Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society

Meet the Medicine Alumni Society Board

As of July 1, 2021

Officers

Jane Messina MD '88, Chair

Dr. Messina joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in 1994, following her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and fellowship in Dermatopathology at USF, where she practiced for 20 years before moving to Moffitt Cancer Center. She is Vice Chair of the Department of Anatomic Pathology at Moffitt, and Professor of Oncologic Sciences, Pathology and Cell Biology, and Dermatology at USF. Her passions include teaching and mentoring of pathology and dermatology residents, as well as the dermatopathology fellow, and practicing within busy diagnostic services at both USF and Moffitt, which treats 1,900 new melanoma patients annually. She has been director of the dermatopathology fellowship at USF since 2011. Her research interests include pathology of the sentinel node, biomarkers of prognosis in cutaneous melanoma, and etiology and treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma, and she has published over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Roger W. Greene MD ’87, Chair-Elect

Dr. Greene is a 5th generation Floridian and a proud member of the USF College of Medicine Class of 1987. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Florida graduating in 1983 with a degree in Chemistry. He completed an internship in General Surgery at USF and then completed residency training in Anesthesiology/Plor Medical Center. In 1991, he returned to Florida and joined the North Florida Anesthesia Consultants in Jacksonville, Florida where he has been in private practice for the past 27 years. He two daughters (Savannah and Christa) ages 23 and 20. He is serving as a Class Champion on the Reunion Committee for the second year in a row.


Sion "Bill” Carter MD ’87, Past Chair

Sion "Bill” Carter, MD received his medical degree from USF in 1987 and completed his residency in Radiology at Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Dr. Carter entered private practice in Pensacola, Florida, becoming partner at the Medical Clinic Center, PA and attending physician in the Radiology section of West Florida Hospital. Leadership roles included Chairmanship of the Radiology department and a Director on the Board governing the 140+ member multi-specialty clinic.


After nine years of practice he obtained additional fellowship training in Musculoskeletal Radiology and MRI and then joined a private practice radiology group in Tampa, FL, where he was a partner and attending physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 14 years and past president of SDI Radiology. Sports medicine imaging is a special interest of Dr. Carter and he has reviewed and interpreted MRI exams on many high profile professional athletes since 2001. In 2014 he co-founded a teleradiology company, and in 2016 he joined the Florida Medical Clinic where he is currently in full time practice.

Directors

Alicia Billington MD PhD '14

Alicia Billington is a graduate of the  USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Class of 2014 and the  USF Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program Class of 2020. She is the first dual degree graduate from the MD-PhD program at USF with a PhD in Engineering. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees in Biological and Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. She currently is an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at East Tennessee State University. She is passionate about health care policy and actively engages with congress on issues related to medicine. You can follow her on @medicaladvocacy on Facebook for hot topics in medicine. She and her husband, Josh Diggs, are proud parents to their 10-month-old daughter, Elle, and three puppies named Ellie, Emma, and Reese. She is honored to represent current and future alumni of USF.

David Cooper MD '96

David Cooper, MD received his medical degree from USF in 1996 and masters in public health from USF in 1999. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at USF/All Children’s Hospital, fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at UT Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Cooper currently serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Heart Institute Safety Officer and Co-Director of the Center for Acute Care Nephrology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. For the last 13 years, his career has focused on the care of critically ill neonates, infants, children and adults with complex congenital heart disease, with a particular interest in how care delivery in the intensive care unit can impact morbidity. His research is focused on extracorporeal support, acute/chronic kidney injury and patient outcomes. Furthermore, he has had extensive involvement with the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4), including the development of the PC4 Cardiac Intensive Care Unit database that is used to track and improve outcomes for patients with critical cardiac disease.

Eva Austin Crooke MD ’08

Dr. Crooke was born and raised in Pinellas County. She obtained her undergraduate degrees at Florida State University and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Crooke is currently in private practice locally with The Woman's Group. She is active within the Hillsborough County Medical Association, where serves on the Executive Council and as a delegate to the Florida Medical Association. 

Matthew Nguyen, Class of 2022

Mr. Nguyen is a rising 4th-year medical student serving as the Medical Student Council President for the upcoming year. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts to two Vietnamese immigrants, Mai Ly and Tuan, before moving to California at a young age. He has one older brother who is currently pursuing an acting and comedy career in Los Angeles. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis, Matt moved to Washington, D.C. and received a master’s degree in Physiology. He hopes to pursue a career in Internal Medicine after graduation. Mr. Nguyen enjoys rock climbing, playing guitar, and singing in his free time.  

Evita Henderson-Jackson MD '10

Dr. Henderson-Jackson is an Associate Member in the Department of Anatomic Pathology at Moffitt Cancer Center. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Carolina. She received her Doctor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed her pathology residency training at University of South Florida/Moffitt Cancer Center (USF/MCC), as well as a surgical oncologic pathology fellowship and cytopathology fellowship. Clinically, she focuses on soft tissue and bone sarcomas as well as breast pathology and cytopathology. She is the Program Director for the USF AP/CP pathology residency program. As a clinical educator she is passionate and constantly involved in education of students, residents, fellows and clinicians.

Ron Kennedy MD '79

Dr. Kennedy retired from Quest Diagnostics as the corporation’s Senior Medical Director of National Medical Quality in March 2019. An Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society member, he completed residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at USF-affiliated hospitals serving as Chief Resident in 1983. After 10 years of hospital-based practice at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL, he switched to commercial lab practice. He has also been a leader in assuring a safe and welcoming workplace for gays and lesbians in a company of over 40,000 employees as a founding member of their Pride employee network in 2001. 

Phillip Matar MD, MBA

Phillip Matar, MD, MBA was elected to the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society Board in 2020. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida, while concurrently obtaining his Master of Business Administration. Following residency, Dr. Matar practiced at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Emergency Center, where he was Chairman of the Urgent Care Committee. He also advised the Triage and Development/Education Committees.


As an entrepreneur, Dr. Matar has founded two companies, both in 2017. KinderDoc, LLC is a telemedicine company devoted to pediatric patients. PoolKnight, LLC, co-founded with a physician colleague, is a company that, in collaboration with an engineer at Lockheed Martin, has developed a state-of-the-art drowning prevention device. Dr. Matar serves as a Medical Consultant for the Florida Department of Health, and sits on the Medical Advisory Boards for PhykenTech, Inc, an Orlando based tech firm integrating virtual reality into healthcare, and GaliDerm, Inc, a Palm Beach based advanced medical skincare company. He is also a member of the American Telemedicine Association.

Douglas Rodriguez MD ’92

Dr. Rodriguez is a native of Tampa. He is a “double alumnus” having obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida in 1988 and his medical degree from USF COM in 1992. Dr. Rodriguez also completed his residency in Radiology in 1997 at USF and a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Duke University. Following his training he was on staff at Moffitt Cancer Center before joining Radiology Associates of Tampa (currently Radiology Associates of Florida). His current academic appointments include Assistant Clinical Professor, University of South Florida, Department of Radiology and Neurosurgery. He is also on staff at Tampa General Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He is serving as a Class Champion on the Reunion Committee for a second year in a row.

Ex-Officio

Carolyn and Dr. Gregory Nicolosi

Dr. Gregory and Mrs. Carolyn Nicolosi were actively involved in establishing the current MCOM Alumni Society. Over the years, they have been instrumental in developing the alumni program by providing background on students and faculty. Dr. Greg Nicolosi is an emeriti professor from USF and former Executive Associate Vice President - Health Services. Dr. Nicolosi is also an alumnus of USF, graduating with an MBA in 1983. Mrs. Nicolosi is the former Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for the College of Medicine. Both are currently retired and live in St. Pete Beach. Dr. Nicolosi remains involved with other USF Health activities including piping the student procession in the White Coat ceremonies for the MD and DPT programs.

Steven Specter, PhD

Dr. Specter established the MCOM Student Affairs Scholarship and supports other areas of MCOM as well as WUSF and USF at large. Dr. Specter joined the USF medical faculty in 1979 as assistant professor of medical microbiology and immunology. He became a full professor in 1991. Dr. Specter has served the medical college as secretary of the Faculty Council, chair of college committees on space allocation; appointment, promotion and tenure; and curriculum. He was appointed co-director of curriculum and medical education in 1997, then associate dean for pre-clinical education in 1998, he was appointed associate dean for student affairs in 2001. In 2014, Steve became associate dean for alumni relations, and he retired from USF in 2018.

Charles Lockwood MD, MHCM, Senior Vice President, USF Health, and Dean, Morsani College of Medicine 

Bryan Bognar MD, MPH '08, Internal Medicine '93, Vice Dean for Educational Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine 

Kira Zwygart MD ’98, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine 

For information on how to serve on the Alumni Society board, please contact medicinealum@usf.edu