By John Carruthers, assistant editor, December 02, 2013
Palm Beach, Fla., dermatologist Steven Rosenberg, MD, has long been active in both his specialty and the politics of his home state. As the only dermatologist on the Florida Board of Medicine — and the first one in over 30 years — he has been appointed by three different governors, and spends an estimated 250 hours a year as first vice chairman developing new rules and legislation, hearing disciplinary cases, and serving on multiple committees.
"There is satisfaction in contributing to the citizens and physicians of our state by helping to maintain the high standards that our profession should have."
- Dr. Rosenberg’s legislative activism started during his college years. “I went to college and medical school when the Vietnam War was going on and students were a lot more politically active than they are today,” he said. “When I first started practice, I noticed that there was an older practitioner who many legislators deferred to as an expert. I took note and decided to become involved myself.”
- “It’s an interesting opportunity to revisit general medicine, see what’s happening in the specialties, and interact with the attorneys who represent different aspects of the system,” Dr. Rosenberg said of his service. “There’s a tremendous amount of work, and a lot of responsibilities that go along with it. It’s done with a great deal of time, effort, and consideration by the board members.”
- “We have done a number of things that have protected patient access to dermatologists and made sure that they’re getting the most reliable care possible,” Dr. Rosenberg said. “I think that dermatologists appreciate the efforts we’ve been able to put forth.”
- In addition to his work for the state of Florida, Dr. Rosenberg serves on a number of Academy committees and has been a speaker at the ethics forum at the Annual Meeting.
- “Unfortunately, many doctors aren’t politically involved enough either by becoming elected or getting the ear of their legislators,” he said. “We don’t want insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies dictating the future of medicine. If 100 percent of doctors get involved, we don’t have these problems.”
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