Sandy Sosa-Guerrero, FACHE, RN, BSN, MBA-HA
President, Larkin Health Sciences Institute
Sandy Sosa-Guerrero brings to Larkin Community Hospital over 30 years of experience in health care. In addition to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Larkin Community Hospital, she is the President of Larkin Health Sciences Institute and Larkin School of Nursing where she inspires the administrative team to carry the mission and vision of the hospital and educational Institute. Her clinical background gives her a unique perspective on hospital management as well as into academia.
Prior to joining Larkin Community Hospital, Sandy Sosa-Guerrero began her career in nursing and quickly progressed to leadership roles reaching the highest level as Chief Nursing Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida International University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Miami.
Sandy Sosa-Guerrero is an active board member of the Epilepsy Foundation, as well as a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Gary M. Levin, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP
Dean, College of Pharmacy
Prior to joining Larkin, Dr. Levin was the Associate Dean and Professor for Clinical Programs at Roseman University. Prior positions include Founding Dean and Professor for LECOM – School of Pharmacy, Bradenton Florida Campus; Chairman of the Pharmacy Practice Department at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy; the same position at South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to that, Dr. Levin was a tenured faculty in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine (Department of Psychiatry) at theUniversity of Florida where he became a vice chairman for research. He received his Pharm.D. from the University of Florida, then completed a Residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice at the Gainesville VAMC followed by a Research Fellowship in Psychopharmacology at the University of Florida. His first academic position was at Albany College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Levin has been board certified in psychiatric pharmacy practice (BCPP) since 1996 and is an elected fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP). He is a founding member and was the first elected president of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP). He recently completed a two-year term on the CPNP Board of Directors (his second time on that BOD). Dr. Levin has lectured at Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine, as well as national and international meetings on various topics in psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and pharmacogenomics. He has also been a preceptor for students, post-doctoral residents, and research fellows in both pharmacy and psychiatry.
Dr. Levin has been active in many professional pharmacy organizations and has held various appointed and elected positions. He served two consecutive three-year terms as a member of the Psychiatry Specialty Council on the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties and served a five-year term with the U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention. Dr. Levin is a reviewer for many journals in both pharmacy and psychiatry and has served on several editorial boards. He has published almost 150 peer review articles, book chapters and scientific abstracts.
His research interests include improving outcomes in patients with psychiatric disorders, pharmacokinetics of psychoactive agents, and pharmacogenomic applications in patients with psychiatric and neurological disorders. He most recently had external funding to determine what effects certain antidepressants have on P-glycoprotein, an important efflux transport protein. His research group has published several papers on this topic over the past few years.
Mercedes Perez, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMC-NE, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ
VP of Patient Care Services, CNO and ADA Officer
Program Director, College of Biomedical Sciences
Jorge E. Machado, EdD, MSEE
Director of Technology
Dr. Machado has 28 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. In the early nineties he participated in the design of several interface boards for IBM PCs. After moving to South Florida in 1993 he has worked as an Engineer, Administrator and College professor. His vision, “community service is more effective through education”, motivated him to go for his Doctoral degree in education that he earned in 2012. As Director of Technology for Larkin Health Sciences Institute, Dr. Machado has proficiently combined his different expertise in one place.