Robert S. Tomchik, M.D., M.P.H.
3161 SW 160th Avenue
Miramar, FL 33027
Phone: (954) 450-3550
Fax: (954) 450-3557
Master’s of Public Health Degree, Health Planning and Administration, University of Michigan, June, 1983
Medical Doctor Degree, Pritzker School of Medicine, June, 1979
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Biology, University of Chicago, June 1975
Residency, Preventive Medicine, University of Michigan, 1982-84
Internship, Family Practice, University of South Carolina, 1979-80
American Board of Preventive Medicine, 1986
Workman’s Compensation, State of Florida
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Florida Board of Medical Examiners, #49173, 1986 to present
Michigan Board of Medicine, #4301045145, 1982 to present
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL. Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Public Health, 1991 to present.
Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, FL. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, 1996 – 1998
Florida International University, North Miami, FL. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health, 1993 – present
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Administration, 1985-6.
Private Medical Practice, Miramar and Pembroke Pines, FL, 1/99 to present
Private medical practice in a family practice office. In-patient care at local hospital.
Private Medical Practice, Davie, FL, 7/97 to 12/98
Private medical practice in a busy family medical practice. Responsible for patient care for persons over 7 years old.
Humana Medical Plan, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 12/96 to 6/97
Regional Medical Director
Practiced internal medicine with emphasis on caring for Medicare patients. Responsible for supervision of quality management, utilization review, and cost-effectiveness of physician providers in a large urban county for managed care plan. Key responsibilities included ongoing communication and liaison with physicians, monitoring performance and coordinating care between providers in a cost-effective manner.
Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, FL, 10/93 to 11/96
Medical Director, Primary Care Center
Practiced general internal medicine with concentration in rheumatology and AIDS. Directed medical affairs of multi-specialty primary care group with $6 million budget and heavy emphasis on managed care; approximately 25% of patients are capitated. Responsible for quality improvement, utilization review, physician productivity, negotiation of physician contracts, and medical supervision of laboratory and radiology. Achievements and activities included: reduced ER visits by 20% reduced budget by 18% as representative on reengineering team, developed physician practice profiles to monitor & enhance physician productivity, developed computer programs to monitor physician contracts and expenditures, chaired Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
FL Dept. of Health & Rehabilitative Services, Ft. Myers, FL, 5/86 – 6/88
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2/90 – 9/93
Medical Epidemiologist, Broward County Public Health Unit, 2/90 – 9/93
Epidemiologist for metropolitan area with population over one million. Utilized knowledge of management information systems, epidemiology skills and analytic capabilities to conduct disease investigation and evaluate health outcomes. Leadership role in public health emergencies, including serving as media spokesperson. Managed and supervised disease surveillance and control programs and staff. Major roles and activities including the following: analyzed outbreaks of measles, encephalitis, hepatitis, and Legionnaire’s disease, principal investigator of research team that identified the cause of seabather’s eruption, a condition that annually affects thousands of Florida residents and visitors, Board of Directors, Broward County Medical Association, and health representative, Emergency Operations Center after Hurricane Andrew.
Direct, Lee County Public Health Unit, 5/86 – 6/88
Directed department with 172 employees, $7.8 million budget and health programs in adult primary care, pediatric, and obstetrics-gynecology and Medicare certified home health agency. Key achievements including the following: increased budget by 20% while reducing county ad valorum funding by 28%, lowered NICU admission rates by two-thirds through maternity care provided through a public health-hospital-physician coalition, negotiated single and multi-party contract with State, County and physicians, Founded and served as Vice-President, Southwest Florida AIDS Task Forced, chaired Lee County Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.
Elkhart County Health Department, Elkhart, IN, 7/88 – 1/90
Chief executive of agency with staff over 100 and budget of $2.1 million. Responsibilities including directing a licensed home health agency, managing local environmental regulatory programs and undertaking community health initiatives. Accomplishments included passage of first local groundwater protection program in the State, expansion of maternal and child health programs by 50%, coordination with EPA on management f a local superfund site and establishment of career ladder for professional employees. Responsible for establishment of fiscal accountability and improved relationships with Board of County Commissioners, County Administrator and County Auditor.
Emergency Physician, Three Rivers Area Hospital, Three Rivers, Michigan, 7/83 – 7/85
Practiced as an emergency room physician with responsibilities that included after hours in-house coverage of intensive care unit and occupational health care.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 9/82 – 11/84
Residency, Preventive Medicine
Completion of residency training in public health and general preventive medicine, with practicum experience while serving as health officer of Kalamazoo County.
Public Health Service Hospital, Crow Agency, MT, 7/80 – 6/82
Clinical Director and General Medical Officer
Directed clinical services and served as chief of medical staff. Supervision of optometry, pharmacy, laboratory, dental and medical services, including emergency room, med/surg, pediatrics, and obstetrics units and out-patient clinic. Developed comprehensive diabetes program; lead efforts to recognize and retain employees. Practice family medicine.
American College of Physician Executives, member, 1995 to 1998
American College of Preventive Medicine, member, 1986 to 1998
Broward County Medical Association, member, 1990 to 1998; Board of Directors, 1992 to 1993
American Medical Association, member, 1990 to 1998
Florida Medical Association, member, 1990 to 1998
American Public Health Association, member, 1982 to 1994
American Cancer Society, Board of Directors, 1992 to 1994
Juried or Refereed Articles and Exhibitions
Tomchik RS, Russell MT, Szmant AM, Black NA. Clinical perspectives on seabather’s eruption, also known as “sea lice”. JAMA 1993;269;1669-1672.
Tomchik RS. Evolution of public/private partnerships to care for the medically needy. The Record 1995;67(3)13.
Tomchik RS, Janusweski J. AIDS in the ‘90s. The Record 1993;54(5):9,23.
Tomchik RS. Medical relief in large scale disasters: lessons from Hurricane Andrew. Miami Medicine 1992;63(1)17-9.
Tomchik RS, Sfakianaki ED. Advances in immunization practices: current recommendations for children. Miami Medicine 1992;63(8)17-21.
Black NA, Szmant AM, Tomchik RS. Planulae of the Scyphomedusa Linuche unguiculta as a possible cause of seabather’s eruption. Bulletin of Marine Science 1994;54:955-60.
Beitsch LM, Tomchik RS, Vickery L and Rogers PJ. Access to prenatal care by low income patients: a survey of physician attitudes. Florida Journal of Public Health 1991;3(3)50-54.
Tomchik, RS. Seabather’s eruption. Exhibition – Annual Conference, Florida Medical Association, Orlando, FL, April, 1994.
Other Research and Publications
Tomchik RS. “Sea lice” and seabather’s eruption: advances in identifying an elusive marine organism. Ocean Lifeguard 1992;4(4)10-11.
Tomchik, RS. Foodborne Illness in Michigan – 1982. Michigan Department of Public Health, March, 1984.
Russell MT, Tomchik RS. Seabather’s eruption or “sea lice”: new findings and clinical implications. Journal of Emergency Nursing 1993’19:197-201.
Terry WC, Rogers PJ, Tomchik RS. Alcohol and drug abuse trends in Broward County: first annual drug epidemiology network report. United Way of Broward County, June, 1992.
Tomchik, RS. Clinical perspectives on treatment of patients with AIDS. Family Service Agency, Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 9, 1996.
Tomchik, RS. Clinical preventive medicine. Department of Family Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, May, 1994.
Tomchik, RS. Perspectives on a comprehensive, community based program of medical services for low income patients. Broward County Leadership, Hollywood, FL, March, 1994.
Tomchik, RS. Health effects of Hurricane Andrew. Lessons Learned from Hurricane Andrew, Florida International University, March 1, 1993.
Tomchik, RS. Seabather’s eruption. Department of Family Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, April, 1993.
Janusweski J, Tomchik RS. AIDS trends among women and children: Broward County and the United States. Second Annual Pediatric HIV Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, December 5, 1992.
Tomchik, RS. The role of immunization programs in protecting a community’s health. Kiwanis Club of Wilton Manors, Wilton Manors, FL, April, 1992.
Tomchik, RS. Review of occupational and preventive medicine. Review Course for Foreign Medical Graduates, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, April, 1992.
Tomchik, RS. Waging the new war against measles: lessons from the measles experience in south Florida. National Association of County Health Officials, Fort Lauderdale, FL, July, 1990.
Tomchik, RS. AIDS in Lee County and the United States: past history, present impact and future implications. Leadership Lee County, August, 1987.
Tomchik, RS. Medical effects of exposure to ehyl bromide. The Epidemiology of Occupational Diseases of Agricultural Workers, LaBelle, FL, January, 1987.
Sea lice, Cable News Network., June, 1993.
Health impact of Hurricane Andrew, “All Things Considered”, National Public Radio, September, 1992.
Honors and Awards
Recognition Award, Contributions to Health and Safety of Florida Beaches, Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association, 1993.
Certificate of Recognition, Immunization Services, City of Miramar, 1993.
“Outstanding New Health Program”, Lee County Coordinating Council, 1988.
Recognition Award, Chairman of Equal Opportunity Committee, Lee County, FL, 1988.
Recognition Award, Employee Recognition and Retention, Public Health Service, Crow
Agency, MT, 1982.
Certificate of Recognition, Childhood Immunization, Public Health Service, Crow Agency,
Areas of Specialization (Courses Taught)
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
The US Health Care System
Introduction to Epidemiology
Preceptorships / Externships
Family Practice Residents – University of Miami School of Medicine; Public Health Service
Medical Students – University of Miami School of Medicine, Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine; Public Health Service
Masters’ Level Students – University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida International University
Physician Assistant Students – Nova Southeastern College of Health Sciences
Emergency Medical Technicians – Public Health Service