David J. Smith, Jr.David J. Smith, Jr., MD

David J. Smith, Jr., MD, is the CEO of USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation and CAMLS. He also serves as an associate dean, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Continuing Professional Development. Dr. Smith is also the Richard G. Connar Professor and Chair of Surgery and Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. His previous role at CAMLS was chief medical officer.

Recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to the pathophysiology of wounds, Dr. Smith is a leader in plastic surgery education and has made major contributions to the educational process, as well as, its credentialing and certification.

Research has been central to Dr. Smith’s work, focusing especially on wound pathophysiology, particularly as it relates to burn injury. He has helped elucidate the effect of the inflammatory cascades on healing and how they interact with infection and scar formation. In later years, he has investigated the effects of various wound coverings on prevalence of infection as well as the resulting healing and scar formation. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and various corporations. He has authored or co-authored 135 peer-reviewed publications and numerous books, book chapters, editorials, and review articles.

Recognized for his contributions to education and organized plastic surgery, Dr. Smith has been honored with many leadership positions in plastic surgery, including President of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Plastic Surgery, President of the American Association for Hand Surgery, and President of the American Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery. As the Director of the Plastic Surgery Training Programs at the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida, Dr. Smith has trained a large number of outstanding plastic surgeons.

After attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Smith completed a residency in general surgery at Emory University and did his residency in plastic surgery at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. This was followed by a Kleinert Fellowship in Hand Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky. After early academic positions at Indiana and Wayne State University, he served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan between 1987 and 2001. In 2004 he moved to Tampa to assume his current position in Plastic Surgery. He is also a Visiting Faculty Member at St. Bart’s Medical School, University of London.

Beverly Hughes

Beverly Hughes
CAMLS COO and USF Health Continuing Professional Development Executive Director

Beverly Hughes is the Chief Operating Officer for USF CAMLS and the Executive Director, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at USF Health. Ms. Hughes is responsible for the operations of USF CAMLS and Continuing Professional Development, including simulation, the surgical skills lab, and the robotics program. As Executive Director of CPD, one of her primary responsibilities is overseeing preparation and submission of the self-studies required for accreditation. Most recently, she has managed submission of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) self-study (received 6 years, with commendation in 2009) and currently serves as a volunteer surveyor for the ACCME.

Ms. Hughes is serving her second term as a member on the Administration and Management Committee of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, the Alliance, Meeting Professionals International, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She has held positions in the local chapter for the American Heart Association and miscellaneous workgroups for the above-mentioned professional societies.

A graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan General School of Nursing, Ms. Hughes went on to receive her BSN from the University of Tampa. After attaining that degree, her career focus has been in the field of education in the health professions. Her professional experience covers a wide range of management and nurse education positions, and includes certifications in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and BCLS Instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and ACLS Instructor, and critical care registered nurse.

Luis E. LlerenaLuis E. Llerena, MD
Medical Director, Surgical and Interventional Training Center

Luis E. Llerena, MD, is the Medical Director of the Surgical and Interventional Training Center (SITC) at USF CAMLS and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Llerena holds both national and state leadership positions: Surgical Director of the American College of Surgeons Accredited Educational Institute at USF CAMLS, Florida Committee of Trauma (FCOT) Education Pillar director, and Florida Trauma State Faculty. He is a course director for key surgical and critical care curriculum, including Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®), Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM®), and Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET®), and the Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) program.

Dr. Llerena is a master trainer for TeamSTEPPS® and the Patient Safety Education Program (PSEP). His main research interests include military medicine, simulation-based education, patient safety, and trauma education.

Dr. Llerena received both his undergraduate and his medical degrees from the University of Maryland. He completed his surgical residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey. He received his trauma/surgical critical care fellowship training at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida.

Paul W. Ayres, EDFPPaul W. Ayres, EDFP
Director of Sales, Marketing & Business Development

Paul Ayres joined the USF CAMLS team in September 2011 as Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. His responsibilities include the development of business relationships with various associations, industry partners, and the healthcare community to encourage them to utilize CAMLS. Prior to joining CAMLS, Mr. Ayres worked with the Tampa Downtown Partnership as director of marketing and business development. His responsibilities for the Partnership included the development and implementation of public relations and marketing strategies that position downtown Tampa as the premier location for people to enjoy, launch a project, or open a business.

Mr. Ayres has held positions with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and The Florida Aquarium and aided in the creation and implementation of various marketing and sales efforts. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in American Studies and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. Mr. Ayres is also a graduate of the 2003 class of Leadership Tampa and a member of the University of South Florida’s President’s Council.

Greg_Vannette Gregory Vannette

Gregory Vannette is the Controller of USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation and the Director, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at USF Health. He has been with the Corporation since its beginning in 2007. He is responsible for all financial aspects of the Corporation, which includes the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). A graduate of Northern Michigan University, Mr. Vannette went on to pass all parts of the CPA exam at his first sitting.

Mr. Vannette previously practiced as a CPA, was finance director of a non-profit corporation, and served as a consultant for non-profits guiding boards of directors and executive directors’ financial and managerial decisions during times of financial crisis and CFO transition. He has over 20 years of accounting, management advisory and consulting experience. He is currently the Treasurer of the USF Health and Education International Foundation and the Treasurer of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education.


Carlos Callegari, MD, MEd, DMSc, FAAP
Medical Director International Initiatives

Carlos Callegari, MD is the CAMLS Medical Director International Initiatives and Research Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Morsani College of Medicine at USF Health. His responsibilities include the development of business opportunities, trainings and partnerships with our international colleagues around the globe.

As Director of the Ibero-Americas Programs in Continuing Education at USF Health (HPCC), he founded and is acting Director of ASCLEPIAS, a regional alliance network of academic, governmental, and private institutions for the improvement of medical education, simulation and training. Dr. Callegari is also one of the initiators and the Director of ISTEC-Salud at the Ibero-American Consortium for Education, Science and Technology, ISTEC (www.istec.org).

Dr. Callegari received his Medical Degree and Masters in Education at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism at Harbor-UCLA-Medical Center and a Doctorate in Medical Sciences at the University of Zulia in Venezuela. His academic career started at the University of Carabobo in 1976. He has been: Founder and Director of the Center for Biomedical and Technological Research, Associate Dean for Research and Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Carabobo, where he served until 2006. As a Dean, he was also Coordinator of the Venezuelan Committee of Medical-School Deans and Vice-president and President (acting) of the Venezuelan Association of Medical Schools (AVEFAM).

Both his Medical Degree (Ministry of Education) and Doctorate in Medical Sciences (University of Salamanca) have been homologated in Spain.

Dr. Callegari has presented over 70 papers in national and international conferences and indexed journals. His interest and expertise includes biomedical and technological research; international health education; and simulation.

Nikki CampbellNikki McLean, MSN, RN, CHSE
Director of Simulation Education

Nikki McLean is the Director of Simulation Education at USF Health CAMLS. She is a graduate of the Midland University School of Nursing, Fremont, Nebraska in 2001, her MSN from Drexel University in Pennsylvania in 2009, and her post-graduate Certificate in Simulation Education from Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2011.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in strategy and innovation from Capella University.

Ms. McLean’s clinical experience includes clinical educator, charge nurse, staff nurse, and research assistant over her career span. Her clinical experience includes Orthopedic trauma nursing, Medical-Surgical, Liver transplant, Cardiovascular surgery, Endocrinology and Float pool. After attaining her BSN she worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where she became involved in research and improvement of patient care outcomes. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), BLS, and ACLS AHA Instructor. She serves as the ANCC Lead Nurse Planner for USF Health OCPD.

Ms. McLean is currently a member of SSH where she serves on several committees, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor’s Society and the FNA.