Dr. Sinnott receives Leadership Florida Distinguished Member Award

Dr. John Sinnott

John T. Sinnott, MD, James P. Cullison Professor and Director of the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine at USF Health, received the 2007 Leadership Florida Distinguished Member Award on July 1.

The award recognizes a Leadership Florida graduate whose leadership activities exemplify the highest standards of Leadership Florida and have achieved results or set an example of statewide influence. Dr. Sinnott is a 2003 graduate of the 900-member Leadership Florida Institute, an organization created by the Florida Chamber of Commerce in 1982 to identify and train leaders who will collectively create a powerful resource for the state.

“Today we honor an outstanding member of Leadership Florida whose example may both humble and inspire the rest of us. He is a man of rather ordinary origins – a small-town boy from Alabama,” said Paul Tash, editor and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times, who presented Dr. Sinnott the award at the Institute’s annual meeting July 1 in Palm Beach. “But by squeezing the full potential from life’s possibilities, he is now widely recognized as an extraordinary physician, scholar and teacher, and he has become a citizen of the world.” (Read full text of Mr. Tash’s remarks.)

Dr. Sinnott is chief of Infectious Disease at Tampa General Hospital, and served from 1994-96 as the first university physician ever elected chief of staff at TGH. He initiated a longstanding collaboration between USF and the Florida Department of Health that has led to a nationally recognized model of academicians providing HIV care at local health departments. This model was adopted across Florida, and Dr. Sinnott received the Florida HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Excellence Award from the Bureau of HIV/AIDS, Florida AIDS Action in 2003.

A professor of global health, Dr. Sinnott has worked with colleagues at USF and in the community to develop an AIDS education program in India. He co-directs the USF Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Training in India program, which taps into capacity building to enhance medical care and AIDS prevention in India. He also founded the Florida Infectious Diseases Institute, which provides initiatives in response to emerging infectious diseases threatening Floridians and visitors to the state.

Dr. Sinnott, board certified in both medicine and infectious diseases, is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has received many local and national awards, including Outstanding Clinical Professor – College of Medicine, an award that has been retired and named in his honor; the Florida Medical Association Award for Leadership in Medical Education; the Ciba-Geigy Education Award; the NBI Award for Humanism in Medicine; and is an honorary alumnus of the USF College of Medicine. He was a finalist for the Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine award, and is listed in Who’s Who in America, International Who’s Who, The Best Doctors in America and Tampa Bay’s Best Doctors.

Dr. Sinnott has been inducted into the Leon G. Smith Infectious Disease Institute Hall of Fame, has served on more than 40 local, regional, and national health care committees, and has published over 180 letters, articles, and textbook chapters. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Infections in Medicine.

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