(St. Petersburg, FL, February 3, 2016) St. Petersburg General Hospital recently appointed two new members to serve for two year terms to the Board of Trustees. Harish Patel, M.D., West Coast Neurology and Romeo Acosta, Jr., M.D., Gulfcoast Institute of OB/GYN will replace Herman Zaharowitz, M.D. and Wayne Garcia, M.D., whose terms expired.

Romeo Acosta, Jr., M.D.

Romeo Acosta, Jr., M.D. is the original founder of the Gulfcoast Institute of OBGYN and has been serving families in the Tampa region for over 23 years. He received his medical education from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, New York. Dr. Acosta has a special interest in primary care of women, obstetrics, contraception, and minimally invasive in-office and robotic-assisted surgery.

Harish Patel, M.D.

Harish Patel, M.D. specializes in Neurology and has over twenty-five years of experience. He received his medical education from Medical College of Baroda, India. He completed his residency and research at Howard University in Washington D.C. Dr. Patel finished a year of psychiatric training at Elizabeth General Medical Center, New Jersey. In 1993, he moved to the Pinellas County where he founded West Coast Neurology in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Patel sees patients dealing with numerous neurological symptoms including, head traumas, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorder. He will take his place on the board for a two year term as the new Chief of Staff for St. Petersburg General Hospital.

Board of Trustees

Peter A. Marmerstein, Permanent Member
President and CEO, HCA West Florida

Elinor Miranda, M.D., Chair
How We Grow Pediatrics

Maureen Stafford, Vice Chair
Staffordshire Properties, Inc.

Harish Patel, M.D., Chief of Staff
West Coast Neurology

Janice Balzano, Secretary
President and CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital

Anil Raiker, M.D.
Pinellas Cancer Center

Romeo Acosta, Jr., M.D.
Gulfcoast Institute of OB/GYN

Erica Riggins
Bright House/Bay News 9

Randy Shuck, D.O.
Family Practice

Ahmad Nematbakhsh, D.O.
Orthopedic Surgery

Sue Brett
Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc

About St. Petersburg General Hospital

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services including labor and delivery, post-partum and nursery. St. Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Certified Chest Pain Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter.  Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse.  For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.