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Leadership: Board of Directors

UF Health Jacksonville is governed by an 18-member board of directors whose primary responsibility is to support capital investments, the academic mission of the faculty at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville and a higher level of patient care.

The board brings together UF Health administrators and physicians as well as strong community leaders who support the hospital's mission. This board allows the organization to make decisions more quickly to ensure financial success of the hospital and further UF Health Jacksonville's reach in the community.

The UF Health family of hospitals—UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health Shands Hospital—independently operate as closely collaborating "sister" entities with parallel roles, each with its own board and a direct relationship to UF leadership. Their shared mission focuses on the UF Academic Health Center's goals for patients, students and research programs.

Board Members

David R. Nelson, M.D.

David R. Nelson, M.D.

David R. Nelson, M.D., director of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute since 2010, was appointed in June 2018 to serve as interim senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF Health. In this interim role, Dr. Nelson guides operations for all components of UF Health, the university’s academic health center, with campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville. This includes six health science colleges, eight interdisciplinary research centers, two hospital systems and more than 100 physician practices.

Leon Haley Jr., M.D., M.H.S.A., CPE, FACEP

Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, CPE, FACEP

Haley is the CEO of UF Health Jacksonville, and is a professor of emergency medicine and dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He also serves as vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida. Haley is board-certified in emergency medicine. Prior to joining UF in 2017, Haley was a professor and executive dean at Emory University School of Medicine and chief medical officer of the Emory Medical Care Foundation in Atlanta.

Theodore A. Bass, M.D.

Theodore A. Bass, MD

Bass is a professor of medicine and chief of the division of cardiology at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He also serves as program director of the college's Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program and medical director of the multidisciplinary UF Health Cardiovascular Center in Jacksonville. Bass is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Michelle M. Boynton

Michelle M. Boynton

Boynton served eight years as a health lawyer at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. in Minnesota, advising hospitals and other health care entities. Since leaving law practice, she has served as a board member on the First Coast YMCA Metroplitan Board, a president's panel member for UF Health Jacksonville, and a member of the Women's Giving Alliance.

Linda R. Edwards, M.D.

Linda R. Edwards, MD

Edwards is an associate professor of medicine and chief of the division of general internal medicine at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville. She is also senior associate dean for educational affairs and associate chair for the department of medicine. Edwards is board-certified in internal medicine. She is medical director for the UF Health Program for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and also on staff at JaxHATS, a clinic for youth ages 16 to 26 who have chronic medical or developmental problems in Duval, Nassau, Baker, Clay and St. Johns counties. Edwards is past president of the College of Medicine – Jacksonville Faculty Council.

David Mann

Beth McCague

Beth McCague

McCague's most recent occupation was executive vice president and chief operating officer of IxReveal Inc. While previously serving as executive vice president at Wachovia Bank NA, McCague also held directorships for wealth management and service excellence. She has served as chair of Daniel Memorial and was a member of the State Board of Administration Investment Advisory Council, and is currently co-chair of the UF Florida Tomorrow capital campaign.

Marsha Powers

Marsha Powers

Marsha D. Powers is a veteran health care executive with more than four decades of experience, including operational responsibility for large and diverse hospital networks. She recently retired from Tenet Healthcare Corporation where she served as the company’s chief strategy officer. She previously served as the CEO of Tenet’s Eastern Division, Coastal Region. She was responsible for directing the strategy and operations for 17 acute care hospitals, five freestanding emergency rooms, seven mental health facilities, two Level I trauma centers, seven rehab centers, 10 outpatient surgery centers and 25 outpatient centers in South Florida, Massachusetts and South Carolina.

Christopher B. Scuderi, D.O.

Christopher B. Scuderi, DO

Scuderi is an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He is medical director of the UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – New Berlin primary care practice. Scuderi is board-certified in family medicine and is certified as a diabetes master clinician.

Kendall Spencer

Kendall Spencer

Spencer serves as the regional president of Ameris Bank for Northeast and North Central Florida. He has extensive experience working in the banking industry, previously serving as CEO of Jacksonville Bancorp and The Jacksonville Bank. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for City Rescue Mission, is a member of the Florida Bar Arbitration Committee and is a prior member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.