Program Leadership

Patricia Emmanuel

Patricia Emmanuel, MD, Chairman

Dr. Emmanuel is Chairman and Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health. She is also on the faculty of the USF Department of Mental Health Law and Policy. She received her B.S. from the University of Notre Dame, and her M.D. from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She completed her pediatric residency at USF, where she also served as chief resident. After completing an infectious disease fellowship at USF in 1989 she joined the faculty. She served as Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease from 1993 to 2012, when she was named the Lewis A. Barness Chair of Pediatrics. From 2007 to 2012, she was the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the Morsani College of Medicine, and was founding Director of USF Health's Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She has been Chair of Pediatrics since 2012.

Dr. Emmanuel has been the Medical Director for Clinical Research at Tampa General Hospital since 2009 and since 1994, the Medical Director of the Pediatric/Adolescent HIV Program, She has participated in HIV policy making at the national level as a member of the Board of Directors of the HIV Medical Association and as a member of the Committee on Pediatric AIDS for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her research focus is pediatric HIV/AIDs-specifically antiretroviral drug treatment for HIV, community-based methods of preventing perinatally-acquired HIV, and the long-term complications of HIV. Dr. Emmanuel has been the principal investigator for more than two dozen research studies related to HIV care and prevention.

Sharon Dabrow

Sharon Dabrow, MD, Program Director

Dr. Dabrow has served on the faculty of the University of South Florida since 1995. She completed her pediatric residency and an additional year as chief resident at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. She completed a primary care fellowship at Michigan State University. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida before coming to the USF General Pediatric Division She has served as the Director of the Continuity Clinic and the Community Pediatric Program and has been very involved with student and resident education having served as the Associate Director of the Residency Program from 2001-2012 followed by serving as the Residency Director. She is the co-director of the Resident Advocacy rotation and director of the Reach Out and Read Program. She has been instrumental in developing innovative curricula for the program. Dr. Dabrow is on the Executive Board of the Florida Chapter of the AAP serving as the faculty advisor to the resident section and a member of the AAP Residency Scholarship committee. She is an active member in the Academic Pediatric Association and a member of many community organizations including the School Health Advisory Board. Dr. Dabrow has a keen interest in pediatric literacy, adolescent health and medical education.

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Diane Straub

Diane Straub, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director

Dr. Straub received her MD from Johns Hopkins College of Medicine, her MPH from Harvard University and completed her pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins. She then went to the University of California at San Francisco for an adolescent medicine fellowship and is board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine. She also directs the adolescent medicine residency training for USF and has been Associate Program Director since 2010. She serves on the medical student advisory and mentorship committee. She also serves as Co-Principal Investigator on several research grants, including the Adolescent Trials Network, a multi-center NIH funded network addressing all aspects of adolescent HIV/AIDS. She serves on several national committees for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Her research and clinical interests include sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS in adolescents, gynecology and contraception in adolescents, high-risk youth, and transition of youth with special health care needs to adult care.

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Meredith Plant, MD, Chief Resident

Originally from Lawrenceville, Ga just north of Atlanta, I received my undergraduate degree at UGA (Go Dawgs!) in Genetics. In the year following, I had the distinct honor of marrying my wonderful husband, Ben Plant, in 2010. We are now a family of five with our darling little girl Abigail born in October of 2013 and our two hairy children with tails, Jack and Hope. Even though my husband and I were raised in Georgia, Tampa is our forever home with lots of family nearby, sunshine, and sand! We especially love good food, good company, and a great football game. Pediatrics was a no-brainer for me since I have grown up around kids and can't resist the unexplainable joy they have a constant supply of. Becoming a parent has been the most awe-inspiring and exhausting journey we have undertaken thus far but it has only solidified my choice in Pediatrics.


Cameron Nereim, MD, Chief Resident

A Florida native, I was born in West Palm Beach, but mostly grew up in the Orlando area. My parents were both Gators, so naturally I attended the University of Florida (and proudly bleed Orange and Blue!). For medical school, I retired my Tebow jersey in favor of something Green and Gold while I attended the USF Morsani College of Medicine. During my time in Gainesville, I met my beautiful wife, Megan, who attended medical school at the FSU COM and is currently a fellow resident in the OB/GYN department at USF. The oldest of five brothers (second in a line of six children), I pride myself on having a team-oriented and caring attitude. I also happen to be a sports nut (in case you couldn't tell!). For the future, I plan to pursue a career in Adolescent Medicine with a special focus on mitigating the effects of mental illness in the lives of our youth.

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