Duane C. Eichler, PhD
Dr. Eichler is presently a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. When he retired in June, 2012, Dr. Eichler was Professor and Vice Chair of Molecular Medicine, he held two joint appointments; one as Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, and the other as Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences.
He was also the Basic Science Director of the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research at USF Health. He received his undergraduate training at San Jose State University in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry, and graduated with Great Distinction. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Biological Chemistry followed by postdoctoral training at Stanford University, School of Medicine.
In June, 1977, he joined the Department of Biochemistry (renamed Molecular Medicine), in the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Dr. Eichler is still active providing invited talks and consultations, and currently chair's The Villages Community Advisory Council with oversight of cooperative university related clinical research activities.
Dr. Eichler is a dedicated and gifted teacher and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious James Krivanek Award, awarded annually to an outstanding teacher at USF, and the Outstanding Preclinical Professor Award, awarded annually by students of the Morsani College of Medicine. He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Educational Excellence Award for 2010 -2011.
Dr. Eichler has mentored numerous high school students and teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and medical students.
As a Course Director, Dr. Eichler was responsible for the development and implementation of several interdisciplinary courses for medical students (Molecular Biology & Human Genetics; Human Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry; Molecular, Cellular & Genetic Basis of Medicine; Molecular Medicine) taught jointly by faculty from several departments.
From 2003 to 2010 he served as Director of an interdisciplinary and integrated course for first-year Medical Students entitled Molecular Medicine. This course was highly rated by both students and participating faculty, and was attributed in large part to Dr. Eichler's exceptional commitment, leadership and attention to detail. He was an invited Member of the Biochemistry Test Committee (1988 - 1991), Molecular and Cell Biology Task Force (1992 - 1994) and the Step 1 Human Development Pool Review Committee (1996) for the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Eichler has established an exemplary record in the area of service. He was the driving force behind the development of an active interdisciplinary Health Science Center Obesity Group. He organized a highly successful national Conference on Obesity and served as Director for seven years. The success of the Conference on Obesity also gained attention and support from the State of Florida, Department of Health, American Heart Association, and Tampa General Hospital.
In addition, Dr. Eichler was actively involved in community outreach programs for the University and USF Health as a frequent featured speaker on Obesity, and in particular, Childhood Obesity for local community groups, local high schools and the USF Health Mini-Medical School (2001 and 2004). From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Eichler was a volunteer liaison between USF Health and The Villages
of Florida, providing support for The Villages
/ USF Health Alliance, as well as promoting participation of The Villages
Charter High School Science Fair winners in USF Health Research Day. Dr. Eichler currently chair's The Villages
Community Advisory Council.
Frances M. Sahebzamani (Rankin), PhD, ARNP, FAANP
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Team Member Medical Clinic
Healthy Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program
Dr. Sahebzamani is an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and joined H. Lee Moffitt's Team Member Medical Clinic in June of 2014 to develop and manage the Healthy Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction program for team members with metabolic dysregulation, overweight, and obesity.
Prior to joining the H. Lee Moffitt Team, Dr. Sahebzamani was an Assistant Professor in the USF Colleges of Nursing and Medicine, Division of Family Medicine.
From 2006-2013, she was the director of the Advanced Nursing Practice Doctorate (DNP) Program in the College of Nursing and in 2002 co-developed and co-directed the USF Prediabetes Treatment Center within the Department of Family Medicine.
During this time, she served as the Assistant Director of Research for the Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Sahebzamani is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Her practice expertise is in primary care, metabolic dysregulation and preventive cardiology. She speaks nationally on the topics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular risk factors.
In addition to her lectures, Dr. Sahebzamani has participated in developing national educational initiatives on the topics of obesity and diabetes to enhance knowledge and clinical outcomes for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
She recently served as the lead author on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners White Paper on the Management of Obesity. Her program of research includes the topics of obesity, insulin resistance and metabolic dysregulation, and cardiovascular risk reduction in primary care settings.