John T. Sinnott, MD FACP FIDSA

Chairman, Internal Medicine
Co-Director, USF Health Signature Research Program, Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Disease
James A Cullison Professor of Medicine
Director, Florida Infectious Disease Institute
Biographical Sketch | Areas of Expertise | International Agreements
Contact Information
Phone: (813) 844-4174
FAX: (813) 844-7605
MD, University of South Alabama
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of South Florida
Fellowship, Infectious Disease, University of South Florida

Biographical Sketch

Dr. John Sinnott received his MA from the University of South Florida, and his MD from the University of South Alabama. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Disease Fellowship at USF, and joined the faculty in 1983. He is diplomate of the American Board of Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Sinnott was named the James A. Cullison Professor of Medicine in 1993. Most recently, Dr. Sinnott was appointed Chairman for the Department of Internal Medicine at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. He is also Co-Director of the USF Health Signature Research Program in Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Disease. Dr. Sinnott served as the Director of the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine from 1991-2012. Dr. Sinnott is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

A distinguished member of the medical community, Dr. Sinnott has been the recipient of numerous local and national awards, including Outstanding Professor of the College of Medicine (an award that has been retired and named in his honor), the Florida Medical Association Award for Leadership in Medical Education, the NBI Award for Humanism in Medicine, and has also been named an honorary alumnus of the USF College of Medicine. He has been a finalist for the AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award and the Physician Mentor Recognition Program of the American Medical Association - Women Physician's Congress. He has been listed in Who's Who, the Best Doctors in America and in Tampa Bay's Best Doctors. He is a graduate and life member of Leadership Florida and is a recipient of the Leadership Florida Distinguished Service Award. Most recently, Dr. Sinnott received the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Health Care Heroes Award for Health Care Educator of the Year.

Dr. Sinnott has been inducted into the Leon G. Smith Infectious Disease Institute Hall Of Fame, served on over 40 local, regional, and national health care committees, and published over 180 abstracts, articles, and textbook chapters. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Infections in Medicine. Dr. Sinnott was appointed as senior advisor to the Secretary of Health as part of the state of Florida's Bioterrorism Initiative. He is past Chairman of the Board of Food Tech Services, Inc. Board of Directors, and a trustee of both the Florida Health Sciences Center Board (DBA Tampa General Hospital), and the USF Foundation Board. He has long been interested in how illness affects art and creativity. He relaxes as an instrument-rated pilot or United States Coast Guard Ship's Master.

Dr. Sinnott has had extensive international experience, including several international collaborative publications and has over twenty abstracts presented at international conferences. He is currently the Chair of the USF Center for Health, HIV/AIDS Research and Training.  The center has trained more than 200 Indian physicians and policy-makers using capacity building to enhance medical care and AIDS prevention.  He is currently the Principal Investigator on the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center grant from Health Resrources and Services Administration (HRSA).

He directs collaborative efforts with the University of South Florida and numerous international healthcare organizations, ranging from working to improve blood safety with the Indu Health Research Foundation in India,  to community based HIV prevention and research with the Vasai Regional AIDS Control Society in Vasai, India.  Dr. Sinnott oversees the development of international partnerships with the University of South Florida and medical colleges and healthcare organizations in Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Panama, China, and South Korea.

Areas of Expertise

Travel Medicine, Sepsis, Influenza, Biodefense, Tissue Banking, Emerging Infections, Pneumonia, Nosocomial Infections

International Collaborative Agreements

  • La Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, 2012
  • Tianjin Public Health Bureau, Tainjin, China, 2011
  • La Universidad CES, Medellin, Colombia, 2010
  • Universidad de Panama, Panama City, Panama, 2009
  • Universidad Latina de Panama, Panama City, Panama, 2009
  • Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela, 2009
  • Gansu Provincial Health Dept., Gansu, China, 2009
  • Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 2008
  • Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand, 2008
  • Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU), Dominican Republic, 2007
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Dominican Republic, 2006
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), School of Medicine, China, 2006
  • Doctor Salvador B. Gautier Hospital, Dominican Republic, 2006
  • Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Government of Maharashtra, India, 2006