October 2014                                                                                                                    Volume 2 | Issue 4

Patient Centered...
Teaching | Research | Care
From the Desk of Dr. Sinnott...


As Chairman, I would like to welcome you to our Newsletter. In this issue we will review some of our Department's rich array of programs in research, critical care and education. 


All of our programs provide outstanding clinical training and academic opportunities for students and residents interested in a career in internal medicine. Our program ranks in the top 20% in size in the U.S. It is valuable for anyone seeking a career as a practicing physician, an academic general internist, or a subspecialist. Please look at the unique features of our department.







John T Sinnott MD FACP
Department of Internal Medicine
Inside This Issue...

Patient Centered Teaching
The Department of Internal Medicine has begun IM TEACHES: It's flipping the classroom initiative for medical students. 

Patient Centered Research
Dr. Shyam Mohapatra is one of the first inventors to be inducted to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

Patient Centered Care
IM Sustainable Patel Scholars conduct medical mission, research, and public health education in Haiti. 






Victoria Rizk, PGY2
starStar Staff Spotlight: Exemplifying Patient Centered Care
Medical students and residents can learn the practice of medicine, but it's how they put compassion into the practice that separates them from being an ordinary physician to an extraordinary one. In this newsletter we would like to share a note received from one of our patient's daughters:

"While my father unfortunately lost his 14 year battle with Mylodysplastic Syndrome, Dr. Rizk was one of the most professional but more importantly incredibly caring and compassionate doctors to treat my father whom I have ever met over the years.  While the last few minutes of my dad's life are still a bit of a blur, Dr. Rizk was with me and my mom at one of the most profound points in our lives and she provided a calmness and expertise that enabled my mom and I to ultimately make the best decision at that instant in time.


I truly believe that many people (and families) will benefit from the care Dr. Rizk is sure to provide over the years to come.  Patient's healing will certainly be expedited not just because of the intelligence she brings forth from her training but also from the care that comes from her heart.  As Director of the Residency Program, please underscore to your residents how critical it is to care for patients from the heart and from the mind.  As scientists we are often told to remain clinical in order to maintain our objectivity and avoid unwanted bias in our work.  While I agree with that approach theoretically, in practice I am forever grateful that a physician like Dr. Rizk, who clearly has managed to find the balance between emotion and expertise, was the one who was on call and with me and my mom when my dad died."


Dr. Rizk, Thank You for Your Commitment to Compassionate Care! 


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newsyIn the News
Dr. Anderson participating in the Sleep Walk in August.
Photo courtesy of the St. Petersburg Tribune
W. Mcdowell Anderson MD, Professor and Director of Sleep Medicine in our Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division, walked with one of his patients in "The Sleep Walk at St. Pete Beach" in August. The walk helped raise awareness about sleep quality and narcolepsy. Dr. Anderson was pictured in the August 31st St. Petersburg Tribune article covering the Sleep Walk. 
Thank you Dr. Anderson for your commitment to patient centered care!

Richard Lockey MD FACP FAAAAI, Director of Allergy & Immunology Division, was featured in Daily News on an article featured in USA News regarding exercise-induced asthma and management with a pulmonologist.


Thomas Casale MD FACP FAAAAI, Professor of Medicine in the Allergy and Immunology Division, was featured on the front cover of the Tampa Bay Medical News for his article o"Understanding the Rise in Asthma Prevalence."


Lucy Guerra MD, MPH FACP FHM, was spotlighted in the July issue of La Gaceta for her new role as the Division Director of General Internal Medicine and her inspiration to become a physician.


Robert Walker MD, Director of Ethics, Humanities & Palliative Care Division, was featured in the Tampa Bay Times article  Early end-of-life discussions can make decisions easier on Sept 28, 2014.


Michael Flannery MD FACPProfessor of Internal Medicine, had several articles published over the past few months, to include:


Left to right: Neetu Dhawan (PGY3), Ken Visali (Med/Peds), Cesar Taborda (MSIV) and BJ Patel (PGY3)

Roger Fox MD, FACP, FAAAAI Professor in our Allergy and Immunology Division, collaborated with one of our former fellows Robert Pesek MD, on Successful Treatment of Schnitzler Syndrome with Canakinumab



Elizabeth Barnett Pathak PhD, MSPH, FAHA, Associate Professor, Division of Evidenced Based Medicine, and Benjamin Djulbegovic, MD DSC, Director of the Division of Evidence Based Medicine published From hospice to hospital: short-term follow-up study of hospice patient outcomes in a US acute care hospital surveillance system in BMJ Open Journal. 





Thomas Casale MD FACP FAAAAI, Professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology, recent publications include:



Narasaiah Kolliputi PhD,Associate Professor, Division of Allergy & Immunology, recently published 
Lung.2014 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print] 
PMID: 25270518.   


He and and Richard Lockey MD FACP FAAAAI, Division Director, recently published the following articles:

ROMO1 links oxidative stress to mitochondrial integrity. Swarnabala S, Gattu M, Perry B, Cho Y, Lockey RF, 
Kolliputi N. J Cell Commun Signal. 2014 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25301301 


Micro RNAs: The Future of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Therapy.Saco TV, Parthasarathy PT, Cho Y, Lockey R, Kolliputi N. Cell Biochem Biophys. 2014 Aug 28.[Epub ahead of print] 

Joel Richter MD FACP MACG, Director of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, was an invited guest lecturer at the International Course of Gastrointestinal Motility conference in Bogota, Colombia.  Dr. Richter spoke on two lectures one regarding Impedance + pH with technology.  



Lachara Livingston MD, Chief Internal Medicine Resident at the James A Haley VA, was a contributing author on a recent publication with Elimarys Perez-Colon MD, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics


Elimarys Perez-Colon, "Streptococcus intermedius Bacteremia and Liver Abscess following a Routine Dental Cleaning,"Case Reports in Infectious Diseases, vol. 2014, Article ID 954046, 4 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/954046.




 awardsAwards and Accolades 


Gastroenterology fellow Seth Lipka MDwas selected as a recipient of the 2014 American College of Gastorenterology Fellow Award for his abstract titled "Endoscopic Radiofrequency Energy Delivery to the Lower Esophageal Sphincter for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis". He was presented the aware at the ACG Awards Reception on October 20th in Philadelphia.




Dennis Ledford MD FACP FAAAAI FACAI, Professor from our Division of Allergy & Immunology, was selected for the Barness/Behnke Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), for his exemplary humanism and professionalism in medicine.  The ceremony will take place in March 2015 with an honoring banquet for his induction to the Society!  Congratulations Dr. Ledford on supporting the mission of Internal Medicine! 


Kenneth Zuckerman MD, Program Director for the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship program, was awarded the ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach AwardHe will be honored at the 2015 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in San Diego, California.



Lady Washington, Fiscal & Business Analyst for Internal Medicine, recently earned the Certified Research Administrator at USF/Advanced credential and will be recognized at the next TRAIN Award Luncheon in 2015.


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Pictured: Andrea Little, MSIV and Norberto Mancero, MSIV

Student Winners- Florida Medical Association Conference in Orlando : 2nd Place


appointmentsAppointments and Promotions

John Carter MD, Director of Division of Rheumatology, was
promoted to Professor with Tenure. 




Stephanie Taylor, MD, Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Hospital Medicine, was promoted toAssociate Professor. 


Ana Paula Velez, MD in our Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine, was promoted to Associate Professor. She is currently the Vice Chief for the Infectious Diseases Department at the Moffitt Cancer Center.


Hae-Kyoung "Christina" Park, MD in our Division of Geriatric Medicine was recently promoted to Associate Professor.  She is the Medical Director of the Geriatric Clinic at the James A Haley Veterans Nursing Home.


Lady Washington,
Fiscal and Business Analyst for Internal Medicine, was elected Vice President of the Administrative Advisory Council Executive Board for the year 2014-2015.



 Benjamin Djulbegovic MD DSc has been appointed as the Associate Dean of the newly established USF Health Comparative Effectiveness Research Program. The goals of this new initiative are conducting/coordinating comparative effectiveness research and integrating within and across related disciplines; facilitating clinical practice improvement and efficiency; participating in the training of students, residents/fellows and faculty in clinical research methods, CER and related applications; augmenting USF Health faculty and student research efforts by providing technical assistance regarding research design and methodology, and analytic issues where CE can be especially valuable.  


Barbara C Hansen PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of our Obesity, Diabetes & Aging Preclinical Research Center, recently participated in thEndocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting. This advisory committee is through the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They review and evaluate data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug protocols for use in the treatment of endocrine and metabolic disorders, and make recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.


During the meeting Dr. Hansen and the committee discussed the safety and efficacy of new drug application (NDA) 206321, liraglutide for injection, sponsored by Novo Nordisk, Inc. The proposed indication for liraglutide is as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adult patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kilograms per square meter (kg/m2) or greater, or with an initial BMI of 27 kg/m2 or greater in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbidity. The key issue was the increase in the dose recommendation from 1.8 recommended for glucose management in persons with diabetes to the 3.0 mg/day dose for obese persons seeking to lose weight.  The committee recommendation to the FDA was for approval with a vote of 13 to 1.  The FDA will announce its determination in the future. 


 ACPUSF Internal Medicine Wins Big at the Florida ACP Scientific and Service Award meeting!


The Florida American College of Physicians held its Scientific and Service award meeting at the end of August. The University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University, Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic as well as other schools in the state competed.


Dr. Kellee Oller seceded Dr. Jose Lezama in taking the reigns to ensure USF does well in these competitions. She hascreated a new process where all presentations are vetted and presenters groomed in advance. Dr. Ben Djulbegovic, Director of the Division of Evidence Based Medicine, helps with analysis when needed. The results are impressive:


Student Competition

Clinical vignette winner: Meghana Vellanki

A review of complications from Percutaneous Radiologic Gastrostomy tube placement by Interventional Radiology


Clinical vignette 2nd place: Amier Ahmad

Failure to Recognize: Pyoderma Gangrenosum as a Cause of a Non-Healing Wound


Clinical research winner: Ashok Shiani

Degree of concordance between single balloon enteroscopy and capsule endoscopy for obscure gastrointestinal bleeding after an initial positive capsule



Resident Competition

Clinical vignette 2nd place: Dr. Mark Farber 

The use of propranolol for central fever in a patient with C-spine quadriplegia


Faculty Awards

Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award: Robert Ledford MD


Community Based Teacher of the Year Award: Margarita Cancio MD FACP 


ACP Laureate AwardMichael Flannery MD FACP


**Dr. Flannery will be formally presented this award during our Internal Medicine Grand Rounds on Thursday Nov. 6th by FL ACP Governor Dr. John Langdon. We invite all faculty, residents, and colleagues to join us in congratulating Dr. Flannery. Our Dean of Morsani College of Medicine and SR VP of USF Health, Dr. Charles Lockwood, will be sharing the vision of the Morsani College of Medicine during the grand rounds following the presentation of this award to Dr. Flannery.**






Dr. Kellee Oller, thank you for all the mentoring, support and assistance that you provided!  


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VoteTampa General Hospital Annual Medical Staff Meeting
was held on Wed., Sept. 10th. Congratulations to all those elected:
  • Chief of Staff              Charles Edwards MD, Director of our Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Vice Chief of Staff      Raviender Bukkapatnam MD
  • Secretary/Treasurer    Tapan Padhy MD

Members at Large: Kathy Hall, Jorge Marcet, and Leelakrishna Nallamshetty





Partnering Institution Spotlight - Tampa General Hospital



TGH Presented The Magnet Award - The Highest Honors for Nursing Services!

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, presented it's highest designation for quality nursing care to Tampa General Hospital. This is the 3rd time TGH has earned the distinction. 


The Magnet Award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and 

practices, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership, and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Approximately six percent of US hospitals have Magnet designation and only about one percent have achieved this designation for the third time. There are 18 Magnet hospitals in Florida, and TGH is the only one in the Tampa Bay area.  


Congratulations to Janet Davis, SR VP, Chief Nursing Officer, Deana Nelson, COO and former Chief Nursing Officer, and all of our nurses for all you do to bring such high honors to Tampa General Hospital!




Top Execs at Tampa General and USF trade leadership roles
Charles Lockwood MD
Jim Burkhart DSc

Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine moved to further strengthen their relationship by giving the chief executives of both institutions a voice in each institution's operational and strategic decision-making process.


Tampa General CEO Jim Burkhart, DSc, is now the Senior Associate Dean for the Morsani College of Medicine, and Charles Lockwood, MD, Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Senior Vice President of USF Health, is now also the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Tampa General Hospital.


"This gives us a new level of integration that will help the hospital and medical school create much closer ties," Dr. Burkhart said. "This is critical as we embark on our plan to deliver health and medical services." 

TGH has held a board seat for the president of the university or other designee since 1997. The Dean will now have a seat at meetings of the hospital's senior executive team and medical executive committee. Dr. Lockwood will also work with the hospital's leadership and medical staff to further develop academic programs and expand research capabilities.


As Senior Associate Dean, Dr. Burkhart will participate in the strategic planning activities of USF Health. He will work with Vice Deans to enhance clinical training for students, residents, and faculty. He will also participate in physician recruiting for the medical school and work with community leaders and health professionals to support the medical school and its mission.

"We look forward to building upon our longstanding partnership with Tampa General Hospital," Dr. Lockwood said. "Moving forward, we will both benefit from greater collaboration and coordination that improves health care delivery for our patients."


Thank you for being a wonderful partner Tampa General Hospital!



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depressedCross-Collaborative Research - Pilot Testing a Brief Behavioral Intervention for Depressed Older Primary Care Patients

By Amber Gum PhD & Lawrence Schonfeld PhD

Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, USF

"Our research team has been very fortunate to forge a collaborative relationship with members of USF's Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, with whom we are pilot-testing a brief behavioral intervention for older primary care patients with mild-moderate depressive symptoms. 


In one in-person visit in the General Internal Medicine Clinic, followed by three telephone calls, we help older adults identify and begin to engage in several meaningful and enjoyable activities. Participants often select a range of activities, such as saying "I love you" daily to a spouse, walking or other physical activity, or meditation/prayer. In only seven weeks of recruitment, we have enrolled 16 participants. Although we do not have statistical results to report yet, anecdotal observations are encouraging. 


The following quote from a participant exemplifies the behavior changes we attempt to facilitate: "I am feeling much better. I am walking daily, socializing more, and my husband and I are talking more."


We are very grateful to the members of the Department of Internal Medicine for their collaboration; their help has resulted in the smoothest pilot study we have conducted. Dr. Lucy Guerra, Division Director for General Internal Medicine, and Ms. Shenita Crum, Lead Medical Assistant, have been vital to our success, assisting our research team to meet patients for recruitment and delivery of the intervention. We also greatly appreciate Dr. John Sinnott, Department Chair, for his enthusiastic support, and all attending physicians, residents, medical assistants, and others who have assisted us.


We will be ending this pilot study in October, and submitting a grant proposal to the National Institute of Mental Health, for which Dr. Guerra will participate as a Co-Investigator." 


For more information, please contact Dr. Amber Gum at ambergum@usf.edu. To learn more about the brief intervention for substance misuse in older adults upon which this depression pilot study is based, please visit our website



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 PLM We've Begun A New Partnership with PatientsLikeMe: A Trusted Source 

We are excited to enter into a new partnership with PatientsLikeMe to help improve health outcomes of patients with multiple myeloma and other cancers. We met October 17th to develop a timeline of our planned activities. Be on the lookout for our official news release in the near future for all the details of this new initiative.

Trusted by the patient

PatientsLikeMe is a patient network that improves lives and a real-time research platform that advances medicine. For patients, it is a trusted source of information and support that gives them the tools they need to take control of their health and have better conversations with their care teams. 

On PatientsLikeMe, patients create and update personal health profiles using clinically relevant survey tools to collect data on treatments, symptoms, health-related quality of life and condition-specific outcomes. Real-time data, when captured in this kind of computable format, builds a longitudinal record of the patient's health journey over time.  

Patients can monitor the physical manifestations of their condition, the effects of the prescribed treatments, and see how their symptoms are changing. They are able to learn from others' experiences using our aggregated reports and they can engage with other patients through journaling, forum discussions and private messaging.

Patients can also create a customized Medical Appointment Plan (i.e., Doctor Visit Sheet) on PatientsLikeMe with their self-reported data presented in clinically familiar formats. These plans support patient-centered communication, which can lead to improved outcomes and a caring partnership.

Trusted by the industry

PatientsLikeMe is a clinically robust resource that has published 50 peer-reviewed studies in, among others, Nature Biotechnology, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the British Medical Journal and the European Journal of Neurology; collaborated with leading healthcare institutions around the world, such as Brigham & Women's Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford University and the American Academy of Neurology; and provided counsel to important government groups including the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Disease & Control Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Health.



PatientsLikeMe can help clinicians:

  • Succinctly talk to patients about between visit experiences using real-time patient-generated data
  • Monitor and improve outcomes that matter most to your patients, together
  • Foster meaningful and focused communication at the point of care
  • Get an accurate snapshot of your patient's disease experiences to create the best treatment plans



"When we integrate data and insights generated from patients' real world experiences with clinician's knowledge and medical science a true partnership in health can emerge - a partnership built upon mutual trust and respect for what each of us brings to the relationship." - Sally Okun RN, Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety at PatientsLikeMe



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hiresWELCOME ABOARD! - New Faculty Appointments & New Hires


Timothy Aust MD joins the Division of Hospital Medicine on the expanding MAIN service.  He is a graduate of the University of South Florida Internal Medicine Residency and College of Medicine.  Before pursuing a career in medicine, he received a BS degree in Multinational Business Operations from Florida State University.  He then enrolled in the Shr Da Normal University post-graduate foreign language program to study Mandarin Chinese. Upon completion of the program, he joined an international pharmaceutical company as Director of Operations. The company supplied pharmaceuticals to North America, Europe and Australia. Based in China, he established a new Shanghai start-up where he managed over 40 FDA inspections and set-up a third party FDA certified quality assurance lab.  In this work he interfaced with and volunteered at local hospitals.  Here at USF, he realized that he wanted his life's work to be in medicine. 


Kevin Humphreys MD is a new faculty member in the Division of Hospital Medicine. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency this summer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Humphreys' clinical interests include coordination of care between hospitalists and specialists, specifically in the care of patients with cirrhosis. He also has an interest in systems-based quality improvement projects.




Jody Coonradt DO joins the Division of Hospital Medicine after completing her Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency here at USF.  She is currently managing inpatients at Tampa General Hospital as part of the MAIN Hospitalist Service, and will also be serving as a Pediatric hospitalist.  Dr. Coonradt earned her medical degree at Nova Southeastern University, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society as well as Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honor Society.  While in residency, Dr. Coonradt served as MedPeds Chief Resident, received several Tampa General Resident of the Month award, and was honored as Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Resident of the Year in 2014.  She and her husband live in St. Petersburg. 



John Isaak MD earned his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt in 2008. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia in 2014. In addition, he completed a Chief Resident year during his third year of residency.


Dr. Isaak will be managing inpatients at Tampa General Hospital as a Hospitalist on the newly formed USF MAIN Hospitalist Service in the Department of Internal Medicine.   





Thais Iznaga joins as a Statistical Data Analyst for the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (F/C AETC) at USF and works with our Division of Evidence Based Medicine. Ms. Iznaga works under the supervision of Dr. Hesborn Wao and is responsible for the development and management of evaluation instruments, data analysis and preparation of evaluation summaries for subsequent dissemination. She is also the lead person on evaluation of preceptorships and chart reviews conducted by the center. Ms. Iznaga received her Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Science from the University of South Florida, where she had the opportunity to complete a 6-week NIH funded training in Biostatistics. Upon graduation, she worked as an Evaluation Assistant for the F/C AETC and as a Research Assistant in a prostate cancer community trial at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Ms. Iznaga is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) degree from the University of South Florida. She plans to graduate by Fall 2015.

Shivam Kalan MD joins the Division of Hospital Medicine and will be managing inpatients at Tampa General Hospital as a Hospitalist Physician on the newly developed MAIN Service. He graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine with a MD in 2011. In June 2014, he completed the Internal Medicine residency at USF Health. During medical school, Dr. Kalan co-facilitated a clinical skills problem solving course called "On Doctoring" and served 1 year on the medical school admissions committee. 

While in residency, he was actively involved with the USF Residency Education Committee and an Affiliate member of the American College of Physicians. He has presented at the American College of Physicians and American College of Gastroenterology conferences involving case reports. Over the last 7 years, he has been participating in academic research and has successful authorship in printed, electronic, and video journals. As an attending, he is currently involved with the Doctoring Clinical Experience (DCE) as a Preceptor and in October 2014 will be the Internal Medicine representative for the newly formed TGH Medical Nutrition Committee.

Ritu Jain MD was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended UC Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology. After her undergraduate studies, she matriculated in the AmeriCorps/HealthCorps Program, volunteering more than 1600 hours serving San Francisco's homeless and medically underserved population. Thereafter, she earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She returned back to Los Angeles to complete her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Southern California. She worked as a hospitalist in Los Angeles until joining USF


Dr. Jain is fluent in 4 languages, and has traveled to more than 40 countries, and counting. She is passionate about medicine and teaching, and looks forward to contributing to the MAIN Hospitalist service at Tampa General Hospital.




Gail Lewis RN joined the USF Division of Rheumatology as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Prior to her position, she worked the last 7 years as Nurse Researcher for USF Pediatrics Division of Infectious Disease. She brings her 25 years of experience working as a registered nurse in various clinical settings with the emphasis on pediatric and neonatal intensive care, most recently at Tampa General Hospital NICU.



Andrew Myers MD earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida with a concentration in International Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the George Washington University. During his residency, Dr. Myers was in the inaugural class of the Underserved Medicine and Public Health track where he worked at the Whitman Walker Clinic, renowned for its HIV and LGBT care. He also worked in Botswana twice during his residency, helping with implementation of quality improvement initiatives for the Ministry of Health of Botswana. 

Dr. Myers will be a hospitalist physician at TGH. He will work primarily on the MAIN service but will also work on the teaching service with residents and medical students. He has already started his mentorship and educational roles for the USF medical students in the International Medicine Scholarly Concentration. Dr. Myers brings additional expertise to help care for our underserved populations at Tampa General Hospital and to help mentor our many medical students and residents who are interested in a career in global health.


John (Jay) Jacobs MD graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in History before beginning medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in 2004. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine in 2011 at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He then went on to complete his fellowship in Gastroenterology at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

A native of Miami, Dr. Jacobs is a newcomer to Tampa. He joins the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition as an Assistant Professor. He will also serve as the Associate Program Director for the Gastroenterology fellowship. While he is interested in all aspects of general gastroenterology and hepatology, he has a particular focus on complex esophageal disease including achalasia, esophageal strictures, dysmotility, and other disorders that interfere with normal swallowing. Dr. Jacobs will see patients both in the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders and in the Gastroenterology Clinic at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center. In addition, he will serve as an attending on the gastroenterology consultative service at Tampa General Hospital.




Sina Koochakzadeh is a Clinical Research Coordinator responsible for performing study participant assessments and managing pharmaceutical research studies at the USF HIV Research Unit located at the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County. The Unit is directly affiliated with the USF Health Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine and conducts clinical research relevant to the HIV community that we serve. Sina received his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida in Tampa.   




Bina B. Patel MD joins the Division of Hospital Medicine after completing her residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in June of 2013. Dr. Patel earned her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine. During residency she was awarded both resident of the month in both the medical and ICU wards. Additionally,  Dr. Patel participated in several quality improvement projects and research which included a poster presentation at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Conference in 2013. After completing residency, Dr. Patel joined the hospitalist as an Assistant Professor at Temple University Hospital where she enjoyed working with medical students and residents. In search for warmer weather Dr. Patel has now happily joined the MAIN hospitalist group. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring the Tampa Bay area.



Lisa Patterson was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Tampa, FL since the age of 5. She attended Hillsborough High School and Hillsborough Community College. Ms. Patterson has worked in the medical field for the past 18 years. Ms. Patterson started working with the University of South Florida in August of 2010 and has worked in the Department of Pediatrics and Divisions of Adolescent Medicine and Pulmonology. Ms. Patterson will help ensure the smooth day-to-day operations with Hospital Medicine and financial functions of the department.




saveSave the Date
The USFPG Annual Membership meeting will be on Monday, October 27th, at 5:00pm in CAMLS. All USFPG physician faculty members are invited to attend. Please RSVP when you receive your formal notice at the beginning of October. Please contact Betsy Willard for more information: bwillard@health.usf.edu

GRGrand Rounds Continues through November 13th - Here's the Schedule of Lectures:


Thursday, October 23rd

Ebola - Coming to America: Fact, Fiction & Fear



 Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine

Morsani College of Medicine

Director, Hillsborough County Health Department


Thursday, October 30th 

Drug Allergy: Practical Approach to Common Scenarios

By: David Khan MD

Professor of Medicine

Division of Allergy and Immunology

Department of Internal Medicine

University of Texas

Southwestern Medical Center


Thursday, November 6th

Update and Vision for Morsani College of Medicine

By: Charles Lockwood MD MHCM

Senior Vice President, USF Health 

Dean, Morsani College of Medicine


Thursday, November 13th

Stress Management

By: Tim Miller BA M Div

HR Organizational Development

University of South Florida



*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 www.usfinternalmedicine.com or by clicking here.

Patient-Centered Teaching: Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders
IM TEACHES: USF Internal Medicine's new Flipping the Classroom Initiative 


IM TEACHES is a new initiative of the Department of Internal Medicine. In it, we are attempting to "Flip the Classroom." This interesting term refers to the concept of having students acquire content knowledge on their own via videos and other tools prior to coming to class. This frees the Attending's time to discuss the interpretation and application of such knowledge. 


An example of this concept, could be made with a team at the bedside. Instead of the Attending simply telling the residents or medial students what congestive heart failure is, the attending could focus on diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of congestive heart failure. A second benefit is a durable curriculum that can be referred to at any time by students or residents. This will be applied to the major topics in internal medicine. 


With input from Dr. Cuc Mai, Director of our Internal Medicine Residency program, IM TEACHES stands for Technically Enhanced Academic Curriculum Helping Enrich Studies.  


We have since developed podcasts on skin & soft tissue infections, as well as a seven part series on HIV presented by Dr. Asa Oxner from our Division of Internal Medicine. We have this on our youtube channel so that the content may be of benefit to others, and so it is easily accessible to residents and students prior to going on rounds.


I look forward to the faculty assisting me in their areas of interest. Podcasts should be no more than five minutes and can be reflected on your CVs. To sign up to record your podcast, please contact Kristy Andre at kandre@health.usf.edu and she will assist you with this academic effort.


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Patient-Centered Research: Innovative Ideas

On Sept 10th, six Florida inventors were inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame at the organization's inaugural induction ceremony and gala.


The six inventors, Thomas Edison, refrigeration and air conditioning pioneer Dr. John Gorrie, Gatorade inventor Dr. Robert

USF Health Professor Shyam Mohapatra Named to Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
Watch this video highlighting Dr. Mohapatra's achievements.

 Cade, high definition imaging expert Dr. William Glenn, liquid crystal researcher Dr. Shin-Tson Wu, and nanotechnology scientist Dr. Shyam Mohapatra, were inducted into the Hall of Fame by Commissioner for Patents Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Dr. Mohapatra's inventions have led to several customized cell-targeted nanoparticles with diverse drug payloads and a nano-HIV detection kit. Dr. Mohapatra cofounded TransGenex Nanobiotech Inc (TGN), which specializes in manufacturing these nanoscale products. TGN is also commercializing products for 3D cancer cell culture technology and services for anti-cancer drug discovery and personalized cancer treatment (PCTx). TGN is establishing a Reference Lab for PCTx prescription in collaboration with Florida Medical Clinics. Dr. Mohapatra's research has brought USF over $20 million in extramural funds and includes inventions that have spun out companies. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors


He holds 22 patents.


Story, video and photo provided by USF Health Communications


Congratulations Dr. Mohapatra for this Remarkable Achievement and your Contributions to patient centered research!
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Patient-Centered Care: Putting Compassion into Practice







For 5 years a team of physicians, pharmacists and nurses from USF Health, the James A Haley VA Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Florida Hospital and other local hospitals/clinics from the Tampa Bay area have been carrying out a medical mission in Dilaire, Haiti, where they have treated more than 8,000 patients.


In April, USF approved for the first time the participation of residents and medical students. 


USF Faculty Richard Roetzheim MD (lead physician) of the Department of Family Medicine, Shirley Codada from Moffitt, and Javier Cuevas (Non-Physician Faculty), joined USF Med/Ped residents doctors Devi Yalamanchili and Michelle Tang, and the following 5 medical and public health students: Thanhnga Doan, Vignesh Doraiswamy, Thanh-Phuong (Kaylee) Pham, Jennifer Shields, and Anabel Fernandez.


Med/Peds resident Dr. Michelle Tang carried out a research project examining the link between post-traumatic stress and hypertension in our patients, while the medical and public health students carried out three projects: 

1) Examining general public health issues, including water quality, 

2) Hypertension trends and medication adherence, and 

3) Responsiveness to skin infection therapies and secondary skin infections in patients with tinea capitis (a fungal infection of the scalp) and scabies.


Approximately 2,300 patients were seen in the clinic over four days (March 31-April 3) by a team of 9 physicians, 6 nurses, 3 pharmacists and numerous support personnel.


The team included two physicians from North Haiti that were employed during the entire clinic.  This helped familiarize the team with local medical issues and  provide continuing education to the local doctors.


The reason for patient visits ranged from well-patient check-ups to minor surgeries.


All patients first received a hygiene education class focusing on cholera prevention.


The full-service pharmacy had over 200 different medications for all types of illnesses, and patients with chronic illnesses received at least a 90 day supply of medications (some even a full year supply).


The team carried out several diagnostic tests including blood glucose, malaria, HIV, urine dipstick, pregnancy, and iSTAT Chem8. They also had access to a sonogram to assist with some of the procedures.


All patients received hygiene kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and other toiletries.  Malnourished individuals additionally received peanut butter and other nutritional supplements. 


Wheelchairs and walkers were provided to patients with ambulatory concerns.


The team has since started a telemedicine program to provide sustainable healthcare to patients with severe hypertension.  This program will be expanded for long-term treatment of patients with diabetes and epilepsy. 


We would like to thank all the wonderful people who made this medical mission possible:  Doctors John Sinnott and Harry Van Loveren for the gracious support of the medical mission, Dr. Brian Knox was extremely helpful in identifying residents, Dr. Patricia Emmanuel helped ensure residents were given time to participate in the program, and Dr. Lynette Menezes who helped get approval for the students to travel. We would also like to thank Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel for supporting this opportunity.



Thank you for your service to our friends in Haiti IM Sustainable Patel Scholars!


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photosSpotlight on International Medicine Activities 

Medical Students Gain Valuable Insights and Experiences Through International Educational Exchanges


Left: Alex Glasser MS2 and Shaunn Hussey MS2 with Dr. Kanokwan Sriruksa, from Khon Kaen Hospital, a 2014 Thai-LEAD Hospital Administrators Training Program graduate. Alex and Shaunn observed surgeries, tour facilities and conducted patient health checks in Thailand.


USF Medicine International provides many opportunities for medical students to learn from physicians, faculty and medical students from partnering institutions throughout the world.


One way USF medical students are able to enhance their patient care skills and medical education is through participation in the International Medicine Scholarly Concentration.


The Morsani College of Medicine's Scholarly Concentration Program (SCP) is an academic elective program for students to

Dr. Dawn Schocken providing a tour of CACL to medical students from Seoul National University and Hallym University in South Korea, and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru

 focus on areas of interests beyond the Medical School core curriculum that enhances the overall training for medical students. It allows the student to diversify, specialize and individualize a program to realize their interests.


Through the International Medicine SC, medical students are matched with faculty mentors who guide 

them in their career goals. During their 4 years in the program, our students gain a minimum of 180 contact hours through international field experiences, monthly lectures and group learning seminars, volunteer activities, and research projects. 

This summer, 37 USF medical students (23 IMsc students) conducted field experiences in the Netherlands, 
Vietnam, India,Thailand, Germany, Ghana, Panama, China, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and England. Spotlights of these trips and research conducted will be highlighted in future issues.


These experiences are made possible by the collaborative agreements and partnerships we have with more than 30 universities, health departments, and hospitals internationally. Through medical student exchanges we hosted 22 medical students from Thailand, South Korea, Ecuador, and Panama this year. 


Autumn Walker MS2 observes acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine therapies and Danielle Grams MS2 collects survey results for her research study on Hospital Patient Safety in Gansu, China. 


Thank you to all of the faculty in Department of Internal Medicine and other Departments who serve as mentors for our students, as well as mentor the medical students and international medical graduates from other countries!



Division of Allergy & Immunology Sponsors Another Successful Symposium and Boot Camp for Fellows

The Division of Allergy & Immunology sponsored the Update in Allergy and Immunology Symposium and Hands-on Rhinolaryngoscopy Workshop Oct 17-18th at CAMLS. Conducted routinely since the 1980s, the symposium consisted of hands-on workshops; didactic lectures on topics such as food allergy diagnosis, urticarial and angioedema, anaphylaxis, and subcutaneous immunotherapy; panel discussions; and exhibits displaying products and services. 
Drs. Richard Lockey, Thomas Casale and Dennis Ledford directed the symposium, and Dr. John Sinnott provided opening remarks. The symposium was well attended and a great success with very positive feedback. Attendees consisted of physicians, residents, fellows, PAs, ARNPs and nurses. 

Additionally, Drs. Lockey and Ledford sponsored a Boot Camp for fellows in the USF Division of Allergy & Immunology and the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Educators who participated include Cathy O'Berry and Donna Shearer, both nurses who were part of the educational team. These bootcamps provide a chance to review the most important aspects of the duties and responsibilities for fellows. 


Participants of the Allergy & Immunology Bootcamp


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