Experts: Health + Medicine

Amy L. Ai

Professor, College of Social Work

Amy L. Ai, Ph.D., MSW, MS, MA, is a Professor of Social Work/SW and is affiliated with the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing and Institute for Successful Longevity, Florida State University.

Dr. Ai earned three Masters and a joint Psychology-SW Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, followed by post-doctoral training(National Institutes of Health/NIH). Her interdisciplinary research focuses on physical and behavioral health, aging, health disparity, trauma, human strengths, and spirituality, leading to numerous first-author publications.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and Gerontological Society of America; John A. Hartford Geriatric Faculty Scholar; Delegate/Representative of Academic Settings to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging; and Fulbright Scholar.

She is the PI/Co-PI of multiple projects, funded by Federal, State, and private foundations and is a Scientific Reviewer for national, international, and private funding agencies (e.g., Departments of State, Defense, and Health and Human Services, Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute, NIH, and major funders in Canada, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong-China).

She a recipient of the Outstanding Science Award(APA Trauma Psychology) and the Distinguished Health Psychology Award(IAAP). Her seminal tool book, “Assessing Spirituality in a Diversified World” (2020, peer-reviewed), is currently the only book on this topic, involving 40+ interdisciplinary scholars around the globe.

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Jonathan Appelbaum

Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences and Laurie L. Dozier Jr., M.D., Education Director and Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Appelbaum is a Professor in Clinical Sciences at the FSU College of Medicine. He is an expert on HIV/AIDS and HIV and aging, as well as primary care in general and health disparities within the LGBT community.

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Andree Aubrey

Director, Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program

Andree Aubrey is the director of the Area Health Education Center at the Florida State University College of Medicine. The FSU AHEC has a focus on implementing tobacco-free policies and cessation services in behavioral health organizations throughout Florida. Ms. Aubrey directs FSU’s nationally accredited Tobacco Treatment Specialist foundation course for health professionals which is a collaborative effort of AHEC faculty and staff.

A licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Aubrey has spent her entire career working in health-related areas with underserved communities and populations. Her research focuses include health literacy and tobacco, especially brief interventions for tobacco users who are not ready or confident about quitting.

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Ray Bellamy

Clerkship Faculty

Bellamy is an expert on arthritis.

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Gail Bellamy

Professor and former Director, Florida Blue Center for Rural Health Research and Policy

Dr. Bellamy received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She works within the Division of Health Affairs to provide a rural perspective for the research and programmatic efforts of the various centers. As Center director, she promotes and develops funded rural programmatic collaborations within the college of medicine in support of healthy rural communities. As a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, she participates on the rural health team working to develop and improve the Department’s rural health educational efforts.

Bellamy’s research focuses on assuring access to quality health care for rural and underserved populations. She has expertise in needs assessment, program development and implementation, evaluation and policy research.

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Pradeep Bhide

Professor, Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers Eminent Scholar Chair of Developmental Neuroscience, Director, Center for Brain Repair

Bhide received his degree in veterinary medicine from Veterinary College, Bangalore, India, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He undertook postdoctoral training in developmental neurobiology at University College, London; Yale University; and Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The research in the Bhide laboratory focuses on developmental neurological and psychiatric conditions including ADHD and early-onset generalized dystonia. Current research projects include examination of the role of dopamine receptor activation in the developing brain; the effects of prenatal exposure to cocaine, nicotine and analgesic medications on the development of the brain and behavior; and the developmental origins of the movement disorder generalized dystonia.

(850) 645-9847

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Ken Brummel-Smith

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Brummel-Smith is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geriatrics at the Florida State University College of Medicine. He founded and served as chair of the Department of Geriatrics from 2003 until 2015. He served as chief of the division of geriatrics at two medical schools (University of Southern California and Oregon Health Sciences University).

Dr. Brummel-Smith is an expert on patient access to health care, Alzheimer’s disease as it relates to caregiver support and diagnosis of the disease, and elder health care needs. He has been selected by his peers 11 times as one of the Best Doctors in America.

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Suzanne Y. Bush

Education Director OBGYN, Pensacola Campus

Dr. Bush coordinates the OB/GYN curriculum for the college. She has been in practice at The Women’s Group in Pensacola for more than 20 years, and is a certified menopause practitioner. She coordinates the training of third- and fourth-year medical students at the Pensacola Regional Medical School Campus.

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Nancy B. Clark

Clark, M.Ed., is a nationally recognized authority in informatics. She trains faculty, staff and students in all aspects of medical informatics.

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Arthur S. Clements

Clerkship Faculty - Tallahassee, M3, M4

Clements, M.D., Ph.D., is the education director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and helps students achieve their goals. He is the original founder of North Florida Women’s Care, a 12-physician Ob/Gyn practice located in Tallahassee, Florida, and the original Tallahassee Clerkship Director for the FSU College of Medicine

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Javier I. Escobar

Clerkship Director, Emergency Medicine - Tallahassee

Dr. Escobar is the Medical Director of the Bixler Emergency Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He specializes in emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

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Karen Geletko

Assistant in Medicine

Karen Geletko is a faculty member and instructor with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. She specializes in planning and conducting research projects in the intersecting areas of medicine and public health, tobacco prevention and cessation, preparedness and public health, and performance management and workforce development in public health. She also assists in program evaluation for several state and federal programs.

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Mary A. Gerend

Associate Professor

Gerend has a Ph.D. in social psychology and is an associate professor whose expertise is in cancer prevention, sexual health and health messaging. Her research centers on 1) identifying key psychosocial, cultural, and structural determinants of health behavior and 2) designing and implementing effective interventions for promoting behavior change.

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Robert Glueckauf

Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine

Glueckauf is an expert on Alzheimer’s disease as it relates to caregiver support. His interests lie in the development and evaluation of eHealth and community-based interventions for individuals with severe disabilities and their family caregivers, outcomes measurement, and spirituality and health.

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Tomi Gomory

Associate Professor of Social Work

Dr. Gomory has over 35 years of experience as a clinician, administrator, and educator in the areas of social work, mental health, and homelessness. He has co-authored an award-winning book on mental health titled Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, diagnosis, and drugs along with more than three dozen articles and chapters.”

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Dr Ricardo Gonzalez-Rothi

Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez-Rothi is chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Medicine and has an extensive background and experience in the fields of pulmonary and critical care medicine.

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Lisa Granville

Associate Chair, Professor of Geriatrics

Dr. Lisa J. Granville is Professor of Geriatrics and Associate Chair of the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine, Co-Director of the FSU COM Curriculum Re-design and the lead faculty for three Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program projects that address education of caregivers, community based seniors and Continuing Care Retirement Community nursing staff.

Dr. Granville’s medical education research focuses include competency-based learning, development of clinical skills, use of simulators and standardized patients and assessment of learning outcomes.
Her clinical research investigates urinary incontinence, prostate disorders, falls and gait disorders.

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Ocie Harris

Harris, an internist with more than 30 years of experience in undergraduate medical education, including service as dean of the FSU College of Medicine from January 2003 to August 2008, is an expert in medical education.

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Suzanne Harrison

Professor of Family Medicine & Rural Health, Director of Clinical Programs

Dr. Harrison teaches in all four years of medical education and serves as the Director of Clinical Programs. In her role as Education Director for Family Medicine, she develops, implements and evaluates the family medicine curriculum during the clinical years. This includes the required Family Medicine Clerkship during year 3 and the Family Medicine Sub-Internship in year 4. During the first two years of medical education, Dr. Harrison works with students in the Clinical Learning Center, serves as a small group facilitator and leads large group lectures.

Dr. Harrison’s research interests include abuse and violence as it relates to healthcare. She has published manuscripts on human trafficking and intimate partner violence. Other research interests include women’s health, women in medicine and medical education.

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Myra Hurt

Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

Hurt, an expert in medical school admissions, has been involved in medical education for more than 25 years, first at the University of Tennessee and, later, the Baylor College of Medicine. She joined Florida State University’s Program in Medical Sciences faculty in 1987 and is the founding faculty member of the university’s College of Medicine. She served as the college’s associate dean for student affairs, admissions and outreach from 2001 to 2004. She currently serves as senior associate dean for research and graduate programs.

Hurt studies the regulation of mammalian gene expression, specifically those events controlling transcription initiation in general and in the cell division cycle in particular. Her laboratory is examining the cellular signals that control cell growth and proliferation. These cellular events occur at the point of the cell cycle where the cell makes initial decisions leading to proliferation or nonproliferation, contributing to the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer.

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Suzanne Johnson

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine

Johnson has had more than 30 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for her research on psychosocial aspects of childhood diabetes. She is considered an international expert on medical regimen adherence and the psychosocial aspects of genetic testing in children. More recently, she has expanded her research focus to include pediatric obesity since the epidemic levels of pediatric obesity in the U.S. have led to an unprecedented rise in incidence of type 2 diabetes in children.

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Mohamed Kabbaj

Professor of Biomedical Sciences & Neurosciences

Kabbaj conducts research in the area of stress and drug addiction. He focuses on the brain basis of emotional behavior to determine why some people are more prone to stress and addiction.

(850) 644-4930

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Marshall Kapp

Professor Emeritus

Professor Kapp is responsible for developing and directing the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine & Law, which is a joint effort of the FSU College of Medicine and FSU College of Law. Additionally, Kapp is a Professor in the College of Medicine Department of Geriatrics, Professor of Medicine and Law in the College of Law, and an affiliate of the FSU Claude Pepper Institute and FSU Institute for Successful Longevity. He is an expert on health policymaking, including the constitutional implications of policies such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

(850) 645-9260

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Sally Karioth

Karioth is an expert on grief, trauma, stress and compassion fatigue who counseled the survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and children who lost parents in the World Trade Center, and can address the ways in which the nation grieves in the aftermath of a violent attack.

(850) 644-6845

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Pamela Keel

Professor of Psychology

Keel is an expert on eating disorders and is currently working on the factors that distinguish people with purging disorder from the more commonly known bulimia or anorexia nervosa.

Keel has also examined the link between social media and eating disorders. In 2019, she received the Leadership Award in Research from the Academy of Eating Disorders at the 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders. The award recognizes research that has produced new insights about eating disorders and advanced the field of study.

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Jeong-Su Kim

Kim is an expert on the study of muscle catabolism and other neuromuscular changes related to aging, diseases (e.g. cancer cachexia), exercise, nutrition (e.g. caloric restriction or high caloric diets) and physical function.

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Alma Littles

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Academic Affairs

Dr. Littles serves as the chief academic officer for the College of Medicine with overall responsibility for the education program, as delegated by the Dean. She is former director of the Family Practice Residency Program at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and has been involved in medical education since 1989, when she began precepting medical students and residents in her rural practice. She joined the faculty of the Family Practice Residency Program at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare in 1996, and became director in 1999.

Dr. Littles is an expert on patient access to health care.  A former president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Littles is a leader in organized medicine and a longtime patient advocate.


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Charles Maitland

Professor of Neurology

Dr. Maitland has been a faculty member of the FSU College of Medicine since its inception. He is a professor of neurology in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He currently serves as director of the National Parkinson’s Foundation Clinic, the Multiple Sclerosis Center and the Movement Disorders Center, and he also co-directs the FSU/TMH Neuro-cognitive Neuro-linguistics Rehabilitation Research Center.

Maitland is an expert on neuro-ophthalmology, or how the nervous system affects visual function and motor performance in both healthy elderly people and those with degenerative disease.

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Jon Maner

Professor of Psychology

Maner is an expert on interplay between motivation, emotion, and social cognition in close relationships (e.g., romantic attraction and the maintenance of long-term relationships), social hierarchy (e.g., power and leadership, dominance and prestige), social affiliation and rejection, and self-protective processes (e.g., disgust, anxiety, and fear).

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Dennis Mayeaux

Clerkship Director Geriatrics, Pensacola Regional Campus

Dr. Mayeaux coordinates the college’s family medicine curriculum and the training of third- and fourth-year medical students at the College of Medicine’s Pensacola Regional Campus. He is a board certified family physician with added qualifications in geriatric medicine.

(850) 623-9787

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Paul McLeod

Sr. Associate Dean for Regional Campuses, Regional Campus Dean, Pensacola

Dr. McLeod, who practiced family medicine in rural Milton, Fla., for 18 years, is an expert in medical practice management. Within the Florida State University College of Medicine, he serves as senior associate dean for regional campuses and as regional campus dean for the college’s Pensacola, Fla., campus.

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Jim McNulty

Professor of Psychology

McNulty is an expert on how strong beliefs may change or remain stable over time mostly in the context of close relationships. His goals are to understand and define limits to social psych theories that suggest people possess effective techniques for maintaining their desired beliefs and to suggest directions for promoting the resilience of initially satisfying beliefs about close relationships.

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Joan Meek

Orlando Regional Campus Dean, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Professor

Dr. Meek oversees the Florida State University College of Medicine sponsored residency and fellowship programs and collaborates with the clinical training sites at which these programs are conducted. She chairs the FSU College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee. Meek is actively involved in pediatric resident and medical student education and is an expert in pediatrics, breastfeeding and human lactation.

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Alex Meyer

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Meyer is an expert in neural biomarkers that show underlying etiopathogenesis of anxiety disorders across development and error-related brain activity using event-related potentials from childhood through adulthood to understand trajectories of risk for anxiety and discover treatment and prevention practices.

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Jean C Munn

Dr. Munn is an expert on aging with particular expertise in gerontological social work research, specifically in the areas of long-term care, end of life, and incarcerated older adults.

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Michael J. Muszynski

Regional Campus Dean, Orlando Associate Dean for Clinical Research

Dr. Muszynski is responsible for directing the clinical education program for those Florida State medical students assigned to the FSU Regional Medical School Campus in Orlando for the third and fourth years of medical school. He is also associate dean for clinical research. He is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist and an expert on cystic fibrosis.

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Karen E. Myers

Associate Professor

Myers is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Rural Health. She is an Advanced Practitioner Registered Nurse with many years of experience in the Tallahassee area. As the Director of Preceptors, she coordinates the involvement of local physicians as the first- and second-year students obtain early clinical experience. She practices at a Family Medicine clinic one and 1/2 days per week and serves as a preceptor for medical students at the site.

Myers’ research interests include electronic cigarettes, physician knowledge and patient assessment management, preventive care, barriers in Florida food deserts and clinical aspects of aging

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Richard Nowakowski

Randolph L. Rill Professor of Biomedical Sciences & Neuroscience, Department Chair of Biomedical Sciences

Nawakowski is an expert on the brain, including brain development, the brain’s ability to grow neurons (also known as neurogenesis) during pre-natal and adult life cycles, and the genetics of individual brain differences.

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James Olcese


Olcese’s research explores circadian physiology (endocrine rhythms, sleep disorders); neuroendocrine mechanisms (hormonal systems, reproductive function); Alzheimer dementia and melatonin.

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Michael J. Ormsbee

Ormsbee is an expert in nutrition, supplements and exercise that improve health, body composition and performance. He works extensively with athletes and clinically obese individuals looking to lose weight.

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Charles Ouimet

Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Sciences

Ouimet’s research is focused on neurodegeneration, particularly in Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

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Lynn Panton


Panton is an expert on the effects of strength training on strength, body composition, and functional outcomes of healthy elderly adults and chronically diseased populations. Her most recent research has focused on the effects of strength training in women with Fibromyalgia, individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Breast Cancer Survivors.  A 2018 article she co-wrote for The Conversation on the benefits of weight training for breast cancer survivors was reprinted in multiple publications including the Washington Post and Salon.

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Graham Patrick

Professor Emeritus

Patrick, an expert in pharmaceuticals, has more than 30 years of experience directing pharmacology courses for students of dentistry, pharmacy and medicine, and has participated in major curricular revisions and accreditation self-studies at medical schools.

Patrick’s research has dealt with substances of abuse, particularly sedative and opioid drugs, including dependence, tolerance, biodisposition, and neurochemistry.

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Ashby Plant

Professor of Psychology

Plant is an expert on the impact of the source of people’s motivation to respond without prejudice on their attitudes, affect, and behavior in prejudice-relevant situations. Other work examines factors that influence the quality of interracial interactions and the regulation and reduction of prejudice.


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Alice Pomidor

Professor, College of Medicine

Pomidor is an expert on Alzheimer’s disease as it relates to research of the disease and diagnosis of the disease in patients. She is also an expert on elder health care needs, driving skills for older adults, physical activity for older adults, health literacy for older adults and falls prevention.

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Jose E. Rodriguez

Rodriguez, M.D., is an associate professor and an expert in primary care for underserved and minority patients. He is co-founder and co-director of the Center for Underserved Minorities in Academic Medicine. Rodriguez is also founder and editor in chief of HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature, the Florida State University College of Medicine’s creative arts journal.

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Gloria Salazar

Salazar’s is an expert on aging and age-related diseases, such as atherosclerosis.

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Brad Schmidt

Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Director of Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic

Schmidt is an expert on prevention and treatment of anxiety pathology, investigation of bio-behavioral parameters that affect the generation and maintenance of anxiety pathology and the relationship between anxiety pathology and physical health.

(850) 644-1707

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Mark Stavros

Education Director/Clerkship Director Pensacola Campus, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Stavros is the Education Director for Emergency Medicine. He coordinates the emergency medicine curriculum and training of third- and fourth-year medical students at the Pensacola Regional Medical School Campus.

Dr. Stavros is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine and is a fellow for the American College of Emergency Medicine and for the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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Branko Stefanovic

Professor, College of Medicine

Stefanovic is a noted researcher in the molecular mechanisms of liver fibrosis. He teaches medical students in pharmacology, biochemistry and physiology. His research interests include molecular assembly and function of RNA-protein complexes. Stefanovic earned his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics at Florida State in 1991.

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Robert Tomko

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Tomko studies how cells build, maintain and utilize the proteasome in normal and disease states. His laboratory works on the scale of individual proteins up to whole cells, and integrates approaches spanning biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, proteomics, biophysics and pharmacology. Ultimately, his group aims to utilize the information gained from these basic studies of the proteasome to exploit its assembly and function for therapeutic benefit in human diseases.

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Dennis Tsilimingras

Tsilimingras, who focuses his teaching and research in the area of patient safety/quality of care, is an expert in adverse events resulting from medical errors.

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Christopher Uejio

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Christopher Uejio studies how the physical environment, broadly defined, influences human health and well-being. Some of his research interests include public health, health disparities, health interventions, environmental health, and infectious diseases. His research has resulted in him frequently working with health departments.

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Daniel J. Van Durme

Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs; Director, Center on Global Health; Professor, Family Medicine and Rural Health

Dr. Van Durme serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the FSU College of Medicine. He oversees all clinical operations for quality, safety and coordination of services and serves as our liaison between the college and other health care entities. He is the leader for the development of our integrated primary care and behavioral health center, FSU PrimaryHealth.

Dr. Van Durme joined the FSU College of Medicine in 2004 as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health after spending 15 years in academic and private practice in the Tampa Bay area. He also has an interest in sports medicine and has served as team physician for college and professional sports teams. He is active in international humanitarian efforts and international medical education development in several countries.

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