Paul L. Benfanti, MD

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sports Medicine Specialist

Paul L. Benfanti, MD

  • Sports Medicine
  • Fractures and Trauma
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • General Orthopaedics
Well after 10 months of major rehabilitation and hard work my son Trent (#9 - QB Countryside HS) started his first HS football game last night. Dr. Benfanti was pretty adamant Trent probably would not play until Nov or so but all the hard work he completed on my son's foot to repair the broken toes Trent was able to play!! Thank you ever so much Dr. Benfanti!!!

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About Paul L. Benfanti, MD

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 is board certified and has been recertified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He 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 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 foot and ankle reconstruction. 

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1999 Recertified, 2009, 2019
  • 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



  • 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


  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
    University of South Florida, College Of Medicine
  • Former 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

Additional Society Memberships

  • Order of Military Medical Merit
  • Pinellas County Medical Society
  • Hillsborough County Medical Society


  • 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
  • Doctors of Distinction, Tampa Bay Metro, Aug/Sept 2016
  • Doctors of Distinction, Tampa Bay Metro, Aug/Sept 2017
  • Doctors of Distinction, Tampa Bay Metro, Aug/Sept 2018