June 2015 New Faculty



Sean Kiley, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Kiley was an Intensivist at North Florida Regional Medical Center while prior to that he was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine here at UF Health.






Jack Hagan, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Hagan is returning to the Gator Nation where he received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. Dr. Hagan has served on the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron where he was deployed overseas as an air combat element aerospace physician in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.





John Berglund, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biochemistry.The Berglund lab works to understand the molecular mechanisms of Neuromuscular diseases with a focus on those with a toxic RNA component. “Our goal is to apply what we learn from fundamental studies to help develop therapeutic strategies for these diseases”.






Brandon Brown, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology. Dr. Brandon Brown is UF Health Dermatology’s new Mohs Surgeon. He comes to us from the University of Missouri where he completed his Procedural Fellowship and where he also completed his Dermatology Residency.







Tania Gonzalez-Santiago, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology. Dr. Gonzalez Santiago is UF Health Dermatology’s new Dermatopathologist. She received her M.D. Degree from the University of Puerto Rico where she was also an Internal Medicine Resident before heading to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where she completed her Dermatopathology Fellowship.






Hannah Eason-Bates, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Eason-Bates attended The University of South Alabama College of Medicine for her undergraduate medical degree and completed her Emergency Medicine residency here at UF. She then joins UF Health as an assistant clinical professor in 2015 at the Springhill Freestanding Emergency Center.






Rupam Ruchi, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology. Dr. Ruchi did her residency at Wayne State University, and her Nephrology fellowship at Harvard. Kidney disease in African-Americans has been the focus of her research at Harvard, which she plans to continue here. She will also be running a multi-disciplinary stone clinic with urology, in addition to seeing patients with chronic kidney disease, electrolyte abnormalities and glomerulonephritis.






Steven DeKosky, M.D. Research Professor, Department of Neurology. Steven T. DeKosky is the Research Professor, and Rene Aerts/Virginia J. Cosper Professor of Alzheimer’s Research in the Department of Neurology Behavioral Neurology division.  He is a medical researcher and academic leader known for his work in the field of Alzheimer’s disease.





Elakkat Gireesh, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology. Dr. Gireesh obtained his medical degree in India. His clinical focus is epilepsy, long term EEG monitoring in critically ill patients, and intraoperative neuromonitoring. He has special interest in intracranial EEG monitoring, neuropace and ketogenic diet for control of epilepsy.








Michael Maraist, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology. Dr. Maraist completed his undergraduate and medical school at the University of Florida in Gainesville.Special areas of interest in Neurology include movement disorders – including Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, headache disorders and epilepsy.  Special areas of interest in sleep medicine include narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and restless limb movement.






Ashley Ghiaseddin, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Ghiaseddin’s research interests include Neuro-Oncology Research, treating patients with Glioblastoma, Association of Beta-2 Microglobulin with CNS Lymphoma, quality assurance, diagnostic workup and management of brain lesions, post-dural puncture headache, and Colorectal cancer diagnosis and management.






Ethan Stoll, D.O. Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology. “I completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at the University of Florida . As a general surgical pathologist, I don’t have an official area of expertise, but I did focus on Breast and Gynecologic pathology during my fellowship training.”





Ashwini Esnakula, M.D.



Ashwini Esnakula, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology. Dr. Esnakula is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist who joined the UF department of pathology in July 2015 after completing surgical pathology fellowship at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis (2013-2014) and Gastrointestinal, hepatic and pancreaticobiliary pathology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic (2014-2015). Dr. Esnakula clinical interests include GI/ liver pathology, Gynecologic pathology and Genitourinary pathology.



Kristianna Fredenburg




Kristianna Fredenburg, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology. “I am a physician-scientist whose clinical interests are head/neck and cardiothoracic pathology. My research focus involves exploring the differential expression of microRNAs in head and neck cancers among different US subpopulations with the goal of identifying unique molecular targets.”








Giridhar Kaliki Venkata, M.D. Assistant Professor, Congenital Heart Center. Dr. Venkata is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology in the Congenital Heart Center. His responsibilities include clinical care and teaching.








John Sladky, M.D. Clinical Professor, Pediatric Nephrology and Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Sladky’s clinical interests include muscular dystrophy and electromyography (EMG).







James Wynn, M.D. Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics. The Wynn laboratory is focused on the investigation of neonatal-specific innate immune cellular function and inflammatory signaling during sepsis as well as development of novel therapeutic immunomodulatory strategies aimed at improving sepsis outcomes.






Kathyrn Wheeler, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Wheeler is is board-certified in General Pediatrics. Her responsibilities include clinical care and teaching.







Michael Sylvia, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Sylvia joins the Division of Pediatric Hospitalists primarily covering Munroe Regional Hospital. Academic interests include simulation training in residency education and physician burnout amongst modern day providers.







Gonzalo Torres, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Torres’ research deals with understanding the presynaptic regulation of dopamine homeostasis and its implication in brain disorders.





Jaya Kolli, MD. Lecturer, Department of Physiology.  Dr. Kolli will teach in all of the major courses within the cardiovascular physiology sections of Medical Physiology, as well as fulfill the duties of course director for the department’s seminar series and journal club.  He will also serve as section head for various courses within the department.







Anyaliese Hancock-Smith, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Anyaliese Hancock-Smith received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State with a concentration in clinical child psychology.







Timothy Boyett, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology. Dr.  Boyett is a former resident in our program who has worked in the private sector several years. He has joined our body imaging section where he will participate general body imaging including interventional procedures and mammography.







Erin Cooke, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology. Dr. Cooke joins us following her residency and fellowship in the UF Health Department of Radiology. Erin will join the body imaging group as a general body imager including interventional procedures and as a  Women’s Health specialist.







Erik Middlebrooks, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology. Dr. Middlebrooks specializes in the translation of advanced neuroimaging techniques to clinical practice. Involved in research on cognition, UF clinical epilepsy, dementia, and brain tumor programs including clinical trials in immunotherapy for brain tumors. Interests include preoperative surgical mapping with an emphasis on language preservation using novel methods of functional MRI and diffusion tractography.







Nupur Verma, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology. Dr. Verma comes to us following a fellowship in Emergency Radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her special interests in standardization of practice with regard to Critical Care radiology and medical student education.









Mark Johnson, M.D. Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery. Dr. Johnson has joined the UF department of surgery as a professor in the division of transplantation surgery. His clinical interests include liver transplantation, renal transplantation and management of biliary complications after liver transplantation.






Chun Lee


Teng-Chun Lee, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery. Dr. Lee has joined the UF department of surgery as an assistant professor of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and serves as co-director for the UF Health Aorta Center. His clinical interests include surgery of the aorta, using both endovascular and open techniques, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive surgery and general adult cardiac surgery. Dr. Lee’s research interests include development of new stent-graft technology and outcomes in aortic surgery.





Desmond Fitzpatrick, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Caroline Srihari, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Kiran Lukose, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine.

Blair Reece, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine.

Martina Murphy, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology.

Eric Wang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology.

Michael Lazarowicz, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology.