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The Duval County Medical Society offers a variety of ways for you to serve the organization and your community. Our committee opportunities range from peer reviewing and editing the Northeast Florida Medicine journal to reviewing and recommending proposed changes to the DCMS Bylaws.


Beals & Shahin Awards Committee:

  • Reviews entries by DCMS members of medical articles they have published in the past year to determine the winners of the annual John A. Beals’ Awards
  • Presents the John A. Beals Award for Original Investigation annually, and has the option of presenting a John A. Beals Award in the categories of Clinical Observation and History of Medicine/Miscellaneous
  • Also reviews articles written by DCMS members in training to determine winners of the annual G. Shahin Awards
  • All committee work is web-based and occurs during the months of June through September

Bylaws Committee:

  • Reviews and recommends proposed changes to the DCMS Bylaws to the DCMS Board of Directors, who in turn recommends the changes to the DCMS Membership for ratification
  • Meets as needed

Committee on Ethical & Judicial Affairs (CEJA):

  • Responsible for study and action on all alleged misconduct and ethical offenses involving DCMS members

Journal & Communications Committee (JCC): 

  • Serves as the editorial board of Northeast Florida Medicine, a medical journal published by the DCMS Foundation on behalf of the Medical Societies of Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties
  • Oversees the production of the Duval County Medical Society Directory
  • Secures CME credit for scientific articles published in the journal, when appropriate

Membership Committee: 

  • Serves to help improve the value of membership in the Duval County Medical Society
  • Addresses member recruitment and retention
  • Meets as needed

Nominating Committee: 

  • Per DCMS Bylaws, the Nominating Committee shall convene at least 60 days prior to the DCMS Annual Meeting and select a candidate for the offices of President-Elect, Vice President(s), Secretary, and Treasurer, and each vacancy on the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee’s Report (e.g., slate) shall be reported to the membership at least one month prior to the Annual Meeting
  • The Nominating Committee shall make certain the nominees will serve, if elected

Northeast Florida Legislative Committee: 

  • Responsible for evaluating and advising the DCMS on legislative issues
  • Consists of members interested in legislative issues and physicians who serve as key contacts for legislators.
  • Committee members visit legislators locally, and in Tallahassee during the legislative session, to discuss the FMA’s legislative agenda
  • Committee members also interview candidates for state legislative offices during election cycles

Program Steering Committee: 

  • Responsible for guiding content for Duval County Medical Society monthly meetings and special programs.
  • Meets as necessary.

Public Health Committee: 

  • Supports the Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) and its mission.
  • Works with DOH-Duval to provide up-to-date information to Duval County physicians and promote effective local medical emergency preparedness, response and coordination with local agencies (e.g., DOH-Duval and COJ Emergency Preparedness Division) and physicians in the community.
  • Works with DOH-Duval to help recruit & educate physicians for the Duval Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and with We Care Jacksonville to help recruit specialists for We Care.
  • Coordinates DCMS volunteer participation in public health-related community boards/committees.

Residents' Committee:

  • Advises the DCMS Board of Directors on activities and initiatives that impact the medical residents in Northeast Florida

2017 Beals & Shahin Committee: 

Joseph Tepas, MD, Chair
Ayesha Mirza, MD, Vice Chair
John M. Crump, MD
Rui P. Fernandes, MD
Mark L. Hudak, MD
Alan R. Marks, MD


2017 Bylaws Committee: 

Robert C. Nuss, MD, Chair
Wendell H. Williams, Jr., MD, Vice Chair
Ashley Booth Norse, MD
Ingrid Carlson, MD
Daniel Wohl, MD


2017 Committee on Ethical & Judicial Affairs:

Glenn W. Knox, MD, Chair
Raed Assar, MD, Vice Chair
Ingrid Carlson, MD
Rebecca Cooper, MD
Fawad Khawaja, MD

2017 Journal & Communications Committee:

Ruple Galani, MD, Chair
James St. George, MD, Vice Chair
Megan Deacon-Casey, MD
Steve Dorman, MD
Mark Fleisher, MD
Ali Kasraeian, MD
Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MD
Manish Relan, MD
John Stauffer, MD

2017 Membership Committee:

James St. George, MD, Chair
Patrick DeMarco, MD
Mark Dobbertien, MD
Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MD
Joan Harmon

2017 Nominating Committee:

Sunil Joshi, MD, Chair
Cynthia Anderson, MD
Elizabeth DeVos, MD
Glenn Knox, MD
John Montgomery, MD
Ex-Officio: Ruple Galani, MD
Ex-Officio: Tra-Chella Johnson Foy, MD

2017 Legislative Committee:

Nitesh Paryani, MD, Chair
Ali Kasraeian, MD, Vice Chair
Elizabeth DeVos, MD
Steve Dorman, MD
Steven Kailes, MD
Yazan Khatib, MD
Jason D. Meier, MD

2017 Program Steering Committee:

William Palmer, MD, Chair
Raed Assar, MD
Bethany Atkins, MD
Sophia Sheikh, MD

2017 Public Health Committee:

Mobeen Rathore, MD, Chair
Arthur Browning, MD, Vice Chair
Iris Eisenberg, MD
John Gary Evans, MD
Robert Harmon, MD
Mike Mass, MD
Yvette McQueen, MD
Iman Naseri, MD
Leigh Speicher, MD

2017 Residents' Committee:

Robert Palmer, MD, Chair
Bashar Al-Turk, MD
Diondra Burney, MD
Austin Chapute, DO
David El Hassan, MD
Maedeh Ganji, MD
Kelly Gassie, MD
Christopher Lamb, MD
Robert Mannel, MD
Erin Murphy, DO
Pujan Patel, MD
Philip Tipton, MD
Mark Waddle, MD

Interested in Serving?

Please don't hesitate to contact the DCMS Office should you be interested in serving on a committee. You can email us at or call us at 904-355-6561.