Chief Residents (2015-2016)

Tim Burns, MD

I started my medical career in the “frozen tundra” of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated medical school from the Medical College of Wisconsin. What attracted me to the University of South Florida Internal Medicine Residency program was its sound clinical medicine and diversity of training at multiple different hospitals, as well as the availability of all the medicine subspecialties available for rotations and research. Personally, my goal is to pursue training in Hematology-Oncology, and currently have research projects in Cutaneous Oncology. Outside of work, I love to run, swim/snorkel at the beach, fish, but also enjoy relaxing at home and playing a good board game. As a Chief Resident, I am most looking forward to being a liaison for the residents and integrating ideas and changes that improve the program’s ability to train top-notch internists and future fellows.

Jamie Goldman, MD

A Florida girl through and through, I was born and raised in south Florida. I graduated from the University of Florida (go gators!) with a BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition before making my way to Tampa, FL for both medical school and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of South Florida. During my time at UF and USF, I developed a interest in global health and had several incredible experiences in both El Salvador and the Dominican Republic on medical mission trips. My academic passion is in hematology/oncology and I have been working on several research projects at Moffitt Cancer Center focusing on neuroendocrine tumors and BRAF mutations in non-small cell lung cancer. Currently, I am applying for a fellowship in hematology/oncology. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to be a chief resident this upcoming year as we transition to the exciting x+y schedule and hope to make many lasting, positive changes to the program alongside my wonderful co-chiefs. Outside of the hospital, I am a big foodie and avid exerciser, love to read (for fun!), and I enjoy spending time with my husband, Danny, and puppies Frodo and Sam.

Amber Pepper, MD

I completed my undergraduate training at the University of Florida and attended medical school at the USF Morsani College of Medicine. I hope to pursue a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology. Being chosen as a chief resident is an absolute honor. The emphasis placed on teaching, diverse patient population, and outstanding attending physicians make USF an exceptional internal medicine residency program. I am looking forward to being a voice for the residents and actively participating the educational curriculum. I enjoy jogging, traveling, watching movies, spending time with my husband and dog, and participating in the medical jeopardy team. And yes, I do drink Dr. Pepper!

Nancy Rolfe, MD

I was born in Chicago but moved to Colorado at a young age. I attended Colorado State University and graduated with a BS in microbiology and chemistry. Music has always been an important part of my life and during college I was distracted by playing guitar and singing in a band. After graduation, I worked in a lab for several years but realized I preferred to be involved with patient care. Despite many youthful transgressions, I was able to turn my academic career around and was selected to attend medical school at the University of South Florida. My favorite subspecialties are pulmonary/critical care and cardiology and I'm happiest when I'm working in the ICU or CCU. I also enjoy working with immunocompromised patients and my dream job would allow me to incorporate all of these interests. I will not be pursuing a fellowship as I take great joy in spending time with my husband Mark, my family and friends, and doing as much exercise, skiing, and traveling as possible. Florida life is fantastic and I have spent many great days hanging out at Disneyworld or near the water. I am honored to serve as the Tampa General Hospital chief medical resident and am always looking for ways to improve quality of life for residents.

VA Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (VA CRQS)

Nidhi Patel

I completed my undergraduate at University of Kansas achieving a degree in Microbiology. I stayed at the University of Kansas for medical school. I eventually moved to Tampa for residency in Internal Medicine, which I completed this June. As a CRQS, I plan to continue working with the residents in creating and completing projects with the eventual goal of providing safe patient care. I will also be teaching students, rotating through their Internal Medicine clerkship, the importance of quality improvement and patient safety. I look forward to all the training and experience that I will be getting this year as well as the opportunity to work with residents and students.