Lucy Guerra

Lucy Guerra, MD, MPH, FACP


Department: Department of Internal Medicine
Business Phone: (352) 265-0651
Business Email:

About Lucy Guerra

Hello, I am Dr. Lucy Guerra. I earned my Doctor of Medicine from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Before that, I earned a Master of Public Health in Public Health and Epidemiology from a joint Florida International University and University of Miami program and a Bachelor of Arts in premedical sciences and American Studies from Amherst College. My Internal Medicine Internship and Residency was completed at Cornell-Columbia Presbyterian and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

During my tenure as a faculty member at the University of South Florida, I assumed various leadership roles while maintaining my fervor for medical education, patient care and clinical research. My research spanned diverse areas, including vaccinations, trauma, Long Covid and health disparities. I served as the Division Director for General Internal Medicine, Medical Director for the Tampa General Hospital Specialty Clinic and Medical Director of Gulfcoast Jewish Family Community Refugee Services.

Of Cuban heritage, I am bilingual in English and Spanish. Outside of my professional pursuits, I find joy in spending time with my family and volunteering at my local Catholic parish. My three children are a source of immense pride for me. In terms of patient care, I have a particular interest in hypertension, diabetes, women’s health topics and chronic illnesses. Inspired by the dedication of my father and uncle, both physicians who served underserved communities, I strive to provide compassionate care to my patients, ensuring they receive the level of attention and empathy I would want for my own family members.


Top Doc Award
2022 · Tampa Magazine
USF Status of Latinos Award
2022 · USF Office of Multicultural Affairs
Best Doctor Award Finalist
2018 · Tampa Bay Times
Quality Improvement Award
2018 · American College of Physicians
Outstanding Clinic Outpatient Teaching Award
2017 · USF Department of Internal Medicine
Excellence in Patient Centered Community Service
2016 · USF Department of Internal Medicine
I Raise the Rates Award
2016 · American College of Physicians
National Philanthropy Day Award
2016 · USF Bridge Clinic, Association of Fundraising Professionals
Spirit of Interprofessionalism Award
2016 · USF Morsani College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
Dedication and Mentorship Award
2015 · USF Bridge Clinic
Award for Excellence in Clinical Care for Patients on Medicaid
2012 · Molina Healthcare Heroes
2012 · Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Roy A. Behnke Award for Outstanding Teaching
2012 · USF Morsani College of Medicine
Tampa Bay Hero Award Finalist for Humanism in Medicine
2012 · Tampa Bay Times
Volunteerism and Community Service Award
2012 · American College of Physicians

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Profile

  • Internal Medicine
Areas of Interest
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • High blood pressure – adults
  • Preventive health care
  • Women’s health


A Case of Panic Attacks Developing After 10 Years of Chronic Cannabis Use in a Patient With No Prior Psychiatric History.
Cureus. 15(1) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.34197. [PMID] 36843769.
A Pilot Study of Brief, Stepped Behavioral Activation for Primary Care Patients with Depressive Symptoms.
Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings. 30(1):17-27 [DOI] 10.1007/s10880-022-09864-x. [PMID] 35220524.
Assessing Adherence to Statin Prescription Guidelines at a Student-Run Free Clinic: A Retrospective Review.
Cureus. 15(8) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.43083. [PMID] 37680424.
Assessing Spanish Health Literacy and Cervical Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors in a Student-Run Free Clinic.
Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education. 38(4):1383-1390 [DOI] 10.1007/s13187-023-02278-9. [PMID] 36884133.
Trauma-informed patient and public-engaged research: Development and evaluation of an online training programme.
Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy. 26(1):388-398 [DOI] 10.1111/hex.13668. [PMID] 36345789.
Women’s Health Maintenance Efforts at a Student-Run Free Clinic in South Florida Exceeded National Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Journal of community health. 48(3):501-507 [DOI] 10.1007/s10900-023-01190-z. [PMID] 36719533.
Preventative Cancer Screening Rates Among Uninsured Patients in Free Clinics: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Cancer Survivors and Non-cancer Survivors.
Cancer control : journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center. 29 [DOI] 10.1177/10732748211072983. [PMID] 35245986.
Beliefs regarding geriatrics primary care topics among medical students and internal medicine residents.
Gerontology & geriatrics education. 42(1):46-58 [DOI] 10.1080/02701960.2019.1661841. [PMID] 31476132.
Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors and Screening Among the Uninsured of Tampa Bay: A Free Clinic Study.
Preventing chronic disease. 18 [DOI] 10.5888/pcd18.200496. [PMID] 33630731.
Prevalence and management of diabetes among the uninsured: A multicenter study in Tampa Bay, FL.
Diabetes research and clinical practice. 171 [DOI] 10.1016/j.diabres.2020.108560. [PMID] 33271229.
Responding to COVID-19: Implementing a Telemedicine Program at a Student-Run Free Clinic.
Telemedicine reports. 2(1):97-107 [DOI] 10.1089/tmr.2020.0037. [PMID] 35720752.
Addressing Breast Cancer Screening Disparities Among Uninsured and Insured Patients: A Student-Run Free Clinic Initiative.
Journal of community health. 45(3):501-505 [DOI] 10.1007/s10900-019-00767-x. [PMID] 31667647.
Enhancing Adherence to Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines at a Student-Run Free Clinic.
Journal of community health. 45(1):128-132 [DOI] 10.1007/s10900-019-00724-8. [PMID] 31420789.
Prevent and Protect: A Vaccination Initiative for Uninsured Patients at a Student-Run Free Clinic.
Journal of community health. 45(5):910-915 [DOI] 10.1007/s10900-020-00808-w. [PMID] 32189211.
Association Between the Use of Thiazide Diuretics and the Risk of Skin Cancers: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies.
Journal of clinical medicine research. 11(4):247-255 [DOI] 10.14740/jocmr3744. [PMID] 30937114.
Diabetes Group Visits at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.
Clinical diabetes : a publication of the American Diabetes Association. 35(5):350-352 [DOI] 10.2337/cd17-0104. [PMID] 29263581.
One-Visit Behavioral Intervention for Older Primary Care Patients with Mild to Moderate Depressive Symptoms.
Southern medical journal. 109(8):442-7 [DOI] 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000497. [PMID] 27490649.


Residency, Internal Medicine
2000 · Cornell-Columbia Presbyterian & University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Doctor of Medicine
1997 · Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Master of Public Health in Public Health and Epidemiology
1992 · Florida International University and University of Miami
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies
1991 · Amherst College

Contact Details

(352) 265-0651
Business Street:
PO Box 103204
Division of General Internal Medicine