Sarasota Memorial Appoints New Leaders

Sarasota Memorial Appoints New Leaders

Monday, October 4, 2021

As Sarasota Memorial continues its transformation into a regional health system with multiple campuses and facilities, we are pleased to announce that 2 medical staff leaders are joining our administrative team: 

  • Critical Care Pulmonologist Joseph Seaman, MD, has been named associate chief medical officer (ACMO) for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Sarasota Campus. He is transitioning out of his Lung Associates practice and today, he begins the full-time ACMO role.

  • Obstetrician-gynecologist Kyle Garner, MD, has been named associate chief medical officer for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice Campus. He will assume this role on a part-time basis when SMH-Venice opens in November and will continue seeing patients in his Gulf Coast Obstetrics and Gynecology practice.

The new ACMOs will have day-to-day administrative responsibility for each hospital’s quality of care, medical education and the departments that support those functions. 

Each campus will have its own, separately credentialed medical staff, and Dr. Seaman will serve as the liaison between SMH-Sarasota’s medical staff and Campus President Lorrie Liang’s administrative team, while Dr. Garner will serve as the liaison between SMH-Venice’s medical staff and Campus President Sharon Roush’s administrative team. Both Dr. Seaman and Dr. Garner will report directly to Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD.
 
Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Interventional Pulmonology, Dr. Seaman joined SMH’s medical staff in 2012 and served as chief of staff in 2018-2019. He also chaired the hospital’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section. In 2020, he was a recipient of SMH’s Physician Team of the Year Award for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his careful oversight of critical care resources and decisions. He also is a member of the faculty of Florida State University’s College of Medicine. Dr. Seaman earned his medical degree from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, completed his internship/residency at the University of Cincinnati, and fellowships at the National Jewish Health System in Denver and the University of Cincinnati. 
 
Board-certified in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Family Medicine, Dr. Garner joined SMH’s medical staff in 2006 and was named chief of staff in 2017-2018. He has served as SMH’s chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and was named SMH’s Physician of the Year in 2013 for his leadership contributions and work to reduce the rate of C-sections and promote practices that encourage women to have as natural a childbirth experience as possible in the hospital setting. He also is a member of the faculty of Florida State University’s College of Medicine. Dr. Garner received his medical degree from the Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine and completed his internship/residency and fellowship at the University of Tennessee. 
 
David Verinder, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, said the enhanced medical leadership structure will ensure Sarasota Memorial maintains the highest standards across its expanding network of care.
 
“The physicians’ extensive experience, clinical expertise and proven commitment to their patients, fellow physicians and staff members, combined with Dr. Fiorica’s ongoing leadership, will help ensure our health system continues to provide excellent patient experiences and outcomes as we grow to better serve our community,” Verinder said.

About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 1 million patient visits each year. SMH-Sarasota, its flagship 839-bed, acute-care hospital, has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and complete continuum of care – from trauma, emergency and urgent care services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH-Venice, a full-service acute care hospital, is designed to serve the growing south Sarasota County region. When it opens in November 2021, the 65-acre medical campus will feature a 110-bed, hurricane-hardened hospital; medical office buildings with physician and specialty care practices; an energy center for emergency power; and seamless integration with the resources and expertise of the entire Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

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