Florida Medical Association Board Names Chris Clark as New Chief Executive Officer of the State’s Largest, Most Influential Organization Dedicated to Serving Physicians and Their Patients
Press Release | Updated April 1, 2022
(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Florida Medical Association (FMA) President Douglas R. Murphy Jr., MD today announced that its Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Chris Clark, will now serve as Chief Executive Officer of the nearly 150-year-old association. Clark takes over as CEO beginning today, Friday, April 1, 2022.
“Chris Clark has proven time and again to be an integral part of the Florida Medical Association’s success through the development and implementation of our legislative, policy, and political agenda since he joined the FMA in 2014,” said Dr. Murphy. “Chris’s leadership positions in state and federal agencies, the Florida Senate, and local, statewide political campaigns and party committee work, have not only elevated the level of service within the association, but also positioned the FMA as the premier voice of medicine.”
“Thank you to the FMA Board for the honor of naming me to serve as Chief Executive Officer,” said Clark. “Leading the association’s more than 25,000 members through these unprecedented times, providing support to our physicians and their patients, and collaborating with other healthcare practitioners and medical support staff has allowed our state to protect Florida’s more than 21 million residents through quality and affordable health care.”
"Chris Clark has proven time and again to be an integral part of the Florida Medical Association’s success through the development and implementation of our legislative, policy, and political agenda.”
Prior to his joining the FMA in 2014, Clark was Chief of Staff to Senate President Don Gaetz, Governmental Affairs Director for the Florida Department of Corrections, Legislative Affairs Director for The Florida Lottery, among other positions. In 2018, he took a brief leave from the FMA to serve as Director of Recruiting for Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Team, and then returned to the FMA. In 1997, Clark served as Special Assistant to Jeb Bush during the Jeb Bush for Governor Campaign, later serving as Personal Assistant to the Governor within his executive office.