College of Medicine / Residencies / Emergency Medicine / Emergency Medicine Faculty

Emergency Medicine Faculty

Our FAU Emergency Medicine Residency faculty are composed of a combination of academicians trained in a broad spectrum of sub-specialties along with community-based affiliate faculty at our clinical sites.

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Lisa Clayton, DO, MBS, FACEP, FAAEM

Program Director
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Interests: EMS, Resident and Medical Student Education, Airway Management
Medical School: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Morristown Medical Center (EM) – Chief Resident
Fellowship: Morristown Medical Center (EMS)

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Patrick Hughes, DO, MEHP, FACEP, FACOEP

Assistant Program Director
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Professional interests: simulation, medical education, disaster medicine, pulmonary embolism
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: McLaren Oakland Hospital (EM)
Fellowship: Medical Simulation at Summa Akron City Hospital (Akron, OH)
Hobbies: travel, camping, hiking, tennis, golf, wine, international food, skiing, stand up paddle boarding, SCUBA

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Associate Research Director
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Interests: EMS, Informatics, Administration
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Residency: Morristown Medical Center (EM)
Fellowship: Carolinas Medical Center (EMS)

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William Benda, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Wellness Director
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Professional Interests: wellness, end of life issues, animal-assisted therapies
Medical School: University of Miami
Residency: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (EM) – Chief Resident
Fellowship: Administrative fellowship, Harbor-UCLA; ACEP Teaching Fellowship; Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
Hobbies: fishing, surfing, tennis

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Richard Shih, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Professional Interests : Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Christriana Care  
Fellowship: Medical Toxicology. Bellevue NYU Poison Control Center
Hobbies: tennis, pickleball, Penn State football

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Joshua Solano, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Director
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Professional Interests :  Ultrasound, Medical Education, Quality Improvement
Medical School: University of Florida
Residency :  Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship :  Rabkin Medical Education Fellowship at Harvard Medical School
Hobbies: family time with 2 children, biking, boating, and travel

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Kevin Taylor, MD

Site Director

Professional Interests Operational management, Patient Experience, Leadership Development, Physician Wellness
Medical School Wake Forest University School of Medicine ('06)
Residency: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center ('09)  
Hobbies : distance running, weightlifting, crossfit, scuba diving, downhill skiing  

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Christina Cannon, MD

Professional Interests: sepsis
Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: University of Florida Jacksonville  
Hobbies: running, cooking  

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Justin Dzik, MD

Professional Interests: physician wellness
Medical school: Ohio State University
Residency: University of Florida - Jacksonville
Hobbies: travel, world history, and antique arms and armor

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Karen Estrine, MD

Professional Interests: Editor-in-Chief of the EMPulse Journal
Medical school: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
Residency: Sinai Grace Hospital/Detroit Medical Center - Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan  
Internship: Providence hospital, Southfield Michigan
Hobbies: outdoors, yoga, being with family, friends and my baby daughter

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Briana Garrett, MD

Quality Director, SCP at Bethesda Hospital
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Bethesda Hospital; Baptist Health South Florida
Affiliate Assistant Clinical Professor of Biomedical Science, Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University

Professional Interests:  Officially - Quality and Systems Improvement. Personally- Efficiency in the Emergency Department
Medical School:  University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Residency
Hobbies: My husband and I are too busy barely managing our 5 kids and their numerous travel sports to remember any personal hobbies. Hobbies I look forward to in the future include seeing my extraordinary husband for more than 15 minutes at a time, art, and exercise. As a current vampire nocturnist, I also hope to rejoin the world of the living before I transition to being permanently “undead.”

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Paul Mello, MD

Professional Interests: Utilization Review, Pre-hospital Care, Emergency Department Efficiency, Physician Wellness, clinical skills and procedures
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Residency: Jacobi/Montefiore
Hobbies: traveling, exploring outdoors, listening to live music, attending carnival, EPL football, golf, learning how to throw a frisbee

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Rian Pillitteri, MD

Professional Interests: teaching residents & med students
Medical School: UMNDJ - New Jersey Medical School
Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine
Hobbies: piano, pickleball, volleyball

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Gary Popovetsky, DO

Professional Interests: teaching, ultrasound use
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: St Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem PA
Hobbies: fishing, skiing, hiking

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Leila Posaw, MD

Professional Interests : clinical emergency medicine, emergency ultrasound, medical education and training, global emergency medicine, and resuscitation
Medical School:   Duke University Medical Center, Durham (1991-1995)
Residency : St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York (1998-2001)
Fellowship: Emergency Ultrasound at Mount Sinai, New York (20111-2012)
Hobbies : Reading and adventure traveling

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Frances Rodriguez, MD

Professional Interests:  student and resident education, wellness
Medical School:  Universidad Central del Caribe
Residency: Henry Ford Health System
Hobbies : boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, ice skating, tennis  

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Courtney Stein, MD

Professional Interests: medical mission trips and travel medicine
Medical School:  Nova Southeastern University
Residency:  UMDNJ. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Hobbies: Travel, spending time with my 4 kids and anything beach related  

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Corinne Zachary, MD

Assistant Medical Director

Professional Interests: charting/documentation
Medical School: University of Michigan
Residency: Cook County Emergency Medicine
Hobbies:   golf, travel, watching football, biking, doing puzzles, ancestry research


Laura Borman, MD
Steffen Fletcher, MD
Suzanne Newstead, DO

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Peter Kaplan, MD

Site Director

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Brian Ackerman, MD

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Residency: Stony Brook Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: cooking, video games

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Ayesha Hussein, MD

Residency: Class of 2000 Jacobi/AECOM/Montefiore
Hobbies: helipcoper pilot, poetry  

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James Lim, MD

Professional Interests: wilderness medicine, medical economics and business, direct care
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Residency: The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
Hobbies: rock climbing

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Dileep Ravi, MD

Medical School: University of Miami
Residency: UF - Shands Jacksonville 
Hobbies: my kids, outdoor activities 

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Larry Roycraft, DO

Professional Interest: diving & hyperbaric medicine, toxicology, critical care, EM administration
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine
Residency: Charity Hospital/LSU Med Ctr - New Orleans
Fellowship: Charity Hospital/LSU Med Ctr - New Orleans Hyperbaric Med
Hobbies: Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Hiking 


Jenna Neufeldt, MD
Peter Simek, MD
David Sturm, MD
Jason Turner, MD

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Richard Paley, MD

Medical Director, Adult Emergency Services

Professional Interests:    EMS, Stroke Care, Emergency Medicine Administration
Medical School :  University of Virginia
Residency :  Carolinas Medical Center
Hobbies:   Tennis, Reading  


Ernesto Cabrera, MD
Kenia Dominguez, MD
Jessica Morlok-Prince, MD
Rakesh Mittal, MD
Evan Sherman, MD
Vincent Sparber, MD
Leon Rosenberg, MD
Thomas Cristoforo, MD
Dulce Gonzalez, MD

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Last Modified 6/17/22