Fellowship Program

A Few Facts About Our Fellowship Program:

  • We currently have 11 Fellows
  • ACGME Accreditation for 6 years with commendation
  • Over 100 graduates since 1980
  • Board pass rate 100%
  • The largest ID program in Florida - one of the largest in the US!

Fellowship Training is based on five general concepts:

  • Patient care
  • Dedicated research time
  • Education objectives
  • Curriculum development
  • Regular evaluation of fellows, faculty and the program

Rotation Sites: 

Learn about each site's patient population and educational mission

Application Process

Applications for 2017 will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) July 15, 2016 - October 15, 2016. Potential candidates can access applications through the AAMC/ERAS website.

Recommended items for applying to the program include:

  • Completed ERAS application
  • CV
  • Program Director's letter and three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores

Current Fellows

Year 1 Fellows - Graduation 2017

  • Anteneh Addisu, MD Anteneh Addisu, MD
  • Garabet Akoghlanian, MD Garabet Akoghlanian, MD
  • Muhammad Awais Chughtai, MD Muhammad Awais Chughtai, MD
  • Louise Lane Gutierrez, MD Louise Lane Gutierrez, MD
  • Adam Pettigrew, MD Adam Pettigrew, MD
  • Misbahuddin Syed, MD Misbahuddin Syed, MD

Year 2 Fellows - Graduation 2016

  • Shuchi Pandya Shuchi Pandya, MD
  • Marijesmar Gonzalez Marijesmar Gonzalez, MD
  • Robert Castro Robert Castro, MD
  • Manuel Castro Manuel Castro, MD
  • Olga Klinkova Olga Klinkova, MD



Fellows 2015-2016 Class Photo

Fellows 2016-2017 Class Photo


Alumni Testimonials:

“I’m thankful to have the opportunity to train at USF for infectious disease. The faculty is knowledgeable, friendly and responsive to my needs. Training at three different locations (Tampa General, Moffitt and Tampa VA) allowed for diverse learning experiences. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to Panama with the full support of the program and faculty. During my time there I worked closed on a daily basis with a wonderful director of Gorgas Institute, Dr. Sosa. As a result, I saw first-hand the impact of the Zika epidemic in Central America. Overall, I highly recommend considering USF as a location for anyone considering training in Infectious Disease for its supportive faculty, diverse learning opportunities and international exposures.”

- Minh Ho, DO, Class of 2016

“I was very fortunate to have trained at USF. The degree of pathology seen there and in particular the transplant ID experiences were excellent. The varied practice environments which include a cancer specialty hospital, tertiary care center, VA, health department and private practice insure that you will feel comfortable in nearly any ID practice. The support to attend national meetings, board review, international experiences (such as the time I spent at the Gorgas Institute in Panama where I saw patients with Zika, Leishmania, TB and other tropical diseases) and research time are great strengths. If you have a special interest in STD’s, TB, HCV, telemedicine, pediatric ID or want to see more patients in a private practice setting, then there are always experienced clinicians willing to teach. The relationship between the faculty and the fellows is excellent and is fostered by many informal get-togethers and educational experiences like Journal Club at local restaurants. Lastly the Tampa Bay area is near beautiful beaches, theme parks and is a very family friendly and livable city. I hope you consider USF for your training, you won’t regret it.”

- Joseph Paruolo MD, Class of 2016

"Coming to the University of South Florida to complete my fellowship training in infectious disease was the best decision I have made. I received a superb education and was trained by extremely knowledgeable attendings who were supportive, patient, and available at all times. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to train at USF and would highly recommend this program to any resident considering a career in infectious disease."

- Pamela Damisse Noel MD, Class of 2013

"When I came for an interview I was impressed with the program in many ways and could tell the current fellows were extremely satisfied. The attendings and Division staff had more than a professional relationship; something more like family. My time in the fellowship program exceeded my expectations. It provided multiple learning opportunities in a comfortable, team environment. The clinical experience covered every detail and helped me develop an increased confidence in clinical management. I found many role models for my personal and professional life and will miss the program greatly."

- Luis Rosas MD, Class of 2012

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at USF during my ID fellowship. The opportunities available at our fellowship are remarkable. The program is very supportive of new ideas from the fellows especially in the field of research. The ID program is also very supportive of sending the second year fellows to a standardized ID board review. Even more importantly, there is great camaraderie among the ID fellows, staff and attendings. I really enjoyed seeing patients in three very distinct hospitals as well. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely go to USF for ID."

- Aliyah Baluch MD, Class of 2010

"I was trained as an infectious disease fellow with USF Infectious Disease for the academic year July 2007 through June 2009. I have been working as an Infectious Disease/HIV Specialist in California since July 2009. My two year ID Fellowship experience is totally helping me in managing patients on my own, even though some are different and challenging. The different rotations I did in USF ID Fellowship training covered varieties of ID aspects in terms of general infectious disease, HIV, infections in immunosupressed and transplant patients and outpatients primary and HIV care. I feel confident in managing patients independently because of my training experience with USF ID as an ID Fellow."

- Theingi Oo MD, Class of 2009

"The USF Infectious Disease & International Medicine program has really prepped me well for private practice! I would like to thank all of the attendings once again. The program had just the right combination of academic and interesting cases but yet 'bread & butter' routine infectious diseases. I can now appreciate all of the weekly lectures & presentations. All of the attendings has had a unique impact on my knowledge base. I felt 'comfortable' immediately upon entering the private world, in fact I had a vast of new & 'cutting edge' knowledge that I was able to share with my collegues. I often receive statements from other physicians such as 'you seemed to have trained at a good program.' I am very proud of our program."

- Juan D. Diaz DO, Class of 2007

"The USF Infectious Disease fellowship program provided me with all the essential tools to provide excellent care and expertise in the area of infectious disease. The faculty were not only excellent mentors but they were better human beings. We were not only fellows, we were a family. The pathology we were exposed to during my two years was incredible. From the simple community-acquired pneumonia to Hansen’s disease (Mycobacterium leprosy). Now that I am in private practice, I can really appreciate everything that was taught to me during those two years. I can definitely say, it was worth it! I would recommend this program to young physicians who are interested in pursuing a career in infectious disease. It will not only make you a better doctor, but as I like to think of it 'A Super Internist.' "

- Anibal Maldonado MD, Class of 2007


Fellowship Alumni