• patient safety


    • USF Health is focused on providing the safest care for our patients. To accomplish this goal, we currently employ a robust electronic health records system, known as Epic, to improve patient outcomes. This system allows physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals to determine the best course of care for each individual patient.

  • strategic goals


    • USF Health is a leader in shaping a future that puts the patient at the center of the health care team. Our academic health center’s collaborative approach to education, research and clinical practice adds value to the compassionate patient care we deliver, combining the strengths and perspectives of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, public health professionals, physical therapists, physician assistants and other health professionals.

  • quality improvements


    • USF Health is a proud health care leader in Florida’s southwest region. We use evidence-based medicine, individualized treatment plans and patient safety mechanisms to ensure that our patients have the best outcomes while lowering their costs. Our health care providers are committed to making life better.

CAE VimedixAR with Microsoft HoloLens

July 13, 2018

Beginning in Fall 2018, the USF College of Nursing will incorporate an augmented reality ultrasound simulator into the classroom. The CAE VimedixAR with Microsoft HoloLens is “changing the way we study anatomy and physiology,” says Victoria Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing, senior associate vice presi.....


USF in Water Street Tampa

July 13, 2018

The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Health Heart Institute is relocating to the heart of Water Street Tampa - the world’s first WELL-certified community under the WELL Community Standard. “This is really the dream of every dean of a medical school,” says Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president for.....


Precision Medicine and the Pharmacist's Changing Role

May 18, 2018

As the importance of interprofessionalism in health care continues to grow, so does the role of the pharmacist. “The role of the pharmacist is changing from one that has been focused on medication dispensing and now moving into direct patient care,” says Kevin Sneed, PharmD, senior associate vice president of USF Health.....


Dr. Samuel Wickline, director for USF Health Heart Institute.

To have a heart institute with an academic flavor, with highly qualified researchers funded by the NIH, is going to be a major boost for this area."


Patient and Community Centered Care

July 13, 2018

Current Events: Amazon is Disrupting Health Care

Amazon announced a partnership with J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway to address the need for better health care and how it’s delivered to its U.S. employees. “Health care and education are probably the last two areas that have really not been disrupted in a major manner,” says Kevin Sneed, PharmD, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the Colleg.....


July 13, 2018

Dr. Thomas Rutherford Recounts His First Experiment

In the late 1980s, during a postdoctoral fellowship, Thomas Rutherford, PhD, MD, professor and division director of obstetrics and gynecology for the USF Health College of Medicine, conducted an experiment that he’ll always remember. “We were looking for a gene for beta galactosyltransferase. And in looking for that gene, we were using an antibody to screen a placental.....


April 20, 2018

Teamwork is a Part of the Education at USF Health, with Dr. Terri Ashmeade

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists each go through different medical training programs to get their license, but in the real world, they still have to work together. "Both patient safety and quality improvement require us to work in teams," says Terri Ashmeade, MD, division chief and professor of pediatrics at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. "If we can get our stude.....


University of South Florida

Laura Blair, PhD

“If we can understand which states of tau are worse in terms of driving neurotoxicity,” Dr. Blair said, “maybe we can begin to shift tau into a better state so we can help delay disease progression, if not stop it in its tracks."



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Chief Clinical Officer, USF Health Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine

Being a doctor or being in health care is wonderful. It's a great privilege, but it requires a lot of responsibility. There's a lot of delayed gratification and a lot of sacrifices, but they're for a really beneficial goal. "
USF Health: To envision and implement the future of health.

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