WCIDWest Coast Infectious Diseases
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  • Aggressive therapy is often needed for this invasive bacteria
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  • Many persons in the community are carriers


  • We provide compassionate care for this now survivable disease
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  • Healthy lifestyle and adherence to therapy are key to bringing this illness under control
Our Physicians


Brent W Laartz, MDDr LaartzDr. 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 the 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 M Groom, PhD, MDDr GroomDr. 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.

Charlie Phillips, MDDr PhillipsDr. Phillips is a native of Florida and attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida earning a bachelor's of science degree in Biology. While earning his bachelor's degree Dr. Phillips had the opportunity to volunteer with the National Health Service branch of the Mexican Social Services. This experience sparked an interest in medicine and the area of infectious diseases. Following college Dr. Phillips attended Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska earning a degree in medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Phillips received his postgraduate medical training at the University of South Florida completing a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Phillips joined West Coast Infectious Diseases in 2006. His professional goals include providing quality healthcare for patients in the General Infectious Diseases and HIV. In his spare time Dr. Phillips enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.