Department of Surgery

Morsani College of Medicine Surgery


Dr. Murray L. Shames
Chair of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Richard G. Connar Endowed Chair in Surgery

Welcome Dr. Murray Shames Chair of USF Health Surgery

USF Health is excited to announce that Murray Shames, MD, has been appointed as the Chair of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) Department of Surgery, and appointed to the Richard G. Connar Endowed Chair in Surgery, effective April 1. In these new roles, he will oversee administrative leadership, education, research, and clinical care of the MCOM Department of Surgery, provide leadership for the Tampa General Hospital (TGH) Operating Room Governance Committee, and serve as a member of the TGH Clinical Service Lines for the Heart-Vascular Institute, Oncology, Transplant, and Gastroenterology.

Dr. Shames has served on the USF Health faculty for two decades and has contributed incredible value to the medical school, TGH and the Department’s academic program. His clinical focus is the treatment of aortic diseases and in 2014 he created the USF Health/TGH Aortic Center in collaboration with Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Radiology. His academic interests include the pathophysiology and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), development of novel endovascular technology, simulation in vascular surgery, and resident education. 


The Department of Surgery at the Morsani College of Medicine is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in surgical sciences and to the advancement of patient care through surgical education and meaningful research.

Our surgeons are dedicated to the training of our future doctors. This is reflected in a surgical culture build on world class patient care, intentional mentorship, and purposeful research that translates to real world change.

The cornerstone of our training program our high clinical volume that stretches across the surgical specialties of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Trauma. Our fellows and residents (surgeons in training) are proficient in the tenants of robotics, minimally invasive, and open surgery. The mission of our department is to both train a well-rounded surgeon, while also cultivating the surgical leaders of tomorrow.

Our program is built on the backbone of mentorships and relationships formed that will last not just a career, but a lifetime. In the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida, we are relentlessly dedicated to improving life, educating the future, and changing medicine through research.