Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of the Ubben Center and Laboratory for Pulmonary Fibrosis Research
Dr. Herazo-Maya received his Medicine degree from the University of Cartagena School of Medicine in Colombia. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Pittsburgh and his Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Yale. Throughout his residency and fellowship, he trained in functional genomics, molecular biology, and bioinformatics working under the mentorship of Dr. Naftali Kaminski. Dr. Herazo-Maya pioneered the application of precision medicine to identify molecular predictors of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and COVID-19 mortality. He joined the University of South Florida in 2021 as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine to establish the Ubben Program and Laboratory for Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, with the goal of discovering and translating novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis. He enjoys sports, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Van Nostrand completed her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2008 at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and her Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She then completed an Advanced Fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology at Emory University, and she remained as a faculty member at Emory from 2015 to 2021. She joined the University of South Florida in 2021, where she assumed the role of Fellowship Program Director. She was drawn to USF by the collegiality among the faculty, and by the educational mission and to be closer to family. When she’s not at work, she likes hanging out with her giant schnoodle, Lilly. With time permitting she loves baking and attempting recipes from the Great British Baking Show.
Assistant Program Director for Simulation, Ultrasound, and Wellness
Dr. Schwartz completed his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2015 at the University of South Florida. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency in 2018 and his Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care in 2021, both at the University of North Carolina. At the University of North Carolina, he served as Chief Fellow and developed an innovative point of care ultrasound curriculum for the fellows and attendings in Critical Care. He is board-certified by the national board of echocardiography. He returned to the University of South Florida as faculty in 2021. He was drawn to USF by the complex pathology of the patient population, as well as the institutional commitment to medical education and to providing exceptional care to the Tampa Bay community. In his free time, he enjoys boating in Tampa Bay, photography, cycling, and spending time with his wife, Melissa, and playing with his two sons, Jacob and Alexander.
Assistant Program Director for TGH Site
Dr. Stachura completed his Doctor of Medicine at American University of the Caribbean in 2012. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Carilion Clinic/Virginia Tech University in 2015. This was followed by his fellowship in Sleep Medicine and his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine , both at the University of South Florida. He joined the USF Pulmonary Critical Care Sleep Medicine Division upon graduation in 2019. He is the Medical Director of the Adult Stepdown Unit (SDU) at Tampa General Hospital. Since 2020, he has been an Associate Program Director and Site Director (Tampa General Hospital and USF Outpatient Pulmonary Clinics) for the USF Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship program. His outpatient clinical and research interests include bronchoscopic lung-volume reduction for COPD and structural/phenotypic Obstructive Sleep Apnea (DISE). His ICU research interests lie in the Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU): post-transplant outcomes and Right Ventricular outcomes after LVAD implantation. He is a member of the College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Stachura was drawn to USF because of the robust clinical pathology, strong CTICU exposures, and close-knit "family-like" environment of the Division. When not at work, he enjoys quality time at home with his mini-goldendoodles (Agatha and Gustave) and his wife Amanda; he will usually be found in the kitchen scratch-cooking overly involved recipes from SeriousEats.
Dr. Cox completed her Doctor of Medicine at St. George‘s University School of Medicine in 1999. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2003. She remained at the University of Texas as an Assistant Professor for another year before coming to the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she completed her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care in 2007. She is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. She loves the different clinical sites for training at USF which ensure our graduates are ready for any type of practice. Her focus has been on medical student, resident and fellow education. She enjoys watching Carolina Panthers football, cooking and baking for friends, and playing with her dog Maverick in her free time.
Assistant Program Director for VA Site
Dr. Calero completed a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in 2007. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami in 2010. He completed fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine at the University of South Florida in 2015. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He loves the patient population at USF and the ability to participate in innovative device trials in both pulmonary and sleep medicine. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, cycling and running.
Assistant Program Director for Research
Dr. Miller completed his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2012 at the University of Virginia. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency in 2015 at UCLA and subsequently worked for 2 years as a Hospitalist. He completed his Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 2021 at the University of Chicago, and also completed a Masters Degree in Biomedical Informatics in 2021 at the University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago, he was supported for 2 years by a T32 NIH grant, which he used to study the association between the SOFA score and mortality among critically ill Black and White patients. He also worked in the laboratory of John Alverdy, where he studied the association of the intestinal and pulmonary microbiota with diet and outcomes from sepsis. He joined the faculty of USF in 2021. He was attracted to USF by the collegiality among the faculty, the support for Junior Faculty members, and Tampa’s seaside lifestyle. He enjoys traveling, attending live music events with his husband, Luiz, and the delicious Tampa restaurant scene.
Valerie started with USF Health in July 2019. She loves the people and atmosphere at USF and enjoys the beaches in the Tampa Bay area!
Sr. Medical Education Program Specialist
Ashley is a USF Alumni (2018) and started with USF in June of 2019.