USF Faculty

John D. Carter, M.D.
John D. Carter, M.D. is an Associate 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 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, M.D.
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, M.D.
Dr. Helen Bateman is Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship at U.S.F and is also appointed to the medical staff of James A. Haley VA.

Dr. Bateman is a graduate of Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London University. Her Internal Medicine and chief medical residencies were followed by Allergy Immunology fellowship at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and East Orange VA with subsequent board certifications.

Dr. Bateman also achieved initial board certification in Rheumatology after completing her clinical and research fellowships at Cornell University and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where she continued as Volunteer teaching faculty. Dr. Bateman was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and has extensive general Rheumatology experience in private practice. Her recent maintenance of certifications are in her rheumatology sub-specialty and clinical densitometry. Her membership of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry has included committee work on continuing education for Bone Densitometry technicians.

Publications include more than 15 articles in peer reviewed journals, as well as 7 chapters of various text books and more than 20 abstracts. Her areas of interest include Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Temporal Arteritis, Osteoporosis and Gout as well as use of innovative teaching tools in Medical Education. Dr. Bateman has presented her scholarly activity at local, national and international meetings, most recently on the use of simulators for teaching joint injection and computer models for diagnosis of rheumatic disorders. Dr. Bateman is a member of both the British Society of Rheumatology and American College of Rheumatology and has worked on the ACR education subcommittee which has included a resident rheumatology curriculum available on their website.

Ashley Gray Sterrett, M.D.
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, M.D.
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.

Program Coordinator

Jeannie Waterman
Jeannie integrates the many aspects of our growing division, and fellowship program. She coordinates the schedules, of all staff, and fellows. She handles many of the administrative issues of the Rheumatology fellowship program, and is a major advocate for the fellows. She continues to insure that our division keeps 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