BayCare Medical Group Welcomes New President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Syed Ismail Jafri

August 21, 2023
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BayCare Medical Group’s new President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Syed Ismail Jafri.


Dr. Syed Ismail Jafri, an experienced physician leader, will take the helm as BayCare Medical Group’s (BMG) president and chief medical officer (CMO) on Monday, Aug. 21.

Dr. Jafri comes to BMG from Jacksonville’s Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast as its president and chief medical officer. His vast leadership expertise and background in population health and physician alignment will be integral in BayCare’s continued success on the path to Clinical Excellence.

“Dr. Jafri’s expertise aligns well with BayCare’s strategic initiatives of driving growth in value-based services. We are excited about tapping into his vast experience in navigating today’s complex healthcare environment, in a region that has seen exponential population growth over the past few years,” said BayCare Chief Physician Executive Dr. Sowmya Viswanathan.

His responsibilities include assessing and enhancing care delivery models, ensuring timely access to care to all and continuing to drive quality and clinically excellent care.

Dr. Jafri will oversee BMG’s development and growth to ensure the practice management group remains a high-performing medical group that maintains the standard of Clinical Excellence. All systems that support high quality patient care -- including quality assurance, risk management and peer review – will fall under his purview.

“What excites me about BayCare is our team's unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care delivery now and into the future. With the talents of amazing clinicians and all of our supporting staff, we have a great opportunity to continue this work and remain one of the highest performing systems in the country,” Dr. Jafri said. “We will do this by leveraging the collective strength of our medical group and system teams - with a focus on our mission, a positive culture, strategic growth and strong clinical and business operations.”

Dr. Jafri’s wife and two daughters will join him in our vibrant, ever-growing region.

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