Ready to Lead the Polk County Medical Community

Welcome to the June edition of Central Florida Health News. To some, I may be a new face for this greeting as Dr. Booker has served as president of the Polk County Medical Association President since June of 2019. I’d like to thank Dr. Booker for his outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the PCMA and organized Medicine. Though I’ve served as president in two previous terms, I’d like to share a little about myself for those who don’t know me.

I’ve been practicing medicine for more than 33 years, 24 of which have been right here in Polk County. I have completed two residencies — a Family Medicine residency at Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and an Internal Medicine residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans — as well as a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

I look forward to working with Central Florida Health News as I begin another exciting term serving the Polk County medical community.

The Polk County Medical Association works to raise awareness for a variety of health-related topics, including some you’ll read about in this issue. If you’re a medical provider in the community, we’d like to invite you to become a member. The PCMA’s concerns are heard in the Florida Legislature because of its strong ties with the Florida Medical Association. Some of the benefits of membership include the following:

  • Physician referrals
  • Medical malpractice discounts with The Doctors Company
  • Ongoing relevant communication
  • Access to CME programs
  • Workers compensation insurance benefits
  • Complimentary socials/dinners
  • Strong PCMA physician representation in Central Florida Health News
  • Annual Central Florida Physicians Directory & Medical Providers Guide advantages
  • Physician and medicine advocacy at all legislative levels

If you’d like more information about becoming a PCMA member or need to check your membership status for renewal, contact our Executive Director Jackie Courtney at (863) 644-4051 or email

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