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.

Are you a current or new board member? Helpful resources and information pertinent to your position are available on the new Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) board member website.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, the site contains material that provides insight into the duties and responsibilities of the role. To view the site, please visit flhealthsource.gov/board-members.

Members of the Board

Jorge J. Lopez
M.D.
Chair
Maitland

Term Ends:
10/31/2021
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Steven Rosenberg
M.D.
Vice-Chair
West Palm Beach

Term Ends:
10/31/19
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Magdalena Averhoff
M.D.

Coral Gables

Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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Steven Falcone
M.D.

Miami

Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Stephanie Haridopolos
M.D.

Melbourne

Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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Robert London
M.D.

Maitland

Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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James Orr
M.D.

Bonita Springs

Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Seela Ramesh
M.D.

Orlando

Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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Merle Stringer
M.D.

Panama City

Term Ends:
10/31/2021
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Sarvam TerKonda
M.D.

Jacksonville

Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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Hector Vila
M.D.

Tampa

Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Brigitte R. Goersch
Consumer
Satellite Beach

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Andre Perez
Consumer
Coral Gables

Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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Nicholas W. Romanello, Esquire
Consumer
West Palm Beach

Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Vacant


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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.

Staff Contact: Wendy Alls

Chair
Magdalena Averhoff, M.D.

Member(s)
Robert London, M.D. – Vice Chair
Vacant, M.D.
Seela Ramesh, M.D.
Merle Stringer, M.D.

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.

Staff Contact: Towanda Burnett

Chair
Nicholas Romanello, Esquire

Member(s)
Stephanie Haridopolos, M.D. - Vice Chair
Steven Falcone, M.D.
Bridget Goersch
Andre Perez
Hector Vila, M.D.

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.

Staff Contact: Crystal Sanford

Chair
Stephanie Haridopolos, M.D.

Member(s)
James Orr, M.D. - Vice Chair
Steven Falcone, M.D.
Andre Perez
Seela Ramesh, M.D.
Nicholas Romanello, Esquire
Steven Rosenberg M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, 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.

Staff Contact: Crystal Sanford

Chair
James Orr Jr., M.D.

Member(s)
Hector Vila, M.D. - Vice Chair
Magdalena Averhoff, M.D.
Steven Falcone, M.D.
Brigitte Goersch
Robert London, M.D.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, 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.

Staff Contact: Rebecca Hewett

Chair
Brigitte Goersch

Member(s)
Steven Rosenberg, M.D.
Andre Perez

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.

Staff Contact: Wendy Alls

Chair
Joel Rose, D.O.

Member(s)
Hector Vila, M.D., Vice Chair
Vacant, M.D.
James W. Orr, Jr., M.D.
Dayne Alonso, P.A.

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.

Staff Contact: Wendy Alls

Chair
Hector Vila, M.D.

Member(s)
Robert London, M.D.
James W. Orr, Jr., M.D.
Stephanie Haridopolos, M.D.
Joel Rose, D.O.

Finance & Process Accountability

The 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.

Staff Contact: Rebecca Hewett

Chair
Vacant, M.D.

Member(s)
Seela Ramesh, M.D.
Nicholas Romanello, Esquire

Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine’s Joint Committee on Medical Marijuana

This committee was tasked with developing a consent form so the law could be implemented and qualified physicians could begin complying with the requirements for issuing a physician certification to a qualified patient. The Committee would be working on specific provisions of SB8-A passed during the 2017 Special Legislative Session and related to the medical use of marijuana.

Staff Contact: Crystal Sanford

Chair
Steven P. Rosenberg, M.D.

Member(s)
Sandra Schwemmer, D.O.
Michelle Mendez, D.O.
Nicholas Romanello, Esquire, Consumer Member
Joel Rose, D.O.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.

Telemedicine Subcommittee

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

Chair
TBA

Member(s)
Ronald Burns, D.O.
Anna Hayden, D.O.
Robert London, M.D.
James W. Orr, Jr., M.D.
Seela Ramesh, M.D.
Joel B. Rose, D.O.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.

Physician Certification Pattern Review Panel

Section 381.986, Florida Statutes requires the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine to jointly create a physician certification pattern review panel that shall review all physician certifications submitted to the medical marijuana use registry. The panel shall track and report the number of physician certifications and the qualifying medical conditions, dosage, supply amount, and form of marijuana certified. The panel shall report the data both by individual qualified physician and in the aggregate, by county, and statewide. The physician certification pattern review panel shall, beginning January 1, 2018, submit an annual report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Staff Contact: Crystal Sanford

Chair
Steven P. Rosenberg, M.D.

Member(s)
Sandra Schwemmer, D.O.
Michelle Mendez, D.O.
Nicholas Romanello, Esquire, Consumer Member
Joel Rose, D.O.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.
Board Staff

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Claudia Kemp
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
Shaila Washington
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Administrative Section
shaila.washington@flhealth.gov
Stephanie Loughmiller
Administrative Assistant II
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Assistant to Executive Director, various administrative functions
Stephanie.Loughmiller@flhealth.gov
Vacant
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: License Status Changes, MD/AA Financial Responsibility updates
Vickie Martin
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Licensure records maintenance and archiving, various administrative functions
vmartin@flboardofmedicine.gov
Vacant
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Office closures, deceased practitioner updates, medical records questions
Latrisha Ervin
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Phone receptionist, incoming mail distribution
lervin@flboardofmedicine.gov
Vacant
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Phone receptionist, incoming mail distribution, Physician Assistance licensure maintenance.
LaKesha Jelks
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Oversee functions of Registration/Inspection Programs
LaKesha.Jelks@flhealth.gov
Vacant
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: PA Supervision Data Forms, PA Prescribing License
stephanie-loughmiller@flhealth.gov
Shenay York
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Renewal Reactivation
syork@flboardofmedicine.gov
Vacant
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Pain Management Clinic Registration and Inspection Section
Responsibilities: Pain Management Clinic Registration and Inspection Program
LaQuanzia Bush
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Office Surgery Registration and Inspection Program Coordinator
Responsibilities: Office Surgery Registration and Inspection Program Coordinator
lbush@flboardofmedicine.gov
Selina Rhodes
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Physician Assistant Licensure Maintenance
srhodes@flboardofmedicine.gov
Wendy Alls
Program Operations Administrator, Initial Licensure
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Initial Licensure Section, Credentials Committee Meeting Coordinator
walls@flboardofmedicine.gov
Cherise Strickland
Administrative Assistant II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Assistant to POA and Supervisors, various administrative functions
cstrickland@flboardofmedicine.gov
Gloria Nelson
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Endorsement and Exam Licensure Section
gnelson@flboardofmedicine.gov
Michelle Hawkins
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
mhawkins@flboardofmedicine.gov
Vacant
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
Deborah English
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Refunds, NICA Questions for Initial Licensure, Fingerprint/Background Checks
denglish@flboardofmedicine.gov
Connie Clayton
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Mail processing and Distribution of VeriDoc Verifications
cclayton@flboardofmedicine.gov
Gale Stith
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
gstith@flboardofmedicine.gov
Angela Denson
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Endorsement and Exam Licensure Section
adenson@flboardofmedicine.gov
Tashunda Brown
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
tbrown@flboardofmedicine.gov
Cheryl Smiley
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Physician Assistant Licensure
csmiley@flboardofmedicine.gov
LaKesha Hodge
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
khodge@flboardofmedicine.gov
Hazel Myles
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications, Registration of resident physicians, interns and fellows, including house physicians
hmyles@flboardofmedicine.gov
Karrell Goldwire-Hayward
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Endorsement and Exam Licensure Section
kgoldwire@flboardofmedicine.gov
Cheryl Austin
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
caustin@flboardofmedicine.gov
Latayvia Alexander
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
Latayvia.Alexander@flhealth.gov
Carmen Gilley
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
cgilley@flboardofmedicine.gov
Michelle Creque
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
Michelle.Creque@flhealth.gov
Lamya Mollay
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Endorsement and Exam Applications
lmollay@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