Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society

Class Notes

Spring 2020

James Avery MD ’81, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, recently released his book, Marijuana: An Honest Look at the World's Most Misunderstood Weed.

Joann Somers MD ’82 was recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Achiever in the field of Medicine as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at her Private Practice.

Diane Duffy MD ’89 published her article, “How complementary feeding in infants affects allergies, chronic disease, and neurodevelopment” in the February 2020 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, which also featured it on the cover.

Thomas P. Slavin MD ’05 was named senior vice president of medical affairs for Myriad Oncology in Salt Lake City. Previously, he served as assistant professor in the departments of medical oncology and therapeutics research, and population sciences, at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA.

Abu-Sayeef Mirza MD ’16 received a 2020 College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Award.

Spring 2019

Courtney Bovee ’11 was honored by The National Business Journal with the Influencers - Rising Star Award. This award highlighted young executives influencing business across the nation. Dr. Bovee is a glaucoma surgeon at Mid Florida Eye Center in Orlando. She hopes to bring technology to Central Florida that will help end irreversible blindness caused by glaucoma.

Blessy (Mathew) Jacob MD ’09 was recently made partner with Florida Cancer Specialists. She practices out of the Venice and Englewood, Florida locations.

Jack Jennings MD ’02 was named chief of musculoskeletal radiology for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo. He is an associate professor of radiology and the director of musculoskeletal and spine intervention procedures at the university.

Joshua Kraft MD ’14 joined Mount Nittany Physician Group in State College, Pa., as an OB-GYN physician.

Larry Kuhn MD ’90 and his wife are principals of Saving Grace in Uganda, a nonprofit organization that seeks to end street life in Uganda. Together, the Kuhns and their team provide hope and stability, education, medical care, advocacy to street children, who do not have anyone to care for them and are in desperate situations. Watch here to learn more about Saving Grace in Uganda.

Arti Balar Masturzo MD ’01 joined Solsys Medical, LLC in Newport News, Va., as its chief medical officer. She previously served as executive vice president of clinical innovation at Healogics in Jacksonville, Fla.

Craig Singer MD ’98 has published his first novel, More Than Bones (Twin Rabbit Books, 2019), a suspenseful and humorous coming-of-age story about a medical school graduate.

Spring 2018

Jenna Beasley MD ’12 joined Henghold Skin Health & Surgery Group. Beasley previously completed her fellowship in dermatopathology at New York University.

Timothy Boyett MD ’02, radiologist and integrative medicine fellow at University of Florida and Valor Network, married USF graduate Kristal PhD '02. They live in Florida with their two sons, Denver (11) and Wesley (7) and enjoy homeschooling their boys, traveling, and spending time with their family.

Julie Cheek MD ’89 joined PeaceHealth Medical Group in Bellingham, Wash. She was previously a pediatrician at Unity Care NW in Bellingham.

Jeremy Davis MD ’05 was promoted to Surgeon-in-Chief at National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the nation’s research hospital, where he will provide oversight for all surgical-related activities, education and training, surgical quality and clinical outcomes. Read more about Dr. Davis here.

Daniel Dent MD ’90, professor of surgery and residency director, UT Health San Antonio, was elected secretary of the board of governors of the American College of Surgeons.

Nicholas Christian DeVito MD ’12, hematology/oncology fellow at Duke University, was recently granted the Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist award, a four-year grant that will support his work in tumor immunology and immunotherapy. Under the mentorship of Dr. Brent Hanks, Dr. Devito's work was recognized with a Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator award at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. 

Roopal M. Karia MD ’95 was featured in The Leading Physicians of the World publication. She is a pediatric neurologist in Jackson, NJ.

C. Christopher Pittman MD ’88, chief executive officer and medical director of Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers, has been elected to the American College of Phlebology board of directors. Read more about Dr. Pittman here.

Paul M. Wallach MD ’84 nationally recognized leader in academic medicine named Executive Associate Dean of educational affairs and institutional improvement. Read more about Dr. Wallach here.

James Wilkinson MD ’78 recently started a new position at Vanderbilt University as the director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

Spring 2017

Sion "Bill" Carter MD '87, radiologist and chair of the MCOM Alumni Society Board, participated in a legacy ceremony with his daughter, Bethany, on May 6 at Emory University in Atlanta just prior to her graduation. Bethany majored in philosophy & religion and minored in Spanish and is a third generation Emory graduate, following in her father and grandfather's footsteps.

Brian Derby MD '07 has been awarded board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a plastic surgeon at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, Florida. Read more about Dr. Derby by clicking here and read more about his certification here.

C. Scott Mahan MD '93, division head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC, was featured in USF's February Book of the Month for the Contributions to the Field collection for his book, "Are You Afraid of Snakes? A Doctor's Exploration of Alternative Medicine." Read more about the book and Dr. Mahan by clicking here.

Rahul Mehra MD '92, co-founder, chief executive officer and chief medical officer of MehraVista Health, LLC, an employee health and wellness management firm and a director on the MCOM Alumni Society Board, was honored at the College of Charleston Alumni Awards Gala. The Alumni Awards Gala recognizes alumni whose accomplishments in their chosen fields have brought honor to the college, showcasing the role the college has played in their lives as well as the impact they have had on society. Dr. Mehra, a 1983 graduate, received the Pre-Medical Society's Outstanding Service Award in Medicine. Read more about Dr. Mehra's background, involvement in the field and impact on his community on the Alumni Awards Gala website or watch Dr. Mehra's acceptance speech online.

Brian Williams MD '01 FACS, trauma surgeon and associate professor of surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, spoke at the USF Diversity Lectures Series titled Reflection at the Intersection of Race and Medicine, addressing race relations and how they have shaped his life, citing the recent Dallas police shooting in 2016. On the event: "The main point I want the students to take away from my experience is that you cannot remain silent. Without good people speaking up to take a stance, they will continue to occur unabated.” Read about and watch Dr. William's Diversity Lectures Series feature on the USF Health News site.

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