Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Partner with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to Expand Pediatric Surgery Services

Published: Jul 14, 2020

By Tampa General Hospital


This new partnership will offer comprehensive pediatric surgical services for patients in the Tampa Bay community.


Tampa, FL (July 14, 2020) – Tampa General Hospital and USF Health are teaming up with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg to expand pediatric general surgery services at Tampa General Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center. This collaboration will serve to enhance the comprehensive pediatric services already offered at TGH and will provide expanded access to pediatric general surgery interventions for patients and their families.

“We are excited to partner with a world-class pediatric care partner like Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital,” said John Couris, Tampa General Hospital’s president and CEO. “By partnering, we are bringing pediatric general surgery experts from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital together with the TGH Children’s Medical Center team and the pediatric specialists from USF Health and our private practice physicians to create a collaborative environment in which innovative ideas and best practices are shared, our students learn, and our youngest, most vulnerable community members benefit.”

In the new agreement, pediatric general surgeons from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital will provide services to TGH in the areas of pediatric general surgery consultations and procedures, pediatric trauma surgery and prenatal counseling and intervention. In addition, the pediatric general surgeons will work with the TGH team to develop clinical protocols to ensure the highest degree of quality and patient safety related to pediatric general surgery. “We are honored to serve Tampa Bay area families who have pediatric general surgery needs,” said Thomas Kmetz, president of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “This collaboration with TGH not only expands our specialized pediatric general surgery services but improves access for children throughout Hillsborough County and beyond using the expertise of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s pediatric general surgeons.”

In addition to the partnership around pediatric general surgery, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital pediatric general surgeons will open a comprehensive Pediatric General Surgery Clinic on the campus of Tampa General Hospital - inside the USF Health South Tampa Campus - where patients and families can be seen for pre and post-surgical care and other necessary follow-up appointments.

“When a family hears their child must have an operation, pediatric general surgeons are not only counted on to provide unique expertise and quality care for little ones, but also to comfort the families who are understandably stressed and worried,” said Paul Danielson, M.D., Chair of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Department of Surgery. “The Johns Hopkins All Children’s team has extensive experience in pediatric surgery and trauma care and expanding our relationship with TGH will bring great benefits to children in need throughout the community.”

The new partnership provides additional learning opportunities for medical students and graduate medical education trainees to learn from the pediatric general surgeons from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital while consulting with and treating patients at Tampa General Hospital.    

“The new relationship ties us closer together and will help demonstrate the power of academic medicine to the Tampa Bay community,” said Dr. Mark Moseley, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “We are all committed to delivering world class care through the academic medical center at TGH, but also to train the next generation of healthcare professionals and make discoveries through research that translate to the bedside.  Our shared commitment to academics makes us unique.”

The partnership between Tampa General Hospital, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital allows for the continued pursuit of excellence in clinical outcomes, quality and patient satisfaction in the field of pediatric surgery. Tampa General Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital both earned recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s best hospital rankings. TGH was named the top hospital in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Metro Area and Johns Hopkins All Children’s had the most children’s specialties ranked in Florida for the 2020-2021 list.  

Media Contacts:

Tampa General Hospital
Karen Barrera
Asst. Director of Communications and Partnerships
(813) 928-1603

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Danielle Caci
Public Relations Manager
(727) 767-2897

USF Health
Sarah Worth
Associate Director of News and Communications
(813) 928-0861


Tampa General Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center offers the area’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in Florida, the region’s only Pediatric Burn Center and the only Pediatric Transplant Site in Southwest Florida. It also provides Pediatric Outpatient and Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, a Nine-Bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and an 82-bed Level IV Jennifer Leah Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and multidisciplinary teams provide more than a dozen pediatric specialties and sub-specialties.

Tampa General Hospital, a 1006-bed non-profit academic medical center, delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With five medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center and its 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of Florida. It also is home to an 82-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health and 15 outpatient Radiology Centers. Tampa Bay residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track.  As one of the largest hospitals in Florida, Tampa General Hospital is first in the state to open a command center in partnership with GE Healthcare. For more information, go to www.tgh.org.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org.

USF Health's mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the Taneja College of Pharmacy, the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, and USF Health’s multispecialty physicians group. The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than USF. For more information, visit health.usf.edu