Dear Friends and Visitors,

Welcome to the website of the University of South Florida’s Department of Surgery. Here you will find information about our different divisions, residencies, fellowships and research. As chairman of the Department of Surgery, I am eager to personally introduce you to the department, its people, its hospitals and its mission. 

First, we are a young department in a young medical school. The USF College of Medicine was founded in 1971 and has since rapidly established itself as a source of prodigious medical education. Our youth is not to be mistaken for inexperience, and is instead defined by our diverse and knowledgeable faculty. Our accomplished faculty members have been trained in some of the nation’s premier programs, and each of them has brought a desire for excellence along with a strong heritage. This abundance of outside experience creates a prosperous teaching environment ripe with different ideas and methodologies. 

The Department of Surgery itself hosts interprofessional education opportunities for students, residents, faculty and external physicians. The medical director and faculty are involved at different levels, and there is great potential to be a leader at training, evaluation and competency. We also embrace our integral and profound commitment to support the Center for Advanced Medical Learning Simulation (CAMLS) project, which provides the best training possible to local and foreign surgeons through high-tech simulations. 

Similar to the background of our faculty, the education of our students is not limited to the Department of Surgery. Five major teaching hospitals are mixed into our existing dedication to research. We are privileged enough to work together with All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Tampa General Hospital, the Moffitt Cancer Center, the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, and the Bay Pines Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Pinellas County. We hold the students of the programs we offer in high regard, and support each of our trainees with the attention and enthusiasm they need to finish our program with a structured experience in surgery and its subspecialties.


The Department of Surgery aspires to expand our residencies through research support. We have bolstered the basic science research alongside Mac Wu, M.D. We also work with Benjamin Djulbegovic, M.D., Ph.D., who is heavily involved in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program which collects and analyzes clinical outcomes data to improve surgical care for our patients. 

Through our education, our people, and our research, the Department of Surgery continues to grow and offer some of the best opportunities to our ambitious students and faculty. Education is best cultivated through a broad array of experiences; we believe that a surgeon with broad interests and passions is more likely to make powerful contributions to the understanding of diseases and the strategies to cure them than a surgeon who is narrowly defined. I am eager for you to discover the energy behind our programs, and look forward to your comments.


David J. Smith, Jr., M.D.
Richard G. Connar Professor and Chairman
Department of Surgery
University of South Florida 


David J. Smith, Jr., M.D.

David J. Smith, Jr., M.D. is Richard G. Connar
Professor and Chairman of the Department of
Surgery at the University of South Florida's
Morsani College of Medicine.