December 2013                                                                                        Volume 1 | Issue 6
Patient Centered Teaching.
                       Patient Centered Research.
                                                Patient Centered Care.
From the Desk of Dr. Sinnott...

This month marked my one year anniversary as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine.


As I reflect on the year I am proud to lead this department, full of faculty and staff who enable us to achieve so many great accomplishments.


You have all made wonderful progress that contributes to our mission of providing the optimum patient centered teaching, patient centered research, and patient centered care.


It's also important to thank our many partners and friends of the department who support and guide us, enabling our team to do the best work possible.


Thank you all for a terrific first year as Chairman. I look forward to many more. See you next year!






John T Sinnott MD FACP
Department of Internal Medicine
Inside This Issue...
Year in Review
View a recap of our successes by the numbers and the awards presented at our Celebration of Success. 
Recent Achievements
See the latest awards, grants and appointments of our faculty, staff, residents and medical students.
Upcoming Events
Grand Rounds resume the end of January and our Professional Enrichment Seminar is Jan 9th.
Year in Review: Celebration of Success
Celebration of Success
Monday December 9th we held a Celebration of Success at the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club. Faculty and staff received awards and recognition for their efforts from the year. Here are the recipients:
  • At the June graduation Dr. Allan Goldman received the Department's first Lifetime Achievement Award. At the Celebration of Success Dr. Sinnott announced that the award was renamed the Allan L. Goldman Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Goldman presented the award to Dr. Hussain Saba MD PhD, who is retiring and will soon join the ranks as a Professor Emeritus.
  • Two of our Professor Emeriti Dr. H. Juergen Nord and Philip Altus were recognized and presented with a gift bag with our Polos, Lanyards and hats.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Lowenkron, CEO of the USF Physicians Group and Departmental faculty member with an Exemplary Leadership Award for his guidance and support during the year.
  • Ms. Debra Powell was presented with the Award of Excellence in recognition of her exemplary performance and unwavering commitment to the department, the Division of Nephrology and their fellowship program.
  • Michael Cameron MS3 and Jae Chung MS3 received appreciation plaques for their role in conceptualizing and implementing our IM Cares employee health effort.
  • Barbara Pearce, Carolyn Dawson and Julie DeHainaut were awarded as the team who lost the most weight and inches during our Battle of the Bulge Summer Slimdown Fitness Challenge
  • Many faculty and staff received awards for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service:
      • 10 years
        • David Orban MD - Division Director Emergency Medicine
        • Todd Wills MD - Vice Chairman, Director of Infectious Disease & International Medicine
        • Lourdes Rodrgiuez - Fellowship Coordinator Endocrinology & Metabolism, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine
      • 15 years
        • Charles Edwards MD - Vice Chairman, Director Division Hospital Medicine
        • Benjamin Djulbegovic PhD, MD - Division Director Evidence Based Medicine
        • Azam Rukhsana, Division Hematology/Oncology
        • Jeannie Waterman, Fellowship Coordinator Rheumatology, General Internal Medicine Resident Clinic Coordinator
      • 20 years
        • Jacques Durr MD - Director Division Nephrology & Hypertension
        • Joanne Valeriano-Marcet MD - Faculty Division Rheumatology
        • Kimberly Harding - Office Manager, Division Rheumatology
        • Valerie Morales, ARNP - Division of Geriatrics
      • 25 years
        • Douglas Holt MD - Director Division Infectious Disease & International Medicine
        • Michael Flannery MD
        • Haim Pinkas MD - Faculty, Division Digestive Diseases & Nutrition









At the end of the presentations, Mr. John Ekarius, COO USF Health, announced he started a new scholarship in Dr. Sinnott's name.



Jamie Morano MD MPH in the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine along with colleagues in the College of Public Health was awarded a $475,000 Pfizer Independent Grant for Learning & Change to support their intervention to increase vaccine uptake in minority and economically disadvantaged communities in Hillsborough and Polk Counties.


Jutaro Fukumato MD PhD in the Division of Allergy & Immunology received a GSA Summer 2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship award from the American Heart Association for $98,432 for his research on pulmonary fibrosis.


Lynette Menezes PhD in the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine, Assistant Dean USF Medicine International and Assistant Vice President, USF Health International was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases: The role of monogamy and duration of heterosexual relationships on human� papillomavirus (HPV) transmission Alan G. Nyitray, Hui-Yi Lin, William J. Fulp, Mihyun Chang, Lynette� Menezes, Beibei Lu, Martha Abrahamsen, Mary Papenfuss, Christine Gage,� Claudia M. Galindo, and Anna R. Giuliano J Infect Dis published 18 November 2013, 10.1093/infdis/jit615

Shyam S. Mohaptra PhD, Director of Division of Translational Medicine and USF Nanomedicine Research Center accepted the role of Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Pharmacy


Two fourth year medical students won the clinical vignetter poster comptetition at the Florida American College of Physicians Scientific Chapter Meeting on Oct 4-6 in St. Petersburg, FL:

  • First place: Mohamad Zetir, "Straightening Out SMA Syndrome"
  • Third place: Clay Evans, "Out of Thin Air: A Case Report of Pneumatosis Intestinalis Secondary to Lactulose Treatment"

 Two post doctorate fellows were recognized as USF Health Student Scholars:

  • Ruan Cox (Major professor: Narasaiah Kolliputi, MD - Division of Allergy & Immunology)
  • Vivianna Sampayo Escobar (Major Professore: Shyam S. Mohapatra, PhD - Division of Translational Medicine)


Congratulations on your successes and contributions to patient centered teaching, research and care!

Health Care Reform
Presented by: Dennis Deruelle, MD, FHM
Thursday January 9th @ 6pm-7pm
Dinner will be provided
TGH B107

Dennis P. Deruelle MD  is currently the National Director of Innovation for IPC, The Hospitalist Company, after serving as Regional Medical Director and Practice Group Leader in the Florida region. As National Director of Innovation at IPC, he

conceived and developed their novel initiative S.H.I.N.E., Shared Healthcare Innovation for Nationwide Excellence. This is a proprietary portal for sharing the best practices among their 2,000 hospitalists. He also developed their VIP care program, a concierge hospitalist practice, focusing on specialist co-management.

Grand Rounds Lecture Schedule


Thursday, January 23rd

HCV Update

By: Todd Wills, MD

Vice Chairman

Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine


*International Guest Speaker*

Thursday, January 30th

Endocrine Cell Transplant for the Cell & Molecules Therapy of Diabetes, Mellitus and other Chronic Autoimmune Disorders

By: Ricardo Calafiore MD

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

University of Perugia, Italy



*All DoIM Grand Rounds lectures are held from noon - 1:00pm in MDL 1003, lunch is provided. They are televised at TGH B107 and FOB 1304.
Podcasts of all Internal Medicine Grand Rounds can be viewed on our homepage or by clicking here.

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