University of South Florida

USF Health, friends, family celebrate life of MCOM professor Dr. Michael Flannery

It was an evening full of laughter, tears, and celebration as friends, family, and co-workers of Michael Flannery, MD, gathered at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute to celebrate his life.

Among those in attendance were Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, USF Health senior vice president and MCOM dean; Jose Lezama, MD, FACP, vice chair of the USF Health Department of Internal Medicine and MCOM professor, who made his decision to stay at USF for his residency because of Dr. Flannery’s advice and leadership.

Dr. Flannery’s relationship with the University of South Florida spanned more than 30 years.  He began his journey as an undergraduate student, continuing on as a medical student and later as a resident, and then joining MCOM’s faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine as associate program director.  He played a key role in increasing the residency class sizes and establishing a nationally recognized board review course.  He was hailed by many of his students as the best teacher they ever had.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Flannery spent his life and career helping others.  He was recognized as a Tampa Bay Health Care Hero for his instrumental role in creating the Saint Andre Free Clinic in Dade City to improving the access and quality of care to underserved populations.

Dr. Flannery died December 6, 2020, after a difficult battle with COVID-19.

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