Since he was in the Boy Scouts, Jeff Grove has always been an active participant of any organization he’s ever joined. “It’s never been the title, but whether I could make a difference.” From Scouting to student government in college to his current role as the new president of the Florida Osteopathic Medicine Association, Grove (D.O. ’90) has taken a leadership role.
He has been especially active as an advocate for osteopathic medicine and the practice of family medicine. The youngest member ever to be elected to the National American College of Family Physicians (ACOFP) Board of Governors, he is currently vice president. In future years, he will become its president-elect and ultimately, president.
An advocate for Medicare Reform, Grove was present at the signing of the new Medicare prescription drug act. He was also an active member and organizer of the Coalition to Ensure Patient Access, supporting Tort Reform. He currently serves as a Florida delegate to the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates and Chairman of the Florida Delegation to ACOFP.
Grove’s passion is a family tradition that dates back to his grandfather, E.T. Grove, a member of the 1927 Class of the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine. Both his father and uncle followed in their father’s footsteps, becoming osteopathic physicians and family medicine practitioners. When it was his turn, there was only one choice of profession. In fact, the only school Grove applied to was the Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, now Nova's College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM).
His greatest contribution to the profession is to mentor other physicians. His Suncoast Family Medicine Associates is a regular rotation site for medical residents, many of them from Nova. While serving as COM Alumni chapter president, Grove focused efforts on establishing a planned giving program and the Living Legacy scholarship fund raising program to establish scholarship funds for current COM students.
“I’m happiest about my ability to help others along the path. Osteopathic Medicine is a family. Many physicians care (about their profession), but they don’t know how to get involved. Being a mentor and helping others along the path to leadership has been one of my greatest joys.”
Grove adds, “I know my patients wish I were at the office more, but they are proud of the work I do. The sacrifice and dedication of my partners is truly admirable; they make it possible for me to work on behalf of our profession. It’s their support, and that of my patients and family, that make this possible.”