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Class Notes, Summer 2016

Maria Bendeck, MD
Dr. Bendeck did her residency at the University of South Florida in 2005. She was recently featured in an article on highlighting her triumphs-- coming to the US from Honduras at five years old to major weight loss, and fighting cancer to running multiple marathons. The full article can be viewed here: She attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2000 from Midwestern University in Chicago. After working in Lee County for one year, she began a private practice in Naples and specializes in internal medicine.





David Burchfield, M.D. '81

Dr. Burchfield is a 2015 inductee into the St. Augustine High School Hall of Fame. A professor and chief of neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics-College of Medicine at the University of Florida, Burchfield has been named one of "The Best Doctors in America" by his colleagues.




Dr. Richard Chazal of Fort Myers, Florida, assumed his role as president of the American College of Cardiology on April 4.

Richard Chazal, M.D. '77, FACC

Richard Chazal, M.D., FACC, assumed his role as president of the American College of Cardiology today during the Convocation Ceremony held in conjunction with the ACC's 65th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago. Chazal is a senior cardiologist and the Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute for Lee Memorial Health System, a four hospital, not-for-profit system in Fort Myers, Florida. He also serves as courtesy assistant professor of medicine for theUniversity of Florida and clinical assistant professor of medicine for Florida State University. Chazal has practiced clinical cardiology in Fort Myers since 1983 with expertise in echocardiography, diagnostic catheterization and coronary computerized tomography angiography. During his tenure, he has been a participant in multiple clinical trials. Read more >>

Photo - Dr. Dent 

Dr. Daniel Dent, MD '90

Dr. Daniel L. Dent was elected to the executive committee of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors as Education Pillar Lead overseeing the board’s education workgroups. Dr. Dent is a distinguished teaching professor and general surgery residency program director at the University of Texas Health Science Center.




Scott James, MD ’05

Scott James, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama Birmingham.  He recently presented his work at the 32nd Annual Clinical Virology Symposium sponsored by the American Society of Microbiology on his NIH funded research describing “Clinical Trials for Congenital Cytomegalovirus.”




Dr. Christos Politis, MD ’03 & MBA ’15

Dr. Christos Politis has been appointed chief medical officer of Tampa Community Hospital and HCA’s Memorial Hospital, both in Tampa. Dr. Politis comes to Tampa Community Hospital from St. Pete Urology where he served as a physician and president. Dr. Politis received his medical degree from the University of South Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and cell science from the University of Florida. He completed internship and residency in urology at the University of South Florida and served as Chief Resident from 2007 to 2008. Dr. Politis also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida.


Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD '93

Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard, '93 and Chair of the Reunion Committee of the MCOM Alumni Society, has been selected as an American Medical Association Women Physicians Section Inspirational Physician. Her nominator, Nathaniel Miletta, MD, said, "Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard currently serves as co-chair of the AMA Dermatology Section Council. She is an inspiration to many medical students, residents and physicians in the AMA. Cyndi always takes the time to make sure people are valued for their contributions, no matter how new they are to the AMA. She recognizes the unique talents each person has to offer. When I first arrived as the army delegate to the AMA Dermatology Section Council, Cyndi personally took the time to reach out to me, asked what my goals were within the AMA and in military medicine, and gave me advice on how to pursue those goals. Cyndi is accomplished and extremely successful but takes the time to nurture future leaders for dermatology as well as the AMA. It is because of Dr. Yag-Howard that I believe I can be a voice in the AMA."


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