Vol. 2, Issue 9
Sept. 25, 2006
USF Health Rises in NIH Funding Ranks
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The USF College of Medicine has risen in the ranks of awards bestowed by the National
Institutes of Health, the most prestigious funding source for medical research. The boost was
helped by faculty like Jeffrey Krischer, PhD, and his team at the Pediatrics Epidemiology Center,
who were awarded the ninth single largest research grant given in fiscal year 2005 by the NIH.
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Teaching Clinic for Patients with Disabilities Featured in NEJM
USF's teaching clinic for patients with disabilities (part of the new College of Medicine curriculum)
was highlighted in the Sept. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, in a "perspective"
article written by Dr. Lisa Iezzoni of Harvard. The NEJM article includes innovative medical school
curricula promoting better communication between physicians and patients with disabilities and
summarizes six select institutions – Tufts, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,
USF, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Massachusetts. The
USF College of Medicine’s “Caring for Adults with Disabilities” module is led by Laurie Woodard,
MD, associate professor of family medicine, who worked with a team within COM and with
advocates in the community. Click here for NEJM article. (Klaus please link to PDF of NEJM
USF Health had been invited to join a national collaborative of 20 medical schools committed
to quality improvement. USF was unanimously chosen by the Institute for Healthcare
Improvement as the final member of its consortium of exemplary healthcare professional schools
working to improve the quality of healthcare through interdisciplinary education. Other members
of the IHI consortium include North Carolina, Mayo, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Pennsylvania State,
Oregon, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Miami, Louisville, Indiana, Illinois, Dartmouth, Chicago,
Connecticut, Cincinnati and Case Western. USF was the only member of the consortium to
include medicine, nursing and public health (all others included some combination of medicine
and either nursing and/or pharmacy). USF Health’s two associate vice presidents for quality Jay
Wolfson, JD, DrPH, and Michael Parsons, MD, led the application process, along with Donna
Peterson, ScD, dean of public health, and Patricia Burns, PhD, dean of nursing. For more on
IHI, go to www.ihi.org/ihi
The USF College of Nursing launched a Master of Science Degree Program in Nurse
Anesthesia in August, with 13 students. The program is one of only eight across Florida – and
the only program in the Tampa Bay area -- accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse
Anesthesia Educational Programs. The demand for certified registered nurse anesthetists
continues to grow nationwide. Sierra Gower, MS, CRNA, is interim director of USF’s new CRNA
Mary Webb, PhD, associate dean for Nursing, was recently awarded an additional $450,838
from the Florida Department of Education for the continuation of her grant: “Increasing
Qualified Nursing Faculty through a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Collaborative.” This
continuation project will expand the SUCCEED program funded in 2005-06 by enrolling masters-
prepared faculty teaching at historically black colleges in the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP)
program at USF. The project represents collaboration between USF, Florida A & M University,
and Bethune Cookman College. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has
concluded that a practice-focused doctorate should be offered by colleges of nursing to prepare
graduates with the needed competencies for increasingly complex faculty roles. The DNP degree,
unlike the PhD degree, emphasizes the application of scientific evidence to the clinical setting,
which forms the basis of all nursing instruction.
Sandra Cadena, PhD, ARNP, assistant professor of Nursing, was awarded $224,831 from
the Florida Department of Education for the new grant “Accelerated Baccalaureate Programs:
The Fast Track to Nursing.” The project, which collaborates with 15 health care facilities in the
Tampa Bay area, aims to increase the number of students admitted to the accelerated BS
program at the USF College of Nursing. This project draws upon the college’s existing Clinical
Collaboration established in 2001with 15 health care facilities in the Tampa Bay area.
The program builds on previous learning experiences to transition individuals with degrees in
other disciplines into nursing.
The USF College of Medicine began a fellowship program in Interventional Cardiology
July 1. The new fellowship program will operate out of Tampa General Hospital and James A.
Haley Veterans’ Hospital, and is directed by Louis Carnendran, MD, assistant professor of
medicine. The program’s first fellow is Tywaun Tillman, MD, who recently completed his
cardiology fellowship at USF.
The Indian and U.S. governments this summer renewed the Indo-U.S. Collaboration in
Environmental and Occupational Health for another five years, and the USF College of Public
Health recently named COPH Dean Donna Petersen, ScD, as a senior consultant to its Joint
Working Group. The purpose of the alliance is to improve the health and well-being of individual
workers in India and the United States and to develop ways to translate research results into
policies and actions. Ann DeBaldo, PhD, associate dean for International Programs, and Amy
Stuart, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, participated in the
Fourth Meeting of the Working Group held in June in Atlanta.
Florida Gulf Coast University and Stetson University have recently joined USF, Florida
International University, University of Central Florida and Florida Southern College as participants
in the USF College of Medicine’s Honors Program. The college has partnered with these
universities to provide first-time in college freshmen with a guaranteed pathway to the USF MD
Program. The students must meet requirements for both university honors and admissions to the
study of medicine to reserve their places in the first-year USF medical school class.
The USF School of Physical Therapy has been renamed the School of Physical Therapy
and Rehabilitation Sciences. As part of the College of Medicine, the school plans to develop a
PhD degree program in Rehabilitation Sciences, adding to the professional Doctor of Physical
Therapy degree program currently offered.
IOEs - Research Really Matters
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Public Health Researcher a Co-PI on Gates Foundation Grant Targeting Parasitic
Dennis Kyle, PhD, a new faculty member in the USF College of Public Health's Department of
Global Health and the Center for Biological Defense, is a co-principal investigator on a $21.3
million grant announced Sept. 14 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant -- part of a
$68-million worth of new Gates Foundation grants targeting the development of cures for deadly
but neglected parasitic diseases -- goes to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC is
partnering with a consortium of outstanding international researchers from academic,
governmental and private institutions, including USF, which was awarded a $650,000 portion of
the grant. Dr. Kyle's laboratory at USF will provide expertise in preclinical drug development and
evaluate new drugs for the treatment of leishmaniasis. This parasitic disease, transmitted by sand
flies, infects millions of people in the developing world, kills thousands, and leaves vast regions of
Africa uninhabitable. For more than 20 years, Dr. Kyle was associated with the Walter Reed Army
Institute of Research, leading key efforts with the US Army’s Drug and Vaccine Development
Programs and eventually serving as deputy director of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics.
He was recently named the inaugural Scientist of the Year by the Malaria Foundation
International for his work with chemotherapy research and his studies on antimalarial drug
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Research by USF Health geneticist Gary Litman, PhD, using a primitive marine creature – a
good smaller-scale model for human immunity – continues to yield intriguing insights into the
evolutionary bridge between innate and adaptive immunity. [MORE] Klaus please link to
A lead commentary co-authored by Adam Urato, MD, a new assistant professor in the
Divison of Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, appears in the Sept. 9 issue
of the journal Lancet. The article, “Universal prenatal herpes screening is a bad idea in
pregnancy,” disputes the call by mainstream obstetric journals for universal prenatal herpes
screening during pregnancy. Dr. Urato gives reasons why such screening would provide little
benefit and a substantial potential for harm. Click here for Lancet commentary. (Klaus: Please
link to PDF of Lancet article)
Anupam K. Mohanty, MD, a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine, was the lead
author of “A Sharp Right Turn” in the clinical problem solving section of the Aug. 3 New England
Journal of Medicine. The article described the unusual case of a patient whose gastrointestinal
tract was perforated by a toothpick and its subsequent complications. Michael Flannery, MD;
Brad Johnson, MD; and Patrick Brady, MD, were co-authors.
Ellen Daley, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Public Health, has received a four-
year, $1.9-million grant “Cognitive and Emotional Responses to an HPV Infection in Men: The
CER Study,” from the National Cancer Institute. The study will be conducted by USF and Moffitt
Bernard Sokolowski, PhD, professor and research director for the Department of
Otolaryngology, was recently awarded a three-year, $1.14 million grant “Development of
Excitation in Hair Cells” from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Deafness
and Other Communication Disorders. The study is among the first to begin to search and
characterize proteins that interact with ion channels during development of these channels in the
embryo. Mutations in the ion channels cause pathology associated with hearing and balance
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Judith Karshmer, PhD, ARNP, former associate dean at the USF College of Nursing and
four nursing doctoral students presented the symposium “Nursing Research Residency: An
Academic-Practice Partnership” at Sigma Theta Tau’s 17 Annual International Nursing
Research Congress, July 19, in Montreal, Canada. They discussed how the PhD nursing
program at USF has launched a research residency in partnership with area hospitals, which fund
the program with stipends plus tuition for the nurse resident. The resident commits 20 hours a
week to the role, working with nursing administration, staff and the interdisciplinary team to
advance nursing research and evidence-based practice at whatever level appropriate for the
hospital. Presenting at the symposium were USF nursing research residents Sarah Cobb, MS,
RN, Tampa General Hospital; Christine Olney, MS, RN, University Community Hospital; Kelly
Stamp, MS, RN, Bayfront Medical Center; and Sue Hartranft, MS, RN, Morton Plant Mease
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Aaron Deutsch, MD, chief resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
presented “Why Are Fewer Medical Students in Florida Choosing Obstetrics and Gynecology?”
Aug. 4 at the annual meeting of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecological Society (FOGS) in
West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Deutsch presented findings of a survey of Florida’s senior medical
students showing that some are deterred from entering residencies in ob/gyn because of
concerns about malpractice. Joan McCarthy, MD, and Kelly Murray, MD, were coauthors of the
study, which received the 2006 first-place resident research award from FOGS. [MORE] Klaus:
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Shytle, RD, Obregon, D, Ehrhart J, Fernandez F, and Tan J, of the Silver Child
Development Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, “Antivirals
Increase Neuronal Production and Disrupt Microglial Phagocytosis of B-amyloid,” AIDS 2006- XVI
International AIDS Conference, Aug. 16, in Toronto, Canada.
Peter R. Pavan, MD, professor and chair of Department of Ophthalmology,
“Endophthalmitis: management 25 years ago,” Retina, 2006 Jul-Aug; 26 (6 Suppl): 545-6.
Qui Dai, MD, PhD, Amy R. Borenstein, PhD, Yougui Wu, PhD, James C. Jackson, PsyD,
Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, “Fruit and Vegetable Juices and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Kame
Project,” The American Journal of Medicine, (2006) 119, 751-759.
Summer C. Wolfrath, MSPH; Amy R. Borenstein, PhD; Skai Schwartz, PhD; Robert A.
Hauser, MD; Kelly L. Sullivan, MSPH; and Theresa A. Zesiewicz, MD, USF Parkinson’s
Disease and Movement Disorders Center and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public
Health, “Use of nutritional supplements in Parkinson’s disease patients,” Movement Disorders,
April 25, 2006. An article covering the paper was also published in the August 2006 issue of
Nature Clinical Neurology Practice.
Severance HW, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine,
“Emergency Management of Blast Injuries,” Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine (a peer-
reviewed journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians), 2006;20(8):2-11.
Tempel R, Severance HW, “Proposing short-term observation units for the management of
decompression illness,” Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal, 2006;33(2):89-94.
Rania Shamekh, Jennifer Mallery, Jennifer Newcomb, Joelle Hushen, Samuel Saporta,
Don F. Cameron, Cyndy Davis Sanberg, Paul R. Sanberg and Alison Willing, Department of
Neurosurgery, Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, Department of Pathology and
Cell Biology, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, Saneron CCEL
Therapeutics, and Department of Psychiatry, “Enhancing tyrosine hydroxylase expression and
survival of fetal ventral mesencephalon neurons with rat or porcine Sertoli cells in vitro,” Brain
Research, Vol. 1096, Issue 1, pp. 1-10, June 2006.
Janie Canty-Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of Nursing, presented on the HIV/AIDS
pandemic at the 11 Diakonia of the Americas and Caribbean Conference, July 1-7, in Trinidad,
Janie Canty-Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of Nursing, co-authored “Evaluating
Content Validity and Test-Retest Reliability of the Children’s Health Risk Behavior Scale,” in the
journal Public Health Nursing, 23 (4), 366-372.
Versie Johnson-Mallard, College of Nursing, “Postpartum Mothers’ Disclosure of Abuse,
Role and Conflict,” Health Care for Women International, 27:324-343, 2006.
Catherine Paige, PT, MPH, PhD, professor of Physical Therapy, received special
recognition in the multimedia category for her presentation “Recording Patient Encounters with
Personal Data Assistants in Physical Therapy Clinical Education” at PT 2006, the American
Physical Therapy Association Summer Conference and Exposition, June 21-24 in Orlando.
At the same conference, Laura Lee Swisher, PT, PhD, associate professor and coordinator of
professional education for Physical Therapy, presented “Promoting Professionalism in Practice:
Can it be taught? Can it be studied?” and “Professionalism: Frameworks for Clinical Practice.”
Don Kurtyka, a doctoral student in the College of Nursing, has received the $2,000
Dempster 2006 Nurse Practitioner Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant from the American
Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation for his research titled “The effects of a structured
adherence intervention on patient adherence to HIV antiretroviral medications and responses to
Nikita Patel, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine, presented
“Signal to Splice” and “Regulation of Alternative Splicing” at the Tata Institute of Fundamental
Research June 2006 in Mumbai, India.
Daniel Johnson and Eric S. Bennett, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, “Isoform
specific effects of the beta2 subunit on voltage-gated sodium channel gating,” Journal of
Biological Chemistry (online), July 17, 2006.
Pracht, EE, B Langland-Orban, JJ Tepas, BG Celso and L. Flint, “Analysis of Trends in the
Florida Trauma System (1991-2003): Changes in Mortality After Establishment of New Centers,”
Surgery, 140(1): 34-43, July 2006.
Papa L, B Langland-Orban, C Kallenhorn, JJ Tepas, L Lottenberg, BG Celso, R Durham,
and L. Flint, “Assessing Effectiveness of a Mature Trauma System: Association of Trauma
Center Presence with Lower Trauma Injury Mortality Rate,” Journal of Trauma-Injury, Infection
and Critical Care, 61(2): 261-267, August 2006.
Yiliang Zhu, PhD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
College of Public Health, and coauthors, presented “Determinants of Health Insurance
Coverage Among Chinese School Children in Pinggu, a rural/suburban district of Beijing,” at 11
World Congress on Public Health, Aug. 21-25, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Orthopedic Surgery and Sport Medicine Center Opens
USF Health opened its new Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center on Aug. 1. Two of
the nation's best sports orthopedic surgeons have joined the center's staff -- strengthening the full
continuum of sports health care that USF offers. David Leffers, MD, and Charles Nofsinger,
MD, join orthopedic surgeon Ed Homan, MD, at the center, located at 13601 Bruce B. Downs
Blvd., Suite 121, in Tampa. For appointments, call (813) 259-0929. [MORE] Klaus: Please link to
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OSHA Partners with USF SafetyFlorida on Construction Project
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s has formed a
partnership with USF SafetyFlorida consultation program and Centex Construction to reduce
illnesses and injuries and eliminate fatalities during a major condominium construction project.
The Villas at Reunion Square is a $39-million condominium project located south of Disney’s
Celebration in Kissimmee. USF SafetyFlorida, a consultation program based at the College of
Public Health, provides occupational safety and education al outreach and services to small
businesses across Florida. In related news, the Florida Home Builders Association and
Florida Home Builders Insurance, Inc. recently announced a partnership with University of
South Florida's OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center and the Safety Florida
Consultation Program. The alliance will serve as a resource for FHBA and FHBI to improve safety
and health training for builders and their trade partners. Yehia Hammad, ScD, is program
director and Charlene Vespi is program manager of USF SafetyFlorida.
USF Health and A.G. Holley Hospital, a Latana, FL, inpatient facility for patients with
tuberculosis, have signed a letter of intent to affiliate. The affiliation is a valuable opportunity
for USF Health faculty, residents, fellows and students to be involved in multidisciplinary research
projects through the College of Medicine’s newly launched Signature Program in Allergy
Immunology and Infectious Diseases (SRP-AIID). Patients remain at the hospital from 4 to 18
months, depending on the severity of their infection and complicating factors such as mental
illness, cancer, MDR, HIV, cirrhosis, substance abuse, etc. A G Holley conducts some research
in TB and HIV, and the faculty are interested in expanding their research collaborations.
Additionally, A.G. Holley has been designated as the Florida Institute of Public Health and is
seeking to partner with colleagues from across the state.
Florida Covering Kids and Families, a project of USF’s Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center
for Healthy Mothers and Babies, held a successful news conference and enrollment fair for
KidCare Aug. 10 in Tampa. KidCare is the state’s subsidized health insurance program for
children including Medicaid for children, MediKids, Healthy Kids and Children’s Medical Services
Network. The Florida Covering Kids and Families Coalition is part of a national campaign to
inform parents of uninsured children about low-cost and free healthcare coverage.
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Ob/Gyn Focuses on Improving Patient Experience
The Ob/Gyn Clinic recently hosted a second Kaizen to improve the patient experience and
workflow in their ultrasound suites. The team included Chezelle Coqueran, Emily Ford, Danielle
Grossi, Wanda Rodriguez, Susan Sharp, Deborah Walker, Caroline Young, and Dr. Lauri
Hochberg supported by Seena Salyani and Lou Rhodes of the Organizational Improvement
team. The improvements implemented included placing check-in and out in the office itself,
reorganizing the nurse’s area, exam rooms, and ultrasound rooms, and putting as much care into
the rooms as possible. This will improve the patient experience by increasing privacy, reducing
travel and wait times, and improving overall service level. The workflow improvements will also
increase physician and medical assistant efficiencies allowing staff to better stay on schedule with
higher volumes. They are transferable to other clinical operations including the upcoming Centers
for Advanced Healthcare.
Lou Rhodes, MBA, MBB, associate vice president for organizational improvement at USF
Health, presented “Using Lean Six Sigma Tools for Project Management” Sept. 14 at an
education program sponsored by the Florida Association for Healthcare Quality, Area II. The
presentation was at the Children’s Health Center in St. Petersburg.
IOEs - People Excellence
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USF Health Pediatrician Wins Prestigious Jacobi Award
John Curran, MD, senior associate dean in the College of Medicine and Associate Vice
President for Academic and Faculty Affairs at USF Health, has won the American Academy of
Pediatrics’ Abraham Jacobi Memorial Award. The prestigious award recognizes a pediatrician
who has contributed to pediatrics nationally in teaching, patient care and/or clinical research.
Named after Dr. Abraham Jacobi, acknowledged as the founder of pediatrics, the award will be
accepted by Dr. Curran at the AAP’s National Conference Oct. 7 to 10 in Atlanta. Dr. Curran, one
of the College of Medicine’s original faculty members, built neonatal intensive care for the Tampa
community and worked with the College of Public Health to help create the Hillsborough County
Health Plan and the Florida Department of Health in the early 1990s. He has been instrumental in
many legislative issues involving child health advocacy and the funding of Children’s Medical
Services (CMS), a program for children with special health care needs. Dr. Curran supervises
Florida’s Tampa Bay Region (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Highlands and Hardee
Counties) for CMS, which he describes as his “hobby” and current advocacy interest. A past
president of the Florida Chapter AAP, Dr. Curran serves as AAP District Chair and member of the
AAP Board of Directors for the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Puerto Rico (District 10
as well as overseeing pediatric research nationally). He joins Lewis Barness, MD, founding chair
of pediatrics and Distinguished University Professor, as the second USF winner of the Jacobi
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Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, associate dean for Academic Enrichment at the USF
College of Medicine, was selected as the first director of the Florida Department of Health’s
Office of Minority Health. Her appointment, effective Sept. 11, was announced by Florida
Secretary of Health M. Rony Francois, MD, MSPH, PhD, an alumnus of the COM and former
faculty member in the College of Public Health. Dr. Wathington said the appointment is an
“incredible opportunity” to address health disparities in Florida and improve the health of the
state’s citizens and communities. The Office of Minority Health works to improve the health of
racial and ethnic populations through the development of programs that address disparities and
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Ruben Quintero, MD, professor and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was honored Sept. 7 at the Noche de Excelencia –
A Night of Excellence at The Centre Club in Tampa as a Hispanic leader who has “Excelled in
Education, The Arts and Culture.” Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio was the special guest for the event,
which benefits the USF Latino Scholarship Fund and the 2006 National Society of Hispanic MBAs
(NSHMBA) Scholarship Fund. Dr. Quintero is a pioneer in minimally-invasive fetal surgery and
broke new ground with a novel laser surgery technique used to treat twin-to-twin transfusion
syndrome, a condition resulting from unbalanced blood flow between two fetuses sharing a
common placenta. The condition affects as many as 10 percent of identical twins in utero.
Without surgical intervention, both babies are at risk of dying. Dr. Quintero is president-elect of
the Ibero-American Society for Perinatal Diagnosis and Therapy and editor of the first book on
minimally-invasive fetal surgery, Diagnostic and Operative Fetoscopy (2002).
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Capt. Matthew Howell, MD, a graduate of the College of Medicine Class of 2001, was
among the crew members who participated in the flyby at Tampa Bay Buccaneers home opener
game on Sunday, Sept. 10. Dr. Howell is a flight surgeon for the 94 Fighter Squadron based out
of Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, one of the largest fighter bases in Air Combat Command.
After graduating from USF COM, Dr. Howell completed his residency in emergency medicine at
the University of Connecticut. He said he helped set up the flyby ”because I grew up in Tampa
going to Bucs games.”
USF Health faculty are well represented among the finalists for the Tampa Bay Business
Journal’s 2006 Health Care Heroes – those who make a significant impact on the quality of
healthcare in the community. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner Oct. 5 at the Hyatt
Regency Downtown Tampa. USF Health and affiliate finalists are:
Community Outreach: Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD, Assistant Professor, USF and
Moffitt Cancer Center; Jodi A. Ray, Project Director Covering Kids & Families, Lawton & Rhea
Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies; Cynthia S. Selleck, DSc, Program Director, Area
Health Education Center.
Health Care Educator: Patricia A. Burns, PhD, Dean and Professor, College of
Nursing; Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, Vice President for USF Health/Dean College of
Medicine; Karen "Kay" M. Perrin, PhD, MPH, RN, Associate Professor/Director of Academic
Affairs, College of Public Health; William S. Quillen, PT, PhD, Associate Dean, College of
Medicine and Director, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Health Care Innovation and Research: Paula C. Bickford, PhD, Professor, Center of
Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, USF College of Medicine; Robert A. Hauser, MD, MBA,
Director, USF Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Center; Gary W. Litman, PhD, Hines
Professor of Pediatric Research/Distinguished University Professor, College of Medicine; Audrey
Nelson, PhD, RN, Director of Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, James A. Haley Veterans’
Hospital; Paul R. Sanberg, PhD, DSc, Distinguished University Professor and Director, Center of
Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair.
Lifetime Achievement: John S. Curran, MD, Senior Associate Dean, College of
Medicine, and Associate Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs, USF Health; William
S. Dalton, PhD, MD, Professor of Interdisciplinary Oncology and Chief Executive Officer/Center
Director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute; David L. Vesely, MD, PhD,
Professor of Medicine.
Medical Professional – Nonphysician: Marcia A. McCall, Research Coordinator/Clinic
Coordinator, Department of Neurology; Patricia Q. Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, Deputy Director,
VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, Department of Veterans' Affairs. Physician: Tatjana
Bulat, MD, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center/James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital; Charles Paidas,
MD, MBA, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics/Chief Pediatric Surgery, USF/Tampa General
Hospital; Dennis H. Penzell, DO, MS, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, College of
Medicine; Steven G. Scott, DO, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, James A. Haley
Bruce Anderson, MD, who directs the Low Vision and Contact Lens Services for the
Department of Ophthalmology, has been selected the team optometrist for USF Athletics.
Eric Coris, MD, assistant professor and director of the Division of Sports Medicine,
Department of Family Medicine, received high marks for his presentation about USF Health’s
Sports Medicine and Athletic-Related Trauma Institute (SMART) Aug. 30 before members of
the Hillsborough County School Board. The workshop presentation was attended by USF
President Judy Genshaft and Ed Homan, MD, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at
USF, and a Florida legislator.
William S. Quillen, PT, PhD, associate dean of the College of Medicine and director of the
School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, was recently honored by the U.S.
Navy physical therapy community with the placement of his photograph in the Hall of Honor at the
National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. During Dr. Quillen’s two decades of active
duty, he achieved several firsts as a Navy physical therapist, including selection for PhD studies
at the University of Virginia and American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Board
certification. He retired from active duty in 1994.
Stephen Tebes, MD, a third-year fellow in Gynecologic Oncology, Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Florida Board of Medicine Chair’s Recognition
Award at the board’s bimonthly meeting in St. Petersburg in August. Dr. Tebes, who specializes
in gynecologic oncology at Tampa General Hospital, was diagnosed with a rare cancer at age 28.
He is now age 31 and though his cancer is at a life-threatening stage, he continues to work 10 to
12 hour days at the hospital. Dr. Tebes was chosen for his outstanding contribution and service to
the people of Florida and the medical profession in his dedicated treatment of cancer patients.
Selim Benbadis, MD, professor of Neurology and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy
Program at USF/Tampa General Hospital, has been invited to write a section on “Localization –
related epilepsy syndromes” for UpToDate, a comprehensive electronic textbook of medicine. Dr.
Benbadis is one of the neurology editors for UpToDate.
Michael Nolan, PhD, professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, was presented with The
John M. Thompson, MD, Outstanding Teacher Award by USF neurosurgery residents on June
23. The award was established by the residents last year to honor Dr. Thompson’s long
commitment to neurosurgery and teaching at USF.
Saundra Stock, MD, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Medicine, has been elected to the Harvard Macy Institute’s Program for Physician
Educators. The program mentors candidates as they tackle some of the biggest challenges in
medical education in their own institutions with creativity, innovation and scholarship. As
psychiatry clerkship director, Dr. Stock has played a critical role in the COM curriculum’s
reconfigured Neuropsychiatry Block and will continue to refine aspects of the curriculum as an
outgrowth of her participation in the Harvard Macy Scholar Program.
Aditya Derasari, a fourth-year USF medical student, was one of 42 medical and dental
students nationwide selected into the 2006 Howard Hughes Institute-National Institutes of
Health Research Scholars Program. The program allows students to spend a year in
laboratories at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, conducting mentored biomedical research.
Derasari is working at the NIH Clinical Center in the Rehabilitation Department’s Physical
Disabilities Branch on a project titled “Virtual Functional Anatomy.” He is using a novel technology
on both healthy and impaired patients to obtain quantitative biomechanical data on moving joints
(muscle force, tendon strain, bone shape, etc.) in three dimensions.
Adrian Blackwell, a second-year USF medical student, has won a $10,000 scholarship from
the Joseph Collins Foundation. The Foundation was established in memory of the late Dr.
Collins, regarded as a pioneer in the field of neurology, to assist students in the study of
medicine. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in “arts and letter or other cultural pursuits
outside the field of medicine.” Blackwell’s interests outside medicine include ballroom dancing,
sailing, traveling, history, scuba diving, visiting museums, and music (he plays the guitar.)
Adrienne Berarducci, PhD, ARNP, associate professor of Nursing, was recently elected
president elect of the Florida Nurses Association District 20.
Cecile Lengacher, PhD, professor of Nursing, was appointed to the editorial board of the
journal Holistic Nursing Practice.
Karen Liller, PhD, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of
Public Health, was selected as an item writer for the new credentialing examination being
developed by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Only 30 public health faculty
from across the continent were chosen for this honor.
Karen Liller, PhD, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of
Public Health, edited the book “Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents” recently
published by the American Public Health Association. The book provides a comprehensive
overview of advances in the field of childhood injury prevention and intervention. Dr. Liller and her
co-authors highlight not just the scientific aspects of injuries, but link the science to the reality of
injury in children and adolescents.
Francisco Fernandez, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Medicine, in association with Dr. Pedro Ruiz, recently published the book
“Psychiatric Aspects of HIV/AIDS. The comprehensive text provides clinicians with a basic
understanding of epidemiology, virology, transmission, and medical treatments inclusive of
occupational exposures. Psychosocial, spiritual, and sociocultural aspects of HIV/AIDS are
covered, describing implications of HIV/AIDS across minority groups. The treatment section
allows clinicians to organize effective psychiatric treatments with antiretroviral and
immunorestorative therapies. The book features many USF experts including Drs. Tiffany
Chenneville, Karina D’Souza, Michael Knox, Lynette Menezes, Meghan Ross, and Todd
Wills. Department of Psychiatry faculty and trainees featured are Drs. Glenn Catalano, Carlos
Santana, Debbie Sanchez, and Wade Myers. For more information go to
The USF Signature Research Program in Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Disease
nominated four individuals from the USFCollege of Medicine to Emerge Florida -- Javier
Marinez, MD, and Daniela Chiriboga, MD, fellows in the Division of Infectious Disease; Julian
Corvin, project administrator, Division of Infectious Disease; and Tran Phung, USF medical
student. Nominations were based on each individual’s outstanding role as a peer leader. All were
accepted and attended the inaugural annual conference in Orlando, FL. Emerge Florida is the
first statewide organization for emergent leaders in Florida between ages 21 and 40. The
program provides young professionals with a statewide perspective through exposure to various
issues, leadership development training, networking opportunities, annual conferences, and an
Jeannine Coreil, PhD, professor and chair of Community and Family Health, College of
Public Health, and Hiram Greene, director of Community Relations for USF Health
Communications, have been selected to be members of the Hillsborough County Health Care
Advisory Board’s Education and Outreach Committee. Committee members provide
recommendations on how to raise community awareness about the Hillsborough County Health
Care Plan and how to increase plan enrollment.
Some 35 students in the COM Class of 2009 have gone above and beyond their basic
service hour requirements as volunteers at Shriners Hospital for Children Tampa, an affiliate of
the college. The Tampa hospital provides medical at no cost to children with orthopedic injuries.
Working with Shriners’ counseling department, known as Child Life, the students spend time with
patients and their families doing everything from basketball and volleyball to arts and crafts. This
year USF COM students, including the Class of 2010, will expand their volunteer commitment
with special events participation through Shriners’ Volunteer Services Department.
M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, CP, visiting assistant professor of Physical Therapy, and a
team of Class of 2006 students from the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Sciences attended the O&P Extremity Games by College Park July 28 to 29 in Orlando. The
Extremity Games is an extreme amateur sporting competition for those living with limb loss or
limb difference. Amputees compete in sports such as BMX Biking, wakeboarding, skateboarding
and rock climbing. Dr. Highsmith was a judge in the rock climbing event. Class of 2006
volunteers Sarah Sacks, Tanya Quinones, Brandy Pouso, Angie Giordano, Suzanne O’Neal,
and Lindsay Skinner presented tips and information at the event's Health Expo on participating
in extreme sports with orthoses, protheses or congenital limb deficiency. They also provided
information on general health, physical fitness, and the school’s research projects in orthotics and
prosthetics. Class of 2006 volunteer Ana Shenko helped organize the presentation.
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The Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center recently published its new
HIV/AIDS Primary Care Guide, a comprehensive book providing the most recent information
about HIV/AIDS treatment and management with contributions from 62 experts in the field. The
AETC, directed by Michael Knox, PhD, distinguished professor of Medicine and Global Health,
operates within the USF Center for HIV Education and Research. Dr. Knox wrote the book’s
foreword and, as a co-author, contributed to the chapter on Identifying and Treating Depression,
Anxiety and Dementia. Other USF Health faculty authors included: Patricia Emmanuel, MD;
Sandra Gompf, MD; Igor Melnychuk, MD; Lynette Menezes, PhD; Jeffrey Nadler, MD;
Eknath Naik, MD, PhD; Daniela Chiriboga, MD; Charurut Somboonwit, MD; John Toney,
MD; and Todd Wills, MD. For more information, go to the AETC website at
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Eric Coris, MD, director of the Division of Sports Medicine, Family Medicine, and a team
physician for the USF Athletics Department, appeared August 28 on Fox National News
Channel’s The Fox Report, showcasing USF’s heat pill study. Local stations Bay News 9,
WFLA Channel 8, WFTS Channel 28, and WTSP Channel 10 also aired stories August 18
about the study, in which USF Bulls swallow a pill-shaped thermometer to monitor their internal
body temperature on the playing field so they don’t suffer from heat illness.
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