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SMH Installs New Physician Leaders

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SARASOTA (Nov. 12, 2013)  – Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff installed its new leaders for 2013–2014, with Anesthesiologist M. Cindy VonWaldner, MD, becoming Sarasota Memorial’s chief of staff on Nov. 1. She succeeds outgoing chief of staff Richard H. Brown, MD, whose term ended Oct. 31.

SMH Physician Leaders 2013-2014As the new chief of staff, Dr. VonWaldner will serve as the top representative of Sarasota Memorial’s more than 800 medical staff members. A member of SMH’s medical staff since 1995, Dr. VonWaldner served as chief of staff elect last year and chair of Anesthesiology 2006-2008. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency at Emory University School of Medicine, GA; she completed her internship at the Georgia Baptist Medical Center. She is in practice with Sarasota Anesthesiologists, P.A., 

Other medical staff officers for 2013-2014 include:

  • Chief of staff elect James Fiorica, MD, GYN oncologist
  • Secretary/treasurer Gregory Hanes, MD, neurologist
  • Members-at-large John Collins, MD, internal medicine/pediatrics, and Jon Yenari, MD, gynecologist.


About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800 physicians, 4,000 employees and 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care centers and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health, pain management services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and short- and long-term skilled nursing care.

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