Pediatric Pulmonary Specialists
Helping children breathe better; day and night

We provide a kid-friendly environment for the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of both common and complex breathing problems.

Phone: (813) 870-1995

John Michael Prpich II, M.D.

Dr. Prpich was born at St Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Staying local, he grew up in Brandon, attending Nativity Catholic School and Jesuit High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. Dr Prpich continued with the Jesuit theme, receiving his medical degree from Loyola University, Chicago. He returned to Florida to do a residency in general pediatrics, including a year as chief resident, at the University of Florida, Jacksonville. Following this, he completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Colorado in Denver with 2 years as a research associate at National Jewish. He returned home to Tampa and joined Pediatric Pulmonary Specialists in 2008. Dr. Prpich is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology. He has presented internationally and lectured extensively on topics as diverse as asthma, interstitial lung disease, viral associated lung disease, developmental disorders of the lung, and pediatric sleep disorders. He is married with two wonderful children, Noah and Jacob. Dr. Prpich is excited to be back home and providing care to the children in his home town.

Medical Licensure:

Colorado – Active 44817
Florida – Active ME 91110

Board Certification:

General Pediatrics since 2004
Board eligible Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine (exam 11/17/08)


Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology, 2005 - 2008
The Children’s Hospital
University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

Research Associate, 2006 - 2008
National Jewish Medical and Research Center
Denver, CO

Post Graduate, 2004 - 2005
Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics
University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Pediatric Residency Training, 2001 – 2004
Department of Pediatrics
University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Doctor of Medicine, 2001
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine - Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1997
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Minor: Chemistry

Interests / Activities:

International Immersion Experience: Haiti, 2003
Facilitated establishment of a rotation to expose
residents to international
community pediatrics.

Community Action Initiative, 2003 - 2005

Served as initiative leader to develop a method of tracking pediatric asthmatics in order to improve primary care follow-up and education.


Florida Pediatric Advocacy Network, 2003 - 2005
A local and statewide network established to educate and empower
residents and other professionals in child advocacy.

Healthy Jacksonville 2010, Asthma Coalition, 2003 - 2005
An interdisciplinary group established to develop a multi-tiered
citywide network of care for asthmatics in need.

Leadership / Honors:

Chief Resident – Department of Pediatrics U.F. Jacksonville
2004 - 2005
Student Teaching Apple Award – Department of Pediatrics 2004
President of Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society
President of POTENTIAL, campus based volunteer tutoring group

Member of:

  • Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society
  • Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honor Society


Case Presentation at the 26th Annual Conference on Sleep Disorders in Infancy and Childhood. – evolving apnea in a 3 year old boy.
January 2008. Palm Springs, CA

Poster Presentation at the 2004 Anne E. Dyson Community Pediatrics Forum - May 2004. Jacksonville, FL

  • Asthma Prevalence and System Change

Grand Rounds University of Florida, Department of Pediatrics – The Critically Ill Neonate, April, 2004.

Poster Presentation at the 3rd Annual Symposium of the Anne E. Dyson Community Pediatrics Training Initiative – Advancing Child Health Through Advocacy. September, 2003. San Diego, CA

  • Establishing International Training Opportunities for Pediatric Residents.


Current Interests:
Persistent effects of RSV infection in a mouse model of airway function
National Jewish Medical and Research Center
Denver, CO

Prior Experience:
RAPD Variation within Selected Isozymically Identical Populations of
Phragmites Australis. 1995 - 1997
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

Platelet Activation as a Diagnostic Criteria for Unstable Angina and Impending
Myocardial Infarction. May – August 1996
Watson Clinic LLP
Lakeland, FL

Submitted Publication and Abstracts:

RSV infection results in persistent neurogenic airway dysfunction mediated by a NK-1 dependent mechanism at the time of infection.
Submitted for presentation at the 2008 ATS International Conference Toronto, 2008

IFN-g production during initial infection determines the outcome of re-infection with RSV. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. Accepted for publication, October, 2007