Dr. Zachariah Named to State University System’s Board of Governors

Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D., one of the nation’s leading cardiologists and medical director of UHealth Cardiology in Fort Lauderdale, to the State University System’s Board of Governors. With 12 universities and more than 341,000 students, the State University System of Florida is the second-largest public university system in the nation.

“It is an honor to serve on the 17-member board, whose responsibilities include defining each institution’s mission, setting the curriculum, and managing the system’s coordination and operation,” said Zachariah, whose term will run until January 9, 2019. “I am looking forward to exploring potential public-private educational partnerships and programs with academic institutions like the University of Miami.”

A board-certified internal medicine and cardiology specialist, Zachariah served on the 17-member Board of Governors from 2003 to 2010. For the past seven years, he has been an appointed member of the Florida Board of Medicine, which oversees the licensing, monitoring, disciplining and educating of physicians and other practitioners to assure their fitness and competence.

“I have served under four governors,” said Zachariah, who first joined the Florida Board of Medicine in 1988. He has also served at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, as a member of the U.S. delegation to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as president of the Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute at Holy Cross Hospital. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Nova Southeastern University for 25 years.

Practicing in Florida since 1976, Zachariah has performed more than 30,000 heart catheterizations and interventional procedures, co-authored several scientific papers, and participated in various clinical trials.

His awards include the Ellis Island American Legend Award, the Child Advocate of the Year Award, Father of the Year Award, Spirit of Life Award from City of Hope, the Golden Heart Award from the American Heart Association, Freedom Foundation Medal of Honor from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, and Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

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