Welcome to the Division of
Infectious Disease & International Medicine

Douglas A. Holt MD, FACP, IDSA

Welcome from the Division Director

The mission of the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine is to be an internationally outstanding academic center. Our faculty members conduct research, analyze policy, deliver clinical care, and provide specialized training to healthcare providers locally, nationally and internationally. Our goal is to be a resource for infectious disease identification, prevention and treatment issues, including bioterrorism and the emergence of new pathogens.

Douglas A. Holt MD, FACP, IDSA

Director, Division of Infectious Disease & Internal Medicine
Andor Szentivanyi Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease & Internal Medicine
Director, Hillsborough County Health Department



AUGUST 2016 News

Congratulations to Beata Casanas, DO who was recognized this year as a distinguished physician by being elected to Fellowship in the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).   The Fellowship in IDSA honors those who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to their profession.

Congratulations to Charurut Somboonit, MD who was promoted to Professor and Dr. Sally Alrabaa, MD who was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine.   

Dr. Ana Velez recently returned from Medellin, Columbia where she met with the Dean and President of CES University, and the Chief of Staff at Hospital Santa Clara/Clinica Noel, and administrators at the Tropical Instituto of Medicine in Medellin and Apartado, where they discussed the development of the following programs; 1) a clinical elective and microbiology rotation for USF medical students, residents and ID fellows, 2) an international tropical medicine course for healthcare workers, and 3) a collaboration between the Hospital Santa Clara/Clinica Noel and Shriner’s Hospital to help children in need of complex surgeries.   

In addition, Dr. Velez presented two lectures; “Neutropenic Fever” for the 3rd and 4th year medical students, interns, residents and attendings at the Hospital General and the Clinica CES-Prado, and “Antimicrobials Basic Concepts” for 2nd year medical students at CES University   

Below is a link to a (Spanish language) testimonial Dr. Velez did for the CES University’s “de Regreso a Casa”.  


Welcome Seetha Lakshmi, MD who joined the Faculty of the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine in August 2016. Dr. Lakshmi completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Mysore Medical College in India. She received her MD from the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL and recently completed her Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

JUNE 2016 News

John Greene, MD received the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award at Moffitt presented at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program Graduation Ceremony on June 2, 2016.  This award reflects his fortitude of involving both residents and students in all things - he exemplifies the characteristics of the Teacher Clinician.  Dr. Greene also celebrates 25 years with the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine.

Congratulations to the ID Fellowship Graduates 2016!

Dr. Beata Casanas, Connie Nadler and Dr. Minh Ho.

At the awards ceremony following graduation, ID Fellow, Minh Ho, DO, received the first ever annual Jeffrey Nadler Award for Excellence in Research.  This award was created this year in honor of Dr. Jeffrey Nadler who was a USF ID Faculty member for 19 years.  He oversaw clinical trials that helped lead to the development of more than 20 antiviral drugs now routinely used to treat patients with HIV and was a lead investigator for one of the earliest human studies of an HIV vaccine.  Dr. Nadler passed away in 2010.  Dr. Nadler's wife, Connie Nadler was there to present the award to Dr. Ho.
Also at the ceremony ID Fellow, Dr. Kelly Kynaston was presented the annual Outstanding Infectious Disease Fellow Award from the Moffitt Cancer Center ID faculty.

Dr. Kelly Kynaston receiving award from ID Faculty, Dr. Sandra Gompf.

USF ID physicians will now consult with Clear Health Alliance, a Medicaid plan with a designated specialty in HIV/AIDS, to provide coordinated quality care to HIV/AIDS patients at the Department of Heath – Hillsborough County Speciality Care Clinic. Click here to learn more about this new partnership and what it means for Floridians living with HIV/AIDS.

management of candidemia

On July 9th, a new mobile app was released that focuses on the management of candidemia. Dr. Oehler collaborated with Astellas, an anti-infective pharmaceutical company, to develop this free app, titled "Management of Candidemia in the Stewardship Era".This app provides information on the identification, diagnosis, and management of candidemia in high risk patients. The app can be downloaded from iTunes and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Click here to learn more or download the app on your device!

On July 3rd, Dr. Douglas Holt appeared on a Bay News 9 segment about reports of Legionnaires' disease (a severe form of bacterial pneumonia) in individuals living at a local retirement center. Dr. Holt discussed symptoms, sources of infection, and treatment options.
Click here to read more!
Dr. Ulyee Choe

On May 31st, Dr. Ulyee Choe was appointed Director of the Polk County Health Department (PCHD). Dr. Choe is an Assistant Professor with the USF Health Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine and had been serving as the Interim Director for PCHD since November, 2012.


Want to watch IDPodcasts on your iPhone or iPad? Download the free app from the iTunes store by clicking here! Version 2.2 was just released and supports the following:

  • Podcasts recorded after March 1, 2013 now stream over Wi-Fi/3G/4G, so you can enjoy our podcasts outside of WiFi enabled areas (standard data plan usage applies)
  • iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini retina display compatible
  • Faster, higher quality, more reliable streaming, especially with 3G/4G connectivity
  • Thumbnail enhancements

Check out our most recent ID podcasts:

Syndromes that Masquerade as Infections
Top 10 Infectious Diseases of All Time
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
The Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak of 2012-2013

Dr. Richard Oehler

Dr. Richard Oehler, co-founder of IDPodcasts.net, recently received an Educational Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching at the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Since IDPodcasts.net first launched in 2007, it has garnered over 26,000 page views from individuals in 100 countries. Approximately 4,000 people have downloaded the IDPocasts mobile apps since their initial release 2010. Currently the IDPodcasts YouTube channel, established in 2012, has 360 subscribers and 68,000 views! Honored at the USF Morsani College of Medicine commencement dinner for medical students on May 9th, 2013, Dr. Oehler’sdedication to teaching and innovative use of technology to advance medical care and education was celebrated!

Have you seen our featured podcasts? USF ID received a grant from Optimer pharmaceuticals to produce two podcasts for the support, diagnosis, and treatment of Clostridium difficile infection. These two educational podcasts highlight the use of Fidaxomicin (Dificid) as a treatment agent.

Click here to watch the podcasts recorded by Dr. Sally Alrabaa.

April is designated ‘STD Awareness Month’ and the USF Health HIV Clinical Research Unit helped raise awareness by hosting its second annual STD Awareness Day. Held at the Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County on April 29th, 2013, they offered free STD & HIV testing and educational materials to anyone age 12 and older who stopped by the event!

Tampa Bay’s ABC Action News recently interviewed Division Director Dr. Douglas Holt on a new and severe strain of norovirus impacting the Tampa Bay Area. The Sydney norovirus, commonly known as the stomach flu, appears to have higher rates of transmission and hospitalization, therefore posing a greater threat to the young, elderly, and otherwise immunocompromised. 

Click here to learn more.

Dr. Douglas A. Holt

Dr. Douglas A. Holt, Andor Szentivanyi Professor of Medicine, succeeds Dr. John Sinnott as Director of USF Health's Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine. Dr. Holt served as Associate Director of the division since 2006.

Dr. John T. Sinnott, Director of Infectious Disease & International Medicine and Associate Dean of USF Medicine International has been appointed Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine, effective December 1st. Dr. Sinnott will be the third person to serve as Chairman for the largest department within the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Sinnott has been a part of USF for nearly 30 years. He became a faculty member in 1983 after he completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in infectious diseases & tropical medicine at USF. In 1991, Dr. Sinnott was selected Director of the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine.

As Director, Dr. Sinnott brought in federally funded research grants, trained countless subspecialists and students, created international training programs, established global partnerships, and helped create mobile healthcare education applications such as ID Podcasts and MD Stats. To read the full press release, click here.

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Read alumni comments on the Fellowship Program page.

2016 NEW! Recruitment Timeline:
  • July 1, 2016: Applicants complete applications and start applying
  • July 15, 2016: PostOffice opens to programs to begin downloading applications
  • July-November 2016: Interviews conducted
  • October 15, 2016: Application deadline
  • Match results available: TBD
  • We will consider sponsoring an H1 visa for highly qualified applicants (Steps 1 and 2 greater than 460 and passing score on Step 2CS on first attempt).
  • Potential candidates can access applications through the AAMC/ERAS website
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