FLORIDA — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the appointment of three physicians and a patient safety director to the Florida Board of Medicine. The appointments include a Pensacola general pediatrician, according to the announcement.
Last week, a statement released by DeSantis’ office said he has appointed Dr. Amy Derick, Dr. Patrick Hunter, and Nicole Justice, and reappointed Dr. David Diamond to the state board.
Here is more about the appointees, according to the governor’s office:
Dr. Patrick Hunter
Hunter is a general pediatrician with Pensacola Pediatrics and a clinical professor at Florida State University’s College of Medicine. He is a veteran of the United States Army and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Miami University, master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Mary, and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Louisville.
Dr. Amy Derick
Derick is the founder and owner of Derick Dermatology. She previously served as Chair of the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board and was named the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2021 Advocate of the Year. Derick earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-professional studies from the University of Notre Dame and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Chicago.
Dr. David Diamond
Diamond is a physician at Florida Radiation Oncology. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology, member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, and Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology. Diamond earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida.
Justice is the Senior Director of Patient Safety at Tampa General Hospital. She is a member of the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety and past chairman of RISE Tampa. Justice earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of South Florida, and a master’s degree in jurisprudence in health and hospital law, and pharmaceutical and medical device compliance law from Seton Hall University’s School of Law.
The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.