Contact the Center for Global Health & Medical Diplomacy

To learn more about the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy, please call, write or visit. The Center is located just off the main campus of the University of North Florida, on the second floor of Hicks Hall, Building 53, Suite 2750.  Our physical address (but not our mailing address) is 4892 First Coast Technology Parkway.


Center Staff


Yank Coble  

Yank D. Coble, Jr., MD, MACP, MACE

Director and Distinguished Professor
(904) 620-1213  


Dr. Coble is the Director and Distinguished Professor of the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy, University of North Florida; and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Florida. He is Past President of The World Medical Association (WMA), American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr. Coble serves as chair of the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida. He served on the Board of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine. He also served as Chair of the Physician’s Consortium for Performance Improvement, a Director of the National Quality Forum, a Commissioner of the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and on the Advisory Boards of the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Board of Research!America. Dr. Coble is an honorary Professor of Medicine at the Shanghai University Medical School. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Duke University Medical School and a Doctorate of Human Letters from the University of North Florida. Dr. Coble was a practicing endocrinologist in Jacksonville for over thirty five years. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. Dr. Coble is a graduate of Duke Medical School, residency at NY Hospital Cornell Medical Center, and Fellowship at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, and Vanderbilt Medical School. In the inaugural NIH International Research Center Development Program, he lived for six years in Egypt, Nigeria and London, conducting research and visiting medical research facilities globally. 


Brief Bio


Heather Samorisky

Coordinator Administrative Services
(904) 620-1211  


Heather Mills is the Coordinator of Administrative Services for the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy. She is responsible for coordinating Center activities and events. She is also responsible for Center correspondence and office policy and procedures. Prior to joining the Center she worked in the insurance industry. She has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Florida and remains active in the Alumni Association.





Rhianna Lindsey

Student Assistant
(904) 620-1221  


Rhianna Lindsey is the Student Assistant at the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy engaged in program planning and implementation, website development, communications with leadership groups and related organizations. Rhianna is a student at the University of North Florida studying Political Science and French, while also on the Pre-Medical track. After graduation, she plans to take some time to travel across the globe before applying to medical school.



Driving Directions

From J Turner Butler Blvd. (202), turn north at Kernan Blvd.  Take the first right, which is a stoplight, at First Coast Technology Pkwy. Continue north and turn left into our parking lot at 4892 First Coast Technology Parkway. The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy is  located in the right wing, on the second floor, in Suite 2750.

From Beach Blvd., Turn south at Kernan Blvd.  Pass Hunter’s Haven Lane, pass Glen Kernan Parkway East, take a left at the stoplight at First Coast Technology Pkwy. Take the first right into our parking lot at 4892 First Coast Technology Parkway. The Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy is  located in the right wing, on the second floor, in Suite 2750.

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Get Involved

If you are passionate about promoting global understanding and collaborative action for improving health and medical care, get involved!

The Center is well-established as the neutral convening body for northeast Florida's collaborative efforts in health and medicine, and the global community continues to present opportuniteis to serve. The Center's high quality programs and growing reputation as a credible source of health information have led to the need to expand programs and services.

While partial operating support is provided by the University of North Florida, over half of the Center's financial needs have been met by generous benefactors who see the value of this unique venture to improve health and medical care through collaboration.

The best way to contribute to global health is by simply mailing your gift to:

UNF Foundation
C/O Center for Global Health
1 UNF Drive, UNF Hall, Suite 2750
Jacksonville, FL 32224

We appreciate your consideration of support for the activities of the Center. Your investment will help ensure that this opportunity to address the challenges and affect policy related to healthcare and bioscience will continue to grow.