Medical Summit - Southern Medical Association

Medical Summit and Annual Scientific Assembly
CME Conference
November 2-4, 2017 - St. Petersburg, Florida

Southern Medical Association's premier educational event. Make plans now to join us in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida for an exciting time of networking, fun, and of course, quality accredited education you can't get anywhere else.

Hurricane Irma Update: The Renaissance Vinoy St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is open and ready for SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly-Medical Summit!

The hotel’s SMA group reservation deadline is October 3. Click here to make your reservation online or call 1-888-789-3090 and reference the group as “SMA 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly”.

We look forward to seeing you in St. Petersburg!

Medical Summit

Unable to make it to Medical Summit?

Attend the meeting via Live Webcast. 2 days (Friday and Saturday)for only $400
No time away from home ⋅ No travel costs.

Conference Registration

Pricing for Nurses and Physicians
1-Day Rate: $395*
*This rate applies to one 1-day attendance of choice (including Thursday evening’s session and reception) and cannot be used to register for two 1-day sessions.
All benefits of an individual attendee
Trade display area and program recognition
Access to attendee/membership list
Includes 2 company representatives

Medical Summit and Annual Scientific Assembly CME Conference 2017

Southern Medical Association's premier educational event. Make plans now to join us in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida for an exciting time of networking, fun, and of course, quality accredited education you can't get anywhere else.

Physician/Healthcare Professional $695 ⋅ Active /Retired Military $595 ⋅ SMA Alliance Member $135 ⋅ Medical Student/Resident/Fellow No Fee

Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD - 2016 Conference Chair
We hope that you will come to the Focus on the Female Patient meeting.

It offers an overview of the newest developments, the diagnosis and therapy of common problems in your patient population, and specialty topics in both Internal Medicine and OB/GYN.  Our faculty is available during the meeting and at breaks and is happy to answer your questions about problem cases.

Conference Details

New Budget-Friendly Conference Fees - $695 for physicians & healthcare professionals.

  • Unbelievable Conference Special for Non-Members including AirMed & Journal access.
  • Outstanding Group Rate of $199 on rooms at The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. (Reservation Deadline: October 3, 2017).

Registration includes:  AirMed Travel Insurance , Online access to the SMJ,  Online Event Lectures.

CME / CE Credits Available

  • AMA

  • ABIM MOC Points

  • Other Healthcare Professionals

ACCME Commendation

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

Southern Medical Association designates this Live activity for a maximum of 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM - Maintenance of Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine - Maintenance of Certification Points

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 19.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Other Healthcare Professionals

Continuing education requirements vary from state to state. Many national accrediting organizations, such as AAPA, ANCC, AANPCP, as well as state boards, recognize ACCME-approved AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and these credits may be used as such toward continuing education requirements. Upon completion of attendance attestation and evaluation, all non-physician professional attendees will receive a certificate of attendance stating that the conference is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. It is the responsibility of each professional attendee to understand the requirements for license renewal.  SMA encourages all attendees to contact their state or national licensing board(s) and/or professional organization(s) to become familiar with their policies for acceptable continuing education credit.

Learning Gap/Needs

SMA is committed to meeting the needs of physicians and the healthcare team through multispecialty educational sessions, and strives to provide a mix of education, service and camaraderie that empowers members to achieve both personal and professional goals.  SMA’s Scientific Assembly has always been its “premier” event, providing an  interdisciplinary forum to enhance the sharing of information, knowledge and experience to advance the practice of medicine, and an opportunity for all generations of physicians to interact and learn from each other.

The 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly has been designed and developed to meet the ongoing continuing education needs of its members and constituents. The format includes sessions that will address, through invited guest speakers and abstract presentations, both clinical and non-clinical topics.  This educational activity will enhance the ability of healthcare professionals to better treat their patients, while fulfilling credentialing requirements. Assembly sessions are designed to reduce gaps and increase knowledge in the following areas, identified by needs sources:

  • Bioethics & Medical Education
  • Women’s & Children’s Health
  • Medicine & Medical Specialties
  • Mental Health
  • Surgery & Surgical Specialties
  • Quality Health Care, Patient Safety, & Best Practices
  • Public Health & Environmental Medicine
  • Emergency & Disaster Medicine

Target Audience

Sessions presented will be of benefit to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other members of the healthcare team specializing or certified in the areas of internal medicine and medicine subspecialties, family or general medicine, geriatric medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, mental health, and obstetrics and gynecology. Other specialists may also benefit from the wide array of topics.

Learning Objectives

Through a combination of evidence-based didactic lectures, case presentations and abstract presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to gather and exchange information regarding current and emerging treatment options for common patient complaints. After participating in this activity, participants should have increased knowledge and have developed strategies to take back to practice to:

  • Identify diagnostic and management options for a variety of commonly encountered conditions such as diseases of the skin, travel medicine, and commonly encountered mental health disorders.
  • Adapt a reasonable understanding of the current situation with Zika virus and other commonly encountered issues related to travel medicine.
  • Describe recommendations for appropriate labs and testing in adult and pediatric rheumatology patients.

Attendee Information

Faculty Slides – Prior to the conference, faculty presentations will be posted on-line on a password protected webpage.  Registrants may choose to either print the PDF files, if you prefer a paper copy on-site, or download them to your mobile device for viewing.  Download instructions are provided on the  presentations page.  For an additional fee, a printed syllabus including black/white copies of the faculty’s PowerPoint Slides, or a Flash Drive, containing color and black/white copies of the presentations are available and can be purchased when you register for the conference. Items must be ordered and paid for in advance of the conference to allow time for printing/reproducing.

Pre-Test and Post-Test – Registrants will be asked to test their knowledge prior to the conference by completing a Pre-Test. Completion of this anonymous pre-test allows us to evaluate your level of understanding before the meeting to ensure we are delivering the appropriate level of information and helps us to plan the highest quality of CME activities for you and your colleagues in the future.  The same test will be administered post-conference to measure your learning outcomes.

CME Credit and Conference Evaluation – CME credit is handled through an on-line process.  The credit and evaluation link will be provided in your meeting materials and in a post-meeting email. Your CME credit is determined from your completion of an on-line form.  Certificates will be e-mailed to the address you indicate on your submission within two weeks of the meeting.

Disclaimer – The primary purpose of this CME conference is education.  Information presented and techniques discussed are intended to inform physicians of medical knowledge, clinical procedures, and experiences of physicians willing to share such information with colleagues.  It is recognized that a diversity of professional opinions exists in the contemporary practice of medicine, which influence the selection of methods and procedures.  The views and approaches of faculty are offered solely for educational purposes.  The Southern Medical Association disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages to any individual attending this CME conference and for all claims, which may result from the use of the information presented at this conference.

Registrant with ADA Request – Call SMA to request assistance for special needs.  Most requests received at least two weeks prior to the Conference can be accommodated.  A limited number of handicap accessible villas are available.  Book early and note any special requests to ensure accommodations will fit your needs.  ADA-approved hotel rooms in The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island may also be requested as an alternative to villa accommodations.

CONTACT INFORMATION – Southern Medical Association is the sponsor for this activity.  For questions or to request assistance for ADA special needs, contact SMA at 800-423-4992, ext. 620; by fax to 205-945-1830; by mail, SMA, 3500 Blue Lake Drive, Suite 360, Birmingham, Alabama 35243; website:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

4:00 pm-8:00 pm
Registration Open

6:00 pm-7:30 pm
SMA/SMAA Presidents' Welcome Reception

7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Evening Educational Session
(Medical Errors)*

Friday, November 3, 2017

7:00 am-5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors/View Posters

7:00 am-5:30 pm
SMA/SMAA Hospitality Area Open

7:30 am-8:00 am
SMA Member General Session

8:00 am-12:15 pm
Morning CME Educational Sessions
(Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence, HIV, MACRA/MIPS)*

10:00 am-10:15 am

12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Lunch CME Educational Session
(Social Media and Physicians)*

1:15 pm-5:30 pm
Afternoon CME Educational Sessions
(Medical Marijuana, Oncology)*

3:15 pm-3:30 pm

5:30 pm-7:00 pm
President’s Social

Saturday, November 4, 2017

6:30 am-6:00 pm
Registration Open

6:30 am-7:30 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors/Meet Poster Presenters

6:30 am-12:45 pm
SMA/SMAA Hospitality Area Open

7:30 am-9:30 am
Abstract Session

9:30 am-9:45 am

9:45 am-10:15 am
SMA Presidential Installation

10:15 am-11:30 am
Morning CME Educational Sessions
(Sports Medicine, Financial Preparation)*

11:30 am-12:30 pm
Lunch CME Educational Session
(Concussion Management)*

12:45 pm-5:30 pm
Afternoon CME Education Sessions
(Diabetes Panel Discussion, ICU Liberation, Cultural Competency, Women’s Cardiac Health, State of American Health Care)*

2:45 pm-3:00 pm

*Topics listed above are tentative and subject to change. The schedule, final topics, and invited faculty are being finalized; please check back frequently for updates.

Portions of this activity are developed to meet Florida’s CME requirements.

Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD

Dr. Czerniecki is the Chairman of the Department of Breast Oncology and the Mason Chair of Breast Oncology, at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida and Emeritus Professor of Surgery the University of Pennsylvania.

A gifted surgical oncologist, Dr. Czerniecki has forged new paths in patient care and translational research. In his dual role as surgeon and researcher, Dr. Czerniecki looks for ways to diagnose cancer early and treat it in the most effective and least invasive way possible. He specializes in breast conservation and oncoplastics for patients with breast cancer, Dr. Czerniecki is also recognized nationally for his contributions to developing sentinel node mapping- a less invasive procedure than axillary dissection surgery for determining the spread of cancer into lymph nodes.

Dr. Czerniecki's team investigated a potential vaccine that target's HER-2/neu over-expression in early stage breast cancer (DCIS). Over-expression of the HER-2/neu gene is linked to about 50 to 60 percent of DCIS cases, and helps predict the severity of the disease, as well as the risk of recurrence of invasive breast cancer. By pulsing dendritic cells- specialized white blood cells that play a major role in activating immune response- with HER-2/neu, Dr. Czerniecki produced a vaccine he hoped would prompt an immune response. In fact, researchers found that nearly all patients exhibited an initial immune reaction to the vaccine, and about a third showed complete eradication of disease when given prior to surgery. The team is giving these vaccines to high risk HER-2 positive invasive breast cancer patients.

Dr. Czerniecki received his BS in Biochemistry from the University of Maine and MD, PhD from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson and Rutgers University. He completed his general surgical residency at The Ohio State University and was Surgical Oncology Fellow at the NCI with Dr. Steven Rosenberg prior to his position at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD

Robert S. Dittus, MD, MPH

Dr. Dittus is the Albert and Bernard Werthan Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Health and Health Care, Senior Associate Dean for Population Health Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University and Director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Senior Quality Scholar and Director of the Quality Scholars Program at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. He has served previously as Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt and Director of Clinical Practice and Health Policy Analysis at the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University.

Dr. Dittus has combined training in industrial engineering, medicine, and epidemiology to advance healthcare quality improvement; outcomes of care; and overall individual and population health through his research on the effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, safety and equity of health care. He has advanced the methodology of medical decision-making and conducted numerous studies delineating the comparative effectiveness of alternative strategies for clinical care.

Dr. Dittus has conducted numerous studies examining the microsystems of health care that have improved healthcare delivery and on the macrosystems of health care that have led to improvements in health policy. Over the past 10 years, he has served as senior investigator to guide the discovery of critical illness associated delirium and long-term cognitive impairment and development of new treatment paradigms with global impact on reducing the mortality, morbidity, and costs of critical care. He is currently principal investigator of a large CMS Innovation Project to improve healthcare delivery and population health through care coordination. He has led or been co-investigator of more than $300 million in research and training funding and authored more than 200 publications.

Robert S. Dittus, MD, MPH

Keith Gillies, CFP, MBA

Mr. Gillies is the Managing Principal of Wealth Solutions, LLC and The Pension Center, LLC, and co-founder of United Wealth Advisors Group, LLC, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer. He began his career as a financial advisor in 1981 with a commitment to providing advice and strategies to individuals, professionals, and business owners to help them achieve their personal, business and charitable goals.

Mr. Gillies is an honor graduate of Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business with an MBA and of the University of New Orleans with a BA in Political Science. He is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Chartered Financial Consultant.

Mr. Gillies is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative with Ameritas Investment Corp., a member of FINRA/SIPC and is a leading representative of the Ameritas group of companies. Mr. Gillies served many years in the field, including chairing the Broker-Dealer Task Force and as Chair of the prestigious Ameritas Field Advisory Cabinet, an elected team of advisors who work directly with the Ameritas senior leadership to shape strategies and product development. In 2013, he was named the Lester A. Rosen Humanitarian Award recipient for his service to his community, profession, and to the greater Ameritas family. In 2016, Mr. Gillies was inducted into the Ameritas Hall of Fame.

Keith Gillies, CFP, MBA

Michael C. Gosney, DVM, MD, JD, MBA

Dr. Gosney is currently the Medical Director of the Shoals Pain Center, Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama, and is Managing Partner of Anesthesia Medical Consultants, L.L.C.

Dr. Gosney received his Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science with Distinction in 1972 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1973 from Texas A&M University; a Medical Degree from Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in 1981; a Law Degree from Birmingham School of Law in 1998; an MBA from Auburn University in 2004; and is enrolled in Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s LLM in Health Law program. Dr. Gosney is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

Michael C. Gosney, DVM, MD, JD, MBA

Mark Hashim, MD

Dr. Hashim received his BA in Chemistry from Swarthmore College and then completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with honors. He completed a surgery internship and anesthesia residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He is a board-certified MD and earned his board status from the American Board of Medical Specialists in Anesthesiology in 1995. He has specialized in Interventional Pain Management since 1993.

Dr. Hashim was one of the first physicians in the state of Florida to qualify with the Department of Health to be a provider for medical cannabis; he has visited a cannabis growth facility and is fully aware of the growth process as well as the finalization of products that are ordered to assist with medical conditions. In December 2016 he was invited to speak as the sole physician to the Florida Senate Health Committee and provide his expertise and advice on recommendations to create the statute for Amendment 2 and ways to improve the registry site for the state of Florida.

Because of his expertise in physiology, pharmacology and understanding pain, Dr. Hashim can provide advice in this newly developing medical arena. He has the unique ability to help assist patients to lower the amounts of pain medicines, anti-anxiety medicines, antidepressants, and many other drugs that have numerous negative side effects on the mind and body; in many cases he has removed these drugs altogether.

Mark Hashim, MD

Melissa Dohme Hill

It’s a true miracle that Melissa Dohme Hill is alive and healthy today. In January 2012, her high school ex-boyfriend brutally attacked her by stabbing her 32 times in the neck, face, arms, and hands attempting to take her life. The attack caused her entire blood volume to be replaced twice, resulting her to flatline four times, and suffer a stroke in the emergency room. Following that horrific night and her miraculous recovery, Melissa developed the conviction to become an advocate and speak out against domestic violence. She has shared her story with thousands of people, speaking at various domestic violence events, conferences, high schools, and colleges. Melissa has been featured in national and international publications and television shows, including People Magazine, 48 HOURS “Live to Tell”, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, Today Show, BBC News, Fox News, CNN, Nancy Grace on HLN, Investigative Discovery and many more.

In recognition of her effective advocacy in the community, Melissa has been awarded CASA’s 2013 Victory Over Violence award, WEDU's 2016 Be More Outspoken: Voice of Tampa Bay Award, and the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Preventing Domestic Violence Award.

Despite cognitive therapists advising a break due to her traumatic brain injury, Melissa returned immediately to college and never gave up on her education! In 2012, she was awarded St. Petersburg College Clearwater’s Student of the Year and honored as the commencement speaker for her Associates Degree. In May 2016, she proudly reached her ultimate goal and graduated with honors, Summa Cum Laude (3.9 GPA), for her Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management & Organizational Leadership.

Today, Melissa proudly works for a Tampa Bay nonprofit organization, Hands Across the Bay, as a Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate and Speaker. She feels every day that she walks into work to help others, she is fulfilling her life purpose of why she was saved that horrific night.

Melissa Dohme Hill

Jeffery L. Johnson, MD, FACS

Jeffery L. Johnson, MD, FACS

Sara Karjoo, MD

Dr. Karjoo is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Pediatric Gastroenterology of Florida. She is also an Assistant Professor at University of South Florida and at John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Dr. Karjoo sees patients at John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

She graduated from Upstate Medical University – Syracuse, New York, and completed her Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and later her Gastroenterology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her focus is in hepatology and obesity management, although she does see general GI patients as well.


Sara Karjoo, MD

Christine Laronga, MD

Dr. Laronga is a Senior Member at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, where she evaluates and treats patients with breast cancer.

With 16 years of clinical practice, administrative, teaching, and research experience in surgical oncology, she has a special interest in patients with arm lymphedema following breast cancer treatment and has completed 2 pilot studies investigating the potential benefit of liposuction to reduce lymphedema. Additionally, Dr. Laronga is investigating the impact of nipple-sparing mastectomy on oncologic safety, body image, and quality of life.

Her current research and clinical efforts are focused on inherited breast cancers from Previvorship to Survivorship. She is establishing an inherited breast cancer registry linked to annotated biospecimens for current and future research and clinical trials aimed at prediction, earlier detection, primary prevention, and survivorship. All of these studies relate to her emphasis on quality improvement and include focus on quality indicators/metrics.

Christine Laronga, MD

Craig Levoy, MD, DABFM

Dr. Levoy is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and served as Chief Resident. He then joined the faculty at the Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Family Medicine Residency Program, supervising resident physicians in the practice of full-scope family medicine. Dr. Levoy is an Affiliate Assistant Professor with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, currently sees patients fulltime in practice, and serves as the Medical Director for the Bayfront Health Medical Group.

His areas of interest include newborn and adolescent health, women’s health, and LGBT health. He has provided numerous lectures on the topic of LGBT health care and has previously worked with a Title X clinic specializing in providing treatment to at-risk LGBT youth. Dr. Levoy is board certified in Family Medicine.

Craig Levoy, MD, DABFM

Arnold Mackles, MD, MBA

Dr. Mackles practiced hospital-based neonatal medicine in Florida for more than 22 years after completing a Pediatric Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and a Fellowship in Neonatology at the Cornell University Medical Center. In addition to receiving an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Mackles obtained his license as a Healthcare Risk Manager through studies at the University of South Florida.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of The Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety for a 2-year term from 2006-2008, and again for a 1-year term from 2014-2015. Dr. Mackles has served as an instructor with the University of Florida Distance Education Risk Management and Patient Safety Program, and currently is on the faculty of the University of South Florida Risk Management Licensure Program.

Dr. Mackles also is the author of multiple on-line continuing education courses on patient safety topics for The Sullivan Group. He now devotes full time to risk management and patient safety issues and is a nationally recognized authority on patient safety, risk management, and performance improvement strategies to reduce medical errors.

Arnold Mackles, MD, MBA

Smitha R. Pabbathi, MD

Dr. Pabbathi is an Academic Oncology Hospitalist and primarily cares for hospitalized patients at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. She received her Bachelors in Science at Florida State University and her Medical Degree at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. Dr. Pabbathi continued at the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Florida, and following her training, she joined the Division of Hospital Medicine faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

During her time at Northwestern, Dr. Pabbathi was a part of an emerging subdivision of hospitalists dedicated to the care of oncology patients. She was inspired by the courage oncology patients possessed during the most challenging time in their life.

Dr. Pabbathi joined the Internal Hospital Medicine Department at the Moffitt Cancer Center as an Assistant Member in 2011. She is a strong clinician and an educator to medical students and Internal Medicine residents and is one of the Moffitt site directors for both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Dr. Pabbathi received the Moffitt award for Outstanding Resident Teaching award in 2014, and in 2015, she was selected to attend the AAMC women’s leadership conference. Dr. Pabbathi also was named the new Medical Director of the Survivorship Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in the spring of 2015. She is strong patient advocate and provides outstanding care to patients.

Smitha R. Pabbathi, MD

Paula Oliver Pell, MD

Dr. Pell is an Emergency Medicine Staff Physician for All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida. She received her MD degree from Indiana University, and her clinical experience includes more than 35 years in emergency medicine.

Paula Oliver Pell, MD

Sahana Rajasekhara, MD

Sahana Rajasekhara, MD

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Rodriguez is the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and Assistant Director to the Family Residency Program at Bayfront Health St Petersburg. He also is Assistant Medical Director of the sports medicine program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez received his BA in biology from Harvard University in 1989 and completed his medical degree at the Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois in 1993. Following medical school, Dr. Rodriguez completed a General Surgery Internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and then joined the United States Navy where he served as General Medical Officer from 1994 to 1997. After completing his active duty commitment, Dr. Rodriguez remained in the United States Naval Reserve until 2002 when he was Honorably Discharged.

Dr. Rodriguez completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine in 2001 where he served as Chief Resident during his final year and received the Resident Teacher Award. He then proceeded to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center. After finishing the fellowship program, Dr. Rodriguez remained in the Tampa Bay area in private practice and later joined Community Health Centers of Pinellas where he served as Director of the Family Medicine Department.

Dr. Rodriguez has served as a team physician and provided medical coverage for sports in the Tampa Bay area and is the medical director of the Sprint Tri-Athlon series in St. Petersburg. He also is a licensed professional ringside physician and provides medical coverage for professional boxing and mixed martial arts in Florida.

Dr. Rodriguez is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, the Pinellas County Medical Association, and the Association of Ringside Physicians.

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP

Mike Sevilla, MD

Dr. Sevilla is a board certified Family Physician in full-time private practice at the Family Practice Center of Salem in Salem, Ohio. He also holds an appointment of Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Sevilla has been a national speaker on medicine and social media topics and is also a former member of the External Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network.

Mike Sevilla, MD

Nandita S. Scott, MD, FACC

Dr. Scott is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Medical School in Ontario, Canada. She held the positions of Chief Internal Medicine and Chief Cardiology Resident. She subsequently completed a fellowship in echocardiography at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Scott worked on Cape Cod for several years and became involved with the American Heart Association to help found the first Go Red For Women Luncheon there. As a result, she was awarded the American Heart Association Physician of the Year Award in 2005.

Dr. Scott joined the Cardiology Division at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2007 and is currently the Co-Director for the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program. She also helped establish the Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and sees women who develop heart disease during pregnancy or pregnant women with pre-existing cardiac conditions.

Nandita S. Scott, MD, FACC

Hatem Soliman, MD

Dr. Soliman is a medical oncologist in The Center for Women’s Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and specializes in breast cancer. He treats women with all stages of breast cancer, from early disease to locally advanced, as well as metastatic breast cancers.

Dr. Soliman is a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Moffitt and participates in research on novel drug discoveries. His interest in cancer research dates back to his undergraduate studies in genetics at the University of Georgia, where he won the prestigious Howard Hughes Summer Research Grant. While attending the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Soliman was awarded a research fellowship grant and participated in a National Cancer Institute-sponsored study evaluating a new immune-stimulating vaccine for breast cancer.

He continues to study vaccine therapies during his research activities at Moffitt and has a strong interest in community service and volunteers at the Red Crescent Clinic in Tampa, providing primary healthcare services to people who are indigent or underinsured.

Hatem Soliman, MD

Robert J. Wallace, MD

Dr. Wallace is a Family Practice Specialist in St Petersburg, Florida. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida College Of Medicine in 1982. Having more than 35 years of diverse experience in family practice, Dr. Wallace is affiliated with St. Josephs Hospital and works with with other physicians and specialists in the medical group Love The Golden Rule Inc. Dr. Wallace was one of the pioneers in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. When his office opened in 1987 in St. Petersburg, Florida, he participated in every clinical trial possible to help stop the spread of HIV. Dr. Wallace made it his passion to attend every HIV conference related to the treatment of HIV/AIDS. In one trial known as FTC 303, his office had more patients enrolled in St. Petersburg than any other practice in the world.

Dr. Wallace was the first Medical Director for the State of Florida Disease Management Program, known as Positive Healthcare from 1999-2000. He also was one of the founding board members of the organization that would come to be known as the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Katherine Wojnowich, MD

Dr. Wojnowich is a practicing Family Practitioner in St. Petersburg, Florida. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University in 2011. Dr. Wojnowich completed her residency at Bayfront Medical Center and specializes in sports medicine. She currently practices at Bayfront Family Health Center and is affiliated with All Children's Hospital, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, and St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Katherine Wojnowich, MD

Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM

Dr. Wollschlaeger is a board-certified family physician, addiction specialist in a private practice which he owns and operates, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. In addition, he is a certified Medical Review Officer. Dr. Willschlaeger received his medical training in Germany and Israel, served as a physician in the Israel Defense Forces, completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Miami, Florida, and was a chief resident. Since 1997 is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, serves a clinical preceptor for medical students from the Florida International University and Florida State University, and as a clinical educator for Physician Assistant students from Barry University in Miami. He is the past president of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine.

In 2009 Governor Crist appointed Dr. Wollschlaeger as a member of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Implementation and Oversight Taskforce, and from 2010-2011 he served as a member of the Miami-Dade County Addiction Services Board. Dr. Wollschlaeger is a passionate advocate for mental health parity, substance abuse treatment and public health issues.

Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM

Registration Fees

Physician / Healthcare Professional $695

Active / Retired Military $595

SMA Alliance Member $135

SMA Alliance  Non-Member or Guest $160

Medical Student / Resident / Fellow No Fee

Live Webcast $400

1-Day Rate $395*

*This rate applies to one 1-day attendance of choice (including Thursday evening’s session and reception) and cannot be used to register for two 1-day sessions.

Payment Method Options

By Credit Card – Click here to submit your registration on-line – it is safe, secure, fast, and easy!  You may also call our meeting services division – 800.423.4992, ext. 620, for personal registration assistance when paying with a credit card.  SMA accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

By CheckDownload, print and complete the registration form and mail along with a check for the appropriate registration fee.  Checks should be made payable to Southern Medical Association.  Mail to Southern Medical Association at the address below.

By Purchase Order – SMA realizes that in some instances, a Purchase Order (PO) process may be required by your institution.  If you are registering with a PO, you can complete the on-line registration process and include the PO number or you can mail the conference registration form with a PO form.  Check payments must include the PO number and the registrant name or a list of names if more than one name is associated with the PO.  Mail to Southern Medical Association at the address below or listed on the form.

Late or On-Site Registrations:  Although in most instances SMA will accommodate last-minute or on-site registrations (space permitting), we encourage you to register prior to the meeting so that materials can be prepared and made ready for you.  There is the risk that materials could run short without an advance registration and preparation.

Incomplete Registrations: Conference registrations submitted that are incomplete or without a form of payment will not be processed.

Confirmation E-mail: You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.  Please check the information carefully to confirm that your registration was processed correctly.  If you have any questions or need assistance, call our office – 800.423.4992, ext. 620.

Cancellation Policy:  All conferences are subject to cancellation. SMA will not refund travel costs if the meeting is cancelled. Refunds are not given for inclement weather. Registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to the SMA. A refund of your registration fee, minus a $50 administration processing fee, will be granted if notice is received by October 26, 2017. After this time, SMA will have incurred all related costs regarding your planned registration, therefore, no refunds will be granted.

SMA Address:  Mail Registrations to: Southern Medical Association, Attn.: Registration, 3500 Blue Lake Drive, Suite 360, Birmingham, AL 35243.  The SMA office is not open on the weekends to accept express packages.  Contact SMA with questions or if you need assistance – 800.423.4992, ext. 620.


Watch SMA’s educational sessions in live streaming video over the Internet, and earn CME credit!

If you are unable to travel to St. Petersburg, your personal computer can provide access to the live conference from your office, home, or anywhere an Internet connection is available. NOTE: Schedule times are for the Eastern Time Zone.

Only $400 for the Live Webcast
(2 days - Friday and Saturday)

Broadcast Information

  • The day of the broadcast, plan to sign-in 15 minutes prior to the start time.
  • Access through the website by clicking the link in your confirmation email.
  • Approximately one week prior to the Conference, you will also receive instructions via email regarding accessing the on-line syllabus materials, as well as instructions for claiming CME/CE credit.

SMA Webcast - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Live Webcast?

A webcast is streaming audio and video of a conference, which you may watch live from your home or office computer.

Can multiple people from my company watch the webcast?

Yes; however, only the registered attendee will receive CME/CE credit.

Will I be able to ask questions through a chat session while watching the webcast?

At this time, you will not have the ability to ask questions during the live broadcast.

How long do I have access to the lectures following the course?

The broadcast will be available on-demand approximately 7 working days after the event.

NOTE:  In order to claim CME credit, you must watch the LIVE event.  Credit will NOT be awarded for watching the sessions “on-demand” after the conclusion of the conference.

Can I watch from my iPhone, iPad, or smart devices?

For best viewing results, the preferred format for viewing the webcast is on a PC or laptop computer.  You may view on smart devices (ie, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, etc); however, the graphics may not be as clear.

Will I need to install software in advance?


Will I need access to both the internet and a telephone?

All of our sessions are delivered via your personal computer or laptop’s speakers with access to the Internet.  Dial-in is not available.

How will I claim my CME credit?

After watching the sessions LIVE, you will be emailed a link to evaluate the sessions, and to claim CME credit.  You must attest that you watched the event “live” in order to claim the credit.

May I view the webcast on my Mac?


What is the minimal transfer rate for the Internet Connection (streaming rate)?

You will need a high speed connection, 5mbps minimum

Other Technical Requirements

  • Windows:  x86 or x64 (64-bit mode support for IE only).  1.6-gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor with 512-MB of RAM, sound card and speakers.  Internet Explorer 7+, Google Chrome 12+, and Firefox 3.6+
  • Mac:  A Mac running Mac OS 10.4.11+ (Browsers must be in 32-bit mode), an Intel Core Duo 1.83-gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor with 512-MB of RAM, sound capabilities, and Safari 5.5+, Google Chrome 16.0+
  • Internet Connection:  A Cable or DSL internet connection (200 kbps+) is highly recommended for the best experience.  A low speed modem connection (56k) can be used, but is not recommended and buffering is to be expected.
  • IMPORTANT – If you are planning to view any online course from a place of work, it is HIGHLY recommended that you first check with your IT department and/or Network Administrator to make sure that:
    • You are allowed access to install programs on your computer and
    • You are allowed access to view online streaming media.

Location & Accommodations

SMA Group Discounts [HERE]
Deadline: October 3, 2017

To Book Your Reservation:
Call 1-888-789-3090
Reference the group as “SMA 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly” to take advantage of the group room rates.

Travel Assistance:
Call Fadwa at (800)423-4992 Ext. 109.

November 2-4, 2017
Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
St. Petersburg, FL
Call (800)423-4992 Ext. 620 for assistance.

The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club - Booking Instructions

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Leave your worries behind and lie in the lap of luxury at The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. Satisfy your appetite for culture at popular St. Petersburg attractions, from the Salvador Dalí Museum to the Morean Arts Center. Then enjoy an exciting game at Tropicana Field or relax on one of Florida's countless scenic beaches. After your day of excitement, retreat to the resort and unwind in stylish guest rooms featuring expansive marble bathrooms, plush bedding, and LCD TVs.

SMA's Group Rate:  $199

SMA has negotiated a special group rate of $199 per room, per night, for single or double occupancy, plus state and local taxes (currently 13%). All conferees, families, and guests are requested to book reservations within our block. This ensures SMA can provide conference services and complimentary breakfasts and breaks to all registered attendees.

Reservation Deadline:  October 3, 2017

After this date, reservations will be accepted by the hotel on a space-and-rate available basis. You are encouraged to book as early as possible, as room availability and/or the group rate may be sold out prior to the reservation deadline.

Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

A deposit of one night’s room and tax will be required on booking.  Cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will forfeit deposit.

Make A Reservation:

By Phone:

Hotel reservations may be made by calling The Vinoy® Renaissance’s Group Reservations department at 1-888-789-3090.  Reference the group as “SMA 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly” to take advantage of the group room rates.


You may also make your reservation on-line by clicking on the direct group reservation link below to take advantage of the group room rates.

Book Online

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

St. Petersburg - Downtown Skyline
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St. Petersburg Dali Museum
Photo Courtesy of St.Petersburg/Clearwater Convention Bureau

It might not get as much buzz as Miami, but St. Petersburg perfectly embodies Florida’s designation as the ‘Sunshine State’. Its warm, clear weather lasts nearly year-round. Which, given its other big draw, beautiful beaches, is great news. Those who want a little culture with their sand can visit the Salvador Dali Museum, which hosts the largest collection of his work in the western world.

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Parks & Recreation

Arts & Culture

Sunshine City - St. Petersburg Trolley

St. Pete Pier


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On the quiet gulf coast of Florida between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, a surprisingly liberal gem of a city glistens in the sun. St. Petersburg, a city formerly defined by blue-haired retirees and early-bird specials, has shed its dowdy image in the past decade. Its downtown is undergoing an ambitious program of urban renewal, with shops, galleries and cafes opening among the small-scale buildings and former vacation bungalows. Artists live and work here, and live music is always featured in one corner of the city and ranges from outdoor rock shows to intimate jazz clubs...

Salvador Dalí Museum

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