Internal Medicine Residency Program

Chief Residents (2022-2023)

3rd Year Chief Residents

My name is Jenna and I was born in a small town in Maine and moved to Jacksonville, FL when I was 9. I went to college at the University of Florida for Microbiology and Neurobiology. I then came to USF for my Master's degree, and from there moved to Miami where I attended FIU for medical school. I am passionate about leadership, learning and teaching point of care ultrasound, and quality improvement and patient safety. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband who is also in our program, hanging out with the phenomenal friends that I met through our program, and trying out new restaurants around Tampa (and anywhere I travel.) I will be applying to Cardiology for fellowship and developed a love for treating our heart failure population. I am very excited to be Chief of Morsani and Healthpark next year and cannot wait to meet you all. 
I am a Florida native and grew up in Miami Beach, FL. I attended college at the University of Miami and graduated with a degree in mathematical statistics. I then traded my beach umbrella for a winter jacket and moved to Western New York where I completed medical school at the University at Buffalo. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Florida and attend USF’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. As a chief resident, I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to our program’s outpatient curriculum. My career interests include gastroenterology and medical education. I have spent my whole life living near a body of water, and as a true Floridan, I spend my spare time enjoying the beach and kayaking. 
I was born in Philadelphia but spent the majority of my life growing up in Boca Raton, FL. I went to Johns Hopkins University for undergrad but came back to Florida, and its beautiful weather, for medical school at Florida Atlantic University, and now residency at USF. I am incredibly excited to be the VA Subspecialty Clinics Chief during my third year! After this year, I plan to pursue a fellowship in rheumatology. Outside of work, I enjoy doing ballet/modern dancing, completing jigsaw puzzles, spending time with friends, and trying out new restaurants.
I was born in Clearwater, FL, and have spent all my life living in Florida. I went to Florida State University for undergrad and continued there for medical school. I knew I wanted to come back to Tampa to continue my training, and I am so lucky to be a part of this amazing program. I have been able to train with wonderful co-residents, fellows, and attendings. I am excited to serve as the Moffitt Cancer Center chief resident for this year. I am interested in pursuing a career in malignant hematology and working to improve the access to research experiences at Moffitt. Outside of work I enjoy spending time on the water, watching sports, and being with my husband and our families.
I was born and raised near Boston, MA. I attended Providence College in Rhode Island, and then went to the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After many frigid winters, I found some warmth and sunshine for residency when I fell in love with USF and Tampa on my interview day! I am thrilled to be the Chief Resident at TGH, where I have had many impactful experiences. I plan to work on enriching our educational opportunities during conferences and lectures this year. After residency, I plan on pursuing a fellowship and career in Palliative Care. Outside of medicine, I enjoy boating, swimming, playing piano, football Sundays, and trying new restaurants with friends and family.  
I was born and raised in Lake Alfred, FL, a small town just south of Orlando. I went to the University of Florida for undergrad and USF for medical school. I loved USF medical school and was extremely happy to match USF for residency as well. The city is burgeoning with such a wide variety of experiences from the character and history of Ybor, the high rises of Tampa proper, to the beaches and culture of St Pete and the bay. The program itself is second to none and puts a high priority on its residents and education. I am taking over as the POCUS and simulation chief for 2022-2023 academic year, and as such will be focusing on enriching and expanding our POCUS and simulation curriculum. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the city’s restaurants, playing video games, and doing pretty much anything outdoors. After this year, I look forward to pursuing a career as an academic hospitalist. 

4th Year Chief Residents

My name is Paola and I was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. When I was 10 years old my father joined the military and I moved to the states. I went to college at Michigan State University with a major in Human Biology and a minor in Nutritional Sciences. I fell in love with the snow and decided to stay in MI and go to Central Michigan University for medical school. I missed my family and the hot weather so much that I decided to move to FL for residency. I fell in love with the USF Internal Medicine Residency Program during my interview and decided that this was the place for me. I completed my three years of residency training in Internal Medicine this past June 2022. I gained a lot of perspective about the importance of patient safety during my training which is why I chose to stay at USF as a PGY-4 and complete a chief year in inpatient Quality Improvement & Patient Safety. I hope to learn more about the lean six sigma methodology for process improvement and become black belt certified. After this year, I plan to go into a career as an academic hospitalist. I would like to stay with the VA and serve veterans like my dad! Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, participating in water sports, and trying new restaurants.
Shortly after I was born in Boston, I moved to Dubai where I grew up with my family. I attended college at the University of Toronto and completed medical school at St. George’s University of London. I returned to the United States for my last 2 years of medical school in Chicago and completed my Internal Medicine residency at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After moving to so many different cities, I ended up in Tampa at USF where I am completing my chief year. As the Academic & Research Chief Resident, I have thoroughly enjoyed running morning report and learning about interesting cases. I aspire to continue to develop my leadership and teaching skills throughout this year. The culture within USF is very welcoming and supportive of your career goals. After my chief year, I plan on pursuing a fellowship and career in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Outside of Medicine, I enjoy playing soccer, wakeboarding, going to the beach, and trying new restaurants. I’m excited to continue to explore Tampa and all it has to offer!
Hey everyone, my name is Luke and I have the privilege of being an Inpatient Chief Resident in Quality and Safety at the James A. Haley VA this year. I was born and raised in South Jersey where I grew up playing sports, sailing and surfing. I moved to Tampa for medical school at USF with my beautiful wife and our puppy. There is so much to love here that I stayed for residency. Along the way I got another dog, went to the COVID Super Bowl, watched the Bolts win back to back, did my MICU during the delta surge, had my first child (!), and now I’m a chief! Tampa is super fun and friendly, there’s always something for everyone to do, the beach is not far (hospital on the waterfront downtown comes in handy for Gasparilla and championship boat parades). After getting exposure to patient safety and quality improvement early in my medical career through the health systems engineering scholarly concentration at USF and working with past CRQSs I knew that’s what I wanted to do.  It’s a great opportunity to teach residents and get more advanced, dedicated training and experience in quality improvement. These days you can find me chasing my kiddo around, trying to catch up to Nick Mencer on Strava/Peloton, and consuming any and all new Star Wars.
Greetings, I was born and raised in the city of Fort Myers, Florida, and attended the University of Florida for college where I studied Agricultural Biology. In the following, I attended VCOM Carolinas Campus for medical school and attended Grand Strand/Mercer USOM in Myrtle Beach, SC for internal medicine residency. It has been an honor and privilege to return to my home state and serve the VA population with the USF family. During my tenure as Chief Resident for Quality and Safety at the JAHVA, I aspire to learn about the intricacies of process improvement and system redesign and work with our fantastic residents, clinic staff and attending physicians to bring our continuity clinic and quality of care of veterans to the next level. After this year, I plan to pursue a hematology-oncology fellowship. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, working out, scuba diving, and exploring all the wonderful amenities that Tampa offers!