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Dr. Paul L. Benfanti | Sports Medicine Specialist

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Paul L. Benfanti, M.D. joined our practice in April 2011 after retiring from the Armed Services. He graduated from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD in 1990. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center Ft. Gordon, GA in 1997 and a
Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Spinal Deformity at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC in 2001. Dr. Benfanti also serves as the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Site Director for the USF Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Benfanti is board certified and has been recertified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He recently retired from the US Army as a Colonel. During his career he served as Orthopaedic Surgery Program Director from 2003-2009 and Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery from 2010-2011 at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Dr. Benfanti enjoys all aspects of pediatric orthopaedics and has a special interest in sports medicine and hip preservation.

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1999 Recertified, 2009
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1991


  • Undergraduate: St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York 1986
  • Medical: Uniformed Services University, School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland 1990
  • Internship: Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia 1991
  • Residency: Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia 1997
    Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, Greenville, South Carolina 2001
    Pediatric Orthopaedic and Spinal Deformity Surgery

Hospital / Academic Affiliations

Hospital Staff
  • Attending Physician | Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • Attending Physician | St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Faculty of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program | Bayfront Hospital
Surgical Center Academic
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
    University of South Florida, College Of Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Site Director
    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida

Society Memberships

National Society Memberships
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
Specialty Society Memberships
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
Additional Society Memberships
  • Order of Military Medical Merit
  • Pinellas County Medical Society
  • Hillsborough County Medical Society


  • Army Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon x 2, National Defense Service Medal x 2, Army Superior Unit, Overseas Service Ribbon x 2, Army Achievement Medal x 3, Global War on Terror x 1
  • DDEAMC Transitional Intern Research Award, 1991
  • Clarence M. Yeargin Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, DDEAMC 1997
  • Doctors of Distinction, Tampa Bay Metro, Aug/Sept. 2011
  • Most Compassionate Doctor, 2011 from Patient’s Choice
  • Patient’s Choice Award, every year since 2011
  • Doctors of Distinction, Tampa Bay Metro, Aug/Sept 2014
  • Doctors of Distinction, Tampa Bay Metro, Aug/Sept 2015
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