Testimonials from Past Fellows

"It is my great pleasure to work with all the USF faculty but I want to say special thanks to Drs. Lockey and Ledford. I have learned so much from them in taking care of a patient and do not think I could have earned that experience anywhere else. I would not be as good as I am now if I had not chosen the fellowship here.  Many thanks! Wish you all the best and take care."

- Chen Lin, MD, 2015 - 2017


“It is an honor to call myself an alumnus of USF. With great pride, as program director for the newly revived residents' forum during the annual FAAAIS meeting, I wanted to share with you that 41 residents have signed on for a spectacular conference opportunity. I could not be more proud to be a part of a great state society and help to elevate the visibility of our field to residents in training. I will become President Elect this year and look forward to my tenure as President (I promise not to tweet!). None of this would have been possible if it were not for the privileged education and support that I received at USF. The experience gave me 20 years of my life back! I am forever grateful.”

- Nina Ramirez, MD, 2000 - 2012


"I feel very privileged to have been able to complete my Allergy and Immunology training under some of the world’s experts in this field. This training program has provided me with a well-rounded clinical experience and the opportunity to publish in various scientific journals. As a new graduate, I feel very prepared for private practice and am looking forward to returning to USF as an attending physician in the Allergy and Immunology VA specialty clinics".

- Jennifer Fergeson, DO,  2014 – 2016


“Very well rounded experience. Good mix of clinic, research, conference time, and presentations. Appreciate the time with experts in the field including Richard Lockey, Dennis Ledford, Roger Fox, and Mark Glaum. Skills and info learned has been very useful the past 3 years. I am now part of a full scale allergy immunology practice doing the routine allergy and asthma plus drug testing and challenges, rhinoscopy, skin biopsy, methacholine challenges, and complex immunology cases. Thank you so much.”

- Andrew Bagg, MD, 2006 – 2008


“After completing my Internal Medicine residency at USF, I was fortunate enough to be accepted in 1977 as the first fellow of the newly formed and accredited Division of Allergy and Immunology. As the first Chairman, Dr. Bukantz laid a humanitarian foundation that the program carries to this day. Dr. Lockey continues this fine example with his efforts on behalf of AAFA and AAAAI charities. It is with this type of educators that we received a first class experience, rotating through the USF, Tampa General and VA Allergy Clinics, providing consults and inpatient care at Tampa General and the VA Hospital, and seeing patients in a private practice setting. It is simply impossible to express my feelings of good fortune and gratitude in being selected as the first fellow by these world class physicians.”

- J.Wayne Phillips, MD, 1977 – 1979


“Training with Dr. Lockey, Dr. Ledford, Dr. Fox, and their colleagues was a true privilege. The group emphasized the importance of applying science to a challenging and quickly changing medical specialty. The diversity of experiences and patient encounters was very helpful in preparing for a rewarding and successful career in medicine.”

- Sean McKnight, MD, 2002 – 2004


“I completed my Allergy/Immunology training at USF/ACH in 1993. I am very proud of that and feel my training was second to none. I left training prepared to handle the full spectrum of allergic and immunologic diseases. Not only did the program allow me to develop the necessary clinical skills, it also gave me the opportunity to observe and emulate world class physicians who were able to blend science with the art of medicine and top it off with a large dose of humanity. I would strongly recommend the program to anyone looking for a first class training opportunity.”

- Sam Gubernick, MD, 1991 – 1993


“I am very proud of my training in Allergy/Immunology at USF in Tampa. Now at almost 4 years out, I am still very happy I chose the USF program for my training. I felt we had excellent clinical training and I was very well prepared to practice in the outside world. USF also prepared me to be truly interested in Allergy/Immunology and set myself up to be involved in the Academy (AAAAI) and a life long scholar in the field. At times the fellowship was hard, but I would not trade it for any other training. I am thankful to my attendings as well as my other colleagues at USF, and again I am very proud to be a graduate of USF A/I Training Program.”

- Tom Chacko, MD, 2005 – 2007


"The trend these days is to conduct real-world studies for asthma therapeutics. I believe the training at USF gave me as close to real-world experience as was appropriate for my level of training. I am forever thankful and grateful for the experiences my fellowship at USF provided."

- Richard Lavi, MD, FAAAAI FAAP, 2004 – 2006


"Upon completion of my fellowship at USF, I started my own practice almost 5 years ago. The training that I received there not only prepared me for seeing patients with a variety allergic disorders, but also allowed me to observe a top-notch clinic run by world class physicians. I felt so well-prepared after my training, that it was rare that I would come across a case in my own practice that I hadn't already been faced with several times during fellowship. The faculty at USF are truly inspiring in their ability to merge the world of academics with clinical practice. The faculty there possess the rare combination of academic curiosity along with practical clinical reasoning. I am very fortunate to have learned from their examples and am thankful that I chose Florida to learn about this specialty."

- Steven Cole, MD, 2005 – 2007


"I was fortunate enough to have interviews for fellowship positions around the country. After meeting with Drs Lockey, Fox, Ledford and Glaum at USF it became very clear that USF was the program I wanted (and hoped) to conduct my fellowship training. The program is run in a very organized and well managed fashion. The faculty deliver a high level of training. Fellows are well supported in the beginning of the program but then as time progresses are given more responsibility. During my fellowship I was able to attend both state and national conferences which enriched my training. I was also very grateful for the assistance and guidance given to me when it came time for me to start my career at the completion of fellowship. I am very grateful for the opportunity to train at USF Health, I would highly recommend this fellowship program."

- Efren Rael, MD, 2008 – 2010


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