USF Diabetes Center
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Our Team

Dr. Jeffrey KrischerJeffrey Krischer, PhD
Director, USF Diabetes Center and the USF Pediatric Epidemiology Center

Dr. Krischer is the study chair and director of the Data Coordinating Center for the NIH funded Network for the Identification of Environmental Triggers of Type 1 Diabetes (TEDDY) since its onset in 2004. This epidemiological study has three sites in the United States and three in Europe to study gene-environmental interactions that initiate or promote the development of autoimmunity. Although it does not involve an intervention, it is very similar to TRIGR in that 8000 newborns are enrolled and followed for up to 15 years to investigate gene, environment and gene x environment hypotheses.

In 2009, Dr. Krischer successfully competed to become the Coordinating Center for TrialNet which includes 14 clinical centers, 5 major affiliates and over 150 affiliates in a network accruing to 8 clinical trials in T1D prevention and C-peptide preservation in newly diagnosed subjects. Dr. Krischer is the Chair of the oral insulin prevention trial of multiply positive antibody subjects.

Dr. Krischer has a longstanding commitment to diabetes research and strongly committed to understanding the mechanisms of autoimmunity and disease progression. His office is an international resource to study factors associated with Type 1 Diabetes in that it contains the accumulating databases of the world experience through the DPT-1, TEDDY, TRIGR and TrialNet databases.

 

Dr. Henry RodriguezHenry Rodriguez, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director

Dr. Henry Rodriguez is a Pediatric Endocrinologist with a clinical and research focus in diabetes. He joins USF as faculty as Medical Director of the Diabetes Center and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from the Albany Medical College in NY in 1987. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in 1990 followed by fellowship training in Endocrinology at the University of California San Francisco. Upon completion of his fellowship in 1993, he joined the UCSF faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and an Assistant Research Endocrinologist. He comes to us from Indiana University and the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children where he directed the Pediatric Diabetes Clinical Program for 11 years and served as principal investigator on several clinical research projects focused on the autoimmunity of type 1 diabetes. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology.

Dr. Rodriguez will lead the expansion of The Diabetes Center’s clinical and educational programs and initiatives in clinical and translational research. His clinical practice at the Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare will focus on those with new onset diabetes and those requiring intensive insulin therapies up to 22 years of age.

 

Dr. Shulman

Dorothy Shulman, MD
Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

Dr. Shulman joined the USF Diabetes Center as Professor of Pediatrics in July 2012 after serving as Chief of the USF Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism from 2005-2012, previously based in St. Petersburg. She continues as Director of the Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Shulman is currently a member of the Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council for the State of Florida, the Governor's Diabetes Advisory Board, and is a member of the sub-board of Pediatric Endocrinology for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Shulman has been a volunteer physician for the Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes at Bring a Friend Camp and Camp Winona for many years. Her scholarly interests concern improving the care of children with a variety of endocrine disorders including diabetes, growth, puberty, adrenal, thyroid, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Dr. Shulman will provide clinical care as well as focus on development of the clinical research program in diabetes and other endocrine disorders.

 

 

E. Verena Jorgensen, MD
Co-Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

Dr. Jorgensen joined the faculty at the University of South Florida in 1990 following her training in pediatrics and endocrinology. Since joining USF, Dr. Jorgensen has had a close relationship with the residency program, serving as Associate Director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program from 1996 – 2001. During this period she was also Coordinator of Fourth Year Medical Student Pediatric Electives. She currently serves in the capacity of Co-Director of the Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship Program. Dr. Jorgensen has served on the Institutional Review Board at All Children’s Hospital since 1991 and is currently its Chair. She has served on various committees with All Children’s Hospital including the Ethics Committee, Suncoast Pediatric Conference Planning Committee and Executive Committee. She has been a camp physician for many years for the Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes Pee Wee Camp. Dr. Jorgensen has a wide variety of endocrine interests including diabetes, disorders of growth, thyroid, puberty and calcium metabolism.

 

 

Dr. Sureka Bollepalli

Sureka Bollepalli, MD
Assistant Professor and Pediatric Endocrinologist, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Sureka Bollepalli is a Pediatric Endocrinologist with specialization in Diabetes. She joins USF as faculty in the Diabetes Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Bollepalli graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2003. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA in 2006 where she served as Chief Resident during her final year. She completed her fellowship training in Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2009. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. Prior publications include work in obesity, growth of infants of diabetic mothers and neonatal thyroid disease. Her clinical practice at the Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare will focus on those with new onset diabetes and those requiring intensive insulin therapies up to 22 years of age.

 

Jane Norman

Jane Norman, MA, RD, CDE
Clinical Dietitian

Ms. Norman received an A.A. degree from the American College of Switzerland, BS in Biology from C.W. Post College, and MA degree in Foods and Nutrition from New York University. She has worked with adults and children with diabetes since 1980 and presently teaches the nutrition and gestational diabetes classes associated with the USF Diabetes Center. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and received the Diabetes Educator of the Year award from the Florida West Coast Association of Diabetes Educators in 2002. Her passion is promoting physically active hobbies, and healthy eating to the pediatric and adult diabetes population in Tampa Bay. Because of her background in nutrition, she is actively involved in a small ministry that feeds over 300 homeless every week.

 

Dr. Laura Smith

Laura Smith, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor

Dr. Smith is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor of pediatrics. She became interested in helping individuals with diabetes after being diagnosed with diabetes in 2000. She received her degree in clinical and health psychology from the University of Florida and had additional training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Dr. Smith has worked with individuals with diabetes and their families since 2001. In addition to providing counseling, Dr. Smith develops research projects focusing on family interactions related to diabetes. She is an author of numerous publications in this area.

 

 

Amanda Vasquez

Amanda Vasquez, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Amanda has a wide range of experience including, medical social work, case management, community based care, mental health, grant writing and program development. She received a Master of Social Work degree from University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Amanda has worked with patients and families in both inpatient and outpatient medical settings, to complete psychosocial assessments, identify needs and appropriate interventions, and to assist with support and access to necessary resources. She looks forward to working with patients at the USF Diabetes Center!

 

 

Danielle Henson

Danielle Henson, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse - Research Coordinator

Mrs. Henson is a licensed Registered Nurse, who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in psychology from the University of South Florida. Since the beginning of 2011, she has been committed to diabetes research at the USF Diabetes Center. As the research nurse coordinator, she strives to make progress in diabetes research.

 

 

Craig Bobik

Craig Bobik, MPH
Administrative Coordinator - Research, Education and Outreach

Mr. Bobik received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida College of Public Health. He has a wide-range of background and experience including: program and strategic planning, education development, program evaluation, distance learning, data management and software creation, program marketing, recruitment, public speaking, and teaches college courses in health and nutrition. Mr. Bobik also has extensive knowledge in the planning, marketing and accreditation of continuing education programs for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, CDEs and other health professionals. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, Mr. Bobik has made diabetes a priority in his career.

 

Pat Laskowski

Pat Laskowski
Administrative Specialist

Pat was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has worked as an administrative assistant for 30+ years, most recently with TrialNet at Riley Hospital for Children in Indiana.