Michael J Muszynski M.D., FAAP

Michael J Muszynski M.D., FAAP

Regional Campus Dean, Orlando
Associate Dean for Clinical Research

Orlando Regional Campus

Job Description

Dr. Muszynski is responsible for directing the clinical education program for those FSU medical students assigned to the FSU Regional Medical School Campus in Orlando for the third and fourth years of medical school. He is also responsible for the administration and development of research in clinical settings, including the statewide Network for Clinical Research and Training, and its collaborative affiliations.


Dr Muszynski has been an academic pediatric infectious diseases specialist since 1983. His original research involved cystic fibrosis lung infection, and he was co-developer of a culture medium used worldwide by clinical microbiology laboratories for processing sputum specimens. His later research explored immune modulating effects of antibiotics on lung inflammation. He became division chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Orlando Regional Healthcare in 1986 and the Nemours Children’s Clinic in 1997. He also founded the nationally recognized HUG Me Program for pediatric HIV/AIDS care and research in Central Florida. Dr. Muszynski has 29 years of clinical teaching experience, including 12 years as director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando. He was academic chairman of the department of pediatrics of Orlando Regional Healthcare from 1995 to 2004. He helped develop the residency program into one of the best community-based residency programs in the country. Just before joining FSU College of Medicine, Dr Muszynski was appointed co-chairman of the education and research committee of the Association of Florida Children’s Hospitals and the evaluation methods task force chairman of the national Association of Pediatric Program Directors.


B.S., Biology, Youngstown State University, Summa Cum Laude, 1974

M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine, 1979

Pediatric Residency, Columbus Children's Hospital, 1979-1982

Pediatric Chief Resident, Columbus Children's Hospital, 1982-1983

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, 1983-1986


Jake Allen Development Center for Deaf and Blind Children, Honorary Board Member, 1987-1990
Orange and Seminole County Schools Career Day Mentor, 1996-1998
Orange County Schools Magnet Program Mentor, 1998-2000
Seminole County Science and Engineering Fair, Team Leader and Judge, 1996-2002
Florida State Science and Engineering Fair, Team Leader and Judge, 1998-present
The Florida Children's AIDS Network, Member, 1994-2000
Orange County Public Schools Medical Advisory Panel, 1999-2001
Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals, hospital representative and co-chairman of education/research committee, 2003-2004
Association of Pediatric Program Directors Competencies Evaluation Task Force, Chairman, 2003-2004
Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (FSYO), President, Board of Directors, 2002–2005
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Directors, 2009-2011


Clarence P. Gould Award for Scholastic Achievement, Youngstown State University, 1974
Phi Kappa Phi, 1974
Rader Award, Most outstanding pediatric fellow, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, 1986
Pediatric Faculty Award, Orlando Regional Medical Center, 1988
Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award, Orlando Regional Healthcare System, 1990, 1992
Serenity House Pediatric AIDS Foundation Service Award, 1992
Best Doctors in Central Florida 2001, 2002
Best Doctors in America, 2003


American Academy of Pediatrics
Association of Pediatric Program Directors (1992-2004)
American Society for Microbiology
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
American Medical Association
Central Florida Pediatric Society
Orange County Medical Society

Research Focus

Practice-based translational research networks


Rajyaguru JM, Muszynski MJ: Association of resistance to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, chloramphenicol and quinolones with changes in major outer membrane proteins and lipopolysaccharide in Burkholderia cepacia J Antimicrob Chemother 40(6):803-9, 1997.

Rajyaguru JM, Muszynski MJ: Sensitization of Burkholderia cepacia to antibiotics by cationic drugs. J Antimicrob Chemother 41(2):277-80, 1998.

Kado M, Richardson M, Rajyaguru JM, Muszynski MJ, Friedman H, Yamamoto Y: Direct ultrastructural imaging of macrophages using a novel X-ray contact microscopy. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 220:27-30, 1999.

Scott GB, Sleasman JW, Emmanuel PJ, Hitchcock A, Moffett M , Muszynski MJ, Nelson RP, Stiebel-Chin G: Pediatric HIV infection, a guide for primary health care providers. Florida Children’s AIDS Network, Florida AIDS Education and Training Center Publication, University of Florida, 1999-2000.

Muszynski MJ: Peritonsillar, Retropharyngeal, and Parapharyngeal Space Infections. In Pediatric Infectious Disease Secrets. Zaoutis T, Klein J (eds), Hanley & Belfus, Inc, Philadelphia, PA, pp 63-69, 2003.

Muszynski MJ: Skin and soft tissue infections (Chapter 120). In Baren, Brennan, Brown, and Rothrock (eds): Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2008.