Global Emerging Diseases Institute opens at Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital (TGH) announced the opening of the new Taneja Family Global Emerging Diseases Institute.

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The stand alone facility, which will be run by TGH’s chief epidemiologist and chair of Internal Medicine at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Dr. John Sinnott, will provide world-class care for patients battling COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

The first of it’s kind institute in Florida is a special gift from the Taneja Family Foundation.

“It means a great deal to us to be able to give back to the Tampa Bay community and to help others. This has been a very difficult time for everyone, and we want to do our part to support Tampa General, whose clinical scientists will be conducting global research to provide answers and hope,” said Jugal Taneja on behalf of wife, Manju and the entire Taneja family. “We encourage others to give back and show support. These are heroes on the front lines.”

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Dr. Kami Kim, director of Infectious Disease and International Medicine at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, will oversee the Institute’s future expanded laboratory space for infectious diseases research and education.

“Tampa General has been a longstanding leader in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases, so this new facility is a great addition to our program that allows us to continue to meet the immediate challenge of COVID-19 and ensure that we have the capacity to deliver world-class care for every patient facing this disease,” said TGH President and CEO John Couris. “Thanks to the generous donation of the Taneja family, our clinical teams can continue to provide the best possible care for COVID-19 and other deadly infectious diseases and discover new treatments to face these threats in a fully equipped, dedicated facility on our campus.”

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