Mentoring Program

Each student rotating at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville will receive a letter from the Associate Dean for Inclusion and Equity.

Mentoring Faculty for Under Represented in Medicine Students

Anesthesiology Faculty Mentor(s)

Keya A Locke


Anesthesiology – Jacksonville

Keya A Locke MD, MBA

Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Operating Room, UF Health North

Breast Surgery Faculty Mentor(s)

Bharti Jasra


Surgery – Jacksonville

Bharti Jasra MD, FACS

Assistant Professor; Section Chief, Breast Surgery

Cardiology Faculty Mentor(s)

Gladys P Velarde


Medicine – Jacksonville

Gladys P Velarde M.D.

Professor; Medical Director, Women's Cardiovascular Program; Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Community Health and Family Medicine Faculty Mentor(s)

Ross E Jones


Community Health and Family Medicine – Jacksonville

Ross E Jones M.D.

Associate Professor; Medical Director, UF Health And Family Medicine – Elizabeth G. Means Center; Medical Director, Total Care Group; Medical Director, Community Health

Neurology Faculty Mentor(s)

Ramon E Bautista


Neurology – Jacksonville

Ramon E Bautista M.D., M.B.A.

Professor; Chair, Department Of Neurology; Phyllis Sohn Endowed Chair In Neuroscience; Medical Director, Epilepsy Care Center

Neurosurgery Faculty Mentor(s)

Dunbar S Alcindor


Neurosurgery – Jacksonville

Dunbar S Alcindor M.D.

Assistant Professor

Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Mentor(s)

LaRae C Brown


Obstetrics and Gynecology – Jacksonville

LaRae C Brown MD, MHA, FACOG

Assistant Professor; Medical Director, UF Health Women's Specialists – North

Jibri M Wiggins


Obstetrics and Gynecology – Jacksonville

Jibri M Wiggins M.D., FACOG

Assistant Professor

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Faculty Mentor(s)

Rui P Fernandes


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Jacksonville

Rui P Fernandes MD, DMD, FACS, FRCS

Professor; Associate Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery; Program Director, Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and Microvascular Fellowship; Director, UF Center for Reconstructive Surgery; Co-Director

Otolaryngology Faculty Mentor(s)

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Faculty Mentor(s)

Agnes E Aysola


Pathology – Jacksonville

Agnes E Aysola MD

Associate Professor; Medical Director, Coagulation Laboratory; Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine; Program Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship; Associate Program Director, Pathology Residency

Anwer M Siddiqi


Pathology – Jacksonville

Anwer M Siddiqi M.D., M.M.Sc.

Associate Professor; Program Director, Pathology Residency

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Faculty Mentor(s)

Michael O Gayle


Pediatrics – Jacksonville

Michael O Gayle MD

Associate Professor; Chief, Division Of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine; Medical Director, Transport Team; Medical Director, Outreach Program, Wolfson Children's Hospital; Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Wolfson Children's Hospital

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Faculty Mentor(s)

Emily Fontane


Emergency Medicine – Jacksonville

Emily Fontane MD

Professor; Director, Pediatric Residency Education, UF Health Jacksonville Pediatric Emergency Center

Madeline M Joseph


Emergency Medicine – Jacksonville

Madeline M Joseph MD

Professor; Associate Dean For Faculty Advancement And Engagement; Chief, Division Of Pediatric Bariatrics

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Faculty Mentor(s)

Ayesha Mirza


Pediatrics – Jacksonville

Ayesha Mirza MD

Professor; Program Director, Pediatrics Residency

Pediatrics Faculty Mentor(s)

Ana M Alvarez


Pediatrics – Jacksonville

Ana M Alvarez M.D.

Associate Professor

Psychiatry Faculty Mentor(s)

Ana Turner



Ana Turner M.D.

Assistant Professor

Surgery Faculty Mentor(s)

Ruchir Puri


Surgery – Jacksonville

Ruchir Puri MD, MS, FACS

Associate Professor; Program Director, General Surgery Residency; Associate Program Director, Advanced GI Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship