Joseph L. Webster, Sr., MD

Joseph L. Webster MD
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Dr. Webster is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine for Gastroenterology.

Education & Training:

Postgraduate and Professional Education

1979 – 1980 Fellow, Gastroenterology
UCLA San Fernando Valley Medical Program
Sepulveda VAMC
Sepulveda, California

1978 – 1979 Chief Medical Resident
UCLA San Fernando Valley Medical Program
Sepulveda VAMC
Sepulveda, California

1975 – 1978 Intern/Resident (Internal Medicine)
UCLA San Fernando Valley Medical Program
Sepulveda VAMC
Sepulveda, California

Graduate and Professional Education

1971 – 1975 Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.)
University of Miami Medical School
Miami, Florida

Undergraduate Education:

1966 – 1971 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida

High School Education

1966 High School Diploma (Honors Graduate)
Jefferson County High School
Monticello, Florida
U.S.A.

Professional Experience:

2001 – Present President and Chief Executive Officer/Owner & Senior Physician
The Webster Surgical Center, LLC
Tallahassee, Florida

As the owner, president, chief executive officer and head physician of the Webster Surgical Center, which is a private Medical Corporation and clinical practice, I am responsible for managing a highly specialized, technology-driven, cost and quality efficient and procedure-based clinical practice in a managed care environment. The clinic serves a very diverse population of patients and requires ethnic and cultural sensitivity from our medical, nursing, technical and clerical personnel.

1993 – Present President and Chief Executive Officer
Institute for African American Health, Inc. (IAAC)

1984 – Present Adjunct Clinical Instructor—School of Allied Health
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida

1984 – 1989 Adjunct Clinical Instructor—FAMU School of Nursing
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida

1982 – Present Adjunct Clinical Instructor—College of Pharmacy
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida

1980 – Present Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer and Senior Physician
Comprehensive Clinic for Digestive Disorders
Tallahassee, Florida

1978 – 1979 Chief Medical Resident
UCLA, San Fernando Valley Medical Program
Salpulveda, California

Served as the Chief Medical Resident in a highly academic medical training program; Coordinated and directed over 75 house staff officers; Served as an Assistant Clinical Instructor; Served on all administrative committees within the medical center.

1975 Medical Extern – University of Miami Senior
Washington University Medical Center at Barnes Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri

Successfully completed medical rotations with honors.

1971 Community Pharmacist
Andrew’s Southside Pharmacy
Los Angeles, California

Served as a community pharmacist with responsibilities in clinical pharmacy and drug management profiles. Was actively involved in day-to-day practice.

1966 – 1971 Research Assistant to Ph.D. Candidate
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Was actively involved in antimetabolite and DNA synthetic chemistry; data input and served as a quality control specialist.

Areas of Research Interests:

Medical

  • Obesity and diabetes in children and adolescents
  • Healthcare delivery and universal access
  • Healthcare provider manpower issues
  • Quality assurance and outcomes measurements
  • Ethnic sensitive and culturally appropriate care
  • “Real” Cost analysis versus “Real” benefit data in special populations
  • Spirituality and Health
  • Cancer in minority populations

Non-medical

  • Demographics, global economy and minorities in the United States
  • Higher Education
  • Sickle Cell Foundation
  • The role of families in healthy attitudes and practices
  • Community-based “leveraged” organizations
  • “Reengineering” traditional units for nontraditional roles
  • New ways to do more with fewer dollars

Committees and Organizations:

Medical

  • President, Florida State Medical Association, Inc.
  • President, Institute for African American Health, Inc.
  • Member, House of Delegates, National Medical Association
  • Member, Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.
  • Member, A Life Recovery Center, Inc.
  • Member, Institute for Public Health Advisory Board, Florida A&M University
  • Member, National Stroke Coalition Advisory Committee, South East Region
  • Member, National Medical Association, Inc. (Region III Vice Chair)
  • Member, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Member, William J. Gunn Medical Society, Inc.
  • Member, Leonidas Berry Society for Digestive and Nutritional Disorders (Past National President)

State and Local

  • President, Florida State Medical Association, Inc.
  • President, Institute for African American Health, Inc.
  • Chair, Pro Tem, Board of Trustees, Bethel AME Church

Honors and Awards:

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida A&M University, 1971
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • President, Student National Medical Association, University of Miami, 1974, (Charter Member)
  • Vice President, Intern and Resident Associate, UCLA, 1976
  • Dr. I.C. Robinson Research Award, 1971, Florida A&M University
  • Mead Johnson Undergraduate Research Award, 1971
  • Florida Pharmaceutical Association Award, 1971
  • Chief Medical Resident Award, 1979
  • Outstanding Young Men in America, 1980
  • College of Pharmacy Outstanding Service Award
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (NAFEO), 1989
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Florida A&M University, 1993
  • NAACP Community Service Award, 1992
  • Charmettes Community Service Award, 1995-1998
  • Outstanding Service Award, BSHPS, University of Florida, 1982
  • Outstanding Service Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 1987
  • Father of the Year Award, Bethel AME Church, 1996
  • Community Service, University of Miami Medical School, 1997
  • Merck Foundation Pharmacy Award, 1971
  • Tallahassee Urban League Century Award, 1989

Professional Memberships:

  • National Medical Association
  • Florida State Medical Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • NAACP (Life Member)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Inc.
  • Rho Chi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Chi Medical Fraternity, Inc.
  • Knights of Pythias, Inc.
  • Institute for African American Health, Inc.
  • Florida A&M University National Alumni Association
  • National Pharmaceutical Association, Inc.
  • William J. Gunn Medical Society, Inc.

Seminars and Invited Lectures:

Conducted professional lectures and public presentations in the following cities:

International—Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002, 2001; Capetown, South Africa, 2001, Senior Physician Consultant – The Boys Choir of Tallahassee 2000 European Tour of Rome, Pisa, Florence, Venice and Milan, Italy,

National/State—Nashville; New Orleans; Miami; Washington, D.C.; West palm Beach; Orlando; Boston; Bahamas Islands; Minneapolis; Los Angeles; New York; Newark; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Norfolk, VA and all major cities in Florida.

Made Newspaper/Radio/Television appearances as follows:

Jacksonville; Orlando; Pensacola; Tampa; Miami; Tallahassee; “ABC Nightline” T.V. Program on Health Issues; and a U.S.A. Today article on health and healthcare cost, and access for the poor.

Participated in postgraduate training programs held at major universities in the U.S.A. including but not limited to: UCLA; Boston; Georgetown University; and FAMU.

Presenter, Florida Conference of Black State Legislators Annual Meeting, 1997-1999

Annual Meeting and Seminar Coordinator, National Florida A&M University Alumni Association Presentations, 1985-1994

L.H.B. Foote Lecture, Founder and Annual Event Chair, 1993 – Present

Minority Health Seminar, Founder and Annual Event Chair, 1999 – Present

Concerned Citizens Statewide Forum, Founder, 1995 – 1997

Leonidas Berry Society for Gastrointestinal Disease, President 1993

Florida A&M University National Alumni Association Health Seminar Coordinator, 1982; 1984

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • Developed a Comprehensive Clinic for Digestive and Nutritional Disorders in 1980 and directed its growth through era of managed care transition.
  • Founded the Institute for African American Health, Inc, to address health care disparities in the minority population in Florida and the nation.
  • Founded Concerned Citizens Political Action Committee to bring some voice to the common man as it relates to issues of health and education (currently inactive).
  • Frequently provided testimony before the Florida House and Senate Committees on health issues.
  • Developed the state of Florida’s first statewide summit on issues for health and education in the Black Community as an activity of the Concerned Citizens Political Action Committee.
  • Hosted the state of Florida’s first Minority Health Summit (Summer 1999).
  • Worked with the late Governor Lawton Chiles to help win a $700 million tobacco settlement through the statewide support of the Concerned Citizens Political Action Committee and the Institute for African American Health, Inc. (IAAH).

Nonprofit Organization:

Institute for African American Health, Inc. (IAAH)

Business/Nonprofit Address: 2048 Centre Pointe Lane
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
(850) 878-0471 Office Phone
(850) 942-5733 Fax

President & Chief Executive Officer
Institute for African American Health, Inc. (IAAH)
Current Area of Research: Principal Investigator, Project H.E.A.L.T.H
A pilot research study of Obesity and Diabetes in Children and Adolescents