Doctor-I-Am: “Florida Lawmaker Takes Aim At Health Care Titles”

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I am Sam….. 

I am Doctor. I am Doctor. Doctor-I-Am.

That PhD-I-Am! That DNP-I-Am! That PhamD-I-Am! That DPT-I-Am! That PsyD-I-Am! That DSW-I-Am! That DBA-I-Am! That DMS-I-Am! That DMD-I-Am! That DPM-I-Am! That ND-I-Am. That DCS-I-Am!

I do not like that Doctor-I-Am!

Do you like green eggs and ham?

Do you like the medicine man (MD/DO)?

I do not like them, Doctor-I-Am. 

I do not like the medicine man (MD/DO). 

Ok, I know …………..  Get on with it. This article talks about a Florida lawmaker who wants to crack down on the titles that health care providers use when they identify themselves to the public:

Rep. (Dr) Ralph Massullo, a dermatologist from Lecanto,  has filed a bill for the 2020 legislative session that would change state law and allow health-care licensing boards to take disciplinary action against providers who are not physicians but use monikers that could imply they are, such as “anesthesiologist.”(2)

This bill follows a recent decision by the Florida Board of Nursing to allow certified registered nurse anesthetist John McDonough, EdD, CRNA, who is a professor and director of the nurse anesthesia program at Jacksonville-based University of North Florida to call himself as a nurse anesthesiologist (3). I wrote about this in a previous Authentic Medicine blog and drew the ire of many. Dr. Massullo’s bill “would amend health-care professional licensure laws to define anesthesiologists as allopathic or osteopathic physicians who have completed anesthesiology training programs.”

The bill (HB 309) referenced in the article in essence is a response to the recent Board of Nursing Decision (3). The bill basically clarifies roles and attempts to clear the rampant misrepresentation going on in healthcare today. Everybody seems to want to be Doctor-I-Am.  It is imperative that patients have confidence in and understand the credentials of their health care providers Dr. Massullo said.. This bill also would not allow non-physicians to identify themselves as physician, surgeon, medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, MD, cardiologist, dermatologist, psychiatrist, endocrinologist and many other ‘doctor’ monikers. Furthermore, it would ban non-physicians from using initials, letters, abbreviations or insignias indicating or implying that they are MD/DOs. I realize not everyone will agree with this bill, but I do. Have a great day. 


  1. “GREEN EGGS AND HAM” (by Doctor Seuss) 

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