Class of 2021
Adil Shahzad Ahmed, MD
Adil is a native Texan, born and raised in the Dallas area. He graduated from Dallas Jesuit and earned a B.S. in Biology from Texas Christian University. He went on to receive his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Outside of residency Adil is an avid martial artist, having trained in various disciplines for over twelve years. He also enjoys international travel and is always in search of new places to explore.
Eric Branch, MD
Eric is a native Floridian and graduated from the University of Florida with a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he worked for the Department of Defense as a flight test engineer and as a civilian pilot/flight instructor before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. He earned his medical degree from Florida State University. His orthopaedic interests are broad, but has an interest in Sports Medicine and remains active in research. In his spare time, his hobbies include flying planes, golfing and spending quality time with his wife Liz and son Jack.
Christopher Matson, MD
Chris received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida. Then went on to complete his medical degree from Tufts University. During his spare time he enjoys surfing and time with his wife.
Rafael Serrano, MD
"Rafa" was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. After graduating from one of the top medical schools in Spain, he moved to Tampa to pursue a research fellowship with the world-renowned orthopaedic trauma service lead by Dr. Roy Sanders. Rafe has conducted extensive research in the field of orthopaedic trauma. In 2018 he earned an OREF award for his work on humeral shaft fractures. In his free time, he follows from a distance his soccer team and enjoys eating in local Tampa restaurants with his wife Ines. Rafa plans to apply for a Sports Medicine fellowship and plans to make research an integral part of his career in order to bring new ideas and innovations that can improve patient outcomes.
Class of 2022
Kyle Achors, MD
Kyle was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. He received his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of South Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, watching NBA basketball, and spending time with his wife Jillian and their daughter Chloe.
Stephanie Merimee, MD
Stephanie was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She grew up playing volleyball which eventually led her to play for the University of Alabama. She graduated with a BS in biology, then returned home for medical school at the University of Louisville. In her spare time she enjoys the beach, sand volleyball, Crimson Tide football and spending time with her husband, Justin.
Kyle Stoops, MD
Kyle was born and raised in Hillsboro, OH, where he spent most of his time playing basketball, ultimately going on to play at the collegiate level. He received his BS in Exercise Science from the University of Tampa, and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. Following graduation, he completed a clinical and biomechanical research fellowship at the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE) in Tampa, FL, where he had the opportunity to present at national and international conferences. Kyle and his wife Emily enjoy traveling and spending time with family. In his spare time, he takes advantage of the outdoors, as he is an avid hunter. Kyle has a special interest in pursing a fellowship in adult reconstruction.
Shea Taylor, MD
Shea Taylor was born in New Port Richey, FL and is a member of the class of 2022. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and then completed his medical degree from the University of South Florida. His orthopaedic interests are broad, but he has a special interest in arthroplasty. Outside of the hospital Shea is an avid palm-tree enthusiast; he cultivates over 200 palms across 15 different species.
Class of 2023
Amy Bauer, MD
Amy was born and raised in Cocoa Beach, FL. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers (aka Dunk City). She completed her medical degree at the University of South Florida. In her spare time Amy enjoys surfing, biking, ultimate frisbee, and playing soccer.
Brent Hill, MD
Brent is a native Floridian who was born and raised in the Tampa area. He attended the University of South Florida for his undergraduate education where he received his bachelor's degree in biomedical science. He then moved to Philadelphia where he received both his master's degree and medical degree from Drexel University. Brent is a die hard Bucs fan and also enjoys golfing, fishing, boating, and going to the beach in his spare time.
Mitchell John, MD
Mitch is originally from Crowley, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University where he majored in biological sciences and business administration. He then received his medical degree from LSU in New Orleans. Mitch is a recreational activity enthusiast and also enjoys hunting, fishing, live music, traveling, cooking, and spending time with his fiance Meg, their dog Boo, and their four pet chickens.
Alex Sullivan, MD
Alex was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He received his bachelor's degree in molecular cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He then received his master's degree from the University of South Florida before attending medical school at Florida Atlantic University. Alex enjoys boating, kiteboarding, grilling, and spending time with his wife Brittany and their Pomeranian Jackson.
Class of 2024
Spencer Albertson, MD
Spencer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned his medical degree at the University of California at Irvine. In his spare time he enjoys cross fit, muay thai, and watching sports. Spencer has always been interested in orthopaedic trauma, however enjoys the diverse training at USF where he can explore all facets of orthopaedics.
Brandon Cabarcas, MD
Brandon was born and raised in Miami, FL. He completed his undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at the Pennsylvania State University, and earned his medical degree from the Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine at Bayamón, Puerto Rico. During medical school, he completed a one-year Research Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys the beach, playing soccer, traveling, and paddle boarding.
Paul J. Hannon, MD
PJ was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. In his free time he likes spending time with family and friends, figuring out how to be a new homeowner with his fiance, bass fishing, listening to rock and roll, working out, and last but not least, spending entire Saturdays on the couch watching football, most importantly the FSU Seminoles.
Lazaro Mesa, MD
Laz was born and raised in Miami, FL. He attended Florida International University were he earned his degree in biological sciences. He went on to earn his MD at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He has long been interested in entrepreneurship and the interface between technology and orthopaedics. Laz grew up around motorsports and continues to enjoy working on cars as well as following Formula 1 and other forms of motorsport. In addition, he enjoys cooking, fishing, kayaking and all the other outdoor activities Florida has to offer year-round.
Class of 2025
Reed Andrews, MD
Reed was born and raised in Morgantown, WV. He attended West Virginia University where he earned his degree in Chemical Engineering. He went on to earn his MD at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Some of Reed’s favorite activities include white water rafting, Esports, mountain biking, snowboarding, traveling, carpentry and having a good time with friends and family.
Meghan McCaskey, MD
Meghan McCaskey was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received her BS degree in Biochemistry with Distinction in Chemistry from Hamline University, where she was a competitive gymnast. She completed her MD with Distinction in Research at the University of Texas Medical Branch. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, running, exercising, paddle boarding, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Levonti Ohanisian, MD
Levonti was born in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Pepperdine University where he earned his degree in sports medicine. He went on to earn his MD at Florida Atlantic University. Levonti grew up playing and watching basketball, football and tennis. He enjoys Raiders football, paddle boarding, and warm weather.
Jack Wilson, MD
Jack grew up in south Alabama in Spanish Fort outside of Mobile. He graduated from the University of Alabama and then attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Outside of the hospital, Jack is an avid Salt Water fisherman. He also enjoys traveling, exercise and reading. Roll Tide.