Our Fellows



1st Year Fellows

Candice Joseph, MD

Undergraduate: Sir Arthur Lewis Community College- Vieux Fort, St. Lucia

Medical School: Spartan Health Sciences University – Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia                  

Residency: SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – St. Louis, Missouri

Hometown: Saint Lucia, West Indies

Academic/Clinical Interest: HIV

General Interests: Traveling and experiencing different cultures

Why UF? I wanted my fellowship to be in an environment that had a diverse patient population with wide spectrum of medical conditions, and UF has definitely provided this. The fellows during my interview process were very satisfied & happy, and the faculty were friendly and easy to communicate with as well.

E-mail: Candice.Joseph@medicine.ufl.edu


Vidya Kollu, MD

Undergraduate: Vidwan Junior College – Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Medical School: Rangaraya Medical College, NTRUHS – Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

Residency: McLaren Flint, MSUCHM – Michigan State University – Flint, Michigan

Hometown: Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Academic/Clinical Interest: Antimicrobial resistant/antibiotic stewardship, Hospital epidemiology, HIV outpatient management

General Interests: Traveling to experience new cultures and environments, gardening, big time foodie and movie buff. Love to spend time with family and friends

Why UF? Active & supportive faculty with clinical exposure to a wide variety of pathology and opportunity to take care of veterans.  Strong ID department, with support from the departments of Pharmacy, Microbiology, Pulmonary and Emerging Pathogens Institute. Opportunity to take care of rural HIV patients via the Ryan White Program. On the interview day, I was impressed with the way interview day was organized and fellows appeared happy (After six months into training I can say, I will choose the same program again without any second thought). I would be lying if I say the weather did not play a role in my decision.

E-mail: Vidya.Kollu@medicine.ufl.edu


Heather Lusby, DO

Undergraduate: Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, Florida

Medical School: NOVA Southeastern University – Davie, Florida

Residency: Magnolia Regional Health Center Internal Medicine Residency – Corinth, Mississippi

Hometown: Cape Coral, Florida

Academic/Clinical Interest: Medical education, Antimicrobial stewardship

General Interests: Binge watching Netflix & theme parks

Why UF? Variety and high acuity of clinical cases.

E-mail: Heather.Lusby@medicine.ufl.edu


2nd Year Fellows

Andrew Abbott

Andrew Abbott, MD

Undergraduate: Furman University – Greenville, South Carolina

Medical School: University of Florida – Gainesville, FL

Residency: University of Florida – Gainesville, FL

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Academic/Clinical Interest: Public/Global Health

General interests: Long walks on the beach and candle lit…especially with my wife, teenager, and a rambunctious two year old. I, also, enjoy grilling, home brewing beer, and water sports

Why UF? I have been at UF since medical school and stayed for fellowship because of the fantastic faculty who are willing to go above & beyond to create an excellent learning environment, and create opportunities for fellows.

E-mail: Andrew.Abbott@medicine.ufl.edu


IDGM - Daphne Villanueva

Daphne-Dominique Henson Villanueva, MD

Undergraduate: University of the Philippines-Diliman – Quezon City, Philippines

Medical School: University of the East/Ramon Magasaysay Memorial Medical Center – Quezon City, Philippines

Residency: Monmouth Medical Center – Long Branch, New Jersey

Hometown: Angeles City, Philippines

Academic/Clinical Interest: Transplant Infectious Disease, Antimicrobial stewardship

General interests: Hiking, diving, traveling, Broadway shows

Why UF? I came to UF because of excellent clinical training and the ability to pursue transplant infectious disease​ education. I felt very welcomed by the faculty on my interview day and I love the collegiate attitude of the faculty and fellows.

E-mail: Daphne.Villanueva@medicine.ufl.edu


Katie Veron Taylor

Katie Taylor, MD

Undergraduate: Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Medical School: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans, Louisiana

Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Academic/Clinical Interest: Medical Education, Outpatient antimicrobial therapy, Infection prevention and control

General Interests: LSU football & baking

Why UF? UF has a great diversity of patients that greatly supports clinical education. The ID faculty are welcoming, understanding and have a wealth of knowledge that they willingly share with the fellows. Our fellows get along well & enjoy spending free time together.

E-mail: Katie.Taylor@medicine.ufl.edu