Fastest-rising in research nationwide

“Our sustained rise in national rankings reflects the rapidly increasing strength of our educational, research and clinical missions at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. We are now competing with the nation's most storied and respected programs. These outstanding metrics also position us to attract the highest caliber students and faculty, further advancing our program into the national spotlight for its outstanding education, exceptional research and world class clinical care.”

- Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Executive Vice President of USF Health & Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM)

Research

Raising the Bar
for Research Excellence

The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine champions translating discoveries to best-practice clinical care by building translational research programs. We have made great strides in increasing the quality and diversity of research, helping drive the University of South Florida’s record growth in federally sponsored research, and recruiting preeminent NIH-funded scientists.

Morsani College of Medicine: The Fastest Rising Medical School in the Nation

The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine is the fastest-rising medical school in the country, climbing over the last decade from No. 80 to No. 46 in U.S. News & World Report rankings for medical schools in research.

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U.S. News & World Report ranked MCOM as the No. 48 Best Medical School in Research nationwide, among both public and private universities in the U.S.

Increase in National Institutes of Health funding rose from $59.8 million in FY 2015 to nearly $104.6 million in FY 2021.

Percentage of USF-wide total research awards earned by USF Health Morsani College of Medicine faculty: $386.6M in FY 2021.

USF Health Morsani College of Medicine's Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology received a five-year, $1.35 million NIH institutional grant to train scientists in vascular inflammation and injury research.

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In a cohort study published last year, lead author Jeffrey Krischer, PhD, offers new findings from the international The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study add to the growing body of evidence indicating that type 1 diabetes is not a single disease.

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A drug discovery study led by Stephen Liggett, MD, finds the first beta-agonist known to relax airway smooth muscle and treat asthma without any detectable drug desensitization. The finding published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States may better control asthma and other obstructive lung diseases.

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Creating a Microbiomes Institute to improve human & environmental health

Many conditions — from inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and metabolic diseases like obesity and diabetes, to cardiovascular and neurological diseases — are linked to an imbalance in microbial composition. The USF Microbiomes Institute is leading in this emerging field, offering cross-disciplinary collaborations, integrating researchers from a multitude of disciplines, to create opportunities for transdisciplinary projects with new approaches for microbiomes studies.

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Education

Stronger than Ever
The Best and Brightest Join Class of 2026

USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Class of 2026 is diverse and academically strong, with an average GPA of 3.89 and a median MCAT score of 517, placing this class in the 94th percentile ranking for scores across the country.

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Success at Match Day! 100% of USF Health's Class of 2022 matched.

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MCOM’s Department of Graduate Medical Education (GME) trains a total of 776 trainees, with 564 residents and 212 fellows in 69 accredited residency programs at 37 clinical practice sites in Florida..

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Jiajia Yang is the first to earn PhD from USF Health Heart Institute program.

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Clinical Care

USF Health MCOM’s primary teaching hospital, Tampa General Hospital (TGH), ranks nationally in seven adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Ranked the #1 Best Hospital in Tampa Bay for the seventh consecutive year. Seven adult medical specialties ranked in the top 50 nationwide are led or co-led by USF Health faculty.

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Three adult medical specialties ranked No. 1 in Florida in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list.

USF Health’s clinical enterprise earned a reporting score of 100 on the CMS Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Merit based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

USF Health in collaboration with TGH was the first in Tampa Bay to provide patients new innovative ultrasound technology.

USF Health and Tampa General Hospital launch enhanced clinical enterprise

MCOM and its primary teaching hospital and chief academic partner, Tampa General Hospital (TGH), formally launched the USF Tampa General Physicians, aligning administrative and clinical practice areas into a joint organization.

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The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) announced Aug. 10 the expansion of its nationwide Care Center Network that now includes the program based at USF Health and Tampa General Hospital.

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USF Health earns inaugural funding in NIH’s newly launched Bridge2AI initiative, and will create artificial intelligence platform for using voice to diagnose disease.

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New Cardio/Ob team focuses bridges the gap in care for heart conditions during and after pregnancy.

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MCOM’s primary oncology hospital partner, Moffitt Cancer Center, is ranked #25 Best Cancer Hospital nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

The Florida Medical Schools Quality Network (FMSQN), a collaborative effort across Florida’s medical schools, results in a statute expanding Medicaid coverage to include donor breastmilk.

TGH+USF Health Bariatric Center is the first in the nation to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations in 2005 and, in 2007, the program received a Bariatric Center of Excellence from the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.

USF Health and Tampa General Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute

The USF Health and TGH Heart and Vascular Institute is designed to be a destination cardiovascular institute built on the best clinical and scientific expertise at both USF Health and TGH. The institute benefits from innovative opportunities provided by organizations outside of the academic medical center, including private practices and biomedical industry.

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