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John Fogarty M.D., Dean John Fogarty M.D., Dean

Fogarty became dean of the FSU College of Medicine in August 2008, replacing Dr. J. Ocie Harris, who retired after five years in the position. Fogarty came to the FSU College of Medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he served as senior associate dean for operations and associate dean for primary care. In 2007, Fogarty was honored by the Vermont Academy of Family Physicians as Vermont Family Physician of the Year. He also received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor the Vermont Medical Society bestows, for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine, as well as for outstanding contributions to the medical profession, its organizations and the public welfare. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Fogarty earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, N.Y., and completed his family practice residency at DeWitt Army Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Va. He spent the first 20 years of his career as an Army physician and academic leader, rising to the rank of colonel and serving the last five years of his military career as chair of family medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. In that position he oversaw nine clinical clerkship sites in six states in an educational model similar to FSU's system of regional campuses based in six Florida cities.

Alma Littles, M. D. Alma Littles, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Academic Affairs

As the chief academic officer of the Florida State University College of Medicine, Littles has overall responsibility for overseeing the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the four-year comprehensive curriculum leading to the M.D. degree. In addition, she serves as designated institutional official for the College of Medicine's graduate medical education programs at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola. Physicians in the residency programs for obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics are trained and supervised by FSU faculty physicians at Sacred Heart with oversight from Littles. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. A statewide and national leader in organized medicine, she has been involved in medical education since 1989, when she began precepting medical students and residents in her solo family practice in Quincy. Littles joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program at TMH in 1996, and became director in 1999. Former president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and 1993 Florida Family Physician of the Year, she is a longtime patient advocate. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Capital Medical Society, Big Bend Hospice Board of Directors and Florida Alliance Initiative.

Jeffrey Joyce, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Joyce assumed responsibility for the College of Medicine’s research and graduate programs in 2017 following more than 30 years in biomedical research, graduate education and research administration. Prior to Florida State, Joyce served as vice president for research and was a professor of pharmacology at Kansas City University. He previously led interdisciplinary research programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Philadelphia) and Sun Health Research Institute (Sun City, Ariz.), where he also served as senior scientist for the Thomas H. Christopher Parkinson’s Disease Research Center. He also directed a center without walls for Parkinson’s disease research, and established the Division of Research at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix. He served as a research professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, and as associate professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University (Tempe). Joyce is an internationally known researcher and pharmaceutical consultant in central nervous system drug discovery. His work has led to target development for drug discovery in both schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, and he has published more than 150 original papers and book chapters in a diverse arena of neuroscience topics. He has been awarded more than 25 federal, state and pharmaceutical industry grants and has served on multiple review boards for the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

 Myra Hurt, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Myra M Hurt Ph.D., Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

Hurt served as acting dean of the FSU College of Medicine from its creation in 2000 until July 2001. As director of FSU's Program in Medical Sciences from 1992 to 2000, she was responsible for the basic science and clinical curriculum for the first-year medical school program, as well as admissions. Hurt also developed outreach program s for students from medically underserved populations , as well as an Honors Medical Scholars Program . Over the years she has been at FSU, beginning in 1987, she has taught biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology in the classroom and research at the bench to undergraduates, graduate students and medical students. Hurt moved up through faculty ranks to professor of biomedical sciences. She was the founding faculty member of the College of Medicine and the new Department of Biomedical Sciences, founding associate dean for student affairs, then served as Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs. In June of 2016, Hurt and her collaborator, Helen Livingston, Ph.D., founded the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) program for undergraduates interested in the health professions. The program involves seven FSU colleges and three undergraduate B.S. degrees. She serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences, a new College of Medicine division housing all outreach activities of the college, the Bridge Program master’s degree, and the new IMS degrees. Hurt has an active research program with a molecular-biology research group examining the regulation of cellular division at the molecular level. Hurt has received numerous research and teaching awards.

Chris Leadem, Ph.D. Chris Leadem, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions

Before coming to the FSU College of Medicine in 2009, Leadem served as senior associate dean for admissions and student affairs for 18 years at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Ariz., and was an associate professor of cell biology and anatomy since 1983. He oversaw the admissions process and all student services, with a particular emphasis on developing a strong student support system. Leadem also maintained an active teaching role in human gross anatomy and served as a facilitator in problem-based learning groups throughout the first year of the medical curriculum. At FSU, Leadem continues in those responsibilities and assists in teaching human anatomy.

Paul McLeod, M.D. Paul McLeod, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Regional Campuses

McLeod practiced family medicine in Milton, Fla., for 21 years. He was an associate clinical professor of family practice at the University of South Alabama in Mobile from 1990 to 2000 and mentored family-practice residents. After developing a keen interest in managed care, McLeod went on to serve as national medical director for MED3OOO Health Solutions. He joined the FSU College of Medicine in 2002. As dean of the College of Medicine's regional campus in Pensacola, McLeod is responsible for overseeing the clinical education of third- and fourth-year medical students at that campus. He works closely with the clerkship directors for each specialty, the Pensacola medical community, and faculty and staff to ensure the quality of the clinical education program. As senior associate dean for regional campuses, a role he assumed in 2009, McLeod is responsible for administrative oversight of all six regional campuses.

Joan Meek, M.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Throughout her professional career, Meek has been actively involved in pediatric resident and medical student education. At the Florida State College of Medicine, she is the Designated Institutional Official and coordinates the pediatric curriculum and training of third- and fourth-year medical students at the Orlando Regional Campus. She is on the faculty of the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Orlando Health/Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where she served as the Residency Program Director from 2004 to 2012. Her clinical interests include infant and pediatric nutrition, human lactation and breastfeeding support, and newborn care.

Michael Muszynski, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical Research

Muszynski is an academic pediatric infectious diseases specialist and a past co-chair of the education and research committee of the Association of Florida Children’s Hospitals. He has served as dean of the College of Medicine’s Orlando Regional Campus since 2004. Prior to assuming leadership of the regional campus, Muszynski served as academic chairman of the department of pediatrics at Orlando Regional Healthcare for nine years and as division chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Nemours Children's Clinic. Muszynski was appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Research in 2011 with responsibility for the administration and development of research in clinical settings, including the statewide FSU Clinical Research Network and its collaborative affiliations. He continues to serve as dean of the Orlando Regional Campus in addition to overseeing the medical school’s clinical research program.

Gregory Turner, Ed.D. Gregory Turner Ed.D., MBA, MPH, Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Turner  is responsible for enhancing the teaching skills of faculty, including faculty on the FSU campus, community physicians who precept students in the first and second year, and clinical faculty at the six regional medical school campuses who participate in teaching the required clerkships and electives. Before coming to the FSU College of Medicine in 2009, he was on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, where he earned his doctorate, and served as project coordinator for several educational outreach and external evaluation grants. His areas of expertise and interest include teaching and learning theory, curriculum design, academic program evaluation, and professional development in higher education. Recently, he and colleagues at the College of Medicine received the 2012 Shining Star of Educational Innovation Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Regional Medical Campuses.

Sharon Woodall Sharon Woodall, MS, CPA, CGFM, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Woodall is a certified public accountant and certified governmental financial manager. Since 2008, when she began working at the College of Medicine, she has overseen accounting and administrative services, as well as contracts and sponsored projects and practice plan activities. Previously, she had worked in the Office of the Auditor General; as assistant director of cash management and investments for Florida State University; as assistant director of accounting for the FSU Foundation; and as chief financial officer of the FSU Research Foundation. She has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's in higher education administration, both from Florida State. She's also on the board of directors of the Tallahassee Association of Governmental Accountants, and in 2009 she was a Hardee Fellow.

Robert Campbell Rob Campbell, M.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Campbell is a board-certified family physician who came to the FSU College of Medicine in 2006 after teaching at the University of South Florida College of Medicine for six years. While at USF, he was course director for the physical diagnosis I and II course as well as a preceptor for the family medicine third-year rotation and a preceptor for many fourth-year electives. He achieved promotion and tenure in 2004. That year, he joined the faculty at Bayfront Family Medicine residency and expanded his teaching role to teaching residents. He was placed in charge of the inpatient medicine curriculum. In 2006, he joined the faculty of the Florida State University College of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health. He taught in several courses and became the director of the Honors Medical Scholars Program. In January 2009, he was promoted to assistant dean for student affairs at the College of Medicine.


Helen Livingston
Helen Livingston, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

Livingston's duties include the management and development of the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in the Division of Research, Undergraduate, and Graduate Programs. These programs include the Outreach and Advising programs, the Bridge Program, comprehensive outreach and recruitment initiatives, and application and data management for the PhD Programs. Before she took on this role in 2009, Livingston was assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Medicine from 2001 to 2005 and director of student affairs in the Program in Medical Sciences from 1996 to 2001. She earned her doctorate at the University of Alabama and directed the Extended University Program at Troy State University. She has participated in research projects relating to development psychology, high school dropouts, issues for nontraditional college students, and academic-advising strategies and interventions that help increase a medical school's number of successful applicants among rural and underrepresented minority students.


Jim McNeill


Jim McNeill, Assistant Dean for Development

Jim McNeill graduated from Florida State with a degree in education and has an M.A. in sports administration. He was an assistant athletic director for marketing at Florida A&M University and spent six years as vice president and general manager for Host Communications and the Seminole Sports Network. Prior to joining the College of Medicine he spent five years working with Tony Dungy's "Family First All Pro Dad" organization as its director of corporate development and events. McNeill serves as the chief development officer, focusing on identifying opportunities to provide critical funding in support of the College of Medicine's unique and successful medical education program and research initiatives.

Christopher P. Mulrooney Christopher P. Mulrooney, M.P.S., Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education; Chief Operating Officer, Faculty Practice Plan

Mulrooney assists the College of Medicine in developing partnerships with health-care providers across the state for establishing and operating physician residencies and other clinical programs. As COO of the Faculty Practice Plan (Florida Medical Practice Plan Inc.), he oversees the operations of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit medical practice within the College of Medicine that enables faculty to maintain clinical competence, fulfill certification requirements, share expertise with other health-care providers, and serve as clinical teachers for students and resident physicians. As Assistant Dean for GME, he helps establish and maintain the affiliations between the College of Medicine and its participating clinical sites at which sponsored residency training programs take place, consulting as needed with existing GME programs on the organizational needs and tools that will enable programs to meet accreditation standards. He has held direct service, administrative, consulting and executive roles in health care and aging services for the past 30 years.

Donna O'Neal, M.A. Donna O'Neal, M.A., Assistant Dean for Research Activities

O’Neal joined the College of Medicine in April 2011. She has management responsibility for the Office of Research Administration and the Tallahassee site of the Clinical Research Network (CRN). The Office of Research Administration assists faculty and students researchers applying for sponsored funding and administers the Research Advisory Committee and its human subjects research review process. The statewide CRN, currently under development, is envisioned to engage the College’s community-based faculty physicians, their practices and patients in sponsored research designed to enhance patient-centered health care interventions, reduce treatment disparities and improve health outcomes. Prior to joining FSU, O’Neal was a Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida, with senior management responsibility for the state’s financial accounting and cash management systems; agency administration, information technology and strategic planning; as well as Florida’s risk management program for state-owned property insurance, worker’s compensation and state employment discrimination/liability programs. She previously was Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and was an executive manager for the Florida Department of Revenue for a dozen years. O’Neal holds a master of arts degree from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s in communications from Louisiana State University.

Graham Patrick Ph.D. Graham Patrick, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Admissions

Patrick, who came to the College of Medicine in 2002 and became an assistant dean in 2007, works in conjunction with the associate dean for student affairs and admissions to provide oversight of the admissions process for the College of Medicine. He has more than 30 years of experience in medical education and about 20 years of experience in admissions for graduate and professional programs. His duties include recruiting, counseling of students regarding admissions criteria and the application process, screening applicants, interviewing, evaluation and rendering decisions regarding admission. Patrick is also active in teaching pharmacology and other biomedical science courses to students in the College of Medicine.

  Laura Brock, Ph.D., Director of External Relations

Brock was part of the establishment of the College of Medicine in 2000 for three years and returned to direct strategic advocacy efforts in 2010. She coordinates advocacy with FSU Governmental Relations, medical school lobbyists, and health care lobbyists. Brock monitors healthcare legislative committees and is engaged in state and federal coalition building. Her legislative experience began in the early 1980s working in the Florida House of Representatives’ Republican office. She spent nine years as a lobbyist and policy coordinator for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, with a two year stint as health and human services policy coordinator for both Governor Bob Martinez and Governor Lawton Chiles. She was health care policy advisor to the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Daniel Webster. Brock was chief of staff for FSU President T.K. Wetherell for seven years and worked for the Florida House of Representatives’ Education Policy Council before returning to the College of Medicine. Brock earned a B.S. in Political Science from FSU in 1978, and a Master’s in Public Administration & Public Policy in 1980. In 1999, she completed her Master’s degree in Religion, and in 2013 completed her Ph.D. in Religion from FSU.

Wendi Cannon, Director of Information Technology

Cannon began her career at the College of Medicine in 2003 as web technology coordinator. In her current role as Director of IT, she provides leadership and direction for the 27-person IT office, which includes mission-critical services such as application development, database administration, server management, and statewide teleconferencing. Cannon serves as co-chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources education technology work group. She also is chair of TalTech Alliance, a local non-profit technology group, and is a member of the FSU Women in IT Sharing Experiences, and the Alzheimer's Association Florida Young Professional's committee.

Doug Carlson Doug Carlson, Director of Public Affairs and Communications

Carlson started at the College of Medicine in 2006 and was appointed to his current role as director of public affairs and communications and editor of FSU MED, the college's biannual publication, in October 2008. He is responsible for the college's effort to tell its remarkable story, utilizing a combination of print and electronic publications, the Web (med.fsu.edu), video, public and social media and other available resources. Carlson also oversees the development of a young and expanding alumni association (FSU Medical Alumni) that includes graduates of the M.D. and Ph.D. programs, along with graduates of the Program in Medical Sciences (PIMS), the precursor to a medical school at Florida State.


Robert Jurand
Robert Jurand, J.D., Associate General Counsel

Jurand is the primary attorney and legal counsel responsible for providing legal services to the College of Medicine administration. He has been at the college since November 2008 and has been legal counsel at Florida State University since 1993. His duties include providing services, advice and counsel on all legal matters involving the College of Medicine, including transactional matters and contracts as well as issues involving faculty, staff and students. Jurand graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1985 and before coming to FSU practiced in many areas of the law, including litigation and arbitration, administrative law, employment law, and criminal defense and prosecution. He also has taught administrative law at the graduate level at FSU for a number of years. He is currently a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


Cindy Tyler

Cindy Tyler, Director of Campus Clinical Relations

Tyler is responsible for developing and managing clinical partnerships with hospitals, surgery centers, health departments, physician practices and other healthcare facilities in which our medical students train throughout the state. This includes establishing affiliation agreements and working with regional campus faculty and staff to ensure requirements are met. She acts as a liaison with regional campuses, oversees campus leases and facilities, and serves on each community board to maintain strong connections with partners and members of the community. Tyler was previously senior development officer responsible for soliciting philanthropic support for the College of Medicine. Prior to joining FSU, Tyler was vice-president of membership development for the Florida Medical Association.