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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 S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D.

David S. Guzick, MD, PhD (Chairman)

Guzick serves as senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and is president of UF Health. He was recruited in 2009 from the University of Rochester, where he had served as dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry for seven years. Guzick serves as the designee of the president of the University of Florida for all matters related to UF governance of UF Health on both the Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses and is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic vision for UF Health on both campuses by fostering close collaboration between the UF faculty and UF Health.


Russell E. Armistead, M.B.A.

Russell E. Armistead Jr., MBA

Armistead is chief executive officer of UF Health Jacksonville. Prior to being named CEO in 2013, he served nine years as associate vice president for finance and planning for the University of Florida Health Science Center in both Gainesville and Jacksonville.


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

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

Haley is a professor of emergency medicine and dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He is also vice president for health affairs of 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.


Toni Crawford

Toni Crawford

Crawford has been a longtime advocate for children in Jacksonville and statewide. She has served as chair of the State Advisory Council on Early Education and Care, and is a member of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. In addition, Crawford has served as chair of the Jacksonville Children's Commission and the Duval County Early Learning Coalition.


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.


Nat Glover

Nat Glover

Glover is president of Edward Waters College and a former sheriff of Jacksonville. His community involvement has included the Fraternal Order of Police, the Brotherhood of Police Officers and special adviser to the University of North Florida. Glover has earned degrees at Edward Waters College, University of North Florida and the FBI National Academy. He has received Outstanding Alumni Awards from Edward Waters College, University of North Florida and Leadership Jacksonville.


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.


Ashley B. Norse, MD

Ashley B. Norse, MD

Norse is an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville and is medical director of emergency medicine services at UF Health Jacksonville. Norse is a past president of the Duval County Medical Society, and a past vice president of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians.


Rahul Patel, Esq.

Rahul Patel, Esq.

Patel is a partner in the law firm King & Spalding where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic corporate transactions. He has been rated by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Asia-Pacific, and Legal 500 as a leading M&A lawyer. He serves on the UF Board of Trustees, the Board of Trustees of Westminster Schools, and the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Speech School.


Michael S. Santarone, MBA

Michael S. Santarone, MBA

Santarone is president and chief operating officer at Stellar, a construction, architecture and engineering firm based in Jacksonville. With more than 30 year experience in construction management, he oversees operations of all Stellar divisions and establishes goal planning for administration, financial security, insurance and training.


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.


Christopher R. Williams, M.D.

Christopher R. Williams, MD

Williams is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He serves as medical director of robotic surgery and medical director of urologic oncology and research. Board-certified in urology, Williams completed a fellowship in urological oncology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.