By: Krystal Pleasant | April 27, 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Distinguished Physician Alumnus Award Recipient, Kimberly Workowski, MD ’86.

Kimberly A Workowski, MD, FACP, FIDSA, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She received her medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She completed her infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington. Her current research interests include the pathogenesis, and clinical management of sexually transmitted infections, translational research on the immunological aspects of hepatitis C persistence, HIV and hepatitis C antiviral clinical trials, antimicrobial resistance (T vaginalis, T pallidum, N gonorrhoeae), vaginal microbicides for HIV and STD prevention, and guidelines development. Dr Workowski has authored 134 manuscripts and public health reports, 28 book chapters, and has been the guest editor for five Clinical Infectious Diseases supplements. 

Dr Workowski has coordinated the development of six editions of the CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, a publication that serves as the national and international standard for the management of sexually transmitted diseases. She also served as a consultant in the development of guidelines for the Laboratory-Based Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (CDC) and serves as the workgroup chair for the syphilis section of the DHHS HIV Prevention and Opportunistic Infection Guidelines. Dr. Workowski serves on the scientific advisory council for the NIH sponsored clinical trials network for sexually transmitted infections. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Microbiology, American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association, and the American Foundation of Clinical Research. She is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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By: Krystal Pleasant | September 05, 2019

On August 8, the new MD Class of 2023 heard from nine medicine alumni at “Student Success: Thriving in Medical School” as part of Professions of Health Week. The alumni led group sessions divided by Collegia—learning communities that foster peer mentoring and create an opportunity for longitudinal advising experience for medical students. The students asked questions and heard firsthand what it was like for alumni to attend USF Morsani College of Medicine, launch their career, and achieve a work-life balance. They appreciated the opportunity to connect with someone who has successfully achieved their same dreams, just as they are starting down the path of their own medical careers.

Thank you to the alumni who shared their experiences: Lisa Champoux-Rhoden MD ’93, Daniel Heinig MD ’84, Evita Henderson-Jackson MD ’10, Dolores Lowe MD ’93, Richard Oehler MD ’92, Anand Parekh MD ’14, Chris Pittman MD ’88, Valerie Riddle MD ’89, and Deborah Trehy MD ’78. Would you like to participate in future mentorship opportunities? Contact Cathy Warner at


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By: Krystal Pleasant | September 05, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Distinguished Physician Alumni Award Recipient, William Moskowitz, MD '78!

William Moskowitz, MD is the professor and chief of the division pediatric cardiology and co-director of the Children’s Heart Center in the department of pediatrics at Children’s of Mississippi, University Mississippi Medical Center. Prior to that, Dr. Moskowitz was chief of pediatric cardiology and director of pediatric cardiac catheterization at Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was on faculty for 34 years and directed its Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the pediatric heart transplantation programs. He has expertise in interventional catheterization procedures in infants, children and adults. He served as interim Department Chair and for 8 years Vice Chair for Clinical Operations. His research, in addition to congenital heart disease, has focused on the effects of childhood passive smoking on coronary artery risks and on important issues involving the future pediatric workforce. He has been a World Pediatric Project (WPP) volunteer for nearly 20 years and has led 39 medical missions to nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

During his WPP work in the Eastern Caribbean, he developed a national program for prevention and control of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, an offshoot of untreated strep throat. A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology, Moskowitz has served in numerous leadership posts in the Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2017, he was appointed by the Governor to the board of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, an organization that seeks to reduce and prevent childhood obesity and tobacco and substance abuse.
He is a past president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He served six years on the national American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Federal Government Affairs. Dr. Moskowitz serves currently as the chair of the National Committee on Pediatric Workforce. He is a member of numerous professional societies and has been recognized as one of Greater Richmond's Best Doctors and a Top Doc by Richmond Magazine and America's Top Doctors in pediatric cardiology. Dr. Moskowitz is an elected member in the American Pediatric Society (APS). He received the 2016 Distinguished Physician Award from MCV Physicians. 

Dr. Moskowitz (center) receiving the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from Dr. Sion "Bill" Carter, chair of the Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society Board, and Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.

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By: Krystal Pleasant | January 14, 2019

The USF Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society will host four-time New York Times bestselling author, Dr. David Perlmutter as part of its lecture series this spring. The event will include a panel-led discussion and book signing.

Dr. Perlmutter received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. He serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and The Journal of Applied Nutrition. His books have been published in 34 languages and include the #1
New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. He is the editor of the upcoming collection The Microbiome and the Brain that will be authored by top experts in the field and will be published in 2019 by CRC Press. Dr. Perlmutter’s new book Brain Wash co-written with Austin
Perlmutter, MD will be published in January 2020.

The Spring Alumni lecture will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in the Lehigh Valley Health Network Auditorium.

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By: Krystal Pleasant | March 07, 2018

Nearly 200 USF Health Alumni have been listed among the top physicians in the United States, according to a national poll. Proving that a medical education from the University of South Florida produces choice health care leaders, the 2017-18 Best Doctors in America list include 194 physicians who graduated from the Morsani College of Medicine.

Approximately four percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor as a result of the biennial Best Doctors Poll, which is based on peer consensus.

The physicians included in the Best Doctors in America database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment. This month, USF Health announced that 115 USF Health physicians who currently work at USF Health were recognized on the 2017-18 Best Doctors in America list. See the full list of USF Health doctors who made the list here.

Congratulations to the following USF Health Morsani College of Medicine alumni on the new Best Doctors list:


Adam A. Brunson, MD '98

Adrienne Louise Maraist, MD ‘84

Alan Barton Halsey, MD ‘81

Alexander K. Powers, MD ‘02

Alexander Reiss, MD ‘95

Andrew Anthony Toledo, MD ‘79

Anne Lenz, MD ‘04

Aseem Shukla, MD ‘95

Biagio (Bill) A. Pietra, MD ‘88

Brett R. Bolhofner, MD ‘80

Brett Stanaland, MD ‘89

Brian Zilka, MD ‘05

Brooke Williams, MD ‘01

Bruce Barron, MD ‘75

Bruce Eugene Robinson, MD ‘75

Catherine M. Lynch, MD ‘90

Cathy P. Milam, MD ‘84

Charles M. Edwards, MD ‘98

Charles M. Mendenhall, MD ‘79

Christopher Cunha, MD ‘85

Christopher D. Reiner, MD ‘75

Christopher Giordano, MD ‘04

Christopher L. Tappan, MD ‘94

Colin S. Beach, MD ‘90

Craig Andrew Kalik, MD ‘88

Craig Berger, MD ‘95

Craig J. Hoesley, MD ‘92

D. Ashley Hill, MD ‘90

Dan Riggs, MD ‘81

Daniel A. Siragusa, MD ‘95

Daniel Dent, MD ‘90

Daniel Haight, MD ‘91

Daniel James Van Durme, MD ‘86

Daniel Lorch, Jr., MD ‘81

Daniel Poetter, MD ‘05

Daniel Vincent, MD ‘90

Danielle S. Walsh, MD ‘95

Dao Vuong, MD ‘94

David A. Eichenbaum, MD ‘01

David James Burchfield, MD ‘81

David Parda, MD ‘88

David Pettigrew, MD ‘97

David Seth Cooper, MD ‘96

David W. Hannon, MD ‘77

Deborah Sanchez, MD ‘03

Denise K. Edwards, MD ‘01

Derek B. Hess, MD ‘98

Donald Allan Novak, MD ‘81

Donald Behnke, MD ‘80

Donald E. Cutlip, MD ‘79

E. Jason Gates, MD ‘91

Earnest Edward Seiler III, MD ‘86

Eduardo C. Gonzalez, MD ‘91

Elizabeth Arrington, MD ‘07

Emily T. Perkins, MD ‘86

Enrique J. Martinez, MD ‘90

Eric Emmanuel Coris, MD ‘96

Erika Abel, MD ‘03

Francis Pellegrino, MD ‘88

Frank Allan Thompson, MD ‘91

Frank Amos Bailey, MD ‘83

Frederick Hoover, MD ‘80

Galen Bruce Jones, MD ‘76

Gary Edwin Winchester, MD ‘74

Gary Peterson, MD ‘74

George Garcia Alvarez, MD ‘79

Glenn Catalano, MD ‘88

Gregory A. Fisher, MD ‘76


Hao Tran, MD ‘00

Hector Chavez, MD ‘93

Hugo J. Narvarte, MD ‘00

Ignacio Armas, MD ‘82

Ignatius I. Tan, MD ‘92

Ivy N. Faske, MD ‘84

J. Dean Cole, MD ‘81

Jack Jennings, MD ‘02

James Benenati, MD ‘84

James C.Von Thron, MD ‘79

James E. Gern, MD ‘81

James E. Stephenson, MD ‘80

James Goldenberg, MD ‘89

Jane M. Geders, MD ‘87

Jane Messina, MD ‘88

Janice Lynne Bacon, MD ‘79

Jeannie M. McWhorter, MD ‘99

Jeffrey A. Kooper, MD ‘01

Jeffrey L. Alvaro, MD ‘94

Jennifer Pearson, MD ‘98

Jennifer R. Charlton, MD ‘04

Jillian Glass, MD ‘00

Joanna M. Burch, MD ‘95

John A. Arrington, MD ‘83

John A. Duncan, MD ‘77

John D. McCormick, MD ‘98

John N. Greene, MD ‘86

John Ness, MD ‘78

John Waidner, MD ‘90

Jonathan Taylor Stewart, MD ‘79

Jorge J. Lense, MD ‘87

Jose Montero, MD ‘93

Joseph Borrelli, Jr., MD ‘88

Joseph P. Springle, MD ‘87

Juan Dumois, MD ‘87

Julie Larkin, MD ‘90

June Y. Leland, MD ‘89

Karalee Kulek-Luzey, MD ‘90

Kathleen Kilbride, MD ‘80

Kathleen Moss Grizzard, MD ‘76

Kent R. Corral, MD ‘78

Kerry L. Rosen, MD ‘90

Kira Katherine Zwygart, MD ‘98

Kurt L. Klinepeter, MD ‘80

Kyle M. Crofoot, MD ‘82

Laura Grimsich, MD ‘95

Lawrence K. Conrad, MD ‘96

Leif D. Nelin, MD ‘82

Leighton Elizabeth Ellis, MD ‘88

Lindell A. Busciglio, MD ‘93

Loren J. Bartels, MD ‘74

Lori A. Bowers, MD ‘97

Lowella E. Esperanza, MD ‘91

Margarita Rosa Cancio, MD ‘82

Maria L. Cannarozzi, MD ‘00

Marian Menezes, MD ‘03

Mark Allen Davis, MD ‘86

Mark Borden, MD ‘96

Mark Brown, MD ‘90

Mark G. Parent, MD ‘82

Marnique H. Jones, MD ‘91

Marvin A. Dewar, MD ‘80

Mary Lee Josey, MD ‘85

Matthew Huska, MD ‘06

Matthew J. Baker, MD ‘97

Maude S. Guerin, MD ‘00

Meghan Ross, MD ‘05

Melody N. Baade, MD ‘85


Michael A. Malone, MD ‘04

Michael Cacciatore, MD ‘92

Michael W. Jaeger, MD ‘84

Micheal McMahan, MD ‘82

Michele P. Winesett, MD ‘89

Mitchel S. Hoffman, MD ‘81

Morna Jean Dorsey, MD ‘99

P. Mark Bloomston, MD ‘92

Patricia Juarez Blanco, MD ‘88

Patricia Mergo, MD ‘88

Paul Lewis, MD ‘93

Peter A. Donelan, MD ‘78

Philip William De Hoff, MD ‘80

Pinkal P. Patel, MD ‘98

Richard Chazal, MD ‘77

Richard E. Weibley, MD ‘77

Richard J. Ina, MD ‘88

Richard Manuel Martinez, MD ‘79

Richard Oehler, MD ‘92

Robert B. Rosequist, MD ‘80

Robert E. Kramer, MD ‘95

Ron Madden, MD ‘76

Ronald M. Perkin, MD ‘76

Sandra Gompf, MD ‘91

Sarah Reading, MD ‘96

Saundra Stock, MD ‘94

Scott E. Pautler, MD ‘80

Scott George Crowder, MD ‘92

Scott S. Ubillos, MD ‘90

Sherard (Scott) Tatum III, MD ‘85

Shirley Sawai, MD ‘85

Stephen Andrew Spencer, MD ‘82

Stephen C. Eppes, MD ‘79

Stephen C. Somach, MD ‘87

Stephen R. T. Evans, MD ‘79

Steven I. Gayer, MD ‘87

Steven Noah Kanfer, MD ‘95

Susan M. Zimmer, MD ‘86

Terry J. DeClue, MD ‘82

Theodore M. Freeman, MD ‘80

Thomas C. Rushton, MD ‘89

Thomas E. Esposito, MD ‘90

Thomas J. Pusateri, MD ‘84

Thomas Scott Jennings, MD ‘87

Timothy Francis Kelly, MD ‘78

Todd S. Wills, MD ‘98

Tyshunda Manning, MD ‘01

Ulysses Balis, MD ‘91

Valerie C. Mechanik, MD ‘82

Valerie M. Panzarino, MD ‘90

Vincent M. Spoto, MD ‘88

W. Raleigh Thompson, MD ‘82

Walter (Russ) Schroeder, MD ‘82

William (Bill) P. Mack, MD ‘91

William G. Carson, Jr., MD ‘77

William L. Bockenek, MD ‘86

William M. Hervey, MD ‘09

William M. Mendenhall, MD ‘78

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