Winter Haven Hospital Welcomes Dr. Arif Asif as New Vice President/Chief Medical Officer

March 12, 2024
A headshot of Dr. Arif Asif. He is wearing a navy color suit jacket, a white button up shirt and a navy and a white polka dot tie with a tie clip. He has short dark hair with a goatee.
Dr. Arif Asif is Winter Haven Hospital's new vice president and chief medical officer.


A new vice president and chief medical officer has joined the Winter Haven Hospital/Winter Haven Women’s Hospital team, effective March 11.

Dr. Arif Asif joins BayCare from Hackensack Meridian Health System in New Jersey, having held various roles including vice president of clinical operations, assistant chief medical officer, chair of department of medicine, chair of performance improvement and associate residency program director, among others. 

He is board certified in internal medicine. He holds two master’s degrees: one in healthcare management from Harvard University and another in population health from Johns Hopkins University. in addition to an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler.

“I’m grateful and excited for this new opportunity,” said Dr. Asif. “I look forward to working with a group of passionate health care providers committed to excellence. I also anticipate getting to know the Winter Haven community.”

“Dr. Asif impressed our team with his diverse background,” said Dr. Sowmya Viswanathan, MD, BayCare’s chief physician executive. “He also shares our passion for providing an extraordinary patient experience and is ready to work with our clinical team to consistently ensure that outcome.”

Founded in 1926, Winter Haven Hospital has an outstanding reputation for superior, patient-centered care. The 447-bed hospital specializes in the treatment of heart disease, cancer, stroke and behavioral health. The hospital also provides emergency care; outpatient diabetes education; endoscopy services; neurological, orthopedic and in-patient rehabilitation; outpatient surgery; and imaging services. For more information: 


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