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University of South Florida

USF Health Leadership

Catherine M. Lynch, MD, FACOG, FPMRS is the Associate Vice President of Faculty Development and Women’s Health, Associate Dean of MCOM Faculty Development, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine. 

As Associate Vice President of Faculty Development, Dr. Lynch designed and launched the USF Health REACH Center for Resources, Engagement, Advancement, Coaching, and Health, a multi-faceted approach to promote and foster academic faculty career development for men and women. AAMC GWIMS published a toolkit authored by Dr. Lynch: “A Case Study: Creative Faculty Development through your GWIMS Office.” In 2018, she presented “Streamlining of Promotion and Tenure Process with Intent to Improve Retention and Faculty” at the AAMC Group on Faculty Affairs. 

Dr. Lynch oversees the effort to transform USF Health into a multi-disciplinary hub for Women’s Health research, education, and clinical care. Dr. Lynch introduced the Women’s Health Collaborative Seed Grant program for research in women’s health. This program is now in its sixth year and has funded over $500,000 in women’s health research with interdisciplinary teams that include faculty from across USF Health, USF, USFSP, USFSM, HLM and the VA. Dr. Lynch also develops programs and opportunities to assist women faculty members in the advancement of their talents and careers. 

Dr. Lynch completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Georgetown University in 1986. She then returned to her home state of Florida to earn her doctorate of medicine from the University of South Florida in 1990, graduating as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Lynch completed her residency and post-graduate work at USF in obstetrics and gynecology and is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Dr. Lynch’s clinical focus of interest is general obstetrics and gynecology, contraceptive and hormonal therapy, and urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction. Dr. Lynch’s expertise in her specialty has given her the singular opportunity to consult and work with non-human primates at Busch Gardens Tampa on a number of occasions, including a C-section delivery necessitated by complications of pregnancy in 2005 of the first baby gorilla in the park’s then 46-year history. 

Dr. Lynch is married to City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and they have two children.