USF Medicine International, originally named Office of International Affairs College of Medicine, was established in 2005 by the Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Senior VP, USF Health Stephen Klasko. The office was created because of a growing recognition of USF as a Global University. Our history and guiding philosophy dates over a decade ago, with the founding of the Center for Health and HIV/AIDS Research and Training (CHART-India), in 1998. This Center was the initial venture of USF's Division of Infectious Disease into international medical activities. Under the leadership of John Sinnott, MD, Kiran Patel, MD, and Eknath Naik, MD, the Center united the efforts of the Division with the USF College of Public Health, several not-for-profits, hospitals and academic institutions in India.
Since the establishment of CHART-India, faculty from the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine became involved in numerous collaborative research and training activities related to HIV/AIDS with partner institutions in India. Over the decade, the international activities of the Division have grown exponentially thus creating a plethora of opportunities for exchange programs between the Morsani College of Medicine and institutions throughout the world. The Morsani College of Medicine is now affiliated with 24 institutions across five continents.