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

Fogarty became dean of the FSU College of Medicine in August 2008, replacing J. Ocie Harris, M.D., 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. 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.

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.

Daniel Van Durme, M.D.

Daniel Van Durme, M.D., MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs

Van Durme serves as the College of Medicine’s chief medical officer, overseeing clinical operations for quality, safety, and coordination of services and serving as a liaison with clinical agencies including local federal-qualified health centers, FSU Student Health services and others. As vice president of Florida Medical Practice Plan, Van Durme led development of the college’s integrated primary care and behavioral health center – FSU PrimaryHealth, which opened in May 2019. He joined the college in 2004 as chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health and served in that role until 2018. He also serves as director of the Center on Global Health, teaching related courses and directing a long-standing community-health program in rural Nicaragua.  Van Durme, a past president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, has received numerous teaching and service awards, including the Sir William Osler and the Hippocrates awards for outstanding faculty role model, as well as the University of South Florida President’s Award for faculty excellence. He is an inductee of both the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society.

Robert Campbell Rob Campbell, M.D., Associate 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 and in 2017 was promoted to associate dean of student affairs.

Joan Meek, M.D. Joan Younger 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.

Christopher P. Mulrooney Christopher P. Mulrooney, M.P.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs; 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 Associate Dean for Clinical & Community Affairs, 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.

Anthony Speights M.D.

Anthony Speights, M.D., Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

Speights oversees the College of Medicine's bachelor's degree program - Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences. IMS is a coordinated effort of seven colleges within Florida State University to create a truly interdisciplinary program offering three undergraduate B.S. degrees. The program can be used as a stand-alone degree for those entering the workforce, or as a stepping stone to most professional schools. Speights also directs the Bridge to Clinical Medicine Master's Degree program at the College of Medicine. This program is designed to increase the numbers of minority, disadvantaged, non-traditional and rural students entering the College of Medicine by acting as a transition year from undergraduate to medical school for those who fit the program criteria. Speights also co-sponsors the Honors Medical Scholars program, and has previously held the titles of Director of Rural Medical Education and Medical Director of Telehealth for the College of Medicine.

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, MS, CPA, CGFM 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.

Suzanne Baker

Suzanne Baker, M.A., Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Medical Student Research

Baker joined the College of Medicine in 2006 in the Department of Geriatrics. In May 2017 she became the assistant dean for graduate programs and medical student research. In this role she has administrative responsibility for the Department of Biomedical Sciences’ Ph.D. program and the medical student research programs. She works closely with the Division of Research and Graduate Programs and the BMS graduate program committee to help ensure the college provides an exemplary education in the biomedical sciences to aspiring scientists. She has oversight of research activities and related funding for medical students in the College of Medicine, including oversight of the summer research fellowship program. As assistant dean she is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the research infrastructure, which will enhance research skills and increase growth opportunities for students and clinical faculty members.

Before her current role, Baker served as the research program director for the Department of Geriatrics. She was responsible for overseeing the research projects of all department faculty, including projects involving students. That included participating in the development of research and grant proposals, developing research designs, monitoring research projects, writing and submitting Institutional Review Board applications, producing reports on research activities for department, college and university purposes, mentoring students and providing statistical support.

Laura Brock Ph.D.

Laura Brock, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for External Relations, Program Development and Special Projects

Brock was part of the establishment of the College of Medicine in 2000 for three years working on program development and accreditation. She returned to direct strategic advocacy efforts in 2010. Brock coordinates advocacy with FSU Governmental Relations, medical school lobbyists, and health-care lobbyists. She monitors health care, appropriations, and other legislative committees and is engaged in state coalition building. Brock has also developed program proposals for the college as well as worked on accreditation and CQI efforts. For more than three decades, she has provided legislative and administrative leadership experience in health care and higher education.

Scott Dunn D.P.A., M.S.

Scott Dunn, D.P.A., M.S., Assistant Dean for Office of Information Technology

 Dunn joined the College of Medicine in 2019, providing 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.

Elizabeth Foster Ph.D.

Elizabeth Foster, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

Foster has held numerous roles at the College of Medicine since starting as coordinator of SSTRIDE, a successful pipeline program preparing students from minority, disadvantaged, non-traditional and rural backgrounds to be competitive in the medical-school application process and/or to be prepared for a career in health care or other STEM field. In her current role, Foster works with a team of faculty, staff and students in administering the undergraduate bachelor's degree program - Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences - and the Bridge to Clinical Medicine Master's Degree program. She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level students through IMS and Bridge.

Foster also serves on the College of Medicine M.D. admissions committee, Bridge Program selection committee and scholarship committee. She is mentor and advisor for the medical student chapter of the American Medical Student Association, as well as the FSU undergraduate chapter of the American Medical Women's Association and the student research organization Connecting Experimental, Lab and Life Sciences.



Eric Laywell Ph.D.

Eric Laywell, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Admissions

Laywell, who joined the College of Medicine in 2011, works in conjunction with the associate dean for student affairs and admissions to provide oversight of the admissions process. His duties include recruiting, counseling of students regarding admissions criteria and the application process, screening applicants, interviewing, evaluation and rendering decisions regarding admission.  Laywell also is an associate professor of biomedical sciences and serves as course director for clinical anatomy and embryology & imaging.

Jim McNeill

Jim McNeill, Assistant Dean for Development

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.

Michael Nichols Ed.D., J.D.

Michael Nichols, Ed.D., J.D., Assistant Dean for Research Administration and Senior Research Associate

Nichols manages sponsored research and compliance at the College of Medicine and leads the development of institutional policies and procedures for the review, negotiation, acceptance and administration of research funded by federal, state, private foundation and industry sponsors. He joined the College of Medicine administration in December 2019 after having served as associate vice president for research and sponsored projects at Northern Arizona University. Nichols, who earned a juris doctorate from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law and doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, also served previously as the senior director for research services at Georgetown University. There, he worked with school and college deans as well as center and institute directors to assess challenges influencing the university's research competitiveness and effectiveness. He held prior research compliance leadership roles at American University and Emory University, and served as senior grants and contracts officer for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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 (, 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., PA and Ph.D. programs, along with graduates of the Program in Medical Sciences (PIMS), the precursor to a medical school at Florida State.

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.

Robert Jurand J.D. 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.