Welcoming New Faculty: Soamy Montesino-Goicolea

Soamy Montesino Goicolea
Dr. Montesino-Goicolea

Soamy Montesino-Goicolea, M.D., who has been at the University of Florida since 2018, joined the UF College of Dentistry in a full-time capacity in April 2024 as a research assistant professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, or CDBS.

Montesino-Goicolea will continue her work and research at the UF Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence, or PRICE, after serving as both a postdoctoral associate and a T32 postdoctoral fellow in CDBS focused on pain and aging at both PRICE and the McKnight Brain Institute.

In her new research assistant professor role, she’ll work closely with faculty at PRICE to implement new and ongoing clinical intervention projects examining chronic pain. Montesino-Goicolea will assist with protocol development and implementation, supervising research staff, assisting with regulatory compliance and demonstrating scholarly productivity.

A native of Cuba, Montesino-Goicolea earned the U.S. equivalent of a doctor of medicine degree from the Superior Institute of Basic and Preclinical Sciences in Havana, Cuba, in 2003 and went on to two postgraduate stops at San Antonio de los Banos in Artemisa, Cuba, as a medical doctor postgraduate from 2003-06, and then as a clinical immunology resident at the Superior Institute of Basic and Preclinical Sciences from 2006-10.

She served as an immunologist in the blood bank at the Carlos J. Finlay Military Hospital for two years before moving to the Pedro Borras Pediatric Hospital in Havana as a clinical immunologist from 2012-16.

Montesino-Goicolea made the jump to the United States and Miami in 2017 as a clinical associate at Leon Medical Center before making her way to UF and North Central Florida in 2018 to begin her research associate and postdoctoral fellowship roles.

She’s a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the United States Association for the Study of Pain and the Sleep Research Society.