Medical Staff

Qualitycare blended with compassion.

Our medical staff provides quality and compassionate end-of-life care in partnership with each patient’s own physician.

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In each of the counties that we serve, there is a hospice physician accessible to the needs of a patient no matter where they are. Take a moment and learn about our skilled care professionals.

Nancy Chorba, M.D.
Medical Director*

Dr. Chorba was born in Delaware and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in medical technology. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1990. Her residency and internship were at the Tallahassee Memorial Family Practice Program in Tallahassee, where she was chief resident. Dr. Chorba joined Big Bend Hospice full time as the assistant medical director, and in 2012, she became the medical director. She is board certified in hospice and palliative care by both the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Family: Mother of two teenagers

What do you love about being a physician? Relationships with patients, families and staff

What do you believe is the most important thing about hospice?  Honoring the patients’ wishes to enable them to die with dignity.

 

Jennifer Lynes, D.O.
Hospice Physician • Physician Designee

Dr. Lynes earned her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed the Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Terre Haute, Indiana, and The Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Columbus, Georgia. Family and church are very important to Dr. Lynes. She moved back to her hometown of Tallahassee nearly eight years ago and is glad to be a part of Big Bend Hospice.

Family: She has been married to Richard Lynes, III, for 12 years. They have three beautiful daughters, Morgan 8, Madison 6 and Montgomery 2 1/2. 

What do you believe is the most important thing about hospice? Caring for our patients and helping them meet their goals at the end of life.

 

Ronald Hartsfield, M.D.
Leon County Hospice Physician

Dr. Ronald Hartsfield has spent 13 years as a general internal medicine physician with a large geriatric component, 5 years as full-time medical director for his hometown hospice in Dothan, Al and 5 years with the FSU College of Medicine as regional campus dean for Tallahassee.  Dr. Hartsfield is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Hometown/Family: My wife Sally works in human resources at BBH and sings in the praise band at our church. My son Clint is an outdoorsman and lives in Montana with his two dogs and my daughter Erin is a physician assistant for an orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta

What do you love about being a physician? Answering the call when people are in need

What do you believe is the most important thing about hospice? Listening to their life stories!

 

Niharika Suchak, MBBS, MHS, FACP
Leon County Hospice Physician

Dr. Suchak is an associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics at the Florida State University College of Medicine. She is a clinician-educator and is board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. She has extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings including office, hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation facility, hospice, assisted living, and house calls. Dr. Suchak received her M.B.B.S. at Armed Forces Medical College, University of Poona, Pune, India, and an M.H.S. (clinical epidemiology), from the School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Her internship and residency in internal medicine and in geriatric medicine were through The Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.

Family: A son who attends the University of Chicago. Her brother, his wife and their two sons live in Florida.

What do you love about being a physician? The geriatric specialty because I receive love and blessings from my senior patients.

What do you believe is the most important thing about hospice? The education and support for the patients, caregivers and their families, especially in their greatest time of need.

 

Abdul Sofi, M.D.
Taylor and Jefferson County Hospice Physician

Dr. Abdul Sofi is CEO, Medical Director of Premier Medical Clinic & Pediatrics in Perry, Florida and also serves as Medical Director at Marshall Nursing and Rehabilitation. He is an Internist as well as an Emergency Room Physician at Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Perry. Dr. Sofi is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He received his M.S. and his MBBS at Government Medical College, Srinagar Kashmir INDIA. Dr. Sofi did his Residency and Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Buffalo/Sister’s of Charity Hospital, Buffalo NY 

Hometown: Kasmir

What do you love about being a physician? Helping people feel better and get their smile back.

What do you believe is the most important thing about hospice? Taking care of the whole family.

*Certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 

Dr. Richard L. Zorn, M.D.
Hospice Physician

Dr. Zorn, a longtime Tallahassee surgeon, joined Big Bend Hospice in March 2018, bringing 45 years of experience to his job of providing compassionate care to patients and families. A native of Macon, Georgia, and the son of a Methodist minister, Dr. Zorn graduated from Emory College and Emory University College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in 1978. Before joining Big Bend Hospice, Dr. Zorn had a private practice in general surgery from 1978 to 2012 in Tallahassee. He also served as a general surgeon at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare from 2012 until 2017.

Family: Dr. Zorn and his wife, Kathy, have combined families with seven children and nine grandchildren. She is the Owner of Bright Star Kid Care in Tallahassee.

What do you love about being a physician? The interaction with patients and their families and being able to earn their trust under sometimes very difficult circumstances. I have also loved working with some amazing physicians in this area.

What is the most important thing about hospice? Making the end-of-life experience as close to the wishes and expectations of the family as possible.