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On the Cover

This year, UF has added two new
research buildings to its arsenal at the
Health Science Center. By removing
the walls between labs and bringing
different disciplines together, UF
leaders are hoping these new facilities
will create new collaborations and
spark innovative discoveries.
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O Oil Spill: How HSC faculty are involved
* Education: Global health certificate
0 Administration: The Starship Denterprise
SAdministration: Lights, camera, sing!
SPatient Care: UF's Stroke Program
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Q Research: Better breastfeeding
Q Research: A foal is born
O Cover Story: Building discoveries
SAwards: Research Day
@ Awards: Superior accomplishments
1 Jacksonville: New imaging center
^ Awards: Service pins
Q Awards: Lifetime achievements
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* Profile: Tom Harris


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Washed ashore


On June 24, experts at the UF College of
Veterinary Medicine began looking for clues as
to why a nearly 11-foot-long whale beached
itself on Fernandina Beach. The pygmy sperm whale
was found June 23 and died shortly after that. A few
pygmy sperm whales are found each year on Florida
beaches. Many of them die because they are often quite
ill when they are found. "We have ... animals that die
coming in from wild waters landing on the shore," said
Mike Walsh, D.V.M., associate director of the UF
Aquatic Animal Health program. "So what we have to do
is to look at each one if at all possible and figure out
what is really happening out in the environment, is it
really things like oil or is it food toxins or is it illness.
There are a lot of things that are unknown." As part of
their examination of the whale, Aquatic Animal Health
program graduate student Jennifer McGee, left, and staff
member Heather Maness examined scarring patterns on
the whale's tail.
Pathologists do not think the Gulf oil spill was a
factor in the animal's death, since this species is
commonly found stranded on Florida's coast.


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On Nov. 1,the Health Science Center and Shands at UF became tobacco-free. Now,
as of July 1, every inch of UF's sprawling campus is a tobacco-free zone. Interested
in quitting? There are tobacco resources available to help on the Tobacco-Free
Together website at www.tobaccofree.health.ufl.edu and also on UF's tobacco-free
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DISCOVERY, while it lasts

Marine researchers collect samples before oil spill spreads


By Linda Homewood


n a race against time,

UF marine researchers

are hurrying to collect

underwater marine algae

samples in the Florida Keys while

an ever-growing Gulf oil spill

steadily migrates toward Florida,

already reaching the Emerald

Coast in the Panhandle.

Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., an associate professor of
medicinal chemistry at the UF College of
Pharmacy, took his research team to Long Key in
June in hopes of advancing early drug discoveries
that may yield cancer-fighting properties hidden in
marine algae. It's an expedition he has made
annually for four years, but this year it seems there
might be a limit on how long the ecosystem will
yield its specimens.
According to federal and independent scientists,
as much as 2.5 million gallons of oil per day are
spewing from a pipe in the Gulf of Mexico that
engineers have failed to seal.
"Cyanobacteria, or organisms that overgrow
coral reefs, are shown to produce drug-like


compounds that may be exploited for biomedical
purposes such as anti-cancer drugs," Luesch said.
The warm waters and mild year-round
temperatures allow marine life to flourish in the
Keys, creating a predatory environment among
these organisms, Luesch said. To survive, marine
organisms develop defense systems, sort of like a
chemical survival kit. Researchers use these toxic
chemicals as the basis for creating drugs that can
target and fight cancers.
"It's the biodiversity that makes the Florida
Keys a hot spot for researchers," Luesch said.
At the same time, the coral reefs are also a very
sensitive ecosystem, he said. For example, the
extended chill in the tropical waters last January
caused sea turtles to become cold-stunned and
killed more than 85 percent of reefs in certain
areas, according to Cynthia Lewis, a biological
scientist at the Keys Marine Laboratory in Long
Key, where the UF researchers collected
specimens.
Scientists in Florida don't know what to expect,
she said.
"We are concerned and watchful," she said. "We
don't know how far the marine impact may go."
Only two weeks earlier, Lewis and nine other
scientific teams under the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission took baseline
samples on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts from Key
Largo to Key West to establish pre-impact marine


wildlife assessments, Lewis said.
One challenge with his research, Luesch said, is
the randomness of finding an organism and the
length of time it takes to isolate and test a
compound for its specific drug-producing qualities.
Environmental variables may change, which
means the organism may change as well.
"We may find an interesting species, but it takes
months of research just to isolate the active
compound and analyze the properties in our lab,"
Luesch said. "Attempts to re-collect often fail
because we do not always see the same organism
again."
Two compounds from the oceans have been
developed into drugs that are on the market today
- one treats cancer, and the other is a pain
reliever. Fourteen more are in clinical trials.
Scientists simply don't know how many biological
organisms are in the ocean, Luesch said, but
marine organisms often produce multiple
compounds, and he estimates that more than 90
percent have not yet been discovered.
What does the largest-ever oil spill disaster
mean to Luesch and his research?
"I am thinking what everyone else in the United
States and in the world is thinking what a
catastrophe this is for mankind and especially the
area in the Gulf of Mexico," he said. "Secondly, I
am concerned for the marine discovery efforts by
our groups and other groups in this area."


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UF veterinary pathologist studying animals affected by oil spill


Dr. Brian Stacy cleans an oiled Kemp's ridley turtle. (Courtesy of NOAA and

By Sarah Carey
When an unprecedented cold snap in
January caused two years' worth of turtle
standings in only 10 days, UF clinical as-
sistant professor Brian Stacy helped lead federal ef-
forts to treat and relocate large numbers of turtles
back into the wild. Three months later, the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill thrust Stacy, a veterinarian working
under an agreement with the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine
Fisheries' Service Office of Protected Resources,
once again into crisis-management mode.
"It's like the cold stun protracted out over months, with no end in sight," said
Stacy, a board-certified veterinary pathologist who has worked examining living
and dead sea turtles offshore in Venice, La. a hub for many of the clean-up
operations within miles of the Deepwater Horizon wreck, and in Gulfport,
Miss., where he performed 67 sea turtle necropsies at the Institute for Marine
Mammal Studies.
Working at his side has been Jennifer Muller, a biological scientist who assists
in conducting necropsies, handling live animals, and documenting evidence.
"My technician and I have worked consistent 18-hour days under hot field con-
ditions, away from home for weeks at a time, living in temporary housing," said
Stacy, speaking in Gainesville after three weeks of fieldwork. "It's hard work, to
say the least, and I've been going at it for more than 60 days now."
Although the common assumption might be that all sea turtles collected after
the spill have died because of oil-related causes, Stacy found that more than half
of the turtles that have been examined had ocean-floor sediment in their lungs or


Georgia Department of Natural Resources.)


airways, indicating that they may have died from drowning after being caught in
fishing nets. His preliminary findings were reported June 25 in The New York
Times, although additional test results are pending.
On June 25, approximately 300 dead turtles from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi
and Louisiana arrived at UF for necropsy in various stages of decomposition.
Each turtle was logged in and placed inside a 20-foot storage freezer and the chain
of custody was transferred to Stacy, in compliance with federal requirements.
Biological samples from the turtles are sent to laboratories designated by the
Unified Command which consists of federal and state government as well as
private entities, including BP.
"We are fortunate to have Dr. Stacy working as the primary sea turtle vet for
NOAA's marine animal health team," said Helen Golde, the deputy director of
NOAA's Office of Protected Resources. "He is invaluable as we work through the
Unified Command to respond to the Deepwater Horizon spill. Dr. Stacy's experi-
ence in veterinary medicine and sea turtle pathology are unique and he is leading
these critical elements of the overall effort."
For Stacy, the two most distressing things so far have been experiencing the
scale of the spill and seeing animals completely mired in hot oil.
"It's a terrible way for an animal to die," Stacy said.
There has been a bit of good news, though. Of approximately 60 sea turtles
Stacy and his team were able to rescue, most survived.
"All are still in rehabilitation facilities and eventually will be released," Stacy
said. "We're still in the learning process of determining how the oil will affect
them, both in this key interval and longer term. There is a lot of ongoing effort
to identify release sites that are biologically appropriate and that are out of
harm's way."
As for Stacy, who knows his work will continue indefinitely, he is doing his best
to stay focused on the job at hand.
"What keeps me going is helping animals, and the fact that the attention this
situation is getting right now is an opportunity to shed light on some of the im-
portant concerns in the Gulf of Mexico for sea turtles," Stacy said. "You just try
to find the hours here and there when you can compartmentalize and put it out of
your mind. My wife and family are very supportive, and that is critical."


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EDUCATION
Program helps faculty become more effective teachers

Clinical pharmacy professor Ann Snyder was one of 17 participants who
recently graduated from the Master Educator Fellowship program, which aims
to help clinicians become better teachers.


By April Frawley Birdwell
They couldn't write notes. It was a problem
Ann Snyder, Pharm.D., noticed in almost all
her students.
The notes Snyder is talking about aren't the kind
students take in a lecture hall or the kind sixth-
graders pass to each other in class. Rather, many
students -not just hers struggled writing what is
known as a "soap note," the type of note health
professionals write to communicate to each other
about patients.
Enrolled in a College of Medicine education
fellowship geared toward helping clinicians become
better teachers, Snyder took on note-writing as her
project for the program. She surveyed students to
assess their needs and developed a rubric to guide
them on how to write better notes. She has also worked
with other pharmacy faculty to include more about
note-writing throughout the college's curriculum.
"Everyone struggles with it," said Snyder,
coordinator of the College of Pharmacy's Working
Professionals Pharm.D. program. "The written form
of communication is poor and creates medication
variations ... A lot of it is also teaching students what
is pertinent and what is not."


Inspiring projects like these is one of the goals of
the College of Medicine's Master Educator
Fellowship program. Started in 2001, the program
aims to improve education by enhancing clinicians'
teaching skills and to help faculty advance in their
own careers, says Kyle Rarey, Ph.D., a College of
Medicine professor who co-pioneered the program.
As part of the program, faculty members meet
twice a month for 18 months and work on individual
research projects.
"The success of our education mission rests in
part on the quality of teaching that is performed by
our faculty, so in order for us to advance we need to
help enhance their teaching," Rarey said. "There are a
lot of teaching programs where you can learn in five
months how to be a better teacher, but in order to also
help our faculty advance their careers we wanted to
have a scholarship component as well."
During training, clinicians are focused on
learning to provide the best care to patients; they
don't always get instruction on how to become the
best teachers, says Felipe Urdaneta, M.D., a clinical
associate profess of anesthesiology and director of
the MEF program.


Fellows learn how to use new technology as tools
in their teaching and also have sessions with UF
leaders to hear about impending changes in
educational policy. But perhaps most importantly,
fellows get to learn from each other and establish a
network across disciplines, Urdaneta says.
"One of the major issues we have, we wear many
different hats," said Urdaneta, who was a fellow in
the program's second class. "This program opened
my eyes to new methods and techniques to make
education a part of my everyday activities."
Although program participants primarily come from
the College of Medicine in Gainesville and
Jacksonville, four faculty members from other colleges
have participated, including Snyder, Rarey says.
"Part of our educational mission is to promote
interdisciplinary team learning," Rarey said.
A graduate of the fellowship's fifth class in May,
Snyder feels like the program has made her a better
clinician and, in turn, a better teacher.
"What the value really was for me is knowing I am
not alone," Snyder said. "It helped me to see how
other residency programs work and how others make
decisions."


Ben Dunn, right, leads the UF HHMI Science
for Life program.


Teaching teamwork

ByJohn Pastor
Imagine a chemistry professor and a neuroscientist working together to test a new drug to fight Alzheimer's
disease, or a biomedical engineer working with an orthopedic surgeon to help patients walk again.
At UF, teamwork is often considered the shortest route toward solving human health problems. But more
than that, novel collaborations can inspire students who are beginning their journey in the life sciences.
On May 20, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded UF a $1.2 million grant to support this
collaborative approach through a dual-mentorship initiative within the UF-HHMI Science for Life Program.
The new funding will give undergraduates the opportunity to learn how to scientifically approach human
health problems by working with faculty members trained in different disciplines often a basic scientist and
a translational scientist rushing to speed therapies to the clinic, according to Ben Dunn, Ph.D., a distinguished
professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the College of Medicine and director of the UF-HHMI
Science for Life Program.
"Mentoring is an important part of our approach," Dunn said. "Basically, this started when we were trying to
help freshmen identify research laboratories across campus. Three professors from diverse fields come into a
class to give short presentations about their work. We want to present the students a smorgasbord of options.
We want them to hear a talk, be inspired and get in touch with the professors."


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t practitioners from all over the world to UF

Story by Jill Pease Photos by Gregory Gray
he new UF Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Research program brought 39
students from 13 countries, including Nepal, Egypt, Cambodia, Uganda, Romania
and Georgia, to campus in May for an intensive two-week training program.
Hosted by the UF Global Pathogens Laboratory, the certificate program provides special
graduate-level education for public health and veterinary professionals associated with U.S.
international laboratories, such as the Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections
Surveillance and Response System and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
"By making advanced training available to international public health and veterinary
practitioners, the program helps to build sustainable epidemiological research capacity in
infectious diseases and promote new collaborations between international U.S. laborato-
ries and other countries," said Gregory Gray, M.D., M.P.H., Global Pathogens Laboratory
director and chair of the PHHP department of environmental and global health.
The program included lectures, laboratory exercises and fieldwork in epidemiology,
biostatistics, zoonotic diseases, entomology, microbiology, water quality assessments, sci-
entific research and food safety. Outside of the classroom the students collected mosquito
larvae at Austin Cary Memorial Forest and visited a dairy farm, a cattle confinement facil-






















ity and a poultry production operation. The on-campus coursework is coupled with 12
months of Web-based curriculum. Upon completion, certificate students can apply the
credits they've earned toward a UF master's in public health degree.
"It was a really very extensive course, but I have enjoyed gaining knowledge and also
interacting with so many experienced people from different geographical regions of the
world," said Zahida Fatima, a scientific officer at the National Reference Lab for Avian
Influenza in Islamabad, Pakistan. "CEIDR has opened so many new avenues to explore in
the world of science."


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ADMINISTRA0ION


Dean Teresa Dolan, left, takes the helm with the College of
Dentistry crew during filming of a video designed to train
college staff how to use a new clinical management system.

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Date 2009, 11-28. The
Denterprise has been
sent to the ADEA (American
Dental Education Association)
system to explore opportuni-
ties for expanding enrollment
in the D.M.D. program. We're
on course to approach several
other health professions and
to investigate potential partner-
ships and promote interplane-
tary health sciences education.
So begins the script for the College of
Dentistry's training video for its new patient
clinical management system, called "Axium."
They could have just typed up a humdrum
PowerPoint presentation, but the inventive
minds in the college's administrative office
turned teaching a new software program into an
Oscar-worthy performance or at least the lat-
est YouTube hit.
Dean Teresa Dolan charged her office with
creating a communications plan to ease the ma-
jor transition from the college's slow, archaic,
and ironically named "Quick Recovery" system


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"We would say, 'Hey, we're doing this video,'
show them a shirt, and their eyes would light up.
They would respond, 'What do I have to do?'"
One of the college's large classrooms was
transformed into a set resembling the show's
memorable bridge crew scene with Captain Kirk
by draping black plastic sheets on the walls. The
to the more sophisticated Axium. Axium's basic cast, starring Kostewicz as Spock and Dolan fill-
function is tracking patients and their clinical ing in as Captain Kirk, filmed "Episode One:
care. But unlike Quick Recovery, it also takes The Trouble with QR" in less than five hours.
into account the progress of dental residents and This is not the first time the college has cre-
students working under attendees, integrating ated a clever communications plan. "Catch the
the clinical and educational aspects of a Doctor Wave," a surf-themed strategy, ushered in the
of Dental Medicine degree. overhaul of the D.M.D. education model with
"Everyone kept calling it 'light-years ahead periodic "surf reports."
of where we are now,' so Julie Thompson (fi- "There are a lot of creative and competitive
nance director) suggested a 'Star Trek' theme," people here we try to do a little bit better than
said Stephen Kostewicz, manager of applica- the previous plans," Kostewicz said.
tion supply and delivery. "Once we had the To promote the video's March 31 debut, vol-
'Star Trek' theme, people started playing the unteers dressed up in Star Trek costumes and
'Star Trek' quote game and throwing out ideas. walked around the office handing out the
We stuck with the old 'Star Trek' because it was Denterprise logo badges.
easiest and cheesiest and has so many recogniz- Since the video's release, it has been viewed
able cliches." more than 1,000 times on YouTube. There are
And so the "Project Denterprise" was born. even rumors that the dental school at Nova
Kostewicz, who along with Thompson spear- Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale
headed the new software selection process, vol- made a spoof, but no such video has surfaced.
unteered to write the script for the video, pep- The college plans to fully implement Axium
pering it with "Star Trek" references geared by January 2011. In the meantime, Project
toward the college's audience. The College of Denterprise is helping to drum= up enthusiasm
Dentistry is the "Starfleet Command;" training for the new system. Watch Episode One at
classes are part of the "Starfleet Academy;" and www.youtube.com/watch?v T5LqWAztU3Y
monthly updates from "Captain" Dolan regard- and stay tuned for "Episode Two: Attack of the
ing the software implementation are the Freshmen," scheduled for release by the end of
"Captain's Log." the summer.
Costumes even feature Denterprise badges,
combining a molar and the Enterprise logo.
Filming was done mostly in secret, and it was
not hard to find volunteers; so many are closet
"Trekkies," Kostewicz said.


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HSC, Shands commercial to be

featured during football games


UF employee April Thompson, left, took part in filming of a Shands and UF commercial in June. The commercial, produced by the Trickey Jennus Ad
Agency and the Costa Creative Group, will be played during football games .


By Shayna Brouker

rom the Shands at

UF Radiology Lab

to the College of

Pharmacy, everybody's

doing the chomp.

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and
researchers alike take on a starring
role in a new marketing campaign to
promote the close collaboration of
Shands HealthCare and the UF Health
Science Center. The television
commercials, filmed throughout the
Health Science Center and Shands at
UF campus, feature employees
lip-synching to a version of "We Are
the Boys of Old Florida" and dancing
to an original song called "Do the
Gator Chomp."
"The idea is internally to create
some synergy here, to create some
excitement among our employees and
staff and get them to have some fun
with this," said Garrett Hall, manager


of creative services and interactive
media for Shands. "With Dr. (David)
Guzick on board now we're integrating
our clinical enterprise with the HSC.
Research and education have become
much more integrated. This is a visual
representation of that integration."
The Shands marketing and public
relations department hired Trickey
Jennus Ad Agency and the Costa
Creative Group, both of Tampa, to
write and produce the commercials.
Joe Costa, creative director of Costa
Creative Group, worked with a
musician to recreate "We Are the Old
Boys of Florida" from a 60-second
waltz to a peppier "rockapella" style
sung by a barbershop quartet.
"It's the same lyrics, but it's tight
and fun," Costa said. "It'll create some
esprit de corps that people are
looking for."
The video features scenes from
around the hospital and other
buildings, such as the Communicore
and Biomedical Science buildings, to
reflect the diverse areas where Shands


and UF employees work. Each of the
scenes represents a line from the song.
For example, the line "We are all
strong for old Florida" shows two
nurses holding newborn babies
whispering, "We are all strong for
old Florida."
The groups also worked with a
songwriter to produce an original
hip-hop song called "Do the Gator
Chomp," as well as a choreographer to
arrange a dance routine along with it.
The choreographer taught the dance to
employees, who will be supplemented
by professional dancers in the
commercials.
Like the "We Are the Boys of Old
Florida" commercial, the "Do the
Chomp" video also features different
scenes from around the health complex.
"The idea is that we can go through
the hospital and we can show education,
research and health care," Costa said.
"We can show the pharmacy, pediatrics,
all the parts of the hospital. We can take
doctors and nurses and show them doing
the chomp."


The video will be shown on the
Jumbotron at every home football
game in the hope that it "goes viral." A
voiceover at the end of the video asks,
"Think you got a better chomp? Show
us. Visit shands.org/chomp,"
prompting viewers to create and
submit their own 30-second "Do the
Chomp" dance as a contest.
In addition to home games, the
commercials will be aired on the
statewide Sun Sports channel and with
the Sunday rebroadcast of Gator
football games on Fox Sports. Before
the end of the fall season, Shands will
choose the most impressive video to be
shown at the last home football game.
Of the 100 people who auditioned
for the commercials, the team chose 40
from both Shands and the HSC.
April Thompson, supervisor of UF
pediatric specialties for UF Physicians,
was cast as a nurse singing to a newborn
in "We Are the Boys of Old Florida."
"I saw the e-mail (about auditions)
and was like 'Oh, this is so awesome! I
want to do this,'" she said.


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A little more than three years ago, he was
lying on the white table now in front

of him.

He remembers hovering above his unconscious body, watching as
doctors threaded a catheter through an artery from a puncture in his
groin, all the way up to retrieve the blood clot in his brain that had landed
him there.
Bruce Conway, then 57, had suffered a stroke. Coincidentally, he was
driving his wife and two young children to Shands at UF for a doctor's
appointment when it hit. Shortly thereafter, he fell into the hands of Brian
Hoh, M.D., a trusted neurosurgeon on UF's Stroke Program dream team.
He stands now with Hoh and Michael Waters, M.D., Ph.D., medical
director of the program, in an operating room equipped with the life-
saving Merci device they used to remove the clot.
"I have to be honest they were great," Conway said. "I owe them my
life. I was very fortunate to be here at Shands with these doctors. They
were marvelous."
Conway isn't the only one who has noticed the caliber of care at the
Shands at UF Stroke Center. The program received the distinguished
Gold award from the American Stroke Association May 19. The award
recognizes compliance with the ASA's Get With the Guidelines Stroke
program, which measures quality of care across seven parameters proven
to improve patient recovery before, during and after a stroke.
Only 47 of more than 1,500 participating hospitals nationally have
accomplished this feat, which is "pretty hard to do," acknowledged
Waters, also an assistant professor of neurology in the UF College
of Medicine.
"Articles published in leading scientific journals have increasingly
demonstrated the effectiveness of Get With the Guidelines Stroke,"


Waters said. "The time is right for Shands at UF to continue its focus on
providing high-quality, science-based stroke care."
Waters came to UF in November 2008 and brought with him extensive
experience using the ASA's guidelines from both his alma maters, the
University of California Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
He spearheaded the formal stroke program not long after his arrival at
UF, assembling a multidisciplinary team of neurologists,
neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, critical care
physicians, emergency department physicians, rehabilitation specialists,
nurse specialists and pharmacists.
Their goal: Provide comprehensive care for every aspect of stroke
prevention and treatment.
The team looked for areas to improve and implemented aggressive
medication, anticoagulation therapy and smoking cessation protocols as
part of its stroke treatment. They also bolstered the program's performance
after comparing their outcomes with other hospitals on the ASA's database.
It wasn't long before the team was recognized for its hard work.
In November 2009, just a year after adopting the guidelines, the Agency
for Health Care Administration designated Shands at UF a comprehensive
stroke center, one of only 17 in the state of Florida. The title recognized
Shands at UF as a hospital operating in the full range of stroke care and
basic and clinical research, including prevention, rehabilitation, education
and community awareness. Among other innovative tools, the center
offers brain imaging scans and has specialists available 24/7.
Along with adhering to the guidelines, the stroke program emphasizes
rapid response time to strokes.
"In stroke treatment, we say, 'Time is brain,'" Waters said. "If a patient
is treated within 30 minutes, there is a high likelihood of saving them.
The brain is hungry for oxygen and glucose and consumes a
disproportionate amount relative to its weight."
The longer the brain goes without oxygen, the more damage it incurs.


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Drs. Michael Waters and Brian Hoh used the Merci device to save one-time
stroke victim Bruce Conway, who fully recovered thanks to quick treatment. He
praises the Shands at UF Stroke Program as "phenomenal."


The result is brain death, and ultimately, coma.
UF stroke specialists strive to halt this process by operating under the Stroke
Alert System. Justine Abram, coordinator of the stroke program, conducted a
research study that initiated the system, also known as "scoop and run." It teaches
emergency medical service providers to recognize stroke symptoms when
responding to a call and notify the hospital. Upon arrival, a team of doctors and
nurses is ready at the receiving bay to swoop in and immediately begin advanced
stroke treatment.
Abram said this focus on collaborative effort is what sets Shands apart.
"The key thing is that it's not just one department. It's EMS all the way to the
ED everyone is a piece of the pie, everyone's accountable and steps up to do their
part," she said. "We strive for excellence. We want people to look at us as the gold
standard of care."
This system has established the UF Stroke Program as a mecca for stroke
patients in Alachua County, treating 800 strokes last year and spurring EMS to
send more patients and the worst cases to them. Waters said he hopes to
continue drawing patients from the community to ensure that everyone is getting
the best care.
Waters' vision for the center lines up well with the current statistics on stroke. It
is the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to the ASA,
approximately 795,000 people each year experience a new or recurrent stroke, a
number that is only expected to rise as the general population grows older.
Waters said he also would like to eventually join forces with other high-achieving
institutions and expand the Alachua County model of stroke care to the rest of Florida.
"The most important thing is that patients get to the places they need, so that
the populace of Florida benefits," he said.
Conway, now thriving while his 81-year-old father continues to recover from a
stroke he had a year ago, can only agree.
"There are many other hospitals that are out there. I always advise them if they
have a stroke issue go straight to Shands," he asserted.
Conway turned to his doctors. "Thank you for saving my life," he said.


Doctoral student William Donelan and Dr. Li-Jun Yang discovered a
protein that could help doctors better screen for a disease called
maturity onset diabetes of the young.





Diagnosing diabetes

Researchers pinpoint protein to help

diagnose rare disease

By April Frawley Birdwell
U F researchers have identified a protein that affects how much insulin the
body produces in people with a hereditary form of diabetes.
Called maturity onset diabetes of the young, or MODY, the disease can
be difficult to detect and is sometimes misdiagnosed as the more common type 1 or
type 2 forms of diabetes, in part because doctors have not been looking at the full
genetic picture, said Li-Jun Yang, M.D., an associate professor of pathology,
immunology and laboratory medicine in the UF College of Medicine.
If the disease has not been diagnosed, children with MODY are often treated
with insulin injections. But instead of receiving insulin injections which can be
dangerous if not administered precisely many patients with MODY can take a
pill that stimulates insulin production to treat their disease.
"The clinical treatment for MODY can be so simple if you diagnose the disease
accurately," said Yang, the senior author of the study, published in the Journal of
Biological Chemistry. "People will treat this either as type 1 or type 2, but that is not
the best approach for managing this condition. That is why we think what we have
discovered is so important."
Nine forms of MODY have been identified, and each one is related to a mutation on
a specific gene involved in insulin production. UF researchers studied MODY 3, the
most common type, which affects about three-fourths of patients with the disease.
Scientists know that MODY 3 is related to a mutation on a gene called hepatic
nuclear factor 1-alpha. But currently, tests only scan part of that gene for errors.
Researchers in Yang's lab began hunting for proteins that could affect the gene
with no luck, says William Donelan, a doctoral student in the College of Medicine
and the first author of the paper. They had one sample left to test, a key protein
named NKx6.1. Further testing showed that this protein was what Yang describes
as a "key controller" for HNF1-alpha.
"We had just about given up. We had tried lots of experiments looking for
binding sites for these genes and nothing was working. This was the last one we
tested out, and we had this huge spike in activity. We couldn't believe it," Donelan
said. "I thought I did something wrong."


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Pompe disease

ByJohn Pastor
T he first commercially available treatment in the United States for
patients with late-onset Pompe disease was administered June 16 at UF.
Pompe disease is a rare form of muscular dystrophy and has been the
focus of a research program at UF for more than 10 years. It is now part of
expanded efforts in neuromuscular disease research.
People with Pompe disease cannot produce the enzyme acid alpha-
glucosidase, or GAA. Without the enzyme, sugars and starches that are stored
in the body as glycogen accumulate and destroy muscle cells, particularly those
of the heart and respiratory muscles. Many patients need ventilators to breathe.
The therapy, developed by Genzyme Corp. and marketed under the name
Lumizyme, involves intravenous infusions to replace the missing GAA
enzyme in patients over 8 years of age.
"We are privileged to participate in the care of patients with Pompe disease
and have a dedicated team in both clinical care and research for this form of
muscular dystrophy," said Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., the director of the Powell
Gene Therapy Center and a member of the UF Genetics Institute. "The use of
Lumizyme in the United States is the culmination of many years of work by
basic science and clinical researchers around the world. Access to Lumizyme
has been long-awaited by the patient community and this marks an important


Monique Griffin was the first patient to receive Lumizyme, the first
commercially available treatment for late-onset Pompe disease.

chapter as a specific therapy for this neuromuscular disease."
Although rare, late-onset Pompe disease can occur in patients even in their
60s, who begin showing signs of muscle weakness and respiratory problems,
often undiagnosed at an earlier age.
Monique Griffin, 35, of Orlando, was the first patient at UF to receive
commercially available Lumizyme technically known as alglucosidase alfa.
She was diagnosed with Pompe disease in January and has been receiving
enzyme infusions on a study basis since March. She had formerly been
employed as a communications specialist at a casino-resort in Las Vegas before
being sidelined by the condition.
"I noticed some improvement in mobility right after the first few
treatments," Griffin said. "This has been a very long process. I had symptoms
for 10 years before I finally got a Pompe diagnosis, and I was in constant pain
for most of 2009, so I have already felt some benefits of this treatment."


CHRISTOPHER COGLE, M.D.


By Czerne M. Reid
Anew therapy mounts a double-barreled attack on leukemia, targeting
not just the cancer cells but also the environment in which those cells
live and grow, UF researchers report.
Like striking an enemy camp directly as well as cutting off its source of food
and other resources, the agent, called Oxi4503, poisons leukemia cells and
destroys the blood vessels that supply them with oxygen and nutrients.
Use of the treatment in mouse models of acute myelogenous leukemia, or
AML, is described online and in an upcoming print issue of the journal Blood.
The researchers plan human tests of the drug at Shands at UF later this year.
"We've identified a new tool to dissect out the specifics of the relationship
between leukemia cells and the blood vessels that supply them," said


Twice the fight

Theiap\ attacks leukemia from two sides



Chiiatuphei Cugkl, M.D., the UF College of Medicine oncologist who is senior
author of the paper and a member of the UF Shands Cancer Center. "What we
are offering is a brand new treatment by a very different mechanism to people
who desperately need something new."
Each year, more than 120,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with
a blood cancer, and about 80 percent of them die of the disease because there
are no effective treatments, according to the National Cancer Institute. Some
AMLs return after initially successful chemotherapy, while others do not
respond at all. In addition, chemotherapy is too toxic for some elderly people,
so they need an alternative.
Many treatments and studies focus on killing cancer cells, but very few
target the microenvironment in which those cells grow. That means paying
attention to blood vessels, bone marrow, growth factors and cell-to-cell
interaction and binding.
Existing therapies that destroy blood vessels do so by targeting a growth
factor called VEGF-A, but they are not effective long term at eliminating
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Why fixing a flaw could help babies breastfeed


By April Frawley Birdwell


Doctors advise new moth-
ers to breastfeed for at
least the first six months
of a baby's life, but a simple
yet often untreated problem
can sabotage their efforts, UF
researchers say.
Called a tongue tie, the problem occurs when the
connective tissue under the tongue is too tight. A
tongue tie can hinder some newborns from being
able to breastfeed properly and painlessly, and this
struggle can lead many new mothers to give up
breastfeeding.
A simple snip can fix the problem, but many doc-
tors still do not perform the procedure despite the ef-
fects a tongue tie can have on breastfeeding, writes
UF neonatologist Sandra Sullivan, M.D., in an arti-
cle published online in June in the journal Pediatrics.
"It is called a frenotomy, and it is far simpler than
a circumcision, which we do fairly routinely," said
Sullivan, an assistant professor of pediatrics and the
lead author of the report. "It literally takes longer to
fill out the consent form for the procedure than to
do the actual procedure itself."
The problem is many practicing doctors were
taught that the procedure is not medically neces-
sary, Sullivan says.
But for babies to breastfeed effectively, their tiny
tongues have to be able to perform a more complex
type of sucking than what it takes to drink from a
bottle. A tongue tie can hinder baby's efforts to
move his tongue up, down and out, which he needs
to do to nurse.
"If you take a bottle with an artificial nipple,
there is not a lot a baby has to do to get milk,"
Sullivan said. "To get milk out of the breast, they


have to make a vacuum and if they cannot get their
tongue to the roof of their mouth, they cannot do
this. They also need to use their jaw and tongue to
move the milk along through the milk ducts in the
breast.
"If they just bite on the nipple (like a bottle), first,
it hurts (the baby's mother) a lot and second, it
blocks off all those little tubes, which keeps the
milk stuck in the breast."
Studies show about 2 percent to 5 percent of ba-
bies have constrictive tissue under the tongue and
about half of those babies have problems with
breastfeeding, said Isabella Knox, M.D., Ed.M., an
associate professor of pediatrics at the University of
Washington. About 4 million babies are born in the
United States annually, meaning that between
40,000 and 100,000 babies are born each year with a
tongue tie problem.
"That's a lot of babies," Knox said. "I don't think
general pediatrics training gives us a lot of skills in
supporting breastfeeding. A lot of pediatricians
have lactation consultants, but we don't really know
how to help somebody and for some people it is not
always a priority."
In Sullivan's report in Pediatrics, she describes a
patient who ended up in the hospital with feeding
and growth problems, which could have been avoid-
ed if his tongue tie had been corrected as a newborn.
The baby's mother was following expert advice and
exclusively breastfeeding. She had noticed the prob-
lem when her child was born, but doctors told her not
to worry about it. Eventually, she was referred to an
oral surgeon, but was told no one would operate on
the baby until he was at least 6 months old.
To his parents, whose eldest child had been pre-
mature and small, the baby seemed to be growing.
But by the time he was 6 months old, he weighed
less than he did at birth, Sullivan says.
"He gained about 2 pounds in a matter of 36 hours
in the hospital, and all we really did was fix his
tongue," Sullivan said. "This is just one example, an


extreme example, of what happens when you do not
fix this problem."
According to the American Academy of
Pediatrics, breast milk is considered the optimal
food for babies. Studies have shown that exclusive
breastfeeding offers infants some protection against
diseases and common childhood illnesses, such as
ear infections.
Sullivan is part of an international organization
focused on issues related to tongue ties. She and
other members of the group's screening committee
are working to develop a tool that would help nurses
quickly screen for a tongue tie while assessing the
baby after birth.
"There is not a lot of literature about frenotomy,
and there are still a lot of doctors who say, 'Is this
really necessary?'" Sullivan said. "Whether or not
there is an epidemic or whether we ignored tongue
ties and are looking for them now, this is something
that is coming up more often in nurseries."


There is not a lot of literature about frenotomy, and there are

still a lot of doctors who say, 'Is this really necessary?'"Whether

or not there is an epidemic or whether we ignored tongue ties

and are looking for them now, this is something that is coming

k up more often in nurseries." Sandra Sullivan, M.D.


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Speed of cell division may be linked to genital defects


ByJohn Pastor
Scientists have learned how a

gene widely known for precisely
positioning and sculpting various
organs also controls the speed of cell
division, a finding that could be useful
for understanding the explosive growth
of cancer cells or why increasing
numbers of children are being
born with genital and urinary tract
malformations.

Writing in Nature Communications, UF researchers say a
gene memorably named Sonic hedgehog controls genital
development by regulating a process known as the cell cycle
- a biological event that regulates when, and how fast, cells
divide to form hearts, brains, limbs and all the other complex
structures needed to build an individual.
The findings in mice provide insight into the molecular
mechanisms that underlie growth of urinary and reproductive
organs in both sexes. Abnormalities of the genitalia and
urinary tract are among the most common birth defects,
according to the March of Dimes. Similarly, the ability of
Sonic hedgehog to alter the time it takes to complete the cell
cycle might also influence tumor growth in a wide range of
cancers, including the most common form of skin cancer.
"The role of Sonic hedgehog during embryonic
development is to set up the positional addresses of cells in
everything from limbs to the spinal cord, telling cells where
they are located and what they will become a process
known as patterning," said senior author Martin Cohn, Ph.D.,
a Howard Hughes Medical Institute early career scientist and
a member of the UF Genetics Institute and the College of
Medicine. "We've shown Sonic hedgehog also controls organ
growth by determining how long a cell spends preparing to
replicate its DNA. The surprise is to find out how much
patterning and growth are intertwined. An embryo has only a
fixed amount of time to grow. Once we discovered that


inactivation of Sonic hedgehog slowed down the cell cycle, it
explained the big differences in growth and the structural defects
we were finding in genitalia."
The knowledge may help scientists understand why an increasing
number of boys are being born with birth defects called
hypospadias, which involve incomplete formation of the urethral
tube, resulting in an abnormally placed urethral opening on the
underside of the penis. About one in 250 children has a urethral tube
defect, more than double the frequency of 30 years ago.
The cell cycle controls whether a cell continues to give rise to
more cells or stop dividing and become specialized with a specific
function to carry out. Humans begin life as a single fertilized egg MARTIN COHN, PH.D.
cell that eventually gives rise to countless cells in an adult. As each
cell divides it must proceed through a growth phase, replicate its DNA and divide again, or it can
be instructed to stop dividing and perform a specific function.
When scientists deleted the Sonic hedgehog gene in specific tissues at different stages of external
genital development, they discovered the cell cycle takes longer than it normally does about 14.4
hours instead of the usual 8.5 hours for these cells. As a result, fewer cells are produced and genital
growth is reduced by about 75 percent. The shape of the genitals is also altered.
"In this case, embryos wind up with underdeveloped, malformed genitalia, and the reason is that
it takes nearly twice as long to complete the cell cycle, limiting the number of cells available to
build the structure. What is surprising is that the number of cells seems to underlie the shape," said
Ashley Seifert, Ph.D, a postdoctoral associate in the department of biology in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences and first author of the paper. "We did not just see a miniaturized version of the
genitals, we observed patterning defects, from subtle changes to severe malformations."
Researchers had thought malformations might be explained because important shaping genes
that sculpt the genitalia would be controlled by Sonic and thus turned off in its absence, Seifert
said. But instead, scientists found many of these key genes were still expressed in the right places,
forcing the scientists to look elsewhere for the cause of the defects. The search led them to the
cell cycle.
Employing a technique known as stereology, which is a way to accurately estimate the number of
cells in a region by taking smaller samples similar to opinion polling scientists found
decreased cell numbers in the Sonic hedgehog-depleted genitalia.
"When we began, the thought was that these cells may not be dividing at all, but the possibility
existed that the cell cycle was just taking too long. This would mean that new cells could just be
missing the next exquisitely timed signal required for further growth or patterning," said co-author
Brandi Ormerod, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and biomedical engineer in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family
department of biomedical engineering. "Essentially we used methods that we employ frequently in
neuroscience to label dividing cells in the brain, determine how many of them there are within a
structure, and figure out how long the cell cycle is taking we just applied them to a different
system during development."
Ormerod said the cells in developing genitalia may be missing time-sensitive signals that trigger
completion of their division when Sonic hedgehog signaling is disrupted.


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Mouse, a foal cloned at Texas A&M University and born at
UF's Large Animal Hospital in May, is shown outside the
hospital barns about a week after his birth.


By Sarah Carey
T he management of a high-risk pregnant mare
and her foal's subsequent birth might be busi-
ness as usual at the UF College of Veterinary
Medicine, but the case of Minnie and Mouse was
anything but routine. That's because Mouse, a
spindly, dark brown Lipizzaner colt cloned from a
Florida resident's beloved stallion, was the first test
tube baby delivered at UF.
Nearly six weeks after Mouse's birth May 5 and a month after his discharge
from UF's Large Animal Hospital, he is a happy, healthy, bucking foal enjoying
the good life at his home in Cocoa, Fla.
"There have been several issues with cloned offspring, and while this isn't
the first cloned foal, there are few in the world," said Margo Macpherson,
D.V.M., an equine reproduction specialist and associate professor at UF. "So
the fact this baby is alive and is currently thriving is a very good thing."
Since the technology was pioneered at Texas A&M University's College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2004, TAMU has produced 14
cloned foals, of which 12 survived and remain healthy, according to an article
in the Journal of theAmerican Veterinary Association.
Technically known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, the cloning process that
resulted in Mouse's birth took place at Texas A&M. Mouse's owner, Kit Knotts,
knew UF was experienced in the management of equine neonatal foals and had
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Mouse's development from nuclear transfer-produced embryo to live horse.
Teams from UF's equine reproduction, medicine and surgery services were all
involved in that journey.
Knotts visited Gainesville in mid-March to meet with several members of
UF's reproduction and medicine teams. Two weeks later, Minnie arrived, just
shy of 300 days gestation.
Although veterinarians worried Minnie would give birth prematurely, a situ-
ation that would have meant almost certain death for the foal, the mare held on
to carry Mouse to term.
"When we believed the mare was close to foaling, the reproduction, medicine
and surgical clinicians communicated regularly," said Rob MacKay, B.V.Sc.,
Ph.D., a large animal medicine specialist at UF and part of the team of UF
veterinarians who cared for Minnie and Mouse. "Taking into consideration the
special needs previously cloned foals have had at the time of birth, a strategic
plan was formed early that encompassed all possible supportive therapies and
intervention needs that may be required at the time of foaling."
For example, UF veterinarians knew that for unknown reasons, many cloned
foals have needed oxygen support at birth, so they planned ahead of time to
start administering oxygen therapy immediately after the foal was born.
Mouse's birth proceeded without incident. Minnie passed her placenta with-
in an hour of foaling, and the foal was sitting up and alert within five minutes
- all good signs, veterinarians said. As time progressed, however, Mouse was
unable to stand without assistance. At that point, veterinarians administered
antibiotic therapy, supportive fluid therapy and regular feedings of the mare's
milk. Within the next few days, additional problems were diagnosed, similar to
those seen in premature foals. UF equine surgeons operated on Mouse to re-
move his umbilical remnants, eliminate a urinary problem and remove a blood
clot from his bladder. In about a week, the infections had greatly improved.
"I think this foal helped demonstrate that we are good at what we do," said
Stephanie Meyer, a third-year large animal medicine resident. "When chal-
lenged with new and unusual circumstances, we can have successful outcomes."
Meanwhile, Knotts could not be happier. After arriving home, Mouse quick-
ly bonded with Marc, his healthy and sound 30-year-old DNA twin. Knotts has
owned Marc, a Dressage champion, for 24 years. It was as a tribute to him -
and after a futile nationwide hunt to find another horse she really wanted -
that Knotts first embarked upon the odyssey of the cloning process.
She has no regrets. In fact, another surrogate mare pregnant with Marc's
next cloned twin is expected to journey from Texas A&M to UF in mid-August
for management by equine specialists.
"I think the whole team approach we have is so outstanding," Knotts said.
"It's not just the doctors; it's the students and the nurses, even the stall clean-
ers. They're just the most amazing crew I have ever encountered. The team is
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is, understandably,
a concern and a re-
search area for dentists.

But grapefruit discoloration?
Ever since her recent move into the
Emerging Pathogens Institute, Ozlem
Yilmaz, D.D.S., Ph.D., a dentist and
associate professor in the College of
Dentistry, doesn't think it's all that
strange. Talking with plant patholo-
gists in her building, she found out
that the mouth bacteria she studies
belong to the same group as those that
cause greening, a disease that discol-
ors and deforms citrus fruits and foli-
age. So the researchers formed an un-
likely team, pooling their expertise to
tackle the problem.
That scenario is playing out over
and over across the Health Science
Center as researchers ramp up cross-
disciplinary efforts to answer tough
questions in science and medicine.
And the campus infrastructure is ex-
panding in a way that ignites and fu-
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buildings such as the Biomedical
Sciences Building, the Emerging
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moved the walls that existed between
researchers.
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mingle and basic scientists connect
with clinical researchers and physi-
cians, they forge new paths to discov-
eries that can rapidly move from labo-
ratories to the patient care arena.

Building new teams,


In the last several years, UF and the
Health Science Center have seen hun-
dreds of thousands of new square feet
of research space dedicated to inter-
disciplinary research and more is
on the way.
Adequate, well-appointed space is
key to attracting talented faculty and
students, and research dollars.
Funding agencies pay attention to
whether universities have suitable fa-
cilities for projects outlined in grant
proposals. The work those facilities
allow influences how universities and
research programs are perceived na-
tionally and internationally.
"Without new space, it would be
impossible to grow the research pro-
gram in any substantial way," said
Win Phillips, D.Sc., UF's vice presi-
dent for research. "Our grant pro-


grams, research dollars and the out-
put of our researchers are vitally
dependent on it."
In new facilities, Yilmaz and oth-
ers like her have found room to ex-
pand the scope of their research.
People who once were strangers now
run into each other often, share ideas
and frustrations, and end up as re-
search partners.
"The 'Good morning, how are you
today?' conversations can turn into
really interesting ideas," Yilmaz said.
Like a new project with her office
and laboratory neighbor, Volker Mai,
Ph.D., an assistant professor of mi-
crobiology and cell science in the
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences.
Mai studies how bacteria in the gut
affect general health. Yilmaz studies
bacteria in the mouth. The two
teamed up to connect their knowl-
edge of different parts of the digestive
tract, and plan to apply for NIH fund-
ing to investigate how bacteria in the
mouth might be associated with over-
all health.
"Before, I wouldn't even think
about this," Mai said.
New digs have also helped stoke ex-
isting collaborations.
For Rosalind Sadleir, Ph.D., a re-
search assistant scientist in the


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J. Crayton Pruitt Family department of biomedical engineer-
ing, a move into the Biomedical Sciences Building put her steps
away from clinical suites of the Health Science Center. She has
more chance meetings with collaborators such as Edward Ross,
M.D., an associate professor of nephrology in the College of
Medicine, with whom she's developing a device for detecting
internal bleeding after blunt trauma, and an electrical method
to tell when needles come loose during dialysis.
"There's no substitute for face-to-face interactions,"
Ross said.
The communication boost is not just among faculty, but
also postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
Aaron Tucker, M.Sc., one of Sadleir's students, has learned
about how materials discarded after surgery can be used to
engineer new tissues, simply because colleagues from a differ-
ent research group work just a few benches away.
"As a student you learn more about other fields in a really
informal way with your peers," said Tucker, an electrical and
biomedical engineer.
With his electronics expertise he has also been able to help
a nearby group fix malfunctioning equipment, saving them
money that could be used for other purposes.
"If one person knows something, many people can benefit,"
he said.

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UF and the Health Science Center have powered expansion by
combining funds from a variety of sources, including federal
and nonprofit foundation grants, private donations and stock
sales. But state dollars top the list.
"The state of Florida has been visionary," Phillips said.
"Some states don't build university buildings."
In constructing the Biomedical Sciences Building, for ex-
ample, the state picked up almost $85 million of the $90.5 mil-
lion tab.
UF also finds new ways to add onto new funding to multiply
the effect.


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By April Frawley Birdwell
Imagine a spacious lobby with warm wood accents and
television screens built into the walls. The scent of
brewing coffee draws you down the hall and into a
bustling Starbucks underneath a dazzling diamond-shaped
skylight ...
Welcome to the Communicore Building. In 2011.
This summer, UF began a $4 million project to renovate
the Communicore Building and the adjoining Sun Terrace.
By early next year, there will be a new building with a
Starbucks and a Panda Express restaurant that will serve as
the portal to the Communicore Building. The first-floor
lobby also is being remodeled, and the building's widely used
lecture halls are being renovated. The building where the
Chick-Fil-A and Einstein Bros. Bagels are currently housed
also will be expanded to include more indoor seating and new
restaurants Freshens and Croutons, says Dennis Hines,
associate director for medical/health administration.
The two-phase renovation began in May with the
Communicore Building lecture halls getting much-needed
upgrades, such as new air handling units and lighting.
Eventually, the lecture halls will be remodeled as well, with
tables and seating being replaced, but leaders want to get
suggestions from students and faculty first.
In addition, the first-floor restrooms in the Communicore
are undergoing renovations and the lobby is being remodeled.
The lobby renovation and lecture hall upgrades are slated to
be complete by Aug. 23, when the bulk of classes resume. The
new building that will serve as the Communicore's portal is
expected to be finished in the spring.
"It will be a whole new look," Hines said. "The design has
a very contemporary feel."
The expansion of the Chick-Fil-A building should be
complete by November, with much of the construction
occurring in the afternoon and evening to ensure minimal
disruption.
In addition, the area of the Medical Sciences Building
where the Starbucks coffee cart is located now will eventually
be remodeled as well. Planning is under way to turn the space
into an official entryway for the College of Medicine.


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are pooling their expertise
to study how bacteria in
the mouth can affect
overall health.

Under its director, Marco Pahor, M.D., the UF Institute on Aging won a
$15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health via the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, for an almost 40,000-square-foot
building to be completed in 2015. UF decided to pitch in $30 million to add
an 80,000-square-foot wing to house the Clinical and Translational Science
Institute; the UF Clinical Research Unit; diabetes, muscular dystrophy and
other clinical research programs; biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology
and clinical trial regulatory oversight headquarters; and a geriatric medicine
multispecialty clinic.
"The complex will provide an academic home for clinical and translational
science at UF," said David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for
health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System. "It will be an
incubator of patient-centered ideas and innovations that can only result when
investigators from various fields work together."



As the campus grows, it's getting "greener" through the use of new materials
and technologies that optimize energy and water use and reduce pollution.
The university is a signatory to the American College and University
President's Climate Commitment and scored an A in "Green Building" this
year from the Sustainable Endowment Institute, an organization that monitors
"green" practices at university campuses.
UF also leads all other universities nationally in terms of the number of
"green" projects registered with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design, or LEED, program of the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED rank-
ings range from certified to platinum plus, and UF requires that new projects
go for gold, at a minimum.
Recently the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Shands Cancer Hospital
earned LEED Gold. The hospital is the only one in the Southeast and one of
g .four in the nation with that certification.
Some structures are being built with even higher ratings in mind. The
a Institute on Aging/Clinical and Translational Research Building complex is
shooting for platinum plus, which means that the building has achieved "carbon
neutrality" no net gain in carbon use as a result of construction or occupancy.
5I These superior spaces translate to greater productivity for researchers and

Working in the multidisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Building has the university.
"We will continue to be at the forefront of scientific research and work hard
allowed engineering student Aaron Tucker to learn more about
to find space for our ever-growing endeavors," Phillips said.
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An artist's rendering shows what the new Malcom Randall Veterans
Affairs Medical Center bed tower will look like when it is complete.
The building is scheduled to be finished in June 2011.


By April Frawley Birdwell

he Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs
Medical Center was starting to show
its age.
Built in the 1960s, the hospital is part of the
largest regional VA health system in the
country. The North Florida/South Georgia VA
Health System had 128,000 unique patients
last year, and the growing number has created
some problems. Wait times in the emergency
room are too long and there are not enough
beds, especially for patients in need of
psychiatric services, said Bradley Bender,
M.D., chief of staff for the health system.
"The current building is really antiquated,"
Bender said. "We have four or five patient
wards with a single toilet for five people. And
it's not unusual for us to send out three to five
psychiatric patients a day that we cannot
accommodate in our facility. That is an
expense to us, and the service is fragmented."
To address these needs, the VA is building a
new 245,000-square-foot bed tower next to the
existing facility on Archer Road. The new
space will feature an expanded emergency
room and 226 private bedrooms with
bathrooms and space for families, including 15
additional beds for psychiatric patients.
The new building and updated equipment
will further improve patient care, of course,


and it also will benefit the UF faculty,
residents and students who work and
train there.
For example, more space equals more
patients. To handle the increase, the VA is
adding new slots for medical residents.
Beginning in July 2011, the medical center will
take up to 24 additional residents in psychiatry,
surgery, anesthesiology, neurology, dermatology,
pathology and radiology, Bender says.
"This is a great training environment for
students, residents and fellows," Bender said.
"Some of the patients at Shands are too
complicated (for students to handle). There is
more bread and butter medicine at the VA."
With connections to all six Health Science
Center colleges, the VA actually has more ties
to UF than some may realize. About 100
College of Medicine faculty members work at
the VA and every medical student rotates
through the medical center, as do most
students in the College of Nursing and
students from the colleges of Pharmacy and
Dentistry. Several College of Nursing faculty
members work there in its VA Nursing
Academy and College of Public Health and
Health Professions researchers work in the
VA's thriving rehabilitation research
programs. The VA even has a veterinary


medicine program, Bender said.
"The VA is a key strategic partner for the
College of Medicine and the HSC," said College
of Medicine Dean Michael L. Good, M.D., who
served as chief of staff for the North Florida/
South Georgia Veterans Health System prior to
Bender. "Both organizations share the same
core missions: patient care, education and
research. We work together to help each other
achieve excellence in all three areas."
Another benefit of the VA-UF partnership is
the VA's ability to acquire advanced diagnostic
and therapeutic equipment and its longtime
use of electronic medical records, Good said.
"They have the premier electronic medical
record, and that has been a great educational
tool for our students to be involved in that,"
said Maxine Hinze, Ph.D., R.N., chair of the
College of Nursing department of adult and
elderly nursing and co-director of the UF VA
Nursing Academy.
The partnership with UF helps the VA, too,
Bender says. Its affiliation with UF allows the
VA get better quality physicians and helps the
VA attract new health professionals who train
there as students and decide to spend their
careers there.
"It's like a marriage," Bender said. "We both
make each other better."


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Science Center colleges
honor the discoveries
of their scientists and
scientists-in-training
during annual Research
Day celebrations. And the
winners are ...


College of Medicine 2010


College of Dentistry
D.M.D. DIVISION:
First place: Andrew Corsaro
Second place: Jordan Hester
Third place: Dennis Beliveau
GRADUATE/RESIDENT DIVISION:
First place: Joseph Richardson
Second place: David Mansour
Third place: Allison Harris
PH.D./POSTDOCTORAL DIVISION:
First place: Andrea C. Knowlton
Second place: Dana Catalfamo
Third place: Edgardo Toro
College of Medicine
THE BASIC SCIENCE RESEARCH AWARD:
William Hauswirth


Roland Herzog, Ph.D., and his student, Babak
Moghimi, M.D., presented their work on
hemophilia during the poster session.

THE CLINICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AWARD:
Phillip P. Toskes
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
Carl J. Pepine
James M. Seeger
Melvin Greer
Irvin F. Hawkins Jr.
MEDICAL GUILD GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS:
Gold medal finalist: Emily Smith
Silver medal finalists: Sarah Szarowicz and
Adam Mecca
Bronze medal finalists: Will Donelan, Travis
Jackson and Katherine Sippel
MEDICAL GUILD RESEARCH INCENTIVE AWARDS:
Laura Adamson, Wendy Carcamo, Serena
Gioviazzi, Judy Hwang, Daniela Hurtado,
Igor Ignatovich, Stephen Jahn, Bo Lio, Kien
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College of Medicine-
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FACULTY RESEARCHER/SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR:
Robert L. Wears

PLATFORM PRESENTATION WINNERS:
First place: Kalina Sanders
Second place: Kristen Shepherd
Third place: Cynthia Leaphart
Fourth place: Senan Sultan
Fifth place: Thomas Walsh
Sixth place: Tracy Ricke

POSTER PRESENTATION WINNERS:
First place: Sankarathi Balaiya
Second place: Aasita Patel
Third place: Nicole Scott
Fourth place: Erin Burnett
Fifth place: Abdul-Razzak Alamir
Sixth place: Christina Zeretzke


College of Nursing
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD:
Laura Koepp, with faculty mentor
Sunny Yoon

GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD:
Craig Cunningham

College of Pharmacy
ORAL COMPETITION WINNERS:
Senior division: Mohamed Eslam Mohamed
Junior division: Jay Schaub
Levitt division: Stephan Linden

POSTER COMPETITION WINNERS:
Pharmacy student division: Megan Hames,
Yuan Gu, Benjamin Weber
Postdoctoral fellow division: Maximilian
Lobmeyer and Anamika Singh


College of Public Health
and Health Professions
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT POSTER AWARD WINNERS:
Alicia Anderson, Lisa Hayman, Mayra
Klapetzky, Erika Manion, Jacob Shumac,
Stephanie Wickham

GRADUATE STUDENT POSTER AWARD WINNERS:
Jenna Dietz, Jose Dominguez, Joseph
Dzierzewski, Luther Gill, Valerie Hoover,
Xingdi Hu, Lisa Nackers, Kristen Newell,
Milapjit Sandhu, Amit Sethi, Keva
Thompson, Bethany Wangelin, Fan Ye

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT AWARD
WINNERS:
Matthew Cohen, Lisa LaGorio,
Luther Gill, Amit Sethi


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This year, the UF College of Medicine honored four faculty members with a Lifetime
Achievement Award for their contributions to research. The awards were given out as part
of the college's annual Research Day festivities.


The heart guy .
C choosing just one of his proudest ac-
complishments is a little like select-
ing the smartest honors student.
Carl J. Pepine, M.D., a professor of cardio-
vascular medicine, said there have been many
gratifying moments in his career and it was
difficult to pick just one.
"They would include the award of my first
NIH grant, being promoted to full professor
at age 38, and being elected president of the American College of Cardiology
(our 39,000-member professional society)," he said.
Pepine is an internationally recognized leader in both clinical and sci-
entific cardiovascular medicine. He served as chief of the cardiovascular
division at the UF College of Medicine and has mentored hundreds of
faculty, fellows and students. His research focuses on the physiology of
heart disease in women as well as developing and assessing new and tradi-
tional therapies for ischemic heart failure, heart disease and hypertension.
Some of his past studies investigated whether stem cells could improve
the structure and function of the heart, while another found that the size
and strength of social networks affect heart disease risk in women.
Shayna Brouker


The innovator
E ver wonder how surgeons get those tee-
ny tiny catheters into blood vessels,
cleaning out harmful blockages? Irvin
F. Hawkins, M.D., could tell you. Hawkins
did a great deal of the research involved in
those procedures, improving their safety and
effectiveness.
For his work, he has been recognized inter-
nationally as a pioneer in interventional radiol-
ogy. Recently, he received a 2010 Lifetime
Achievement Award from the UF College of
Medicine Faculty Council.
"I am totally ecstatic and almost speechless," Hawkins said after receiv-
ing the award. "This to me is particularly significant since this honor,
usually, has been awarded to those with extraordinary leadership, service
and innovation. My contributions primarily have been innovation, made
possible by many who heard my dreams and later made them a reality."
Although best known for developing carbon dioxide angiography in in-
terventional radiology, used to outline the anatomic appearance of blood
vessels on X-rays, Hawkins' achievements do not stop there. He pioneered
the use of a smaller catheter, showing that reduction in catheter size re-
duced complication rates and made accessible virtually every anatomic
location. Hawkins developed the blunt needle system, which reduced pa-
tient bleeding, as well as more than 30 other new procedures and devices.
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A teacher and a surgeon
ames M. Seeger, M.D., created, fostered and led the
UF division of vascular surgery and endovascular
therapy for 20 years. Seeger, who died Oct. 21, was
awarded the Special Lifetime Achievement Award by the
UF Faculty Council.
Though passionate about all aspects of vascular sur-
gery, Seeger's attention to detail and brilliant analytical
mind enabled him to be a leader in the business of surgi-
cal practice. His work also led to many changes in surgi-
cal techniques and vital improvements in surgical out-
comes for patients. His proudest achievement was
building the vascular surgery fellowship program.
"Above all he was an educator," said UF vascular surgeon Robert Feezor, M.D.,
who trained under Seeger, during a memorial service held last fall in his honor.
"For all his God-given intellect, he could distill concepts down to their core, attack
them logically and provide a framework on which one can build future knowledge."
Devoting all but one year of his medical career to the UF College of Medicine,
Seeger joined UF in 1982 as an assistant professor and rapidly rose through the
academic ranks. In 1989 he established the division of vascular surgery and in 2008
was named the Cracchiolo professor.
An internationally recognized leader in his field, Seeger also served as president
of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, the Florida Vascular Society and
the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. -Jennifer Brindise


An awe-inspiring doctor
The young girl's case stymied doctor after doctor. After an exploratory ab-
dominal surgery yielded no answers as to why the teen was so sick, she was
referred to the neurology department. Doctors thought stress might be to
blame, but Melvin Greer, M.D., had a different answer,
remembers Robert Watson, M.D.
"I still remember him coming back from a meeting,
and looking through her door. He stepped out, looked
at us and said, 'She has a brain tumor,'" said Watson, a
former senior associate dean for educational affairs in
the College of Medicine and an alumnus of the college.
"And of course it turned out she did have a brain tumor.
i When I asked him how he knew, he said, 'Watson, it
was easy. Didn't you notice how her head was tilted?
.', Children with brain tumors have pain in the back of
their neck, so they have to tilt their head.' I thought,
'Oh brother, he makes this amazing diagnosis just by glancing through a door.' He
was phenomenal."
Greer, the first chair of the department of neurology, came to the UF College of
Medicine in 1961. For his years of service, the college honored him with a Lifetime
Achievement Award, a distinction he received just weeks before his death May 19
at 80.
Greer, who stepped down as chair of neurology in 2000, served as a faculty mem-
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By Czerne M. Reid
t the start of pediatrics residency in the College of Medicine-
Jacksonville last year, Sartaj Kadiwala, D.O., and Namita Sharma,
M.D., M.P.H., and their classmates were welcomed, given a few
printed pages about newborn care and set to work. They took night calls and
tended to babies from high-risk pregnancies. By year-end they had learned a
host of things they wished someone had told them at the start.
So they decided to become that "someone" for the classes after theirs,
putting together a detailed guide about the experiences new residents will
encounter and step-by-step instructions for various procedures.
Kadiwala and Sharma got the chance to present their work during the
Advances in Medical Education 2010 event at the UF College of Medicine-
Jacksonville, along with many other residents, faculty and nursing and
pharmacy trainees.
"The goal is to promote and share innovation in medical education," said
Elisa Zenni, M.D., assistant dean for educational affairs at the College of
Medicine-Jacksonville.
As part of the event, the college also showcased the work of the next
generation of scientists. Ten students from the Darnell-Cookman Middle/High
School of the Medical Arts showed off their projects in a range of disciplines,
including behavioral and social science, biochemistry, forensic science,
medicine and zoology. Twins Tony and Tyler Hansberry did research on
measuring knee stress, and on how acidity affects decomposition of flesh,
respectively.
Eight-year-old Matthew Joseph came to see his older sister Christine's poster
on the effect of different types of music on variations in heart rhythm. Other
students did work on age-related changes in memory, the effect of video games
on reaction time and caffeine's effect on the heart rate of water fleas.


Christine Joseph, a seventh-grader at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High
School, showed her poster to her brother, Matthew, and her mother,
emergency medicine physician Dr. Madeline Joseph during the UF
College of Medicine-Jacksonville's Advances in Medical Education
2010 poster session.

The adults in the room were excited to have the seventh- to tenth-graders
nearby and to talk with them about science and medicine.
"You see the spark in them, and you remember your own and want to
nurture it," said Constance Haan, M.D., M.S., senior associate dean for
educational affairs in the College of Medicine-Jacksonville. "This is the future
of health care."






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Snew imaging center

By Kandra Albury
Stands Jacksonville has opened a 10,000-square-foot outpatient imaging
center on Jacksonville's Southside at Emerson Medical Plaza.
The Shands Jacksonville Outpatient Imaging Center, which features
MRI, CT, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and plain-film services, opened April 1. The
center is located on the first floor of the newly constructed Emerson Medical
Plaza Building 2.
Richard White, M.D., a UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville professor and
chair of radiology, said he is pleased with the spacious facility and all that it has
to offer patients.
"The excellent imaging quality of our equipment provides unparalleled levels
of diagnostic confidence that didn't exist 10 years ago," White said. "We are proud
of the technology we have and how it will improve the level of care our patients receive."
The imaging center has a radiologist on site during all operating hours. In addition to daytime hours of
operation, evening and Saturday appointments are available to better accommodate patients' needs.
Emerson Medical Plaza also houses other UF and Shands Jacksonville primary and specialty care practices. For
more information, visit http://jax.shands.org/emerson.


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n May 12, the Health Science Center celebrated staff members who have given years of service to
the University of Florida. In this month's POST we celebrate them, too. For a full listing of honorees,
visit www.health.ufl.edu.


College of Dentistry
10 Years: Patricia Chesborough Paula Colvin
Stacey Goodman Joyce Hudson Kathleen
Leigh Mindy Register Pauline Roberts-Coleman
Julie Thompson 15 Years: Elizebeth Apple *
Karen Barfield Amy Corbitt Grace Gulecas
Jan Large Carmelit Lucarelli Jerri Wainer
20 Years: Cynthia Bachus Ronda C Breton
Jennifer Gollwitzer Patricia Matthews
25 Years: Judith Harrell Beverly Mays Rosa
M Mcdavid Lee Mintz 30 Years: Jacqueline
Hopkins Gloria Pagington

College of Medicine
10 Years: Virginia Allen Rosemary Asare *
Daniel Ashton Christine Baxley Tina Bradshaw
Barbara Breeze Gary Brown Curtis Browne
Robin Byrd Denise Caswell Jenika Christmas
April Derfinyak Sabrina Du Bois Linda
Ebbeling Lawrence Ebersole David Fleming


* Wanda Frazier Barbara Frentzen Fengqin
Gao Margarita Garlin Timothy Grzywa *
Kimberly Hamm Lisa Harvey Debbie Hawkins
* Ethel Holder James Home Barbara Howe
* Tammy Kegley Melanie Kelley Lynn Kennedy
* Dianna Kish Irina Korytov Rachel Lepanto
* Stephanie Lewis Wei Li Amanda Lowe *
Brenda Martin Craig Meyers Amy Pazzalia
* Louise Perras Glenn Philipsberg Christy
Popp Cynthia Schuhmacher Elizabeth Shadden
* Shanna Silcox Karen Simpson Sandra Smith
* Lea-An Steiner Keri Stone Susan Tanner-
Kathy Taylor P Tyler Geri Underhill Matthew
Walser Heiman Wang Martha Wester
Marylou Wilder Isabelle Williams Rhonda
Yates Meilan Zheng 15 Years: Marilyn Barnes
* Peggy Cissna Valerie Cloud Roberta Cook
* Mary Courts Nancy Dinwiddie Janet Gilbert
* Sally Harvin Sharon Hennessy Leonard
Herring Edra james Susan Link Julie Ludlow
* Michael Matheny Debra McKeown Annie
McPherson Victor Mercado Linda Miller


Jane-Ann Norton Connie Philebaum Wilhelm Schwab
Marguerite Smith Douglas Spinney Stephanie Stevens
Diane Strong Jeffrey Thinschmidt Maryellen Toombs
Richard Vallance Arthur Watson Donna Wegener
20 Years: Judith Allen Patrick Anthony Mary Blundell
Nigel Chichester Vince Chiodo Linda Curry Donna
Davis Barbara Debarr Margaret Dermott Bridget
Desue Laura Dickinson Margaret Dukes Mary Eckert
Pamela Feaster Candace Fossum Nancy Hargrove
Shirley Hatch Mary Hoffman Mary Hoyt Erin
Jackson Donna Johnson Songa Jones Kendra Kuck
Inez Lucas Lesley Myers Mary Newman Glennice
Peters David Pittman Glenda Railey Rhoda Reed
Lori Robinson Vicki Sabatella Hazel Shaw Robbie
Stringfellow Sherri Swilley Wendy Walters Rebecca
Wichman Naomi Williams Charlotte Wood
25 Years: Cathleen Burdette Kristen Faircloth Shirlene
Harvey Mary Heflin Lettie Herman Margo Kramer
Barbara A Lindsey Patricia McKey Catherine Moore
Deana Nance Winston Poulton Shirley Rushing
Mitchell Salisbury Imogene Seeger Patricia Siter
Beverly Watson Shirley Williams 30 Years: Faye
Brown Donna Desmond-Kuhn Vicki Durrance Valerie
Holmes Georgia Johnson Lynn Raynor 35 Years: Ruth
Klockowski Deborah Wetherington

College of Nursing
10 Years: Kenneth Foote 20 Years: Cornelia Frazier

College of Pharmacy
10 Years: Dena Arnold Susan Griffith
15 Years: Deborah Bambarola Laura Faux Janet True
20 Years: Yun-Ju He 25 Years: Gladys Kallman
35 Years: Terry Whisenant

College of Public Health
and Health Professions
10 Years: Vera Hemphill Lorie Martin Robin Shenk
15 Years: Tonia Lambert Victoria Solt
25 Years: Jessie Runge

College of Veterinary Medicine
10 Years: Melissa Bass Honore Busch Karen Legato
Lila Pittman Susan Starke Lashand Williams Brandy
N Woodley 15 Years: Alice Bliss-Dodd Gary Geiger


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Karen Scott Theresa Torres 20 Years: Judy
Chastain Danielle Mauragis Leonard McDonald
Mary Ring Brenda Sigmon 25 Years: Jay Gilbreath
Brett Rice Anthony Ross Ana Zometa 30 Years:
Debra Couch Frances Edwards Kathleen McCartin
Virginia Simmons


HSC Affiliated Units
(Includes Animal Care Services, Biotechnology, the
Emerging Pathogens Institute, the HSC Library, Physical
Plant Division, Student Health Care Center and the Whitney
Laboratory for Marine Bioscience)
10 Years: Kevin Hanson Elizabeth Holcomb *
Kenneth Berry Steven Craig James Gibson Marvin
Harris Gary Morrison Anthony Kelly Rhonda Larson
Bonnie Olson Addie Pons Mary Thorkildson
15 Years: Patricia Carter Rodney Rucker Angela
Slater Donald Wood Phillip Arnold Barbara Cribbs
Glynda Harris Melanie Harrison Pamela Taylor
20 Years: Angela Boykin Joanne Gordon Beree R
Darby Donald David Leslie Becker David Crabtree
Serena Neal Ike Smith Luis Vazquez Allen
Wade Chari Holder 25 Years: Alex Trapp Robert
Lockwood James Collier Jeffrey Fletcher Keith
Macdonald Estelita Winkel Drucilla Tulip-Valerio
30 Years: Fred Grant Earnestine Murphy Mary
Smith Dorothy Strong Victoria Sustana 35 Years:
William Privett Joann Ryles


Senior Vice President, Health Affairs
(Includes McKnight Brain Institute)
10 Years: Richard Deason Kimberley Smith *
Felecia Milton Lawrence Oshins Joseph Schentrup
15 Years: Vicki Crafton Zinn Rita Jacques
20 Years: William Peel Dorothy Smith 25 Years:
Daniel Arrington George Barnett Cassandra Mack
Sharon Milton-Simmons Lisa Vannocker Katharyn
Ward 30 Years: Lisa Booher William Silk


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UF honors doctor for role in starting sports medicine fellowship


Superior Accomplishment
Award winners
UNIVERSITYWIDE WINNER
James Jay Clugston,
UF Student Health Care Center


HSC winners
COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
Leona Gauthier, Jerri Wainer,
Joyce A. Hudson, Christina Haskins,
Aimee Worley, Jean Sweitzer

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Tammy M. Kegley, Matthew S. Barnes, Carlos
Morales III, Emil Kanji, Dorothy J. McCallister,
Antonina Toni Juliano, Elizabeth Amdur, Elizabeth
B. Brooks, Mu Yang, Ku-Lang Chang,
Kaleeswari Arulselvam

COLLEGE OF NURSING
Cecile D. Kiley, Susan 0. Donaldson

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
Beverly Mayo

COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Paulette Chaplin,
Carol Mills, Jianyi Zhang

COLLEGE OF
VETERINARY MEDICINE
Glen Mapes, Megan Elliot, Hasuna Hines, Kelly
Higgs-Rick, J. Elliot Williams, Michael S. Sapper,
Barbara Dupont, Jessica Markham, Lisa L. Farina,
Dana Zimmel, Jude Kaufmann

OFFICE OF THE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
HEALTH AFFAIRS
Karen G. Tillman

UF STUDENT HEALTH
CARE CENTER
Tammy Reno, Phillip Arnold


By Laura Mize

ames Clugston,

M.D., said he

was surprised

to be nominated

for a Superior

Accomplishment

Award, and even more

astounded to learn

he'd won it at the

university level.

Perhaps he shouldn't have been.
Clugston, a staff physician at the
UF Student Health Care Center,
also serves as a clinical assistant
professor in the department of
community health and family
medicine, the primary care team
physician for the football team and
for several other UF sports, and
director of the UF Primary Care
Sports Medicine Fellowship a
fellowship that didn't even exist
until he took it upon himself to
start one at the university.
"Dr. Clugston did what others
talked about and dreamed of for
years," wrote Ann Grooms, M.D.,
in her letter nominating Clugston
for the award.
"Developing an entire fellowship
program from the ground up is a
huge undertaking and requires
many hours of planning to ensure
that the fellows get the best
possible educational experience.
Dr. Clugston has done a fantastic


job of developing an extensive and
interesting curriculum for the
fellowship, in many cases working
during his personal time to make
sure each detail of the experience is
as good as it can be."
Each year, the fellowship gives
two young doctors the chance to
work with and learn from Clugston
and other faculty from the College
of Medicine. The fellows serve
sports teams from UF, Santa Fe
College and local high schools, and
work at area events, such as relays
and the Gainesville Five Points of
Life Marathon.
Clugston said he decided to start
the fellowship for the "enjoyment
of teaching and seeing fellows
come through and learn, and then
they go out and practice. And then,
second, was just the feeling that
'Hey, we should have one.
University of Florida has a great
medical school, great athletics; it'd
be a great place for a fellowship.'"
But Clugston said others also
deserve credit for their work on the
fellowship.
The department of community
health and family medicine
provides funding for the fellowship
and was one of several groups on
campus to help start it.
"The University Athletic
Association, Student Health Care
Center and the department of
orthopaedics all provide a
tremendous amount of clinical
opportunities for the fellows,"
Clugston said. "SHCC also
provides some funding and


administrative support to the
fellowship. Without them, we
wouldn't have the fellowship."
Faculty members from various
departments take the fellows for
rotations and have helped make it a
great experience for them, he said.
Clugston said he decided to be a
physician "late in life." It wasn't
until he was enrolled in a master's
degree program in agroforestry at
UF that he knew he wanted to be a
doctor. He didn't waste any time
pursuing that goal: Clugston
began medical school at UF just a
week after graduating with his
master's degree.
"I was kind of excited to get
started," he recalled.
In addition to his work with the
fellowship and UF athletic teams,
Clugston said he also enjoys seeing
student patients at the Student
Health Care Center, where he
works as a primary care physician
twice a week.
"They're a pretty motivated
population and they, a lot of times,
have read and know things about
their diagnosis, sometimes more
than my other patients," he said.
"They seem to have fewer
preconceived ideas of what they
want out of the visit. They're fun."
He has a few words of advice for
young people considering careers
as doctors.
"Medicine is a great profession,"
Clugston said. "It is very fulfilling
and it's definitely worth doing.
Whatever you do to prepare, try to
do a really good job at it."


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Goodbye times three

Three UF surgeons retire


Going out on top


School of Physician Assistant Studies
director retires

By April Frawley Birdwell
In 2009, the University of Florida's physician assistant program
finally earned its stripes as its own school within the College of
Medicine. For Wayne Bottom, PA-C, M.P.H., who has
shepherded the program through every transition for 27 years, the
upgrade was more than a name change; it was a major victory for
physician assistant education.
"UF has been a trailblazer in moving the profession to the forefront,
answering the growing demand for PAs as health care reform and
spending became top national issues," said Bottom, associate dean and
director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies.
The move was one of the program's most significant changes to
date. Of course, it's just one example of how Bottom's influence has
shaped the program and physician assistant education during the
past two decades.
Bottom led the program through a period of flux in 1993 when it
moved from the College of Allied Health Professions (now known as
the College of Public Health and Health Professions) to its original
home, the College of Medicine. And he oversaw a state-funded
doubling in enrollment in the following years.
But in June, the School of Physician Assistant Studies said
goodbye to the man who guided it for nearly three decades. Bottom
retired after the college graduated its 2010 class June 19.
Bottom, whose career began in 1974, joined the UF faculty in 1983
after several years at the University Alabama-Birmingham.
"It's been an interesting and rewarding journey," Bottom said. "I
am extremely proud of my students and graduates, the University of
Florida PA educational program, and the entire PA profession."


On June 16, the department of surgery celebrated the careers of Drs. M. Brent
Seagle, W. Robert Rout and Richard J. Howard, who all recently retired.


ByJennifer Brindise
Celebrating what totals more than 85 years of service to the UF College of Medicine, the
department of surgery honored three talented surgeons June 16.
"This is really immeasurable and unique," said Chair Kevin E. Behrns, M.D., of the
contributions given and advances made throughout the years by Richard J. Howard, M.D.,
Ph.D.; W. Robert Rout, M.D.; and M. Brent Seagle, M.D.
During an afternoon retirement reception, Behrns recognized them as three of the best
educators within the department.
"We will allow them some respite, but we will be calling on them for their expertise," he said.
College of Medicine Dean Michael L. Good, M.D., said he has had the honor to work with all
three surgeons and each has helped to shape his life and clinical practice.
Howard, the Robert H. and Kathleen M. Axline professor of surgery, joined UF in 1979. He
has held numerous leadership roles, including medical director of the UF Shands Transplant
Center and chief of the division of transplantation. He is a leader in the field of surgical
infections and an advocate for boosting organ donation rates.
Rout, an associate professor of surgery who joined UF in 1985, also served as chief of surgery
at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center during his tenure. He introduced
laparoscopic abdominal surgery at the UF College of Medicine and Shands at UF. He was one
of the first in Florida to perform a laparoscopic cholecystectomy and the first in the state to
perform a transanal endoscopic microsurgical resection of a rectal tumor.
Seagle joined UF in 1986 and is currently an associate professor and chief of plastic and
reconstructive surgery. He also has served as co-director of the UF Craniofacial Center for
more than two decades. He has dedicated his time to helping children in medically
underserved countries such as Russia, Angola and Honduras by providing much-needed
surgical care for patients with disfiguring congenital birth defects, such as cleft lips and palates.
The day's events began with a special grand rounds lecture where each retiring surgeon
offered a bit of insight and wisdom.
"Any successes that I have experienced in my career are due to a great number of teachers,
friends, medical colleagues, students, house officers, nurses, operating room and hospital staff,
and patients," Rout said.


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For the fifth time since 1998, UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville orthopaedic surgery residents have claimed
victory at the Ortho Bowl, an annual competition that tests the knowledge of orthopaedic residents. The event was
held during the Florida Orthopaedic Society meeting in May in Fort Lauderdale. Fifth-year residents Stephen R.
Arndt, M.D. and Joel A. Tucker, M.D., defeated orthopaedic surgery residency teams from UF in Gainesville,
the University of Miami, the University of South Florida and Orlando Regional Medical Center. In addition to
serious bragging rights, each won $150 and brought home a trophy appropriately covered in casting material.
The UFCOM-J team also won the right to nominate one of its residents for an all-expense-paid trip to attend the
National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. "Being the Ortho Bowl champions for three
years in a row is unprecedented. Our residents have demonstrated consistently that they are top performers among
their peers in the state of Florida. Together with the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference scholarship that
is being provided, I can also say that we are nurturing the future leaders of orthopedic surgery as well," said Michael
Suk, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., associate program director of the orthopaedic surgery residency.


COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY

D.D.S.,
M.S., an associate professor
and chair of endodontics,
received her diplomat status
award from the American
Board of Endodontics, which
is the certifying board for the
specialty, during its annual
meeting in San Diego. Pileggi Roberta Pileggi
is the director of the Graduate
Endodontic Program.

D.M.D.,
a clinical assistant professor
in the department of pediatric
dentistry, received the Florida
Dental Health Foundation's
2010 Humanitarian Award
and the 2010 Dr. E.A.
Cosby Community Service
Award from the Alachua Timothy Garvey
County Dental Society for his
outstanding service to the community. Garvey
received the award plus a $1,000 contribution
to the charity of his choice in recognition of
his dedication to serving needy populations in
Florida and in other countries.


Dental honor society
inducts new faculty
Two UF College of Dentistry faculty members
and 10 graduating seniors were inducted into the
Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor
society May 20 at the Hilton University of Florida
Conference Center in Gainesville. Faculty members
inducted into OKU were Micaela Gibbs, D.D.S.,
and Christopher Spencer, D.D.S. Shown from
left are OKU members Ron Watson, D.D.S.; Micaela
Gibbs, D.D.S.; Christopher Spencer, D.D.S.; and
Arthur Nimmo, D.D.S. Nimmo currently serves as
president of the Xi Omicron chapter of OKU, and
Watson is the secretary-treasurer.


Ph.D., a professor in the
department of community
dentistry and behavioral
science and director of
the Southeast Center
for Research to Reduce
Disparities in Oral Health,
was selected by the National Henrietta L. Lo
Institutes of Health to
participate in its Advanced Training Institute on
Health Behavior this summer at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. Logan is one of only 35
participants chosen from universities across the
country to participate in this institute and one of
two UF faculty.

JACKSONVILLE


M.D., a professor of
medicine and chair of the
department of medicine, and


M.D., a professor of
medicine and interim chief
of the division of nephrology _
and hypertension, were Arshag D. Mooradian
recently appointed as section
editors for the American
Journal of Therapeutics.
Mooradian has been
appointed as the editor for
the Internal Medicine section
and Heilig will be editor
of the Renal Drugs section
of the journal. The journal
publishes information related CharlesW. Heilig
to pharmacological developments in cardiology,
infectious disease, oncology, anesthesiology,
nephrology, toxicology and psychotropics. The
journal features articles on the latest therapeutic
approaches as well as critical articles on the
drug approval process and therapeutic reviews.

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE


Ph.D.,
joined the UF Clinical
Translational Science Institute
as associate director and
chief operating officer.
Conlon has more than 30
years of experience at UF
and has served in numerous


capacities. Most recently, he served as associate
chief information officer for IT architecture,
creating and delivering information technology
services for UF. He currently is principal
investigator for the National Institutes of Health-
funded VIVO grant, which aims to create a
national network of scientists.

gan COLLEGE OF PHARMACY


Ph.D.,
a professor in
pharmacodynamics, has
been appointed to the
editorial advisory board
of the Journal of Medicinal
Chemistry through 2014.
Advisory board members Carrie Haskell-Luevc
advocate for recruiting high-
quality publications, particularly in emerging
areas of medicinal chemistry.

Ph.D., an
associate professor in
pharmaceutical outcomes
and policy, has been
appointed to a four-year term
as co-editor and member
of the editorial board of
the journal Value in Health.
Value in Health is the official
journal of the International Teresa
Society for Pharmacoeconomics and
Outcomes Research.


Ph.D., a distinguished
professor and chair
of the department of
pharmaceutics, received the
prestigious Volwiler Research
Achievement Award during
the Examining Excellence
Awards Plenary at the 2010 Hartmut C. Derend
American Association of
Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting in July. The
AACP honored the UF pharmacy educator for his
outstanding research and contributions to the field
of pharmaceutical sciences. Derendorf joined UF
in 1981 as the postdoctoral fellow of the 1980
Volwiler Award recipient Edward R. Garrett.


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Head of the class
It came as a pleasant surprise for Kenneth R. Kellner, M.D., Ph.D., a
professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the UF College
of Medicine, when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in
Education by the College of Medicine Society of Teaching Scholars. "I was
totally shocked," said Kellner, who is the eighth faculty member to receive
this award. "To be recognized by your peers is the highest honor I can
ask for." The award-winning doctor has been the director of the third-year
clinical clerkship for the department of obstetrics and gynecology for 25
years. "He has a passion for teaching and for creating an optimal learning
environment," said Kyle Rarey, Ph.D., a professor of anatomy and cell
biology who served as interim senior associate dean for educational affairs
for more than two years. "He's an extraordinary medical educator who every
day shows up with a passion for teaching." -Priscilla Santos


the 2010 American Society
of Health-System Pharmacists
Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture
Award June 8. The most
prestigious honor awarded
in health-system pharmacy,
the Harvey A.K. Whitney
Lecture Award is presented
annually to an individual who Charles (Doug) Hepler
has made an outstanding
contribution to health-system pharmacy practice.

Ph.D.,
an assistant professor of
pharmacodynamics, has
been selected as one of the
10 recipients of the Jack
Wessel Excellence Awards for
Assistant Professors at UF for
2010-11. Mr. Jack Wessel,
a friend of UF, wanted to Jason Frazier
recognize faculty early in their
academic careers for their research productivity.
Each award is a one-time allocation of $5,000
in support of research.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS


undergraduate student
majoring in communicative
disorders and psychology,
received UF's Judith Ann
Young Scholarship. The
award recognizes juniors or
seniors with a 3.6 G.P.A. or
greater who demonstrate
responsible leadership and


Lisa D'Oyley


provide service to the university or community.
D'Oyley is a research and teaching assistant
and volunteers at Horses Helping People. She is
the symposium vice president for the UF chapter
of the National Student Speech Language and
Hearing Association.

a student
in the rehabilitation science
doctoral and master's
in public health degree
programs, has received
several awards this
spring, including a Ruth
L. Kirschstein National
Service Research Award Lisa LaGorio
from the NIH to support her
dissertation research. LaGorio also received
UF's Leighton E. Cluff Award for Aging Research
in recognition of research she conducted on
a novel therapy to treat bowed vocal cords
in older adults. The treatment incorporated
neuromuscular electrical stimulation and
exercise-based training of the muscles involved
in phonation. She is also the recipient of the Sam
and Connie Holloway Endowed Scholarship for
professional leadership and promise, which was
presented at the college's spring commencement
ceremony.

a doctoral
student in the rehabilitation
science program, won the
Neurology Section Graduate
Student Research Award at
the American Physical Therapy
Association's combined
sections meeting in February.
Shilpa Patil


No. 1 paper
A multidisciplinary team of UF researchers was
recently honored with the Excellence in Research
Award by the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports
Physical Therapy. The awardees included:
Joel E. Bialosky, P.T., Ph.D., a clinical assistant
professor of physical therapy in the College of Public
Health and Health Professions; Mark D. Bishop,
P.T., Ph.D., an assistant professor of physical
therapy in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions; Don D. Price, Ph.D., a professor in
the College of Dentistry; Michael E. Robinson,
Ph.D., a professor of clinical and health psychology
in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions; Kevin R. Vincent, M.D., Ph.D.,
an assistant professor of orthopaedics and sports
medicine in the College of Medicine; and Steven
Z. George, P.T., Ph.D., an associate professor
of physical therapy in the College of Public Health
and Health Professions. The award honors the most
outstanding research manuscript published in the
journal within the calendar year.



COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

a student in the
college, received top honors
for the best research poster
presentation by a resident or
student at the 13th Triennial
Symposium of the American
Heartworm Society in April.
Dunn's research project, titled
"Heartworm Testing, Treatment Kiri Dunn
and Prevention Protocols for
Cats in Animal Shelters," was conducted last
summer during a research fellowship with
Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at UF and
the Merck Merial Scholars Program.


Small particles, big research
Cancer Nanotechnology: Methods and Protocols, a collaborative book edited by two researchers from the UF College of Medicine and
College of Engineering, is now available, providing key information about how the flourishing field of nanotechnology can be applied in
the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The book is written for a broad audience, including those new to and experienced in
the field of cancer nanotechnology, which studies the use of nanoparticles, human-made materials that are 10,000 times smaller than the
diameter a human hair. With contributions from around the globe, the text provides background information, details about how to engineer
and use nanoparticles for cancer imaging and therapy, and specific examples of how the technology can be applied to human cancer. "I
hope the book will excite cancer researchers and clinicians about the potential of nanotechnology to radically transform how we approach
diagnosis, detection and treatment of cancer," said co-editor Stephen Grobmyer, M.D., a UF assistant professor of surgical oncology,
who is specifically looking at the use of nanotechnology in the area of breast cancer to image and treat more aggressive subtypes of the
disease for which treatment options are currently very limited.


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Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Ph.D., director of the medical humanities
program and archivist for the College of Medicine, has been reading
God of the Hive by Laurie R. King. In the mystery, Sherlock Holmes
finds a long-lost son and an African-American young woman
apprentice who soon becomes a lover. Favorite aspect: Sherlock
Holmes is shown as a real person with real problems.

Jaclyn Hayner, a third-year graduate student studying biomedical
sciences in the College of Medicine, has been reading The Constant
Princess by Philippa Gregory. The historical nonfiction follows
Katherine of Aragon, the first unfortunate wife of Henry VIII, as she
tries to navigate life in the Tudor court. Favorite aspect: "Real life
was like a soap opera back then!" Hayner says.

Joseph Adrian Tyndall, M.D., chair of emergency medicine in the
College of Medicine, has been reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.
Blink explores the first two seconds of looking at something or
someone. Gladwell uncovers how profoundly those initial seconds
influence our evaluation of anything, including people. Favorite
aspect: "It is always good to add more perspectives and insight into
the psychology of human interaction," Tyndall says.

Donna Neff, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, has
been reading Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. The nonfiction
explores the history of human development, with a particular emphasis
on geographical location. Diamond makes the claim that the weapons,
diseases and organizational prowess developed by those who would
become Europeans, allowing them to colonize and/or destroy other
nations, was largely a result of location. Favorite aspect: The
"discussions of the influences of geography and agricultural
development, and how culture and genetics play a key role in how
societies/civilizations evolved," Neff says. "Why was there Euroasian
dominance? Simple answer geography!"

Melissa Liverman, assistant to the dean of the College of Medicine,
has been reading the Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts. Four
friends plan pretend weddings when young and make it their joint
vocation during adulthood, opening a wedding planning business
with each friend tending a different part. Favorite aspect: "Roberts
does a lot of research for her books," Liverman says. "For instance,
when one of the friends is a glassblower, Roberts learns the ins and
outs of glassblowing. It makes you want glassblowing to be one of
your hobbies! She pulls you in from Page 1."

Ann Harwood-Nuss, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine in the
College of Medicine-Jacksonville, has been reading A Gate at the
Stairs by Lorrie Moore. The story is set in the shadow of 9/11,
featuring a young girl's first year of college at a Midwestern
university. Favorite aspect: "It's full of gorgeous prose very
moving, often funny, emotional, with elements of politics, racial and
class conflict."

David Twombley, assistant director for customer support for HSC IT,
has been reading The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. The science
fiction series documents 500 years in the Galactic Empire.
Mathematician Hari Seldon devises "psychohistory," a mathematical
sociology that predicts the future of the empire, and anticipates its
collapse. Favorite aspect: The parallel of the Galactic Empire to the
empires we know, such as the Roman Empire. Twombley also says he
finds it interesting to gain a different perspective on the books since
originally reading them in high school.


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Tom Harris retires

By April Frawley Birdwell

T Om Harris thought he would work at UF for two
years when he signed on as an accountant for
the Health Science Center in 1971. Having recently
returned to his hometown and alma mater after serving
in the U.S. Army, Harris had other ideas.

He wanted to be a banker.
It never happened. Instead, Harris moved up the administrative ranks, eventually
becoming the HSC's associate vice president for administration, a position he held
until his retirement June 30.
"It was a match made in heaven," said Harris of his 39 years at UF. "I like working
with people, and I liked finance, so I got to do both. Plus, I got to stay at my alma mater."
Sitting in his temporary office in the Medical Sciences Building just a few doors
down from the office where he interviewed for that accounting job Harris gives
short answers when talking about his accomplishments. The reason? To Harris, the
job has never been about him, but about how he can help other people, be it a vice
president or a secretary.
About 11 years ago, when an organizational change left employees without jobs,
Harris worked to make sure most staff members found work, remembers Dennis
Hines, an associate director for medical/health administration.
"I was one of them," Hines said. "Tom was instrumental in helping place people
and finding jobs for people. I ended up working directly for Tom.
"He is the quintessential diplomat and gentleman. He has helped so many people


professionally at the HSC. I can think of a dozen off the top of my head."
In his leadership roles not only in the HSC, but also in the College of Medicine
- he served as an assistant and then associate dean in the college from 1989 to 2007
- Harris has been involved in making many tough decisions. His reaction was
almost always the same: People first, said Jerry Kidney, a former assistant vice
president for health affairs.
"It's not to say he does not care about the institution, he does, but Tom always
takes the extra step to make sure those people get taken care of, that they aren't left
out on the street without a job," Kidney said. "Some people might say 'So long, have
a good life.' Not Tom. He is people-conscious to the nth degree."
People-focused and modest. Last year, when he first met David Guzick, M.D.,
Ph.D., Harris showed the new senior vice president for health affairs a binder filled
with sections detailing all the people who reported to him.
"It basically comprised the whole administration of the Health Science Center," said
Guzick at the celebration held to honor Harris in June. "That is a lot of responsibility.
A lot of people at other places would puff out their chests ... Tom's attitude is he is here
to provide a service and advance the mission of UF and the HSC."
Harris also has coached people along the way. Hines, who came to UF after serving
in the military, learned the art of diplomacy from Harris, a necessity to accomplish
goals in the university.
They were lessons Harris learned from one of his earliest mentors his mother,
who worked for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for 50 years.
"She taught me all the rules and regs and how to do everything," Harris said.
Of course, Harris' time as a Gator started long before he got the job in 1971. Born
in Gainesville, Harris grew up two blocks north of the university. Back then, the
HSC was an untouched field and UF's much smaller campus was his playground. By
the time he was a teenager, he got his "real" start at UF, picking corn and peanuts on
an IFAS farm.
After high school, he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at UF,
earning his master's of business administration in 1968.
"When I was in school here, there was only like 18,000 students and that was
considered big," Harris said. "I remember walking to Gator Growl when it was free
and football games cost $2."
Now, with his official career at UF coming to a close, Harris hopes to get more
involved in local charities specifically those supporting breast cancer, which his
wife, Claudia, faced, and diabetes. But his association with the university is far from
over. His son is still a student here and he might still teach he had a business
course in the College of Medicine. And after all, once a Gator, always a Gator.
"The institution has been very good to me and I have tried to be good to it in
return ... It all boils down to the people," Harris said. "That is what I will miss, the
people."


The HSC held a celebration to honor Tom Harris, center, for his 39 years of
service to UF in June just before his retirement.


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Second-year dental students Myriam Jourdan, left, and Makom Powell
College of Dentistry's Dental Simulation Laboratory.


learn techniques in the


Dr. Albert R. Robinson, an assistant professor of
anesthesiology for the College of Medicine, organized the
medical session of the UF Professional Outreach Day on
June 23 at UF's Pugh Hall. The event was held by the
Young Achievers Foundation, a nonprofit organization that
exposes disadvantaged children to different careers and
educational options. Robinson brought a full-body skeleton
model, along with brain, eye, ear and heart models that
medical students use in their training.


Katrina Skoog, a new emergency medicine fellow, talks with
Wilbur Holloway during the New Housestaff Open House
in the Shands at UF atrium June 29. Skoog was one of 250
new residents and fellows whose training began July 1.


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