Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Aug. 8, appointed Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah of Fort Lauderdale, one of the nation’s leading cardiologists and a longtime major GOP fundraiser for nearly four decades, to the Florida Board of Medicine, thus earning him the distinction of being appointed to this board by every Republican governor since the late 1980’s.
Zachariah was first appointed by then governor Bob Martinez in 1988, and since his tenure was a four-year term, even during the tenure of Democratic governor Lawton Chiles, who defeated one-term incumbent Martinez in 1990, Zachariah not only continued to serve on the board till 1992, but was also the board chairman.
Then during the entire two terms of his close friend Jeb Bush, from 1999 to 2007, Zachariah was a fixture on the board, serving as chairman from 2000 to 2001. He continued to serve on the board during the terms of governors Charlie Christ from 2007-2011 and Rick Scott from 2011 to 2019, serving once again as chairman from 2013 to 2014.
Zachariah, who is also board certified in internal medicine physician, is the Medical Director at UHealth Cardiology in Fort Lauderdale and a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Miami. He specializes in cardiology, cardiac catheterization, and interventional cardiology.
As a GOP fundraiser, he’s considered among the most influential Indian American Republicans, and has been a longtime friend of the Bush family. During the tenure of President George H. W. Bush, and his sons, President George W. Bush and Gov. Jeb Bush, he held several influential positions, including as a member of the White House Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders, to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001.