Leadership

JLR is led by a growing team of dedicated, motivated physician owners who hail from many of the most prestigious and competitive medical institutions in the country. Our highly-trained physicians include many who are fellowship-trained in anesthesiology subspecialties, including:

Our Executive Team

Our 75 physicians and 120 CRNAs are supported by an experienced executive team:

Lynette Block

Senior Administrator for Anesthesia Services

Lynette has worked in healthcare for 30 years, primarily in anesthesiology. She has extensive experience in billing and managing billing offices, both locally and regionally.  Lynette earned her certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders.  Some of her experience includes consulting for other anesthesiology practices and risk management, including working closely with malpractice carriers and hospital risk managers, reviewing and answering patient issues, and attending mediations for medical malpractice claims. Lynette also provides leadership in compliance training, and data mining and analysis.

Grace Hilton

Credentialing Specialist

Grace has worked in healthcare for 24 years - 16 of those in credentialing - which provides JLR clients with a streamlined and indispensable service. She facilitates the credentialing and re-appointments of all the JLR physicians and CRNAs at affiliated hospitals and surgery centers. Before joining JLR, she served as an administrator for a mental health facility. Along with credentialing, her experience and expertise includes recruiting, benefits, administrative duties, and assisting JLR’s CEO and Senior Administrator.

JLR Clinical Leadership Team

Kurt Jones, MD

President, JLR Medical Group

G. Edwin Wilson, MD

President of the Florida Hospital Medical Staff (2014-2015)

Dr. Wilson joined JLR in 1994 after serving as Chief Resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida. He has special interest in the identification and development of physician leaders, in creating and fostering collaborative workgroups for effective problem-solving, and in enhancing and improving both the patient experience and patient safety. To that end, Dr. Wilson was elected Vice President of JLR in 1998-1999, and subsequently, was elected President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of JLR in 2000-2001. Dr. Wilson was again elected President and Chairman of JLR in 2006-2007, and also served as the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Florida Hospital in 1998-1999, and again in 2000-2001. In addition, he has held memberships on or the chairmanship of numerous Florida Hospital Medical Staff committees, including Allied Health, Bylaws, Credentials, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and the Medical Executive Committee.

Robert Michaels, MD

Chief of Anesthesiology, Florida Hospital - Orlando Division

Robert Michaels, MD, MPH, joined JLR after completing his residency in anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. As the Chairperson of the Operating Room Committee at Florida Hospital, his administrative focus is on maximizing operating room management and efficiency. Clinically, Dr. Michaels is an experienced member of the liver transplant and cardiac anesthesiology teams. He has served on the JLR board of directors since 2009, and in addition to his administrative responsibilities on the Florida Hospital Orlando campus, he serves on the Peer Review Committee, Division Leadership Committee, and Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Care. Dr. Michaels earned his medical degree from The George Washington University after completing his undergraduate studies at Tulane University.

Timothy Grant, DO

Chief of Anesthesiology at Florida Hospital East

Dr. Timothy Grant trained at the University Of Maryland / Shock Trauma Center with specialty focus in Pediatric Critical Care. He has been with JLR Medical Group since 1995, and also a member of the US Navy Reserves Medical Core from 1995 to 2005. He is the Chief of Anesthesiology at Florida Hospital East since 2009, where he has served various leadership roles such as the Chief of Surgery, Chief of OR Committee, Unit Medical Director of Same Day Services, Preop, PACU, and Surgery, and Medical Director of the free-standing East Outpatient Surgery Center.

Mac Axelrod, MD

Chief of Staff at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, Past President

Dr. Axelrod joined JLR in 2000 after working for six years in Northern California at Anesthesia and Analgesia Medical Group in Santa Rosa. He has worked hard to improve the patient experience through metric-driven data and to improve efficiency and throughput to benefit both surgeons and patients. To that end, he has served in several leadership positions within JLR and Florida Hospital, including Medical Director of Florida Hospital's Kidney Stone Center, Department Chair of Anesthesiology, Chief of Staff and Assistant Chief of Staff at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, and on JLR's board of directors, including serving as President. Dr. Axelrod completed his anesthesiology training at the University of California, San Francisco, and his medical education at Duke University.

Ravi Bissessar, MD

Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Division, Director of Cardiothoracic Transplant and Director of Liver Transplant

Dr. Bissessar has transplant anesthesiology expertise in the perioperative management of liver, kidney, pancreas, heart and lung transplantation. This includes complex cardiac cases, adult and pediatric congenital anomalies, minimally invasive and robotic surgeries, cardiac transplant, and management of ventricular assist devices. In addition to his current position, he has served on JLR’s board of directors as well as numerous other clinical and operations committees. Dr. Bissessar completed his fellowship in Cardiothoracic and Critical Care at Duke University Medical College in Durham, North Carolina, as well as a board certification in echocardiography. Prior to that, he received Diplomate in Anesthesiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was Chief Resident. He earned his medical degree, and his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and molecular science from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Moeed Azam, MD

Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesiology

Dr. Azam joined JLR after completing his anesthesiology residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a medical internship at University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has served as the Director for Liver Transplant Anesthesiology since the program’s inception at Florida Hospital and has been integral in producing outcomes that surpass national averages. These results were achieved through close collaboration in many areas, including operating room logistics, peer review and transplant patient selection committees, and transplant department governance. Experience in these complex procedures has produced niche expertise in perioperative bleeding management. Dr. Azam also serves as the Chief of Anesthesiology for Physicians‘ Surgical Care Center with specialized skill in regional anesthesia procedures for ambulatory surgical patients of the Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic.

Arun Moorjani, MD

Co-director of the Division of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management

Dr. Moorjani was instrumental in establishing the Peripheral Nerve Catheter and Acute Pain Service at Florida Hospital’s flagship campus in downtown Orlando. He also serves on the Liver Transplant Anesthesia Team and the department Peer Review Committee. In addition, he initiated and operated the Department of Anesthesiology Journal Club, continually striving to ensure JLR is recognized as one of the best anesthesiology practices in the country. Dr. Moorjani completed his anesthesiology residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, where he focused his training in the areas of regional anesthesia, vascular anesthesia and transplant anesthesia.

Christopher Dobson, MD

Director at Florida Hospital Foundation’s Project SHARES, Past President

Since 2001, JLR board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Dobson has served as Director of the Florida Hospital Foundation’s Project SHARES, and since 2010, he has also served as the program’s Vice Chair and Medical Director. SHARES surgical teams, comprised of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other volunteers, travel to strategically selected cities in Latin America to provide reconstructive surgery to children suffering from physical and emotional distress caused by facial deformities, including cleft lips/palates. For over twenty years, Dr. Dobson has also served on missions with organizations such as Operation Smile International, Children's Surgery International and Smile Network International. He has also served as the President of JLR and the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology for two terms. His training in both anesthesiology, and a fellowship in obstetric anesthesiology, was at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem North Carolina. He completed his internship at and earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Jared Weiner, MD

Director of Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Anesthesiology

A native of Central Florida, Dr. Weiner returned to his hometown when he joined JLR in 2006. He helped start the heart/lung transplant program at Florida Hospital and continues to serve as one of its medical directors. He also participates in JLR’s advanced orthopaedic anesthesiology program, providing advanced regional anesthesia to help minimize pain in orthopaedic patients. Dr. Weiner was a clinical instructor in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, prior to joining JLR. He completed his anesthesiology residency and cardiothoracic fellowship at Emory.

Todd A. Stine, MD

Chief of Obstetrical Anesthesiology

Dr. Stine has served as the Division Chief of Obstetric Anesthesia for the Florida Hospital system since 2002, overseeing a team of anesthesiologists that now handles more than 8,000 deliveries a year across 4 hospitals. He completed his anesthesiology training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University after an internship in general surgery at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He earned his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University.

Thomas Looke, MD

Director of Research and Co-director of the Division of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management

Thomas Looke, MD, has served as JLR’s director of research since 2003 and is currently working with the leadership team at Florida Hospital Winter Park to establish a Perioperative Pain Research Center at that facility. Throughout his career, Dr. Looke has authored numerous protocols that improved patient safety and satisfaction, and has served in a variety of leadership positions within JLR and Florida Hospital, including Chief of Regional Anesthesia Services for Florida Hospital, authoring the regional anesthesia protocols used in the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence. He was awarded the Florida Hospital Medical Staff Award for Excellence in 2007 for his success in improving total joint surgery patient outcomes and satisfaction through improved regional anesthesia services. Dr. Looke joined JLR in 2001 after completing medical school and his anesthesiology residency training at the University of Florida. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983 and served as a combat officer and engineer in the U.S. Navy prior to entering medical school. While in the Navy, he also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Caltech in Pasadena, California, in 1984, and a PhD in the same field from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, in 1992.

Jeffrey King, MD

Director of Office-based Anesthesia Services

Dr. King drives JLR’s fully turnkey Office-based Anesthesiology Program. He leads a team that offers a full suite of services, providing high-quality, cost-effective, efficient and trouble-free anesthesiology care to a variety of office-based practices. In addition, he serves as a consultant for build-out, equipment and disposables inventory maintenance, and compliance assurance. Practicing at JLR for over 16 years, Dr. King specializes in pediatric, neurosurgical and regional anesthesia in addition to his personal participation in the office practices. He completed his specialty training in anesthesiology at Wake Forest University and earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. he completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, graduating with Honors.

Kenneth Spalding, MD, MBA

Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology

Dr. Spalding is the Medical Director for the division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. His exceptional training includes triple board certification: general pediatrics, anesthesiology, and pediatric critical care. His residency and fellowship training were all from the University of Florida where he was also an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics. Prior to joining JLR his clinical experience focus included Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at Nemours Cardiac Center. He has served on the JLR Board of Directors, both as Vice President and Vice Chairman. He completed his medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and his MBA at the University of South Florida.

Christopher Lancaster, MD

Director of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Dr. Lancaster joined JLR to launch the Pediatric Open Heart program at Florida Hospital for Children. Board certified in pediatrics as well as anesthesiology and pediatric critical care, and board-eligible in pediatric anesthesiology, he has extensive experience in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology and pediatric cardiac critical care. He currently serves as the Medical Director for Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology and is on the Pediatric Cardiovascular Planning Committee at Florida Hospital. Prior to coming to Florida, he served as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lancaster has written several chapters for textbooks, has made numerous conference presentations and has multiple peer-review articles published. He completed a combined fellowship in Anesthesiology, Pediatric Critical Care, and Pediatric Anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, he participated in basic science research and is also a published author in lung injury and high-frequency ventilation strategies. Dr. Lancaster completed his residency in general pediatrics at University of California San Francisco - Fresno, and earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California.

Robert London, MD

Clinical Risk Management

Board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology since 1989, Dr. London joined JLR in 1993. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, a Fellow of the American Institute of Healthcare Quality and a Certified Health Care Quality Manager. He is active in the areas of patient safety; corporate, institutional and clinical risk management; HIPAA; and corporate compliance, holding numerous leadership positions in these areas throughout his career. He is the past Medical Director and currently is the Florida Hospital Department of Anesthesiology Division Chief for the Florida Hospital Sherman Outpatient Surgery Center (Sherman OPS). Dr. London completed his anesthesiology residency and fellowship at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.

Brandon Lenox, MD

Department of Neuroanesthesia Chief, Vice Chair - Department of Surgery

Dr. Lenox has served as the Chief of the Department of Neuroanesthesia since 2009 and oversees a team of anesthesiologists and certified nurse anesthetists over a system that provides approximately 4000 complex neurosurgical and interventional neuroradiologic procedure annually.  Dr. Lenox also serves as the Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery and Member of the Medical Executive Committee at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.  In addition he is responsible for all anesthesia equipment integration into the Florida Hospital System for the Department of Anesthesia.  Dr. Lenox completed his training in anesthesiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Exceptional Training = Medical Leadership and World-class Care

JLR Medical Group’s anesthesiologists have trained at many of the best hospitals throughout the country according to U.S. News and World Report, including:

  • Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Stanford Hospitals and Clinics
  • Mayo Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
  • Emory University Hospital
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • University of Florida Shands Hospital

JLR Medical Group

851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 200E
Maitland, Florida 32751

Phone: 407-667-0444

Toll Free: 800-331-2104
Fax: 407-667-4338

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or a CRNA, please visit the careers page.

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