Schedule and speakers

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

- Bagels, fruit, coffee

*Outside Morris Auditorium*

Opening Remarks & Keynote:

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

-Welcome: Courtney Hudzinski, OMS - III, Regional Director

- Opening Remarks: 

Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla, Internal Medicine;

 Dr. Shahnaz Fatteh, Allergy & Immunology

- Keynote Speakers: 

Dr. Laurie Boge, Emergency Medicine;

Dr. Jenna Varner, Emergency Medicine

*Morris Auditorium​*

Breakout 1:

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

- Room 2101Dr.  Elizabeth Swann, Junior League of Fort Lauderdale & Human Trafficking Legislature

- Room 2102: Dr. Gina Dr. Foster-Moumoutjis, Family Medicine, "Family Planning & Prevention for Young Professionals"

- Room 2103: PATH (Physicians Against Human Trafficking) Panel:

Commander Calderin & Detective Joo Broward County Sheriff's Office;  Dr. Nikette Neal, Pediatrics; Ms. Jumorrow Terra Johnson, Broward Human Trafficking Coalition


12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

- Sandwiches, chips, dessert

*Outside Morris Auditorium​*


Breakout 2:

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

- Room 2101: Dr. Bindu Mayi, Microbiology, "Student Stress Management"

- Room 2102: Dr. Alessandra Posey, Sports Medicine, "Will Power Meet Girl Power"

- Room 2103Dr. Lanetta Bronte-Hall, Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research

MorrisDr. Renee Alexis, OBGYN, "Adversities in Medicine"

Panel Session:

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Q & A

- Dr. Elyse Julian, Dermatology

- Dr. Tjasa Hranjec, Trauma/Critical Care & Abdominal Transplant Surgery

- Dr. Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, Cardiology

- Dr. Dana Sands, Colorectal Surgery

*Morris Auditorium​*

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Laurie Boge is currently the EM Clerkship Director and Wilderness Medicine Director at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. She completed her EM residency training with the Army and deployed to the busiest trauma center in Baghdad, Iraq from 2005-2006 early in her career. Those were the best and worst times of her life. After returning from war she thought that would be the highlight of her career. But 5 years ago she returned to academic medicine and has found her true passion-uplifting and inspiring residents to be their best to give their best. She has a strong interest in firearm injury prevention and gender research. Mentoring and sponsoring women in emergency medicine to become future leaders gets her up early in the morning. And last, she never goes to sleep without dessert.

Dr. Shahnaz Fatteh is board-certified in allergy & immunology and internal medicine. She earned her medical degree from Medical College of Georgia in 1991. She completed her internship at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center in 1992. She completed her residencies at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center in 1994 and at the The New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center in 1996. Dr. Fatteh is the Fellowship Program Director for Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology at Nova Southeastern University, Larkin Community Hospital.  Dr. Fatteh is also past President and current National Treasurer of the South Florida American Women's Association and also Secretary of the Indian Physicians of Florida. 

Dr. Haffizulla joined the College of Allopathic Medicine in 2017 as assistant dean for community and global health. In addition to her role at NSU, Dr. Haffizulla runs her own concierge, internal medicine hybrid private practice, which she founded in in 2008 after practicing in a traditional setting for five years. Dr. Haffizulla teaches Honors Organic Chemistry to the pre-med high school seniors at American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida. She is also an affiliate clinical assistant professor of biomedical science at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida, and a voluntary assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She serves as a full board member for Advarra IRB and with the American Diabetes Association-South Florida. Dr. Haffizulla was the 2014-2015 national president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). She is involved on many levels with AMWA including being the co-chair and founder for AMWA’s Preventive Medicine Task Force, founder of AMWA’s fellowship program, and she served on AMWA's governance, finance, membership and global health committees. In her capacity as an AMWA leader, she worked to promote the Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy and promoted initiatives to reduce disease burden in the US through work with the Office of Women’s Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.  She received AMWA’s Presidential Recognition award and the prestigious “Bertha Van Hoosen” award, the namesake award of AMWA’s founder.

Dr. Elyse Julian is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in medical, surgical, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Health Administration with honors and went on to complete a post-baccalaureate in Health Sciences at Harvard University. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, where she graduated at the top of her class. Dr. Julian continued her medical training by completing her internship at Broward Health Medical Center and dermatology residency at Kansas City University/ADCS Orlando Dermatology Residency Program. Dr. Julian is highly involved in clinical research and has published over 40 studies, articles, and posters primarily in the field of dermatology. Additionally, Dr. Julian has extensive training and experience in cosmetic dermatology procedures including lasers, chemical peels, fillers and botox. Not only is she highly qualified in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and skin cancer, she believes in patient centered approach to medicine, values preventative skin care, and dedicates time for patient education in all her encounters.

Dr. Gina Foster-Moumoutjis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Foster-Moumoutjis completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at Harvard University. She then attended and matriculated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine after which she completed her Family Medicine residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center, Institute for Urban Family Health. Before joining the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s faculty in 2016, Dr. Foster-Moumoutjis had been providing clinical care in the Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology Departments at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland California. While working at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Foster worked with medical students from University of California, San Francisco as a 3rd year medical student preceptor. She was also a clinical preceptor for Kaiser’s Internal Medicine residency program. Dr. Foster-Moumoutjis recently completed a Masters of Medical Education program at Nova Southeastern University in August, 2019.

Alessandra Posey, D.O. enters her fourth year as member of the NSU Sports Medicine Team. She serves as the Team Physician, Sports Medicine Department Chair and is also an Assistant Professor of the Osteopathic Principles and Practice at NSU’s Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. A native to Miami, Florida, Dr. Posey is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. Dr. Posey is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. She trained in Family Medicine at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Florida where she served as Chief Resident before completing her Sports Medicine Fellowship here at NSU. In her spare time, Dr. Posey enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, salsa dancing and playing sports, especially volleyball.

Dr. Tjasa Hranjec is a board certified Trauma/Critical Care and Abdominal Transplant surgeon working at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. She finished her General Surgery Residency and a Masters degree in Clinical Research at the University of Virginia, then continued to pursue Trauma and Transplant Surgery fellowship training at UT Southwestern/Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. While she has dedicated her life to working in medicine and research, her heart will always belong to her family, especially her 9-year old daughter, Isabelle. 

Bindu Mayi, M.Sc., Ph.D., is a Professor of Microbiology in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and has worked at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) since 2008. Dr. Mayi teaches courses in virology and bacteriology, with emphasis on the medical aspects of infectious disease, for students in the medical, public health, and other allied health fields. She won the prestigious Professor of the Year award for the College of Medical Sciences in 2018. She has been a spokesperson on the Zika virus infection as well as sepsis, necrotizing fasciitis and re-emerging infections such as measles.  Prior to her NSU affiliation, Dr. Mayi worked in antibiotic resistance research as well as cancer nanotechnology research. She is especially passionate about prevention of infectious diseases and has taken her efforts at prevention to a global level by writing a book about prevention of MRSA. It’s titled Mrs. A and is a compelling, multi-generational narrative about MRSA woven into the fictional struggles of a young boy. In 2008, Dr. Mayi was one of 80 women winners of the ‘O-Whitehouse Leadership Project’, where her project was prevention of MRSA in U.S. hospitals. In her latest book, 'SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE,' Dr. Mayi deals with the complexity of school shootings. In the words of Dr. Scott Poland, first responder at Columbine, and National school violence responder and prevention trainer: "A timely masterpiece as we all search for solutions to school violence. This book is a must read for educators, parents, and students in today’s world." 

Dr. Tiffany graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from Florida Atlantic University at 19 years old. She then went on to become the youngest graduate from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Dr. T is a quadruple board certified physician in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. Dr. T enjoys educating the public about health, nutrition and disease prevention. She has been quoted in published books on nutrition and weight loss, as well as quoted on,, Yahoo News and spoken publicly about women’s health for various events. She has become a regular on national news outlets as a medical expert on various topics and is a Medelita Ambassador. She was involved with the local American Heart association from 2012- 2017 and she is the Past President of the Board of Directors for the American Heart and American Stroke Association of Fort Lauderdale and Miami. She was honored with being selected as one of Gold Coast’s magazines Top 40 People Under 40 for 2013 and has been named a “Top Doc in Concierge Medicine” for the past several years. She was also named a “Distinguished Clinician” by the Board of Commissioners of Broward Health for her clinical excellence and dedication to patient care. In 2016, she was named as one of Broward County’s Top 100 Outstanding Women for her dedication to her community.

Lanetta Bronté-Hall, MD, MPH, MSPH is responsible for strategic planning, scientific, and administrative oversight of the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research (FSCDR) as President and CEO. She is a leading national and international researcher and population health scientist in the field of sickle cell disease, rare blood disorders, community-based participatory research, and chronic disease management. Dr. Bronté-Hall received a joint Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health with specialization in Health Policy and Administration (Health Policy and Management) from the UNC Schools of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Bronté-Hall has served in several leadership positions including the Chief Medical Officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Senior Medical Advisor to the Centers for DiseasePrevention and Control, a member of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Advisory Council, and a member of the 2014 Expert Panel for the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Management of Sickle Cell Disease Guidelines. Dr. Bronté-Hall works tirelessly to create an environment of trust, sustainability and relevance, which has significantly increased participation in research by all members of the community. 

Ms. Jumorrow Terra Johnson is a Victim Services Practitioner for the State of Florida with over 20 years of experience in the Criminal Justice and Social Service arena. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology and a Masters’ Degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Office of the State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit as the Human Trafficking Coordinator, Jumorrow Terra was employed with Plantation Police Department, Florida Atlantic University Police Department as a Victim Advocate and the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Jumorrow Terra is an Executive Board Member of the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition currently serving as President.  Jumorrow Terra has also hosted, coordinated and facilitated multiple meetings between Global Ties International of Miami, Broward Human Trafficking Coalition, The FBI, Homeland Security and local Law Enforcement to discuss transnational crimes which included Human Trafficking with dignitaries and officials from Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Poland and Portugal. Jumorrow Terra is a vetted public speaker/trainer and is considered an expert in the area of Human Trafficking, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Crimes Against Women. 

Dr. Jenna Varner is currently a second year resident in the Emergency medicine program at Mount Sinai Miami Beach. She graduated from NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in the top 15% of her class. She has a special interest in point of care ultrasound and plans to pursue fellowship after residency. She married her husband one week after graduating medical school and is currently expecting her first child. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys spending time outdoors, going to the beach, camping, and spending time with family. 

Detective Joo is a graduate of Penn State University and honorably served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Detective Joo has been employed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for eighteen years and is currently assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit where he conducts Human Trafficking investigations on the state and local levels. Detective Joo is also a sworn Special Deputy US Marshal with the Federal Bureau of Investigations Child Exploitation Task Force where he is able to conduct juvenile exploitation investigations on a federal level.

Dr. Swann is a Professor and Director of Interprofessional Integration at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences in the Health Professions Division. Prior to holding this position, she was the founding Chair of the Health and Human Performance Department and the initial Program Director of both the Athletic Training Education Program (2003) and Exercise and Sports Science major. She went on to serve as the 2016-2017 President for the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, including Human Trafficking Awareness (HTA) campaign. Recently, Dr. Swann was appointed to the Board of Directors for the State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) and tacking the Opioid Crisis from a legislative perspective

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