Physicians

Brent Laartz PortraitBrent W. Laartz, MD

Dr. Laartz received his undergraduate degree and a master’s degree from Northwestern University where he was a National Merit Scholar. He graduated in the highest quartile of his medical school class at the University of Iowa in 1998. During medical school he was one of the leaders of an educational group called the Medical Student Ambassador Program. In 2002, he moved to Tampa and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of South Florida. Always a leader, he was a member of the Housestaff Committee and was Chief Fellow for the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical  Medicine in 2002-2003. In 2003, Dr. Laartz opened the doors of a private practice in Infectious Diseases, soon to be called West Coast Infectious Diseases and holds a title of Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at USF. He also has been active as a member of Ryan White Council, Six Sigma Quality Programs, the Morton Plant Physician Leadership Training and the Northwestern University Alumni Admission Council. He also is the Director for Infection Control at Morton Plant/Mease and Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital and recently had been Chief of Medicine at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital.

 

 

Todd Groom PortraitTodd M. Groom, PHD, MD

Dr. Groom was born and raised in central Pennsylvania, the oldest of 3 children. After High School, he spent the next several years in Philadelphia, where he obtained his B.A, M.S., and Ph.D. all from Temple University. During his time at Temple, he worked on several different clinical and basic science research projects funded by NIH, NATO, and other private organizations. He stayed in Philadelphia where he received his medical training at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Groom then headed south to the University of Miami for his residency in Internal Medicine. He stayed on for his fellowship in Infectious Diseases before moving to the west coast of Florida to begin his Career in private practice. He joined Dr. Laartz in 2005 to start what is now known as West Coast Infectious Diseases. In his spare time, Dr. Groom enjoys traveling, music, and following the local sports teams.

 

 

 

 

Lily Jones PortraitLily N. Jones, D.O.

Dr. Lily Jones graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Arizona State University, where she received her degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies. She completed her medical school at Touro University Nevada, Internal Medicine residency at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She finished her fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and served as chief fellow in Infectious Diseases at the University of South Florida. Dr. Jones is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Her interests include: HIV and Hepatitis C management, mycobacterial infection, and tropical medicine. Dr. Jones also serves as clinical educators to Internal Medicine residents at Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson, and pharmacy students at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Jones is a member of several professional associations including: the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Physicians, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She joined West Coast Infectious Diseases in 2014.

 

 

Jim Desmarais PortraitJames Desmarais, ARNP

Jim was born in Rhode Island and moved to Florida in 1974 with his parents and brother.  He began his Nursing education, at St. Petersburg College where he received his Associates Degree in Nursing.  While he was studying there he was named to the President’s List for Academic Excellence.   Jim worked as Intensive Care Registered Nurse since 2007, in hospitals locally and as a travel nurse.  During that time, he was top in his class in Progressive and Critical Care Internship Programs.

Jim received his Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida.  He is Board Certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center (AANC), as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Jim is a member of the Tampa Bay Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathy, who is also an RN, and their twin daughters.  He enjoys home improvement projects, growing orchids, learning how to make stained glass, and he enjoys their two dogs.