Deborah C. German, M.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, College of Medicine
University of Central Florida
Dr. Deborah C. German, a physician, educator, and administrator, serves as Vice President for Health Affairs and Founding Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
Deborah German earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Boston University and her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. She was a Resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester and a Fellow in Rheumatic and Genetic Diseases at Duke. As a member of the faculty at Duke, she worked in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was also Director of the Duke Gout Clinics and Associate Dean of Medical Education while maintaining her own private practice of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Dr. German became Associate Dean for Students and later Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education at Vanderbilt University. As President and Chief Executive Officer at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Saint Thomas Health Services, Ascension Health, Dr. German led a successful hospital turnaround and initiated service excellence and quality programs at the hospital that received national recognition. Throughout this time, she continued to practice medicine. In 2005, Dr. German spent a year at the AAMC in Washington, D.C. as a Petersdorf Scholar in Residence researching leadership of academic health centers framed in complex system science.
As Vice President for Health Affairs and Founding Dean, she has developed a research-based medical school and a patient-centered clinical enterprise that anchors Lake Nona Medical Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. German led a community effort to fund scholarships for tuition and living expenses for the entire Charter Class, a first such effort in the history of American medicine. She built UCF Health, a multi-specialty group faculty practice. As Vice President of Health Affairs, Dr. German leads the UCF Academic Health Sciences Center, established in July of 2018. She led the effort to partner with Hospital Corporation of America to build the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. Most recently, she was instrumental in the establishment of the UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center.
Dr. German has received numerous national and local awards. In 2014, she received the Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award, a national award presented by the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine. Dr. German was honored with the 2015 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award and the 2016 Atlantic Institute Global Vision & Education Award.
In Florida, Dr. German has received dozens of awards for her work and community service including, 2008 Business Executive of the Year and 2008 Businesswoman of the Year, the Orlando Sentinel’s Editorial Board choice as 2008 Central Floridian of the Year, Girl Scout and Light House Foundations Visionary awards in 2009, Orlando Magic Woman Leader Honoree 2013, U.S. House of Representatives Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2014, Central Florida Urban League Health Empowerment Award and the Global Vision and Education Award in 2016, and most recently was named Orlando Business Journal Game Changer in 2018.The mission of the Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce is to enhance economic growth of the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Florida by focusing on education, promotion, and development of the business community, and those areas of the community affecting business.
Our primary goals are to strengthen our local economy, to promote the community, provide networking opportunities, represent the interest of business with government, and develop community leaders.Our Signature Breakfast Event has been designed to promote strong connections, business opportunities, and fun!