DOH Executive Bios & Photos

State Surgeon General

Dr. John H. Armstrong, M.D.


Dr. John H. Armstrong - State Surgeon General     

JOHN H. ARMSTRONG, MD, FACS, was appointed by Governor Scott as Surgeon General and Secretary of Health for the State of Florida on April 27, 2012. Previously, he was Chief Medical Officer of the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation; Surgical Director of the USF Health American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute; and Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine, in Tampa, FL. Before this, he was Trauma Medical Director at Shands at the University of Florida Medical Center in Gainesville, FL, and a 2011 Exemplary Teacher at the University of Florida College of Medicine.    

Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and the US Army Command and General Staff College. He performed his surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, his trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and his Master Educators in Medical Education fellowship at the University of Florida. He is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Surgery; co-Editor of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness course; and Editor-in-Chief of the American Medical Association (AMA) Advanced Disaster Life Support,v.3.0, course.    

Dr. Armstrong has been a national leader in health policy and advocacy for over 20 years. He is Chair of the ACS delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates; ACS Governor for Florida; and member of the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group. He is the 2011 ACS/American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Health Policy Scholar, and a former trustee and executive committee member of the AMA.    

Dr. Armstrong completed his career in the US Army Medical Corps at the rank of Colonel in 2005. His final assignment was Director, US Army Trauma Training Center (ATTC), in association with the Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL. He led the development and implementation of a two-week bona fide interdisciplinary team training program in trauma casualty care for military medical units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. This incorporated elements of the Med Teams program, the precursor to TeamSTEPPS. Under his leadership, the ATTC was named the Department of Defense (DoD) Center of Excellence for Combat Casualty Care Team Training (2004), and received the DoD Patient Safety Award for Team Training (2005). He also served as Chair of the Army (State) Committee on Trauma (COT) for the American College of Surgeons and provided oversight to the largest geographic region and for the highest number of annual ATLS courses in the program. He was the program director for the only Surgical Critical Care Fellowship in the Department of Defense. He received the Army Surgeon General’s Physician Recognition Award (top Medical Corps Lieutenant Colonel) in 2003, Surgeon General’s A-designator for General Surgery, and four teaching awards. He remains on faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, where he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor in August 2010 and the Silverstein Distinguished Lecturer in 2011. Dr. Armstrong served as the Senior Visiting Trauma Surgeon at Landstuhl, Germany, in December 2011.    

Dr. Armstrong is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is recertified by the American Board of Surgery with added qualifications in surgical critical care, and is a fellow of the ACS and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Florida Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physician Executives, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.    



Kim Barnhill

Kim Barnhill

Kim Barnhill, Chief of Staff  

Ms. Kim Barnhill serves as Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Health (DOH), overseeing and bolstering initiatives of the Offices of Communications, Legislative Planning and Performance Improvement. Ms. Barnhill brings with her extensive experience spearheading DOH county health departments and public health initiatives.   

Ms. Barnhill became Director of Statewide Services in 2000, providing management and planning for all 67 county health departments in the state. In 2002, she was selected to serve as the Administrator for the Madison and Jefferson County Health Departments. Earlier in Ms. Barnhill’s career, she directed the preventive dental programs for 37 counties, provided consultation for 106 community fluoridation programs, and managed the development of new programs.  As the director of volunteer services starting in 1996, Ms. Barnhill was instrumental in tapping into the local community volunteer service providers to form volunteer teams to meet the needs of uninsured Floridians.   

Ms. Barnhill graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in health education, a master’s degree in adult education and gerontology, and a master’s degree in Public Health.  Ms. Barnhill serves on the Board of Directors of the National Public Health Foundation, the Big Bend Early Learning Coalition, as well as the board of Apalachee Services. She serves on the FSU Masters of Public Health Advisory Council, is a liaison to the U.S. Taskforce on Community Preventive Services, and is a member of the Florida Public Health Association. She has been an active member of the Florida Association of County Health Officers, serving as president from 2008 -2009 and has served as a board member at large.    

Ms. Barnhill was honored as Florida’s Outstanding Woman in Public Health for 2012, a prestigious award initiated by the University of South Florida. The university bestows the award annually to a woman whose career accomplishments and leadership have contributed significantly to the field of public health in Florida.  



J. Martin Stubblefield, Deputy Secretary for Administration

J. Martin Stubblefield

J. Martin Stubblefield, Deputy Secretary for Administration

J. Martin Stubblefield is our Deputy Secretary for Administrative Services. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Stubblefield will oversee the Divisions of Administration, Disability Determinations and Medical Quality Assurance. The Office of Information Technology will also be under his leadership.

With more than 25 years of managerial experience, our new Deputy Secretary will oversee many of the Department’s key divisions and support functions. In addition to the Department’s Bureaus of Budget and Revenue Management, Finance and Accounting, Personnel and Human Resources, and General Services, Stubblefield will oversee the state’s regulation of health care practitioners and the determination of Floridians’ medical eligibility for disability benefits.

Most recently, Mr. Stubblefield served as Market President for Ameris Bank in Tallahassee where he managed business development activities. Previously he served as State Market President and Division Manager for Hancock Bank in Tallahassee, City Executive for BB&T in Pensacola, and State Business Banking Sales Manager and Senior Vice President for AmSouth Bank in Jackson, MS.

Mr. Stubblefield received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Sales Management from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He is a current member of the Governor’s Workgroup on Community Services Delivery Model and a past treasurer of the Greater Northwest Economic Development Council for Florida. His community involvement includes serving as chairman of the Heart Walk for the American Heart Association and president of Class XV of Leadership Tallahassee, where he also sat on the Board of Governors.


C. Meade Grigg

C. Meade Grigg


C. Meade Grigg, Deputy Secretary for Statewide Services

C. Meade Grigg is the Department of Health’s Deputy Secretary for Statewide Services. In this role, Mr. Grigg will be responsible for the oversight and provision of direction to the state’s 60 county health department directors and administrators who administer the services to the 67 county health departments. In addition, Mr. Grigg will also have oversight of the Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management as it moves into the Office of Statewide Services.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Grigg served as the DOH Director of the Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management and the State Registrar of Vital Statistics. During his more than 30 years of experience with Florida’s public health agency, he has worked within the areas of health statistics, strategic planning, community health improvement planning and public health informatics. In his role as the Director of the Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management, Mr. Grigg’s responsibilities included oversight and coordination of DOH strategic and community health improvement planning activities.

Mr. Grigg has served on various national and state level committees and councils addressing issues of performance management and health statistics. He has served as a member of the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) Executive Committee, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Infectious Disease Committee, and the NAPHSIS Social Security Administration Committee, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Advisory Group on Web-Based Data Dissemination Systems, and the Florida State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council. Mr. Grigg received the 2011 National MCH Epidemiology Award for Effective State Level Practice for improving public health practice through effective use of data, epidemiology and applied research.

Mr. Grigg earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Florida State University, and his master’s degree in Sociology from Indiana University.



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