Life Sciences

STEVEN ACHINGER

MANAGING PARTNER & CHAIRMAN, WATSON CLINIC, LAKELAND

Watson Clinic has grown to more than 220 board-certified physicians across more than 40 medical and surgical specialties and 18 locations throughout Polk, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. The clinic, founded in 1941 with just five physicians, is one of the largest employers in Polk County and one of the largest medical clinics in the Southeast. It has been a leader in introducing cutting-edge medical technologies to the community, including cardiology procedures and robotic surgical options.

EDUCATION University of Florida (BA), University of Miami (MD)
PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION My original goal was to teach at a medical school; it was a long process from there to where I am now.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I grew up on a Pacific island called Kwajalein that is now threatened by rising sea levels.
CIVIC EFFORT My wife and I are passionate about Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment (PEACE), a community faith-based organization that tackles social justice issues in Polk County. Among the achievements for Polk County credited to PEACE are an indigent health care fund created through a half-cent sales tax as well as a drastic reduction in unnecessary youth arrests for non-violent first-time offenses.

Steven Achinger

Watson Clinic

Eduardo Alfonso

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Michael Aubin

Wolfson Children's Hospital

Jason Barrett

Flagler Health+

John Couris

Tampa General Hospital

Michael Crosby

Mote Marine Laboratory

Mark Faulkner

Baptist Health Care

Aurelio Fernandez III

Memorial Healthcare System

David Fitzpatrick

Max Planck Florida

RANDY HAFFNER

AdventHealth

Tommy Inzina

BayCare Health System

Brian Keeley

Baptist Health South Florida

NELSON LAZO

BETHESDA HOSPITAL

BRETT MCCLUNG

BAPTIST HEALTH OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA

GINA MELBY

JFK MEDICAL CENTER

Glenn Morris

UF Emerging Pathogens Institute

David Nelson

University of Florida

Mark O’Bryant

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Dror Paley

Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute

MOBEEN RATHORE

WOLFSON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Terry Shaw

ADVENTHEALTH

David Strong

Orlando Health

BRADLEY TALBERT

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville

Douglas VanOort

NeoGenomics

David Verinder

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System