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University of South Florida

USF Health Leadership

Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JDDistinguished Service Professor, Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy and Industrial Engineering
Interim Dean, College of Public Health
Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health
Senior Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine

Dr. Jay Wolfson is the Distinguished Service Professor of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy and Industrial Engineering, Interim Dean of the USF Health College of Public Health, Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health, Senior Associate Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and is on the faculty at Stetson University College of Law.

Dr. Wolfson conducts research and writes about health care law, ethics, policy, technology, safety and finance and regularly provides research-based policy analyses to legislative, judicial and executive branches of state and federal governments. He is a national health policy consultant to several news organizations and routinely contributes to television, radio and newsprint coverage of health care. He is a founding board member of, the daily, electronic Internet health news source. Dr. Wolfson was trustee, vice chair of the board, and chair of finance of Tampa General Hospital for 12 years. He maintains a private health law practice through which he won the largest Medicare fraud and abuse settlement involving a single physician in CMS history.

Dr. Wolfson serves as the Principal Investigator for the Florida Family AIDS Network that provides care and services for women, children and families infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS; has served as Principal Investigator for PaperFree Florida, a federally funded, regional, public-private partnership that enabled clinicians to implement and meaningfully use electronic health information systems; co-Principal and Senior Investigator for the USF Health-The Villages Health Status Survey; He has generated more than $30 million in grants and contracts. Dr. Wolfson was designated a member of the Medicare Competitive Pricing Review Committee and served as Associate Director of the VA’s National Patient Safety Center of Inquiry.

Dr. Wolfson was appointed Special Guardian Ad Litem for Theresa Marie Schiavo, reporting to Governor Bush and the Florida Courts, and was the named Expert on Health Law, Finance and Policy to the Florida Attorney General in matters relating to fraud and abuse. He was the Florida Bar appointee to the Governing Board of the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association and served on the Executive Council of the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Jay Wolfson holds a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas, a law degree from Stetson University College of Law, a master’s degree in public health from Indiana University, a master’s degree in history from New York University, and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Illinois.

He has been named a Faculty Scholar to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo Medical School, a W. K. Kellogg Fellow in Health Care Finance, Distinguished Scholar at the University at Buffalo College of Social Work, The Sebati Distinguished Scholar at the University at Albany College of Law, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at St. Louis University College of Law, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Florida International University Honors College. He has three sons and a very cool partner.