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Pathology & Cell Biology

Pathology and Cell Biology

Current Residents

Please visit the links to our resident profiles to learn about their backgrounds and interests and more about our vibrant program. If you need any additional information, please contact our program administrator.

Contact Information

Evita Henderson-Jackson, MD
Program Director
(813) 745-1183

Nicole Riddle, MD
Associate Program Director
(813) 844-7431

Michelle Burnham
Academic Services Administrator
(813) 396-2515

Class of 2027

Hometown: Land O' Lakes, Florida

Medical School: USF Health MCOM

Field of Interest: GI/Liver Pathology

Why USF: This program is unique in that you can explore many different practice settings. We rotate at an academic cancer center, Moffitt, a VA hospital, and at a private practice that is at the academic hospital, Tampa General. I also had a positive experience rotating as a medical student and love living in Tampa.

Hobbies: I enjoy doing anything involving the water such as swimming, kayaking, wake-surfing, and fishing. I maintain a small garden that includes a butterfly garden in the summer. You will find me at a Tampa theme park at least once a month. We have Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, the Florida Aquarium and Zoo Tampa. I also recently started swing dancing!

Hometown: Nazareth, PA

Medical School: USF Health MCOM

Field of Interest: Forensics and Neuropathology

Why USF: USF offers a diverse resident training experience in a wide variety of practice settings. One of which is the county’s outstanding medical examiner’s office, which is ideal for anyone interested in forensic pathology. The program is small, but this allows you more one on one time with attendings, and an opportunity for more individualized learning. The residents are easy to get along with, and the faculty are eager to teach. Being in the city of Tampa is a huge bonus, there is always something to do. I am so happy I ended up at USF!

Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy playing pickle ball or spending time with my two dogs, Daisy and Darwin. I also love to foster dogs for a local rescue when I have the time. On the weekends you can find me at one of the many great restaurants in Tampa.

Hometown: Cary, NC

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus

Field of Interest: Surgical pathology

Why USF: I was fortunate enough to do an elective rotation here and view, first-hand, why USF. I appreciated the different learning exposures provided at USF, with rotations at TGH, James Haley VA, Moffitt, and the Medical Examiner's office. This was one of the factors that stood out about this program. The friendliness between residents and everyone’s willing to always lend a hand is also a great aspect of this program.

Hobbies: Tennis, pickleball, interior design projects

Class of 2026

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine

Field of Interest: Molecular Pathology and Dermatopathology 

Why USF: I just got the distinct impression that the residents and faculty where all happy to be there. It seemed like the culture was very accepting and cheerful which I found very attractive. In addition, the facilities and fellowship opportunities were very impressive. All around it just seemed like the perfect program to me. 

Hobbies: I like to explore coffee shops with my wife, garden, cook/bake (my wife is better at both), and read. 

Hometown: Taipei, TW; Sarasota FL; Atlanta GA 

Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine

Field of interest: Dermatopathology, soft tissue/bone, surgical pathology

Why USF: Well-rounded and resident focused curriculum, great city with awesome people, also close to family.

Hobbies: Baking, biking, running 

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton

Field of interest: Hematopathology, Breast Pathology, Liver & Gastrointestinal Pathology

Why USF: I love the community within the USF system! I attended USF for my undergraduate studies and had a wonderful experience. After completing a visiting rotation at Tampa General, I knew that USF would offer high-quality training with residents and doctors who I admire and love working with. I also was drawn to USF for the variety of cases and for the opportunities to work in different locations and settings.

Hobbies: I enjoy running, horseback riding, indoor rowing, creating blackout poetry, and spending time with my family, friends, and pets.

Class of 2025

Hometown: Naples, FL

Medical School: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Field of Interest: Renal Pathology 

Why USF: Exposure to multiple different practice settings and the accompanying range of specimens. All pathology services can operate independently without residents, meaning everything you do is in your educational interest.

Hobbies: Computer networking, listening to music, relaxing at home

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Medical School: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine

Field of interest: Forensic Pathology (at the moment)

Why USF:  I am an alumnus of USF and have only heard great things about the USF Path program. Had a great experience in Tampa, closer to home/family.

Hobbies: Nothing specific at the moment, but have been interested in Theology, Christian Hip Hop, Battle Rap, Star Trek (currently on Voyager), Theater (I like watching plays)

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Medical School: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Field of interest: Breast Pathology

Why USF: USF offered a program comparable to large name universities with regards to specimens and education with the addition of a resident-centered curriculum. Though they do make good pathologists, they also make great people.

Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, crochet, raising chickens, crosswords

Class of 2024

Hometown: Temple, TX

Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Field of Interest: Cytopathology

Why USF: I chose USF because of the diversity available in training. It offered the chance to train in multiple settings with a wide variety of specimen types making me both well-rounded and prepared for any future pathology position I may encounter. In addition, as a former military spouse and Veterans Administration employee it was important to me to attend a residency program with an affiliation where I would have the opportunity to continue to serve that patient population in some capacity. I came first as a rotating medical student and loved the location, the city, the sunshine, and most importantly the people here. The opportunity to train with them in this location is an honor.

Hobbies: Clog Dancing, Roller Skating/Derby, Mom of 3, Lover of Sci-fi (child named after Battlestar Galactica character), Kayaking, Standup Paddle Boarding, and Hiking

Hometown: Born in Lagos, Nigeria and now a Tampa Bay local

Medical School: Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) College of Health Sciences

Field of Interest: Not yet decided

Why USF: USF was recommended by a friend who completed graduate studies here. I also got accepted for graduate studies and had a great time. USF is like a family. It's vibrant, multicultural, and perfectly placed in Tampa.

Hobbies: Road trips, researching diverse interests

Hometown: Turkey (I am also a Tampa resident)

Medical School: Istanbul University School of Medicine, Turkey

Field of Interest: Not yet decided

Why USF: Very friendly environment, one of the best programs in Florida.

Hobbies: Embroidering, wood painting, baking

Class of 2023

Hometown: I was born in Kandy and grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka. However, more than half of my life I’ve lived and studied in three different continents.

Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore

Field of Interest: I absolutely loved almost all the rotations so far and in the process of evaluating a subspecialty for fellowship. Currently, top on the list are Hemepath, Cyto, General Surg, and GI Path

Hometown: Peachtree City, GA

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus

Field of interest: Forensic Pathology

Why USF: Strong program with opportunities for all interests. Excellent resident well-being. Great city to live in.

Hobbies: Beach, working out, theme parks, cooking

Hometown:  Midland, MI

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Field of Interest: Dermpath or Hemepath

Why USF: I USF for several reasons, with one of the biggest being the residents. They are laid back, easy to get along with, and willing to help.  Another big reason was that we have access to every type of practice setting (VA/Government, Private, Academic/Cancer center) with world renowned attendings. This is unique to our program and allows us to get a true feel for all of the practice settings. The fact that there are so many things to do in the area and that the weather is great are two big bonuses.

Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, cars, music

Hometown: Santa Cruz - Bolivia

Medical School: Universidad Cristiana de Bolivia (UCEBOL)

Field of Interest: Hematopathology and Molecular Pathology

Why USF: Excellent program culture. Variety of practice settings and cases. Good options for in-house fellowships. Beautiful warm weather, and inexpensive living costs!

Hobbies: Mixed martial arts and outdoor activities