About Us

Meet the Providers

SHS Directors

Medical Director, Joseph Puccio, MD, plans, directs, and coordinates the medical and health services at the USF Student Health Services clinic, as well as practices as a medical doctor. Senior Director, Diane Zanto, ARNP, oversees the business functions at the USF SHS clinic, as well as practices as an ARNP.

Medical Doctor (MD)

A medical doctor diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

Physician Assistant (PA)

A PA provides healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. They conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, counsel patients, and may, in some cases, prescribe medication. PAs must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

ARNPs diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. They may focus on health promotion and disease prevention, and may order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests, and prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.


Psychiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who evaluates patients to determine if symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental, or a strictly psychiatric disorder.

Registered Dietitian (RD)

RDs provide medical nutrition therapy to assist in health promotion and nutrition management of chronic diseases.


Neuropsychologists are psychologists who are specially trained to perform testing and evaluations for ADHD and other learning disabilities. They also evaluate brain trauma. After testing a neuropsychologist will also make recommendations for academic or work accommodation if needed.

Case Managers

Case Managers assist students with the coordination of their medical/psychiatric care. The Case Manager will link students to medical specialists, financial resources or other appropriate community resources.