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

Steven Rosenberg
M.D.
Chair
West Palm Beach

Term Ends:
10/31/19
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Hector Vila
M.D.
Vice-Chair
Tampa

Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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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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Vacant


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Robert London
M.D.

Maitland

Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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Jorge J. Lopez
M.D.

Maitland

Term Ends:
10/31/2021
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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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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
Robert London, M.D.

Member(s)
Magdalena Averhoff, M.D. - Vice Chair
Andre Perez, Consumer Member
Seela Ramesh, M.D.
Hector Vila, M.D.

Rotating Member(s)
February - Nicholas Romanello, Consumer Member
April – Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.
June – Steven Rosenberg, M.D.
August – Jorge Lopez, M.D.
October – James Orr, Jr., M.D.
December – 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
Steven Falcone, M.D.

Member(s)
Brigitte Goersch, Consumer Member - Vice Chair
Jorge J. Lopez, M.D.
Steven Rosenberg, 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
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.

Member(s)
Seela Ramesh, M.D. – Vice Chair
Steven Falcone, M.D.
Andre Perez, Consumer Member
Nicholas Romanello, Consumer Member
Steven Rosenberg, M.D.
James Orr, Jr., M.D.
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.

Staff Contact: Crystal Sanford

Chair
Jorge Lopez, M.D.

Member(s)
Hector Vila, M.D. - Vice Chair
Steven Falcone, M.D.
Brigitte Goersch
Robert London, M.D.
James Orr, Jr., 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
Hector Vila, M.D., Chair

Member(s)
Dayne Alonso, P.A. Vice Chair
Jorge Lopez, M.D.
James W. Orr, Jr., M.D.
Joel Rose, D.O.

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)
James W. Orr, Jr., M.D.
Brigette Goersch, Consumer member
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
Andre Perez, Consumer Member

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

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
Sandra Schwemmer, D.O.

Member(s)
Jorge Lopez, M.D. - Vice Chair
Steven Rosenberg, M.D.
Merle P. Stringer, M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.
Joel Rose, D.O.
Michelle Mendez, D.O.

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)
Jorge Lopez, M.D.
Michelle Mendez, D.O.
Joel Rose, D.O.
Sandra Schwemmer, 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
Wendy Alls
Program Operations Administrator, Initial Licensure
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Initial Licensure Section, Credentials Committee Meeting Coordinator
LaKesha Jelks
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Oversee functions of Registration/Inspection Programs
Angela Denson
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Endorsement and Exam Licensure Section
Shaila Washington
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Administrative and Licensure Maintenance Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Administrative Section
Karrell Goldwire-Hayward
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Endorsement and Exam Licensure Section
Gloria Nelson
Regulatory Supervisor Consultant
Section: Initial Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Oversees the Endorsement and Exam Licensure Section
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