Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., Appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine

Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., professor of surgery, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve as a member of the Florida Board of Medicine. Joining another UM faculty member on the board, he will serve a three-year term on the quasi-judicial panel responsible for disciplining physicians.

“It is a great privilege and opportunity as a member of the University of Miami faculty to serve on the Florida Board of Medicine as one of the few university-based academic physicians,” Ginzburg said.

A veteran trauma surgeon with more than two decades of international expertise and service, Ginzburg also serves as Chief of Surgery at University of Miami Hospital, Chief Medical Officer of the Global Institute/Project Medishare, and has secondary appointments in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurological Surgery and Family Medicine and Community Health.

He was on the four-man trauma team Barth Green, M.D., professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery, led to the capital of Port-au-Prince less than a day after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and was instrumental in establishing the 250-bed critical care and trauma hospital that Project Medishare and UM’s Global Institute for Community Health and Development opened under four large tents just nine days after the quake. Until 2012, he also served as the International Medical Director of Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, the 50-bed successor to the tent hospital.

“It has given me more purpose and direction as a physician,” Ginzburg said about his time in Haiti in a 2011 interview.

The Miller School alum also was appointed Colonel in the United States Army for his role in helping coordinate the appropriation for the Army Trauma Training Center, a national training center for U.S. Army surgical teams at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Ginzburg also serves as the International Director of Fundacion Trauma, an organization developing the trauma delivery system for Argentina, and is health advisor to the Pan American Development Foundation, which focuses on sustainable development, strengthening civil society and responding to natural disasters in the Western Hemisphere.

In the Middle East, Ginzburg helped establish a trauma training program now responsible for training 90 percent of Israel’s trauma surgeons. And along with Stephen Cohn, M.D., former professor of surgery, and Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., the Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry Professor and Chair of Surgery, Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief Executive of the UHealth Clinical Practice, he coordinated the University’s affiliation with the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, facilitating the exchange of educational ideas and medical knowledge between the two institutions.

“Governor Scott chose a great leader and respected clinician who will bring experience and excellence as a member of the board,” Livingstone said.

Established to ensure that every physician in the state meets the requirements to safely practice medicine, the board is chaired by Onelia Lage, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Community Health, and the first Hispanic woman to hold the position. The board also licenses, monitors, disciplines, educates and, when appropriate, rehabilitates physicians and other practitioners to assure their competence in the service of Floridians.

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