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Faculty & Affiliations


Program Director: David Lowery, D.O.
Tiffany Jessee, D.O.
Larry Feinman, D.O.
Richard Rodriguez, D.O.
Karen Kritsky, D.O.
Richard S.Gordon, M.D.
John P. Gonzalvo, D.O.

Teaching Surgical Faculty at BPVAMC
Terry Wright, M.D.
John Goodgame, M.D.
Osama Hemedeh, M.D.
Colleen Jaffrey, M.D.
Aaron McGurit, M.D.

Teaching Surgical Faculty at Regional Trauma Center, TGH
Lewis M. Flint, M.D.
Rodney Durham, M.D.
David Shapiro, M.D.
Secondary trainers: Dr. Albrink, Dr. Godin, Dr. Zervos


Bay Pines VA Medical Center (BPVAMC), Department of Surgery, Bay Pines, Florida
General Surgery residents complete rotations in General Surgery at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center throughout the four years of the residency program, averaging three, four-week rotations per year per resident. Experience is also provided in surgical critical care, as residents manage patients, in the SICU (i.e. vent management). Residents actively participate in 20-30 surgical cases per month, plus SICU procedures.

Tampa General Hospital, Regional Trauma Center, Tampa, Florida
Residents complete two, eight-week rotations during their residency training at TGH’s Level I trauma center. The first rotation, completed in the residents’ PGY-3 year is in critical care. The residents receive extensive surgical critical care training by Board certified internists. TGH is a 400 bed hospital, with a 32-bed SICU; a 16-bed Neuro ICU; a 30-bed CCU; and a 30-bed pediatric ICU. The residents gain patient care experience in all critical care units.

PGY-4 residents complete their second rotation at TGH in trauma surgery. This rotation provides a thorough exposure to all levels of trauma, including experience in stabilizing the patient, in the context of both operative trauma (from ER to OR) and non-operative trauma. The resident serves as the team leader for trauma call, including “red” and “blue” alert.