Deborah Sutherland, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Deborah Sutherland, PhD, is the first Chief Executive Officer of the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). She is also the Associate Vice President, University of South Florida Health and Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development. In these roles, Dr. Sutherland has strategic and administrative responsibility for the continuing professional development activities of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.
As the CEO for the USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation (HPCC), Dr. Sutherland oversees operations of the private, not-for-profit corporation that houses USF Health’s self-sustaining programs and activities. She serves as the administrative director for the USF American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institute and is the President of USF Health’s International Foundation in Panama, a private interest Foundation that allows USF Health to conduct business and employ faculty and staff in Latin America.
Dr. Sutherland has served in leadership roles with national and state organizations that accredit Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. At the national level, she was an accreditation surveyor for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and served six years on its 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.
As part of her commitment to developing the Life Sciences in the State of Florida, Dr. Sutherland has chaired the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation’s Committee on Life Sciences and was the inaugural chair of the Research Council for the local chapter of BioFlorida. Dr. Sutherland received her PhD from the University of South Florida Tampa, her MSN from Boston University, and her BSN from the University of Maine.
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, Continuing Professional Development
Beverly Hughes is the Chief Operating Officer for USF CAMLS and the Executive Director, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at USF Health. Ms. Hughes is responsible for the operations of USF CAMLS and Continuing Professional Development, including simulation, the surgical skills lab, and the robotics program. As Executive Director of CPD, one of her primary responsibilities is overseeing preparation and submission of the self-studies required for accreditation. Most recently, she has managed submission of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) self-study (received 6 years, with commendation in 2009) and currently serves as a volunteer surveyor for the ACCME.
Ms. Hughes is serving her second term as a member on the Administration and Management Committee of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, the Alliance, Meeting Professionals International, 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-mentioned professional societies.
A graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan General School of Nursing, Ms. Hughes went on to receive her BSN from the University of Tampa. After attaining that degree, her career focus has been in the field of education in the health professions. Her professional experience covers a wide range of management and nurse education positions, and includes certifications in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and BCLS Instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and ACLS Instructor, and critical care registered nurse.
David J. Smith, Jr., MD
Chief Medical Officer
David J. Smith, Jr., MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for USF CAMLS. He is also 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. Recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to the pathophysiology of wounds, Dr. Smith is a leader in plastic surgery education and has made major contributions to the educational process, as well as, its credentialing and certification.
Research has been central to Dr. Smith’s work, focusing especially on 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 National Institutes of Health and various corporations. He has authored or co-authored 135 peer-reviewed publications and numerous books, book chapters, editorials, and review articles.
Recognized for his contributions to education and organized plastic surgery, Dr. Smith has been honored with many leadership positions in plastic surgery, including 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 Chairmen 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.
After attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Smith completed a residency in general surgery at Emory University and 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 to assume his current position in Plastic Surgery. He is also a Visiting Faculty Member at St. Bart’s Medical School, University of London.Luis E. Llerena, MD
Medical Director, Surgical and Interventional Training Center
Luis E. Llerena, MD, is the Medical Director of the Surgical and Interventional Training Center (SITC) at USF CAMLS and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.
Dr. Llerena holds both national and state leadership positions: Surgical Director of the American College of Surgeons Accredited Educational Institute at USF CAMLS, Florida Committee of Trauma (FCOT) Education Pillar director, and Florida Trauma State Faculty. He is a course director for key surgical and critical care curriculum, including Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®), Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM®), and Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET®), and the Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) program.
Dr. Llerena is a master trainer for TeamSTEPPS® and the Patient Safety Education Program (PSEP). His main research interests include military medicine, simulation-based education, patient safety, and trauma education.
Dr. Llerena 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 and UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey. He received his trauma/surgical critical care fellowship training at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida.Stuart Hart, MD, MS
Chief Medical Officer, Innovation and Medical Education
Stuart Hart, MD, MS, is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Innovation and Medical Education and an Associate 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.
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with a Subspeciality Board Certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Hart is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons. He completed the Leadership Institute Program in the Center for Transformation and Innovation (CTI) at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and 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, and began the Executive MBA Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2013.
Dr. Hart serves as the Director of the Fellowship Program in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGS). 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 2013, he won the Tampa Bay Business Journal Health Care Heroes Award for Health Care Innovation. 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.
Main areas of interests include medical education and training; development of innovative medical devices and technologies; medical simulation and modeling. Dr. Hart was 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 numerous national/international surgical educational training programs.
After graduating medical school at the University of Maryland, Dr. Hart completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University and completed a Pelvic Surgery fellowship at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems within the University of South Florida College of Engineering.Marty Petty, MS
Senior Director of Business Development
Marty Petty, MS is Senior Director of Business Development for USF CAMLS. Now in her second career, she is helping lead strategic marketing initiatives, new market expansion in the hospitals and healthcare space, and the development areas for CAMLS.
Prior to joining CAMLS and putting aside her consulting business in 2013, Ms. Petty dedicated more than 30 years to her work in media, beginning her career as a working journalist and editor, and eventually leading three well-known news organizations, after shifting to the business side in 1990.
In 2010, Ms. 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, and CL/Tampa Bay.
Prior to that, Ms. Petty served as Executive Vice President and Publisher of the Tampa Bay 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 (250 years old in 2014) and she was also Vice President of Times Mirror Co., the Courant’s parent. Ms. Petty has received numerous honors and served on many regional and national industry boards and community boards throughout her career. She is also a past Pulitzer Prize juror and chair. Ms. Petty earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and an MS from the Hartford Graduate Center/Rensselaer.Paul W. Ayres, EDFP
Director of Sales, Marketing & Business Development
Paul Ayres joined the USF 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, Mr. Ayres 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.
Mr. Ayres has held positions with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and The Florida Aquarium and aided in the creation and implementation of various marketing and sales efforts. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in American Studies and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. Mr. Ayres is also a graduate of the 2003 class of Leadership Tampa and a member of the University of South Florida’s President’s Council.
Controller | USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation
Treasurer | USF Health and Education International Foundation
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 its beginning in 2007. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the Corporation, which includes the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). A graduate of Northern Michigan University, Mr. Vannette went on to pass all parts of 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.
Carlos Callegari, MD, MEd, DMSc, FAAP
Medical Director International Initiatives
Carlos Callegari, MD is the CAMLS Medical Director International Initiatives and Research Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Morsani College of Medicine at USF Health. 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 (www.istec.org).
Dr. Callegari received his Medical Degree and Masters 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 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.Louie Simon, PhD
Manager of Grants and Contracts
Louie Simon, PhD, is Manager of Grants and Contracts at USF CAMLS. Dr. Simon has extensive editorial experience with a number of scholarly presses, including the University of Illinois Press, Southern Illinois University Press, and Indiana University Press. He was Lead Scholar on a Florida Humanities Council summer program for college-bound high school students and was awarded Teacher of the Year by Boise State English majors. Dr. Simon has designed and taught numerous university courses in literature and writing at all levels and has served on a number of academic committees, including chair of curriculum development for the English department at Boise State University. Dr. Simon has published articles on modern, postmodern, and postcolonial literature and has chaired sessions and presented papers at numerous literature and language conferences.
Dr. Simon graduated from the doctoral program in English at Loyola University Chicago, received his MA in English from Southern Illinois University, and his BLS from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Over a period of eleven years he served as assistant professor at Boise State University and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. As an educator, Dr. Simon specialized in 20th-century British Literature, Literary Theory, and Postcolonial Studies. He was the recipient of the Edward Crown Graduate Fellowship from Loyola University Chicago and has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since 1984.Nikki Campbell, MSN, RN
Assistant Director, Virtual Patient Care Center
Nikki Campbell, MSN, RN, serves as the Assistant Director of the Virtual Patient Care Center (VPCC) at USF CAMLS, where she manages the day-to-day operations for simulation training among a variety of groups.
Ms. 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, Nebraska, in 2011. Ms. Campbell is currently a doctoral student at Capella University in Business Administration, with a specialization in Strategy and Innovation.
She serves as a committee member on the Technology and Standards Committee for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare. Her other memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, and the Florida Nurses Association (FNA), where she serves on the Simulation Taskforce Committee.