Vascular Surgery

Current Residents



Name: Desiree Picone, MD
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL

  • 2010 B.S., Biochemistry, summa cum laude, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 2014 M.D. University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham
  • 2014-2019 Resident, General Surgery, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
  • 2019-2021 Fellow, Vascular Surgery, University of South Florida

Clinical/research interests: EMR optimization, Resident education

  • 2018-2019 Administrative Chief Resident for Brown Department of General Surgery
  • 2017-2018 Outstanding Resident Physician Award, Department of Surgery
  • 2017-2018 Dorman Surgical Education Award, Department of Surgery
  • 2017 Most Valuable Consultant by the Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2017 Dorman Resident Scholarship for travel to Kenya

Why you chose USF:

  • Wide breadth of cases, operative autonomy, supportive mentorship

Interests outside of vascular surgery:

  • Marathon sleeping, plant assassination, attempting to befriend every dog I see, horseback riding



Name: Jeff Edwards, MD

Hometown: Clewiston, FL (America’s Sweetest Town)

Education: Anthropology - Emory University; MD - Emory University

Clinical/research interests: carotid stenosis, endovascular aneurysm repair, radiation mitigation/safety, imaging, limb salvage

Honors/Awards: Best Clinical Research - USF Resident Research Day

Why you chose USF: I felt that there was no better clinical training program and none that offered the same experience in a highly desirable and affordable location with a great climate. 5 years later, I still feel the same way.

Interests outside of vascular surgery: Cycling, running, cooking, traveling, music


Mark Conant

Name: Mark Conant, MD

Hometown: Roswell, Ga


  • B.S. Biology and Psychology University of Georgia 2011
  • M.D. Mercer University 2016

Clinical/Research Interests: Complex endovascular lower extremity and aortic interventions. Vascular surgery education and training. Electronic medical record optimization.

Honors/Awards: Mercer University Summer Research Scholarship JJ Karmacharya Aortic Research Award Florida Vascular Society

Why I Chose USF: Exceptional faculty and resident team. Exposure to the full spectrum of complex vascular pathologies resulting in a great clinical experience. Also, I can't complain about the beach.

Interests outside vascular surgery: Exercise, Tennis, Movies, My Dog

Name: Isibor J. Arhuidese, MD, MPH
Hometown: Ewatto, Edo State, Nigeria

  • MD: University of Benin, Nigeria
  • MPH: Johns Hopkins University
  • Research fellowship: Johns Hopkins University 

Clinical/research interests: Disparities in vascular surgery access and outcomes

  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Capstone Research Award
  • American College of Surgeons Poster of Exceptional Merit Award
  • Larry C. Carey USF Department of Surgery Resident Research Award
  • Editor’s choice paper, Journal of Vascular Surgery 10/2019

Why you chose USF: Volume and spectrum of cases, multiple training hospitals, seasoned faculty/national leaders in vascular surgery, outstanding resident camaraderie
Interests outside of vascular surgery: Soccer, Education in underserved populations.



Name: Christine Jokisch, MD
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
  • University of Florida – Bachelor of Science
  • University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine – Medical doctorate
Clinical/research interests: Aortic disease, Lower extremity peripheral artery disease, Carotid artery disease, Quality improvement
  • Apollo Beach Women’s Club Scholarship Recipient 2008
  • Sun City Center Interfaith Council Scholarship Recipient 2008-2012
  • Safety Harbor Half Marathon 2013 – First in Division
Why you chose USF: I attended USF for medical school and was lucky enough to see firsthand the overwhelming case volume and diversity here. With the creation of the 0+5 program, it was important to me that I train somewhere that would prepare me to become a competent and independent surgeon upon graduation. I knew USF would not only make me a capable surgeon, but a complete physician.
Interests outside of vascular surgery: Running, loving on my two dogs and cat, traveling, snorkeling, spending time with family


Name: Chetan Dargan, MD

Hometown: New Orleans, LA


  • Washington University in St. Louis – Bachelor of Science
  • Tulane University School of Medicine – Masters in Pharmacology
  • LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans – Medical Doctorate

Clinical/research interests: Aortic Disease, Lower Extremity Peripheral Arterial Disease, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Quality Improvement of Resident Education


  • Louisiana Scholastic Chess League Tournament 2002 – Second Place
  • Christian Brothers School Spelling Bee Champion 2003
  • Tulane University Presidential Scholars Award 2008
  • Creole Creamery Ice Cream Challenge Finished 2010
  • Presentations in Cardiovascular Science 2013 – First Place

Why you chose USF: I was initially drawn to USF, because the volume and breadth of cases performed were unmatched at other institutions. Graduating residents and fellows were prepared to operate without supervision by the end of training. I also appreciated the excellence of the faculty as well as the cohesiveness and strength of the residents. Finally, Tampa is an exciting, vibrant city that I knew I would love to live in.

Interests outside of vascular surgery: Cooking, Investing, Traveling, Football, Family and Friends



Name: Lauren Harry, MD, PharmD
Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon
Education: Oregon Health and Science University
Clinical/research interests: Quality improvement, outcomes after endovascular interventions
Why you chose USF: Well developed department, involved in innovation and clinical trials
Interests outside of vascular surgery: running, boating, hiking


Name: Lauren Farley, MD

Hometown: Parker, CO

Education: UCF – undergraduate and UCF College of Medicine

Clinical/Research Interests: Current interests in resident/medical student education as well as quality improvement projects


  • Chief PAC
  • UCF COM Institutional Scholarship, four-year, partial tuition scholarship
  • Winner of Interprofessional Education Workshop: Approach to the Care of the Homeless
  • Honors Educational Reach Out Member
  • Burnett Community Scholars Grant Recipient
  • President’s Honor Roll
  • Pegasus Scholarship
  • Burnett Honors College

Why I chose USF: Close to family and great location, Good variety of cases with excellent volume, Good research and quality improvement opportunities, good resident teamwork and camaraderie.

Interest Outside of Vascular Surgery: Exercise – running and weight-lifting, beach, writing, piano, cooking and baking



Name: Christina Tran, MD

Hometown: New Iberia, Louisiana

Education: LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, New Orleans

Clinical/Research Interests: Infrainguinal bypasses, dialysis access

Honors/Awards: Gold Humanism Honors Society

Why you chose USF: The two major things I considered when choosing a residency were 1) would I receive instruction that would mold me into a competent, independent surgeon at the completion of my training and 2) would I be a good fit? USF ticked these boxes and more. With an extensive case load comprised of a large number of complicated aortic cases, a team of Attendings who are willing and eager to teach, and extensive resident autonomy, I am confident that I am becoming the best vascular surgeon that I can be. The culture at USF is also one of camaraderie, not only between the residents, but also among the faculty, who have shown that they are available to lend a helping hand not only in the field of vascular surgery, but also regarding life outside of the hospital. The general surgery staff are also great mentors who provide excellent education to all residents, regardless of his or her specialty of choice. I truly believe that the training at USF is among the best in the nation, and I am proud and honored to be a vascular surgery resident at this institution.

Interests outside of vascular surgery: Dance (especially modern and tap), Baking, Sketching, Hiking and travelling


Name: Angie Thayer, MD

Hometown: Davison, Michigan


  • Grand Valley State University (BSN)
  • Michigan State University (Med school)

Interests: Clinical process improvement research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and complex open and endovascular reconstruction of the thoracic and abdominal aorta

Awards/Honors: magna cum laude (BSN), tallest girl in school

Why USF: I became interested in USF after I attended the Introduction to Academic Vascular Surgery conference I’m my 3rd year of Medical school, just after I discovered vascular surgery. The conference really ‘sealed the deal’ for me when it came to choosing vascular as a specialty. When it came time to make my list, getting significant open aortic experience was an absolute must. In addition, I felt like the faculty were not only truly interested in teaching, but they also had a genuinely good working relationship with the residents. I decided to keep an open mind throughout my 4th year away rotations and during interviews, but ultimately, I felt like choosing USF would be going with a highly successful and supportive team and I couldn’t see myself spending my 6 years elsewhere!

Interests outside of vascular surgery: boating, camping, reading (fiction), and enjoying food and drink with friends, co-residents, and family.




Name: Mark Asirwatham, MD
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

  • BS Business administration, University at Buffalo, Buffalo NY
  • MS Physiology and Biophysics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • MD Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY

Clinical/Research Interests: Limb salvage, cerebrovascular disease, veins
Honors/Awards: Society of Vascular Surgery Vascular annual meeting travel scholarship 
Why you chose USF:  High operative volume and case diversity, camaraderie amongst attendings, great weather and beaches
Interests outside of vascular surgery: Enhancing my surgical skills by playing Xbox, hockey, #BillsMafia



Name: Kevin Swan, MD
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Education: LSU New Orleans MD

Clinical/Research Interests:  Control of vascular tone and remodeling
Awards/Honors: LAMMICO Merit Scholarship 
Why you chose USF: Open complexity and volume
Interests outside of vascular surgery: Cooking, coffee