University of South Florida

“Best Doctor in America” named USF Health Chair of Surgery

Dr. Paul Kuo joins Morsani College of Medicine Sept. 1 

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2017) — The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine has selected Paul C. Kuo, MD, as the new chair of the Department of Surgery.  He will also fill the university’s Richard G. Connar Endowed Chair in Surgery.

Dr. Kuo will join USF Sept. 1 from Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago where he served as the John P. Igini professor and chair of the Department of Surgery since 2010. He was also Loyola’s associate chief medical informatics officer and headed its clinical analytics group known as OnetoMAP, which mines large volumes of data to predict health outcomes. His clinical interests include hepatobiliary surgery, transplantation and minimally invasive surgery.

Paul Kuo, MD

“Dr. Kuo will work with our leadership and hospital partners to continue building a robust Department of Surgery to advance USF Health’s pursuit of academic excellence,” said Charles J. Lockwood, MD, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine.  “I am confident that his proven leadership, depth and breadth of expertise, and commitment to value-based care will help us meet this goal.”

During his time at Loyola, Dr. Kuo joined the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps where he served in combat operations in Afghanistan treating wounded special operations soldiers.

From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Kuo was chief of the Division of General Surgery and vice chair of research in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He was also a NIH-funded investigator who headed the transplantation surgery team at Duke for eight years.

Before joining Duke, he led the kidney and pancreas transplantation and laparoscopic surgery section of the Division of Transplantation Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. He has also held faculty positions at Stanford University Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Kuo received his M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a fellowship in transplant/hepatobiliary surgery at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital and two research fellowships at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kuo also holds a MBA from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University and a M.S. in medical informatics from Northwestern University.

Dr. Kuo has consistently been named one of the “Best Doctors in America.” He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of several surgical and medical societies and associations.

“I look forward to coming to USF Health to help build integrated, multidisciplinary programs that deliver cutting-edge clinical care to patients across the Tampa Bay region and beyond,” Dr. Kuo said.

In addition to leading USF’s surgery department, Dr. Kuo will assume the role of surgeon-in-chief at Tampa General Hospital, and later this year is expected to be named associate chief medical officer for surgical services at the Morsani College of Medicine.

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