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Miguel Machado, exile and former Miami boy, to head Florida Medical Association

Dr. Miguel A. Machado was 14 years old when his mother kissed him goodbye, and sent him to Miami by way of Spain to flee Castro's Cuba in 1966. Later, his sister went straight to work after graduating to pay for his med school.

On Saturday, Machado, 59, recalled the struggles and the sacrifices of those two strong women when he became the 135th president of the Florida Medical Association, one of the oldest and most powerful lobbies in the state Capitol.

From a press release:

“It is a great honor to serve as President of the FMA at this critical time in organized medicine,” Machado said. “Serving the over 20,000 members of the FMA is a humbling but exciting opportunity.”

Dr. Machado is a longtime, active member of both the FMA and the FMA PAC, holding numerous leadership positions in both organizations. He has served as a member of the FMA Board of Governors and the FMA PAC Board of Directors, Chair of the Council on Legislation, and Delegate to the American Medical Association. In 2007, he received the Certificate of Merit, which is the FMA’s highest honor.

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Dr. Machado came to the United States when he was 14 years old and lived in Miami. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1977, he completed a surgical internship at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Machado then completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Maryland hospital in Baltimore in 1985. He is in private practice in St. Augustine.

In addition to his FMA involvement, Dr. Machado is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Latin American Society of Neurological Surgeons (U.S. Chapter), the Physician Association of Clinics, Hospitals, and Annex, the Sociedad Antiguos Estudiantes (University of Zaragoza), and the University of Maryland Surgical Society.

Dr. Machado has three children, Miguel III, Minela, and Lourdes

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