PRESIDENT OF THE FACULTY
Dennis K. Ledford, MD
Dennis Ledford grew up in East Tennessee and attended college at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences. He remained in Memphis for the completion of his internal medicine residency and served as chief medical resident for Dr. Gene Stollerman at the City of Memphis Hospital. A fellowship in rheumatology and immunology followed at New York University and Bellevue Hospital in New York. A fellowship in allergy and immunology at the University of South Florida completed his education.
Dr. Ledford remained in Tampa at the University of South Florida, joining the faculty and achieving the rank of professor of medicine and pediatrics in 2000. He works with Drs. Richard F. Lockey, Roger W. Fox and Mark Glaum in supervising the training program in allergy and immunology. Clinical responsibilities occupy the majority of his time, but he has developed research interests in severe, steroid-dependent asthma, allergen characterization and the association of gastroesophageal reflux disease and upper airway disease.
Dr. Ledford is a member of AOA and received the outstanding student of medicine award and graduated first in his class at the University of Tennessee, the outstanding teacher award from the USF medical house staff, the outstanding medical volunteer of the year in Hillsborough County and the Governors Community Service Award from the American College of Chest Physicians. He served on the American Board of Allergy and Immunology as Secretary/Treasurer, as president of the Florida Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society, and as prior chair of the medical student selection committee of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He is the current director of the allergy/immunology clinics at USF and vice-chair of the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME for allergy and immunology. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, past contributing editor for Allergy Watch and past editorial board member for the Annals of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. He is past Governor of the Southeast Region of the State Local and Regional Allergy Societies of the American Academy Allergy Asthma and Immunology and is currently chief of the section of allergy and immunology at University Community Hospital. He continues to contribute to the medical literature through special projects and on going research work, including pharmaceutical funded phase II, phase III and phase IV clinical trials.
Faculty Council Goals:
1. Continue to build upon communication between administration and faculty with emphasis on notification of faculty prior to any communication to general community.
2. Develop interdepartmental teams to explore common problems among faculty members.
3. Contact other medical center faculty and explore innovations they are using to enhance our faculty council.
4. Introduce leadership training into faculty council meetings using the leadership institute on campus (M. Kasti).