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This month, The POSTcelebrates HSC
students who started a new tradition
in their families by being the first to
graduate from college.
Table of Contents
0 Administration: Strategic plan
0 Patient Care: A nurse's care
0 Patient Care: Help for domestic violence victims
) Research: Unlikely addicts
) Administration: Biomedical Sciences Building
SCover Story: First generation grads
Q Grants: Duchenne muscular dystrophy
) Jacksonville: Nursing anniversary
e Distinctions: A Hippocratic honor
) Profile: From jockey to vet
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Claude Earl Fox, M.D., the founding director of the
Florida Public Health Institute, gave the keynote
speech at the Second Annual Public Health
Conference May 5 in the Health Professions/Nursing/
Pharmacy Complex. The event was sponsored by the UF
College of Public Health and Health Professions, the Area
Health Education Centers Program and the Suwannee River
Area Health Education Center. Fox has headed federal, state
and local agencies and is a professor in the department of
epidemiology and public health at the University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine.
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summer. The Communicore Building will be getting a much-needed
lit facelift as part of a two-phase renovation. The building's entrance will be
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remodeled, and improvements will be made to the first-floor lobby,
restrooms and floor. Improvements are also being made to the building's
seven classrooms that should be complete bythe time fall classes resume.
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the July/August issue of The POSTwe will bring you more news about
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UF and Shands HealthCare announce new strategic plan
By Melanie Fridl Ross
The UF Health Science
Center and Shands
unveiled a $580 million,
five-year vision for the
future that emphasizes
close collaboration to
safest patient care, renewed
engagement with the
community and expansion
of the research and
The plan, titled "Forward Together,"
outlines shared values excellence, trust,
accountability, innovation, teamwork,
integrity and diversity and a series of
one- and five-year goals. It grew out of a
nine-month process spearheaded by a
25-member cabinet of university and
hospital leaders who met monthly.
"Patient safety and quality care are
paramount in everything we do," said
David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice
president for health affairs and president of
the UF&Shands Health System. "All our
decisions will be based on the overriding
principle of what is best for the patient, and
this principle will guide our research,
teaching and clinical programs."
Strategic investments will be made in
facilities, information technology,
equipment and personnel to help the
academic health center achieve consistent
and lasting growth across its research,
patient care and educational missions. But
UF and Shands will not go it alone.
"As part of our commitment to providing
outstanding patient care, we seek to work
closely with the community we serve and to
engage area residents, community leaders
and local agencies in our efforts to enhance
access to health-care services," said Tim
Goldfarb, CEO of Shands HealthCare.
Health-care leaders also will seek to
strengthen ties with the community,
analyzing factors that impact the health of
populations, strengthening research
methods for studying the health of
individuals and of populations, and
working more closely than ever with
"UF and Shands plan to form a
Community Advisory Council with broad
representation that will help us continue to
meet the health-care needs of area citizens,"
UF and Shands also will seek to enhance
existing affiliations with the Malcom
Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
deemed critically important to efforts to
develop the next generation of clinician-
scientists and implement models of
interdisciplinary education to prepare the
next generation of health-care providers.
Together they will form an Academic
Partnership Council in conjunction with
Guzick said the plan also encourages and
supports diversity across the academic
health center. In-depth assessments will
be conducted that will ultimately lead to a
Summit on Diversity, after which
additional goals will be established
and specific programs developed to
"In everything we do across our core
missions, we will simply be more effective if
our faculty, students, residents and staff
reflect the gender, racial and cultural
diversity of the populations we serve,"
Strategic goals for the Jacksonville
campus and other sites in the health
system are still being refined and will
be available soon.
"We want to optimize the state's return
on investment in the Health Science
Center," Guzick said. "In turn, we want to
become a national model for education in
the health science professions."
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New educational space will be needed.
Renovation has begun of the Communicore
Building to improve the learning environment.
Longer term, a new education building for the
Health Science Center designed and funded
through philanthropy will emphasize small-
group learning rooms as well as contemporary
information, media and simulation technology.
In research, a key goal will be to achieve 10
top-10 research programs in specific fields,
while generating broad-based, consistent and
durable growth of National Institutes of Health
and sponsored research funding across the
entire portfolio of fundamental, translational
and clinical research. Guzick said they will
seek to recruit faculty investigators who are at
the very top of their fields and build new
research facilities in both laboratory research
and in clinical and translational research.
UF has already made considerable
investment to create the Clinical and
Translational Science Institute, which will
provide the new academic home for clinical and
translational research, integrating and
synergizing the scientific and educational
activities of multiple UF colleges, two regional
health-care systems (Shands and the Malcom
Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center), and
the 67 counties of the state of Florida. One
major goal of this collaboration will be to create
new opportunities for clinical scientists and the
citizens of Florida to participate in advancing
patient-oriented research and to create the
facilities necessary to support that.
Of the $580 million projected cost of the
plan, about $230 million will be spent on new
research, clinical and education facilities, $200
million on new research programs, $110
million on enhancement of clinical services
and their quality, and $40 million on enhanced
education programs. Sources of revenue
include transfers from the clinical enterprise,
philanthropy, royalty streams, grant income
and UF support.
These represent new dollars flowing into the
Gainesville community that will have
"multiplier" ripple effects throughout the local
and regional economy.
"This is a significant investment, but it will
have significant impact," Guzick said.
and quality care
* Implementation of the EPIC electronic
medical record across the system to
manage patient information.
* Opening of the Shands Cancer Hospital
last November along with a new and
expanded emergency room and trauma
center means space at Shands at UF can
be used to create the Shands Hospital for
Children and Women, with its own lobby,
emergency department and inpatient and
outpatient units. Similarly, ground-floor
entries and inpatient space in the core of
Shands at UF will likely be reconfigured
to address the distinct needs of
neuromedicine and cardiovascular
services. Consideration would still be
given to creating the children's hospital
in a new tower depending on financial
feasibility, including the ability of
philanthropy to bring in the necessary
dollars, which would be substantial.
* Primary care offices will be located at
several sites throughout the community,
close to where our patients live, with
special attention to new ambulatory
facilities for patients who reside in East
Gainesville. The UF Family Practice at
Southwest Fourth Avenue, for example,
will be relocated in the coming months a
little further east and north of its
* Specialty offices, meanwhile, will be
co-located at designated specialty
campuses. These would include those
currently on the Health Science Center
campus, the specialty practices adjacent
to the orthopaedics facility on Southwest
34th Street, and expansion on the
northwest Health Park Campus.
For more information about Forward Together and to view the strategic plan in its
entirety, visit forwardtogether.health.ufl.edu. To view Senior Vice President for Health
Affairs David Guzick's "On the Same Page" column on the strategic plan, visit health.
ufl.edu and click on "On the Same Page."
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Nurse practitioner Hillary Morris (right) counsels patient Emelyn Palm at Archer Family Health Care.
By Laura Mize
or 13 years, Emelyn Palm has been without a full-time job. She holds
two part-time jobs, but neither one provides her with health insur-
Palm, who has an underactive thyroid, depends on Archer Family Health
Care for her medication and regular blood tests. The nurse-managed health
center is run by the UF College of Nursing and staffed by nurse practitio-
ner faculty members. Like Palm, most of the patients lack health insur-
ance. The clinic provides services to them on a sliding fee scale.
"It's such a huge blessing for the people in the area," Palm said of the
clinic. "When I come here, they're always busy always plenty of people
who need care. And I'm sure that there are a lot of people in this area who
wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise."
The nurse practitioners who work at Archer Family Health Care provide
a wide variety of services.
"That's one reason that (the center) is unique," said Dee Williams, Ph.D.,
an associate professor in the College of Nursing and the associate dean for
clinical affairs. "We have family practice, pediatric practice and psychiat-
ric practice. We have a physician and we have a clinical pharmacy on-site.
We have community health."
at Archer clinic
The clinic draws people from surrounding counties, and even areas as
far away as Cedar Key and Jacksonville, Williams said. Affordable care is
one draw, she said, and the high-quality care they receive from the nurses
"I'll tell you this, once patients have care that's provided by a nurse prac-
titioner they like it," she said. "They really do."
Hillary Morris,M.S.N., A.R.N.P., a family nurse practitioner who works
at AFHC, decided to become a nurse practitioner after her own positive
experiences receiving care from nurse practitioners.
"We do a lot of holistic care. We really look at the patients' circumstanc-
es socioeconomic, lifestyle situations, things like that and try to get a
picture of the person as a whole, and kind of center the care around that,"
said Morris, who also is a clinical assistant professor at the College of
Nursing. "We try to have patients be partners in their care really get
them to buy into it and give them tools to keep themselves healthy."
Morris and her colleagues also work with patients to find programs to
help them pay for specialty care or medications. Once in a while, a staff
member at the clinic will offer to pick up a prescription for a patient who
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According to Florida law, nurse-managed health cen-
ters must have a physician on-call at all times. Shenary
Cotter, M.D., is perfect for the job, because she under-
stands the way nurses work. She used to be one.
Cotter, now a faculty member in the College of
Medicine's department of community health and family
medicine, works at the clinic one day a week.
Her role complements the nurse practitioners' work.
She sees patients for things such as pain management, or
other conditions that require special expertise. She also
sees some of the clinic's new patients when the nurse
practitioners' schedules are filled.
But Cotter agrees Archer Family Health Care is defi-
nitely the nurse practitioners' practice. She's just there
to help when they need her. She said the success of
AFHC shows nurse-managed health centers can help to
address two major problems in America's health-care
system: a lack of physicians in rural areas and a lack of
access for uninsured people.
"This is an example of the fact that we have the tools
to deliver health care to the uninsured without a govern-
ment-mandated program," she said. "It does make me
somewhat sad that others have not been as successful in
developing a place like this one, so that that could be
Advocates of nurse-managed health centers also say
nurse practitioners can play a vital role in filling the
country's growing need for primary care providers, and
praise their holistic approach and focus on indigent
Dr. Shenary Cotter, a former nurse, serves as the
physician on-call at the Archer clinic.
Some physicians object to nurse-managed health centers, saying nurse prac-
titioners aren't qualified to run practices. However, Cotter said these centers
don't face as much resistance from the medical field as they once did.
"One of the positive things for the future is everyone letting go of that argu-
ment, both physicians and nurse practitioners, because at some point you just
have to go on," Cotter said. "Frankly, I think that's where most newer provid-
ers actually are right now. It's just not an issue."
Williams said nurse-managed health centers still struggle for recognition
from health insurance companies.
For instance, it was not until October 2009 that Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Florida began to reimburse nurse practitioners directly for the health care
services they provide. Before this, AFHC did not receive any reimbursement
for treatment of patients with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida policies.
Now they're receiving payments from the company. Still, some other compa-
nies require billing in a physician's name.
To make up for the large number of patients at AFHC who don't have insur-
ance, plus inadequate insurance reimbursements, the clinic relies on what
Williams called "a patchwork quilt of funding."
Since the clinic's inception in 2000, AFHC has depended on federal grant
money, state appropriations, local funding and private donors to fill the gaps
between expenses and income. It's an ever-evolving mixture: AFHC is in the
fifth year of a six-year federal grant and has endured cuts to its state appropria-
tion every year it has been open.
Williams and the clinic staff are exploring ways to bring in more money,
including increasing their focus on patient education so they can qualify for a
new federal grant. Williams said the clinic's growing patient base has helped
AFHC become more independent than it was a few years ago.
But for the nurse practitioners working at AFHC, funding is a secondary
consideration. Morris said she thinks the clinic's services have improved
health in the Archer community. The patients, she said, have had their own
effect on her and her colleagues.
"We have one patient who's an elderly gentleman who is here almost every
day," Morris said. "The nurse fills his pill boxes for him, because he lives
alone, and draws up his insulin for him. He calls us whenever he needs some-
thing or brings us goodies like Pepsi for Christmas. It's really rewarding."
Palm, the patient working two part-time jobs, began going to the clinic six
or seven years ago because of the sliding fee scale. Now, she said, she keeps
coming back because she likes the service.
"After I started coming here I liked the people so much and it was just so
preferable to me, as opposed to most doctors' offices," she said. "They're just a
wonderful group of people, and I just feel really comfortable coming here."
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Turning hurt into6hc
Colleges of Law, Medicine team to help domestic violence victims
College of Law
Drake (right) and Dr.
Nancy Hardt of the
College of Medicine
joined forces to
establish UF's Intimate
By Laura Mize
tarting June 1, a patient
at the Shands at UF ob-
stetrics clinic will be able
to get prenatal care and legal
advice all in one visit.
Thanks to a two-year, $450,000 grant from
the U.S. Department of Justice, the College of
Medicine and UF's Levin College of Law have
teamed up to open the country's first law/med-
icine clinic dedicated to helping victims of do-
mestic violence. The grant was awarded to the
College of Law, and the College of Medicine
and Shands at UF have agreed to dedicate
clinic space to the Intimate Partner Violence
Assistance Clinic. In September, the clinic will begin offering services to
patients in the Shands at UF pediatric clinic.
According to Nancy Hardt, M.D., senior associate dean for external affairs
at the College of Medicine, this development is something of a breakthrough.
"Health providers just don't screen unless they have something to offer
people, and this'll be a very unique situation," Hardt said. "I personally have
never been able to work in an environment where I could screen for domestic
violence and immediately say to the patient, 'I'm going to take you to speak
to someone right now.' That's huge."
Health-care providers and medical students will screen patients by asking
about their relationship history. Certified legal interns from the College of
Law and social workers from Shands at UF and Peaceful Paths Domestic
Abuse Network will offer to help those with domestic violence problems
with legal matters, such as obtaining protective injunctions against their
abusers, or working out problems with landlords unhappy with violence at
In addition to serving patients at the obstetric and pediatric clinics, the
law students working as certified legal interns and social workers in the legal
clinic also will take client referrals from local courthouses, Peaceful Paths,
other UF physician clinics and other parts of Shands at UF. Posters about
the clinic also will be put up around the county.
The grant will provide resources to train students from both colleges to
address the problem of domestic violence in homeless communities.
"We wrote that into the grant because we really thought that would be the
icing on the cake," said Teresa Drake, J.D., director of the Intimate Partner
Violence Assistance Clinic. "Giving law students and medical students that
experience, and even the experience of just the clinic, hopefully will instill
in them ... how important it is to give back to your community. Even if it's
just a few hours a week."
Hardt and Drake both said they hope the clinic will foster more positive
relationships between doctors and lawyers influential people who don't
always have cozy relationships in the professional world.
And on the medical side, helping domestic violence victims escape abusive
situations could prevent harmful physical side effects in children even
those who aren't direct victims.
"For a long time we just sort of thought that the children were silent wit-
nesses and they weren't really participating or affected in any way," Hardt
said. "Even when they're preverbal, we're finding ... their brain development
can be affected, so we'd really like to avoid the childhood trauma."
As the first medicine/law clinic of its kind in the nation, the Intimate
Partner Domestic Violence Assistance Clinic has a lot of people at other in-
stitutions waiting expectantly to see how well things work.
"People all over the country are watching this like 'Yes!'" Drake said.
"They're looking to see how we put this together, because they want to do the
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Videos for vets
UF partners in national spay/neuter training videos
By Sarah Carey
T he UF College of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program has
partnered with the country's leading spay/neuter training center to produce a
series of videos aimed at educating greater numbers of veterinary
professionals about best practices in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgical
The first in a planned series of the surgical training videos details procedures for
performing surgery on puppies and kittens as small as 2 pounds and as young as 6 to
8 weeks of age.
"Spaying and neutering animals prior to sexual maturity prevents unintended
litters and ensures numerous well-established health benefits for them," explained
Brenda Griffin, D.V.M., an adjunct associate professor of shelter medicine and UF's
lead veterinarian in developing the new teaching tool.
Griffin, a board-certified internist, joined forces with Philip Bushby, D.V.M., of
Mississippi State University, Mark Bohling, D.V.M., Ph.D., of the University of
Tennessee, and Karla Brestle, D.V.M., of the Humane Alliance National Spay/
Neuter Response Team. The video was filmed at the NSNRT's 13,000-square-foot
surgical training center nestled in Asheville, N.C.'s Blue Ridge Mountains, where
more than 23,000 sterilization surgeries are performed annually.
"Veterinarians and students already have the opportunity to participate in
intensive hands-on surgical continuing education at the training center, but the new
video series will make training available to veterinarians and students around the
world," Griffin said.
"Students at Florida are already taught the skills illustrated in this video," said
Natalie Isaza, D.V.M., the Merial clinical assistant professor of shelter medicine at
UF and chief of the college's shelter medicine service. "Our goal is to make this
Setting the standard
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therapy research, safety
information available to practitioners who want to learn these techniques as well."
Pediatric neutering was selected as the topic for the first training video because
practitioners frequently lack confidence in the procedure and because neutering
before puberty offers the best opportunity to prevent overpopulation caused by
The video, funded by PetSmart Charities, is available for free viewing and
downloading at www.humanealliance.org. A DVD also will be mailed to veterinary
students at all U.S. veterinary colleges. The group plans to create additional
instructional videos focusing on spaying large breed dogs, trap-neuter-return of
feral cats, and novel techniques for improving surgical efficiency, anesthetic
technique, patient safety and postsurgical pain prevention.
By Czerne M. Reid
T he use of viruses as vehicles for delivering genes to replace
malfunctioning or missing ones holds promise for treating many
disorders. Adeno-associated viruses are one type of vector being used
increasingly in human gene therapy clinical trials and laboratory studies. But
differences in the way researchers determine the administered doses have made
it difficult to accurately compare results from various studies.
Now a UF scientist has led the first successful international effort to create a
reference standard for recombinant adeno-associated virus type 2 vectors called
rAAV2, which have been used in the treatment of diseases such as hemophilia
and a certain kind of blindness.
Researchers from around the world can now report their measurements
relative to the reference standard so that others can gauge how effective a given
virus preparation is at delivering a gene in an animal study or clinical trial.
"These vectors are powerful and have the potential to be used widely in
humans, so being able to determine a dose reliably, and a dose that means
something to other labs, is important," said Richard Snyder, Ph.D., an associate
professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in the UF College of
Medicine and director of UF's Center for Excellence for Regenerative Health
Biotechnology, who led the effort. "The more you understand the dose you're
giving, the more confidence you have that the doses are safe."
Standardization of vector doses will help make regulatory policy more robust
and help pharmaceutical manufacturers ensure their doses are prepared safely.
The rAAV2 system was pioneered by UF College of Medicine scientists
Nicholas Muzyczka, Ph.D., founding director of the UF Powell Gene Therapy
Center, and Kenneth Berns, M.D, Ph.D., director of the UF Genetics Institute.
Over the past two decades, UF researchers have used the system successfully in
treating animal models of disease and conducting initial work in humans.
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Dr. Brenda Griffin is working with a national training center to help develop a
series of educational videos to instruct more vets on best practices in spay/
health of women,
children in Afghanistan
By Czerne M. Reid
he health of many women and
children in Afghanistan is at great
risk because of passive exposure
to heroin and other drugs, according to
a new study commissioned by the U.S.
Department of State and jointly led by
two UF drug addiction experts.
The study is the first to demonstrate secondhand and
thirdhand exposure to heroin and other opium products in
Afghanistan. Bruce Goldberger, Ph.D., a professor of pa-
thology and psychiatry with the UF College of Medicine
and director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic
Medicine, presented preliminary findings of the two-year
study April 28 during the 27th annual International Drug
Enforcement Conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Goldberger and Mark Gold, M.D., the Donald Dizney
Eminent Scholar and chair of the department of psychiatry,
two leading experts on drug abuse, were selected by the
State Department to conduct the research. The resulting
data will aid the effort to reduce demand for narcotics and
prevent drug abuse in Afghanistan.
The researchers drew on their 10-year effort to develop
laboratory models and protocols for measuring harmful ex-
posure to tobacco smoke to estimate secondhand exposure
to opium products through inhalation and thirdhand expo-
sure through contact with contaminated surfaces.
"The research team has an interest in the health and wel-
fare of the women and children of Afghanistan who are in-
nocently exposed to opium and opium products,"
Goldberger said. "We have demonstrated that second- and
thirdhand exposure to opium and opium products can re-
sult in serious health consequences, including addiction."
Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the world's
illegal supply of opium, the drug from which heroin is
made, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.
But little is known about the abuse of opium and other
drugs in the Afghan population.
To learn more, the International Narcotics and Law
Enforcement Affairs bureau of the State Department fund-
ed the study as part of its drug abuse and trafficking preven-
tion work with the Afghanistan Ministry of Counter
The researchers obtained samples of indoor air, surfaces
and hair from women and children in homes where family
members smoked opium and heroin.
Hair samples from the women and children were positive
for opium products, as well as several synthetic opioids. In
addition, opium products were present in indoor air sam-
ples and on household surfaces such as floors, tables, toys
and bedding with which children came into regular con-
tact. The presence of synthetic opioid compounds suggests
that the use of prescription drugs might also be a problem.
Such exposure puts children at risk of abnormal develop-
ment, including failure of the brain and lungs to grow prop-
erly. Such developmental delays can make it hard for chil-
dren to pay attention and learn.
"There are critical periods in organ, body and brain de-
velopment that can easily be hijacked by a toxic environ-
ment," Gold said. "Our efforts are aimed at giving each
child a chance to develop and grow to his or her potential."
As has been proved for tobacco smoke, researchers sus-
pect that adverse effects can also pop up in unexpected
ways, such as in the development of bladder cancer.
Preliminary results show consistently that in more than
90 percent of study homes, indoor air, surfaces and resi-
dents' hair contained opium and opium products.
The researchers will release more detailed results later
and perform further analyses to get a clearer picture of the
drug abuse problem in Afghanistan. To help address the is-
sue, the study might expand to include culturally sensitive
drug education and prevention programs.
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UF opens Biomedical Sciences Buildin
By Czerne M. Reid
B biomedical engineering has revolution-
ized medical research and practice in
many ways, from providing sophisticated
automated instrumentation and computation
needed to sequence the human genome to
developing devices that mimic normal delivery
of insulin by the pancreas.
On May 11, UF dedicated a new research facility that will stimulate the
kind of cross-disciplinary interactions that often lead to such innovations.
The new Biomedical Sciences Building brings together scientists from
different UF colleges and disciplines to advance medical discoveries and
translate them into treatments for patients.
The $90.5 million, 163,000-square-foot building houses researchers
from the colleges of Medicine, Engineering, and Public Health and Health
Professions, creating the potential for new collaborations.
"When medical science and biomedical engineering researchers share
space and ideas, the door opens to new possibilities in translational science
that improve health," said David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice presi-
dent for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System.
Research units include the UF Diabetes Center of Excellence, the UF
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, the J.
Crayton Pruitt Family department of biomedical engineering and the
Rehabilitation Research Program in the department of physical therapy.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life laboratory, a cross-
disciplinary training program for undergraduate students, also is in the
Researchers and students say the new building's pleasing indoor envi-
ronment, lit by large windows, helps them work and learn better. Designed
and constructed by HuntonBrady Architects, Ellenzweig Consultants,
Affiliated Engineers, Harris Engineering, Walter P. Moore Engineers,
Schmidt Dell Associates and Whiting-Turner Construction Management,
0' the building, commissioned by Moses & Associates, meets LEED Gold
certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. Gold is the
P+ third of a four-tier rating system that aims to respond to environmental
challenges such as responsible use of resources, pollution reduction and
. making indoor spaces conducive to good health and well-being.
On May 11, UF leaders opened the new Biomedical Sciences Buiding. (Shown from left) College of Medicine Dean Dr. Michael
Good, College of Engineering Dean Cammy R. Abernathy, UF President Bernie Machen and College of Public Health and Health
Professions Dean Michael Perri cut the ceremonial ribbon at the dedication. Afterward, attendees were invited to tour the facility,
where researchers gave talks about their work in labs throughout the building.
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n 1959 after Fidel Castro took over Cuba, nri'. I\ '.LJ Luis and Luisa
Arencibia fled the country, leaving everything behind but the clothes they
They knew no one in the United States, but they hoped it was a place where
they could build a better future. After landing at the airport in Miami, they
asked around about jobs and hopped another plane to New Jersey, where work
was more plentiful. Once there, they took whatever j. .h i h\ -. .u IJ to make
"They did housekeeping, whatever jobs they could get," says Jacqueline
Arencibia Salazar, the couple's only child. "They never got to go to college. I
was born a year or two lfi~ i hey came here, and they j.l,. j\ j. niJ me to go
to school. It was not really an option. Ii v'. an expectauiin."
The couple got their wish ... and then some. Salazar 1> .. 'J he hijhelor's
degree in 1984 from the UF College of Nursing and her mrr Ii J m.c id in
nursing from the University of North Carolina in 1990. ,\nJ ..n ,\p! ii :', five
decades after they first came to the United States, the Arencibias watched their
only daughter receive her D.. i of NuL inri Pi ictice degree, the highest
degree for a practicing nurse.
"I didn't need to get my doctorate for my career path or future because I
pretty much have a wonderful job right now and I don't plan on making any
J!i L! m. c.," says Salazar, a nurse practitioner for a thriving practice in
Melbourne, Florida. "I am a forever learner, and that, plus a strong work ethic,
was definitely instilled in me by my parents."
\\ii h a busy practice and three children, Salazar's schedule is so
hectic she was not even planning to walk in the UF College of
Nursing graduation ceremony until she mentioned it to
"They were like, 'What!' she says. "I have three kids and
everyone had to compromise so I could do 11 he D.N.P.
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hris Gauthier wasn't the kid who knew he wanted to be a veterinarian
when he was 5 years old. He never knew what he wanted to be when he
"In my junior year of high school I sat down and made these lists of
everything I enjoy, everything I am good at," says Gauthier, who will graduate
from the College nf Veterinary Medicine May 29. "Everything kind of came to
medicine, but human medicine didn't interest me that much. I shadowed a vet
S and loved it. So I went for it."
It wasn't always easy. (GJul h !!, n. "'. 26, worked full-time while earning his
bachelor's degree at UF and while working on a one-year business
management degree before entering 1 ile i ii \ school in 2006.
"It was a struggle at times but you do what you have to do," he says. "If you
are really interested in something and motivated, you can do i- \1. L. p,.. pk
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the way. After graduati.rn he huJ.dJ I \.. \ a..I hu. .elI to complete a
one-year internship at lul I i. !i\ ,i \ I'hIn. h. pli n to pursue a residency
in small animal surgery, hopefully at UF.
And although Gauthier is the first in his family to graduate from college, he
may not be the only one for long.
"My sister is ; ui nr. w, finishing high school, so hopefully that will be her
aspiration, too." -April Fi :: y Birdwell
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After moving from Costa Rica to South Florida at the age of 3, Meyleen
Izquierdo watched her parents struggle to provide for their four children.
She knew she wanted a different future.
"I hated being poor," she says, "and I knew that there was no other way to ever
get ahead, other than go to college."
Izquierdo was the first in her family to graduate from college in 2006 when she
earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition from UF. This month she donned a cap
and gown again to mark another milestone: the completion of her Doctor of
Dental Medicine degree.
Without financial support from her parents, Izquierdo relied on scholarships
to pay for her bachelor's degree and part-time jobs and loans to get her through
dental school. She says she's leaving dental school with "a lot less debt than
SH Her next step is to take the dental board exams in June and begin a one-year
residency with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Tampa.
She says she wants to eventually work as an associate in a general dentistry
practice. In the meantime, she has a bit of advice for other young people who
could be first in their families to finish college.
"Look at the people around you," she says. "If you don't
want to be like them, you have to go to college. Now,
even a bachelor's is not enough to get a job. Look
around and sacrifice a few years now when you're
young and you're able to and you're not married,. '.u
don't have kids ... rather than sacrifice your whok
life later." Laura Mize
A s he thumbed through an "A" encyclopedia, the entry caught then
5-year-old David Lefkowitz's attention.
"There were these transparent pages of anatomy," remembers
Lefkowitz. "I just thought it would be really cool to be a doctor. I was one
of those people that always knew."
On May 22, Lefkowitz realized the dream he has had for two decades
when he graduated from the UF College of Medicine.
The youngest of three children, Lefkowitz became the first person in
his family to graduate from college four years ago when he earned a
degree in microbiology from UF. UF was also his top choice for
A recipient of the college's Excellence in Family Medicine award,
Lefkowitz's next move will be to St. Petersburg, where he will enter a
family medicine residency.
"(Graduation) is bittersweet because we are so used to being students the fact that it is
ending, we don't really know what to do," he says. "We're just used to it. We have been
doing this college thing for at least eight years."
Apart from starting his career in family medicine, Lefkowitz is looking forward
to graduation for another reason, too. He and his wife will be reunited after living in
different cities for their entire marriage. The couple, who met in a freshman
chemistry class at UF, wed in 2008.
"She is graduating (from Nova Southeastern University) in May, too,"
Lefkowitz says. "We're looking forward to it." -April Frawley Bd:' \ II/
When Yahaira Roman was in her freshman year of high school, her cousin got
in a car accident. His recovery included physical therapy, and Roman visited
him often during the sessions.
"Ever since then I knew I wanted to go into health," says Roman, who recently earned
her bachelor's degree in health science from the College of Public Health and Health
Professions. "I have just always wanted to help people. I felt like this was my route."
But Roman's course toward college and chiropractic school she starts at the Palmer
College of Chiropractic this fall actually was set much earlier, by her mother.
Roman's mother, Rosa Reveron, brought her children from Puerto Rico to the United
States when Roman was a toddler in hopes of giving them a better future.
"My mom has always encouraged me to go to school," Roman says. "I don't think she
has ever missed an open house ... I always knew I wanted to go to college, but you never
really know if you can afford it. My mom was like, 'Money is not an option, you are
doing it no matter what, don't let things stand in your way.'"
Roman, who grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, was UF-bound from a young age.
When she was a teen, her mother brought her to Gainesville so they could take her
stepfather to the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Roman pointed UF
out to her mother as they drove by.
"She said, 'Ma, you see that school? One day I am going to
graduate from there with honors.' And she did," Reveron says.
"When she wants something she works hard for it. I am just so proud of her."
-April Frawley Birdwell
three years ago when she was one semester into her
Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Kelley Hawes
T thought about quitting the UF College of Nursing
AFprogram. Already a nurse practitioner and the mother of
two teenage children, it was tough for Hawes to fit
S .everything in.
n"I said to my son, 'I am really thinking about quitting
lii what do you think?'" Hawes says. "He said, 'I think you
should just do it.' So I just did it."
Listening to her son was easy. After all, her children have
Influenced her education and career from the beginning.
hAfter marrying at 17 and having her first child when she
S was 18, Hawes didn't start college until her daughter was 2
and her son was 4. She chose nursing because it seemed
like a solid career that would allow her to provide for
"There were times I worked three jobs and went to
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for muscular dystrophy research
that by the end of the uchenne muscular dystrophy re-
Ssearch at UF got a major boost
study we will be able to with the award of $7.5 million in
provide clear guidelines National Institutes of Health funding to
for how MRIs should be
performed in Duchenne
muscular dystrophy and
that MRIs will be a
valuable tool in clinical
trials and drug tests
Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D.
study the use of magnetic resonance
imaging in determining the natural pro-
gression of the disease.
UF scientists will assess whether MRI technology can be
used as a precise, noninvasive measure of muscle tissue in chil-
dren with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Understanding how
the disease affects muscle tissue could help facilitate the test-
ing of new therapies in clinical trials, researchers say.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects about one of every
3,500 to 5,000 boys born each year in the United States, ac-
cording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The disease causes the muscles that control movement to pro-
gressively weaken and lose the ability to regenerate after an
injury, eventually replacing critical muscle tissue with fat and
collagen. By age 12, many patients need a wheelchair. As the
disease advances, the heart and respiratory system are affected
and patients often die of cardiorespiratory failure in their 20s.
"The lack of a reliable assessment tool for measuring muscle
function in patients with Duchenne inhibits the transfer of new
therapies from the lab to clinical trials," said the study's lead
investigator Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D., an associate dean for
research and planning at the UF College of Public Health and
Health Professions and chair of the department of physical ther-
apy. "MRI allows you to look at the structure of a muscle tissue
in a very objective way with a large amount of detail. Our goal
is to develop MRI as a tool to see the progression of the dis-
ease, but more importantly, to determine if a new treatment is
effective or not, giving researchers rapid feedback about po-
tential new drugs."
The study is funded by the
National Institute of Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin
Diseases and the National
Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke and will
Health and Science University,
Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia and the
University of Pennsylvania.
Researchers at the four sites
will conduct MRI measure- KRISTAVANDENBORNE, PH.D.
ments of muscle in 100 boys
with Duchenne, ages 5 through 14, over a five-year period.
"We are confident that by the end of the study we will be able
to provide clear guidelines for how MRIs should be performed
in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and that MRIs will be a
valuable tool in clinical trials and drug tests targeting poten-
tial Duchenne treatments," Vandenborne said.
Preliminary studies, funded by Parent Project Muscular
Dystrophy and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, involved
about 30 boys and demonstrated that MRI had many advan-
tages over traditional muscle biopsies, Vandenborne said.
Biopsies are invasive and do not give researchers a complete
view of all the muscle tissue.
"NIH is excited to award this important research grant to
Dr. Vandenborne," said Glen Nuckolls, Ph.D., program direc-
tor of the Muscle Disorders and Therapies Program at the
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin
Diseases. "It is the type of thorough observational study that
will collect data needed to design better clinical trials for
DMD. Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy are pow-
erful tools to look inside the muscles of patients and measure
chemicals in the muscles, and this study has the potential to
show that these would be very valuable tools in determining
whether an experimental therapy is working to improve the
muscles of boys with DMD."
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World of Disney
Disney donation honors retiring
By Sarah Carey
In honor of UF professor Ellis Greiner's longtime contributions to Disney's
Animal Kingdom, the company has made a $20,000 gift to the UF College of
Veterinary Medicine that will fund advanced continuing education programs
for the attraction's veterinary staff.
The Disney/UF Continuing Education Fund expands a 10-year partnership that
Greiner helped establish between Disney's Animal Kingdom and the College of
Veterinary Medicine. The fund will compensate UF veterinary faculty, residents,
interns and staff who are willing to provide educational opportunities at Disney.
"One of the biggest comments from our veterinary staff has been that while we
have all these wonderful opportunities with UF, we really need more continuing
education for our technicians and veterinarians," said Scott Terrell, D.V.M., a
veterinary pathologist and operations manager for Disney's department of
In addition, Terrell and his colleagues wanted to recognize Greiner, who will
retire later this year and whose support has been germane to the UF-Disney
"Dr. Greiner has been involved in this collaboration from day one," Terrell said.
"He has been supportive from a programming standpoint and has participated in
every single joint UF/Disney lecture we have ever had."
Terrell said Greiner has served not only as Disney's parasitologist but also as a
mentor, not only for himself, but for other Disney veterinarians as well.
"He's always been the guy we could call who would call us right back," Terrell
said. "We knew he could help us administer the money, would be a good ally and
Disney's Animal Kingdom recently awarded the College of Veterinary
Medicine a $20,000 grant in honor of retiring professor Dr. Ellis Greiner
(shown at front with Disney veterinarian Dr. Scott Terrell).
would help us figure out what needed to be done."
Greiner was modest about his role in the new endeavor.
"Scott is part of our department and we try to be collegial and help each other,"
he said. "Disney's program gives us access to unusual cases that we would not have
available to our students and residents, not to mention faculty and staff."
Greiner said it was important to increase the understanding of animal care
needs and diagnostic capabilities for non-traditional animal species that
veterinarians care for.
"We also need those submitting samples to us to know how to prepare them
properly so that they might be useful in the diagnosis of diseases," Greiner said.
"It also allows us to help their staff understand that some of the etiological agents
they may encounter might be zoonotic and thus a risk to their own health."
A surgeon A a scientist
By Danielle Sirianni
As the first surgical resident at UF to receive an
individual postdoctoral fellowship award, Alex
Cuenca, M.D., is now one step closer toward
pursuing his dream of becoming an academic surgeon.
In February, Cuenca, a fourth-year surgical resident, was
notified he received a one-year $52,000 F32 grant given by
the National Institutes of Health under the Ruth L.
Kirschstein National Research Service Award Program.
The F series of grants is the highest award someone can
obtain as a postdoctoral trainee, Cuenca said. He is currently
in his second year of research in the Laboratory of
Inflammation Biology and Surgical Science under the
leadership of Lyle Moldawer, Ph.D., a professor and vice
chair of research in the UF department of surgery.
"This award will help establish a track record and show
the NIH that I am motivated to become independently
funded, which is the goal for most of us who are doing
academic medicine," he said. "It's a step toward that goal."
Moldawer said, "Receiving this award is recognition of
Dr. Cuenca's considerable talents, as well as his efforts to
Surgical resident receives
unprecedented research award
compete at the highest academic levels. Indirectly, it also
signals that the department of surgery and the College of
Medicine are committed to providing the support and
infrastructure for talented individuals like Dr. Cuenca to be
Cuenca's research aims to better understand the signaling
differences in a set of cell surface receptors, known as toll-
like receptors, or TLRs, and how these differences impact
neonatal and adult responses to infection. These TLRs are
expressed on many different cell types in the immune
system and are important for the recognition of bacteria or
viruses. His other research project focuses on severe
infection in cancer patients.
Cuenca says working in Moldawer's lab helped him get
"Dr. Moldawer has been integral in the mentorship of
multiple surgical residents over the past 15 to 20 years,"
Cuenca said. "He trains us to develop better research
questions, pushes us to constantly improve, and to never
lose sight of the larger more important clinical picture."
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College of Nursing celebrates anniversary of Jacksonville campus
By Tracy Wright
The College of Nursing marked a milestone in 2010 with the 30th anniversary of its Jacksonville campus.
In celebration of this landmark event, the college hosted a celebratory reception May 4 in Jacksonville.
Campus alumni, UF faculty and administration and area health care leaders were in attendance.
On May 4, College of Nursing and HSC leaders gathered to
celebrate the 30th anniversary of the college's Jacksonville
campus. Andrea Gregg (top right, with Dean Kathleen Long and
Alice Poe, and bottom left with founding campus director Joanne
Patray) directs the college's Jacksonville campus.
"The Jacksonville campus of the UF College of Nursing symbolizes collegiality, partnership and
the very best of innovation. Its heritage of producing nursing leaders follows the tradition set forth
by the college as a whole, but it also retains its unique contributions to the Jacksonville area and its
identity as an urban campus. The College of Nursing faculty and administration is proud of the
role that its Jacksonville campus has had and will have in improving nursing and health care in
Jacksonville and statewide," said Dean Kathleen Ann Long, Ph.D., R.N.
David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs and president of the
UF&Shands Health System, and Robert Nuss, M.D., associate vice president of the UF regional
campus in Jacksonville, were also in attendance and commended the College of Nursing Jacksonville
campus for its heritage of quality education and leadership.
The UF College of Nursing's Jacksonville campus opened in 1980 with the mission of providing
access to graduate education in the urban Jacksonville area. Prior to this, UF sponsored a division
known as the Jacksonville Health Education Program, which was a consortium of hospitals, educa-
tional institutions and health professional organizations in the area that provided information for
area nurses on continuing education opportunities. The UF College of Nursing Jacksonville cam-
pus fulfilled a need for graduate education for nurses in the area, and JHEP symbolized the incep-
tion of this movement.
The mission behind the UF Jacksonville campus was to prepare professional nurses for leader-
ship positions in clinical practice, education, administration and research.
Emphasis was placed on part-time study with classes at night to facilitate graduate study for
employed nurses. Many faculty members who were housed on the Gainesville campus would travel
weekly to teach classes to the students in Jacksonville, and Jacksonville-based faculty travelled to
Gainesville to teach in their areas of expertise.
As distance technology advanced, so did the College of Nursing. Clinical specialty tracks that
were previously based in Gainesville spread to the Jacksonville campus. Building on this successful
distance delivery of graduate courses, the Ph.D. and then the D.N.P. degree programs were made
accessible through the urban campus as well.
Today, the College of Nursing's Jacksonville campus offers the same graduate programs that the
Gainesville campus offers to its students. It is also home to the college's nurse midwifery program,
one of the top-rated programs in the country, whose graduates have gone onto leadership roles in
women's health in Florida and nationwide.
College of Nursing Jacksonville campus faculty are members of their respective college depart-
ments, interact with Gainesville colleagues regularly and participate actively in faculty governance.
Course responsibilities are shared across campuses using distance delivery methods. The advent of
distance delivery technology has allowed fluid methods for students to access their classes.
"We are proud of the contributions that nursing has made to the UF Health Science Center in
Jacksonville and value the decades of collaboration with the colleges of Medicine, Dentistry and
Pharmacy. I am very proud to be associated with such an excellent nursing education program, the
Health Science Center here in Jacksonville and Gainesville, and with the University of Florida,"
said Andrea Gregg, D.S.N., R.N., director of the Jacksonville campus. "Our campus' past 30 years
and my past 24 years on faculty have been rich and I eagerly look forward to our future."
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Johnny Blair (shown with wife, Ethel) recently
received a kidney transplant at Shands Jacksonville.
By Kandra Albury
ohnny Blair has always
healthy. After all, you have
to be when you're a third-
degree black belt.
In 2004, he went to see his primary care
physician in Waycross, Ga., and was told
there was a problem with his kidneys. Blair's
doctor ordered lab tests that indicated
abnormal creatinine levels in his blood.
Creatinine is a byproduct of normal muscle
contractions and is removed from the blood
through the kidneys. When the kidneys
malfunction for any reason, creatinine levels
in the blood rise. High levels of creatinine
warn of possible kidney failure.
"We've always followed through with our
health-care providers," said Ethel, his wife of
35 years. "So when we learned that Johnny
had kidney failure, we were in shock."
The two most common causes of kidney
failure are high blood pressure and diabetes.
In Blair's case, it was high blood pressure.
Blair began dialysis three days a week,
three hours a day for five years. Eventually,
his name was placed on an organ donor
waiting list along with hundreds of others in
need of a kidney transplant. In the meantime,
the retired CSX sheet metal worker continued
to lead his congregation at First African
Missionary Baptist Church, where he has
been the pastor for 15 years.
"I preached on Sundays and taught Bible
study on Wednesday nights," said the
72-year-old minister. He would also spend
time fishing and working on the church's
Thomas Peters, M.D., a UF College of
Medicine-Jacksonville professor of surgery,
said kidney transplant operations are very
common in the United States.
"There will be 15,000 to 20,000 kidney
transplants in America this year," Peters said.
"The problem is we don't have enough
kidneys. We have about 250 patients at
Shands Jacksonville waiting for kidneys so
that they can have the very operation Mr.
The Shands Jacksonville Transplant Center
is the only transplant facility in north Florida
specializing exclusively in kidney transplants
and is recognized throughout the state and
region for its comprehensive care of patients
with renal disease.
On March 9, Blair's wait for a kidney
ended. A nurse with the Shands Jacksonville
Transplant Center informed him that a
matching kidney was found and that he
needed to prepare for surgery immediately.
Peters performed the two-hour operation the
During the operation, the new kidney is
placed in the patient's lower abdomen and its
blood vessels are attached to arteries and
veins, which allows the blood to flow through
the kidney again. The final step is connecting
the ureters (muscular tubes) that push urine
from the kidneys to the urinary bladder.
Shortly thereafter, the kidney should start
Risks involved with transplant procedures
include blood clots, rejection of the organ and
Following the procedure, Blair said he was
pleasantly surprised by not experiencing any
pain. Peters said his patients experience less
pain because he uses a long-acting anesthetic
that lasts 24 to 48 hours. It is injected into the
area as the site is closed.
"Usually after 48 hours, most patients have
less pain because the body begins the healing
process on its own," Peters said.
Blair will follow up with Peters indefinitely
to make sure the kidney is functioning
properly. So far his recovery is progressing
nicely, Peters said.
"We haven't had any surprises yet but Mr.
Blair came to us in pretty good shape, which
helps with transplant operations," Peters said.
When Blair reflects on this chapter of his
life, he describes it as another mission
"I would spend much of my time on
dialysis encouraging others who were also
receiving treatments," Blair said. "I know
that God sent us to Dr. Peters because he was
excellent and he guided us throughout the
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Dr. Robert Hatch celebrates receiving the 2010 Hippocratic
Award with his wife, Sue.
Second time around
Robert Hatch wins prestigious
By Kim Libby
It's safe to say Robert Hatch, M.D., M.P.H., has come a long way from his self-
proclaimed "hopeless nerd" status. A former chess club member who admits he
once had a hard time understanding people, he now has touched the lives of
countless of students in UF's College of Medicine. And he has two awards to prove it.
Hatch won the College of Medicine's Hippocratic Award April 27 in a ceremony
held at Wilmot Gardens. It was the second time he received the award. Considered
the highest honor a graduating class of medical students can convey to a faculty
member, the Hippocratic Award recognizes a teacher's professionalism, humanism
and prowess. In the 41 years the award has been presented, only eight faculty mem-
bers have won the award more than once.
"It's an incredible honor," said Hatch, a professor of community health and family
medicine. "I owe it all to my wife, my office staff and my students. The work they
have done is nothing short of amazing."
Mary Wood, a fourth-year medical student who spoke about Hatch at the event,
said his ability to listen allowed him to shine. He took the extra time, listened to their
diagnoses and thoughts, and took to heart their hopes and dreams, she said.
"I'm happy if an attending even remembers my name," said Andrew Romano, an-
other fourth-year medical student. "But Dr. Hatch conducts himself in a way where
he teaches us about life and medicine at the same time. You have to ask yourself just
how he does it."
For Hatch, teaching doesn't just happen in a classroom or clinic, Romano said. As
an avid triathlete, Hatch has taken students out on runs to discuss medicine, only to
end up "schooling" them in the home stretch. Hatch even participated in their tack-
le football game during their first year of medical school.
"We all decided there was no way we were going to tackle this guy as our profes-
sor," Romano said. "It wasn't until he started tackling us that we understood he
would be down on our level."
Plans to designate a specific section of the garden for the award's presentation are
in the works. A plaque honoring the award's recipients is located in front of Shands
at UF by a sycamore tree given to the College of Medicine by the minister of agricul-
ture of Greece. It was a tree from the island of Cos under which Hippocrates taught
medicine, according to legend. As the tree in front of Shands has grown rather large,
it cannot be moved. But a sapling from the tree is now planted in the gardens to com-
memorate this special honor.
Oscar Araujo, Ph.D.
O scar Araujo, Ph.D., a beloved
professor emeritus and friend of
the UF College of Pharmacy,
passed away Feb. 20. He came to the
United States in 1946 to attend Purdue
University, where he obtained a doctor-
ate in 1957. He taught for five years at
Ohio Northern University before accept-
ing a position at the UF College of
Pharmacy in 1962. He retired after 38
years of service and was named professor
emeritus of pharmacy practice and der-
matology. Dr. Araujo loved teaching and
had a special relationship with his stu-
dents, learning all their names and keeping in touch with many of them long
after their graduations. He was selected as Teacher of the Year three times
during his career and was the recipient of the College Distinguished
Pharmacy Service Award in 2000. Linda Homewood
Melvin Greer, M.D.
wagering but kind, direct but
tactful, confident yet humble
Melvin Greer, M.D., embodied
qualities that endeared him to his stu-
dents and colleagues, according to his
friends at the Health Science Center.
He was the department chair who
would go the extra mile for his faculty,
the physician who would fill in for resi-
dents, and the father who considered
students, faculty and residents as part
of his own family.
Greer, the first chair of the department %" i (
of neurology, died May 19. He was 80.
"We had the honor of bestowing Dr. Greer with a Lifetime Achievement
Award just a few weeks ago for his 49 years of service to our college," said
Michael Good, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine. "It was a welcome time
for us to reflect on the great things he did for the college and the university
- a moment that has been made bittersweet by his passing."
Greer joined the College of Medicine faculty in pediatrics and neurology
He became the first chair of the department of neurology when it was cre-
ated in 1974 and remained chair until 2000.
For many years, he was the area's only pediatric neurologist, colleagues say.
He also was board-certified in adult neurology.
"Dr. Greer was working in the clinic until shortly before he died, and he
left his white coat here. We want to keep it here, to symbolically preserve his
presence," said Tetsuo Ashizawa, M.D., the chair of neurology and the Melvin
Greer professor of neurology. "I am honored to hold the professorship that
carries his name. When I first met him, I asked him for his advice. He smiled
and said, 'I'm glad you're here, you're doing a good job.' That means a great
deal to me."
Good offered condolences and heartfelt support on behalf of the College of
Medicine to Greer's wife, Arline, their daughter, Allison Cohen, and their
three sons, all COM graduates, Jonathan Greer, M.D., Richard Greer M.D.,
and David Greer, M.D. --John Pastor
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Head of the class
Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., an associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology in the department of physiological sciences, has
been named the college's 2010 College Council Teacher of the Year. This is the second time Anderson has been honored with the
Teacher of the Year Award, the first being in 1990. A member of the UF veterinary faculty since 1988, Anderson has taught anatomy
to every single class since then. UF veterinary students have chosen him several times to receive their top teaching awards, given by
individual classes and also by the student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "My philosophy of teaching is
really quite simple," Anderson said. "I think the best teachers are the ones who provide the necessary guidance so the students can
learn the materials on their own, with minimal input from the instructor."
COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
a professor and chair of
the department of oral
biology, has been named the
college's associate dean for
research. "This is a natural
progression for Dr. Burne
who spearheaded a crucial
funding effort that has Robert Burne
positioned the college well to
maintain our excellence in oral health-related
basic science research and to further develop
our expertise in clinical and translational science
research," said Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H.,
dean of the college.
TERESA A. DOLAN, D.D.S.,
M.H.A., a professor and dean
of the college, was confirmed
a member of the state of
Florida Correctional Medical
Authority by the Florida State
Senate April 27. Gov. Charlie
Crist appointed Dolan to
the nine-member volunteer Teresa A. Dolan
board, which monitors
and evaluates the quality of the physical and
mental health care services provided to inmates
in Florida's state and private correctional
professor of surgery and chief
of the division of general
surgery, and JOSEPH J.
TEPAS, M.D., a professor
of surgery and chief of the
division of pediatric surgery,
were elected to fellowship
in the American Surgical Eric R. Frykberg
Association April 9.
The American Surgical
Association was founded
in 1880 and provides a
national forum for the further
development of the standards
and science of general and
Joseph J. Tepas
M.D., a professor and chair
of the department of surgery,
assumed the role of president
of the Central Surgery
Association in March during
the association's 2010 annual
meeting in Chicago. The
Central Surgery Association Michael S. Nussbaurr
aims to further the practice of
surgery and the study and investigation of
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
JOCSEIPH C FANTONE, M.D.,
has been named the college's
next senior associate dean for
educational affairs, effective
June 1. The appointment,
announced by Dean Michael
Good, M.D., follows an
extensive national search and
interview process. Building on
early career achievements as Joseph C. Fantone
a physician-scientist and clinical
investigator funded by the National Institutes of
Health, Fantone has emerged as a national leader
in medical education. He brings to UF extensive
experience in both undergraduate and graduate
medical education within a large academic
Ph.D., a professor of surgery
who joined the UF College
of Medicine more than
15 years ago, has been
named the new chief of the
department of surgery's
division of vascular surgery
and endovascular therapy.
He has served as interim Thomas S. Hubei
chief since October, assuming
the leadership role after the death of James M.
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
I Ph.D., an associate
research professor in the department of
pharmacotherapy and translational research,
received two Clinical and Translational Science
Institute grants totaling more
than $175,000 for the Center
Ph.D., an associate professor
of pharmacodynamics, was
honored as the 2010 Teacher
of the Year at the college's May Taimour Langaee
A 2006 award recipient,
he has been nominated six
times, reflecting the consistent
respect and admiration he
receives from his students for
his dedication to excellence
in teaching. He is chair of the
college's curriculum committee
and is serving for the second Michael Meldrum
time as a faculty senator.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Ph.D., M.P.H., an assistant
professor in the department of
occupational therapy, received
a Jack Wessel Excellence
Award from the UF Office
of the Provost. The awards
are given to junior faculty
and recognize excellence in Sherrilene Classen
research. Classen combines
public health and rehabilitation science to
research driver safety and community mobility.
COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
a small animal surgery
resident, has been named
resident of the year by the
American Association of
Veterinary Clinicians. The
award is presented annually
to two residents who have
demonstrated outstanding Stanley Kim
accomplishment and proficiency
in the areas of clinical service, teaching and
research. Kim, who will complete his UF residency
in June, has received several awards in recent
years from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and
the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
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Each year, the UF Research Foundation selects tenured faculty who have demonstrated a distinguished
record of research for a prestigious (and competitive) three-year professorship. The honor recognizes these
researchers' recent contributions and encourages future innovations with a $5,000 salary supplement and
$3,000 research grant. Ten of this year's 33 UFRF professors are from the Health Science Center.
professor of biochemistry
and molecular biology in
the College of Medicine and
director of the Center for
Structural Biology, seeks to
examine events during viral
infection. Her multidisciplinary MovisAgbondje-McKees
approach employs X-ray
clarify the roles of three-dimensional structures
in viral life cycles. Agbandje-McKenna aims to
apply such understanding to the treatment of viral
and other diseases.
Ph.D., a professor of clinical
pathology in the College
of Veterinary Medicine,
concentrates his research
on developing molecular
methods of diagnosis and
the persistence of infection
from tick-borne pathogens, Rick Alleman
and Ehrlichia. This work has resulted in the
recognition of different antigens used in the
serological diagnosis of infections with these
pathogens, which commonly affect livestock in
parts of the world but are also known to affect
people and other animals, such as dogs.
professor of physiology
and functional genomics
in the College of Medicine
and director of the UF
Hypertension Center, is
committed to researching
how nitric oxide deficiencies
contribute to the progression
of chronic renal disease. Chris Baylis
She has also made great gains in understanding
pregnancy-induced changes in kidney function
as well as the interaction between pregnancy
and underlying conditions such as high blood
pressure and chronic renal failure.
EFFREY Ph.D., an associate
professor in the College of Public Health and
Health Professions department of health services
research, management and GREGORY Ph.D.,
policy, is a health services a professor of obstetrics and
researcher with expertise gynecology in the College
in health economics and of Medicine, studies the
econometric models to study molecular and cellular
observational data. A recipient regulation of healing. His
of a career development award Iresearch focuses on the
from the National Institute of roles of growth factors,
Mental Health, he has conducted Jeffrey Harman cytokines and proteases in Gregory Schultz
research using secondary data normal and chronic wound
such as Medicare and Medicaid claims and data healing in skin and the eye. Schultz founded
from national surveys to examine utilization and the Institute for Wound Research, where he
costs of health services and disparities in care. seeks to develop new therapies for wound
healing. He also serves as a consultant to
NN Ph.D., R.N., biotechnology companies.
an associate professor and
associate dean for research of
adult and elderly nursing in the Ph.D., a professor of
College of Nursing, focuses epidemiology and health
her research on aging and policy research in the
pain management in older College of Medicine, is a
patients. She is one of the widely respected expert on
leading nurse researchers in the Ann Horgas how tweaks to public policy
country and is currently funded can affect the health of a
by the National Institute on Aging to investigate population. He has studied AlexanderWagenaar
cognitive interventions for the elderly. everything from the effects of
mandatory seatbelt use to changing the drinking
SPh.D., a age from 18 to 21. Currently, Wagenaar is
professor of oral biology in the leading the Public Health Law Research Program
College of Dentistry, studies the and continues to study the effects of alcohol tax
molecular dialogue between policies. The Institute for Scientific Information
oral bacteria and host cells, has named him a Highly Cited Researcher,
leading to a new understanding an honor bestowed on less than 1 percent of
of the bacterial lifestyle within published scientists worldwide.
humans. Lamont's study of
the bacterium P. gingivalis' Richard Lamont
interaction with oral cells Ph.D., an associate
advanced appreciation for the role of bacteria in professor in pharmaceutical
maintaining oral health and contributing to oral outcomes and policy,
diseases. is an expert on
ERkG-ULF MEI ER- s patient safety. In addition to
Ph.D., a professor her UFRF honor, Winterstein
of nephrology in the College recently received a two-year Almut Winterstein
of Medicine, has devoted his $482,000 award from the
research to studying how to best Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to
balance the risks and benefits evaluate the risks associated with antidepressant
of immunosuppressive regimes or antipsychotic drugs used to treat ADHD. She
for kidney transplant patients. will also compare the effectiveness of stimulants
Recognized internationally, his Herwig-UlfMeier-Kriesche on driving-related outcomes such as traffic
work has proven invaluable in citations and crashes.
evaluating new immunosuppressive medications.
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Veterinary student goes
from riding horses to
taking care of them
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By Sarah Carey
When the TV series "Jockeys" ran on Animal Planet two
years ago, senior UF veterinary student Ramon Perez
was quite the hot commodity with his classmates. That's
because for a three-year window in the 1990s, Perez himself was
one of the biggest names in Thoroughbred horse racing.
"My classmates usually ask me things like,
'What's it like?' or 'What's this mean?"' said Perez,
now 32. "If you see a TV show for one afternoon, it
can be confusing."
In 1995 alone, Perez raked in more than $4.6 mil-
lion in purses, competing on the tough New York
circuit. That year, at 18, Perez received the presti-
gious Eclipse Award for best apprentice jockey.
The late John Harrell, a highly regarded colum-
nist for the Thoroughbred Times and Louisville Courier-
Journal, wrote that the Perez' performance riding
Northern Emerald in the 1995 Flower Bowl may
have been Perez's "defining moment of the season."
"We were tough to beat," Perez said. "(The sta-
ble) had great horses; we won Breeders Cups and
even as a kid, before I could ride, I had access to
some of the most well-bred horses in the world."
Bill Mott, who is generally regarded as one of
America's best trainers, remembers escorting Perez
on one of the first Thoroughbreds he got to gallop
and taking him to the training tracks at Saratoga
Race Course, where Perez rode well.
"It was satisfying for me to put somebody on a
horse and go with them and have them do so well
from the beginning," Mott said.
Perez won his first two races at Churchill Downs
on a filly named Alittle Grace and on a gelding
named Brief the Chief. He raced and won at
Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course
while on the New York circuit.
Perez's pink apprentice jockey certificate con-
tains his handwritten record of wins, beginning
with Alittle Grace in 1994. A 1997 New York
Racing Association calendar shows Perez grinning
in a group shot of some of the other best jockeys in
the sport, including Hall of Famer Mike Smith.
Smith was Perez's idol. The "Jockeys" star, who
won the Kentucky Derby in 2005, said Perez was
like a son to him in the jockey room.
"He had a very short, but great career," Smith
said. "He was just a great kid and (was) respected."
Perez's rise to the top ranks of Thoroughbred
racing came at a price, however. He struggled to
keep his weight down, but there was only so much
he could do to stop his growth. After three years of
intense riding, Perez retired and did something
he'd always wanted to do he traveled, backpack-
ing in Europe and working in Dubai and England.
He rode briefly at a stable owned by Sheik
He returned to Florida and finished a year of col-
lege. His mother knew he wasn't happy and told
him he should return to riding if that's where his
"So I started at Tampa Bay Downs and had an
exceptional first season there," Perez said. "My goal
was never to go back to the big tracks but to stay at
smaller tracks and have fun, to remember why I
was riding and why I loved it."
Perez rode for a few more months but was physi-
cally and emotionally drained due to extreme
weight loss. Some days, he lost as much as eight
pounds to make weight to compete.
Perez's "a-ha moment" came March 26, 2001 at a
small Arizona track. He won his first race but
Perez, all 114 pounds of him, was miserable.
"I completely didn't care," he said. "I had to sit in
the jock's room and I couldn't eat or drink because
I had to make weight for the last race. I just wanted
a sip of Gatorade. So I sat in my cubby, and I said, 'I
can't do it. I'm done.'"
He went on to complete his bachelor's degree in
history at UF and took prerequisite courses to ap-
ply to veterinary school.
After he receives his D.V.M. degree May 29, Perez
heads for Randwick Equine Center near Sydney,
Australia. He performed an externship there and
liked the opportunities he saw in surgery, lameness
cases and even an ambulatory racetrack practice.
When Perez stopped riding, now a decade ago, it
took three years before he could even go near a
racetrack. He tries to remember his love for horses,
focus on the fact that he won with his final mount,
and remind himself he still has time to figure out
the rest of his life.
"When you boil it down, I rode for a year at small
tracks for very little money and I loved basically ev-
erything from the gate to the wire," Perez said. "All
the other stuff, the political stuff, you have to jump
through hoops. But once I got to the gate, it was me
and the horse and my instincts ... That was what I
loved about it."
Former Thoroughbred jockey Ramon Perez (shown riding Prado's Mystique in 2000 and with classmate
Drew Scarborough in April) will graduate from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine May 29.
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