By: Jessica Martinez | January 14, 2019

Watch Dr. Sion “Bill” Carter, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society Board president, interview Valerie Riddle MD ‘89 and Corey Howard MD ’90 as they share their recent accomplishments.

Valerie Riddle, MD '89 was recently appointed associate dean of alumni engagement for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. A dual-degree USF graduate, Dr. Riddle has spent 20 years as a physician executive. In her new role, Dr. Riddle is guiding the strategic direction for the MCOM Alumni Society to build connections with alumni and students.

Corey Howard, MD ’90 shares his recent accomplishments in the medical field and recent appointment as president of the Florida Medical Association. The Florida Medical Association (FMA) installed Dr. Howard as its 142nd President during the 2018 FMA Annual Meeting. Dr. Howard is the founder of Howard Health & Wellness, a private practice with a focus on lifestyle medicine in Naples, Florida.

Category: Alumni Achievement 


By: Dara Brociner | March 07, 2018

Dr. Rahul N. Mehra

Rahul N. Mehra, MD '92, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of MehraVista Health and board member for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society, is the 2018 recipient of the M.A. Bernstein Behavioral Health Award. The distinguished award will be presented by the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, which serves the community by providing children, individuals and families in need with support to ensure their safety, economic stability, and well-being in the Tampa Bay area and other locations throughout Florida.

Dr. Mehra is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist by training. As a nationally recognized performance physician over the last thirty years, Dr. Mehra confidentially advises Major League Baseball, political leaders, physicians, c-suite executives, judges and lawyers on a variety of matters.

Dr. Mehra is dedicated to destigmatizing, raising awareness, and improving access for children and adults who are dealing with stressful life situations. His true passion is the emotional well-being of children, and he has worked and volunteered both in the local and statewide foster care system receiving numerous awards for his tireless efforts.

Each year, the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services honors individual champions for advancements in Behavioral Health Services in the State of Florida. Previous recipients have included Representative Kathleen Peters and Bob Dillinger, Public Defender – Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

The award will be presented on Saturday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Gulf Coast JFCS Annual Golf Like A Rock Star event located at TopGolf in Tampa, Florida.

Category: Alumni Achievement 


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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