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John T. Sinnott MD, FACP
Professor and Chairman
Department of Internal Medicine
Morsani College of Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine

"Our mission is to provide superb clinical care, educate with excellence and pursue research with passion"

The Department of Internal Medicine is the largest and most complex department in the Morsani College of Medicine with over 24 Divisions, Programs, Centers and Institutes. We manage a $130,000,000 annual budget of which over $78,000,000 are NIH funded research projects and $14,000,000 in clinical research studies.

The Department provides education and training for a diverse group of medical students, residents, fellows and health personnel from USF and throughout the world. Highlights of our successes in teaching, research and patient-care are briefly described below. Usually in medicine if you understand something you can put a number on it, so we use metrics when possible.

 

Teaching

  • AAMC ranks USF in the top 4% of internal medicine programs nationally in preparing students for residency.
  • Our educational mission is global. Dr. Lynette Menezes, Assistant Dean for International Medicine, manages training programs in 32 countries - from Panama to China to Bangladesh - teaching leadership, quality improvement, and global health via bilateral exchange of scholars. All of our programs have grown and for more details see our 2021 State of the Department.
  • ABIM Pass Rate 100%
  • Resident Subspecialty Match Rate 100%
  • Internal Medicine Residents 145
  • Subspecialty Fellows  124
  • Post-Doctoral Scholars  18
  • Doximity ranking  64
  • Mean USMLE Score  250 

Research

The Department's research activities are numerous and involve both basic and clinical research activities in all subspecialties of Internal Medicine.

  • USF's Internal Medicine has 18 research faculty responsible for more than $78 million in NIH research dollars. We are ranked nationally at 35/173 in funded NIH research by BRIMR.org (2020).
  • Dr. Krischer is the world-renowned meta data analyst on Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Christian Brechot, former director of the Pasteur Institute and past president of Biomerieux, examines the microbiome.
  • The malaria team under Dr. Liwang Cui and Dr. Kami Kim conducts fundamental and translational research on malarial resistance and that team has bases in Malawi, Myanmar, Thailand, and other countries.
  • In the Allergy Division, Dr. Narasaiah Kolliputi and Dr. Juan Carlos Cardet study small airway disease and fibrosis. All research in the malaria and allergy units is NIH funded.
  • Patient care occurs in our affiliated hospitals (Tampa General Hospital (TGH), H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, James A Haley VA Hospital, AdventHealth aka Florida Hospital) as well as our state-of-the-art ambulatory health care centers. The Department also provides healthcare support and services via contractual arrangements with many diverse organizations.

Patient Care

  • U.S. News & World Report Rankings of 5,500 hospitals - USF at TGH is 26th in Gastroenterology, 28th in Diabetes and Endocrinology, and High Performing in Nephrology, Pulmonary & Critical Care, and Geriatrics, .
  • We also have affiliate faculty in all Internal Medicine Divisions who practice and teach at the James A. Haley VA Hospital, which is recognized as a 5-star VA, one of only 13 such hospitals in the nation.  The VA sponsors a nationally coveted Quality Improvement Chief Residency Program. Dr. Jose Lezama is a Vice Chair of our department and the Chief of Medicine leading the James A. Haley VA Hospital.
  • USF's Internal Medicine faculty size has increased from 90 to 347 in the past five years. Over 40 of these clinicians are ranked in "Best Doctors in America." One is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and another is a member of the Association of American Physicians. Over sixty (60) are members of AOA.
  • Most recently we are developing a Center for Advanced Lung Disease under Dr. Kapil Patel.
  • Our critical care programs are among the top in the nation. We teach courses that certify physicians in ECMO and LVAD use.

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