Lewis A. Barness, MD

Dr. Barness is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the USF College of Medicine. He became the first chairman of the Department of Pediatrics in 1972 and recruited faculty to the fledgling medical school, built a curriculum, and attracted many of the best and brightest medical graduates to careers in pediatrics. As a researcher, Dr. Barness made important contributions to the field of infant nutrition and metabolism, and is recognized as a pioneer in the area.

Dr. Barness began his medical career in Boston, where he completed medical school at Harvard and his residency and research fellowship at Children’s Hospital. He then joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania where he remained until 1972 when he came to Tampa.

Dr. Barness’ remarkable career, spanned more than 55 years, was filled with professional accolades and awards, including the prestigious John Howland Medal from the American Pediatric Society, recognized as the highest praise attainable in pediatrics. He has also earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in recognition of his outstanding teaching, the Abraham Jacobi Award from the American Academic of Pediatrics and the Joseph St. Geme Leadership awarded from all of the pediatric societies. He was inducted into the Pediatrics Hall of Fame, an organization established in Philadelphia, PA to honor physicians who have made remarkable contributions to the practice of pediatrics.

Dr. Barness passed away in November, 2013. To donate to his memorial fund, please click here.

Distinguished University
Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus

Education & Training

A.B. Harvard College, 1941
M.D. Harvard Medical School, 1944
Research Fellow in Pediatrics Children's Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, 1947
Pediatric Residency Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital, Boston, 1950
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1971 (Honorary Degree)
D.Sci University of Wisconsin, 2002 (Honorary Degree)
D.P.H. University of South Florida, 2008 (Honorary Degree)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine

Scholarly Activity & Research Interests

Dr. Barness’ research interests  focused in infant nutrition and metabolism. He authored over 260 manuscripts, 95 book chapters and 50 books.