Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Re-appoints Tampa General Hospital Leader to State Board of Pharmacy

Published: Mar 23, 2023

Maja Gift, director of Pharmacy at the academic medical center, was first appointed in 2020.


Tampa, FL (March 23, 2023)Tampa General Hospital (TGH) Director of Pharmacy Maja Gift has been re-appointed to the Florida Board of Pharmacy by Governor Ron DeSantis. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.


“As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, we are singularly focused on creating an ecosystem to foster medical excellence and deliver world-class care. Maja is a true leader in her field and a critical component in our ability to provide the safest and most effective treatment to our patients. There is no doubt that she will continue to serve the state well in her role on the Board of Pharmacy,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General.


Gift earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Utah, finished her residency at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and completed the Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in Philadelphia. She also holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Ohio University in Athens. In addition to her role on the Florida Board of Pharmacy, Gift currently serves as an advisory board member for the University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy.


“It is an honor and a privilege to be re-appointed to the Florida Board of Pharmacy and to continue the work to support quality and safety in both community and hospital-based pharmacies across the state,” said Gift.


The Florida Board of Pharmacy was legislatively established to ensure that every pharmacist practicing in this state and every pharmacy meet minimum requirements for safe practice. The Florida Board of Pharmacy is responsible for the licensure, monitoring and education of Pharmacy professionals to assure competency and safety to practice in their service to the people of Florida.


In addition to Gift, other Tampa General leaders appointed by the Governor to serve on state boards are Nicole Justice, senior director of Patient Safety, appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine in 2022, and Dr. Seema Weinstein, manager of Psychology and Neuropsychology, to the Florida Board of Psychology in 2020.




Tampa General Hospital, a 1,040-bed, not-for-profit, academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Hospitals, and is tied as the third highest-ranked hospital in Florida, with seven specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. Tampa General Hospital has been designated as a model of excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list. The academic medical center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious Forbes magazine rankings – first nationally in the 2022 America’s Best Employers for Women and sixth out of 100 Florida companies in the 2022 America's Best Employers by State. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2021, provided a net community benefit worth more than $224.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education, and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. 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 six 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 FloridaIt also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed 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 21 TGH Imaging powered by Tower outpatient radiology centers throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Palm Beach counties. Tampa Bay area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics. To see a medical care professional live anytime, anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer, visit Virtual Health | Tampa General Hospital (tgh.org). As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is the first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that provides real-time situational awareness to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost. For more information, go towww.tgh.org.