• M3/M4 Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Orlando, FL (2021 – present)
  • Professor of Medicine Tenured, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Medical Education, Orlando, FL (2021- present)
  • Associate Professor of Medicine University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Medical Education, Orlando, FL (2014- present)
  • Assistant Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Allopathic Program, Florida Hospital, Winter Park, FL (2012-2014)
  • Faculty Scientist – Investigator, Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes – FH, Orlando, FL (2012-2014)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine, Orlando, FL (2012-2014)


For a complete list of publications, please click here.

  • Lessans S, Bogdanovski K, Porter K, Ballantyne K, Pasarica M. Service on Student-Run Free Clinic Executive Board Improves Leadership Skills of Medical Students in the Underserved Medical System. Leadership in Health Services.(Sept 23, 2020) DOI (10.1108/LHS-05-2020-0032)
  • Pasarica M, Kay D. Teaching Lifestyle Medicine Competencies in Undergraduate Medical Education: Active Collaborative Intervention for Students at Multiple Locations. Accepted in Advances in Physiology Education. 2020 Sept1;44(3):488-495 (2020)
  • Lessans S, Vega X, Foley B, Bossan A, Baker A, McElroy M, Crouse E, Pasarica M. A patient-centeredness improvement study for efficacy of behavior change for healthy lifestyle and weight loss in a student-run free clinic. Family Practice 2020, July 15;cmaa057 (2020)
  • Burger M, Taddeo M, Hushla D, Pasarica M. Interventions for Increasing the Quality of Preventive Care at a Free Clinic. Jan 4;12(1):e6562. (2020)
  • Sairenji T, Stumbar S, Clark K, Watson KH, Bienz D, Scott S, Keyhani J, Minor S, Babb F, Pasarica M, Savi C. Lessons from a symposium on incorporating entrustable professional activities into medical school curricula. Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Education Column. (2019)
  • Kay D, Pasarica M. Using technology to increase student (and faculty satisfaction with) engagement in medical education. Advances in Physiology Education. 43(3):408-413. (2019)
  • Weinstein M, Pasarica M. A case of the forgotten thyroid: The sequelae of chronic untreated hypothyroidism. Cureus. 11(3): e4240. (2019)
  • Pasarica M, Denise K, Cameron R. Using Active Pedagogies to Advance Learning for Lifestyle Medicine: an Approach for Medical Students. Advances in Physiology Education. 1;43(2):191-195. (2019)
  • Kushner RF, Horn DB, Butsh S, Duncan K, Fugate C, Igel L, Pasarica M, Pennings N, Soleymani T, Velazquez T. Development of Obesity Competencies for Medical Education: A Report from The Obesity Medicine. Obesity (Silver Spring). 27(7):1063-1067. (2019)
  • Pasarica M. & Kay D. Lifestyle Medicine Education: Finding Learning Outcomes in Unexpected Places. Medical Science Educator. 29, 345–346. (2019)
  • Pasarica M, Bailey M, Cendán J C. Increasing Students’ Publication Productivity: Could Launching a University Scientific Journal be a Catalyst?. 11(1):e3953. (2019)
  • Feradov DF, Saikaly SK, Kacheria SA, Pasarica M. How could improved provider communication have improved the care this patient received? The Journal of Family Practice. 67(11):708,710-711. (2018)
  • Anand A, Wagner C, Kong S, Griffith E,  Harimtepathip P,  Baker KK,  Rineer S,  Simms-Cendan J,  Pasarica Improving Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection in a Student-Run Free Clinic. Cureus. 10(4):e2488. (2018)
  • Lopez YN, Garufi G, Pasarica M, Seyhan AA. Elevated and Correlated Expressions of miR-24, miR-30d, miR-146a, and SFRP-4 in Human Abdominal Adipose Tissue Play a Role in Adiposity and Insulin Resistance. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2018:7351902. (2018)
  • Lu KB, Thiel B, Atkins CA, Deasai A, Botwin A, Pavlov MR, Simms-Cendan J, Pasarica M. Satisfaction with Healthcare Received at an Interprofessional Student-Run Free Clinic: Invested in Training the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals. Cureus. 10(3):e2282. (2018)
  • Pasarica M, Kay D. Teaching evidence based lifestyle management in family medicine training. Education for Primary Care. 29(1):60-61. (2018)

Education & Specialties

  • M.D.: 2002, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila,” Bucharest, Romania
  • Ph.D. (Nutrition): 2006, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Endocrinology): 2009, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Residency (Family Medicine): 2012, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, El Dorado, AR



  • Lifestyle medicine
  • Obesity medicine
  • Underserved medicine



  • UCF MD program: IM/FM clerkship, Endocrinology Module, Interprofessional Education, Longitudinal Curriculum themes, Transition to residency course, Practice of Medicine, and Independent research courses


Research Interests:

  • Medical education research (lifestyle, obesity, prevention, scholarship skills)
  • Quality improvement for optimization of patient care