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CAMLS Leadership

Deborah Sutherland, PhD

Dr. Sutherland is the Associate Vice President, USF Health and Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development. In this role, she has strategic and administrative responsibility for the continuing professional development activities of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. She is also the CEO for USF HPCC a private, not-for-profit corporation that houses USF Health’s self-sustaining programs and activities.

In 2011-12, Dr. Sutherland planned and opened USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, FL and became its first Chief Executive Officer. CAMLS is a 90,000 square foot facility in downtown Tampa that is one of the world’s largest free-standing facilities for the assessment of individual and team competence. CAMLS offers a variety of simulation and training opportunities for all healthcare professionals and is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as an Accredited Education Institute (AEI) and by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Sutherland serves as the Administrator for the USF Health ACS AEI.

Dr. Sutherland has served in leadership roles with national and state organizations that accredit CME programs. At the national level, she was an accreditation surveyor for the ACCME and served six years on the ACCME’s Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). At the state level, she worked with the Florida Medical Association’s CME Committee to accredit intrastate providers of continuing medical education. Dr. Sutherland is also involved with the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) and served as the southeastern regional representative, chair of the membership committee and treasurer of the Society.

Dr. Sutherland is committed to developing the Life Sciences in the State of Florida and has chaired the Hillsborough/Tampa Economic Development Corporation’s Committee on Life Sciences and was the inaugural chair of the Research Council for the local chapter of BioFlorida.

Beverly Hughes

Beverly Hughes is the Chief Operating Officer for the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) and the Executive Director, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at USF Health. She is a diploma graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan General School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio in 1972 and completed her BSN from the University of Tampa in 1985. Her clinical experience includes staff nurse, head nurse, supervisor, and nurse educator positions over her career span. Her clinical experience includes Burn nursing, Surgical Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Women’s Health, and Critical Care. After attaining her BSN the focus of her career has been in the field of education in the health professions. Health education includes BCLS, BCLS Instructor, ACLS, ACLS Instructor, and CCRN.

She has over 20 years in CME, including most recently the submission of the ACCME self-study (received 6 year with commendation in 2009) and she currently serves as a volunteer surveyor for the ACCME. She is responsible for the operations of CAMLS and CPD, including simulation, surgical skills lab and robotics program. She is currently a member of SACME, the Alliance, MPI, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She has held positions in the local chapter for the American Heart Association and miscellaneous workgroups for the above professional societies.

David J. Smith, Jr., MD

David J. Smith, Jr., MD is the Chief Medical Officer for Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), the Richard G. Connar Professor and Chair of Surgery and Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine.  He is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to pathophysiology of wounds.  He is also a leader in plastic surgery education and has made major contributions to the educational process as well as its credentialing and certification. 

Dr. Smith grew up in Indianapolis, attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Indiana University School of Medicine.  After a residency in general surgery at Emory University, he did his residency in plastic surgery at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.  This was followed by a Kleinert Fellowship in Hand Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky.  After early academic positions at Indiana and Wayne State University he served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan between 1987 and 2001.  In 2004, he moved to Tampa, Florida to assume his current position in Plastic Surgery.  He is also a Visiting Faculty Member at St. Bart’s Medical School, University of London.

Dr. Smith’s research deals with wound pathophysiology particularly as it relates to burn injury.  He has helped elucidate the effect of the inflammatory cascades on healing and how they interact with infection and scar formation.  In later years he has investigated the effects of various wound coverings on prevalence of infection as well as the resulting healing and scar formation.  His research has been funded by the NIH and various corporations.  Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored 135 peer-reviewed publications and numerous books, book chapters, editorials and review articles.

Dr. Smith has also been recognized for his contributions to education and organized plastic surgery.  He has been honored with numerous leadership positions in plastic surgery.  These include President of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Plastic Surgery, President of the American Association for Hand Surgery and President of the American Association of Academic Chairman of Plastic Surgery.  As the Director of the Plastic Surgery Training Programs at the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida, Dr. Smith has trained a large number of outstanding plastic surgeons.

Marty Petty

Senior Director Business Development

Now in her second career, Petty is helping lead strategic marketing initiatives and new market expansion for the world-class, USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS).

During her media leadership tenure of 30-plus years, when few journalists successfully moved to the business side and even fewer women moved to the top, Petty led the strategy and rebuilding of three media companies. She raised the business performance to above-industry peer levels through innovative branding strategies, creation of programs to assemble and retain high-performing executive teams and adoption of best practices and processes - even in the face of the country’s worst economic cycle in modern times.

At the beginning of 2010, Petty was named 'One of Ten Influential Business Leaders to Watch' by the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) as she took the CEO chair at CL, Inc., the holding company which owned six of America's leading urban weeklies, including three of the oldest: Chicago Reader, CL/Atlanta, the Washington City Paper, CL/Tampa Bay. 

Prior to that, Petty served as Publisher and EVP of the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times), now the Southeast's largest daily and Florida's most influential media company. Previously she served as CEO and Publisher of the Hartford Courant, Connecticut’s largest newspaper and the nation’s oldest continually published newspaper and was VP of Times Mirror Co., the Courant's parent. Petty has received numerous honors and served on many regional and national industry and community boards throughout her career. Petty was also a Pulitzer Prize juror and chair.  

She earned a BJ from the University of Missouri and a MS from the Hartford Graduate Center/Rensselaer. Her thesis made the business case for an ambitious $5 million market expansion for the Courant that resulted in the acquisition of 8,000 new advertisers and a competitive advantage that insulated the company during the severe economic downturn in the early 90s.

In 2012, Petty took time off to write a book while starting her own company, MAP & Associates, a key executives consulting firm specializing in building and aligning business strategy to the company’s talent asset. 

Stuart Hart, MD, FACOG, FACS

Stuart Hart, M.D. is currently an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He completed medical school at the University of Maryland, completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University and completed a Pelvic Surgery fellowship at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Hart is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons. He completed the 18 month Leadership Institute Program in the Center for Transformation and Innovation (CTI) at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies at the University of South Florida College of Business. He also completed the Regulatory Affairs in Medical Devices Certificate Program through the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering within the USF College of Engineering. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center (TBRIC)  and Director of the University of South Florida Center for the Advancement of Minimally-Invasive Pelvic Surgery (CAMPS). He is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons, American Urogynecologic Society, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, International Urogynecologic Association and the American College of Physician Executives. In 2012, he won the Cade Museum Prize for Innovation (1st place out of 120 technologies throughout the State of Florida), and was awarded the Excellence in Innovation Award by the USF Office of Research and Innovation. In 2010, he was awarded the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) National Faculty Award for Excellence in Residency Education, and won First Place in the Innovative Technology Challenge in the USF Center for Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hart’s main research interests include anatomic image-based research, medical simulation education and training, and development of innovative medical technologies and devices. He is currently the Co-Principle Investigator on a Binational Industrial Research and Development grant with Simbionix Corporation, to develop the world’s first computerized hysterectomy training simulator. He is also very involved in developing educational and surgical training courses for physicians, and has been the course director for over ten national CME programs.

Luis E. Llerena, MD, FACS

Dr. Luis E. Llerena is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida and medical director of the Surgery & Interventional Training Center. He received both his undergraduate and his medical degrees from the University of Maryland. He completed his surgical residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, NJ. He received his trauma/surgical critical care fellowship training at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, FL. He is a course director for the Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) courses. Additionally, he is an instructor for Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM®). Dr. Llerena is a master trainer for TeamSTEPPS®. His interests include simulation-based education, abdominal compartment syndrome, and advanced ventilator management.



Paul W. Ayres

Paul Ayres joined the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) team in September, 2011 as director of sales, marketing and business development.  His responsibilities include the development of business relationships with various associations, industry partners and the healthcare community to encourage them to utilize CAMLS.  Prior to joining CAMLS, Paul worked with the Tampa Downtown Partnership as director of marketing and business development.  His responsibilities for the Partnership included the development and implementation of public relations and marketing strategies that position downtown Tampa as the premier location for people to enjoy, launch a project, or open a business. Paul has held positions with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and The Florida Aquarium and aided in the creation and implementation of various marketing and sales efforts. Paul is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in American Studies. Paul is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. He is a graduate of the 2003 class of Leadership Tampa.  Paul is a member of the University of South Florida’s President’s Council.

Nikki Campbell

Nikki Campbell earned a Master's Degree in Nursing from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2009, with a focus in simulation education in healthcare. She earned a Certificate for Simulation in Healthcare through the BryanLGH College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, NE in 2011.

Campbell is the Assistant Director of the Virtual Patient Care Center (VPCC) at USF Health CAMLS, where she manages the day to day operations for simulation training among a variety of groups.

She serves as a committee member on the Technology and Standards Committee for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH). She is also a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, where she serves on the Research Committee, Vice-Chair and Webmaster for the Tampa Bay Simulation Network.

Her other memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, the American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association where she serves on the Simulation Taskforce Committee.

Carlos Callegari, MD, MEd, DMSc, FAAP

Dr. Callegari is the CAMLS Medical Director for International Affiliations and Research Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Morsani College of Medicine at the USF.  His responsibilities include the development of business opportunities, trainings and partnerships with our international colleagues around the globe.

As Director of the Ibero-Americas Programs in Continuing Education at USF Health (HPCC), he founded and is acting Director of ASCLEPIAS, a regional alliance network of academic, governmental, and private institutions for the improvement of medical education, simulation and training.  Dr. Callegari is also one of the initiators and the Director of ISTEC-Salud at the Ibero-American Consortium for Education, Science and Technology, ISTEC (

Dr. Callegari received his Medical Degree and Master in Education at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism at Harbor-UCLA-Medical Center and a Doctorate in Medical Sciences at the University of Zulia in Venezuela. His academic career started at the University of Carabobo in 1976. He has been: Founder and Director of the Center for Biomedical and Technological Research, Associate Dean for Research and Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Carabobo, where he served until 2006. As a Dean, he was also Coordinator of the Venezuelan Committee of Medical-School Deans and Vice-president and President (acting) of the Venezuelan Association of Medical Schools (AVEFAM)

Both, his Medical Degree (Ministry of Education) and Doctorate in Medical Sciences (University of Salamanca) have also been homologated in Spain.

Dr. Callegari has presented over 70 papers in national and international conferences and indexed journals. His interest and expertise includes biomedical and technological research; international health education; and simulation.

Gregory Vannette

Gregory Vannette is the Controller of USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation and the Director, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at USF Health. He has been with the Corporation since it beginning in 2007. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the Corporation which includes the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). He graduated from the Northern Michigan University with a BS degree in accounting and passed the CPA exam at his first sitting.

Mr. Vannette previously practiced as a CPA, was finance director of a non-profit corporation, and served as a consultant for non-profits guiding boards of directors and executive directors financial and managerial decisions during times of financial crisis and CFO transition. He has over 20 years of accounting, management advisory and consulting experience. He is currently the Treasurer of the USF Health and Education International Foundation and the Treasurer of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education.