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USF Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics was established in 1972 under the leadership of Lewis A. Barness, MD, one of the outstanding academic pediatricians of his generation. Dr. Barness recruited exceptional clinicians and investigators and was instrumental in developing comprehensive child health services in the Tampa Bay area.

Our department includes 80 MDs and 19 PhDs in 15 divisions, and 129 voluntary clinical faculty. These faculty and our dedicated staff work together to deliver outstanding clinical care and training. We are proud that our caregivers are among the top scorers in the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction surveys.  

Education is a core mission of USF Pediatrics. Each year we train over 160 medical students, and we participate in the training of students from many other health-related disciplines. We offer residency programs in pediatrics and internal medicine/pediatrics, and fellowship programs in allergy/immunology and neonatology. Patient care and resident/fellow training are provided at our two hospital partners, Tampa General Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Our other primary clinical sites also serve patients from a broad demographic and geographic range:

  • South Tampa Center for Advanced Health Care
  • Pediatric Clinic at Healthpark
  • The John S. Curran Children’s Health Center
  • Tampa General Hospital Brandon Healthplex

USF Pediatrics is proud to host specialty programs including:

  • The Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry
  • Congenital Infection Referral Center
  • State Newborn Screening program for Southwest Florida
  • Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies
  • Early Steps Program
  • Ybor Youth Clinic   

Our faculty also participate in state-of-the art research. Our research program includes over 100 active projects, and more than 30 principal investigators who have earned more than $13M in funding. Our research is supported by nine endowed chairs.

It is a very exciting time to be part of USF Pediatrics!






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