Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine
We are proud to be the largest department within the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, encompassing over 24 divisions, programs, centers, and institutes.
Our department manages an annual budget of $130,000,000, which includes over $78,000,000 in NIH-funded research funding and $14,000,000 in clinical research studies, furthering our commitment to advancing scientific discovery and innovation.
Our dedication extends to providing exceptional training to a diverse group of medical students, residents, fellows, and health care professionals from the University of South Florida and around the globe. We are committed to nurturing excellence in education and empowering our trainees with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
Join us in our relentless pursuit of excellence in education, research, and clinical care to improve lives for the patients and communities we serve in the Tampa Bay region and beyond.
Harry van Loveren, MD
Interim Chair, USF Health Department of Internal Medicine
Professor and Chair, USF Health Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair
- AAMC ranks USF in the top 4% of internal medicine programs nationally in preparing students for residency.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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.