Name: Desiree Picone, MD
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Clinical/research interests: EMR optimization, Resident education
Why you chose USF:
Interests outside of vascular surgery:
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
Name: Mark Conant, MD
Hometown: Roswell, Ga
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
Clinical/research interests: Disparities in vascular surgery access and outcomes
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: Chetan Dargan, MD
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Clinical/research interests: Aortic Disease, Lower Extremity Peripheral Arterial Disease, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Quality Improvement of Resident Education
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 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
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
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
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