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All about DNA
Six years of success
Extreme makeover clinic edition
Records go electric
Childhood foot burns
New psychiatry chair
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U I Health Science Center
UI UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
On the Cover
If the show "ER" were real, UF emergency medicine chief
resident Patrick Agdamag, M.D., and medical student Rana
Yehia, shown in the trauma center, could be stars, perhaps.
But alas, TV isn't real, and the way health care and science
are portrayed onscreen isn't always "just entertainment"
when storylines affect perceptions of disease and how
science works. In this issue, the POST talks to UF experts
about the good, the bad and the ugly in show biz.
Table of Contents
Administration: I .i:ii.iij I la.:-
Education: .iii:1r :1.pal ii
Education: l .i :ii1.i ,
Education: I 1'i.l:l iaii '. : iii Ir,
(Extra)ordinary Person: Freddie Mae Robinson
Patient Care: Records to go electronic
Cover Story: Dr. TV
Research: Childhood foot burns
Research: Safety for older drivers
Jacksonville: New psychiatry chair
2 Cute: Giraffic Park
Profile: Wallace McLendon
he leader of the Human Genome Project has accepted an
invitation to speak at the UF Genetics Institute's annual
symposium this fall, announced Indra Vasil, Ph.D.,
chairman of the organizing committee for Florida Genetics 2008.
Physician-geneticist Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is widely
known for his landmark discovery of disease genes and his
leadership of the scientific enterprise that directed the mapping
and sequencing of all human DNA.
Collins announced a working draft of the human genome in
June 2000 with President Bill Clinton and rival scientist Craig
Venter at his side. A finished version of the sequence was
completed in April 2003.
"In grand style, Dr. Collins will continue our tradition of
bringing leading geneticists to the University of Florida for
interaction with our faculty and students," said Vasil, a graduate
research professor emeritus and associate director of the Genetics
Additional speakers will be announced. The symposium is
slated for Oct. 29-30 at the UF Cancer & Genetics Research
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We knowyou love the POST, of course, but the general awesomeness of your HSC newsletter was
recently validated at UF's annual Golden Gator awards ceremony, where it received first-place honors in
the newsletter category. Aww!
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An evening of art
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Six years of success
Senior VP to resign and resume clinical practice, teaching
By Tom Fortner
T h e leader of the UF Health Science
Center, DouglasJ. Barrett, M.D., will
step down from his position at the
end of the current academic year.
Barrett, UF senior vice president for health affairs, has held
the post since 2002. A pediatric immunologist, he said he
intends to return to clinical practice and teaching on the
pediatrics faculty in the College of Medicine beginning July 1.
He said he also plans to spend more time advocating for
children's health services.
University President Bernie Machen, who announced
Barrett's decision at a UF Board of Trustees meeting March 14,
said he will immediately form a search committee to identify a
successor and will make an interim appointment to the position
this summer if it becomes necessary.
Barrett, a former UF chairman of pediatrics who guided the
department to national prominence before becoming vice
president, jokingly attributed his decision to a "six-year
"For whatever reasons, my career has naturally divided into
six- or seven-year increments," he said. "There's a part of me
that likes to focus intensely on the job at hand and then, at a
certain point, I recognize it's time to move on to the next
challenge and let someone else have a go at it.
"Although I think we've made significant progress in six
years, there's much more that can and should be done to advance
our academic health center in whathas become an extraordinarily
challenging environment for institutions such as ours. That
responsibility deserves to have someone who brings fresh vision
and the commitment of their whole heart and soul to it."
Barrett joined the UF in 1980 as an assistant professor in the
department of pediatrics' division of immunology/infectious
disease. In 1986, he became chief of the division of immunology
and transplantation, and in 1991, he was appointed chairman of
pediatrics and the Nemours eminent scholar. Under his
leadership, the department was a consistent winner of medical
student teaching awards and enjoyed a 10-fold increase in
National Institutes of Health research funding.
During his tenure as vice president, Barrett has worked to
better align the activities of UF's College of Medicine and its
hospital partner, Shands HealthCare, as a well-coordinated
clinical, educational and research enterprise with an emphasis
on high-quality, highly specialized medical services. He was
instrumental in developing a formal academic support
agreement under which Shands provides annual financial
support for medical school educational and research activities.
He was an advocate of co-branding patient-care services broadly
under a newly developed joint identity, UF&Shands. And he
was a key figure in the decision to build a specialty hospital
focused on cancer services. Construction of the cancer hospital
will be completed next year.
"I believe we have a better understanding today of who we
are, what our mission is, and what we can become as a fully
realized academic health center, and none of this would have
been possible without the support of President Machen," Barrett
In the research arena, Barrett has overseen a building boom
that is dramatically increasing laboratory space at the Health
Science Center, one of his key objectives. The list of projects
includes the 280,000-square-foot Cancer & Genetics Research
Complex completed in 2006 and the 90,000-square-foot
Biomedical Sciences Building currently under construction.
Ground was just broken for a pathogens research facility and a
new small animal veterinary hospital is not far behind. These
expanded facilities were the result of team efforts with faculty,
deans and senior UF administrators, he said.
Barrett said he feels he's leaving the Health Science Center
administration with a strong set of leaders in place. They
include the deans of the six health center colleges and the
directors of several research centers and institutes, most of
whom were appointed during his tenure.
"Without a doubt the greatest satisfaction this job holds is
the opportunity to work with enormously talented, energetic
and creative people who are committed to helping patients and
students through their teaching, their clinical practice and
their research, and to doing all that with the highest standard
of excellence," he said. "This job has challenged me to grow in
so many ways that I never could have imagined. I'll always be
grateful for that opportunity." 0
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SPHHP founding dean Darrel
SMase established country's first
college of health professions
Darrel J. Mase (left), founding dean of the College of Health Related Professions (now the College of Public Health and Health Professions), served as dean
from 1958 until his retirement in 1971. He later served as a professor in the department of community health and family medicine in the College of Medicine.
Mase died in 1993 at the age of 87. He is shown here with Richard Gutekunst, the third dean of the college, who served from 1980 to 1995.
I t would be a health center,
not just a medical center.
That was the promise made by then-UF
president J. Hillis Miller to Darrel Mase, Ph.D, and
the concept that convinced Mase to leave New
Jersey and develop a new college at UF.
The college Mase and his colleagues developed,
the College of Health Related Professions, became
the first college of its kind and a prototype for
colleges of health professions.
"The big thing that made the difference of my
leaving New Jersey and coming to Florida was not
Florida, not the weather, not all the salesmanship
with the wonderful state, it was one man, J. Hillis
Miller, the president, a great person," said Mase in a
1977 speech on the college's beginnings.
"He (Miller) referred to a health center, not to a
medical center," Mase said. "A health center's a
much better deal than a medical center because it
encompasses prevention and health, well-being and
keeping people healthy, as well as taking care of
those who are sick and dying."
Mase, who previously served as a professor of
education and director of the speech clinic at New
Jersey State Teachers College, arrived at UF in 1950
as coordinator of the Florida Center of Clinical
Services, which offered vocational counseling,
speech and hearing services, a reading laboratory,
corrective exercise treatments, and marriage and
Mase was also a consultant for "Planning
Florida's Health Leadership," a five-volume report,
which among other recommendations for
establishing a health center at UF, detailed the need
for "integration and coordination of allied health
programs of training, research, service and
prevention with other programs in the health
As plans for the UF Health Science Center took
shape, Mase spent many hours researching the state's
need for health professionals. He discovered that no
other academic programs for occupational therapy
existed in the Southeast, and the nearest physical
therapy program was located at Duke University.
UF's concept of a college of health professions
drew attention from the father of rehabilitation
medicine, Howard Rusk, M.D., the founder of the
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New
York University. In a 1953 New York Times column
Rusk praised the Florida Center of Clinical
"Although other universities throughout the
nation have some or all of these services, there is no
other in which these various skills and disciplines
are blended together to provide a total approach to
human problems," Rusk wrote.
But while the concept was gaining national
attention, Mase still struggled to garner support
within the university.
In his 1977 speech, Mase recalled a conversation
with an associate dean in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences.
"He said 'Now Darrel, we're not going to have
programs like medical technology and physical
therapy in this university.' And I said, 'What's
wrong with those programs?' 'Well,' he said,
'they're just not up to our standards.' And I tossed
over to him curriculum for medical technology and
one for physical therapy and I said, 'What's wrong
with these?' And he said 'Oh my God, you can't get
anybody in those courses. Those are rougher than
some of our own."'
Sam Martin, M.D., a former provost for health
affairs, said in a 1984 interview: "It was not easy
because the university in many areas was against
this. Darrel was the prophet without honor in his
own home. The medical faculty would have been
much happier for physical therapy to have been in
orthopedics, like it is in many medical schools."
Despite these hurdles, the College of Health
Related Professions opened its doors in 1958 with
programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy
and medical technology. Programs in clinical and
health psychology, communicative disorders, health
administration and rehabilitation counseling soon
In 1965, John Gardner, the U.S. Secretary of
Health, Education and Welfare, testified before a
congressional committee that the UF College of
Health Related Professions should become a model
for the nation. Within 15 years of the college's
founding, more than 70 similar schools and colleges
of health professions had been established in the
At the time of his retirement as dean in 1971,
Mase was still advocating for interdisciplinary
collaboration across the health and medical
"Too many of our efforts to change are thwarted
by the hypothesis that change must be made by
disturbing present institutions and various health
occupations and professions as little as possible," he
said. "This premise permits little or no change.
Perhaps we need to assume we have no health-care
system, determine what it should be and then
determine how to get there." 0
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ABRAHAM HARTZEMA, Ph.D.
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Students collect phones, glasses for charity
By Katie Phelan
U F pre-nursing students are collecting used eyeglasses and cell phones
to benefit two local Gainesville organizations, Peaceful Paths and the
Lions Club, as part of a community service project for their First Year
Florida class in the College of Nursing.
The project, titled "First Year Florida Nurses Pot of Gold," kicked off
March 17 and runs through April 17. The students' goal is to collect used
prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, used cell phones and chargers
throughout the university in an effort to help those who are less fortunate.
The cell phones collected in the drive will be reconditioned by Shelter
Alliance and donated to Peaceful Paths, a shelter for victims of domestic
violence in the Alachua County area funded in part by the Florida Coalition
Against Domestic Violence.
"Unfortunately, domestic violence against women is common," said Sharon
Longworth, a probation program supervisor who spoke to the class March 25
with Valerie Greene, a court officer from the Department of Court Services.
"It happens to teenage girls and women of all backgrounds. As many as 4
million women suffer abuse from their husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends or
intimate partners in the United States each year."
Lions Clubs International will distribute the eyeglasses student collect to
people in developing countries who need them.
Gloria McWhirter-Reed, M.S.N., R.N., a clinical assistant professor in the
College of Nursing, is directing this project with her students. She believes
UF pre-nursing students are collecting used glasses and cell phones to
donate to charities.
they can make a difference by getting the entire university involved.
The students have decorated boxes with green paint, glitter and pictures of
eyeglasses and cell phones hoping to draw attention to their cause. Donation
boxes can be found at locations across campus, including at the Reitz Union,
the Southwest Recreation Center, the Marston Science Library, the Health
Science Center Library, the Smathers Library and the Health Professions,
Nursing and Pharmacy Complex.
For more information about the community service project please contact
Gloria McWhirter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Peaceful Paths' helpline is
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UF eminent scholar lends expertise to novel reference book
By Linda Homewood
he first textbook to address the therapeutic risk management role in the study of pharmacoepidemiology
has been published under the editorial guidance of a UF professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy.
As lead editor and a contributing author, Abraham Hartzema, Ph.D., an eminent scholar in the College
of Pharmacy, worked with professors from the Harvard University and University of North Carolina schools of
public health to edit the research collected in the book, which totaled more than 1,030 pages in 42 chapters.
More than 80 scientists and educators worldwide contributed to the extensive reference book.
The field of pharmacoepidemiology looks at the big picture in drug safety and effectiveness:
Pharmacoepidemiologists focus on the populations while pharmacists and doctors focus on the individual
patient. The field's significance can be seen in everyday news reported about drug breakthroughs, side effects
and, sometimes, withdrawals.
"Drug safety is a major concern that affects all of us," Hartzema said. "We hear about it daily in the news.
This book provides researchers a comprehensive approach to assure drug safety."
Published in February as a first edition by Harvey Whitney Books Company, Pharmacoepidemiology and
Therapeutic Risk Management is more than a college textbook. Hartzema uses the reference as a teaching guide
for his graduate students but said it also serves as reference guide for academics, clinicians, policymakers and
The book also addresses regulatory concerns of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European
Medical Evaluation Agency, and drug safety concerns of the pharmaceutical industry in general, Hartzema
said. Recent guidelines by the FDA addressing safety in phase IV drug studies are detailed, including the
November reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, which provides a tax on new drug
submissions to help expedite the FDA regulatory review process.
Other UF contributing authors include David Weiner, M.D., a professor of medicine and physiology in the
College of Medicine, and Almut G. Winterstein, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy. Q
By April Frawley Birdwell
dab of dark pink over pale and the
flamingo sprouted a wing. Lindsey
Evans stepped back, surveying the
mural she and her classmates were painting
in a exam room tucked in a back corner
of the Shands at UF Eastside Community
"I wanted this to be a project everyone could participate in," said
Evans, swirling her brush across the bird's new wing.
Latin music blared from a speaker in the clinic's patient-less,
Saturday morning lobby. Paint cans, filled with mixed-tint rejects
from Lowe's, covered a table in an adjacent room. And everywhere,
medical students were painting murals, tracing their brushes along
the designs Evans had penciled onto the walls.
Evans, a third-year medical student and artist who painted murals
in New York before starting medical school, had been looking for a
community project to work on when a conversation with Kendall
Campbell, M.D., sparked an idea.
Medical students (from left) Irving Zamora, Yoni Azoulai, Raj
Mehta, Stacy Gurevitz and Angela Canoy helped paint the
murals designed by fellow student Lindsey Evans at the Shands
at UF Eastside Community Practice in March.
"He said something about the clinic needing sprucing up," said
Evans, who has been painting since she was a child. "If it's a pretty
place, people are going to want to be here."
So she designed a series of murals for the clinic, giving each room
a theme. Campbell, the assistant director of minority affairs for the
College of Medicine and the adviser for the Student National
Medical Association, had two requests a mural about diversity in
the lobby and a car theme in one room, Evans said.
"He's obsessed with corvettes," she said with a smile.
She started sketching how she wanted each room to look in
January, and over a two-week period in February drew each design
on the walls of the clinic.
"The patients, they love it," said Campbell, the medical director
for the clinic. "It's phenomenal ... It's also helped clinic morale.
She's a talented and gifted artist."
Sponsored by SNMA, the project also gave more medical students
a chance to help at the clinic, which serves a diverse patient
population in a medically underserved area of Gainesville. Because
rotations at the clinic are in high demand, not all students get a
chance to spend time there, Campbell said.
Before starting medical school at UF, Evans spent a year working
for Americorps in New York. She started an art project for students
while working at a Harlem school. Then Evans was hired by another
company to coordinate art projects for children.
"I think it's amazing that she is using her talent to help the
community," said Irving Zamora, also a third-year medical student.
"(I think) the community is going to feel so welcome here." 0
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A moment in the sun ...
Medical students learn where they will complete residency training
On Match Day, graduating medical
students learn where they will complete
their residency training. At UF's Match
Day ceremony, student Bonni Stahl
(top), reacts to the news she is headed
to the Albert Einstein College of
Medicine Montefiore Medical Center
for an internal medicine residency.
During the event, students place a pin
on the map to mark where their
residency is located. The envelopes
detailing each student's residency
information are kept at the front of the
room until noon, when they were
allowed to finally open them.
By April Frawley Birdwell
B onni Stahl blinked as she
peered down at the white
envelope, still sealed, still
holding the secret to where she and
her husband would spend the next
few years of their lives.
Many of her UF College of Medicine classmates had
opened their letters from the National Resident
Matching Program at noon at the beginning of the
college's annual Match Day ceremony. But Stahl had
waited until this moment, standing at a lectern before
the packed ballroom of medical students and their
"I think I was just too scared to open it before," she
said, pausing for one more look at the envelope before
tearing it open. "Mickey and I will be going to ... the Bronx,
N.Y.! (I'm going to) Albert Einstein-Montefiore for internal
On March 20, medical school seniors across the country
learned where they would complete their residency training
after graduation. The decision, devised by a mathematical
algorithm that matches students' and institutions top choices,
is about more than location: It determines the trajectory of
students' careers and what specialty they will enter.
All of the 108 UF medical students who participated in
what's informally called "The Match" were selected for
residencies. Overall, across the United States, more than
28,000 people applied for 22,240 available residency positions.
Three UF medical students also were chosen for two of
the most competitive specialties: dermatology and
orthopedics. The two most popular specialties for UF
medical students were pediatrics and internal medicine.
"I'm overwhelmed!" said Kimberly Merkel, after learning
she will train in dermatology at UF. "I was more than
nervous. I've been shaking the past four days."
Fewer UF students in this year's graduating class will
stay in Florida for their training, though. Just 23 percent of
this year's graduates will stay in state, versus about half of
students in recent classes, said Patrick Duff, M.D., associate
dean for student affairs and registration.
Nina Mayer and her fiance, classmate Eric Ritchie, are
headed to Boston for residency training in medicine-
pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate
hospital of Harvard Medical School. About nine or 10 of her
classmates will be in Boston, Mayer says.
"Hopefully, we will start a Gator club up there or
something," she said.
For Andrea Burns, attending UF's College of Medicine
and being selected for a pediatrics residency at Orlando
Regional Healthcare is the culmination of a dream she's had
since she was a 5-year-old child who needed surgery at
Shands at UF.
"My pediatric surgeon was highly inspirational to me,"
said Burns, of James Talbert, M.D., a retired former chief of
pediatric surgery at UF.
"He was such a great doctor," remembered Angie Burns,
Andrea's mother. "She said 'I want to work for you' ... She is
following her dream from when she was 5 years old."
Back at her table in the ballroom at the Reitz Union,
where UF's Match Day festivities were held, Stahl describes
the days leading up to Match Day as "an emotional
rollercoaster," in part because the decision affected not just
her, but her husband, too.
Fortunately, there was a good omen lurking in the fortune
cookie her husband cracked open during the ceremony's
lunch. She held up the slip of paper, which read, "Time and
patience are called for. Many surprises await you."
"I definitely matched with a program that will push me to
new limits," she said. "It was one of the first places I researched
on the computer. Maybe it was a sign all along." 0
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A Pat on the back
Student group honors beloved staff member
By Lauren Edwards
Everyone loves Pat Siter.
Speak to her for five minutes and it's easy to see why. Siter radiates
happiness and has made it her mission to spread the love to UF medical
students, patients and faculty alike for the past 24 years.
Now, she is being recognized in a big way.
Siter, who has been on the College of Medicine staff for more than two
decades, was recently named an honorary member of The Chapman Society.
Named for the late Jules B. Chapman, M.D., it is the UF chapter of the Gold
Humanism Honor Society and, much like its namesake was, is dedicated to
promoting compassion and humanism in the practice of medicine.
"It's really wonderful for me, especially at this point in my career," Siter said.
Nina Mayer, a fourth-year medical student and a member of The Chapman
Society, says Siter is "the perfect person" to become an honorary member.
"It was a really obvious choice," Mayer said. "She has given so much to The
Chapman Society and stands by its principles."
Mayer calls Siter "a ray of sunshine" and says she embodies the type of
empathy and compassion the group celebrates.
"She just exudes humanism," Mayer said. "We really wanted to honor her in
Through her positions as senior secretary in the department of pathology,
office manager for the Office of Student Affairs and as administrative assistant
Longtime College of Medicine staff member Pat Siter was named an
honorary member of The Chapman Society at the group's annual
banquet and induction ceremony March 14.
for Robert T. Watson, M.D., in the Office of Educational Affairs, Siter has met
and connected with numerous medical students.
She noticed how stressed students can get and always tried to be there for
them. Many think of her as a mother figure, she said. Even after graduation,
many medical students remain in contact.
"The relationship continues," she said. "They're lifelong-type friends."
Each year, the society inducts senior medical students and faculty who
exemplify qualities such as compassion, respect, concern and integrity. Mrs.
Annie Lou Chapman, Chapman's widow, is the organization's only other
When her name was announced as an honorary member at the March 14
banquet, Siter couldn't believe what she was hearing.
"I thought, 'Me?'" she said.
Siter said she feels honored by this recognition and wants to be as involved as
possible with the society's service projects.
"I am going to avail myself as a volunteer to help in any way I can," she said.
"I believe in what the Chapman Society stands for." 0
Each year, newly inducted members of The Chapman Society pose
with Mrs. Annie Lou Chapman (center), the widow of Jules B.
Chapman, the group's namesake. The society is the UF chapter of
the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Nice guys do
Student, faculty member receive
humanism in medicine award
By Priscilla Santos
A according to the two winners of this year's Leonard Tow
Humanism in Medicine Award, the future of medicine is a
"kinder" health-care system.
Fourth-year medical student Kurt Scherer and Allen H. Neims, M.D.,
were honored with the award during the sixth annual awards banquet
for The Chapman Society, the UF chapter of the Gold Humanism
Honor Society, on March 14.
The award is presented to a student and faculty member who best
display the foundation's principle of humanism in medicine, including
respect for patients, their families and colleagues.
The news of winning the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine
Award came as a surprise to each, but both said they are excited to use
the award to fulfill its mission.
"I really want to continue to do my part to make this world a kinder,
more gentle, more caring, more understanding, less stressful and more
creative place," said Neims, a professor emeritus in the department of
pharmacology and therapeutics. "Perhaps the award will increase the
chances of someone being open to the message of humanistic medicine."
The award is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which
sponsors the annual Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards for a
graduating student and faculty member at nearly 80 of the nation's
As a recipient of the award, Scherer thanked his wife and the UF
faculty for serving as excellent examples.
"The award has great meaning for me because as we've been taught by
our faculty it's not only about how much you know, but also how much
you care," he said. "And I've tried to carry that ideal with patients and
Caring is something students, staff and faculty at the College of
Medicine know how to do well, Scherer said.
"And when you surround yourself with good people, it is not hard to
have a little of their goodness rub off on you," he said. Q
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Robinson, who is the smiling and effervescent "Miss Freddie" to many of the
families she works with, has at times spent nearly 48 hours in one week visiting
her 25 case-families, who are primarily low-income, single parents with less than a
high school education. With each visit, she pushes parents to meet important
milestones for their children, such as immunizations and developmental markers.
The combination of her record for after-hours and weekend home visits along
with her work ethic helped Robinson earn the coveted 2007 Family Support
Worker of the Year designation, propelling her past nearly 600 nominees across
"Freddie is one of the most compassionate and caring people I've ever
encountered," said Carolyn Whitter, who is Robinson's family support worker
supervisor. "No one likes working on a weekend, but she does it because she cares
and wants to accommodate her families' schedules."
But Robinson said she doesn't need an award to know the impact of her work.
She identifies with her families deeply because she was once in their shoes.
Months after graduating from high school, the first in her family, Robinson
learned she was pregnant. Although her parents were supportive, she wondered
what it would have been like to have someone outside of her family push her to
reach her goals.
"I sympathize with (parents) because I had the support that a lot of them don't
.have," she said. "As much as I was fortunate to have my parents, I think if I had
this kind of program I would have been a lot further along."
Robinson is no stranger to old-fashioned hard work and dedication. She was
born in Otter Creek, Fla., to a truck driver and a school custodian, and raised with
four siblings in Miami. She never skipped school and poured herself into subjects
she loved, especially history, and was a member of Key Club, a majorette in the
marching band and clarinet section leader in high school concert band.
Whether she was babysitting her neighbors' children as a 12-year-old or
dreaming of becoming a psychologist, Robinson knew she wanted to grow up to
help other people.
FREDDIE MAE ROBINSON
Keeping families healthy
Support worker from UF-sponsored program receives national honor
By Melissa M. Thompson
rmed with a rainbow of toy blocks and words
of encouragement, Freddie Mae Robinson
is on a mission to build strong families
throughout Alachua County.
She entices tiny toddlers to learn how to count and recognize colors with
homemade games and works with parents to create family plans that set goals like
buying a car or getting their GED.
Since 2000, she has helped nearly 200 families stay out of the system and foster
strong bonds and healthy parent-child relationships as a family support worker for
Healthy Families Alachua/Columbia/Union/Bradford, a nationally accredited,
voluntary home-visiting program managed by the UF College of Medicine
department of obstetrics and gynecology.
"We help all kinds of families. They come to us. They seek us out in order to
help them," said Robinson, 56. "Really, the reward for me is to not see them get
into the (Department of Children and Families) system."
After moving to Micanopy in 1990, she started her own day care center, caring
for 20 children from sunrise to sunset for 10 years.
"When I had the day care, (the children) were dropped off from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
or later. I became 'mama' for them because this was the only face they saw for 10
hours a day," she said. "I guess that's my calling to work with children and give
them a lot of love."
Her love for children translates into successful interactions with the families
under her care. In one case, Robinson coached a mother pregnant with her second
child whose older daughter was wary of the new baby.
"I help them involve their child in the pregnancy by suggesting that they ask
their other children to come up with baby names," she said. "In this case, she said
I really turned her life around. When the daughter got involved she said, 'Miss
Freddie, I'm gonna make sure she doesn't smoke, and I'm gonna put the goal right
on the refrigerator.'"
Although not every case can be a success, Robinson said she does the best job
she can for families who want to be helped.
"Ultimately, we plant a little seed in every family," she said. "We may not see it
right now, but we're making a difference." 0
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One parent at a time
Program uses 'mom-to-mom' approach to prevent abuse
By April Frawley Birdwell
Kerry DeYoung is a mom. She knows the 3 a.m. feeding,
the baby who cries and cries and cries, and the sinking
feeling when a child gets sick.
Some days are good. Some days are not so good. But
DeYoung, a parent educator for the UF Child Abuse
Prevention Project's Success by 6 program, also knows
parenting feels more manageable for people who have the
resources and tools to help them succeed.
"A lot of what I do is helping brand new, unsupported
mothers," said DeYoung, who coaches parents about strategies
for teaching their young children. "Sometimes it's really nice
for people to know someone believes in them."
The Child Abuse Prevention Project, a program based in
the UF College of Medicine's department of pediatrics, sends
educators like DeYoung to the homes of at-risk families to
help them work through their struggles. Helping families
early is just one of the ways the program works to prevent
child abuse, said Annie McPherson, L.C.S.W., the program
"Kids don't come with manuals," McPherson said. "How do
any of us learn how to parent? Mostly we absorb (techniques)
from our own parents. If we didn't have good parenting
ourselves, we're at a loss."
McPherson describes the home-visiting program as a
"mom-to-mom model." Parent educators are fellow parents
the program trains to help families. And helping can mean
anything from coaching parents through potty-training
struggles to teaching child development and connecting
families to resources for job skills or health care.
"We're not the type of program that sees a family with no
food and says, 'That's not my problem,'" McPherson said. "It's
hard to focus on parenting if basic needs are not met."
In addition to assessing each family's needs, educators also
conduct testing before and after they work with families to
gauge what parents learned. They tend to work with families
for about six months, although the Success by 6 program, a
collaboration with the United Way that focuses specifically on
school readiness, follows families for one year.
"It's nice to go to 1st birthday parties and see happy babies,"
DeYoung said. 0
April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. To highlight this, the Alachua County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force is holding its
7th annual Celebrate the Child street fair from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 20 at the Downtown Community Plaza. The event will feature food, games and
musical entertainment. For more information, call Annie McPherson at 352-334-1330, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://capp.peds.ufl.edu/.
UF ~ S clnc to* covroeecrnccat
By Christa Wagers
In two years, there will be little to no paper
medical charts at UF Physicians clinics.
All of the clinics will be connected to a server
that has a complete electronic medical record of
each patient. That means if a patient sees an ear,
nose and throat doctor one week and a cardiologist
the next, both doctors will have access to the
updated medical records.
The project was approved by the UF Physicians
board in May 2007, and a contract was signed in
March with a vendor, Epic Systems Corp., said Jane
Schumaker, CEO of UF Physicians and senior
associate dean of the College of Medicine.
The new system should be up and running at the
first clinic by next winter, she said.
But storing data electronically won't be all the
system will improve at the practice.
"It's not just a computer system but using
technology to improve the physicians' work flow,"
said Mike Good, M.D., senior associate dean for
The system can help organize what needs most
immediate attention, which will make the practice
Patients will be safer with this system because
the computer will prevent lost information, provide
all kinds of error checking and make things that are
typically handwritten, such as prescriptions, more
legible, Good said.
The data will be stored at two locations in case of
a fire or other damage to the primary data center in
Gainesville, said Patrick Antonelli, M.D., assistant
dean for clinical informatics.
The methods used to ensure system security will
be finalized in the next few months, Antonelli said.
The exact cost of the system hasn't been
determined yet, Antonelli said, but the new system
likely will cost $10 million over a five-year period.
"You don't do this kind of thing with the sole
idea of making money, you do it because it's the
right thing to do," he said. Q
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I'm not a doctor,
but I play one on TV .
How show business gets health care wrong ... and right
>)> by April Frawley Birdwell <<<
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Scene 1: Sassy Malone, Almost M.D.
(Sfarah Sassy Malone, a medical student who moonlights as a hospice vou t.teer
crime scene investigator, enters the room. A patient, Mrs. Johnson, has gone missing.
Believing investigators are running late in cahoots with a killer, Sassy begins
dusting for i ngerprints and collecting DNA with the handy kit she keeps for
emergencies like these. Suddenly, she hears stirring in the supply closet across the
SASSY: Who's there?
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apples who has been making out furiously with medical student Riggs McGhee.)
RIGGS: Who are you? The supply closet police?
SASSY: I'm trying to solve a case, Riggs. Here, Nurse Jones, can you help me make
yourself useful for a change and send these prints to the forensics lab?
RIGGS: How long will it take to find out what hliappe1d to who kidnapped Mrs.
SASSY: Foense ic test like these an tak l da A matter of minutes. Then we'll
have our killer.
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detect that it was -e Mrs. Johnson's blood. It was type B and I detected traces of the
drugs she was given yesterday.
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and the nurses are following," Miles says. "That isn't our perception of nursing, and it isn't
what we're teaching our students."
"Nor is it what we're legally held accountable for," Seymour adds. "We are legally held
accountable for our actions. If a physician tells me to give a drug, and I knew that was not the
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get it right too and can be powerful educational tools.
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less on imagination and more on other senses," says Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, director of
medical humanities in the College of Medicine.
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discussion about issues related to medicine. A goal of the class is to help students see health
care through the patient's eyes. Movies such as "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," about a
man with locked-in syndrome who dictated his memoir by blinking, and "Hilary and Jackie,"
about a cellist with multiple sclerosis, help illustrate these points, she says.
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UF researchers warn parents about
dangers of childhood foot burns
By Melissa M. Thompson
Warmer weather is just around the
corner, but before families fire up the
barbecue, roast marshmallows around
a crackling campfire or burn yard debris, they
should consider some common precautions to
help snuff out a serious childhood health risk.
UF researchers warn that the same
warm-weather activities that create ,
lasting childhood memories are some of
the leading causes of pediatric foot and
ankle burns in the southeastern United
In what is thought to be the largest
such evaluation to date, UF burn
experts found that 69 percent of the 155
pediatric foot and ankle burns they
reviewed were caused by children
walking on hot ashes, coals and embers
- with some injuries occurring as long ELIZABETH BEIERLE, M.D.
as a day or more after the fires were
thought to be extinguished. Most of
these youngsters were barefoot or wearing footwear that did not fully cover
their feet, such as sandals.
"We wanted to look at our experience with these burns because it
appeared to us, anecdotally, that we were treating a fair number of
children with burns isolated to the feet," said Elizabeth Beierle, M.D., a
UF associate professor of pediatric surgery and the principal investigator
of the study, published in the January/February edition of the Journal of
Burn Care and Research. "We felt that there may be a pattern that could be
identified that would lead us to potentially develop prevention strategies."
In the retrospective study, researchers used hospital and pediatric surgery
databases to identify patients ages 8 months to 17 years admitted to the
Shands at UF Burn Center between September 1992 and February 2006.
Two-thirds of the ash burns occurred after children came into contact
with burning yard waste or garbage, nearly a third were caused by
campfires and 6 percent involved encounters with a barbecue.
About half of the total cases studied which also included scald, flame
or contact burns were classified as second-degree burns, and more than
a third were third-degree burns, the most serious type.
"Clearly they're not going to have this problem in Manhattan, where
most people don't even have space for a backyard," Beierle said. "I think
this is a problem in rural areas with warm weather because it tends to be
more common to burn trash and leaves in the backyard in these areas."
Wayne Cruse, M.D., a professor of surgery at the University of South
Florida and assistant director of the Regional Burn Center at Tampa
General Hospital, said about one-third of the pediatric burns treated at the
Tampa General burn center are foot and ankle injuries.
"The study is a great review of these burn cases because it shows how
the origins of these injuries tend to be region-specific," he said. "We see
about two to three cases a month, and in about half of the instances, the
accidents occurred on the beach from kids running over ashes and hot
sand that were supposed to extinguish a bonfire."
These smoldering byproducts of burning yard debris, charcoal and
campfire timbers posed the greatest risk to children under age 5. Lack of
parental supervision, open sandals and running around outdoors with bare
feet were some of the factors contributing to the burn injuries.
"The classic story is that a 2-year-old goes running outside through the
ashes without footwear and gets burned," Beierle said. "In many cases
parents burned yard trimmings or trash and didn't put water on the
underlying coals to properly extinguish the fire. They just thought it was
out because there weren't open flames any longer."
Cruse said the burns can be easily prevented by using common sense
when families make outdoor fires.
"Parental supervision is paramount and proper closed footwear is also
very important in the presence of a fire," he said. "But the best
preventative modality is to learn how to extinguish the fires appropriately.
The best resource that tells you how to do that is the Boy Scouts of
Although a smaller percentage of the ash foot and ankle burns required
skin grafting compared with the other types of burns studied, the average
hospital stay was five days, which is valuable time lost for both the
children and their parents, Beierle said.
"For a child or a parent, that's five days out of school or five days out of
work, often for both parents," she said. "It's not only a physically painful
experience for the child and his or her family, but it has a painful economic
impact as well. The point is that this is an easily preventable injury." Q
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is that a 2-year-old
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Thd scoop on sugar
UF res rcher' book touts low-fructose diet
By April Frawley Birdwell
C would the simple sugar responsible for putting the
sweet in everything from bananas to root beer be
the missing link in understanding what puts the
fat on a person's thighs? Yes, according to a book penned
by a UF researcher that was published April 1.
In his book, The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout
That Is Making You Fat And Sick, Richard Johnson, M.D.,
reviews the increasing evidence that fructose may play a
role in the obesity epidemic and proposes a low-fructose
diet he believes could help people lose weight and
potentially prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
"We recognize that obesity has multiple causes,
including eating too much and exercising too little, but RICHARD JOHNSON, M.D.
we think a missing piece of the obesity puzzle is fructose
intake," said Johnson, the J. Robert Cade professor of medicine and chief of the
division of nephrology, hypertension and transplantation in the UF College of
Medicine. "It's not fructose itself that is the problem, but eating too much of it."
Americans consume nearly three times as much fructose as a century ago, Johnson
said. Although the major source of fructose is soft drinks, it's found in a variety of
foods such as fruit, juice, sweetened cereals and pastries.
"We think fructose makes you obese not simply by the calories it provides but
because it also tricks hormonal systems that control appetite," Johnson said. "You
don't get a sense of being full so you keep eating. It (fructose) may also be important
in the development of diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease.
Published by Rodale, the book contains a diet he developed with nutritionist
Elizabeth Gollub, Ph.D., as well as tables listing the fructose contents of common
Starchy foods like potatoes and rice aren't a no-no as in low-carb diets. After a
two-week fructose fast, dieters can resume eating fruit and having sweets in
"Most people are used to eating about 50 percent of their diet as carbohydrates,"
Johnson said "When you cut it way back and have a very high-protein, high-fat diet,
it's very hard to sustain. It's also not necessarily healthy. What's great about our diet
is we can maintain a normal carbohydrate-protein-fat balance, and when you do that,
the diet is much easier to sustain." Q
A single change in a protein may play a role in whether
someone develops Parkinson's disease, say UF
Genetics Institute researchers writing in a recent
issue of the Proceedings of the NationalAcademy of Sciences.
Scientists studying rats induced to display a form of
Parkinson's disease discovered that a protein commonly
found in brain cells can be toxic if at one pinpoint location
in its amino acid structure it lacks a chemical compound
called a phosphate.
When scientists used gene therapy to simulate a phosphate
at this critical position, the rats' brain cells didn't develop the
Parkinson-like pathology that would normally occur.
The finding provides new insight into the fundamentals of
Parkinson's disease and the role of an abundant yet
mysterious brain protein known as alpha-synuclein, which is
believed to help brain cells communicate but may have a
more sinister role in the development of neurological
"We have another potential target for therapy, but there is
a great deal left to discover," said Nicholas Muzyczka, Ph.D.,
a professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in the
College of Medicine and an eminent scholar with the UF
Alpha-synuclein has been found to be the major
component of Lewy bodies, which are abnormal clusters of
protein in the brain cells of patients with Parkinson's disease.
The National Parkinson Foundation estimates 1.5 million
Americans currently have Parkinson's disease and about
60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. It is caused by the
death or impairment of certain nerve cells in a part of the
brain called the substantial nigra. When these cells die, the
body is deprived of dopamine, a neurotransmitter vital for
"We know of several enzymes that can cause
phosphorylation in the proper position of the alpha-synuclein
protein," said Oleg Gorbatyuk, Ph.D., an assistant professor
of molecular genetics and microbiology. "Increasing their
expression in brains afflicted with Parkinson's disease could
possibly provide a gene therapy approach to the disease." Q
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Protein protects lung cancer cells
from efforts to fix or kill them
By Melanie Fridl Ross
Protein that helps lung cancer cells thrive appears to
do so by blocking healthy cells' ability to fix
themselves when radiation or chemicals such as
nicotine damage their DNA, according to a UF study
published Feb. 29 in the journal Molecular Cell.
High levels of the protein, known as Bcl2, are found in
the cells of lung cancer patients who smoke.
Previous UF research has shown that nicotine activates
the protein, which helps tumor cells live long past their
natural lifespan and resist chemotherapy. The new findings
explain how the protein enables cancer cells to circumvent
the body's own efforts to change them back into healthy
cells or evade treatments designed to kill them.
Cancer is frequently associated with the accumulation of
genetic aberrations in cells' chromosomes. If these damaged
cells can't access their built-in repair system and
subsequently survive long enough to divide and multiply,
they pass along their mutations.
Researchers say just one cell that develops a genetic
mutation and is unable to repair itself could be enough for a
full-blown tumor to develop.
"If a cell experiences DNA damage, often that DNA can
be repaired. But we found that Bcl2 can block the DNA
repair mechanism, which promotes tumor formation and
genetic instability," said Xingming Deng, M.D., Ph.D., an
assistant professor in UF's College of Medicine who is
affiliated with the UF Shands Cancer Center. "This is a very
important fundamental mechanism that explains why this
protein has (a cancer-forming) function."
Deng also plans to explore the possibility that nicotine-
induced activation of Bcl2 can be blocked to increase
"This will probably help us in the future find ways to
prevent tumors," said Deng, adding that the protein could
be a target for drug development. "We can target this
mechanism and somehow find a way to prevent tumor
AAA and UF recommend vehicle features for older drivers
AAA and UF recommend vehicle features for older drivers
hicker steering wheels, wide-angle mirrors, larger
dashboard controls and six-way adjustable seats are
features seniors should consider when choosing a vehicle.
AAA and the UF National Older Driver Research and
Training Center are making these and other recommendations
for addressing the physical, visual and cognitive changes that
affect senior drivers as part of the Smart Features for Mature
Drivers program. AAA and UF announced the smart features
March 21 at the New York International Auto Show.
Reduced range of motion, arthritic joints, diminished fine
motor skills and trouble with night vision and recovery from
glare are all common age-related physical changes that can
affect driving ability. A recent AAA survey found that 43 DENNIS MCCARTHY, Ph.D.
percent of drivers over 55 suffered from driving-related
difficulties commonly caused by aging.
"There are ways to counteract the difficulties brought on by age-related changes
so that seniors can maintain their safe driving abilities," said Dennis McCarthy,
Ph.D., co-director of the National Older Driver Research and Training Center and
a research assistant professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health
Professions' department of occupational therapy. "One of these is through proper
use of particular vehicle features."
Smart Features for Mature Drivers recommends these features be based on the
driver's needs. For example, thick steering wheels, keyless entry and ignition,
power mirrors and larger dashboard controls can make driving easier for seniors
with arthritic hands or diminished fine motor skills. Seniors with vision issues
may benefit from extendable sun visors and larger dashboard controls with
"Safe driving is a function of person, environment and vehicle factors," said
Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., a UF older driver injury prevention researcher and
project team member. "The Smart Features for Mature Drivers project recognizes
normal age-related changes and provides beneficial vehicle features to
accommodate such changes." 0
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Jax campus gets new psychiatry chair, department
By Kandra Albury
Steven Cuffe, M.D., the newly hired chair of
the UF department of psychiatry, will bring a
new vision to the Jacksonville campus, as an
accomplished psychiatrist, educator and researcher.
Cuffe, who joined UF April 1, said accepting the
position was an easy decision to make.
"The people I met during the interview process
were really great, and I was very impressed with the
leaders. That (leadership) appealed to me the most,"
said Cuffe, who specializes in child and adolescent
psychiatry. "This is a very exciting time for me
because I am starting a new department that will be
beneficial to the University of Florida, Shands
Jacksonville and the greater Jacksonville area.
"Jacksonville is an underserved area in child
psychiatry and has great need for psychiatric
Robert Nuss, M.D., dean of the UF College of
Medicine-Jacksonville regional campus and
associate vice president for health affairs said goals
for the new department include addressing campus
clinical needs, building education programs,
developing research activities and supporting UF's
role in providing psychiatric care in the community.
Cuffe will focus initially on recruiting faculty and
staff, addressing clinical issues and reinstituting
medical student rotations, Nuss said.
"The significance of his appointment will be that
our psychiatry department will be a full-fledged
department on the Jacksonville regional campus
and a member of the Jacksonville group practice,"
Nuss said. "Dr. Cuffe's vision and energy will allow
him to build a strong academic faculty over time
and provide the infrastructure to consider a
residency in psychiatry."
Cuffe, who received his medical degree from the
Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest
University, has served as principal and co-principal
investigator on multiple research projects on topics
such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and
Prior to coming to UF, Cuffe served as a professor
of neuropsychiatry and behavioral science at the
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
and as director of the division of child and
adolescent psychiatry. Cuffe is also president-elect
for the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry, a title he will hold until May. Q
UF, Shands open new neuro unit
Proclaiming a major step forward in the care of patients with brain diseases
or injuries, UF and Shands HealthCare leaders opened a new, 30-bed
Shands at UF Neuro Intensive Care Unit April 1.
"This is all about improved outcomes for patients," said William Friedman,
M.D., chair of the neurosurgery department of the UF College of Medicine, who
cut the ribbon to symbolize the opening along with Shands HealthCare CEO Tim
Goldfarb and Bruce Kone, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine.
"It's appropriate that we are combining critical care expertise with primary
care neurosurgery in one location. Plenty of technology to treat patients with
brain disease was developed at the University of Florida, or tried here first, and
now we are concentrating our neurosurgical activities in one location. I am very
excited about that."
The $9.6-million project provides neurosurgery and neurology patients access
to UF medical experts and the latest technological resources consolidated at
Shands at UF.
"We're pushing quality care and patient safety to the highest levels," Kone said.
"This is the beginning of iconic programs at the College of Medicine that
emphasize outstanding care and the development of cures."
In a facility filled with the latest technology, the physicians, surgeons, nurses
and other members of the health-care team will be able to respond immediately
to the slightest changes in patients' conditions and quickly identify the most
appropriate treatment plans.
Goldfarb noted that the patient-care unit was literally only a few hundred feet
from the university's research labs in the McKnight Brain Institute.
"This is a great illustration of how proximity to the research bench, university
classroom and patient care unit is unique to an academic health care center,"
Goldfarb said. "We strive to develop cures and treatments in the laboratories,
continual teaching and learning opportunities take place in the classroom, plus
we have access to the patient's bedside, where we can apply the newest
The UF College of Medicine has one of the nation's largest academic
neurosurgery departments. This year the UF and Shands medical teams at
Shands at UF will provide neurosurgical care to more than 5,000 patients from
all over the world. Q
Dr. William Friedman, chair of the UF College of Medicine, cuts a ribbon to
symbolize the opening of a new 30-bed Shands at UF Neuro Intensive Care
Unit for critically ill patients with brain disease and injuries April 1.
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COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
YUE "MAGGIE" WANG was
one of 10 dental students in
the country selected for the
Academic Dental Careers
Fellowship Program by the
American Dental Research
Association and the American
Dental Education Association.
The program allows students Yue Wang
to experience the benefits and
rewards of teaching, ultimately encouraging them
to enter academic dentistry.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
DWIGHT ROACHE, a student
in the master's in health
received the Elliott C. Roberts
Scholarship from the Institute
for Diversity in Health
Management, an affiliate
of the American Hospital
Association. The scholarship is Dwight Roache
awarded to graduate student
leaders who represent ethnically diverse cultural
backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to
community service and excel academically.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE-JACKSONVILLE
SHAHLA MASOOD, M.D., a
professor and associate chair
of pathology, received the A.D.
Davis award from the Duval
Unit of the American Cancer
Society for her "tireless work
in breast cancer research,
pathology and education." The
award recognizes fairness, Shahla Masood
consideration and caring for
others, dedication and hard work at the grassroots
level and helping people in need the same
principles Davis incorporated into his life.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
WILLIAM CANCE, M.D., a professor and the
chair of surgery, became president of the Society
of Surgical Oncology March 15 at the society's
annual business meeting. The
Society of Surgical Oncology
is an organization of surgeons,
scientists and health-care
providers that focuses on
advancing scientific treatment
for cancer. Cance specializes
in surgical oncology and
endocrine surgery. He received William Cance
his medical degree from the
Duke University School of Medicine and has been
at UF since 2003.
EMILY E. CARMODY, M.D.,
a fifth-year resident in the
department of orthopaedics
and rehabilitation, has been
awarded a one-year Resident
Clinician Scientist Training
Grant from the Orthopaedic
Research and Education
Foundation. Under the
mentorship of C. Parker Gibbs, Emily E. Carmody
M.D., an associate professor in the department,
Carmody will research "Inducible Differentiation
of Osteosarcoma: Implications for Tumorigenicity."
The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
funded the award.
M.D., an associate professor of --
surgery and anesthesiology and
director of trauma surgery, will
become president of the Florida
Chapter of the American
College of Surgeons May 31.
Lottenberg is a past chairman
of the Florida Committee on
Trauma and formerly served Lawrence Lottenberg
as the state of Florida trauma medical director,
working with the state's 21 trauma centers to
improve care for trauma patients. He has been
at UF since 2004 and serves as trauma medical
director for the Shands at UF Level 1 trauma center.
SCOTT TEITELBAUM, M.D., an associate
professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, was
recently named a fellow by the American Society
of Addiction Medicine. The society strives to
improve the quality of addiction treatment and
care, and to support addiction research and
prevention. Teitelbaum, who did his fellowship in
child psychology at UF, has been a faculty member
since 2002. Specializing
in addiction medicine,
Teitelbaum works with The
National Youth Anti-Drug
Media Campaign and
currently serves as medical
director for the Florida
Recovery Center and as
director of Adolescent Scott Teitelbaum
Honor society selects students
Ten third-year UF medical students were
selected for the UF chapter of Alpha Omega
Alpha, the national medical honor society,
during its spring election March 18. The
students are: Richard Beegle, Jonathan
Graff-Radford, Tenessa MacKenzie, Omayra
Marrero, Ryan Nail, Mark Newman, Alissa
Orvis, Deirdre Pachman, Neil Sengupta and
Ankur Shukla. Election to the AOA, the only
national medical honor society, is considered
one of the highest academic honors a
student can receive. Students who rank in
the top quartile of the class are eligible
for election to AOA in the final semester
of their third year based upon academic
achievement, service to the university and
community and personal character.
VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTH AFFAIRS
TOM FORTNER, director of the
Health Science Center Office
of News & Communications,
was recently elected chairman
of the steering committee of
the Association of American
Medical Colleges' Group on
Institutional Advancement. The
AAMC supports and represents Tom Fortner
the education, research and
patient-care missions of medical schools and
teaching hospitals in the United States and
Canada. Its Group on Institutional Advancement
is composed of individuals at member institutions
who work in public relations, marketing, public
affairs, alumni affairs and fundraising.
Two faculty physicians in the College of Medicine-Jacksonville have been named to positions at Community PedsCare,
a pediatric palliative and hospice program for children with life-threatening conditions. The program was established in
2000 by Community Hospice in collaboration with Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Clinic and UF. Jeffrey
Goldhagen, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of community pediatrics, is the new
program director for Community PedsCare. He will be responsible for program development and administration of the team
that serves Community PedsCare patients. Kelly Komatz, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of pediatrics, is the program's
new associate medical director. She will provide medical oversight of the interdisciplinary team and handle the day-to-day
clinical care of Community PedsCare patients.
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Gracie, a 10-week-old giraffe owned by Barry and Christine Janks of Carson Springs Farm Wildlife
Foundation in Gainesville, was treated for a gastrointestinal illness in March at the UF Veterinary
Medical Center. Dr. Darryl Heard, resident Dr. Rolando Quesada and zoological medicine chief Dr.
Ramiro Isaza treated Gracie with fluid and antibiotic therapy. Shown here in a stall at the College of
Veterinary Medicine, Gracie munches hay and gets a bottle from her owners. Now back at home, Gracie
is doing well, her owners say.
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A gift that will keep on giving
John Shermyen honors his mother by establishing scholarship fund in her name
She present Margaret Clare Shoemyen received from her son last Christmas left her
John Shermyen slipped her a note saying he had made a gift in her honor to
Establish the Margaret Clare Shoemyen Graduate Fund in Occupational Therapy. John and
his wife Anne's $50,000 gift will support scholarships for occupational therapy students in
Sithe College of Public Health and Health Professions.
"My mother is behind the scenes, out of the spotlight, helping others to be successful,"
said John, the founder and CEO of LogistiCare, a national non-emergency health-care
transportation company. "That ability to be supportive and affirmative without ever asking
for any recognition is her special gift to legions of people literally around the world."
Clare has long been a fixture in the Gainesville occupational therapy community. She was
recruited to Shands at UF as a psychiatric occupational therapist in 1962 by Alice Jantzen,
Ph.D., the founding chair of the college's occupational therapy department, which at that
time ran Shands' occupational therapy services. At Jantzens's urging, Clare and her
.! .colleagues developed an innovative activity-based psychiatric occupational therapy tool,
known as the Shoemyen Battery, for treatment planning.
"My mother was a real pioneer in her field and the Shands Teaching Hospital allowed her
an opportunity to explore practical solutions to the challenges of psychiatric occupational
The donor plaque for the Margaret Clare Shoemyen Graduate Fund in therapy," John said. "She always enjoyed her students and many of them have become family
Occupational Therapy was unveiled at a luncheon for the Shoemyen friends over the years. So, what better way to honor my mother than to help support other
and Shermyen families on March 14. Pictured from left are Michael G. students to be innovative and become pioneers in their chosen field."
Perri, interim dean of the College of Public Health and Health Clare worked at Shands for 15 years before moving over to the Malcom Randall Veterans
Professions, donors Anne and John Shermyen, Clare Shoemyen and her Affairs Medical Center, where she worked for 13 years before retiring in 1989.
husband Janos, and William Mann, chair of the department of "I believe once an OT, always an OT in terms of how you think," Clare said. "The
occupational therapy. principles and ideals of occupational therapy are part of everyday living, with my family,
church and community.
Veterans' health visionary
Former VA director, UF professor dies
By Christa Wagers
alcom Randall, the namesake and former director of Gainesville's Veterans Affairs medical center,
passed away March 26 after suffering complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 91.
Randall served as director of what was then called the Gainesville VA Medical Center for 31 years.
When he retired in 1998, he had accumulated 59 years of service to the government.
He arrived in Gainesville from Montana in 1966 to oversee the construction of the hospital. It was important
to Randall that the VA hospital was built across the street from Shands at UF to encourage a close partnership
between the two.
C. Craig Tisher, M.D., former dean of the College of Medicine, said he was always impressed with how
Randall could solve issues between UF and the VA so that both organizations would benefit.
"He was an incredibly supportive individual" as UF began to develop its renal program, Tisher said.
He remembers Randall as a classy example of someone with a vision for veterans' health care.
"He pursued that vision with an absolute passion," Tisher said.
For his service, Randall received the two highest awards offered by Veterans Affairs and in 1999, the
Gainesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center was renamed to the Malcom Randall VAMC.
In addition to his achievements within the VA, Randall was a professor in the graduate program in health and
hospital administration at UF
Randall received the Distinguished Faculty Award from UF in 1984 and a doctorate of public service in 1996.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan gave Randall the Presidential Rank Award, an honor given to a few senior
federal executives from all of federal government agencies.
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Wallace McLendon discusses his vision for the HSC Libraries during a recent gathering to celebrate
By April Frawley Birdwell
\ /allace McLendon, M.S.L.S., walked past the car parts store. Not
A/ /hiring. A clothing store was next. They weren't hiring either.
Fresh from graduating with a degree in English
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
McLendon tried the building on the corner, the town
"They were planning a move to a new building,"
McLendon said. "Most of the workers were older, so
when I walked in they were like, 'Yes, we have a job
for you.' My first job was planning the move into the
And that's how the new director of the Health
Science Center Libraries got into the business of
libraries pure chance. Sort of. After helping with
the move, he stayed on at the library, shelving books
and vacuuming the carpet, until eventually, he started
helping on the reference desk.
"I really got into it," he said. "At the time, there was
a shortage of librarians and they were giving away
scholarships. You just had to go back and work (at the
library that) sponsored you."
From there, McLendon embarked on a road map of
library jobs that took him across the country, from
regional libraries and legislative libraries to health
science libraries, from shelving books to finally
running his own library here at UF.
"I was absolutely swept away by the staff,"
McLendon said of his decision to leave UNC, where
he served as deputy director of the Health Sciences
Library. "There is so much talent here ... even with all
the budget stuff going on, this staff is amazing."
Although McLendon's father was a country doctor
- one who delivered many of his son's classmates -
he didn't become interested in being a health librarian
until he got a job at a library in a Spokane hospital.
It was his first week on the job there, when the call
came in from the director of the hospital's pharmacy.
Two farmers had been poisoned and were being flown
to the hospital. But the poison control director was
out of town, and the pharmacist needed to know if
there was anything in the medical literature that
"I had just learned how to search Medline,"
McLendon said. "Sweat is dripping off my nose onto
the keyboard. Here comes the helicopter, whoosh, and
the building is shaking. The chief pharmacist runs in.
I had just stumbled across this article about two
farmers poisoned by (the same chemical). We run into
the stacks, he pulls it, and I knew not to say, 'You can't
take that out of the library.'"
Everyone involved in the search for a new library
director at UF, from folks in the HSC to university
library leaders across campus, liked McLendon, said
Jerry Kidney, the HSC's assistant vice president for
"Everybody was impressed with him," Kidney said.
"And he's jumped right in. He's seen his first alligator.
He's already fallen in love with Gainesville."
One of McLendon's goals is to make the library
more of a hub for the HSC. Talks are already under
way to add a coffee shop in the library, and McLendon
hopes to be able to build more collaboration rooms and
large visualization screens in the library eventually.
"The whole thrust today is for various disciplines to
work together," he said. "At Chapel Hill, they created
collaboration rooms with giant wall screens so you
could stand in front of it and look at DNA (or other
images) ... I have seen where folks have made
discoveries on the wall because they can see the whole
But in order to do this, the library will have to find a
way to procure new funds. One way could be by
teaming with scientists on grants, says McLendon, who
also aims to work more closely with HSC fundraisers.
"Sharing knowledge is what libraries have always
been about. People have made discoveries looking at
books in the past now, people (also) make discoveries
looking at visuals. Visualization is the next wave I
think," he said.
He also aims to help people capture and use
information not found in books or journals. Only 13
percent of research actually gets published in journals,
he said. One of his goals is to help researchers
establish data repositories for some of this untapped
research that accumulates during studies.
"In the library field people have always been
interested in containers," he said, picking up a book.
"This is the container and it holds information. I was
always interested in what was inside this. Now the
containers have gone away. Information has been
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his appointment as the library's director.
Pharmacy students Henry Simmons and Minh Dao are rounding
out their senior year with an advanced course in specialized drug
compounding. The students are mixing ingredients for a candied
form of an antihistamine drug similar to what might be
prescribed to children who may resist a daily pill-taking regimen
necessary for allergies.
Chirps, an 8-week-old river otter, was treated at the UF Veterinary Medical Center in the
zoological medicine ward March 28. Chirps was found near Palatka and brought to UF by
representatives from Florida Wildlife Care who rescued it from pursuing dogs.
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