Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society

Meet the Medicine Alumni Society Board

As of July 1, 2020


Jane Messina MD '88, Chair

Dr. Jane Messina completed her MD degree at USF in 1988. She also completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and a fellowship in dermatopathology at USF. Dr. Messina joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at USF MCOM in Tampa in 1994, where she practiced for 20 years before moving to Moffitt Cancer Center.

She is Senior Member in the Departments of Anatomic Pathology and Cutaneous Oncology 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.


Aman Bhullar MD '07

Aman Bhullar, MD has been active on the Board since 2009. Aman has been passionate about the importance of helping our alumni remain connected with our great University and College of Medicine. Aman is USF COM Class of 2007 and completed an Internal Medicine residency from Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Center. He currently works as a hospitalist. Aman recently graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has co-founded healthcare technology start-ups including, PACSPoint.

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. She received her medical degree from the University of South Florida and also completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at USF. Dr. Crooke is currently in private practice with The Woman's Group. She is active within the Hillsborough County Medical Society, and serves as the Secretary of the Executive Council and a delegate to the Florida Medical Association. Her 10 year MCOM reunion is approaching and she recently became involved with the USF MCOM Alumni Society as a Class Champion.

Jasmina Ehab, Class of 2021

Ms. Ehab is a 4th-year medical student serving as the Medical Student Council President for the upcoming year. She was born on Long Island, New York to her parents Eddie and Sarah Ehab, and has one younger brother named Adam. She completed grade school in New York and went on to graduate from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a minor in Biochemistry. She worked in private practice medicine for a year before heading to the Morsani College of Medicine, where she earned her Master of Science in Medical Sciences prior to becoming a medical student. She has served as one of her class co-presidents since starting medical school and is also involved with the Peer Support Network. After graduating, she plans to pursue a career in general surgery.

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.

Dolores Lowe MD ’93

Dolores Lowe, MD is a dual USF alumna and completed her BS at USF in 1989 and her medical degree in 1993. She completed her specialty training as Chief Resident in Family Medicine at a University of Iowa program in 1996 and practices adult medicine with an emphasis in Geriatrics in Tarpon Springs, FL.

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.

Chris Pittman MD ’88

Chris Pittman, MD received his medical degree from the USF in 1988 and completed a diagnostic radiology residency at St. Louis University Medical Center followed by fellowships in both Interventional and Vascular Radiology at the University of California – San Diego Medical Center. He is board-certified in Diagnostic Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, and Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Pittman is Medical Director and CEO of Vein911®, practices minimally invasive vein care in the Tampa Bay Area and has been active in medical politics for over 25 years.

He is president of the Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee; Chair, FMA Advisory Committee on Health Care Information Technology; Vice-Chair, FMA Council on Medical Economics and Health Care Delivery Innovation; Member, Board of Governors of the FMA; AMA Alternate Delegate, representing the American College of Phlebology; Member, Board of Directors, American College of Phlebology Foundation; Past President, Hillsborough County Medical Association; Member, American College of Radiology, Society of Interventional Radiology, and Florida Radiological Society; Member, Board of Advisors, Auronexus, LLC and Automated Clinical Guidelines, LLC.

Valerie Riddle MD '89

Valerie Riddle, MD has been active on the Board since 2009. She lives in Parrish, FL and is a dual USF graduate - completed her undergrad degree at USF in 1984 and received her medical degree from USF in 1989. Her business, BioPharmAdvisors, LLC, provides clinical trial consulting services to emerging biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. She serves as a volunteer faculty member in the Morsani College of Medicine and is a member of Women in Leadership & Philanthropy at USF, serving on the Executive and the Mentorship/Scholarship Committees. She also sits on the USF Foundation Board of Directors and serves on its Nominating and Development Committees.

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.

Elizabeth Sagatys MD ’03

Elizabeth Sagatys, MD received her medical degree from USF in 2003 and completed residency training at the USF College of Medicine Department of Pathology & Cell Biology in 2007. Following residency, she completed advanced training in Oncologic Surgical Pathology and Hematopathology at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Hematology (Pathology). In 2009, she joined the faculty at Moffitt Cancer Center as an Assistant Member in the Department of Hematopathology and Laboratory Medicine and also obtained courtesy joint appointments as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Oncologic Sciences and Pathology & Cell Biology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Deborah Trehy BA '75, MD ’78, Obstetrics/Gynecology '82

Deborah Trehy, MD is a triple USF graduate. She completed her BA at USF in 1975, received her medical degree in 1978 and then did her residency here at USF’s Department of OB/GYN graduating in 1982. She is a recently retired Obstetrician-Gynecologist after 30 years in practice. She presently volunteers at the BRIDGE Clinic and serves a leadership role with the Hillsborough County Medical Association. She is one of this year’s Delegates to the FMA from Hillsborough County.


Diane Duffy MD '89

Diane Duffy, MD has been active on the Board since 2009. She lives in North Carolina and is a dual USF graduate - completed her undergrad degree at USF in 1984 and received her medical degree from USF in 1989. She practiced pediatrics in Burlington, NC, for 16 years before joining the faculty at Elon University's Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She is the Director of Clinical Education at Elon. She enjoys serving on the MCOM Alumni Society Board as a way to give back to her alma mater and also to maintain connections with classmates and colleagues.

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.

Cyndi Yag-Howard MD ’93 

Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD ’93 is Chair of the Reunion Committee of the MCOM Alumni Society and has been active on the Board since 2009. She is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon who specializes in skin cancer surgery and facial aesthetics. She is in solo private practice in Naples, Florida. Dr. Yag-Howard received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the USF Morsani College of Medicine, where she did her residency in dermatology and served as Chief Resident. She now is a member of the volunteer clinical faculty at USF. Since 1990, Dr. Yag-Howard has been an active member of the AMA serving as a delegate of the American Academy of Dermatology and Co-Chair of the entire Dermatology Section Council. She is current Chair of the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws. She has also served as Chair of the AMA Specialty and Service Society that includes more than 120 medical specialties, Chair of the House Compensation Committee, Chair of the Rules and Credentials Committee and Chair of the Reference Committee on Legislation. In 2011, 2014 and 2015 she was the recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Dermatology Presidential Citation Award.

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 

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