Heroes in Medicine

Palm Beach County Medical Society Services honors extraordinary men and women at the Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards luncheon. Individuals and organizations that utilize their skills in the field of health care who provide outstanding service to meet the needs of people in local, national and/or global communities will be honored.

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2018 PBCMS Services Heroes in Medicine Award Winners

2018 Hero of the Year 

James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Research
FAU College of Medicine

Project Access Heroes
MSPB Neurology Group: Eric Kramer, MD - Yvonne Jurcik, MD - Casandra Mateo, MD  
Teresita Casanova, MD, Jose Labault, MD

Jesus Jimenez, MD            St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital

Physician Heroes
David Cano, MD, Vision Correction Specialist - Caridad Center  
Arif Dalvi, MD, MBA, Neurologist - PB Neuroscience Institute
Craig H. Lichtblau, MD, Medical Director - St. Mary's Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit
Barry Miskin, MD, FACS, Associate Medical Director - Trustbridge
Marcos Nores, MD, Medical Director, Heart & Vascular Institute - JFK Medical Center
Col. Jose Thomas-Richards, DO

Advocacy Heroes
Melissa McKinlay, County Commissioner/Mayor – Palm Beach County
Robert Broadway, VP Corporate Strategy – Bethesda Healthcare System

Leadership Hero

 Gina Melby, CEO - JFK Medical Center

Bruce Rendina Professional Heroes

Judith Buckland, RDCS, FASE, Cardiac Sonographer - CardioServ
Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, CEO - St. Mary’s Medical Center      
Mark Goldstein, Director of Clinical Skills Simulation Center - FAU

College/Medical Student Heroes

Elaheh Niroomand, MD/MPH Candidate - University of Miami School of Medicine
Minh Quan Le, MD Candidate - FAU College of Medicine           
Alexandria Watkins, RN, BSN - PB Atlantic University

High School Student Heroes

Christian Diaz - John I. Leonard High School Medical Academy     
Morgan Montanile - Jupiter High School
Sophie Dietze & Baylee Bennett - Jupiter High School

Community Organization Heroes

Center for Child Counseling, Inc.     John Foley, Esq./Medical Legal Partnership, Legal Aid Society of PBC

Palm Beach Atlantic University        SHINE Volunteer Team/ADRC        Susan G. Komen SFL

Health Care Educator (Hospital/Non-Profit) Heroes

Faustino Gonzalez, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Hospice Services- Trustbridge  
Siobhan Gross, RN - Jupiter Medical Center
David Summers, RN,Trauma Nurse Outreach Coordinator- Health Care District of PBC

Health Care Educator (Higher Education) Heroes

Elias B. Chahine, PharmD, FCCP, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Palm Beach Atlantic University

Henry Haire, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Resident Clinic/Associate Professor
Clinical Biomedical Science - FAU College of Medicine

Robert Kershner, MD, FACS, Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Ophthalmic Medical Technology
 Palm Beach State College

Amy Zito, MD, Assistant Regional Dean for Student Affairs
University of Miami School of Medicine 

Health Care Provider Heroes

Antonio Artero, RN - Health Care District of PBC   
Sergeant Skip Reasoner and Captain Pat Kenny/Behavioral Science Division of PB Sheriff’s Office
Omar Worrell, ARNP, MSN - Bethesda Hospital West

Outreach Wellness/Prevention Heroes

Barbara Jacobowitz, Department Chair Health Services Administration - Keiser University
Paula Triana, RDN, LDN, Wellness Promotion Manager - The School District of PBC    
Shenetria Moore, Community Liaison/PBC - VITAS Healthcare

Outreach Wellness/Prevention (Non-Profit) Heroes

Ann Laughlin, MD, Medical Director - Wayside House, Inc.

Donna Harris, Director of Entry and Psychotherapeutic Services 
The Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health

PBC Partnership for Aging             

Seth Bernstein, PsyD, Senior VP/Community Investments - United Way of PBC

Health Care Innovation Heroes

James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Research
FAU College of Medicine   

Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization, LLC         

Wendy Lo, Curator of Education - Morikami Museum Japanese Garden

Lifetime Achievement Hero

Mark R. Stein, MD, Medical Director/President - Allergy Associates of the Palm Beaches