John D. Couris is the President & CEO of Tampa General Hospital, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, academic, and research health system partnered with the University of South Florida.

As a visionary leader, Couris has had continued success in building healthcare companies throughout the country by driving innovation, operational excellence, and strategic collaborations. He is best known for creating an organizational culture that thrives on authenticity, kindness, vulnerability, and transparency, and he believes that focusing on the well-being of his team drives positive experiences for healthcare consumers.

Since taking the helm of Tampa General in 2017, Couris has championed innovation. Under his leadership, Tampa General Hospital was the first healthcare provider in the state to partner with GE Healthcare to launch CareComm, a care coordination center using artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and industrial engineering to improve safety, quality, and cost. Additionally, Couris has launched Tampa General Hospital InnoVentures, a venture capital fund dedicated to driving a culture of innovation within the organization, supporting early-stage startups and direct investments. These initiatives combine Couris’ passion for operational excellence with his focus on achieving the organization’s vision to become the safest and most innovative academic health system in America.

Before joining Tampa General, Couris served as President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida, for eight years. There, he forged partnerships with notable institutions such as The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, creating robust service lines and elevating the hospital to a regional medical center. Couris served in various executive leadership roles at BayCare Health System for 10 years prior to his move to Jupiter. He began his career at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers.

Couris is active in numerous industry, community, and philanthropic activities. He currently serves on the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Hospital Association, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, Valspar PGA Championship, and The Florida Aquarium. He is also a member of the Safety Net’s Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the Florida Council of 100, along with many national healthcare associations. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including being named to Florida Trend’s “Florida 500” list of most influential business leaders in the state and Florida Politics’ “Influence 100” list of most influential people in Florida politics.

He is a graduate of Boston University and holds a Master of Science in Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is currently a doctoral candidate in business administration with a focus on social and management sciences at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. Couris resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, two children, and several beloved pets.


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