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It's a Wrap! The 2019 DCMS Annual Meeting and Future of Healthcare Conference

Thursday, October 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bryan Campbell
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AMA President Dr. Patrice Harris

The 2019 DCMS Annual Meeting and Future of Healthcare Conference is officially over. Thank you to the hundreds of doctors, community leaders and public health officials who joined us last week for the two-day event.

The day began with American Medical Association President, Dr. Patrice Harris, who joined a number of DCMS leaders in a series of meetings across Jacksonville, discussing the work our physician members are doing to impact health locally, and across the country.

Dr. Harris was interviewed on the WJCT Radio Program First Coast Connect, with Melissa Ross. They discussed the Future of Healthcare Conference, as well as Dr. Harris’ leadership role in fighting the opioid epidemic. You can download the entire conversation here.

The highlight of the evening was the 167th DCMS Annual Meeting. Dr. Harris provided an inspirational speech setting the vision for the future of healthcare. Dr. George Trotter wowed the crowd with his dramatic reading of the story of Dr. Frances Wellford, a DCMS Past-president who died combating a yellow-fever outbreak in Fernandina more than 100 years ago, and who’s name is still called in the Roll Call every year.

The Annual Meeting is the time to recognize leaders of the previous year and to elect the Board and officers for the coming year. DCMS 2018-2019 President, Dr. Ruple Galani was the master of ceremonies for the evening, before passing the gavel to 2019-2020 DCMS President, Dr. James St. George. Here is a complete list of the DCMS Officers and Board Members elected for 2019-2020:

DCMS Executive Committee

  • President – James St. George, MD

  • President-elect – Elizabeth DeVos, MD

  • Vice President – Steven Kailes, MD

  • Vice President – Ali Kasraeian, MD

  • Treasurer – Mark Dobbertien, DO

  • Secretary – Ferdinand Formoso, DO

  • Immediate Past President – Ruple Galani, MD

DCMS Board of Directors

Terms Expiring 2022

  • Marie Crandall, MD

  • Sandeep Munjal, MD

  • F. Huson Gilberstadt, MD

  • Lynsey Seim, MD


    Terms Expiring 12/2021

  • Yvette McQueen, MD

  • Carl Freeman, MD

  • Patrick DeMarco, MD

  • Daniel Thimann, MD


    Terms Expiring 12/2020

  • Timothy Groover, MD
  • William, Palmer, MD
  • Ingrid Carlson, MD
  • Jeffrey Mathison, MD (filling unexpired term of Dr. Ferdinand Formoso*)


*Promoted to Executive Committee

The Annual Meeting is also a time to recognize physicians who excel in public service, service to the medical community, and excellence in research. There is also a Poster Presentation to recognize excellence in research for Resident physicians. Please take a moment to recognize and congratulate this year’s winners.

DCMS Community Service Award

  • Jeffrey Levenson, M.D.

Clyde Collins, M.D. Community Service Award

  • Elizabeth DeVos, M.D.

Philip H. Gilbert Young Physicians Leadership Award

  • Andrew Schmidt, M.D.

John A. Beals Award for Original Investigation

  • Agnes Aysola, M.D.

John A. Beals Award for Review

  • Brian Yorkgitis, M.D.

John A. Beals Award for Clinical Observation

  • Ahmad Alkhasawneh, M.D.

G, Shahin Award for Original Investigation

  • Jordan Ray, M.D.

Poster Presentation Awards.

  1. Munjal Pandya, OPMC, A Comparison of Wide Field Imaging to Dilated Funduscopic Exam 

  2. Ammar Nassri, UF JAX, Novel Noninvasive Inflammatory- Nutritional Biomarkers for Detecting Fibrosis in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

  3. Lauren Black, UF JAX, Time to Vasopressor Initiation is Associated with Cholesterol Stabilization in Early Septic Shock Patients

The celebration continued on Tuesday for the Future of Healthcare Conference. This conference is now in its third year, supported by the DCMS Foundation and its mission to help improve the health of our community. The conference is Chaired by DCMS Foundation President, Dr. Sunil Joshi. News4Jax Anchor Bruce Hamilton served as the moderator for the day-long discussion on issues that will have an impact on the future of healthcare here in northeast Florida.

The day began with presentations from city leaders describing the impact that the 2017 Future of Healthcare Conference had in helping Jacksonville to develop comprehensive policy to address the issue of food deserts in Jacksonville.

Next, powerful presentations from Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief T.K. Waters and the personal impact of gun violence in his profession and personal life. This was followed by an inspirational presentation by Marcus McCallister of Cure Violence, describing the scientific implementation of epidemiological interventions on communities to “cure” violence. Again, he thanks the DCMS and the 2018 Future of Healthcare Conference for helping be a voice in support of bringing this life-saving program to Jacksonville.

Maintaining physician wellness has become a priority for the DCMS Foundation and members of the DCMS. Physicians unfortunately have the highest suicide rate of any profession in the United States, and there are a number of significant barriers to ensuring they receive appropriate care. Conference attendees were treated to a screening of the film Do No Harm which will be released in 2020 and focuses on physician depression and suicide. The film’s Producer and Director, Robyn Symon, joined the conference and took time to answer some questions from the attendees.

Symon took time to recognize the DCMS LifeBridge program as a meaningful part of the solution to physician burnout. Dr. Joshi shared the details of the program with the attendees, including how any DCMS member can access free and confidential coaching that will never impact your licensure, simply by calling our LifeBridge Wellness Line at 447-LIFE.

Finally, it wouldn’t be a Future of Healthcare Conference without a specific peek into the future of healthcare here on the First Coast. Three dynamic presenters all shared their perspectives on what we will see in the coming years.

Dr. Leon Haley, CEO and Dean of UF Health Jacksonville shared his vision for the future, including using a strategic approach for implementing new technological advances so that we don’t repeat some of the mistakes of EHR implementation. He demonstrated that UF Health continues to be a leader in research not just in Northeast Florida but throughout the country. Understanding the health disparities of the region, UF Health is also looking into ways to improve access to care in the areas that need it the most.

DCMS Board Member and Baptist Physician Partners Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Timothy Groover also shared his vision for the future. He shared that as the healthcare team continues to innovate with the physician at the core, Baptist has developed a very extensive primary care network that utilizes physicians, ARNPs and PAs in preventative health roles. They are reducing the cost of health care in the process which may have major positive effects over time.

Dr. Waqas Ahmed is the founder and CEO of American Telephysicians has a unique perspective on the role of technology and distance-based medicine. He demonstrated that Telehealth is a growing branch of medicine that is already being utilized by many specialties of medicine. This definitely has the potential to improve access to providers. The younger generations are looking for more convenient and practical care and telehealth has the ability to become the UBER of medicine.

Complete audio recordings of the entire DCMS Future of Healthcare Conference will be made available through the brand new DCMS Podcast, coming soon. Stay tuned to, your DCMS emails, and our social media channels to learn more in the coming weeks!