The West Florida GME program is a unique blend of academic excellence in a community setting. We are part of the HCA/University of Central Florida GME consortium located in beautiful Northwest Florida. My vision is to provide you with strong surgical education in an environment that offers one on one attention and mentoring. My goal is to foster excellence in obstetrics and gynecology. As your director, I have almost 20 years of experience in teaching excellence and graduate medical education. As a new program, I am seeking adventurous candidates who wish to play an active role in shaping their education.
Residents in our program will have the unique opportunity to learn with one on one faculty instruction. Our hospital boasts robust and diverse clinical learning environment to provide a rich mix of clinical experience. You will graduate with the skills to care for women’s needs across the lifespan, and be mentored by faculty whom share your director’s vision and interest in your education.
Understanding and participating in clinical research is critical during your residency training, as this builds a foundation for a clinical to innovation and adoption of new-evidenced based techniques into practice. The University of Central Florida has a robust support network to help facilitate and support clinical research and lifelong learning.
We have chosen to be a small program to provide one on one instruction and to ensure the depth of experience to allow for expertise in both obstetrics and gynecology. We have committed faculty members in all of the subspecialty areas and expansion plans include the creation of fellowships.
The Pensacola Bay Area is a unique culture blend of sun-drenched, sugar-white beaches alongside a historic town rich with culture and Southern hospitality. Resting on the banks of Pensacola Bay, the quaint downtown takes one back in time. Pensacola offers 450 years of history, innovative coastal cuisine, art and culture, unique shopping and many festivals throughout the year celebrating everything from music and food to art and Mardi Gras. A low cost of living as well as strong public schools make this an attractive place for a physician in training.
I am excited to be part of the most important years of your educational career, and welcome you interest and consideration to our program.
Julie Zemaitis DeCesare, MD
Residency Program Director
HCA/UCF GME Consortium Obstetrics and Gynecology
West Florida Hospital/ HCA Pensacola, Florida
Professor University of Central Florida College of Medicine
The West Florida Hospital’s Obstetrics & Gynecology program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.
This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.
List of leadership and faculty
Julie Zemaitis DeCesare, MD
Dr. DeCesare brings to West Florida GME over 20 years of experience in education in residency education. She is passionate about resident mentoring and career development and is a 4-time winner of the CREOG National Excellence in Resident Education Award. She was also selected by ACOG District 12 as mentor of the year in 2014. She is a patient and dedicated educator, who will spend the time to optimize a resident physicians’ skills and passions in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.
Dr DeCesare is a specialist in academic general obstetrics and gynecology, and has a diverse skill set that includes vaginal surgery, robotic surgery as well as operative obstetrics. As an accomplished vaginal surgeon, she is passionate ensuring the next generation of pelvic surgeons shares her skills set. Her interest in quality improvement science has led her to chair of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) Maternal subcommittee and is currently leading the FPQC C- Section Reduction Initiative.
She believes in embedding residents in quality projects from day one of training and considers an understanding of quality improvement science an essential skill for Ob/Gyn physicians. She has been a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) since 2012, and currently is serving on the ABOG Certifying Exam Development Committee, which is the committee responsible for the development of the Oral exam. With the majority of her over 40 peer reviewed publications and book chapters involving physicians in training, she will engage her residents in scholarly pursuits and help guide them thru the research process.
Associate Program Director
Dawn Hannah, DO
Dr. Dawn M. Hannah is a Board Certified Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist caring for patients in Pensacola, Florida. She has previously worked with Perinatal Associates in Macon, Georgia and was a faculty member for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medical Center, Navicent Health from November 2017 until August 2020. She completed her undergraduate education with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from the University of Miami and then went on to obtain her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
She received her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sacred Heart Hospital/Florida State University in Pensacola, Florida. After residency, she completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Pinnacle Health Hospital/Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hannah is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.