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.
USF Pediatrics offers Residency Programs in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, and fellowship programs in Neonatology, Allergy/Immunology, and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. Residents and fellows in these programs receive training at the Department's two hospital partners - Tampa General Hospital and All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. The new state-of-the-art All Children’s Hospital opened in January, 2010. Tampa General Hospital recently opened a Pediatric Emergency Care Center and a Women's Center, and opened a new 85 bed neonatal intensive care unit in 2010 thanks to a generous gift from the Pamela and Les Muma family.
Additional facilities where USF Pediatricians practice and teach include the USF Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Health Care adjacent to Tampa General Hospital, the Pediatric Clinic at Healthpark, and the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare located on USF's main campus; these centers opened in 2007 and 2008, respectively. The Department of Pediatrics has two programs,and nine endowed chairs, six of which were made possible by funding from the All Children's Hospital foundation and State of Florida matching funds.
A premier pediatric research facility located on the All Children's Hospital campus was funded by generous donations from the All Children's Hospital Foundation and matching state funds. The USF/All Children's Hospital Children's Research Institute is the location for innovative research programs in Molecular Genetics, Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology and Neonatology. The Department ranks among the top in the nation in NIH research funding of academic pediatric departments; the USF Division of Epidemiology Biostatistics was recently awarded $169 million - the largest grant USF has ever received.
It is a very exciting time to be part of USF Health Pediatrics!