John Couris

President & CEO
Tampa General Hospital

John D. Couris is president and chief executive officer of Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a $1.5 billion nonprofit academic health system. His mission is to make TGH the safest and most innovative academic health system in America. As a leader in the health care industry, John has achieved success through innovation, technological integration and strategic collaborations. John graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology and earned a Master of Science in Management from Lesley University. He is working towards his doctorate in business administration at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.

John is responsible for the strategic, operational and financial performance of TGH, leading over 8,000 team members, 1,000 physicians and 700 residents and fellows, with more than 60 training programs that impact healthcare nationally with world-class teaching and innovations.

John believes innovation and care starts with him, so he shadows his staff multiple times a month. If he is working in nursing, he is wearing a blue uniform for 4-6 hours with the nursing team. He has cleaned floors and toilets and done rounds with residents and professors. He has worked with phlebotomists, delivered meals and transported patients. He has literally walked in his team members’ shoes.

Prior to TGH, John was president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. During his tenure, the organization expanded services and forged innovative partnerships with leading providers in the nation, including Mount Sinai New York and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.

John’s career began at Massachusetts General Hospital. From there, he spent the next ten years with the BayCare System.

Throughout his career, John has demonstrated a unique ability to lead organizations and empower individuals to reach their fullest potential while generating high levels of return on investment and developing innovative programs that consistently deliver on results.

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