Douglas A. Holt, MD, FACP, IDSA

Andor Szentivanyi Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine
Director, Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL

Biographical Sketch | Areas of Expertise
Residency, Internal Medicine Program, University of South Florida
Fellowship, Infectious Disease, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
MD, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL
BS, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
Contact Information
Phone: (813) 307-8008 ext 6301
FAX: (813) 272-6984

Biographical Sketch

Douglas A. Holt, MD, FACP, is the Andor Szentivanyi Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. He has also been the Director of the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County (HCHD) since 1996.  Dr. Holt earned his medical degree from the University of South Alabama and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Holt has played an active role in many Florida Department of Health workgroups and committees, including the Fiscal Management Advisory Council, Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board, the Secretary’s Roundtable, and the Florida Association of County Health Officers.  In 2001 to 2002, Dr. Holt was the Acting Deputy State Health Officer and played a crucial part in directing the anthrax investigation in Lantana, Florida.  He served in this capacity again in 2011.  In 2012, Dr. Holt was presented with the Distinguished Service to the State of Florida award from the Executive Office of Governor, Rick Scott.

Dr. Holt has been successful in the integration of public health services and those of the university to create a seamless system that enhances patient care.  Through his efforts, the Florida Department of Health and USF have cooperative agreements that provide professional medical services from university professors who serve in the critical public health positions of communicable disease and HIV research.  Since joining the USF faculty in 1989, Dr. Holt has also pioneered collaborative work with the burn, solid organ transplant, BMT and trauma units at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and has been a charter member of the TGH Cardiac Transplant and Liver Transplant Teams.  

One of Dr. Holt’s passions is fostering research.  During his tenure as Professor and Health Department Director, literally hundreds of research studies have been completed and grants submitted.  He has been Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on 57 research protocols, secured a $1 million HUD grant for a research facility build-out and authored 21 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Holt is an active member of many national, state and local organizations such as the American College of Physicians, Infectious Disease Society of America, Hillsborough County Medical Association, American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association, Florida Infectious Disease Society, and The National Association of County & City Health Officials.  He is also a graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute Class 1.

Dr. Holt is acclaimed as an “Outstanding Teacher” by students, residents and fellows.  He has been very active with the Infectious Disease Fellowship program and helped start the first HIV ward in Florida.  He has been recognized twice as “Best Teacher” by the Fellows.

Areas of Expertise

Pandemic Preparedness, Public Health Policy, Influenza

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