College of Medicine / About / Departments / Integrated Medical Science Department / Joanna Drowos, D.O., M.B.A.


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431



Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science and Associate Chair of the Department of Integrated Biomedical Science

Tel. (561) 297-1442


Dr. Joanna Drowos currently serves as an Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University.  There she serves as the Interim Associate Chair of the Integrated Medical Science Department and the Director for the Clinical and Preventive Medicine Clerkship for the third year curriculum. 

Dr. Drowos earned her DO and Master of Public Health Degrees at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She completed a Pediatrics tracked Internship at Palms West Hospital followed by a Preventive Medicine Residency with the Palm Beach County Health Department and a Family Practice Residency at Broward General Medical Center.  She is board certified in Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Medical Quality.  She earned her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2008.  She previously served as the Center Medical Director of the Riviera Beach Health Center of the Palm Beach County Health Department.  There she participated in the care of the county’s medically underserved suffering the effects of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and global diseases. She was also the Director of Medical Education for the Palm Beach County Health Department’s Preventive Medicine Residency Program from 2009-2013.  Her scholarly interests include clinical preventive medicine, communicable disease prevention and medical education.

 She has been honored as the American Osteopathic Foundation's Emerging Leader in 2011 and the Merck 2008 Outstanding Resident of the Year.  She was recognized as the American Medical Association's Outstanding Resident - Excellence in Medicine 2008 Award Recipient.  Dr. Drowos serves on the state advisory board for the Anti-Defamation League and was honored as their Next Generation Award Recipient in 2010. She is a graduate of the American Osteopathic Association’s Health Policy Fellowship and the Training in Policy Studies courses.

 Dr. Drowos serves on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Osteopathic Occupational and Preventive Medicine, and chaired the New Physicians and Residents Committee for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians for 4 years. She also serves on the American Osteopathic Association’s Communications Bureau, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Public Health and Wellness and Membership Committees. She is an active member of the Junior League of Boca Raton.  She founded a Hadassah chapter for young professional women, and was honored as a Woman of Valor recipient.  Her personal interests include travel, reading and spending time with her children Lila and Jackson and her husband Bryan.


  • 1999: B.S.(Honors) - Biology, Chemistry/English, University of Miami, FL.
  • 2002: M.P.H. - With Highest Honors, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2004: D.O. Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 
  • 2008: M.B.A.- Healthcare Administration, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.
  • 2004-2005: Internship, Pediatrics Tracked Internship, Palms West Hospital Loxahatchee, FL.
  • 2005-2006: Residency, Preventive Medicine Resident, Palm Beach County Health Department, FL.
  • 2006-2008: Residency, Family Practice Resident, Broward General Medical Center, FL. 


  • 2013-present Associate Chair, Integrated Medical Science Department, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2012-present  Director, Community and Preventive Medicine Clerkship, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2011-present Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science                                                                         


  • 2009-2013 Director of Medical Education, Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Palm Beach County Health Department/Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic  Medicine, West Palm Beach, Florida
  •  2008-2011 Center Medical Director, Riviera Beach Health Center, Palm Beach County Health Department, West Palm Beach, Florida
  •  2007-2012 Medical Service Consultant, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida


  • 2011-present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Program, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2008-present Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2011-present Guest Faculty, Residency Advisory Committee Member, Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Palm Beach County Health Department, West Palm Beach, Florida

  • Andric B; Drowos J, Trepka MJ, Suciu G, Alonso A, Hennekens CH. High Frequencies of Negative Pretreatment Results Following Presumptive Antibiotic Treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. South Med J. 2013 May;106(5):321-326.
  • Hennekens CH; Drowos J; Levine RS. Mortality from homicide among young Black men: a new American tragedy. Am J Med. 2013 Apr;126(4):282-3. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2012.07.007. Epub 2013 Jan 16.
  • Hennekens CH, Drowos J. Statins: the high risks of discontinuation and large benefits of continuation. Arch Med Sci. 2011 Dec 31;7(6):931-2. doi: 10.5114/aoms.2011.26602. Epub 2011 Dec 30.
  • Sandhouse ME. Shechtman D. Sorkin R. Drowos, J.L., Caban-Martinez AJ 3rd. Patterson MM. Shallo-Hoffmann J. Hardigan P. Snyder A. Effect of osteopathy in the cranial field on visual function--a pilot study. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 110(4):239-43, Apr. 2010
  • Drowos, J.L. Managing Postpartum Depression: Provider Opinions and Practices. Osteopathic Family Physician News. 7(6) : 14-9, Jul. 2007

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Professional Affiliations and Awards

Anti-Defamation League - Next Generation Award Recipient, 2010

American Academy of HIV Medicine, 2010

American Board of Medical Quality, 2009

American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice, 2008

American Medical Association Excellence in Medicine Award - Outstanding Resident, 2008

American Osteopathic Foundation, Merck Outstanding Resident, 2008

American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine, 2007

Hadassah Woman of Valor, 2007

Government and Public Policy Award - NSU-COM, 2004

Student DO of the Year, 2003

Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Public Health Student, 2003

Florida Medical Association's Sanford Mullen Award for Outstanding Community Service, 2002

NSU - COM - Student of the Year, 2002

Kenneth Burnell Student Research Award, 2002

Iron Arrow Honor Society - University of Miami, 1999

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