The Board


The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine plays a leading role in the ever-changing health care environment through dialogue with the public, the legislature, academia, and the community. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Five members are licensed osteopathic physicians and two members are laypersons. Despite the expiration of their term, Board members continue to serve until they have been replaced.

Members of the Board

Joel B. Rose
DO
Tampa, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Anna Hayden
DO
Oakland Park, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Sandra Schwemmer
DO
Vice-Chair
Tavernier, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Michelle Mendez
DO
Chair
Jacksonville, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Valerie Jackson
Consumer
Jupiter, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Alicia Janson
Consumer
Sarasota, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Bridget Bellingar
DO
Seminole, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Organizational Structure of the Board

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

Board Councils & Committees

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Probable Cause Panels

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.  Board members rotate service on this panel.

Chair
James Andriole, DO (Panel 1)

Chair
Glenn Moran, DO (Panel 2)

Member(s)
All current Board members rotate serving on the panel

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 Boards of Medicine and 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)
Joel Rose, D.O.
James Orr, M.D.
Merle P. Stringer, M.D.

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.

Chair


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

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
Merle P. Stringer, M.D.

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

Chair


Member(s)
Joel B. Rose, DO
2 MD members – TBD if needed
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.
James Orr, Jr., M.D.
Onelia Lage, M.D.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Ronald Burns, D.O.
Anna Hayden, D.O.
Joel B. Rose, D.O.

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)
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.
Onelia Lage, M.D.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.
Ronald Burns, D.O.
Anna Hayden, D.O.
Joel B. Rose, D.O.
Board Staff

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Kama Monroe
Executive Director
Responsibilities: Responsibilities are administrative and include budget, legislation, and policy issues.
Carol Taylor
Program Operations Administrator
Responsibilities: Responsibilities include personnel, staff supervisor, policy and board agenda
Monterius Lovett
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Responsibilities include processing applications for full licensure
Rose Burney
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Responsibilities include processing applications for full licensure
Jacqueline Clahar
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Responsibilities include processing applications for full licensure
Legal Counsel

Donna McNulty
Senior Assistant Attorney General