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FMA Installs Joshua Lenchus, DO as its 146th President
Florida Medical Association Installs Joshua Lenchus, DO, of Fort Lauderdale as its 146th President
By Christina Johnson, On 3 Public Relations | Updated Aug. 8, 2022
(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Joshua Lenchus, DO, a Board-certified internal medicine physician based in Fort Lauderdale, was installed as 146th President of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Dr. Lenchus is Chief Medical Officer for Broward Health, a health system with more than 30 locations throughout Broward County.
“As a practicing physician and an experienced organized medicine leader, Dr. Lenchus is well prepared to represent the FMA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of Florida’s physicians and their patients,” said FMA CEO Chris Clark. “We look forward to Dr. Lenchus’ leadership over the next year as the FMA continues helping our members practice medicine throughout the Sunshine State.”
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Lenchus received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Florida and worked as a pharmacist for three years before continuing to pursue his longtime goal of becoming a physician. He earned his medical degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000 and completed his internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. After residency, Dr. Lenchus worked as a hospitalist for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he also became an associate professor of medicine, anesthesiology, and radiology. Additionally, he served as an associate program director for Jackson’s internal medicine residency program from 2007-2016.
Dr. Lenchus joined Broward Health in 2018 as Chief Medical Officer for the health system’s flagship hospital, Broward Health Medical Center. He became interim Chief Medical Officer for Broward Health in 2021 and recently accepted the position on a permanent basis.
An FMA Executive Committee member since 2014, Dr. Lenchus has held leadership roles including President-Elect, Speaker, and Vice Speaker, in addition to serving on several councils and committees. He is also an FMA PAC member, Past President of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, Past President of the Miami-Dade County Osteopathic Medical Society, and he has been an active member of many other medical organizations at the national, state, and county levels.
Dr. Lenchus and his wife, Deborah, have four children: Isaac, Aaron, Samuel, and Hannah.
FMA officers for 2022-23 also include:
President-Elect Jason Goldman, MD – Internal Medicine, Coral Springs
Vice President Lisa Cosgrove, MD – Pediatrics, Jacksonville
Treasurer Charles Chase, DO – Anesthesiology, Winter Park
Speaker Ashley Norse, MD – Emergency Medicine, Jacksonville
Vice Speaker Mark Rubenstein, MD – Physiatry, Jupiter
Secretary Alma Littles, MD – Family Medicine, Tallahassee
Immediate Past President Douglas Murphy, Jr., MD – Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ocala