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New dialysis center opens
A caregiver's plight
Living with disability
Graduates get ready to rock
Doc pairs medicine with law enforcement
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Greg White continues to care for his wife, Susan, as
she nears the end of her treatment for cancer. "He
has just made himself completely available and wants
to be there for me," said Susan, who works for the
College of Public Health and Health Professions. "He
makes me feel like I'm going to be okay." Called the
forgotten survivors, caregivers often face their own
physical and emotional struggles after caring for a
loved one with cancer, a recent UF study shows.
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Third time's the charm
Students honor associate dean with third
By April Frawley Birdwell
When graduating medical students
honored Patrick Duff, M.D., with the
college's Hippocratic Award in 1991,
he told them he'd remember that day for the rest
of his life.
The award the most prestigious honor UF
medical students bestow on one of their teachers
each year meant just as much to Duff eight
years later when students chose him again. In
May, the College of Medicine's calm-voiced
associate dean for student affairs got another day
to remember when the 2007 medical class
honored him with his third Hippocratic Award.
"It's still incredibly overwhelming," said Duff,
also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
"The thing I love most about being at an academic
medical center is teaching. To be recognized for
that is a wonderful thing."
The Hippocratic Award was established in 1969
to honor one teacher each year who best models
the qualities of a good physician and teacher. The
entire senior class votes on who should win. Duff
has now received the award more times than any
other UF professor except Gene Ryerson, M.D.,
and the late Hugh "Smiley" Hill, M.D.
"He does so many different things for the
college and everything he does so well," said
Doug Arnold, M.D., the president of the 2007
class. "There are so many potentially excellent
candidates, it made it a tough decision ... (but)
he's the perfect choice."
As part of his job as dean of student affairs,
Duff spends hours writing letters for students to
send with their residency materials. And the
letters aren't formulaic, says Lucy Adorka, M.D.,
one of the graduates who selected Duff for the
"He knows every person in our class," Adorka
says. "He's always warm, compassionate
understanding, easy to talk to ... Really, nobody
ever has anything bad to say about Dr Duff.
"I only hope I will be half the physician he is."
After winning his third Hippocratic Award, Dr. Patrick Duff
(second from left) celebrates with medical students Lucy
Adorka (left) and Doug Arnold and Dr. Robert Watson,
senior associate dean for educational affairs.
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Local dancers perform for
the UF public health group
at a welcome ceremony in
Perquin, El 5alvador. The
UF students, led by clinical
associate professor Dr.
A/ba Amaya-&urns, visited
urban and rural areas in
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INTERNATIONAL TRIP S
Faculty to offer prep course on international trips
By Amelia Beck
it's like to have a toothache without adequate medication wr s'
to treat it. That's why the 2007 College of Pharmacy
graduate has spent her last three spring breaks traveling to
countries such as Ecuador and the Dominican Republic on
interdisciplinary health outreach trips. But not all trip participants
have Paez's Spanish language skills or cultural background.
For this reason, College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine faculty are teaming to offer a
course that will help prepare students for international trips like these. '
Times and dates are still tentative, but the class is expected to be held in the evenings, running .
for two consecutive semesters beginning this fall.
"We plan to have the class at night and to make it available without charge, so that anyone who
wants to attend may do so," said Judith Riffee, B.S.Pharm., who is working with Richard Davidson,
M.D., and Rob Lawrence, M.D., on the project.
Taught by faculty members from multiple disciplines, the curriculum will focus on two crucial
aspects of international trips: public health education and cultural issues. Volunteers who take the
class also will learn lifesaving health information they can in turn explain to patients. Often,
practices such as proper hand washing, water purification and other hygiene regimens are not
common knowledge in developing countries.
"That education piece is really important because it has the possibility of making a difference
after we're gone," Riffee said.
The course will also enlighten future trip participants about the cultural differences they may On a recent trip to the Yucatan region of
encounter in foreign countries. For example, volunteers should know to be sensitive when talking M6exico, UF nursing students and professors
about contraceptive use with a population of people whose religion does not condone it. visited nursing students atthe Universidad
"We cannot effectively serve in a country and expect to do things our way," Riffee said. "It's Autonoma deY'ucatan, toured local hospitals
terribly important to understand the cultural differences." and participated in community activities. Here,
Since many of the trips involve traveling to Spanish-speaking regions, Riffee also hopes to assistant professor Carmen Rodriguez holds a
include a focused course on Spanish medical terminology. young patient.
Paez said she thinks a preparatory course would be immensely beneficial.
"You have to establish cultural sensitivity," she said. "What you see in those countries you will
never see here." 0
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Physical therapy students Zach Sutton and
Lynette Guimond talk to a patient at the
rehabilitation hospital in Mana gua, Nicaragua.
The students were members of a physical
therapy department team that made their fifth visit
to Universidad Nlacional Autonoma de Nicaragua
to provide informOaion On current physical therapy
techniques and treatments. Limited access to
continuing education and Span sh language
textbooks has put the Nicaraguan physical
therapy curriculum 10 to 5 years outofdate.
College of Pharmacy students
German Nino and Cristin Hogan
set up a makeshift pharmacy in
the Dominican Republic as part
of the DR HELP health outreach
trip earlier this year.
Dental senior Lindsa9y
Gremillion (right) and third-
year dental student Joanna
Silver deliver dental care to a
villager in Honduras. During
the Honduras trip, village
schoolrooms were transformed
into surgical suites with
instruments and materials
packed in advance for the visit.
UF medico student Erica Acosta poses with a patient during
a medical outreach trip to the Yucatan region of Mexico
during spring break. Every year, students and faculty fom
the College of Medicne trek to Meico, Ecuador and several
loca ions in the Dominican Republic to help patients in areas
where people lack access to quality health care.
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Walking for Mom
Student fundraising project honors
Jennifer Barr, Mary Ellen Young, student Jessica Erkkila, Linda Shaw and Shaw's
daughter Maria Carr participated in the MS Walk on April 21.
Graduate students in the University Rehabilitation Association volunteer for a
charity walk every year, but this year they found a way to give special meaning
to their annual service project.
The students participated in the local National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk in
honor of two women with multiple sclerosis they had heard about in the classroom, but
never met: the mothers of rehabilitation counseling professors Linda Shaw, Ph.D., and
Mary Ellen Young, Ph.D, of the College of Public Health and Health Professions'
department of behavioral science and community health.
"Because I use examples from my life when I teach, my students were familiar with
my mother's life story," said Young, a clinical assistant professor whose mother has had
multiple sclerosis for more than 50 years.
Choosing to support the MS Walk and recognize their professors' mothers was a
natural fit for the association's project, said Jennifer Barr, a rehabilitation counseling
student and walk organizer.
"Since these mothers have amazing daughters who influence our education, future
and daily lives, we saw that it was only appropriate to walk in their honor," Barr said.
Through fundraiser nights at D'Lites Emporium and Pizza Hut and a silent auction,
the University Rehabilitation Association raised $2,000 to benefit the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society, more than double their original goal of $750, the cost of building one
"The fact that our students wanted to do something to support the work of the MS
Society was touching in a very personal way," said Shaw, an associate professor and
program director. "I told my mom, who lives in upstate New York, about it on the phone.
My mom has communication difficulties as she has aphasia and very slurred speech due
to her MS, so she tends to be a person of few words, but I didn't have any trouble making
out her meaning. She just said 'Wow!'" Q
research in Vienna
By Katie Phelan
he research findings of UF College of Nursing students who studied
fathers' feelings toward their children with autism will be showcased
at an upcoming international meeting.
Recent graduates Meghan Bullard and Erica Hillard will present the
findings from their honors project, titled "Fathers' Perspectives on
Interventions to Help Their Children with Autism," in August at Sigma
Theta Tau's 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on
Evidence-Based Practice in Vienna. The students began working on the
project last summer with Susan Donaldson, M.S.N., A.R.N.P, a UF clinical
assistant professor of nursing who served as their mentor.
Nursing students (from left) Meghan Bullard and Erica Hilliard
worked with Susan Donaldson, a UF clinical assistant professor of
nursing, on their research project. The students will present their
findings in Vienna next month.
Bullard and Hillard became interested in the subject while working as
research assistants for Jennifer Elder, Ph.D., R.N., a UF associate professor
of nursing who studies autism. Their research with Elder focused on
teaching fathers strategies to improve the language and social skills of their
autistic children. These strategies include initiating play with their
children through animated repetition of their children's vocalizations and
actions and allowing children to lead their fathers in play.
Last summer, the students began interviewing fathers who had
participated in the program. They questioned each father about his feelings
regarding his child's diagnosis, his hopes for the future and his experience
with Elder's training. These data will supplement Elder's previous research
According to the students' research, Elder's program seems to have a
positive effect; findings indicated fathers feel the interventions help and
believe their involvement in the training improved their relationships with
their children. Q
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PHHP dean leaves UF for
new post at Kent State
contribute to the success of
a major university at the
highest levels," said
Douglas Barrett, M.D.,
UF's senior vice president
for health affairs.
When Frank arrived at
UF in 1995, the college
\ enrolled 450 students and
garnered less than $2
million in research
funding. Today, the
/ College of Public Health
and Health Professions
boasts more than 1,600
students and $14 million in
Former PHHP Dean Robert Frank received one of the college's highest honors, the Frank has spearheaded
several major initiatives
Gutekunst Award, at a recent banquet. The award was named for PHHP Dean his r al r
during his UF career,
Emeritus Richard Gutekunst (right), who led the college from 1980 until 1995. uin the c
including the construction
of the HPNP Complex,
which placed most of the college's units under one roof
A t a dinner last month honoring outgoing Dean for the first time in the college's history, and the
Robert Frank, Ph.D., and his wife Janet, Frank creation of the Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies
received one of the College of Public Health and the Florida Center for Medicaid and the
and Health Professions' highest honors, the Gutekunst Uninsured, of which he serves as director. But his most
Award. The award was named for Dean Emeritus lasting legacy may be his instrumental role in bringing
Richard Gutekunst, Ph.D., who led the college from1980 public health programs to UF, in the process
until his retirement in 1995. establishing a new educational model that focuses on
And like Gutekunst, Frank's tenure as the college's the integration of public health problem-solving and
dean has come to a close. He left UF in July to accept the individual patient care.
position of senior vice president for academic affairs and "Bob's leadership was absolutely crucial to taking on
provost at Kent State University in Ohio. the challenge of expanding our public health initiative,"
"Any dean knows the accomplishments of a college Barrett said. "Doing something of that magnitude is
reflect the efforts of those around him or her, and we daunting. It requires a college's faculty to get outside
have accomplished more than I ever dreamed possible their comfort zone to look toward the future of what the
when I came here in 1995," said Frank, who also college could be. And it requires taking some calculated
received the UF Presidential Medallion for outstanding risks to make it happen. Bob was able to communicate
service and contribution to the university at the dinner, that exciting vision and he had the stamina and
"The progress the college has made in the 12 years I've perseverance to stick to it and achieve the goal."
been dean has been amazing and the most exciting Prior to his UF appointment Frank served on the
thing I've been involved with in my entire life." faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia School
Frank led the college through a period of remarkable of Medicine department of physical medicine and
growth during his 12-year term as dean, with dramatic rehabilitation, where he established the division of
increases in research funding, student enrollment and clinical health psychology and neuropsychology. He was
degree offerings, and the development of the public a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow from 1991
health program. Under his leadership, the college has to 1992, working with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. After
consistently ranked first or second in federal research completing the fellowship, Frank returned to the
funding for colleges of health professions. University of Missouri as assistant to the dean for health
"Bob has done an outstanding job here as dean and policy, where he managed Missouri's state health reform
Kent State's selection of him validates what many of us effort, the ShowMe Health Reform Initiative, and
already knew that he has the vision and skills to continued to work on federal and state health policy. O
By Jill Pease
Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., has been
named interim dean of the UF
College of Public Health and
Perri succeeds PHHP Dean
Robert Frank, Ph.D., who has
taken the position of senior vice
president for academic affairs
and provost at Kent State
University in Ohio.
"As associate dean for
research, Dr. Perri had a broad
view of the challenges facing
AEL G.PERRI the college, and he has been
intimately involved in all
aspects of the college's management," said
Douglas J. Barrett, M.D., senior vice
president for health affairs. "He has strong
support from the chairs and leadership
group. Mike also has a keen appreciation for
the issues facing the college as the public
health initiative is integrated with the
traditionally strong health professions
components of the college."
Perri was appointed the college's associate
dean for research in 2004. He joined the
college's faculty in 1990 as a professor in the
department of clinical and health psychology
and also served as director of the psychology
internship program from 1992 to 2004. He
has contributed to more than 100
professional and scientific publications and
his research on diet and exercise has been
funded for 25 years by grants, awards and
contracts from public and private sources,
including the National Institutes of Health
and the Veterans Administration Merit
Review Research Program. His current
research, funded by the NIH, focuses on
treating obesity in underserved rural
"Over the past decade, our college has
experienced a period of exceptional growth,"
Perri said. "I look forward to working with
our talented faculty and dedicated staff to
accomplish the ambitious academic agenda
set by Dean Frank."
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Not this guy
Former dean reflects
and new projects
Dr. C. Craig Tisher and his wife, Audrae, share a laugh at a ceremony honoring his
tenure as dean.
By Amelia Beck
Although he stepped down as College of
Medicine dean in May, C. Craig Tisher,
M.D., won't be disappearing into sunny
retirement anytime soon. With five years of
deanship now behind him, Tisher has much to
be proud about, but as the new associate vice
president for program development, he still
has a slew of projects ahead of him, too.
Perhaps Tisher's most recognized achievement was his hand in the
opening of UF's Proton Therapy Institute, a 98,000-square-foot, $125
million radiation treatment center on the UF Health Science Center
campus in Jacksonville. As one of five proton therapy centers in the
United States, the center was one of the most eagerly anticipated
projects in the history of the College of Medicine.
"Certainly I was privileged to have the opportunity to help develop
that initiative with a host of great people here on campus and outside
the university," Tisher said. "It was a project that one only has probably
a once-in-a-lifetime chance to participate in."
But in becoming dean in 2002, Tisher was faced with resolving a
multitude of financial issues within the college. After evaluating
expenditures, improving collection from clinical business and
implementing a detailed compensation plan for faculty, the college was
back on the road to financial stability.
"These things were important to turn around, our financial picture,
which we were able to do quite successfully," he said.
During his tenure, Tisher helped establish the academic quality
support agreement with Shands HealthCare, an initiative that has
boosted financial support for clinical and academic program
development on UF's Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses
considerably over the past three years. The college's research program
also ranked 50th in National Institutes of Health rankings, jumping
nine places in two years.
Tisher credits most of the college's success to its faculty, which he
helped to expand over the past five years.
For example, Marco Pahor, M.D., director of the Institute on Aging
and the chair of the newly created department of aging and geriatric
research, received a $3.8 million grant from the NIH to establish a
Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.
"It's one of 10 in the country, and they are hard to secure, so that
certainly is a highlight," Tisher said.
Tisher hired 10 department chairs and appointed senior associate
deans for clinical affairs, research development, and faculty group
practice. He also created chair positions for each of the 15 clinical
departments on the College of Medicine-Jacksonville campus.
"This gave the leadership in Jacksonville much greater responsibility
and has allowed us to recruit some outstanding people from across the
United States to assume these positions," he said.
Another highlight, he said, was the 2006 College of Medicine
commencement ceremony, where NBC newsman Tom Brokaw addressed
the graduates. Brokaw and Tisher hail from the same hometown in South
Now, after handing over the reins to the newly minted dean, Bruce C.
Kone, M.D., Tisher said he is confident in the direction the college is
"I think he's very committed to expanding our campuswide initiative
on diversity, to try to bring more underrepresented minorities and more
women onto the faculty and into leadership positions," he said.
Tisher is also working with the development office to restore Wilmot
Gardens, a once-thriving camellia garden that has deteriorated over the
years due to hurricanes and inattention.
Just under four acres, the garden is located immediately north of
Shands Medical Plaza.
"It's now become kind of a central point on our campus as we move
west with construction like the cancer and genetics buildings," Tisher
said. "We want to make this a beautiful place for employees and patients
and their families to use."
And although he plans to devote more time to family and to farming,
Tisher doesn't intend to call it a day anytime soon.
"Retirement?" he quipped. "That's for old people." O
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UF-affiliated dialysis center opens
By Amelia Beck
or the right patients, dialysis can be a lifesaving option. But with a growing
number of patients with kidney disease who need it, many dialysis centers are
overcrowded and patients anxiously await treatment.
The June 6 opening of a new dialysis center in northwest Gainesville marks a turn
for the better for the patients suffering from and the researchers seeking a cure for
From left, Tammy Huntone, Dr. Zvi Talor, Dr. C. Craig Tisher, Doug
Reinhard, Gayle Davis and Dr. Richard J. Johnson celebrate the dialysis
center's opening. Talor was named medical director of the center.
- kidney disease.
Kidney specialists from the UF College of Medicine staff the clinic, a Dialysis
Clinic Inc. facility. As the only not-for-profit dialysis chain in the United States, DCI
will funnel all of the clinic's profit back into research.
"This is exactly what we want," said Zvi Talor, M.D., a UF professor of medicine
and medical director of the center. "This will enable us to expand our research
program and maybe one day to find the cure for kidney disease."
In the past, overcrowding at the Shands at UF dialysis center forced doctors to
refer patients to centers across the state for dialysis, Talor said. Now, UF doctors can
monitor their patients and others at the Gainesville center.
Although DCI is affiliated with a number of universities and teaching hospitals in
the country, the Gainesville center is its first university-affiliated clinic in Florida.
"We interviewed many companies, but this one was the best match for us," Talor said.
In the absence of a transplant, dialysis is used to treat kidney failure by filtering
harmful wastes, extra salt and water out of the blood. There are two types of dialysis:
hemodialysis, which filters the blood through a machine, and peritoneal dialysis,
which uses the patient's abdominal lining to filter blood.
The center is equipped with 12 hemodialysis chairs, each boasting a flat-screen TV
with cable channels. The treatment is administered in four-hour sessions, three
times a week.
To avoid overcrowding in the center, Talor said he will promote peritoneal
dialysis, an at-home treatment that can be done while the patient is sleeping at night.
Dean Emeritus C. Craig Tisher, M.D., who was involved in the experimental stages
of dialysis research the 1960s, said he was amazed at how far dialysis has come.
"It's exciting to see this new, modern equipment put into a facility like this and to
be able to offer first-rate care to patients," he said. O
Founding nursing professor
By Tracy Brown Wright
O ne of the College of Nursing's founding faculty members wh
pioneer obstetrics and maternity nursing passed away May 9.
Professor emeritus Jennet Mae Wilson helped develop and influence bold innovations in maternity
nursing when the Health Science Center was in its infancy.
She was 88.
Wilson received her diploma nursing degree from the Reading Hospital School of Nursing. While originally she hoped
to go to college and become a physical education teacher, money was tight because of the Great Depression, and the
diploma school was one of the only options. But Wilson soon fell in love with nursing and later recalled she couldn't think
of anything she "would have rather done."
Wilson served as a U.S. Navy nurse during World War II. She subsequently received a bachelor's degree in nursing at
Duke University and took a position teaching labor and delivery nursing.
After receiving her master's degree in nursing, Wilson was asked to help establish the College of Nursing at UF by
Dorothy Smith, the college's founding dean. At UF, Wilson taught obstetrics and maternity nursing and practiced at
Shands at UF, where she introduced new concepts such as instructing new mothers on prenatal care and keeping new
babies in the same rooms as their mothers, both controversial ideas at the time. Wilson also managed the Carver Clinic
for expectant mothers, where she and her students managed the care of pregnant women.
"I am sure people were looking at us and wondering who in the world we were that we thought we could go out and do
that," Wilson said of her time at UF, in her oral history. "But it really was an interesting time to be able to live and
practice when changes of such magnitude were going on."
Memorial gifts in her honor may be made to the UF College of Nursing for the Dorothy M. Smith Professorship.
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HSC colleges honor best and brightest scientists at Research Day
The posters have been presented, the winners selected and the awards doled out. But in case you missed any of it, the Post
has compiled a list of all the winners from this year's research day festivities in the Health Science Center's six colleges.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Basic Science Award:
Laurence M. Morel, Ph.D.
Clinical Science Award:
Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D.
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Joachim S. Gravenstein, M.D.
Clinical science poster presentation awards:
Didier Rajon, Ph.D.; John Pendleton
Basic science poster presentation awards:
Johannes Vieweg, M.D.; Yoshihisa Sakai, M.D.
C. Craig Tisher, M.D.
Medical Guild awards:
Gold medal finalist:
Silver medal finalists:
Roxana Coman, Zane Zeier
Bronze medal finalists:
Kwon-Ho Hong, You-Lin Tain, Kim Van Vliet
COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND
Undergraduate student poster presentation
Erica Cook, Amanda Fogel, Jenifer Greer, Mary
Lorincz, Amber Martin, Abbey Sipp, Michelle Vega
Graduate student poster presentation awardees:
Joseph Dzierzewski, Lauren Gibbons,Amruta Inamdar,
Andrew Johnston, Lisa LaGorio, Andrea Lee, Michael
Moorhouse, Adrienne Aiken Morgan, Amy Rodriguez,
Barbara Smith, Lauren Sowell, Lauren Stutts,
Graduate research grants:
Chitralakshmi Balaubramanian, Marie Barker, Alex
Laberge, Milapjit Singh Sandhu
COLLEGE OF NURSING
First Place:Andrea PeBenito
Second Place: Meghan Bullard, Erica Hilliard, with
faculty Susan Donaldson, M.S.N.; and Jennifer Elder, Ph.D.
First Place:Andrea Boyd, with faculty James Jessup, Ph.D.
Second Place: Linda Cowan, with faculty Joyce
Stechmiller, Ph.D.; and Meredeth Rowe, Ph.D.
First Place: Shawn Kneipp, Deirdra Means,
Second Place: Sharoen Kline,Vladimir Ortiz,
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE-
Poster presentation awardees:
First Place: Marco Pilla, M.D.,
Second Place: Ahmed Bestoun, M.D.
Third Place: Ni Jin, M.D.
Fourth Place: Frank Orlando, M.D.
Fifth Place: Binu Jacob, M.D.
Sixth Place: H. Sakhamuri, M.D.
Platform presentation awardees:
First Place: Shilpa Reddy, D.O.
Second Place: Samir Habashi, M.D.
Third Place: Saeed Bajestani, M.D.
Fourth Place: Linda Di Teodoro, M.D.
Fifth Place: Lemuel Aigbivbalu, M.D.
Sixth Place: Evan Weiner, M.D.
Faculty Researcher/Scholar of the Year Award:
David Wood, M.D.
COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
D.M.D. student oral and poster
First Place: Cara Clark
Second Place: Del Greenhalgh
Third Place: Yue "Maggie" Wang
Graduate/resident oral and poster
First Place : Eric Berry
Second Place: Amanda Velazquez
Third Place (tie): Mindy Hall
Third Place (tie): Aaron Carroll
Ph.D./postdoctoral student oral and poster
First Place: F. Bridgett Rahim-Williams
Second Place: Shangli Lian
Third Place: Kaleb Pauley
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JOACHIM S. GRAVENSTEIN
Researchers present their findings at the College of
Public Health and Health Professions Research Day
(left) in April and at the College of Medicine Research
Day in March.
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
Oral competition winners:
Senior division winner: Preeti Yadava
Junior division winners: Anzeela Schentrup,
Krista Renner Wilson
Levitt division winner: Ahunna Onyenwenyi
Poster competition winners:
Student winners: Chinki Bhatia, Stephan Schmidt
Pharmacy student winner: Gregory Welder
Postdoctoral fellow division winners: Michael Pacanowski,
Pharm. D.; Rachel Witek
COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Graduate student awards:
Charles F. Simpson Memorial Scholarship:
Lori Wendland, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Excellence in Master's Studies: Alastair Coomer, B.V.Sc.
Excellence in Clinical Science Research: Carl John, D.V.M.
Excellence in Basic Science Research: Sarah Miller
Faculty research awards:
C. E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award: Hendrik Hans Nollens,
FAKC Clinical Investigator Award: Rowan Milner, B.V.Sc.
FVMA Clinical Investigator Award: Chris Sanchez, D.V.M.
Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence: Nancy
Graduate student, veterinary student and resident competitions:
Best Graduate Student Platform Presentation: Stanley Kim
Best Graduate Student Poster: Tara Anderson, D.V.M.
Best Veterinary Student Platform Presentation: Gabriel Davila
Best Veterinary Student Poster Presentation: Sonya Myers
Best Resident Platform Presentation: Abby Faust, D.V.M.
Best Resident Poster: Jason Errico, D.V.M.
of work, twice
By Ann Griswold
Over the past 49 years, Joachim S. Gravenstein, a graduate research
professor emeritus of anesthesiology, has watched the once-
fledgling College of Medicine morph into one of the largest
medical centers in the Southeast. In recognition of his contributions to
research, education and clinical care at UF, Gravenstein was honored with
the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. It was a crowning
moment an appropriate milestone in a long and successful career. But
this year, the receipt of a second Lifetime Achievement Award has left
Gravenstein feeling a little confused.
"I think they're slightly different," Gravenstein said. "The first one was
for education. The second one was for ... well ... I don't know what it was
for exactly. I think if you stay long enough, you'll eventually wind up
Or two, in his case. Aside from a brief stint at Case Western Reserve
University, Gravenstein has been a fixture in the UF department of
anesthesiology since he was appointed division chief in 1958, the year
UF's teaching hospital opened.
The College of Medicine has evolved quite a bit during his tenure,
Gravenstein said, reflecting on the sense of idealism that defined the
college at the beginning.
"George Harrell that was our dean let it be known that he did not
want to see any Mercedes or BMW or Cadillac parked in the parking lot for
the faculty," Gravenstein said. "He thought it was inappropriate for an
academic physician to be ostentatious and to flaunt wealth. He used to say, 'I
can't do anything about what you do at home, but not in my parking lot!'"
Although the early romantic aspects of medicine have largely given way
to a more business-oriented approach, Gravenstein says these idealistic
values continue to set UF apart from other medical schools.
"What do we have to offer that is maybe not as well-represented at some
of the more famous institutions like Harvard or Yale?" Gravenstein asked.
"Whatever is left over from the original romanticism of medicine the
feeling of idealism that is still to be found. That's really what makes us
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Caregivers of cancer patients often suffer depression
and other problems post-treatment, but researchers
say support is lacking
By Melanie Fridl Ross
Birthdays haven't been too kind
lately to Mike Dunne and his wife,
Freda Yarbrough. Take Dec. 23, 2004.
Instead of celebrating her fabulous 50s
alongside family and friends, Yarbrough
spent the day reeling from the news that
Dunne had stage 4 throat cancer. Within
weeks he plunged into a dizzying cycle of
radiation and chemotherapy at a medical
center near their home in Baton Rouge, La.
Some of the most toxic drugs used to battle cancer were fed into
his veins. The treatments were debilitating. He lost 70 pounds. He
slept a lot.
It wasn't all bleak. After awhile doctors reported the disease was
Then, in August 2005 on Dunne's mother's birthday -
Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans, flooding her
apartment within a foot of the ceiling. By that time, Dunne was
back at work covering the storm for The Advocate, his local
newspaper. He and Yarbrough, new media director for the paper's
Web site, worked 45 days straight, only returning home to change
clothes and sleep for a few hours.
Within months their lives grew increasingly tempestuous: The
cancer recurred, spreading to lymph nodes in Dunne's chest.
On a recent Monday, he received chemotherapy yet again one
of several nauseating treatments that are part of what is now his
third round of cancer cocktails.
But afterward, it was Yarbrough who threw up.
Susan White works for the College of Public Health and
Health Professions from home while she battles breast
cancer. She says she feels blessed to have her husband,
Greg, as her caregiver. "He makes me not afraid," Susan
said. "He lets me be weak and is strong for me."
(Right) Jose Rodriguez helps Spanish speakers caring for loved ones with
dementia through a UF program called AlzOnline.net. Rodriguez has
been the caregiver for his wife, who has Alzheimer's disease, since 1999.
The past two years she has been at the center of a physically taxing and emotionally
exhausting whirlwind of work, mounting health-care costs and sleepless nights. She has
spent hours keeping bedside vigil as Dunne has undergone countless tests and treatments.
"I wish I could get doctors and treatment centers to understand that the patient isn't the
only patient," Yarbrough said. "The caregiver is sitting there watching the chemo, sitting by
the bedside, staying awake watching to see if something needs to be changed. There's got to
be some recognition that the caregiver is struggling to survive emotionally and physically."
Caregivers in crisis
They are often called the forgotten survivors.
Spouses and partners of cancer patients, they have made it through their loved ones'
sleepless sprint through treatment, only to embark on their own physical and mental
Now a UF study reveals these caregivers are nearly three and a half times more likely to
be clinically depressed than healthy peers and frequently experience a host of other
problems that linger for years.
The findings from the study, the first to examine the long-term effects of cancer
treatment on the quality of life of partners of blood and bone marrow transplant recipients,
appeared recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
"Part of what we're trying to do is bring attention to their experiences and the fact they
are indeed cancer survivors as well they are impacted by cancer, both directly and
indirectly, and clearly are profoundly affected by it," said Michelle M. Bishop, Ph.D., a
research assistant professor in the department of medicine's division of hematology/
oncology at UF's College of Medicine and the paper's lead author. "We are concerned they
may be neglecting their own mental health needs. The larger caregiver literature would say
they are likely to neglect their own physical health needs as well."
The UF study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, highlights the strain of
caregiving at a time when cancer patients are discharged "quicker and sicker" and as
they live longer than ever. The American Cancer Society estimates there are about 10
million cancer survivors in the United States.
UF researchers collaborating with colleagues at Northwestern University, the University
of Kentucky and the Medical College of Wisconsin collected data from 177 partner pairs
Freda Yarbrough has watched her husband, Mike Dunne, endure
treatment after treatment in his battle with throat cancer.
By Brittany Rajchel
ose Rodriguez often gets up at 2 a.m.
Sometimes, it's because of his wife. She has
Alzheimer's disease and requires a lot of attention.
Other times, he wakes up to the phone ringing.
That's because Rodriguez serves as a shoulder to cry on, a
voice on the other end of the phone who has wise words of
advice for caregivers all over Florida caregivers who seek
him out because he speaks their language.
Based out of Miami, Rodriguez partnered with the College
of Public Health and Health Professions' AlzOnline.net to
provide no-cost telephone support groups for Spanish
speakers all over the state who care for family members and
loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
In Rodriguez's weekly teleconferences, approximately 10
Floridians call a number and type in a password that connects
them with each other to discuss their lives as caregivers.
"We just share our worries," Rodriguez said. "We talk
about our problems. We just connect."
AlzOnline.net provides English and Spanish-speaking
caregivers help and instruction through Internet chat rooms,
telephone support groups and education. The free services are
open to anyone.
Rodriguez said AlzOnline.net gave him a resource to find
helpful hints about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's.
For example, he remembers struggling to give his wife, whom
he has cared for since 1999, a bath. She frequently got soap on
her face, causing her eyes to sting and making the rest of her
bath very difficult. Through his AlzOnline.net support group,
Rodriguez learned that using baby shampoo keeps her eyes
from getting irritated.
"Each Alzheimer's patient is a like a fingerprint because
they are all different," he said. "But some stuff? It's the same.
Like how to wash a person. Those little tricks nobody taught
you? You can get those from talking to other people who have
For more information, visit www.AlzOnline.net or call
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Jacqueline Villafranco, 16, cares for her mother, Rosa,
and her two younger sisters during their mother's cancer
treatment. "The hardest part is coming to the hospital
with my mom, because I'm afraid something might be
wrong," Jacqueline said.
from 40 North American transplantation centers. The pairs had to be together since
treatment, which took place on average about seven years before the study began.
Survivors had to be in continuous remission from breast cancer, acute or chronic
leukemia, or lymphoma.
Participants, including a comparison group of 133 healthy peers, completed 26
standardized questionnaires that evaluated their physical health and numerous
quality of life measures.
The study is the first to show that partners can experience poorer outcomes
than survivors many years after treatment, particularly in social and spiritual
quality of life.
Researchers also found that while caregivers reported fairly good physical health
overall, they experienced fatigue and difficulty concentrating and were less likely to
note positive personal growth in the aftermath of cancer caregiving. In addition,
they tended to suffer emotional, sleep and sexual problems at levels on par with
survivors, but perceived less social support, less marital satisfaction and less
About 20 percent of caregivers experienced clinically significant levels of
depression, similar to the survivor group (about 22 percent). In contrast, only 7.5
percent of controls experienced depression. In addition, those reporting significant
depression and presumably in the highest need of mental health services were
least likely to be receiving counseling or medication, Bishop said.
"We were surprised by some of the findings because we had hypothesized that
cancer survivors would be at greatest risk of long-term emotional and physical
effects of treatment, as they were the ones undergoing the rigorous treatment
regimen," Bishop said.
The paper's senior author, John Wingard, M.D., director of UF's blood and
marrow transplant program and deputy director of the UF Shands Cancer Center,
said families are subjected to "a pressure cooker of emotions and challenges" in the
wake of a cancer diagnosis. Treatment typically requires lengthy stays at a
specialized tertiary care center hundreds of miles from home. Families frequently
face financial hardship as careers are put on hold and health-care costs mount.
Caregivers often juggle tending to partners with raising children.
The study calls attention to the need for screening family members and providing
them with information, support and counseling.
"There is a need for a lot more research in this area," said Laurel Northouse,
Ph.D., R.N., a professor of nursing at the University of Michigan School of Nursing
who studies the impact of cancer on patients and caregivers. "We know the effects of
illness extend to family caregivers. I think this kind of important work suggests we
now need to move to interventions to help patients and families. We know the stress
is there; now we need to help them get the kind of services they need to cope."
Things left unsaid often most important to cancer patients
By Ann Griswold
he weekend before their world came crashing
down, Kasia and her fiance were a couple of
bikers determined to pedal the 50 miles from
Gainesville to Ichetucknee Springs. Along the way, they
laughed, they cursed, they stopped for snacks and even
wiped out. It was just another Saturday afternoon. But
as often happens in life, something unexpected was on
The storm hit on a Wednesday morning. Kasia, a
second-year medical student, was moderating an honors
code discussion when her fiance called with the news
the suspicious lump he discovered in the shower was
a problem. Doctors didn't know what it was, but it had
to be removed. And just like that, what started as a
normal day became the first step along a harrowing
five-month journey filled with waiting rooms, exam
tables, surgical suites and oh-so-uncomfortable
chemotherapy chairs. Testicular cancer had arrived.
The day he was diagnosed, his doctors spoke and
demonstrated and explained, but Kasia and her fiance
just stared. A million questions left unanswered: Could
they still have children? Should he stay in school? What
happens next? They waited, but the important things
- the issues that mattered most in their lives were
Kasia, now a first-year resident in internal medicine,
says the experience has changed the way she delivers
news to patients.
"Doctors tend to focus on all the things they want to
do to patients to increase their survival, but patients
just aren't there yet," Kasia said. "They're trying to
figure out what the next six months have in store, and
how bad it's going to be."
For Kasia and her fiance, the next few months were
terrifying, but to their surprise, not the end of the world.
Less than a month after the last dose of chemotherapy,
they completed the Disney marathon in Orlando.
"The reason why we ran it against all of my
mother's wishes was because we didn't want to be
cancer," Kasia said. "It was probably the best decision
we made, because cancer was over and we needed to do
something else with our lives."
By Tracy Brown Wright
or some caregivers, nighttime is the
scariest part of the day.
About half of patients with cognitive
impairments, such as Alzheimer's disease, suffer
from sleep disturbances that cause them to get out
of bed at night. Awake but disoriented, they may
turn on the stove, flood the bathroom or leave the
house and wander away.
"Caregivers' strategy to deal with this is they
sleep with an open ear," said Meredeth Rowe,
Ph.D., R.N., an associate professor in the College
of Nursing. "This is very taxing on their sleep
Ultimately, the family member caring for the
patient can become physically and emotionally
exhausted, with no choice but to place the patient
in an institution.
To tackle this problem, Rowe developed a
monitoring system that alerts the caregiver when
the patient gets out of bed. The development of
the system, which she dubbed CareWatch, was
initially funded with a grant from the National
Institute of Nursing Research.
Finally, through a chance meeting with a home
security specialist, she got her idea in front of the
home security division of corporate giant
Honeywell. The company agreed to develop the
device and take it through clinical trials, where
it's now in development.
As people live longer and the incidence of
Alzheimer's disease and dementia increases, the
system promises to help tens of thousands of
patients and their families. In fact, Rowe has even
tested the system on families with autistic
Preliminary findings from her current study
evaluating the CareWatch system in homes of
dementia patients and their caregivers have found
the risk of injury and wandering are 12 times
greater in homes where CareWatch is not used.
A lonely road
When it comes to finding support, caregivers are often on their own, said Yarbrough, 55.
In a recent e-mail to Bishop she wrote:
"The one thing that has stood out so vividly to me is how much care the cancer patient gets and
how little care the caregiver receives from both the medical community and in work/social/familial
"... Everyone thinks the caregiver has had the same 'eureka I know what life is about' moment
that the patient has. No, we're just exhausted, angry, resentful but wholly unable to publicly voice
our feelings because it wouldn't be socially acceptable ..."
At the treatment center where Dunne goes, there is a giant wall of pamphlets for every kind of
cancer. But there is nothing for the caregiver, Yarbrough said. In the chemotherapy room, patients
rest in recliners, while family members sit in regular chairs or on the floor. And there isn't a
place to put a laptop to finish some work while her husband receives treatment, which can last as
long as eight hours.
"There is no acceptance that you have to continue your life to continue paying the bills; you can't
just give up your job and devote 24 hours a day (to caregiving) because you're not going to have
money to pay the bills," she said. "You've got to tend to business."
Yarbrough said it would help if health practitioners set aside time at every office visit to ask
caregivers questions about how they are coping.
"Having one sheet of questions for doctors and nurse practitioners to ask the caregiver would be
helpful, things like 'How are you feeling today? How is the patient doing? Am I seeing today at the
office what you see at home? Does he sleep? Does he eat? Is he angry? How are you doing? Can we
explain something better to you? Do you have someone you can talk to?'" said Yarbrough, who has
been married to Dunne for 26 years.
The UF findings emphasize the need for physicians to remember that providing emotional
support and teaching patients and their families coping skills are often as important as focusing on
fixing physical problems, researchers say. Practitioners also must work on identifying at-risk
patients and families who may need extra attention from the health-care team.
Still, remarkably, many caregivers do quite well, Bishop said.
"I don't want to give the impression that it's all terrible and there's no hope," she said. "One of
the tremendous gifts of working with cancer survivors and their families is to witness the
incredible resilience they often exhibit.
"What we're trying to do is learn from those who seem to handle it fairly well without too many
big bumps in the road, and then also identify those who may be more vulnerable to problems," she
added. "If we can identify them early, then we can intervene early and make it more likely that they
too could have a smoother journey through this process." Q
Greg White cares for his wife of 16 years, Susan, as she battles cancer. "We'll
get through it together. I really think that," Greg said. "I just do whatever
she needs me to do. She'd be doing the same thing for me if it were the other
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A predicted rise in the number of people with
disabilities and problems with the implementation
of the Americans with Disabilities Act were among
several concerns a committee of disability experts
cited in a recent Institute of Medicine report, "The
Future of Disability in America." Elena Andresen,
Ph.D., chair of the College of Public Health and
Health Professions' department of epidemiology
and biostatistics and a member of the committee,
describes the group's findings and policy
recommendations to reduce the effects of disability
on individuals and society.
What is the current state of disability
in the elderly population?
There is actually good news -people who are now reaching their 60s and 70s
are in better functional health and are more active than people who reached that
age 10 and 20 years ago.
How has the Americans with Disabilities
Act fallen short in its goal of reducing
barriers for people with disabilities?
The ADA has not provided the benefits to people with disabilities that one would
have expected. It is such a complex picture that there's no one reason that
you can cite for that, but enforcing the ADA has been difficult without sufficient
financial resources and the ability to find and ask for improvements in access.
The committee noted that accessibility
problems continue to exist even in health-care
institutions. What are some of the issues?
For example, if a woman uses a wheelchair exclusively she might not be able to
get on an exam table without assistance. There are exam tables that can go up
and down and make transfer easier, but most places wouldn't have those and
most providers wouldn't be trained to effectively use them. But while this is an
obvious example, clinicians may not realize a patient in a wheelchair may have
had trouble getting into the clinic because there are no curb cuts in the sidewalk,
the main entrance is inaccessible because the threshold has a lip, or that although
the restrooms say disability access on them, they are not large enough for both a
person with a disability and her assistant.
What challenges will we face as the
next generation enters later life?
People who are now in their middle years are experiencing chronic health issues,
such as inactivity and concurrent obesity, which suggest they may have a higher
incidence of disability than the people who are now in their golden years. There's
also been a shift in the chronic conditions of children, notably the increase of
asthma and obesity.
What are some of the committee's
recommendations for health and
One of the issues the committee focused on was government-funded services
and financial support for people with disabilities. We have a very complex way
of dealing with both health and disability in this country, and it's complicated by
different aspects of services and financial support coming from different parts of
our system. It can be especially problematic for children who do not receive the
same kind of benefits as they move into young adulthood.
Also, in the realm of assistive technology, there are a lot of wonderful
devices in development, but there aren't good funding streams for bringing
those products to market or making them accessible financially to people with
In addition, research for disability is spread among many different agencies.
The IOM's 1991 report on disability addressed the need to streamline funding,
improve the profile of disability research and think forward to what we need as
Americans age. None of these changes have occurred since that time. 0
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An education fund
that rocks, literally
By Patricia Bates-McGhee
It all started last year when Anne Michael,
visiting the UF department of medicine in
Gainesville, noticed stacks and stacks of
warehouse-type boxes in the departmental office.
"I saw all these boxes lined up and asked what was in them, and the office
staff said they were rocking chairs for the graduating residents," said Michael, a
coordinator of administrative services at the College of Medicine in
Jacksonville. "A lightbulb went on in my head and I said, 'Tell me more!'"
They did. Within minutes Anne was phoning the manufacturer for details
- and a tradition was born on the Jacksonville campus.
In 2006 Anne established the Anne and Max Michael Jr., Education Fund in
memory of her late husband, who from 1962 to 1985 served as the first dean of
the Jacksonville campus.
The fund awards a handcrafted, lacquered, wood rocker decorated with a
gold UF seal to graduates who complete their three-year residency training
program in internal medicine in Jacksonville.
"Awarding the rocker at graduation has quickly become a tradition, and
graduates are proud of their chairs and the meritorious accomplishments they
represent," said Stanley Nahman Jr., M.D., director of Jacksonville's internal
medicine residency program and a professor of internal medicine. "The
tradition has even spread to residents graduating before 2006, many of whom
have called to purchase their own rockers."
The rockers are all about tradition, something Michael says her husband
valued. Dr. Michael graduated from tradition-steeped Harvard University.
"He really appreciated tradition and how it gives us a feel for something,"
Michael said. "Awarding the rockers is also a way to acknowledge these young
people who have worked diligently and given 36 months of their lives to go out
and take care of the sick."
Michael has two rocking chairs Dr. Michael's Harvard rocker at home and
a UF rocker in her Jacksonville campus office.
"Even though Max is not physically here, it makes me feel good knowing that
somewhere some student, resident or physician appreciates the gift and knows
his name," she said. 0
Medicine residency graduate Dr. Rodolfo Barroso (left) and residency
program director Dr. Stanley Nahman join Anne Michael after the
department of medicine's graduation dinner, where UF rockers were
presented to graduating residents.
College awards faculty, residents at graduation
he College of Medicine-Jacksonville celebrated the graduation of 107 medical, dental and pharmacy students at its annual resident graduation ceremony,
held June 13. As part of the ceremony, the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville presented the following five prestigious awards to residents, fellows and
Excellence in Student Education
Sarah Paschall, M.D., obstetrics/gynecology
Brent Seibel, M.D., obstetrics/gynecology
Edward Jelks Outstanding
Erik Carlson, M.D., internal medicine,
Rosilie Saffos Outstanding
Maya Balakrishnan, M.D., pediatrics
Ann Harwood-Nuss Outstanding
Resident Advocate of the Year
Lyndon Box, M.D., internal medicine,
Louis S. Russo Jr. Award for
Outstanding Professionalism in
Winston Connell, M.D., emergency medicine
Carlos Arce, M.D., neurosurgery
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Thirty-five years of service:
From left, Kay Shipp, Louise
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HSC rewards longtime employees for hard work
In a world where people flit from job to job like butterflies in a garden, Health Science Center administrators recently took time to thank the
employees who have dedicated years of their lives to serving UF. On May 22, HSC employees who have been at UF for five or more years were
honored for their service. UF lapel pins and other mementos were given to employees reaching their five-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25-, 30- and even 35-year
milestones. Listed below are those honored for 10 or more years of service. The full list of honorees can be viewed at: http://www.health.ufl.edu/
resources services ServicePin.shtml.
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Beverly Anders James Washer
Maria Bolanos 15 Years
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Front row, from left: Mabelle Wilson, Rosa Lewis, Elmora
Buraess, Bertha Henderson, Rose Yarbrough and Arlene
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' nmy Black, Larry Fosser, Butch Dees, Lisa Brown, Albina
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Twenty-five years and counting:
Front row, from left: Joy Carlson-Waters, Paula Crowley, Linda
Cox, Joanne Clarke, Willa Monroe and Angela Perry. Back row,
from left: Deborah Lupi, Dot Padgett, Frances Lapinsky, Linda
Mott, Cheryl May, Dorothy Rollins, Marcia McLeod, Lydia
Pearson, Adrian Allen, Nancy Hanner, Alan O'Malley and
Melanie Pate. Photo by Sarah Kiewel
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Debra Vander Reyden
Twenty-ive years at the HSC-Jacksonville:
From left, Catrina Smith, Nancy Stover, Katrina Robinson,
Rebecca Osborne and David Coulter.
Two decades at UF:
Front row, from left: Savannah Wims, Nancy Rosa, Beth Magyarl, Linda Saunders,
Charlotte Ledbetter, Rosalie Swygart, Karen Bender, Joan Street, Jackie Ayers and
Janis Mena. Back row, from left: Regina Pringle, Laura Pons, Jennifer Brooks, Judy
Bousquet, Mary Taylor, Andrew Baldwin, Genene Templeton, Harriet Scott, Karen
Owens, James Burrow, William Kniesly and Denise Carlton. Photo by Sarah Kiewel
Rafeyette West Price
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A superior accomplishment
Meet three HSC employees recently honored at UF ceremony
By April Frawley Birdwell
// t sounds like me," Audrey Duke thought. Sitting with her boss and
co-workers at the UF Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony,
Duke listened as the announcer checked off reasons why one
employee had been selected for an award.
From top, Dr. Alison Morton (pictured
with Kyle Cavanaugh, UF vice president
for human resources), Audrey Duke and
Ann Welch all received highest honors at
the UF Superior Accomplishment Awards
ceremony in April.
It sounded suspiciously like some of the things Duke had
done during the Health Science Center's yearlong 50th
anniversary celebration handling the administrative
duties for four committees, fretting over details of several
large events she helped organize and arranging travel for
VIP guests. But Duke pushed the idea away. She didn't want
to get too excited.
And then, her name was called.
Duke, an executive secretary in the Office of the Senior
Vice President for Health Affairs, was one of six HSC
employees who were recognized for their hard work at the
universitywide Superior Accomplishment Awards ceremony
in April. She received the Clerical/Office Support Award.
"You don't have to ask her twice, she just does what needs
to be done," said Tom Harris, the associate vice president for
health affairs, whom Duke has worked for since 2004.
Two other HSC employees also received highest honors at
the ceremony. Ann Welch, a program coordinator in the
College of Medicine, received the Administrative/
Professional Award, and Alison Morton, D.V.M., an assistant
professor of large animal surgery in the College of Veterinary
Medicine, received the Academic Personnel Award. All three
received $2,000, an Urban Meyer-signed football and
admittance to watch a football game in the President's Box at
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Morton was one of the key players involved in establishing
a new diagnostic imaging center at the college, said Eleanor
Green, D.V.M., chief of staff of the Alec P. and Louise H.
Courtelis Equine Hospital.
Morton helped bring people together to work on the
project, even after several of the college's radiologists were
recruited to other institutions, Green said.
"Dr. Morton was a force, if not the force, in the
acquisition, set-up and development of imaging protocols
required to open our imaging center and admit the first case
for MRI," Green said.
As a coordinator of a long-term study in the College of
Medicine, Welch is often thought of as one of the unsung
heroes of the project and its biggest cheerleader, said Fonda
Davis Eyler, Ph.D., a UF researcher who studies outcomes of
drug exposure in babies and was one of three researchers
who spoke about her in a video made for the ceremony.
"She has shown leadership in times of crises when we have
had no one to go to," Eyler said in the video. "She just
learned what needed to be done, went after it and found the
resources, sometimes in a very creative way."
Staff writer Sarah Carey contributed to this article. Q
Universitywide winners from the HSC
Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Susan "Sue" Johnson, College of Medicine
Ann Welch, College of Medicine
Alison Morton, College of Veterinary Medicine
Kristina Esmiol, College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Dentistry
Barbara A. Hastie, James E. Webb, Richelle G. Janiec,
Mary E. Bennett and Debra Lynne Hatfield
College of Medicine
Chihray Liu, Lettie M. Herman, Nelda G. McNeil, Annie L.
Morien, Deborah T. Townsend, Ann P. Welch, PollyA.
Glattli, Suzanne "Sue" Johnson, Susan L. Porterfield,
Glenda F. Railey, Michael L. Di Lena, Min Ding, Lynn 0.
Raynor, Cynthia L. Schuhmacher, Christopher M. Black,
Shirley K. Gissy and Mary Anne Randall
College of Nursing
Joan B. Hill, Pamela C. Selby and Elizabeth K. Victor
College of Pharmacy
Cheryl J. Meyer and Sarah L. Scheckner
College of Public Health and Health Professions
Michael A. Crary and Cathy E. Di Lena
College of Veterinary Medicine
Alison J. Morton, Kristina E. Esmiol, Robert L. Hockman,
Jeffrey S. Register, April L. Childress and Delores Foreman
Student Health Care Center
Louise E. Okken
Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Amy T. Osborne, Audrey J. Duke and Cheryl K. O'Quinn
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COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
MATTHEW DENNIS, D.D.S., a
clinical associate professor of
oral and maxillofacial surgery
and diagnostic sciences, has
been awarded the Florida
Dental Association's Dental
Dennis was nominated
by student members of the Matthew Dennis
Gainesville chapter of the
American Student Dental Association based on
his "outstanding contributions to the quality of
dental education." This is the second time Dennis
has been honored with the award, which he first
received in 2004. Dennis received his award in
June during the Florida National Dental Congress.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
JINGXIN QIU, M.D., a
neuropathology fellow in the
college, received the Lucien
J. Rubinstein Award for Best
Paper on Neurooncology at
the 2007 Experimental Biology
meeting in Washington, D.C.
Qiu was presented with a
plaque and a cash award from Jingxin Qiu
the American Association of
Neuropathologists. Since 2000, award recipients
have included researchers from M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center, The Johns Hopkins University, the
World Health Organization and others.
GRANT MCFADDEN, Ph.D., a professor of
molecular genetics and
microbiology, has been named
a fellow of the American
Academy of Microbiology.
Fellows are elected each year
through a highly selective,
peer-reviewed process, on
the basis of their records
of scientific achievement
and original contributions Grant McFadden
to the field of microbiology.
McFadden's work on poxvirus infection has
uncovered complex pro-inflammatory and
anti-inflammatory interactions responsible for
the widespread illness and death caused by the
JOSEPH ADRIAN TYNDALL,
M.D., a clinical associate
professor of emergency
medicine, has been appointed
interim chair of the department
of emergency medicine in
Gainesville, effective Aug. 15.
He takes over the post
vacated by David C. Seaberg,
M.D., who recently was named Joseph Adrian Tyndall
dean of the University of Tennessee's regional
medical campus in Chattanooga.
Tyndall, who joined the UF faculty in November,
is board-certified in emergency medicine and is
a fellow of the American College of Emergency
PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFE
RONALD ROZENSKY, Ph.D.,
a professor of clinical and health
psychology and associate dean
for international programs, is
the co-recipient of the U.S.
Psychologist Award, presented
by Division 52 (International
Psychology) of the American
Psychological Association. He
will be recognized in August. at the asso
annual conference in San Francisco.
STEVEN GEORGE, Ph.D.,
an assistant professor in the
department of physical therapy,
received the 2007 Eugene
Michels New Investigator
Award from the American .
Physical Therapy Association.
The award recognizes physical
therapists engaged in research
and is named for Eugene
Michels, an APTA administrator
and leader of the organization's mover
foster research in physical therapy.
WILLIAM P. MCARTHUR, Ph.D., a professor of oral biology and
program director of the Periodontal Disease Research Center, has
been appointed dentistry's associate dean for faculty affairs. In this new
position he will advise faculty and college and campus administrators on
matters affecting faculty and will provide administrative support for the
faculty's role in shared governance.
As associate dean for faculty affairs, McArthur will work to foster a
positive and supportive work environment that facilitates opportunities
for faculty professional growth and development. This will include serving
as an ombudsman for faculty affairs to the dean and to the Health
Science Center and campus administration.
The position is the result of an administrative reorganization that
encompasses recent additions of the associate dean for clinical affairs
and associate dean for continuing education and strategic partnerships,
and the elimination of the senior executive deanship. The new
administrative structure is intended to be more adaptive to the highly
competitive nature of recruiting and retaining excellent dental faculty,
and to UF's still-developing efforts toward shared governance.
ESSIONS and fellows, the course explores leading an
institution through accreditation, improving the
educational program, developing residency
program directors and managing resources.
Q: ROBERT C. NUSS, M.D.,
has been named dean
of the Health Science
Center's regional campus in
Jacksonville. He continues
to serve as associate vice
Ronald Rozensky president for health affairs.
ciation's Nuss has led the College
of Medicine's regional Robert C. Nuss
programs in Jacksonville as
senior associate dean since 2002. A member
of the medical faculty for 35 years, he was the
first board-certified gynecologic oncologist
in Northeast Florida. He has a long and
distinguished record in the U.S. Navy, including
eight years of active duty in the Medical Corps.
He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1993
with the rank of rear admiral.
Steven George COLLEGE OF NURSING
CONNIE HAAN, M.D., associate
dean for educational affairs
and an associate professor
of cardiothoracic surgery,
completed the Association of
American Medical Colleges'
Graduate Medical Education
Leadership Development Course.
Haan is among 43 graduates Connie Haan
from institutions throughout the
nation to earn the certificate in 2007.
Offered exclusively to academic leaders who
manage the institutional environment for residents
T1 i JB'
MEREDETH ROWE, Ph.D.,
R.N., an associate professor
of nursing, has been elected
a fellow of the American
Academy of Nursing, an honor
the academy bestows on those
who have made and likely will
continue to make significant
contributions to nursing. Meredeth Rowe
Rowe teaches undergraduate
and graduate courses in topics such as care of
the older adult, pathophysiology and statistics.
Her research focuses on the study of cognitively
impaired individuals and their caregivers.
Through her research, she has developed a
nighttime home monitoring system that assists
caregivers of people with dementia and parents
of autistic children.
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY
The UF department of physiology, under the leadership of Charles Wood, Ph.D.,
has ranked 26th among similar programs in the nation, according to a survey
conducted by the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology. The rankings
were based on extramural grant funding and were reported in a June publication
of The American Physiological Society.
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officerr and a physician
)mnes emergency medicine with law enforcement
By Amelia Beck
Wearing camouflage pants and a gray SWAT T-shirt, Liam Holtzman, D.O.,
raised his MP5 submachine gun into position and peered through the
scope. On command, he unloaded round after round, filling the paper
target with bullets in the most vital places.
Dr. Liam Holtzman fires his
MP5 machine gun at a
SWAT team target practice.
As tactical physician to the
Department and the
Alachua County Sheriff's
Office SWAT teams,
Holtzman attends SWAT
"Wanna shoot?" he joked.
To some, he's a physician who is trained in law enforcement.
To others, he's a law enforcement officer who happens to be a
Either way, he's a good guy to have around in any sticky
In 2005, Holtzman joined the department of emergency
medicine in Gainesville to develop its tactical pre-hospital
division, a special area of emergency medicine that provides
on-site medical care in law enforcement crises, such as riots or
"It's a unique aspect of emergency medicine that is not
well-known," Holtzman said. "The incident at Virginia Tech
illustrates the need for a tactical pre-hospital division."
And with an endless resume of elite tactical and medical
training, there is no doubt he's the guy for the job.
Chock-full of snapshots with famous faces, Holtzman's photo
album is a testament to his accomplished past.
One photograph shows him alongside Jimmy Carter on a
fly-fishing trip to Siberia. A second photo shows him "hanging
out" in Africa with Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela.
As assistant medical director of the Secret Service, Holtzman
served as personal physician to Clinton and Carter,
accompanying the former presidents on missions to exotic
In another photo, the space shuttle Atlantis soars behind
him, seconds after taking off from Kennedy Space Center. As
a trained NASA flight physician, Holtzman was granted
front-row access to the shuttle's launch.
In other snapshots, he's mingling with rooftop snipers as
they keep watch over the Democratic National Convention
and posing in front of armored Secret Service vehicles.
Now as associate medical director of the department of
emergency medicine, Holtzman has the opportunity to use his
experience to train others.
"He brings a different perspective that can help us to not
only develop our (emergency medical) services program, but
he has also been a valuable asset in our disaster preparedness
due to his law enforcement background," said David Seaberg,
M.D., a UF professor and associate chairman for the
department of emergency medicine in Gainesville.
Holtzman will serve as a liaison between the department
and local law enforcement agencies, Seaberg said. With his
tactical training, Holtzman can provide on-the-scene medical
care and train officers for medical scenarios.
Since moving to Gainesville, Holtzman has made himself a
presence among local law enforcement agencies.
Last fall, he joined the Gainesville Police Department and
the Alachua County Sheriff's Office SWAT teams as their
In April, he was sworn in as a Florida Highway Patrol
auxiliary officer, a volunteer position that allows him to assist
troopers with their everyday duties.
"Being that he works in emergency medicine, he can help
our troopers to better understand the medical role in law
enforcement," said FHP spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs.
"There are a lot of ways that we are going to be able to use his
Holtzman, who has always loved both fields, said the
hardest thing for him has been deciding what to do next.
He said he would like to expand the tactical pre-hospital
division to provide training for paramedics and emergency
medical technicians from across Florida.
But for now, he's enjoying being a part of the department
and watching the residency program grow.
"In (emergency medicine), especially, there's a lot of
camaraderie," he said. "It's a lot of fun, it really is." O
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UF pediatric pulmonologist Daniel Torrez checks Kya Washington. Despite being born
prematurely, Kya is now thriving. Rose Jenkins calls her daughter "a miracle."
From left, Michael Martin, a third-year pharmacy
student works with Elvin Price, a pharmacy
graduate student in the Center for
Pharmacogenomics research lab. The College
of Pharmacy Summer Research Training Program
offers pharmacy students the opportunity to
explore a career in pharmacy research.
Mike Garrison, the former broadcast news director for the HSC
Office of News & Communications, shoots footage of a surgery
in a Shands at UF operating room. After spending five years at
UF, Garrison left in June for a new position at Duke University.
UF Health Science Center
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