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John T. Sinnott, MD FACP FIDSA

Co-Director, USF Health Signature Research Program, Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Disease
Associate Dean, USF Medicine International
James A Cullison Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Infectious Disease
Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Biographical Sketch | Areas of Expertise | International Agreements | Current Research | Publications

Education
MD, University of South Alabama
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of South Florida
Fellowship, Infectious Disease, University of South Florida
Contact Information
E-Mail: jsinnott@health.usf.edu
Phone: (813) 844-4174
FAX: (813) 844-7605

Biographical Sketch

Dr. John Sinnott received his BS from Columbus College, his MA from the University of South Florida, and his MD from the University of South Alabama. He joined the faculty at the University of South Florida after completing an Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Disease Fellowship. He is board certified in both and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
 
Most recently, Dr. Sinnott was appointed Co-Director of the USF Health Signature Research Program in Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Disease. Dr. John Sinnott is the Associate Dean for USF Medicine International (opens in new window) at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, the James A Cullison Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine. Dr. Sinnott is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.
 
A distinguished member of the medical community, Dr. Sinnott has been the recipient of local and national awards, including Outstanding Professor of the College of Medicine, an award that has been retired and named in his honor, the Florida Medical Association Award for Leadership in Medical Education, the NBI Award for Humanism in Medicine; and he is an honorary alumnus of the USF College of Medicine. He has been a finalist for the AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award. He has been listed in Who's Who in American, International Who's Who, the Best Doctors in America and Tampa Bay's Best Doctors.
 
Dr. Sinnott has been inducted into the Leon G. Smith Infectious Disease Institute Hall Of Fame, has served on over 40 local, regional, and national health care committees, and has published over 180 abstracts, articles, and textbook chapters. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Infections in Medicine. Dr. Sinnott was appointed as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health as part of the state of Florida's Bioterrorism Initiative. He serves on the Food Tech Services, Inc. Board of Directors, the Tampa General Hospital Foundation board and the USF Foundation board. He has long been interested in how illness affects art and creativity. He relaxes as an instrument-rated pilot and a United States Coast Guard Ship's Master.
 
Dr. Sinnott has had extensive international experience, including four international scientific publications and over twenty scientific abstracts presented at international conferences. He is currently the Chair of the USF Center for Health, HIV/AIDS Research and Training, through which more than 200 Indian physicians and policy-makers have been trained in HIV education for capacity building to enhance medical care and AIDS prevention.
 
He has also directed collaborative efforts with the University of South Florida and numerous Indian healthcare organizations, including working to improve blood safety with the Indu Health Research Foundation in Gujurat, India and community based HIV prevention and research with the Vasai Regional AIDS Control Society in Vasai, India. Dr. Sinnott is overseeing the development of international partnerships with the University of South Florida and medical colleges and healthcare organizations in Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Panama, China, and South Korea.

Areas of Expertise

Travel medicine (view travel medicine podcast) (opens in new window), sepsis, influenza, biodefense, tissue banking, emerging infections, pneumonia, and nosocomial infections.

International Collaborative Agreements

  • Gansu Provincial Health Dept., Gansu, China
  • Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 2008.
  • Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand, 2008.
  • Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU), Dominican Republic, 10/07.
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Dominican Republic 10/06.
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), School of Medicine, China, 6/06. 
  • Doctor Salvador B. Gautier Hospital, Dominican Republic, 5/06.
  • Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Government of Maharashtra, India, 2006.

Current Research

Fogarty International Center; Patricia Emmanuel, (PI); 7/07 - 6/12. USF-India Program in Adolescent HIV/AIDS Research Training (PAHRT). Role: Co-Investigator

Pfizer Foundation; Sinnott (PI); 03/06 - 1/07 Linezolid and the Management of MRSA
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Toney (PI); 2000 - 2005, Florida STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (PTC) – region IV STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (Program Announcement 00031). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Government of Maharashtra, India; Sinnott (PI); 5/05-7/05, Training Program on Disaster Management, Emerging Infections and Trauma Care for Policy Planners and Physicians in Resource Limited Settings.

Pfizer. TGH Foundation.; Sinnott (PI); 1/05, Impact of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on the Tampa Bay Community.

Florida Department of Health; Amuso (PI); 2004-2007, State Health Laboratory Management. Florida Department of Health.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Government of Maharashtra, India; Sinnott (PI); 09/04-11/04, HIV Management Training Program for Physicians in Resource Limited Settings.

Government of Maharashtra, India; Sinnott; (PI); 09/04-11/04 Training Program for Policy Makers from Resource Limited Settings.

Government of Maharashtra, India; Sinnott (PI); 6/04-7/04, HIV Management Training Program for Policy Planners and Physicians in Resource Limited Settings.

Florida Department of Health; Sinnott (PI); 2004, Hospital Exercise Evaluation Tool and Data Summary Report.

Florida Infectious Disease Institute; Sinnott (PI); 2003 – present, Florida Department of Health.

Pfizer; Sinnott (PI); 1999 – 2001, STD Training Development Grant.

Region IV South Ryan White Care Act Title III; Saba (PI); 1999 – present. Hemophilia of Georgia; Sinnott (Co-PI)

Ryan White Care Act Title I; Emmanuel (PI); 1999 – 2001, Primary Care for Women, Infants, Children; Sinnott (Co-PI)

The Tampa General Hospital Auxiliary; Sinnott (PI); 1998, Infection Control Grant.

Hillsborough County Public Health Unit; Larkin (PI); 1996, Housing and Urban Development Grant for Multi-purpose Facility for AIDS/HIV Related Services; Sinnott (Co-PI)

Recent and Selected Publications

Shapshak P, Pandjassarame K, Fujimura RK, Commins D, Chiappelli F, Singer E, Levine A, Minagar A, Novembre F, Somboonwit C, Nath A, Sinnott JT.  NeuroAIDS Review. Editorial.  AIDS, under review, 2010.

Shapshak P, Chiappelli F, Somboonwit C, Sinnott JT.  Containing the Influenza Pandemic of 2009: Lessons and Implications. Mol Diag and Ther, in progress, 2010.

Naik E, Casanas B, Pazare A, Wagale G, Sinnott JT, Salihu H.  Cost of treatment: The single biggest obstacle to HIV/AIDS treatment adherence in lower-middle class patients in Mumbai, India. Indian J Sex Transm Dis 2009; 30:23-7.

Shapshak P, Somboonwit C, Drumright LN, Frost S DW, Commins D, Tellinghuisen T, Scott W, Duncan R, McCoy C, Page JB, Giunta B, Fernandez F, Singer E, Levine A, Minagar A, Oluwadayo O, Taiwo K, Chiappelli F, Sinnott JT.  Molecular and Contextual Markers of HCV and Drug Abuse.  Mol Diag and Ther, in press, 2009.

Castillo E, Somboonwit C, Sinnott JT, Shapshak P. West Nile Virus Review, in progress, 2009.

Shapshak P, Duncan R, Duran EM, Ziegler F, Minagar A, Cummins D, Levine AJ, Singer E, Somboonwit C, Chiappelli F, Sinnott JT.  Gene Chromosomal Organization and Gene Expression in Neurons Microdissected from Basal Ganglia from Patients with HAD and HIVE. Bioinformation, in progress, 2009.

Casanas BC, Pothiawala S, Sinnott JT. An Elderly Man with NOMA Orofacial Gangrene. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice; 17(3);208-209, May 2009.

Asthana D, Fischl M, Sachdeva N, Teppler H, Sinnott JT, Saag M. Host Response. In: Mildvan D ed. International Atlas of AIDS, 4th ed. Philadelphia: Current Medicine Group, 2008. (Textbook chapter)

Houseknecht K, Olivia AM, Sinnott JT. Contact lens-Associated Fusarium Keratitis: An Eye for Trouble. Asian Biomedicine 2008; 2(1):35-42.


Casanas BC, Pothiawala S, Sinnott JT. An Elderly Man with NOMA Orofacial Gangrene. In Publication, Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, 2008.

Joseph J, Sinnott JT. Web searching for information about physicians. [Letter] JAMA, 2008.

Tucci V, Sinnott JT. “A likely case of trichomonal urethritis contracted by oropharyngeal exposure,” Asian Biomedicine, Vol 2. No. 2;147-149, April 2008.

Sinnott JT, Casanas B, Cooks A, Cooper C, et al. Abdominal Infections. In: MacCue J, Kahan S eds. In A Page Infectious Disease. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

Gompf S, Herman B, Tash K, Sinnott JT. Pseudomonas corneal ulcer causing a corneal ulcer. Clin Micro News, April 2005, 27, 8;15:64-65.

Pujari S, Sinnott JT, et al. Lipodystrophy and dyslipidemia among patients taking first-line, WHO-recommended highly active antiretroviral therapy regimes in Western India. J of AIDS, 2005, 39;2:199-202.

Nabukera, Sinnott JT, et al. Rural Indian tribal communities: an emerging high-risk group for HIV/AIDS. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2005, 5:1.

Wills TS, Lavina J, Sinnott JT. Blastoschizomyces capitatus pneumonia in an immunocompetent male. South Med J, 2004; 97:00.

Somboonwit C, Poklepovic A, Irvine L, Sinnott JT. Infectious disease aspects of viral hemorrhagic fever. In: Soule BM ed. The American Practitioner in Infection Control. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 2004.

Houston SH, Sinnott JT. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. APIC Infection Control and Applied Epidemiology Principles and Practice. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 2004.

Degryse A, Houston SH, Sinnott JT. Dengue virus. In: Kean L, ed. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Applied Epidemiology Principles and Practice. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 2004.

Abstracts

Pujari S, Dravid A, Makane A, Dabhade D, Bele V, Sinnott J.  Effectiveness and safety of Tenofovir/Emtricitabine/Nevirapine amongst HIV infected individuals in Western India.  Montreal: Submitted to the 16th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 2009.

D’Souza E, Menezes L, Amin SL, Sinnott J. Adolescence, sexuality and HIV/AIDS in India: A structural perspective. Abstract: WEPE0912. Poster Presented at the XVII International AIDS Conference. Mexico City, 2008.

Pujari S, Dravid A, Gupte N, Dhananjay A, Menezes L, Sinnott J. Effectiveness and Safety of Generic Second-line PI-based ART in Western India. Boston: Presented at the 15th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 2008.

Pothiawala S, Menezes L, Deshpande A, Joshi A, Kim H, & Sinnott J. Depressive symptomatology and suicidal ideation among HIV-infected women in India. Presented at the IV Annual IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment, Sydney Australia, 2007.

Pujari s. Gupte N, Mellinkeri S, Naik E, Menezes L and Sinnott J. Immunologic recovery amongst virologically suppressed HIV infected individuals in Western India. Los Angeles: 14th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 2007. Pujari S,

Wills T, Naik E, Menezes L, Nadler J, Norris D, Sinnott JT. Correlates of anemia for HIV patients in the HAART era: A single-center ambulatory clinical cohort in Pune, India. Presentation at XVI International AIDS Conference, Toronto, 2006.

Menezes L, D’Souza KR, D’Souza KM, Somboonwit C, Amin S, Sinnott JT. A socio-historical construction of the AIDS epidemic in India. Abstract: MOPE0724. Presentation at the XVI International AIDS Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2006.

Pujari S, Bele V, Joshi K, Sawant S, Joshi S, Nadler J, Sinnott JT, Naik E, Debhade D. Effect of rifampicin hepatic induction on Nevirapine concentrations in Indian volunteers. Denver: Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, 2006.

Menezes L, Raja T, Tash K, Naik E, Nadler J, Sinnott JT. Drug use fuels HIV and STDs in a semi-rural community in India. Rio de Janeiro: IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment, 2005.

Naik E, Tash K, D'Souza K, Menezes L, Pazare A, Wable G, Sinnott JT. Cost of treatment: The single biggest obstacle to treatment adherence in middle class Mumbai, India. Rio de Janeiro: IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment, 2005.

Oehler RL, Mastorides SM, Toney JT, Gompf SG, Sinnott JT. Comparison of the Treponemal IgG assay versus conventional RPR analysis in patient screening for the diagnosis of Syphilis. The Challenge, International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research Congress, Amsterdam, 2005.

Desai B, Desai M, Naik E, Nadler J, Galwankar S, Tash K, Shah V, Sinnott JT. Can cervical neoplasia be prevented in HIV patients? Bangkok: International AIDS Conference, 2004.

Desai B, Desai M, Naik E, Nadler J, Galwankar S, Tash K, Shah K, Sinnott JT. The Effect of prayer on Depression in HIV patients. Bangkok: International AIDS Conference, 2004.

Dr. Sinnott's CV