Anthony C Speights MD

Anthony C Speights MD

Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences, Director - Bridge to Clinical Medicine Master's Program
Main Campus

Job Description

As Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences, Dr. Speights helps oversee the College of Medicine's only BS degree program. The program coordinate the efforts of 7 Colleges within the University to create a truly Interdisciplinary degree program. The program can be used as a stand alone degree for those entering the workforce, or as a stepping stone to most Pre-professional schools. Dr. Speights also directs the Bridge to Clinical Medicine Master's Degree program at the College of Medicine. This program is designed to increase the numbers of minority, disadvantaged, non-traditional and rural students entering the College of Medicine by acting as a transition year from undergraduate to medical school for those who fit the program criteria. Dr. Speights has also held previously held the titles of - Director of Rural Medical Education, and Medical Director of Telehealth for the College of Medicine.


Anthony Speights, M.D., joined the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health as an Assistant Professor in 2014 after 5 years in private practice and 5 years in public health. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Speights worked for Jackson Hospital in Marianna (the site of the FSU-COM Marianna Rural Program) for 5 years. He served as a staff physician and the Chief of Surgery for 2 years. He also served as third year OBGYN Clerkship Faculty for the College of Medicine during that time. After leaving the hospital he was employed as the Medical Executive Director and Specialty Care Physician for the Florida Department of Health in Jackson County, providing HIV, STI and Family Planning services. From 2014-2018 he served as Director of Rural Medical Education. In that position, he worked diligently to enhance the existing rural curriculum as well as create new rural opportunities for students. In 2015, he helped facilitate the transition of the Rural Program in Marianna from a traditional clerkship site into a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC), which has become a popular destination for M3 students. In 2016, Dr. Speights began work with the COM’s Bridge to Clinical Medicine Program as Clinical Faculty Advisor. The Bridge Program is part of the COM’s outreach effort aimed at improving the numbers of rural, disadvantage and minority students admitted to medical school. In 2017, he was named Director of the Bridge Program. Dr. Speights has always had an interest in improving access to college and professional school for all students, but because of his rural upbringing and minority background the COM’s Pre-college and College programs particularly interested him. Upon starting with the College of Medicine, he became involved with SSTRIDE and other outreach programs the COM sponsors. This led to a profound interest in the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) major when it began in 2016. In 2018, Dr. Speights accepted the position of Assistant Dean of the IMS Division. The position was a natural fit as it was able to blend many of his long standing interests together under one umbrella. Though now adopted as part of the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Dr. Speights holds Board Certifications in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Specialist Certification in HIV medicine. Dr. Speights has a deep interest in the poor and underserved in rural areas, as well as ways to increase the numbers of providers and access to care for this population. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Heather and daughters, Sydney and Mallory.


Riverside Regional Medical Center OB/GYN Residency
Newport News, Virginia

University of South Florida, College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida
May 2001- Medical Degree

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Microbiology and Cell Science/Chemistry 1992-1996


Florida State University College of Medicine Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2017)
Chief of Surgery, Jackson Hospital, Marianna, Florida 2007-2009
Administrative Chief Resident OB/GYN 2004-2005
Riverside Research Day Pathology Award 2005
Resident Research Award Winner-Riverside Health System 2004
Bay Area Medical Association Award for Academic Excellence 2000


American Academy of HIV Medicine, 2013-Present
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2005-Present
American Telehealth Association, 2016-Present
Capital Medical Society, 2014-Present
Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Curricula, 204-Present
Florida Rural Health Association, 2014-Present
National Rural Health Association, 2014-Present
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2014-Present

Research Focus

His research focuses on rural and underserved patient populations, especially as related to pregnancy outcome, and access to care for the HIV positive population.


Cardosi, Richard, Speights, Anthony, Grendys, Edward.(2001) Bartholin's Gland Carcinoma: A 15 Year Experience, Gynecologic Oncology. Aug;82(2):247-51