Rheumatology

Robert L. DiGiovanni, D.O., FACOI, FACR
Dr. DiGiovanni is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine and is a diplomate and fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and American College of Osteopathic Internists. He is program director of the rheumatology fellowship program and clinical associate professor of internal medicine at Largo Medical Center and Nova Southeastern University. He earned his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and postdoctoral training from Sun Coast Hospital and the University of Arizona. He has been involved in clinical research and has also been published in a variety of medical journals. Dr. DiGiovanni is also an avid lecturer/presenter at many national conferences, hospitals and universities. When Dr. DiGiovanni isn’t seeing patients he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing the accordion, watching sports and collecting old automobiles.

Susan L. Zito, DO, MPH, FACOI, FACR
Dr. Zito is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, American College of Osteopathic Internists, and American College of Ethical Physicians. She earned her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and postdoctoral training from Sun Coast Hospital and Nova Southeastern University. She also earned her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. She is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry. In 2008, Dr. Zito was named the Internal Medicine Clinical Instructor of the Year as part of her faculty appointment with the rheumatology and internal medicine residency programs at Largo Medical Center. Since 2008, Dr. Zito has proudly earned the annual distinction in the top 5% of national physicians for the “Patient’s Choice Award” in Rheumatology. This distinction is determined based on unsolicited patient reviews and multiple practice markers. She also was featured in the magazine Arthritis Today as one of their “Top Docs” in 2010 and has done medical expert segments for Lifetime Television Network’s morning show “Balancing Act”. Dr. Zito is also an avid lecturer/presenter at many national conferences, hospitals and universities. She has been involved in clinical research and has also been published in a variety of medical journals. When Dr. Zito isn’t seeing patients she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and beloved pets, traveling, and vegetarian cuisine.

Rubaiya Y. Mallay, D.O., FACR 
Dr. Mallay is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. She earned her medical degree from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and postdoctoral training from Largo Medical Center and Nova Southeastern University. She has been involved in international clinical research and medical mission work in four countries. Dr. Mallay has also been published in several medical journals for her work and is an avid lecturer/presenter at hospitals and universities. She is a founding member of the American Medical Womens Association at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the recipient of the Howard Levine Scholarship. When Dr. Mallay isn’t seeing patients she enjoys cooking, traveling and salsa dancing.