Program Director


Stefanie R. Brown, MD, FACP, FAAP

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Residency: Med-Peds – Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School Chief Residency: Primary Care Chief Resident – Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School

Dr. Brown was born and raised in New Jersey and returned to her home for residency and her first 7 years of faculty experience. As a Med-Peds physician, she considers herself 100% Internal Medicine and 100% Pediatrics. The variety of her administrative, clinical, educational, mentorship and research responsibilities inspire and motivate her, and she has a true passion for each. Her current research endeavors are based in academic medicine and curriculum development. She feels lucky to work in an institution where she is given freedom to explore and encouraged to pursue innovation in all aspects of her career.

On a personal note, Dr. Brown lives in South Beach, facing the ocean, where the multitude of extracurricular activities available is only out measured by the beauty of her surroundings. In her time off, she takes an annual trip to a location on her bucket list and is a Class Pass devotee. On the weekends she takes pottery classes, enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, lounging by any body of water and searching for that magical 8th day in the week.

Associate program directors


Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico
Residency: Internal Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami, Florida

Dr. Del Toro is a general internist providing primary care to adults at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics. Her clinical interests include preventative care and management of chronic illness such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.  In addition to involvement in graduate medical education through the ambulatory component of the residency program, she is also heavily involved with undergraduate medical education, serving as Director of the Problem-Based Learning curriculum. She teaches early medical students clinical physical exam skills, history taking and clinical reasoning and works with both third year medical students as well as residents in her clinic. She is particularly interested in teaching clinical reasoning and the private practice aspects of medicine. She enjoys educating residents and students about how to navigate the challenges associated with the “world of insurance”.



Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami

Jessica Figueroa-Valdes was born in Miami, Florida, and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  She completed internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and was subsequently Chief Resident for Quality and Safety at the Miami Veteran Affairs Medical Center.  She is currently a primary care provider at the VA.  Her professional interests include quality improvement and medical education.


ERin Marcus, MD, MpH

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Massachusetts
Residency: Internal Medicine - Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Marcus is a general internal medicine physician and associate professor of clinical medicine and Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is also the residency site director for the Ambulatory Care Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and has been spearheading the renovation of our outpatient curriculum. Her clinical and research interests focus on preventive medicine, health communication, and women’s health. In 2009, Dr. Marcus was one of three physicians nationally to receive an American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians. She has received grant support from The Ford Foundation to write about health disparities for the ethnic media and general press. She has served as an author of numerous academic chapters and articles, and has had multiple articles published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and the perspective section of The New England Journal of Medicine.


Michael Mueller, MD, MS

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio                                 Residency: Internal Medicine / Urban Health - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Mueller is an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and serves as the inpatient APD for the Jackson Memorial Hospital rotation site. In addition, Dr. Mueller sees and precepts patients in the outpatient resident practices at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami. Dr. Mueller's educational and research interests center around care for underserved and vulnerable patients, and he is the director of the Urban Health Track, a new track focusing on training for care of underserved patients in South Florida urban communities. In addition, Dr. Mueller is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and is completing a LEAHP fellowship with an interest in physician advocacy.

Bhavarth Shukla, MD, MPH

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Internal Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Fellowship: Infectious Disease - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Shukla is originally from South Carolina and attended medical school in Charleston.  He completed internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston.  He is currently a hospitalist at the VA.  His academic interests include antibiotic resistance in Gram-positive bacteria and antibiotic stewardship. His professional interests include quality improvement and medical education.


Jessica Zuleta, MD

Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami

Dr. Zuleta is an associate program director of the Jackson Memorial/ University of Miami Internal Medicine residency training program; she is also site director of the Internal Medicine residency training program at University of Miami Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Faculty Development Fellowship at Chapel Hill. She has served on the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Education Committee and has given lectures for SHM Maintenance of Certification review course with an emphasis on Hospital Medicine.  She is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators at the University of Miami. Her interests include medical education, faculty development, and mentoring.