Program Leadership

Patricia Emmanuel, MD, Chairman

Patricia Emmanuel, MD

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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.

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, 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 since 2001. In 2002, she became 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, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director

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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.

Jennifer Casatelli, MD, Associate Program Director

Dr. Casatelli received her MD from the University of South Florida College of medicine and also completed her pediatric residency there. She initially worked as a hospitalist in Lakeland, Florida for several years before joining the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital General Pediatric Hospitalist faculty in 2002. Dr. Casatelli is board certified in pediatrics and is currently the Associate Program Director for the Residency program. She is currently Chief of the Medical Staff at All Children's Hospital. With a strong interest in global medicine, Dr. Casatelli has participated in several international medical missions and has encouraged the pediatric residents to do the same. In 2016, Dr. Casatelli left Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital to join the USF Health Pediatric Hospitalist program as the Medical Director at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa.

Dr. Casatelli is intimately involved in the education program for students and residents and serves as the inpatient clerkship site coordinator for the third year medical students. She has received the Teacher of the Year award several years during her time as faculty and has initiated many improvements in teaching and education to the program.

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Kimberly Law, MD, Chief Resident

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I grew up in Orlando, Florida, and I moved to Tampa in 2005 to attend the University of South Florida. I loved Tampa and USF so much, that I wanted to stay here for medical school, Residency, and now chief year! During medical school, I learned to love how much USF Pediatrics could offer with their affiliations with All Children’s Hospital and Tampa General Hospital, and I just knew I wanted to be a Pediatrician here! On my days off, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, being out on the water, walking on Bayshore, going to Pure barre, shopping, cooking, baking, and trying delicious restaurants around Tampa! I also love coming home to my wonderful husband, 2 silly pups (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a rescue mix), and a kitten who have all supported me through my journey!


Kristine Rietsma, DO, Chief Resident

I am a born and raised Floridian. I am from Tampa. I went to USF undergrad and graduated with a bachelor's in Biomedical Science. I attended LECOM-Bradenton for Medical School and then returned to USF for Pediatric Residency. I love the USF pediatric program and chose to extend my time here for 1 more year as one of the Chief Residents. I love running , the beaches, Harry Potter world, and hanging out at home with my family. I have a loving husband and 3 kids under 5 years old. O:P>

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Kelly Paulina, Residency Manager
Phone: (813) 259-8725

Nancy Ramirez, Medical Education Program Specialist
Phone: (813) 259-8638