Published on November 07, 2014

Meet the 2014 JBJ Health Care Heroes of the First Coast

The Jacksonville Business Journal's Health Care Heroes Awards honor outstanding individuals in the industry who have a significant impact on the quality of care in Jacksonville.

The following St. Vincent's HealthCare employed and affiliated physicians and our own CEO were selected as 2014 Health Care Heroes by the Jacksonville Business Journal:

Health-driven Public Policy Maker or Advocate: Moody Chisholm

Moody Chisholm is a passionate advocate for people in our area and state who need health care but don't have access to care or insurance while billions of dollars of federal funds are available for insurance coverage.

Last year he got together with colleagues of other local hospitals and community leaders to hold the North Florida Health Summit. The event was designed to educate local and state leaders about the need for expansion of insurance coverage and how it could have both humanitarian and economic benefits.

Cardiology: Dr. Saumil Oza 

Dr. Saumil Oza gained an interest in cardiology after watching his cousin struggle with a heart defect for most of her life.

Now, as the Chief of Cardiology at St. Vincent's, he is helping patients of stroke find a better way to recover. Oza was the first in Northeast Florida to perform a groundbreaking atrial fibrillation procedure.

Orhtopedics: Dr. Gavan Duffy

Born in San Francisco, the son of a physician, Gavan Duffy attended medical school and did a three-year residency in Ireland.

He learned quickly that his passion was orthopedic surgery, especially working with knees and hips.

Community Service: Dr. Jonathan Schneider

As a pediatrician for more than 40 years, Dr. Jonathan Schneider has treated decades of at-risk adolescents throughout Florida.

Dr. Schneider's career includes serving as medical director for the adolescent mobile health program Teen Xpress for Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. In 2003, he moved to Jacksonville to become chief of the division of adolescent medicine at University of Florida Health.

Community Service: Dr. William Cody

Dr. William L. Cody Sr. is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who believes strongly in community involvement and serving others. He is a member of the St. Vicent's HealthCare Foundation and President of the Deerwood Rotary Club.

Oncology: Dr. Joel Stone

Dr. Joel Stone founded Cancer Specialists of North Florida with a dozen other doctors in 1979.

Dr. Stone, whose practice is in St. Vincent's hospital on Riverside, treats patients with a wide variety of cancers, such as breast, lung, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and others.