Our Team

Interim Medical Director

Dr. Valerie E. Whiteman, Associate Professor and Interim Medical Director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine joined the faculty in 2008. Dr. Whiteman is a native of New York. She is a graduate of the State University of New York School of Medicine in Buffalo. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the State University of New York Health Science Center of Brooklyn and a maternal fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Whiteman was an attending perinatologist at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia for 15 years before joining the faculty at USF. During that time, she held several positions, including Director for Obstetrics Services &High Risk Outpatient Services and Director of the department's Continuous Quality Improvement Program.

Dr. Whiteman is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as maternal fetal medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has numerous publications addressing the medical complications of pregnancy and antenatal ultrasound diagnosis. She has given multiple scientific presentations at various meetings and has participated in several funded research projects in diabetes in pregnancy and prematurity. Her main interests are the management of medical and surgical complications of pregnancy, antenatal diagnosis and prematurity.

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Fetal Care Center Coordinator

Patricia Bornick, RNC, MSN, Patient Navigator for the Fetal Care Center of Tampa Bay completed her bachelor's in nursing at Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky and her master of nursing at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Ms. Bornick's clinical background is in-patient obstetrics and enjoys all aspects of perinatal nursing. She has 13 years of fetal therapy experience and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and a chapter on the nursing care of the fetoscopy patient in the books Diagnostic and Operative Fetoscopy and Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome.


Neonatology

Dr. Terri Ashmeade, Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, completed her medical degree at the University of Connecticut. She then completed her residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Ashmeade joined the USF faculty in 2000. From 2003 to 2008 she served as Division Chief of Neonatology, and has been Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship program since 2006. Dr. Ashmeade was appointed Medical Director of the Tampa General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2003 – a position she currently holds.

Dr. Ashmeade is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal & perinatal medicine. Dr. Ashmeade serves on numerous university and hospital committees and is active in community service. Dr. Ashmeade serves on the Board of Directors of Hillsborough County's Healthy Start program and has a keen interest in perinatal health disparities. In 2006, Dr. Ashmeade was selected to be a USF Scholar in Patient-Oriented Research, a program which is funded by a NIH K30 Clinical Research Curriculum Award. This prestigious program supports the development of careers in clinical and translational research for patient-oriented researchers. She has been the principal investigator of numerous clinical trials. She is interested in bone development, infant nutrition and characterization of immune factors in human milk. Current clinical research projects include: preterm infant nutrition & bone development, improvements in formulas for term and preterm infants and characterization of immune factors in human milk.

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Dr. Laura Haubner, Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, joined the faculty in 2000. Dr. Haubner is a graduate of the New Jersey Medical School. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Babies and Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and a neonatology fellowship at the University of South Florida. During her tenure at USF, she has served in numerous and varied roles in the Department and at Tampa General Hospital. She has served as both the ECMO medical director since 2000 and Neonatal Transport medical director since 2006. Dr. Haubner is very active in the teaching of residents and fellows, and has been the principal investigator of numerous clinical investigations.

Dr. Haubner is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal & perinatal medicine. Her primary scholarly interests relate to the use of technology in medicine. She has been the principal investigator of numerous clinical investigations that relate to this field of study. Dr. Haubner is founder and Director of the Team Education and Multidisciplinary Simulation (TEAMS) Center adjacent to Tampa General Hospital. The center trains multi-disciplinary medical teams using crisis resource management principles. Simulation courses offered include Conflict Management in the Trauma Room, Team Training in the Delivery Room, and Management of the Difficult Airway.

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Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Charles Paidas is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Division Director of Pediatric Surgery, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Executive Associate Dean for Clinical and Extramural Affairs at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He came from Johns Hopkins University, where for nearly 20 years he trained and had a successful career as a pediatric surgeon and NIH-funded clinician scientist. While at Hopkins, he also earned an MBA degree. Dr. Paidas joined USF in 2004 to establish the Division of Pediatric Surgery.

Board certified in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical critical care, Dr. Paidas maintains an active clinical practice and has worked to expand pediatric surgical services with the College of Medicine's primary teaching hospitals. Dr. Paidas has played an active role in the Vice President and Dean's senior management team and is a member of the College of Medicine's Executive Management Committee and Finance. Dr. Paidas operates an active basic science laboratory in human embryogenesis. His clinical expertise spans all aspects of pediatric surgery with an emphasis on congenital abnormalities of the colon and rectum, chest wall deformities, childhood solid tumors and trauma.

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Pediatric Neurosurgery

Dr. Arthur E. Marlin is a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of South Florida and an internationally known pediatric neurosurgeon. Dr. Marlin trained at McGill University, University of Minnesota and New York University. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer at The Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas and held that position for five years while in the active practice of pediatric neurosurgery.

Dr. Marlin, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery, he is past Chairman of the Joint Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and The Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is a senior member of the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Marlin has edited seven books on pediatric neurosurgery and written the Handbook of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurology with Dr. Sarah Gaskill. Additionally, he has authored close to 100 articles. With over 30 years experience in pediatric neurosurgery, his main clinical interests are hydrocephalus, epilepsy, spasticity and tumors.

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Dr. Sarah J. Gaskill is Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of South Florida and a seventh generation physician who is nationally known. A graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Dr. Gaskill completed a surgical internship and neurological surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center. Her pediatric neurological surgery fellowship was completed in San Antonio, Texas, where she practiced for the past decade and founded the Spina Bifida Association of South Texas. In 2005, the organization established a scholarship in honor of her dedicated efforts as founder and president.

Currently, she serves as treasurer of the Joint Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurological surgery. Dr. Gaskill has co-written the Handbook of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurology with Dr. Arthur Marlin. Additionally, she has authored over 60 articles and presented over 50 lectures. She has special interests in spina bifida, spasticity, brain tumors, epilepsy and hydrocephalus.

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Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. Gul Dadlani, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida joined the faculty in 2009. Dr. Dadlani completed his medical degree at State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a graduate of the pediatric residency program at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in New York where he received the Resident Teaching Award in three consecutive years as well as the University of Buffalo Medical School Siegal Teaching Award in Pediatrics. Dr. Dadlani completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial in Rochester, New York and twice received a Fellow Teaching Award from Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong.

Dr. Dadlani is board certified in pediatric cardiology. His special interests include heart failure, cardiomyopathies, pulmonary hypertension, fetal echocardiography and Kawasaki disease. Dr. Dadlani is the Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Cardiology Laboratory Director at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.


Aleta Casbohm, RDCS, Fetal Echo Cardiographer for the Fetal Care Center of Tampa Bay, attended Old Dominion University and the Sentara School of Cardiovascular Technology. She was on the echocardiography staff at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter’s in Norfolk Virginia and the Sibley Heart Center (Children’s Health Care of Atlanta). During the past eight years she managed the fetal echocardiography lab at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. She is now employed by All Children's Hospital and is the pediatric and fetal coordinator for Tampa Specialty Care of Tampa and USF Health South.


Tampa General Hospital Obstetrical Ultrasound Team

Tampa General Hospital Sonographers (from left to right): Kerri Dolhancryk RDMS, Melanie Bender RDMS, Rachel Smith DMS, Lisa Brown RDMS