Our Team


USF Faculty

John D. Carter, MD
John D. Carter, MD
John D. Carter, M.D. is Professor and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology. He also serves as the Director of Clinical Research. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1996. He then completed his internal medicine and rheumatology fellowship at the University of South Florida. His research interests include reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoporosis, and drug safety. His research focus is on Chlamydia-induced arthritis. He has published more than 100 original peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in May of 2006 to study a novel treatment for Chlamydia-induced reactive arthritis. He has been awarded approximately $2 million in investigator-initiated grants since 2006. He has served as the principal investigator for many industry-sponsored clinical trials. He lectures extensively and has presented his research on the local, regional, national and international levels. He is routinely selected as "America's Top Physicians", "Best Doctors in America", "Patients' Choice Recognition Award", and "America's Most Compassionate Doctors Award". He was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Research Award for USF Health in 2012.
Yih Chang Lin, MD
Yih Chang Lin, MD

Yih Chang Lin, MD earned his medical degree at University of Santo Tomas College of Medicine and Surgery in Manila, Philippines. He finished his internal medicine internship and residency training at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio in 2010. Dr. Lin also completed his rheumatology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2012 and an additional year of vasculitis fellowship in 2013. Dr. Lin joined the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2013.

Dr. Lin has been involved extensively in academic research particularly in systemic vasculitis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and medical text books, and presented his research at both local and international rheumatology conferences. His main clinical and research focus is systemic vasculitis and he will be starting a Vasculitis Center at USF Health.

Dr. Lin is currently seeing patients at USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare and Tampa General Hospital.

Joanne Valeriano-Marcet, MD
Joanne Valeriano-Marcet, MD
Joanne Valeriano-Marcet has served as the Program Director for the University of South Florida Rheumatology fellowship program since 2007. She is heavily involved in medical education at all levels. She currently serves as the Director for the Doctoring curriculum for second year medical students, and Skin and Bones, a 4th year medical student musculoskeletal rotation. This involvement has led to a strong role for our Fellows to be involved in teaching trainees at all levels. Her interest is in curricular development, and innovative teaching methods. Dr Valeriano-Marcet currently serves on the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Committee on Training and Workforce, and in this capacity, is working on the Rheumatology National milestones. She also serves on the Resident and Medical student education subcommittee of the ACR, and has helped to launch Rheum-2-learn, a web-based Rheumatology curriculum for medical residents . She is also co-chair of the Rheumatology fellowship inservice examination. Her marked enthusiasm and passion for teaching aligns with the thoughts of Todd Whitaker "A good teacher has a love of teaching. A great teacher has a love of learning".

Dr Joanne Valeriano is also a member of our VA faculy.

VA Faculty

Helen Bateman, MD
Helen Bateman, MD

Dr. Helen Bateman is Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship at Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida as well as Chief of Rheumatology at James A. Haley VA, with which USF is closely affiliated.

Dr. Bateman’s enthusiasm for patient care and the practice of clinical medicine began as a medical student at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London University and continued through her Internal Medicine Chief Residency and Allergy / Immunology fellowship. Her subsequent clinical and research fellowship in Rheumatology at Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, focused her interest in rheumatic diseases where she continued as volunteer faculty teaching students, residents and fellows at HSS and at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as Assistant Professor. Her training and board certification in multiple specialties, in different countries, with participation in both academics and private practice has given her a unique perspective and expertise in patient care and a passion for the education of future physicians in her ongoing Rheumatology clinical practice.

Dr. Bateman has several publications in peer reviewed journals in the area of Rheumatology Education. Workshops presented at national and local meetings have included teaching joint injection techniques using simulators and she has helped develop and demonstrate the use of an innovative computer model to assist in the diagnosis of different types of arthritis. Dr. Bateman continues her educational work with the American College of Rheumatology serving on the resident education subcommittee making contributions to an online rheumatology curriculum: “Rheum2learn."

Additional Scholarly activity includes her being co-editor of a textbook highlighting nuances of Rheumatology cases and publications related to unusual associations and presentations of Vasculitis, Lupus and Inflammatory Arthritis. Most recently Dr. Bateman was senior author on a chapter reviewing Osteoporosis; an area of interest in which she holds additional certification in Bone Densitometry. Ongoing projects are focused on increasing awareness of Osteoporosis as well as, in the education and management of rheumatic, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as Rheumatoid arthritis and Gout.

Ashley Gray Sterrett, MD
Ashley Gray Sterrett, MD

Dr. Ashley Gray Sterrett is a Clinical Assistant Professor at USF and full-time faculty at the James A. Haley VA hospital in Tampa. She received her MD from Mercer University in Macon Georgia in 2004. She came to USF, first to complete her residency in internal medicine, and then she received her training in rheumatology from USF, graduating in 2009. During her training in rheumatology, her focus was on education, principally teaching large joint injection to internal medicine residents, and MSK ultrasound. She is board certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology.

She has several publications, including a book on rheumatology cases, and has presented posters at the 2008 and 2010 ACR meetings, as well as assisted with teaching workshops at the same ACR meetings. Most recently, she presented a poster related to Osteoporosis at the International Clinical Densitometry meeting in 2013. Her ongoing research interests continue to center on educational, particularly the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis and management of arthritis, as well as the use of virtual tools to teach the next generation of physicians.

Emeritus Faculty

Harold M. Adelman, MD
Harold M. Adelman, MD
Dr. Adelman did his Rheumatology Fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. He was Clinical Volunteer Faculty Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at USF and the Director of the Residents' Internal Medicine Clinic at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. Upon his retirement in July 2011, he became Professor Emeritus, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology.

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Sarah McCauley
Sarah McCauley
Sarah integrates the many aspects of our growing division and fellowship program. She coordinates the schedules of all staff and fellows as well as handles many of the administrative issues of the Rheumatology fellowship program. She ensures that our division is kept abreast of all of the subspecialty requirements and the evolving board and accreditation process.

Associate Clinical Faculty Alias

  • Anthony Sebba, MD
    Associate Clinical Faculty
  • Bernard Germain, MD
    Associate Clinical Faculty
  • Ernesto Rodriguez, MD
    Assistant Clinical Faculty
  • Vanessa Osting, DO
    Assistant Clinical Faculty
  • Abie Alias, DO
    Assistant Clinical Faculty