Loretta has a BS in Psychology from Newcomb College and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas. Loretta has over thirty years of clinical practice, administrative, teaching, service, and research experience in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology. She joined the faculty of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in 2001 as Professor of Medicine & Oncology where she obtained an MBA in 2003. She was previously an Assistant Dean and Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Loretta is interested in the interaction of the humanities and arts with medicine and has investigated the illnesses of artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Couture, and Grant Wood as well as the writer Sylvia Plath. She is also a member of the Mystery Writers of America and hopes to publish her own mystery novel in the near future.