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DCMS Board of Directors

Thank you, 2019 dcms officers and board of directors!

The Duval County Medical Society Board of Directors is made up of physicians who are dedicated to carrying out the mission of the DCMS: to help physicians care for the health of our community.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Society and is responsible for all committees. Duties include approving an annual operating budget for the Society.


introducing our 2019 officers:


Ruple Galani, MD was born in Toledo, Ohio and attended undergraduate school at Northwestern University. He attended medical school at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Galani completed his internship and residency at University of Florida, Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida where he served as Chief Resident for Internal Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in cardiology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, Dr. Galani is an invasive non-interventional cardiologist at Baptist Heart Specialists. Dr. Galani is married to Gina Galani and has three children, Ava, Alexis and Asher.

Baptist Heart Specialists
1361 13th Avenue South, Suite 270, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Phone: 904-247-1747


James St. George, MD attended the University of Chicago and the University of Massachusetts for his undergraduate and medical degrees, respectively. His internship and residency training was completed at Yale-New Haven, University of Pennsylvania and Albany Medical Schools. Dr. St. George completed his fellowship training in interventional radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was academic faculty at Harvard, Dartmouth, and Drexel Schools of Medicine. Dr. St. George relocated to Florida in 2003 and is in solo practice as an interventional radiologist at St Johns Vein and Vascular Center. He is the Editor of the Northeast Florida Medicine journal and a delegate to the Florida Medical Association. He also serves on the Executive Board of the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America.

St. Johns Vein Center
11512 Lake Mead Avenue, Suite 513, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 904-402-8346


Elizabeth DeVos, MD attended the University of Akron and the Northeastern Ohio Medical University where she received her MD. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville and then attended George Washington University to complete an International Emergency Medicine fellowship and a Masters of Public Health. Dr. DeVos now works as an academic emergency physician at UF Health-Jacksonville and teaches global health as the Director of Global Health Education at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. She continues to work in the development of EM as a specialty abroad. Along with her husband Ted, Dr. DeVos spent all of 2014 living in Kigali, Rwanda working as faculty in the nation's first Emergency Medicine residency. She serves on a variety of national and international committees to develop access to quality emergency care worldwide. She also is a member of a federal disaster medical assistance team and has deployed for several hurricanes.

UF Health Jacksonville
655 West 8th Street, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Jacksonville, FL 32209
Phone: 904-244-4433


Steven Kailes, MD, was raised in Modesto, California, and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. He attended a dual-degree program at Tufts University School of Medicine where he earned his Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine degrees. He completed his internship in Basic Surgery and Emergency Medicine residency at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego. Between internship and residency he served as 2/4 Battalion Surgeon with the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, CA, and deployed to Okinawa, Japan, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. After residency he was stationed at the Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, FL, and was deployed to Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. After his honorable discharge from the US Navy, he has worked and lived with his family in the Jacksonville, FL, area and he is a member and past-President of the Board of Trustees for St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, FL. He works with Emergency Resources Group providing emergency care for the Baptist Health system. He is a past-president of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians where he had also served as a board member and chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee. He currently serves the American College of Emergency Physicians as a councillor and member of both the State Legislative and Regulatory Committee as well as the Reimbursement Committee. Additionally, he has been a member of the House of Delegates for the Florida Medical Association for both DCMS and FCEP. He is married to Dr. Beth Kailes, a pediatric dentist in Fleming Island, FL, and they have two sons, Ben and Jake.

Emergency Resources Group
3780 Waterside Drive, Orange Park, FL 32073
Phone: 904-396-5682


Mark A. Dobbertien, DO, FACS, was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and attended the University of Notre Dame. He attended Medical School at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and was valedictorian of his class. Dr. Dobbertien completed his internship and residency at the University of Illinois Metro Group Hospitals Residency in General Surgery. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Florida Jacksonville. Dr.Dobbertien is a career Naval Officer serving in the US Navy Medical Corps and has received the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal(2), Joint Achievement Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He is a Governor for the American College of Surgeons, the Surgical Specialties Representative to the Florida Medical Association Board of Governors and is Advocacy Chair for the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Dr Dobbertien is married to Lisa Dynan-Dobbertien, DO.

U.S. Navy
2080 Child Street, Jacksonville, FL 32214
Phone: 904-542-7600


Cynthia Anderson, MD grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from the University of Chicago. She then attended Bryn Mawr College for her Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program and went on to Emory University for medical school and residency. She served as Chief Resident and was a member of the caulty in Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Anderson has been in Jacksonville full-time since 2010. She was the co-founder of the Pink Ribbon Symposium in 2007 and presently serves as a memmber of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Baptist MD Anderson. Dr. Anderson has been a member of Duval County Medical Society since 2010 and has served as a DCMS Delegate to the FMA. She is a graduate of the FMA's Leadership Academy as well as the American Society for Clinical Oncology's Leadership Academy.

Baptist MD Anderson
1235 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-202-7020


Tra’Chella Johnson-Foy, MD was born and raised in Jacksonville and received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida. She went on to earn her Medical Degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia. Due to her strong interest in HIV medicine she was chosen as an Arthur Ashe AIDS Care Fellow by the Harvard AIDS Institute. Ultimately she returned to Jacksonville to complete her residency training in family medicine at the Mayo Clinic. She has been a volunteer with We Care Jacksonville since 2001 and currently serves as the Medical Director. Dr. Johnson-Foy is now a practicing board certified family physician with Baptist Primary Care.

Baptist Primary Care
124 East Ashley Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-353-5696



Ingrid Carlson, MD:
Wise Women
486 Town Plaza Avenue, Suite 440
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 
Phone: 904-395-3577
Timothy Groover, MD, MBA, CPE:
Baptist Health
820 Prudential Drive, Suite 606
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-398-3356

Marie Crandall, MD:
UF Health Jacksonville
655 West 8th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209


Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS:
Kasraeian Urology
6269 Beach Boulevard, Suite 2
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: 904-727-7955
Patrick DeMarco: 
Allergy & Asthma Specialists of North Florida
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone: 904-953-2100
Yvette McQueen, MD:
MedQueen LLC
11250 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 15324
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Phone: 904-382-6907

Carl Freeman, MD:
Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute
1325 San Marco Boulevard, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-346-3465
William Palmer, MD:
Mayo Clinic Florida
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone: 904-953-2000

Ferdinand Formoso, DO
Coastal Spine and Pain Center
11555 Central Parkway, Suite 304

Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone: 904-265-7755
Phil Pirgousis, MD:
Mayo Clinic Florida
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone: 904-953-6674

Frank Gilberstadt, MD
St. Vincent's Health System
1 Shircliff Way, Suite 1302
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone: 904-308-6212
Daniel Thimann, MD:
Emergency Resources Group
820 Prudential Drive, Suite 713
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-396-5682

Board of Directors Meetings:

2019 Board Schedule:

Board Meeting Minutes:

Nov. 5, 2019    Nov. 6, 2018 Nov. 7, 2017  Nov. 1, 2016
Sept. 10, 2019 Oct. 2, 2018 Sept. 5, 2017 Sept. 20, 2016
Jul. 9, 2019 Aug. 7, 2018 Aug. 1, 2017 Aug. 2, 2016
Jun. 4, 2019 Jun. 5, 2018 Jun. 6, 2017 Jun. 7, 2016
Apr. 2, 2019 Apr. 3, 2018 Apr. 4, 2017 May 3, 2016
Mar. 5, 2019 Mar. 6, 2018 Mar. 7, 2017 Mar. 1, 2016

Feb. 6, 2018 Feb. 7, 2017 Feb. 2, 2016

Want to Serve?

We are always looking for dedicated DCMS members to serve on our committees and Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving, please contact Marissa Saftner at