Global Health Faculty Experts


Patricia Kathryn Amado

Asst. Professor of Clinical

p.amado@miami.edu

(305) 284-2520
Profile: Dr. Patricia K. Amado, received her undergraduate nursing degree from DeSales University (BSN), her master’s degree in nursing education MS(Ed), from Florida Atlantic University and her PhD from Barry University. She is currently enrolled in a FNP program to enhance her clinical expertise. Areas of teaching include...

Rosina Cianelli

Assoc. Professor

rcianelli@miami.edu

(305) 284-2147
Associate professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Cianelli completed a PhD in nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also studied at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, earning a BSN in nurse midwifery and later serving as a professor in the Escuela de Enfermeria. Dr. Cianelli completed...

Joseph P De Santis

Assoc. Professor

jdesantis@miami.edu

(305) 284-5039
An assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. His clinical specialties include pediatric nursing and HIV/AIDS nursing. Dr. De Santis conducts research on HIV and HIV risk in vulnerable populations. He is president of the Metro-Miami Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and serves as a clinical...

Diego A Deleon

Senior Lecturer

ddeleon@miami.edu

(305) 284-2590
Diego Deleon, MD is a lecturer at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Deleon completed a MD in general medicine at the Universidad Central del Este, School of Medical Sciences San Pedro de Macoris. He teaches basic sciences, including human anatomy, systemic human physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Dr....

Ruth Everett-Thomas

Asst. Professor of Clinical

reverett@miami.edu

(305) 585-1465
Ruth Everett-Thomas is a registered nurse and has recently worked with hospital-based departments in training programs for physicians, nurses, and students regarding patient safety, health care worker safety, hand hygiene compliance, and simulation technology. She has also worked for several years as adjunct faculty in a university setting...

Karina Gattamorta

Research Assoc. Professor

k.alvarez1@umiami.edu

(305) 284-1572
Karina Gattamorta is a Research Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami. She earned her PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation in 2009 from The School of Education at UM and an EdS in School Psychology in 2005 from Florida International University. In her current role, she...

Juan M Gonzalez

Asst. Professor of Clinical

j.gonzalez48@miami.edu

(305) 284-6256
Dr. Juan M Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. His work with the University of Miami began in 2011 as adjunct faculty teaching clinical courses. Dr. Gonzalez obtained his ADN from Miami Dade College in 2006 and later earned his BSN, MSN specializing in Adult Gerontology...

Laly J Joseph

Asst. Professor of Clinical

ljj10@miami.edu

(305) 284-3816
Laly Joseph was a Clinical Assistant Professor and the RN-to-BSN program coordinator at Fairleigh Dickinson University Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health for the past 12 years. She was a practicing veterinarian before making her career change to the nursing field. Dr. Joseph earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of...

Johis Ortega

Associate Professor of Clinical

j.ortega10@miami.edu

(305) 284-1269
Dr. Ortega is a valued undergraduate lecturer, director of undergraduate clinical placement and director of international programs at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. He holds a BSN, MSN, and PhD from the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. He teaches Adult Health III, Role Transition,...

Brenda Owusu

Asst. Professor of Clinical

b.owusu@miami.edu

(305) 284-2573
Brenda Owusu began her nursing career in Naples, Florida where she worked as a nurse in the medical surgical and the cardiac telemetry units of Naples Community Hospital, later moving into the position of charge nurse at Moorings Park, Inc. and palliative care nurse at Hospice of Naples. She subsequently functioned as a charge nurse in the...

Andrew Porter

Asst. Professor of Clinical

a.porter@miami.edu

(305) 284-3666
Andrew Porter PhD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. His current research involves looking at how health promotion and harm reduction messages in college classrooms are disseminated through peer groups and intimate partners. In 2009, Andrew won the Harold F. Martin Outstanding...

Susan L Prather

Asst. Professor of Clinical

slp52@miami.edu

An Assistant Professor of Clinical, Susan Prather completed her Doctorate degree in Education (Ed.D) at Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana, she earned a Master’s degree in Nursing (M.S) and a Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN), from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. Dr. Prather’s primary teaching areas...

Deborah A Salani

Associate Professor of Clinical

dsalani@miami.edu

(305) 284-6487
Dr. Deborah Salani is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.  Dr. Salani has been practicing as a pediatric nurse for greater than 25 years. She practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Critical Care for approximately 10 years. She also...

Kenya F Snowden

Asst. Professor of Clinical

ksnowden@miami.edu

(305) 284-4135
Kenya Snowden currently teaches role transition and adult health as a Lecturer at the University of Miami school of nursing and health Studies. Snowden is also currently a member of the Emergency Nurses Association as she has had substantial experience in emergency care ranging from the University of Miami Hospital, Jackson South Community...

Beatriz Valdes

Asst. Professor of Clinical

b.valdes2@miami.edu

(305) 284-6702
Dr. Valdes conducts research on STI, HIV and HIV risk in middle aged Hispanic men who have sex with men.  Her clinical specialties include all levels of Medical/ Surgical nursing, Critical Care Nursing, and Health Assessment.  Dr. Valdes is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and teaches simulation across the...

Denise Christina Vidot

Asst. Professor

dvidot@miami.edu

(305) 284-5740
Dr. Denise C. Vidot is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Vidot is a trained Epidemiologist with analytical, design, and implementation experience in substance use and cardiometabolic disease risk research fields. She has designed epidemiological investigations and has over 7 years of...

Natalia Andrea Villegas Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Clinical

nvillegasr@miami.edu

(305) 284-9069
Dr. Villegas is a bilingual nurse that holds Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She completed a PhD in Nursing at the University of Miami. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at El Centro, Center of Excellence for Health Disparities...

Martin Zdanowicz

Professor of Clinical

mzdanowicz@miami.edu

(305) 284-4680
Dr. Zdanowicz received a BS in Biology from NYU-Polytechnic, an M.A. in biology/physiology from S.U.N.Y Binghamton and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacology) from St. John’s University. After completing his doctorate, he went on to work as a research scientist at North Shore University Hospital-Cornell Medical College in the...