Charles Lockwood, MD, Leads USF College of Medicine into a New Era
By Erika Peterman, FMA Managing Editor | Updated Sept. 8, 2022


In the eight years since Charles “Charly” Lockwood, MD, MHCM, joined the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine as Dean, the medical school and its umbrella health center partner, USF Health, have been on a remarkable journey of expansion and innovation. The most visible evidence is a state-of-the-art, 13-story facility that opened in 2020, bringing about 1,800 medical students, faculty and staff members to downtown Tampa’s Water Street district. The new building — which houses the USF Health Heart Institute — anchors a $3 billion, multi-use redevelopment project unfolding along the city’s waterfront.

Dr. Lockwood, who is also USF Health Executive Vice President, received the FMA’s 2022 Gerold L. Schiebler, MD Advocate for Medical Students Award in recognition of his leadership. However, he credits his colleagues for making it all possible. “As Winston Churchill said, I’m not the lion. … It just fell to me to give the roar,” he told the FMA in a 2020 interview. “It is my greatest joy to work with this amazing faculty. They have done so much in such a short period of time, and with such an amazingly good attitude.”

As Microsoft’s first-ever Medical School of Innovation, the USF Morsani College of Medicine has benefitted from access to technology that reflects the current and future practice landscape. Students also have access to USF’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), one of the largest, free-standing simulation facilities in the world. In its new location, the medical school is now just a short bike ride, walk, or water shuttle trip away from Tampa General Hospital, its main teaching hospital and a USF Health affiliate. When Dr. Lockwood joined USF in May of 2014, “We were 40 minutes away, on a good day, from our primary teaching hospital.”

Dr. Lockwood previously served as Dean of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. As an OB/GYN and maternal fetal specialist, he has also delivered more than 5,000 babies. After earning his MD from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Dr. Lockwood completed his OB/GYN residency at Pennsylvania Hospital and a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He also served as chair of the departments of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale and NYU.

Dr. Lockwood’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the March of Dimes for more than two decades, and he is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards.
Dr. Lockwood receives an award from Dr. Murphy at 2022 FMA Annual Meeting
Charles “Charly” Lockwood, MD, MHCM

received the FMA’s 2022 Gerold L. Schiebler, MD Advocate for Medical Students Award at the 2022 FMA Annual Meeting.