We have a single shared goal: to accelerate the uptake and adherence of lung disease screening in Florida.
The FLHC Mission
We focus on three core activities:
The FLHC Board
Howard G. Berger, M.D.
More about Dr. Berger
Howard G. Berger, M.D., is a founding board member of the Florida Lung Health Coalition. Dr. Berger is president and chief executive officer of RadNet, the nation’s largest outpatient imaging network.
A graduate of Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Dr. Berger embarked on his medical career at the University of Illinois Medical School. With board certification in Nuclear Medicine, he gained further expertise through an Internal Medicine residency and a master's program in medical physics at the University of California. Dr. Berger's extensive background and leadership in both healthcare and non-profit sectors underscore his commitment to advancing the field and promoting public health initiatives.
Mathew Ninan, M.D.
Board Member & President
More about Dr. Ninan
Dr. Mathew Ninan, a founding board member and president of the Florida Lung Health Coalition, is also the Director of Thoracic Surgery at HCA Florida Healthcare West. He is a distinguished general thoracic surgeon specializing in robotic lung and esophageal surgery. Dr. Ninan completed his training in London and completed a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Ninan has served in academic positions, including director of Lung Transplant at Vanderbilt University and chief of Surgical Oncology at the University of Tennessee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the European College of Thoracic Surgery, and other medical organizations. Currently overseeing thoracic surgery development across 15 hospitals, Dr. Ninan leads a lung surgery program and one of Florida's largest lung nodule programs utilizing AI. His clinical research focuses on surgical innovation, incorporating robotic platforms, extended reality, and AI applications in thoracic surgery. As an educator, he has trained numerous thoracic surgeons in robotic surgery, demonstrating his commitment to advancing surgical practices.
More about Mr. Merchant
Tim Merchant, a founding board member and the Executive Director of the Florida Lung Health Coalition, brings 22 years of distinguished leadership experience in the realms of medical devices and healthcare. Tim’s areas of expertise range from the establishment of national sales teams to navigating the intricacies of surgery, radiology, artificial intelligence, and population health. Tim has demonstrated proficiency in steering organizations through complex corporate integrations and is currently focused on developing screening networks dedicated to early cancer detection. In parallel, Tim is also the National Director of Screening Networks and Population Health Strategy at RadNet, a national leader in outpatient imaging. Tim’s academic foundation includes a Bachelor’s degree in business from Illinois State University. He is dedicated to advancing the coalition’s mission.