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 2001-2012 when 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.

Sharon Dabrow, MD

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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 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.

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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Ronald Sutsko, DO, Associate Program Director

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Dr. Sutsko received his DO from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his pediatric residency training at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ.  He then went to University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital for a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship and is board certified in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.  He has been an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology since graduating from his fellowship in 2010, and Associate Program Director since 2013.  Dr. Sutsko directs the neonatology residency training at Tampa General Hospital and is also heavily involved with the undergraduate medical students at USF Morsani College of Medicine, serving as Director of the MS4 Pediatric Track and Electives, and as a Career Advisor.  His interests include the use of technology in medical education, career advising/mentoring, medical ethics, and resident recruiting. 

Marsha Ramsay, MD, Chief Resident

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I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and if you’ve ever been to Texas you know how hard it was for me to leave there!  But I found a second home at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology.  I worked for several years as a behavioral therapist for children with developmental disabilities, and even though I loved my job, I decided to pursue a medical degree at Florida State and become a pediatrician.  My husband and I just had our first baby the same month I started my intern year, so pediatrics was my calling both at work and at home!  Things went so well with that (as crazy as that may sound!), we decided to have a second child, and now are blessed with two rambunctious boys.  As dog lovers, we also share our home with our Akita, Dylan.  When I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my family and friends – watching sports (especially football), going to music festivals and trying to get to the beach!  In the past 3 years during residency, I have grown to love Tampa and plan to stay in the area to build a general pediatrics practice.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my training with USF and I am grateful to have another year as a chief resident to continue working with all the attendings who are so enthusiastic to share their knowledge with our residents!


Sara Saporta, MD, Chief Resident

A Tampa native, Dr. Saporta did her undergraduate work at UNC, but moved back to Tampa for medical school at USF and is a proud graduate of the USF Pediatrics program. She and her husband met at All Children’s Hospital. They currently live in Tampa and can usually be found kayaking, biking, attending concerts, or eating at a new restaurant. Following this academic year, she plans to begin a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

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

Meaghan Reyes, Medical Education Program Specialist
Phone: (813) 259-8638

Stephanie Helms, Residency Program Assistant
Phone: (813) 259-8693