FMA Member Profiles 

The FMA takes pride in supporting Florida’s physicians, who represent the world’s noblest profession. However, our mission is about the people behind the number – the physicians, residents, and medical students who strive for excellence every day. Read about FMA members like you, stories of their experiences, patient care, legacy-building and more. 

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Robert Friedman, MD, FACS

is an educator, an active member of the medical community, and an advocate for excellence in ophthalmic care.
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Puxiao Cen, MD, FACC, MHE

Puxiao Cen, MD, FACC, MHE

is an AdventHealth cardiologist and eighth-generation physician who blends science and art with Chinese culture into her medical practice, creating a unique whole-person experience

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Samari Blair, MPH, CPH

Third-year medical student Samari Butler, MPH, is an aspiring pediatrician who sees a strong connection between physician diversity and health equity. “Representation can be so important in decreasing mistrust.”

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Joshua Lenchus, DO, RPh, FACP, SFHM

FMA President-Elect and Broward Health Chief Medical Officer Joshua Lenchus, DO, RPh, FACP, SFHM, kept his eye on his longtime goal of becoming a physician.

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Alma Littles, MD

Family tragedies and a second-grade teacher who “planted a seed” motivated Alma Littles, MD, to become the first in her family to attend college and, ultimately, to practice medicine.

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Stephen Vernon, MD

In recognition of his “humble yet transformative” involvement in the FMA’s CME endeavors, retired Miami pathologist Stephen E. Vernon, MD, received the 2022 FMA Award of Distinguished Service — the association’s highest honor — in the House of Delegates on Sunday, Aug. 7.

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Watson Ducatel, DO, MPH, FACOI

Watson Ducatel, DO, MPH, FACOI, an internal medicine specialist who was recently appointed to the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine. In an interview with the FMA, Dr. Ducatel shared a personal story about representation in medicine and what it meant to him as a young man growing up in Tampa.

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Deborah German, MD

After shepherding UCF’s medical school into reality, Founding Dean Deborah German, MD, is still on ‘a great adventure.’

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Akeim George

FMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Governing Council member Akeim George is the first person in his family to study medicine, his loved ones had a lot to do with his decision to become a physician.

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Charles Chase, DO

Charles Chase, DO

Through organized medicine, Charles Chase, DO, gives his fellow anesthesiologists a voice and works toward a better future for all Florida physicians.

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Shahnaz Fatteh, MD

Shahnaz Fatteh, MD

Shahnaz Fatteh, MD, credits previous leadership experiences with preparing her to serve as Broward County Medical Association President in 2020.

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Garth Graham, MD, MPH

Garth Graham, MD, MPH

As director of YouTube’s new healthcare initiative, FMA member Garth Graham, MD, MPH, aims to connect the platform’s massive audience with information from medical experts.

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Andrea Friall, MD

Andrea Friall, MD

The FMA congratulates member Andrea Friall, MD who has been selected to receive the Capital Medical Society’s Thomas L. Hicks, MD Outstanding Physician Award.

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Jayant Rao, MD, FACEP

Jayant Rao, MD, FACEP

Emergency medicine physician Jayant Rao, MD, FACEP, is starting a new chapter of his career with a focus on ‘teaching people to be well.’

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Kelli Tice Wells, MD

Kelli Tice Wells, MD

Kelli Tice Wells, MD, brings an extensive public health background to her role as Florida Blue Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs.

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