HCMA Officers

Fred Bearison, M.D.


Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Bearison is an Internal Medicine physician who practices in Valrico. He received his medical degree in 1982 from the University of Bologna, Italy. He returned to New Jersey to complete his internship and residency. He moved to Florida in 1985 and has been practicing ever since at the Valrico Brandon Medical Group. Dr. Bearison also served on the Florida Board of Medicine from 2005-2013, serving as Chairman in 2009.

Thomas Bernasek, M.D.

President Elect

Dr. Thomas Bernasek is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in adult reconstructive orthopaedics and arthritis surgery of the hip and knee, at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa. Born in Helena, Montana, Dr. Bernasek graduated medical school in 1977, receiving his degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He continued his post graduate education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has resided in Florida since 1987.

Jayant Rao, M.D.

Vice President

Dr. Jayant Rao is an Emergency Room physician with Emergency Medical Associates of Tampa Bay. Born in Rochester, New York, he moved south to receive his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He stayed in Florida, completing his internship and residency through the Orlando Regional Medical Center in 2010.

Malcolm Root, M.D.


Dr. Malcolm Root has been practicing Urology in Tampa since 1992 and is currently practicing with Florida Urology Partners. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Dr. Root received his medical degree in 1985 from the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He remained in Hershey to complete his General Surgery internship and residency before moving to Tampa and completing additional training in Urology at the University of South Florida.

Eva Crooke, M.D.


Dr. Eva Crooke practices Obstetrics & Gynecology with The Woman’s Group, an all-female practice in Tampa. A Tampa Bay native, Dr. Crooke was born in St. Petersburg. She remained in the area, receiving her medical degree in 2008 and completing her internship and residency at the University of South Florida.

Jose Jimenez, M.D.

Immediate Past President

Dr. Jose Jimenez was born in Milledgeville, GA, moving to MacClenny, FL shortly after. Dr. Jimenez moved to Tampa in 1992, when he began medical school at the University of South Florida. After completing his internship and residency at USF, he opened Small World Pediatrics, P.A. in November 2003, located in Wesley Chapel, and currently co-practices with his wife who is also a pediatric physician. Dr. Jimenez has served on the FMA Board of Governors, representing District C, since 2013.

Joel Silverfield, M.D.

Chairman, Board of Trustees

Dr. Silverfield an Internal Medicine/Rheumatologist in Tampa, was born in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Silverfield attended medical school, internship, and residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and went on to complete a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Silverfield is a renowned research investigator in clinical trials involving patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. He has resided in Tampa since 1982.

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