmyles@flboardofmedicine.gov
Cheryl Smiley
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Physician Assistant Licensure
csmiley@flboardofmedicine.gov
Emanuel Nicholson
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Physician Assistant Licensure
enicholson@flboardofmedicine.gov
Legal Counsel

Ed Tellechea
Chief Assistant Attorney General
Ed.tellechea@myfloridalegal.com
850-414-3300
Donna McNulty
Senior Assistant Attorney General
donna.mcnulty@myfloridalegal.com
850-414-3300