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September 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 3

Florida Medical Association Installs Michael Patete, MD, FACS, of Venice as 144th FMA President

August 3 2020 -  Michael Patete, MD, FACS, of Venice, Fla., was installed as 144th President of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) on Sunday, Aug. 2, during the all-virtual 2020 FMA Annual Meeting. Dr. Patete, a Board-certified otolaryngologist in private practice who also specializes in head and neck plastic surgery, has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years.
“Dr. Patete has held numerous leadership positions within the Florida Medical Association, now serving as president of our more than 25,000-member organization for the 2020 and 2021 term,” said FMA CEO Timothy J. Stapleton. “His wealth of experience, tireless advocacy for physicians and patients, and dedication to the healthcare issues and challenges impacting all Floridians today, will ensure FMAs voice of medicine remains strong.” 
After earning his medical degree from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Dr. Patete completed his residency at Jackson Health System. He has served organized medicine in many leadership roles, which include FMA PAC President, Vice President and Secretary of the FMA, Delegate to the American Medical Association (Florida delegation), FMA Board of Governors District E Representative, and Past President of the Sarasota County Medical Society. Dr. Patete is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
FMA officers for 2020-2021 also include:
President-Elect Douglas Murphy, MD – Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ocala
Vice President Joshua Lenchus, DO – Internal Medicine, Fort Lauderdale
Secretary Lisa Cosgrove, MD – Pediatrics, Merritt Island
Treasurer Jason Goldman, MD – Internal Medicine, Pompano Beach
Speaker Ashley Norse, MD – Emergency Medicine, Jacksonville
Vice Speaker Mark Rubenstein, MD – Physiatry, Jupiter
Immediate Past President Ronald Giffler, MD – Pathology, Pompano Beach
About the Florida Medical Association 
Founded in 1874, the Florida Medical Association is a professional association dedicated to the service and assistance of Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida. The FMA represents more than 25,000 members on issues of legislation and regulatory affairs, medical economics and education, public health, and ethical and legal issues. FMA advocates for physicians and their patients to promote the public health, ensure the highest standards of medical practice, and to enhance the quality and availability of health care in the Sunshine State. For additional information, please go to
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