John Toney

John Toney, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Professor, Division of Infectious Disease, Morsani College of Medicine

Director of Healthcare Epidemiology, Infectious Disease Section

Director of Clinical Research, Infectious Disease Section

Asst. Chief, Infectious Disease

Contact Info 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Infectious Diseases Section (111J)
Tampa FL 33612

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  • MD, Zoology, Marshall University, 1981
  • MD, Medicine, Marshall University, 1981

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease

Research Interests

  • Dr. Toney's research focuses on clinical STD/HIV therapeutics, investigational anti-infectives, and investigational vaccines. He participated as a principal investigator with the VA CSP #403 Shingles Prevention Study zoster vaccine (now licensed as Zostavax) and the subsequent Zostavax short- and long-term persistence substudy that terminated 12/2010, which investigated the durability of this vaccine. His research is supported by grants from the VA, pharmaceutical grants and contracts.


  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (Member, 2005 - Present)
  • Florida Infectious Diseases Society (Member, 1993 - Present)
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (Fellow, 1989 - Present)
  • American College of Physicians (Member, 1987 - Present)
  • Florida Infectious Diseases Society (President, 2001 - 2003)
  • American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science (Member, 1987 - 1996)
  • American Society of Microbiology (Member, 1987 - 1994)
  • American Medical Association (Member, 1979 - 1994)

Recent Publications

  • Morrison VA, Johnson GR, Schmader KE, Levin MJ, Zhang JH, Looney DJ, Betts RF, Gelb L, Guatelli JC, Harbecks R, Pachucki C, Keay S, Menzies B, Griffin MR, Kauffman CA, Marques A, Toney JF, et al. Long-Term Persistence of Zoster Vaccine Efficacy Clinical Infectious Disease. 60(6) : 900-909, 2015.
  • Morrison VA, Oxman MN, Levin MJ, Schmader KE, Guatelli JC, Betts RF, Gelb LD, Pachucki CT, Keay SK, Menzies B, Griffin MR, Kauffman CA, Marques AR, Toney JF, Simberkoff MS, Serrao R, Arbeit RD, Gnann JW, Greenberg RN, Holodniy M, Keitel WA, Yeh SS, Davis LE, Crawford GE, Neuzil KM, Johnson GR, Zhang JH, Harbecke R, Chan IS, Keller PM, Williams HM, Boardman KD, Silber JL, Annunziato PW. Safety of zoster vaccine in elderly adults following documented herpes zoster. The Journal of infectious diseases. 208(4) : 559-63, 2013.
  • Schmader KE, Oxman MN, Levin MJ, Johnson G, Zhang JH, Betts R, Morrison VA, Gelb L, Guatelli JC, Harbecke R, Pachucki C, Keay S, Menzies B, Griffin MR, Kauffman C, Marques A, Toney JF, et al. Persistence of the Efficacy of Zoster Vaccine in the Shingles Prevention Study and the Short-Term Persistence Substudy Clinical Infectious Disease. 55(10) : 1320-1328, 2012.
  • Cheema A, Highsmith j, McCardle T, Castillo E, Sandin RL, Velez AP, Toney JF, Greene JN. Cutaneous Manifestations of HTLV-1 Infection - A Case Report Infectious Disease in Clinical Practice. (20) : 435-437, 2012.
  • Oehler RL, Smith K, Toney JF. Infectious diseases resources for the iPhone. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 50(9) : 1268-74, 2010.
  • Modi M, Sharma A, Marfatia YS, Naik E, Toney JF. Late congenital syphilis with stigmata Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 29(1) : 32, 2008.
  • Sarna J, Sharma A, Naik E, Toney J, Marfatia YS. Protean manifestations of herpes infection in AIDS cases Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 29(1) : 26, 2008.
  • Tucci VT, Toney JF. Not So Benign: the Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Trichomoniasis in Men Asian Biomedicine. (2) : 91, 2008.
  • Levin MJ, Oxman MN, Zhang JH, Johnson GR, Stanley H, Hayward AR, Caulfield MJ, Irwin MR, Smith JG, Clair J, Chan ISF, Williams H, Harbecke R, Marchese R, Straus SE, Gershon A, Weinberg A, Toney JF, et al. Varicella-Zoster Virus-Specific Immune Responses in Elderly Recipients of a Herpes Zoster Vaccine Journal of Infectious Diseases. (197) : 825, 2008.
  • Rolfe NE, Toney JF, Green MR, Sandin RL, Greene JN. Successful Treatment of Mycobacterium fortuitum Osteomyelitis After Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation Inf Dis Clin Pract. (15) : 339, 2007.
  • Oxman MN. Levin MJ. Johnson GR. Schmader KE. Straus SE. Gelb LD. Arbeit RD. Simberkoff MS. Gershon AA. Davis LE. Weinberg A. Boardman KD. Williams HM. Zhang JH. Peduzzi PN. Beisel CE. Morrison VA. Guatelli JC. Brooks PA. Kauffman CA. Pachucki CT. Neuzil KM. Betts RF. Wright PF. Griffin MR. Brunell P. Soto NE. Marques AR. Keay SK. Goodman RP. Cotton DJ. Gnann JW Jr. Loutit J. Holodniy M. Keitel WA. Crawford GE. Yeh SS. Lobo Z. Toney JF. Greenberg RN. Keller PM. Harbecke R. Hayward AR. Irwin MR. Kyriakides TC. Chan CY. Chan IS. Wang WW. Annunziato PW. Silber JL. Shingles Prevention Study Group. A vaccine to prevent herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia in older adults. New England Journal of Medicine. 22(352) : 2271, 2005.
  • Toney JF. Skin manifestations of herpesvirus infections. Current infectious disease reports. 7(5) : 359-64, 2005.
  • Carter WW, Gompf SG, Toney JF, Greene JN, Cutolo EP. Disseminated Acanthamoeba sinusitis in a patient with AIDS: a possible role for early antiretroviral therapy. The AIDS reader. 14(1) : 41-9, 2004.
  • Bittner MJ, Toney JF, Eleftheriou PD, Ribner BS. Randomized, double-blind comparison of oral cefpodoxime and parenteral ceftriaxone in hospitalized adults with community-acquired pneumonia. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. (6) : 38, 1999.
  • Bergen GA, Toney JF. Infection versus colonization in the critical care unit Critical Care Clinics. 1(14) : 71, 1998.
  • Larkin J. Thomas G. Toney J. STD interactive case challenge--diagnosing and treating chronic vulvar pain and erythema. Medscape Womens Health. 6(3) : 1, 1998.
  • Larkin JA. Lit L. Toney J. Recognizing and treating syphilis in pregnancy Medscape Womens Health. 1(3) : 5, 1998.
  • Toney JF, Parker MM. New perspectives on the management of septic shock in the cancer patient Infectious Disease Clinics of North America. 2(10) : 239, 1996.
  • Nadler JP, Himelright IM, Greene JN, Toney JF. Clinically Significant HIV Infection in the Elderly Inf Dis Clin Pract. (4) : 304, 1995.
  • Haight DO. Toney JF. Greene JN. Sandin RL. Vincent AL. Liver abscess following blunt trauma: a case report and review of the literature Southern Medical Journal. 8(87) : 811, 1994.
  • Sandin RL. Greene JN. Sarzier JS. Himelright I. Ku NN. Toney JF. Roberts W. Pelvicobdominal actinomycosis associated with an intrauterine contraceptive device. A case of liver dissemination mimicking metastatic ovarian cancer Annals of Clinical & Laboratory Science. 6(23) : 448, 1993.
  • Henry DH, Beall GN, Benson CA, Toney JF, et al. Recombinant Human Erythropoietin in the Treatment of the Anemia Associated with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Zidovudine Therapy: Overview of Four Clinical Trials Annals of Internal Medicine. (117) : 739, 1992.
  • Milam MW, Balerdi MJ, Toney JF, Foulis PR, Milam CP, Behnke RH. Epithelioid Angiomatosis Secondary to Disseminated Cat Scratch Disease Involving the Bone Marrow and Skin in a Patient with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: A Case Report American Journal of Medicine. (88) : 108, 1990.


  • Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors 2011 - 2015)
  • Treasurer (University of South Florida College of Medicine Faculty Council, 2006 - 2010)
  • President (Florida Infectious Diseases Society, 1999 - 2001)
  • Vice President (Florida Infectious Disease Society, 1997 - 1999)