The Board

Dr. Michael Dennis

Dr. Michael Dennis

Term:    March 2015 - January 2020

Appointment: Board of Governors

Michael T.B. Dennis, M.D. is the founding Chair of the Advisory Board for the Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. As Chair, he champions the new school's medical priorities, which include student scholarships, helping to propel the innovative program's growth and success.

A retired board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he is Founder and President of Hand-XTenders, a company that creates instrumentation for the operating room and devices to increase the function of the manually disabled from which all profits go to charity. He is an officer of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation, and a member of the Finance Committee of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. In addition, he founded the Medical Education Forum of the Palm Beaches and funded the preparation, publication, and distribution of the 2013 Regional Medical Care Guide for residents of Palm Beach County.

He served as Chairman of the Palm Beach Medical Care Commission from 2005 to 2008, and
has chaired and sponsored the Palm Beach County Medical Society's Future of Medicine Summit for the past five years, which brings nationally known speakers to southern Florida for educational discussions. Dr. Dennis is President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society's Service Board.

Dr. Dennis received his Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard and his M.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1968, with extensive externships at Guy's Hospital, London, and Johns Hopkins. He completed his internship and surgical residency at Stanford. While at Stanford, Dr. Dennis single-handedly developed a primary care Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner program, which graduated its first class in 1973 and remains operative. In response to these
efforts, he was appointed by Ronald Reagan to the Health Manpower Commission, which funded
primary care residencies throughout California, and to the Special Medical Practice Act Committee to make appropriate changes to state law.

As a practicing physician based in Santa Barbara, Dr. Dennis spent several weeks annually for 29 years volunteering with multiple organizations (e.g. Doctors Without Borders) to provide pro bono correction of congenital defects such as cleft palates, cleft lips, and hand deformities. He worked in 19 countries, and by visiting a few more on each trip, has been in all 217 countries in the world.

Dr. Dennis married Phyllis Dickinson Harrison in 1964. They have three children and one pistol of a granddaughter.

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