Michael Good, M.D., H.S. ’87, and Joe Lezama, M.D. ’97, inducted into Wall of Fame
Two UF College of Medicine alumni who have dedicated their careers to ensuring a quality medical education for tomorrow’s health care professionals were recognized for their achievements and inducted into the UF College of Medicine Wall of Fame. Michael Good, M.D., H.S. ’87, and Joe Lezama, M.D. ’97, joined the ranks of 38 other alumni named to the wall who have left their mark in medicine and science. Created in 1988, the Wall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni who have made contributions to medicine, government, education and the community.
Though precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic prevented an in-person celebration, UF College of Medicine Interim Dean Joseph A. Tyndall, M.D., M.P.H., offered his praise for the two inductees by video message.
“I am genuinely delighted to know both of our honorees have devoted their careers to academic medicine and to the education of future generations of physicians and physician-scientists,” Tyndall said. “Early in his academic career, Dr. Good led a team of UF physicians and engineers in the development of the Human Patient Simulator, a sophisticated computerized teaching tool that helped changed the teaching landscape in medical education throughout the world.
“Dr. Lezama needs several bookshelves to hold the many awards he has received over the years for teaching and patient care, including the John T. Sinnott Award for Clinical Teacher of the Year, USF Clinician of Year, and Teacher of the Year for the VA Hospitals,” Tyndall said.
Lezama, who is retired from receiving the University of South Florida, or USF, Teacher of the Year Award for winning so many times, serves as a professor of medicine and the vice-chair and associate program director for the USF Morsani College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine. He’s also the chief of medical service at James Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.
In a video message accepting the honor, Lezama revealed he still holds dear a name badge from his time working in patient transport at UF Health Shands Hospital as a UF undergraduate student in the early 1990s.
“I keep this with me as a reminder of the need to be grounded in humility no matter where you are in the process of medicine,” Lezama said. “Humility is an important component of staying patient-centered, staying humanistic and maintaining the highest level of empathy for patients. That is a vocation and a call.”
Good served as dean of the UF College of Medicine from 2010 to 2019 and briefly served as interim senior vice president of health affairs and president of UF Health. Today, he’s the CEO of University of Utah Health, dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine and senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah.
Good said his residency in anesthesiology and his 30 years on faculty at the UF College of Medicine afforded him many opportunities to learn from a host of skilled clinicians and scientists.
“I owe so much of my professional and academic career and growth to the incredible people at the University of Florida. I’m so grateful to the UF giants on whose shoulders I stand,” Good said in a video message. “Whenever I walked by the Wall of Fame, I was always so impressed with the many giants from our medical school: medical educators like Bob Watson, expert clinicians like Nancy Mendenhall, impressive scientists like Jude Samulski and wonderful alumni like Jean Bennett and Jason Rosenberg. I am honored to be joining these and all the individuals on the UF College of Medicine Wall of Fame.”