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Press Release for Wednesday, April 25, 2018

UNF Professor Named American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow

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Dr. Shyam Paryani, University of North Florida health administration instructor and CEO of Medical & Dental Consultants, was recently named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the leading professional society for health care leaders.


"I am delighted that Dr. Paryani has received this tremendous honor," said Dr. Mei Zhao, UNF Department of Health Administration chair. "He has been an incredible asset to our department and students. His hard work and dedication to furthering the health administration field, as well as the local community, is inspiring."


Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. To obtain this honor, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including meeting academic/experiential criteria, earning continuing education hours, demonstrating professional/community involvement, passing a comprehensive examination, committing to ongoing professional development and undergoing recertification every three years.


"I am extremely honored," said Paryani, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident. "This is the culmination of my membership in this organization spanning my career as a health care professional."


Paryani is an engineer, nuclear physicist, physician, scientist, teacher, innovator, entrepreneur as well as philanthropist. His current research is in quality management in health care. Paryani is leading efforts to develop policy for health care reform in Florida as chairman of the non-profit community organization, Floridians Advocating Insurance Reform.


Paryani served on UNF's Foundation Board, College of Health Dean's Council and the Health Administration Advisory Board. He was honored as UNF's Distinguished Alumnus in 2007 and Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Health Administration in 2017.


Additionally, he co-founded the Florida Radiation Oncology Group in 1983. Keeping alive his passion for education, he founded the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program at Memorial Hospital in 1991 and has served as chairman of the CME Committee for over 20 years. He has also served on the Florida Medical Association CME Committee for Accreditation since 1995 in various capacities, including chairman and surveyor.


Paryani earned his doctoral degree in internal medicine at the University of Texas and M.D. Anderson Hospital. He completed further training in radiation oncology at Stanford University. Paryani graduated from the University of Florida with a nuclear engineering/radiation physics master's degree and graduated magna cum lade with an electrical engineering bachelor's degree. He earned a second master's in health administration from UNF in 2002, with a perfect 4.0 GPA.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.