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Deputy Secretary for Children's Medical Services

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John Curran, M.D.

John Curran, M.D. was appointed as the Deputy Secretary for Children's Medical Services (CMS) on May 2. In this role, Dr. Curran provides oversight for the Office of the CMS Managed Care Plan and Specialty Programs, the Division of Children's Medical Services and CMS area offices.

Dr. Curran currently serves as a charter member of the University of South Florida's College of Medicine faculty. He has served in senior administration for the college as Associate Vice President and the Senior Executive Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs for more than 16 years. In addition to his administration roles at the college, he is a current professor of pediatrics and public health. Until recently, he practiced at Tampa General Hospital as the founding neonatologist and Chief of Pediatrics. Dr. Curran has served CMS since 1974 and as a Medical Director for the Tampa Bay Region since 1986.

Dr. Curran graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor's degree and the University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine with training in both internal medicine and pediatrics. He did his residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Curran served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps and retired as a Colonel. A former president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Curran has made achievements in legislative initiatives related to child health advocacy and funding of children's programs.  Recently, he facilitated the development of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a statewide initiative that seeks to improve Florida's maternal and infant health outcomes through quality improvement processes.