Medical Post-Baccalaureate Faculty and Staff
Mario Jacomino, M.D., M.P.H ., co-director of the Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program is an associate professor of Integrated Medical Science at the Schmidt College of Medicine. In this capacity, he teaches under graduate medical students. He is a pediatrician with a public health background and his main focus is to bridge the gap between clinical medicine and public health. Prior to joining FAU, Dr. Jacomino worked with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County and functioned as the medical director for two public health clinics. He has been volunteering his time at Caridad Center in Boynton Beach, FL for over 20 years, serving the needs of underrepresented families in the community. He received the Community Outreach Wellness Prevention Hero Award for the Palm Beach County Medical Society in 2019. In addition, Dr. Jacomino is currently the advisor to the Pediatric Interest Group and the Competency in Medical Spanish, which is an effort between classmates, faculty, and staff at the Schmidt College of Medicine to provide career exploration to the medical students and collect donations of toys, diapers, and food to go to Palm Beach County Health Department Volunteer Services for distribution to the disadvantaged population of the county.
Mahyar Nouri-Shirazi, D.V.M., Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Schmidt College of Medicine, and Director of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in the field of immunology through innovative research, publications in leading medical journals, patents and professional services to several prestigious non-profit societies including the American Association of Immunologists, the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Nouri-Shirazi is a member of the Medical and Graduate Student Admissions Committees and has taught immunology to medical and graduate students for over 10 years at Baylor University and FAU.
Gary Rose, M.D., F.A.C.S., Co-director of the Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program, has been teaching medical students and residents for three decades. He is a past president of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Palm Beach County Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the State of Florida Board of Medicine Surgical Review Committee. He has served as past Chairman of the Admissions Committee of the Regional Campus of University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine at FAU, as well as a member of the Admissions Committee at the Schmidt College of Medicine. Dr. Rose's experience has enabled him to design the medical postbac program to fulfill the needs of today’s medical school applicant. Dr. Rose is also the Course Director of Clinical Correlates, facilitator for Problem-based Learning (PBL), lecturer, and a course director for graduate students at the Schmidt College of Medicine.
Stacey A. Simons, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology, is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology. She completed a selective fellowship in Oncologic Surgical Pathology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. She also completed her Forensic Pathology fellowship training in Florida District 11 (Miami), and subsequently served as an Associate Medical Examiner in Florida Districts 4/3 (Jacksonville) and 15 (West Palm Beach). In between districts, she served as Coroner’s Physician in Maui County, Hawaii. Dr. Simons joined the faculty at the Schmidt College of Medicine in January 2020. She teaches pathology, histology, gross anatomy, and basic science, co-leads case-based histology labs and anatomy labs, and is a facilitator for IQ team-based learning activities.
Darin P. Trelka, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science and Director of Anatomical Programs is board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology. He has served as medical examiner and coroner in Virginia, Ohio and Florida. Dr. Trelka is the former Deputy Chief and Interim Chief Medical Examiner of Broward County, FL, and is former director of the Forensic Pathology Fellowship Training Program at the office of the Broward County Medical Examiner and Trauma Services. He is a former clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Pathology of NOVA Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Trelka has co-authored an atlas of forensic histopathology and has authored textbook chapters in both forensic pathology and death investigation, as well as served as a speaker on those topics both locally and nationally. Dr. Trelka joined the faculty at the Schmidt College of Medicine in August 2014, teaching anatomical science in gross and microscopic anatomy. He assists in pathology laboratory curriculum and facilitates PBL and IQ group learning activities.
Mark A. Goldstein, Senior Director of the FAU Simulation Center (FAUSC) and Co-Director of the postbac program, oversees all facets of program operation at simulation center sites in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, FL. He implemented a pilot program for Healthcare Careers Outreach to high school students in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties and has remained a guiding force behind the success of the program, gaining valuable teaching experience in his working relationships with high school students who have completed it. Mr. Goldstein also developed a pilot program for teaching interprofessional education for medical and nursing students, which has been incorporated into the curriculum at the Schmidt College of Medicine. After spending thirty-five years in technology development, including roles as a solutions executive and program director for IBM and Senior VP and Chief Information Officer for SAKS, Inc., Mr. Goldstein launched the simulation center. The center has since been expanded to over 15,000 square feet, providing simulations, clinical skills development and protocols for medical students, residents, practicing nurses and emergency department personnel.
Philip M. Boiselle, M.D., Professor and Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Sarah K. Wood M.D., Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education