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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, FACC, PRESIDENT:
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
JAMES ST. GEORGE, MD, PRESIDENT-ELECT:
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
ELIZABETH DEVOS, MD, VICE PRESIDENT:
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
STEVEN KAILES, MD, VICE PRESIDENT:
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
MARK DOBBERTIEN, DO, TREASURER:
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.
CYNTHIA ANDERSON, MD, SECRETARY:
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
TRA'CHELLA JOHNSON FOY, MD, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:
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
2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Board of Directors Meetings:
The Board of Directors meet the first Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise designated by the President. The ability to attend meetings on a regular basis is important, as a quorum is required to accomplish the business of the Board. A quorum is declared by the President in the event at least 35-percent of the Board is present, and if, in the opinion of the President, the assembled group represents an adequate cross section of the Board and membership.
2019 Board Schedule:
Board Meeting Minutes: