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Alumni News and Notes

The KPCOM is proud to publish the recent accomplishments of its distinguished alumni.  

Maryam Abid, D.O. (’16), who did her family medicine residency training at Ocala Regional Medical Center, joined the medical staff at BayCare Medical Group in Plant City, Florida.

Christy Baggett, D.O. (’16), and Evan Bergmann, D.O. (’16), joined the medical staff at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach, Florida. Baggett completed her residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, while Bergmann did his residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Florida.

Carisa Champion, D.O., J.D., M.P.H. (’16), resident adviser to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees, was profiled in the AOA’s online magazine The D.O. in the article “Why This Surgery Resident Is Excited About the Future of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Emily Chang, D.O. (’03), joined Atlantic Medical Center in Atlantic, Iowa, and will be primarily focused on gynecological care and surgeries. Chang is board certified through the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Tyler Cymet, D.O., FACP, FACOFP (’88), chief of clinical education for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a two-year project developing the curriculum for the Armed Forces College of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. He is also writing book reviews for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Kevin M. Donohue, D.O. (’15), former chief resident at Largo Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program in Largo, Florida, was named Physician of the Year at Saint Joseph Hospital—a 468-bed tertiary medical center in Lexington, Kentucky. He has been working as a hospitalist with Sound Physicians since 2018 and was selected to participate in its national class of 2020 Emerging Leaders Program.

Marlow B. Hernandez, D.O., M.P.H., M.B.A., FACP (’11), was named a top 50 Hispanic business leader by the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Carrie Hersh, D.O., M.Sc. (’09), a multiple sclerosis specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health - Las Vegas, is the new chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Healthcare Advisory Council.

Amber Hurley Johnson, D.O., D.M.D. (’13), one of the inaugural graduates from the KPCOM’s D.O./D.M.D. program, is the first graduate from the program to be board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. After completing her oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017, she opened a private practice in her hometown of Stafford, Virginia.

Claude L. Jones, D.O., M.P.H., M.Sc., FACOI (’05), is the new president and chief executive officer of the Care Alliance Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio—a nonprofit community health center that provides comprehensive primary and preventive medical, dental, behavioral health, and wrap-around services to more than 16,000 patients.

Daniel F. Leiva, D.O., M.S., FAWM (‘16), completed the requirements to receive the designation of Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine from the Wilderness Medical Society. The fellowship program offers a means to identify those who have fulfilled a demanding set of requirements that validate their training and experience through a combination of learning and demonstration of the advanced practice of wilderness medicine through experience, teaching, scholarly activity, and leadership.

Kyle Linsey, D.O. (’11), a board-certified ophthalmologist whose interests include cataract and refractive surgery, is employed at Perich Eye Center in the greater Tampa Bay area of Florida. He is involved with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Etan Marks, D.O. (’13), is a new dermatopathologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery (ADCS) at its Delray Beach, Florida, location. ADCS is the largest dermatology practice in the United States and has practices in 13 states.

Asha Ramsakal, D.O., M.B.S., FACP (’97), is chair of the Moffitt Cancer Center Department of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. She also serves as an associate professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and provides direct oversight of internal medicine resident education at Moffitt.

Nicole Ross, D.O. (’17), a third-year family medicine resident at West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami, Florida, received the 2019 Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) Foundation scholarship. The FAFP Foundation has been awarding $1,000 scholarships to outstanding third-year family medicine residents in Florida since 2006.

John J. Venezia, D.O., M.P.H., M.A. (’06), a lieutenant colonel and army senior flight surgeon, received the 2019 Association of Military Surgeons of the United States Awards Program Training and Education Award. The award recognizes the major role a team or individual plays in health care education and training. Venezia serves as the director of medical education, as well as the program director for the Army’s aerospace medicine residency program at Fort Rucker in Alabama.

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