Remembering Joseph Tepas, MD, longtime DCMS member
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Posted by: DCMS
Joseph Tepas, MD - February 26, 1946 - December 20, 2019
Dr. Joseph Tepas, a lifetime member of the Duval County Medical Society, passed away peacefully on December 20. Dr. Tepas joined UF Health in 1983, where he served as a professor of surgery and pediatrics. He was instrumental in establishing the pediatric surgery and trauma programs at UF health Jacksonville and chaired the college's department of surgery for 11 years.
Throughout his 36 years as a DCMS member, Dr. Tepas served in many capacities within the organization. He was as a longtime member and judge for the Beals and Shahin Committee, which annually recognizes excellence in research published by members and residents in training in Jacksonville post graduate medical education programs. Dr. Tepas also chaired the DCMS Health Information Technology (HIT) Committee, which looked at developing strategies to educate physician members regarding the evolution of health technologies, generate practice / institutional efficiencies and improve overall quality patient care. Additionally, in 2016, Dr. Tepas was selected to receive the Admiral P. Kaufman Award at the annual DCMS/Navy Dinner.
"Dr. Tepas was one of the true leaders of medicine in Northeast Florida," said Dr. Sunil Joshi, president of the DCMS Foundation. "Not only was he an accomplished pediatric surgeon, he also helped to establish the pediatric trauma program at UF Health Jacksonville. He mentored countless physicians not just with his clinical skills but also with his passion as a patient advocate. He will truly be missed."
Dr. Tepas was a retired captain of the US Navy Medical Corps and provided pediatric surgical support to NAS Jacksonville for many years. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Jan. 18th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church 2609 Park Street in Riverside.
To read the full obituary, click here.