Patient Centered Teaching, Research, Care
Dr. Ramon Lopez (center) is the USF Health site principal investigator for the NIH sponsored Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), with co-investigators Dr. Jacques Durr, director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Dr. Juris Janavs, study coordinator. Photo credit: USF Health Communications. Photo courtesy of USF Health Communications. 

From the Desk of Dr. Sinnott...

I recently reported to Dean Lockwood on the dramatic changes that have been happening in the Department of Internal Medicine. In looking at the most recent data, in the last three years we have added 50 new faculty, thus increasing faculty from 90 to 140. We have added 42 clinical staff and increased our budget from $80.5 million to $92.8 million-a $12.3 million dollar increase from FY14 to FY16-in a period where many Internal Medicine departments are seeing budget decreases. We have promoted 22 faculty from Assistant to Associate or full Professor. This past fiscal year we added five new contracts. In Undergraduate Medical Education we again received the Outstanding Department Award. In Graduate Medical Education our residency recruiting is continuing to move ahead with average board scores increasing from 223 to 231 to 243 of USMLE Part II over the last three years. We have also increased the number of residents from 87 to 100. We have greatly expanded the number of resident projects; in 2013 we presented 7 posters, 14 in 2014, and in 2015 22 abstracts or posters were submitted or presented. These metrics reflect well on everyone's efforts; as a team united we can plan on substantial progress.

Research is likewise moving ahead. The division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is recruiting an R01 funded team to join Dr. Liggett in investigating airway disease. Infectious Disease and International Medicine is recruiting a research team to join Dr.
Thomas Unnasch in the Global Health Infectious Disease Research and Rheumatology is discussing how best to add an R01 funded recruit. In the realm of clinical research we have the infrastructure for clinical studies set up with buy in from all stakeholders. Emergency Medicine will welcome patients, Hospital Medicine will help care for them, and Genera Internl Medicine will do follow up.

The future holds a lot for us, which I will address at our State of the Department Address on November 17 th. Please save this date and look for email reminders in the weeks to come. This blending of teaching, academics, and patient care makes for a thriving academic enterprise and is the envy of many medical schools nationally. These achievements are due to you, the faculty and staff, individuals who have sacrificed weekends and nights to further the goals of the Department of Internal Medicine. I want to express my appreciation and admiration to a group who is not just surviving at this time of intense change in medicine, but prevailing.

The next issue of Insights will feature our quality assurance and improvement efforts. Stay tuned to find out what the Department of Internal Medicine is doing in the areas of mammography, vaccination, health maintenance, and community education.
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Best Doctors in America 2015

The annual list of Best Doctors in America is compiled using information collected from surveys asking physicians who they would go to for treatment in their specialty. The result is a nation-wide list of 40,000 physicians. The Department of Internal Medicine is proud to have thirty-eight physicians included on this list. Congratulations everyone!

Allergy and Immunology 

Thomas B. Casale 
Roger Williams Fox 
Mark Glaum 
Dennis K. Ledford 
Richard F. Lockey 
Mandel Reid Sher
Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

W. McDowell Anderson 
David Solomon 
Frank W. Walsh

Patrick G. Brady 
Soojong H. Chae 
Jay J. Mamel 
Haim Pinkas 
Joel E. Richter
Infectious Disease 

Sally F. Alrabaa 
Beata C. Casanas 
Sandra Gompf 
Daniel Haight 
Douglas Allen Holt 
Jose Montero 
Richard Oehler 
Charurut Somboonwit 
John Toney 
Ana Paula Velez  
Todd S. Wills
Internal Medicine  

Erika Abel 
Bryan Bognar 
Charles M. Edwards 
Denise K. Edwards 
Deborah A. Humphrey 
John D. McCormick 
Cuc Mai 
Hugo J. Narvarte 
Kevin O'Brien 

John D. Carter 
Dennis K. Ledford 
Joanne Valeriano-Marcet 
Read more about the list here

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Dr. Ulyee Choe Honored as he Transitions From Polk Health Department Director to Pinellas Health Department Director.

In August, the Florida Department of Health appointed assistant professor Dr. Ulyee Choe Director of the Pinellas Health Department where he is charged with  "promoting, protecting, and improving the health of Pinellas county, its residents, and its visitors."  This appointment is significant, as Dr. Choe will now oversee more than 700 employees. 

Deputy Secretary for Health, Ms. Kim Barnhill said of Dr. Choe's appointment, "[He] is a committed medical professional with an extensive history in public health and Internal Medicine. His experience serving in the medical, academic, and community health arenas makes him a tremendous asset to the department and to the people of Pinellas County."

Dr. Choe formerly served as the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County. In honor of his service to the county and to mark the transition to his new position, Polk County Commission Chairman, George Lindsey presented Dr. Choe with a key to the county.  Congratulations Dr. Choe!

Read more about Dr. Choe's appointment here and more about the key presentation  here.

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Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology Making Headlines

Dr. Djulbegovic from the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology was recently included on the list of Newsweek Top Cancer D octors 2015. This list was compiled through peer nominations and research conducted by Castle Connolly Medical LTD over a period of more than two decades. Congratulations Dr. Djulbegovic! Read more about this honor here

Dr. Djulbegovic also recently had his article, Value-based Cancer Care and the Excessive Cost of Drugs, featured by Reuters and the Washington Post. Read the Washington Post article here

Dr. Djulbegovic's team also had their article on Health Care as a Game Theory Problem featured by the Washington Post. Read the Washington Post article here.

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University of South Florida and the University of Cartagena Discuss 'Possible Areas of Collaboration'

Dr. John Sinnott and Dr. Chris Cooper recently made an exploratory visit to the University of Cartagena in Colombia. The University is one of Colombia's premier government medical schools, but they have limited affiliations internationally; there are 31 Caribbean Community (CARICOM)countries but only a few offer Internal Medicine sub specialty training. The purpose of this visit was to discuss possible areas of collaboration with USF, ranging from administrator training programs, student exchanges, and developing an Infectious Disease fellowship program.

Dr. Lynette Menezes and Cristienn Joudaane MS, MBA are in the process of planning out line-specific goals. One goal is to begin placing international patients at Shriner's Hospital for Children in Tampa.

"Overall the level of medical education in Colombia is outstanding" said Dr Sinnott when interviewed by the local media, " Rector Chacon has a wonderful vision for the school".

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Achievements and Awards Achievements
American College of Physicians 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting

On September 12th the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians held their annual Scientific Meeting. A number of Internal Medicine doctors were honored with awards including our Chairman, Dr. John Sinnott.

Dr. Sinnott received the 2015 Laureate Award from the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians. He was chosen for his "long-standing distinguished service to the College, chapter, and community, as well as upholding the high ideals and professional standards of the College." Read more about Dr. Sinnott and this award here.

Dr. Lucy Guerra was honored with the Volunteerism and Community Service Award. The ACP recognized Dr. Guerra for her exemplary voluntary service in the area of medicine and her commitment to continuing education, which are established traditions for internists and the ACP.

Dr. Nikesh Kapadia won 2nd place in the Resident Clinical Vignette Poster Competition.

The USF Doctor's Dilemma team, comprised of Tara Saco, Amber Pepper, and Erinn Kellner competed as finalists in Doctor's Dilemma, a medical jeopardy competition. They placed second in the state this year.

Read more about the ACP Awards here.

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Dr. Frederick Slone, with the help of former student Bridge director Dr. Michelle Rosario, and Masters student Felicia Ourn, received a $10,500 grant from the Colon Cancer Alliance to support Colon Cancer screening for the Bridge Healthcare Clinic. This is the third year in a row that Dr. Slone has applied for and received a grant from the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Dr. Slone also had two abstracts accepted for presentation at international conferences. He will present at the IPRED conference on Disaster Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel and the IMSH 2016 conference on simulation in healthcare in San Diego . At IMSH Dr. Slone will present in conjunction with Dr. Art Cooper from Columbia University. The abstract pertains to the development of a simulation based examination for the Board of Disaster Medicine, the first simulation examination created for a high-stakes Board certification.
Dr. Slone was also recently named a Fellow of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine (FAADM). Congratulations Dr. Slone!

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Dr. Charurut Somboonwit from the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine the USF site principal investigator for the U01 grant from the Department of Health  and Human Services to complete a Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV-REPRIEVE. The project is supported by the National Institute of Health's NHLBI and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).

The Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine recently received a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellows Research Program to support their study on cardiovascular outcomes and HIV/AIDS in Latinos. Dr. Joseph Paruolo will lead the team with Dr. Jamie Morano serving as VA statistical/investigational lead. Additional team members include Dr. Minh Ho, Dr. Kelly Kaynston, Dr. Flor Vargas-Sanchez, and Dr. Manuel Castro. Faculty advisors include Dr. Sadaf Aslam, Dr. Charurut Somboonwit, Dr. Todd Wills, and Dr. John Toney.
In August Dr. Barbara Hansen was named to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Physiological Society. The rank of Fellow is designed to honor distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science, contributed to the physiological sciences and served the Society. Congratulations Dr. Hansen!
The Division of Allergy and Immunology is pleased to announce positive results from the second phase III pivotal trial, NAVIGATE I. This study is sponsored by OptiNose and aims to evaluate the safety and efficacy of OPN-375, an investigational treatment for nasal polyposis, a type of Chronic Nasal Inflammatory Disease (CNID), and the associated symptoms of the disease. Dr. Richard Lockey is the Principal Investigator for this study.

Read more about this study here.

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Evidence-based Medicine and Comparative Effectiveness Research's paper, When are Clinical Trials Ethical for Both Future and Study Patients, was selected as one of the nine best projects funded by the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program of the Florida Department of Health and was presented at the FDOH Cancer Research Symposium on September 18, 2015 at UCF. Dr. Djulbegovic was the Principal Investigator on this project. Congratulations team! 

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Congratulations to Dr. Ramon Lopez Del valle on celebrating 20 years with the Department. Dr. Lopez has been a Professor with USF, Internal Medicine since July 1994, and is currently the PI for the USF Health SPRINT Study clinical trial. He is married with 2 children, and likes Italian food. 

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Congratulations to Dr. Morrison on 20 years with the Department. Dr. Morrison has been a Faculty Member since the early 80's and a Professor with USF, Internal Medicine since February, 1995 where he served as Endocrinology Division Director.  He was also the Co-Director of the USF Diabetes Center, and the Site of care Medical Director of the USF Physicians Group.  He served as PI for the NIH EDIC Grant for many years, as well as Co-Investigator of the DCCT.  Dr. Morrison has two children and a grandson, and enjoys traveling. There are few places in the world he has not been.

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Publications and Presentations Publications
Global Virology I: Identifying and Investigating Viral Diseases

Dr. Paul Shapshak, Dr. John Sinnott, Dr. Charurut Somboonwit and Dr. Jens Kuhn
recently had their book, Global Virology I: Identifying and Investigating Viral Diseases, published by Springer-Verlag New York.

"This book provides trajectories and illustrations of viruses that have catapulted into the global arena (linked to humans, animals, and vectors) due to human behaviors in recent years, as well as viruses that have already shown expansion among humans, animals, and vectors just a few decades ago." -Springer

Find more information about this book here.

Alexandra T Strauss, Diego A Martinez, Andres, Garcia-Arce, Stephanie Taylor, Candice Mateja, Peter J Fabri and Jose L Zayas-Castro. A User Needs Assessment to Inform Health Information Exchange Design. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making Journal. (Accepted for publication)

Bousquet J, Schunemann HJ, Fonseca J, Samolinski B, Bachert C, Canonica GW Casale T, et al.. MACVIA-ARIA Sentinel NetworK for allergic rhinitis (MASK-rhinitis): The new generation guideline implementation. Allergy. 2015 Jul 4. doi: 10.1111/all.12686. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26148220.

Cooke A, Fergeson J, Bulkhi A, Casale TB. The Electronic Cigarette: The Good,  the Bad, and the Ugly. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 Jul-Aug;3(4):498-505. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2015.05.022. PubMed PMID: 26164573.

Casale TB. COPD: The Not So Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 Jul-Aug;3(4):519-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2015.04.014. PubMed PMID: 26164575.

Djulbegovic B. Value-based Cancer Care and the Excessive Cost of Drugs. JAMA Onc 2015; Published online August 27, 2015 ahead of press; doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.3302

Djulbegovic B, HozoI, & Ioannidis JPA. Modern health care as a game theory problem. Eur J Clin Invest 2015 ;45(1):1-12

Galam L, Parthasarathy PT, Cho Y, Cho SH, Lee YC, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N: Adenovirus-mediated transfer of the SOCS-1 gene to mouse lung Confers protection against hyperoxic acute lung injury.Free Radic Biol Med 2015. pii: S0891-5849(15)00160-4. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2015.03.036. [Epub ahead of print]

Hosseinian N, Cho Y, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N: The role of the NLRP3 inflammasome in pulmonary diseases. Ther Adv Respir Dis 2015. pii: 1753465815586335. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

Leung J, Cho Y, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N: The Role of Aging in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.Lung. 2015 Aug;193(4):605-10. doi: 10.1007/s00408-015-9729-3. PMID: 25903793.

Patel P, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N: Can inflammation regulate systemic aging? Exp Gerontol 2015; 67:1-2.

Rajanbabu V, Galam L, Fukumoto J, Enciso J, Tadikonda P, Lane TN, Bandyopadhyay S, Parthasarathy PT, Cho Y, Cho SH, Lee YC, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N. Genipin suppresses NLRP3 inflammasome activation through uncoupling protein-2. Cellular Immunology 2015.pii: S0008-8749(15)00121-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cellimm.2015.06.002. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID 26123077.

Saco TV1, Parthasarathy PT, Cho Y, Lockey R, Kolliputi N: Micro RNAs: The future of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis therapy. Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics 2015; 71(1): 509-11. 
Westermann-Clark E, Talreja N, Pepper A, Lockey RF: Debunking myths about "allergy" to radiocontrast media in an academic institution. Postgraduate Medicine 2015; 127(3):295-300.
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Dr. Barbara Hansen
gave two lectures in Italy recently.  
Metabolic Syndrome: Physiology of Progression and Prevention 2015 , was held at the University of Perugia. Metabolic Syndrome the Missing Dimension, was presented at the Convegno Internazionale Diabete Mellito: Dalla Prevenzione All Ricerca Translazionale.

Dr. Tara Saco's abstract, Activation of Psoriatic Arthritis Associated With Multiple Wasp Stings , was accepted for oral presentation at the ACAAI's 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting, November 5-9, 2015 in San Antonio, TX.

Twelve Residents and Fellows form the Internal Medicine Residency Program had abstracts accepted for presentation at the upcoming American College of Gastroenterology meeting in Hawaii . Way to go Residents!

Dr. Robert Ledford, Dr. Cuc Mai, Dr. Kellee Oller, and Dr. Kevin O'Brien presented on
at the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine Conference in Atlanta, GA in October.
Getting the most out of the faculty evaluation process: Pearls, pitfalls, and situated feedback in a group setting    

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Appointments and Promotions Appointments
Dr. Todd Wills was recently named Program Director for the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies and Assistant Dean for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Congratulations Dr. Wills!

"We are delighted that Dr. Wills will bring his extensive background as a recognized and caring leader to the PA program. Under his direct leadership and with the helpof Brenda Diaz, former Interim director...we are looking forward to a successful provisional accreditation outcome and bringing new PA students to our campus in late spring of 2017." - Dr. Bryan Bognar, Vice Dean for Educational Affairs, USF Health, Morsani College of Medicine.

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Dr. Cuc Mai  was recently named Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Congratulations Dr. Mai!

"Over the past three years Dr Mai has distinguished herself as IM Program Director, Director of GME Program Development, and most recently Chair of our Annual Institutional Review Subcommittee In 2013. She was our "Teach the Teachers" delegate and delivered the Stanford University Clinical Teaching program for Faculty Development, the AAMC Teaching 4 Quality program and multiple residents at teachers conferences. Dr. Mai is a trustworthy senior advisor for matters related to CLER and Milestone Program matters.
Well respected by her peers, she has demonstrated attention to detail, loyalty to USF and the house staff, and always leads by example. Please join me in welcoming Dr Mai's promotion to Assistant Dean, GME." - Charles N. Paidas, MD, MBA , Vice Dean GME

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Dr. Kimberly Cao, Section Chief of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, was recently elected as President of the Florida Society of Critical Care Medicine for the 2015-2016 year. Congratulations Dr. Cao!
Welcome Aboard! Welcome

Ricardo Restrepo MD
Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Dr. Restrepo was born and raised in Medellin Colombia. He came to the U.S. 10 years ago after completing medical school at Pontifical Bolivarian University in Medellin, Colombia in June of 2000.
He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania, where he was named the "Resident of t he Year" in 2010.
He completed three years of Fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA where he also earned a Masters degree in Basic Sciences, Pharmacology, and Human Investigation.
Dr. Restrepo later finished his training at the University of Pennsylvania where he spent a year working as a research and clinical fellow in the Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Program with an emphasis in Pulmonary Hypertension.
Dr. Restrepo is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
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Dori Liriano AA 
Fiscal & Business Specialist
Department of Internal Medicine

Dori re cently joined the Department of Internal Medicine as a Fiscal & Business Specialist. For the past 20 plus years, Dori worked in the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences and provided administrative support to the AIDS Education and Training Center grant. She recently completed her Certified Research Administrator/Advanced (CRA-USF/Advanced) training. She will be providing support to both the State and Practice Plan employees, including purchasing, accounts payable, disbursements, pcard transactions, travel, leave and other general administrative and fiscal support.
Irene Chen BS, MA Clin Psych
Clinical Research Coordinator
USF HIV Research Unit 

Irene is a native to Los Angeles and is a newcomer to Tampa. She joins the USF HIV Research Unit at the Florida Department of Health -- Hillsborough County managing clinical research studiesstudies as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She received her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley and MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Irene spent the last year as a mental health clinician at San Francisco General Hospital which has sparked her interest in pursuing medical research.  
Isabella Parizon 
Administrative Assistant 
Medicine International

Isabella is the Program Assistant for USF Medicine International. She manages the Clinical Observership Program that is dedicated to providing innovative medical education for medical students and physicians from around the globe. Isabella has an international background having lived in Germany and previously worked with USF International Services. She will receive her BA from USF in Communication and German in Fall 2015.

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Events Events
Gansu Province Delegates Visit USF

Located in Northwest China, the Gansu Provincial Health Department (GHD) encompasses 11,201 health institutions, which include 1,861 hospitals, 103 disease prevention centers and 97 maternal and childcare organizations. One of its most renowned hospitals, the Gansu Provincial Hospital, contains 95 departments and is nationally known for services provided in Endocrinology, General Surgery, and Gastroenterology.

Recently, a delegation from Gansu came to visit USF Medicine International, with whom they have been working  for over 8 years. During that time Medicine International has trained  more than 95 Gansu hospital administrators and 15 physicians. In 2016, Medicine International will host the 6th Gansu hospital administrators training program and are expecting an additional 10 physicians to participate in various USF Health specialty training programs. 


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Jamie Meeks and Jule Dehainaut prepare staff appreciation gifts
Customer Service Appreciation Week

October 5-9 was Customer Service Appreciation Week. To show our gratitude to the hard-working staff at the USF Health Morsani Center and South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare, the Chairman's staff prepared breakfast and gifts for all IM clinical staff. This was just a small token of appreciation for all of their hard work.

Thank you to all the staff who make Internal Medicine great!
Morsani Staff 
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Roy H. Behnke Grand Rounds - Upcoming Schedule

Thursday, October 15th
By: Jocelyn Celestin MD
Chief of Allergy Immunology
Albany Medical College, New York
Thursday, November 5th

Thursday, October 22nd
Cardiorenal Syndrome
By: Jai Radhakrishnan MD
University of Columbia
Thursday, November 12th
Medical Toxicology
By: Tamas Peredy MD
Thursday, October 29th
Diziness: A Unique Appraoch
By: Salman Muddassir MD
Grand Rounds will resume again on January 28, 2016

*Grand Round Lectures are held in MDL 1003*

 **All DOIM Grand Rounds lectures are held from
12:00- 1:00pm, lunch is provided. Lectures are simulcast to TGH B107 and FOB 1304

Patient Centered Focus
Patient Centered Teaching Teaching
Residency Program Launches Leadership Council
The Internal Medicine Residency Program has announced it will host a year-long Leadership Council organized by Internal Medicine Chairman,  Dr. John Sinnott. The purpose of this council is to provide leadership skill training to future physician leaders challenged with a changing medical field. 
This inaugural year of the Leadership Council, five sessions will be hosted during the 2015-16 academic year. Residents who complete the program will act as a core of resident leaders for the Department of Internal Medicine. Topics covered during the year will include:
  • What is Leadership?
  • Team Building
  • Effective Communication / Personal Growth
  • Change Management / Mentorship
  • Conflict Management
Residents selected to the Leadership Council are chosen through a competitive application process. The inaugural 2015-2016 Leadership Council will include:

Leila Gaudet 
Kevin Huang 
Nikesh Kapadia 
Ju Hee Kim 
Roger Nehaul 
Daniel Olson 
Anand Parekh 
Madelyn Snyder 
Aly Strauss 
Mauricio Valenzuela 
Ashley Davis 
Sebastien Millette
Patient Centered Research Research
Allergy and Immunology Partners with Nationwide Children's Hospital to Develop RSV Vaccine
Dr. Michael Teng from the Division of Allergy and Immunology is part of a team of researchers who were recently awarded a $6.75 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Working with principal investigators Dr. Mark Peeples and Dr. Octavio Ramilo from the Center for Vaccines and Immunity at Nationwide Children's Hospital, the team aims to develop a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under the age of 1 in the United States. Other members of the team include Dr. Asuncion Mejias from Nationwide Children's Hospital, Dr. Jianrong Li and Dr. Stefan Niewiesk from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Photo Credit: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Read more about this project and the grant here.

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Lower blood pressure target greatly reduces cardiovascular complications and deaths in older adults

USF Health was one of multiple sites across the country participating in a large-scale study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine if using multiple targeted medications to reduce the systolic blood pressure in certain patients to less than 120 mmHg would be beneficial. The study, titled The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), was scheduled to take place over a five year period, but was halted in its fourth year when it became clear patients did indeed benefit from a lower target mmHg.

The USF Health team, headed by USF site Principal Investigator Dr.  Ramon Lopez Del valle from the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, studied 54 of the 9,361 participants. The USF team earned honorary awards for their performance and compliance in the study.

Read more about this study here and here.

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Patient Centered Care Care
Internal Medicine Doctors Working to Strengthen Infrastructure in Sierra Leone 
Dr. Andrew Myers  and  Dr. Asa Oxner , Assistant Professors, traveled to Sierra Leone in September to assist the country in strengthening its health care infrastructure. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries with a GDP per capita income of only  678.96 USD. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Sierra Leone was one of the hardest hit countries. Dr. Myers and Dr. Oxner responded to the outbreak in early 2015 and will now spend at least a year in the country with the goal of completely eradicating Ebola in Sierra Leone and training local medical workers so they are better prepared to handle future medical crises and respond to general healthcare needs.
Our Doctors have extensive experience in tropical medicine having worked in Thailand, Sierra Leone, South Africa and other developing countries.  Dr. Myers and Dr. Oxner represent all that is good and right about Internal Medicine. By developing a sustainable healthcare model they will help halt the Ebola epidemic and enhance progress toward meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change . - Dr. John Sinnott, Chairman of USF Health Internal Medicine

BAYADA/U S F Housecall Partnership

BAYADA Home Health Care is a private, family-owned home health provider with headquarters in Moorestown, New Jersey. They have 290 loca l offices that provide nurses, home health aides, therapists, and social workers to over 100,000 clients per year. BAYADA's mission is to provide clients and their families access to high-quality health care delivered with compassion, excellence, and reliability.

BAYADA has partnered with USF Health to provide primary healthcare services to patients living in Assisted or Independent Living Facilities or their own homes. With USF Health Internal Medicine's Dr. Lucy Guerra and BAYADA Housecalls Director Lee Levanduski leading the way, USF Internal Medicine physicians provide quality care for home-bound patients using a care delivery model that relies on an interdisciplinary workforce of BAYADA staff including: nurses, PTs, social workers, ARNPs and RNs. The goal is to eventually incorporate medical students and residents into this experience as a teaching model of home based care.

Announcements Announcements

Dr. Jane Carver will teach a scientific writing course on November 10th at STC from 8:30 to 4:00pm. Topics will include strategies to enhance your success as a published author, ethical issues related to writing, authorship, helpful resources, using standardized formats for scientific manuscripts, effective tables and figures, clear and concise sentence structure, and poster and slide presentations. See the schedule here

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