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On the Cover
Certain highly specialized UF programs in Gainesville
and Jacksonville have become hot spots for patients
from across the country and globe. In this month's
issue of The POST, we highlight a few of these
programs and explore how health tourism is affecting
patients. Cover illustration by Josh Clark.

Table of Contents

0 Administration: Meet the new veep
O Research: The $26 million grant
O Education: Helping Rwanda
SEducation: Marine medicine
SAround the HSC: Darius Goes Gator
1 Patient Care: Hospital dentistry
Q Cover Story: Traveling for care
SResearch Day: And the winners are ...
SResearch: Gene therapy breakthrough
SGrants: Hooked on hookah
1 Jacksonville: Residency awards
SAwards: Celebrating the HSC's finest
1 Profile: Saun-Joo "Sunny" Yoon

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Attention those of you who use personally owned computers to access HSC
networks or servers: as of July 1, you are responsible for configuring your
computer with security controls. This means taking measures like using
strong passwords, having up-to-date antivirus software and not installing peer-to-
peer software. For a computer security checklist and attestation form, visit Users who are unable to implement the required security
controls are advised not to use personally owned computers to access the HSC
network and servers.
"Overall, the average user who uses a home computer or a personally owned
laptop to download and store HSC restricted data must obtain authorization from
their dean, director or department chair to continue to do so and must ensure
their computer meets certain minimum security requirements," said Colleen
Ebel, chief of information security for the HSC. "We expect there to be a minimal
number of people who actually need to store restricted information on home
computers or personally owned laptops."
Ebel said the rule is different for users who only intend to access e-mail or
other restricted data through a Web browser. In this case, users' access method
must be approved by their unit information security manager. E-mail programs
and browsers copy what you are viewing on the hard drive, putting UF at risk.
Ebel said you need to consult with your unit ISM to advise you of an appropriate
and secure access method. -Jessica Metzger Q

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representatives of companies who make pharmaceuticals and medical devices
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Looking back, stepping forward

By DouglasJ. Barrett

My wife, Macky, has always

accused me of thriving on

change, of being energized by

times of insecurity and transition. "When

are you going to finally settle down?" she


Those of you who know that I've spent all 29 years of my
academic career right here at the University of Florida might
think I'm actually more a creature of habit. But the fact is I really
don't do well sitting still. Every six or seven years, I've found
myself wearing a new hat. Now it's time to don yet a new one.
Why do I thrive on change? Because I view it as a positive. The
insecurity that comes with change helps us appreciate what is good
about the way things are but be impatient to improve that which
could be better. It's about laying strong foundations, then taking
our belief in a better tomorrow and acting on it.
The famed composer Gustav Mahler once said the real art of
conducting consists in transitions. Together we have worked hard to
position the Health Science Center for success and for taking the
necessary next steps. Mahler set out to greatly expand the scope of the
symphony. We have set out to build on the breadth of the academic
medical center, and that brings us to a pivotal transition of our own.
The challenge going forward will be to accelerate the integration of
various components of the health center system into a more powerful
partnership that bridges our missions, values and finances.
That vision is more than just a concept. It exists in bricks and
mortar. The physical environment of the Health Science Center has
undergone a robust expansion, and not one of these new buildings is
devoted solely to a single college or a particular department. Rather,
they are designed to foster collaborative partnerships.
And the important work and care provided in our buildings are
helping us make our mark.
Public Health and Health Professions' recent accreditation was a
home run ball. Achieving an almost unblemished accreditation visit
on the very first try speaks to the creativity and the uniqueness of
what they've put together.
Construction of the College of Veterinary Medicine's new Small
Animal Hospital, the cornerstone of the Veterinary Education and
Clinical Research Center, continues, and the associated expansion of
clinical services is positioning us to be the best on the planet.
The College of Pharmacy is leading the nation in the development
of distance delivery education programs, and several new graduate
opportunities will broaden career paths to graduating pharmacists
and other health professions competing in a declining economic
marketplace, through unique collaborations with strong education
and research partners who share a common vision of patient-centered
health care.

The College of Dentistry has emerged as one of the top five dental
schools in the country, and it's now the second-highest NIH-funded
dental school in the United States.
The College of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
is widely regarded as one of the strongest in the Southeast, and its
professional graduate programs are consistently ranked in the top 10
percent of U.S. News & World Report graduate nursing programs. The
college also is a leader in transitioning from a focus on advanced
specialty programs to the new professional Doctor of Nursing
Practice degree. Out of that will come an even better trained and
more highly skilled nursing workforce.
The College of Medicine clearly continues to be an innovator in
medical education. The research arena is also poised for great
expansion, especially as the Cancer Center continues to grow and the
new hospital comes on line this November.
So it's a great time to hand off the baton to my successor, Dr. David
Guzick. His experiences at Pittsburgh and Rochester have taught him
well what a truly integrated academic health center looks like, and he
has the personal leadership skills and character required for success.
This is a time of both challenge and opportunity. A focus on
broader integration and closing the gaps between research discoveries
and application to patient care on the one hand and between student
education and safe, quality health-care delivery on the other are vital.
Doing so isn't only good for us. It's good for Florida. It's good for our
students. And it's good for our patients.
Finally, a personal note of thanks to each of you. Thanks for your
dedication to our mission. Thanks for doing what you do so well each
and every day. And thanks for your continued commitment to making
the Health Science Center a great place. Editor's note: On July 1,
Douglas J. Barrett, M.D., stepped down as senior vice president for health
affairs. He is succeeded by David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D. Q

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The new

guy in town

Dr. David Guzick

answers our questions


By Melanie Fridl Ross
On July 6, UF President Bernie Machen (left)
welcomed a new leader to the HSC. David Guzick,
M.D., Ph.D., stepped into the roles of UF senior vice
president for health affairs and president of the
UF&Shands Health System. Guzick, an internationally
known reproductive endocrinologist, comes to UF
after serving as dean of the University of Rochester
School of Medicine and Dentistry. Barely settled into
his office, Guzick recently took the time to tell The
POST about his goals, the challenges ahead and his
love for the song stylings of Sheryl Crow.

During your interviews and your time here so far,
what intrigues you about UF, the HSC
and Shands?
I thought that The Gator Nation was mainly a slogan, but everyone in this town
lives and breathes The Gator Nation. I'm intrigued by the idea of reaching
a Gator Nation sense of identity and a similar level of pride, excitement and
commitment to excellence in the colleges and hospitals that make up the Health
Science Center and the UF&Shands Health System as a whole. If this can
be achieved, we will surely be national champions in health care and health

What are your major goals for your first year in
For the faculty and staff in the colleges that make up the Health Science Center
on the one hand, and for Shands administration and staff on the other hand, the
major goal is to change the mindset and culture from "us and them" to "we." A
personal goal is to develop enough strength and flexibility to be 10 yards closer
to my sons off the tee. Staying within the speed limit in the 20 mph zones of the
campus would also be nice.

What are your plans for integrating UF and
Shands into a more cohesive unit?
We will begin a comprehensive strategic planning process across the Health
Science Center and UF&Shands Health System. In this process, we plan to be
inclusive of faculty, staff, students and others in the colleges and the health
system, and we will also reach out to alumni and friends for their ideas and
support. In addition, we will establish daily meetings of the health science and
health system leadership to learn about all of the nuances of important issues
that arise in real time and to make timely decisions that maximize benefit to the
academic health center as a whole based on all information available from all
sources. Also, the administrative infrastructure across the HSC and Shands -
communications, legal, finance, space, development, planning, etc. -will be
unified to function in a "we" mode in all decision-making.

What do you believe are the biggest challenges
facing us right now?
There are both internal and external challenges. Internally, "We have met the
enemy ... and he is us." That is, the biggest challenge is the culture change
required to get from "us and them" to "we." If that can be accomplished in
combination with a commitment to excellence, the extraordinary resources and
structural advantages of the University of Florida will be greatly facilitative.
On the other hand, developments on the state and federal level involving the
financing of health care, education and research, which reflect both the global
economic downturn and the desire for health-care reform, will present ongoing
challenges for years to come.

What's something about you people would be
surprised to know?
That I like to work out to the music of Sheryl Crow. O


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What is the CTSA?

The nearly $26 million Clinical and Translational
Science Award will enhance research and training
efforts that speed the translation of scientific
discoveries into medical advances for patients

UF is one of 46 medical research institutions
nationally that are part of the prestigious CTSA
consortium. Membership will be capped at 60 by 2012.

The grant will support multidisciplinary research in
a wide range of fields through a partnership of several
entities both within the university and the wider

UF's grant is coordinated by its Clinical and
Translational Institute, which also has $23 million in
support from the UF Office of Research and $70
million in commitments from the College of Medicine

Dr. Peter W. Stacpoole visits with two research study participants, Nicolas Cimmino, 14, (center) and Gregory Cimmino, 16, along
with research nurse coordinator Bonnie Coats and premed students Alex Cruz and Jack Bullock.

Science in the fast lane

UF gets nearly $26 million to speed scientific discoveries to patient care

By Czerne M. Reid

U F will receive nearly $26
million over five years to
speed the transformation
of scientific discoveries into
medical advances for patients.

In winning the competitive National Institutes of
Health's Clinical and Translational Science Award,
UF joins a prestigious national consortium of medical
research institutions, whose membership will be
capped at 60 by 2012. UF is the only university in
Florida to get the award, which will be geared toward
accelerating scientific discovery, enhancing medical
care, producing highly skilled scientists and
physicians and fostering partnerships with industry,
university officials announced July 14.
The grant will support multidisciplinary research
in a wide range of fields such as biomedical
informatics, gene therapy, aging, nanotechnology and
infectious diseases.
Awardees are poised to become much more
competitive than other institutions by offering
stronger research programs in addition to basic
medical training, securing more NIH funding and
attracting and retaining skilled faculty. And the
community benefits every $5 million in annual
research funding leads to about 100 new jobs and $20
million in incremental business activity, according to

estimates from the nonprofit Families USA
organization. "Lots of things can happen with this
grant that might not have happened or happened as
well without it," said Peter Stacpoole, M.D., Ph.D.,
director of UF's Clinical and Translational Science
Institute and the grant's principal investigator.
The CTSI, a partnership of several entities both
within the university and in the wider community,
will coordinate the grant, administered through the
NIH's National Center for Research Resources. The
CTSI also is supported by $23 million from the UF
Office of Research and $70 million in commitments
from the College of Medicine.
"This award is an endorsement of UF's leading-
edge research efforts and its contributions to health-
related fields," said Win Phillips, D.Sc., UF's vice
president for research. "The strong research efforts of
UF faculty will provide the foundation for enhanced
translational and bench-to-bedside research leading to
contributions to health care that is the focus of this
highly competitive program."
The impact of the resulting discoveries will extend
beyond academia to industry, government and the
nation. In addition, discoveries that are developed
commercially can generate royalty streams for the
"By attracting external funding, whether from
federal agencies such as NIH or CDC, or from
foundations or industry, new dollars come into
Florida from outside the state this leads to new jobs

and a ripple effect in the local economy," said David
Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF's senior vice president for
health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health
System. Guzick was principal investigator on the
University of Rochester's CTSA grant, presented in
the first set of awards in 2006.
By incorporating 12 of the university's colleges, the
largest health-care system in the Southeast and the
nation's largest two-division Veterans Affairs health
system, the CTSI seeks to transform how scientific
research is carried out, by emphasizing broad
The partnership comprises UF's Gainesville and
Jacksonville campuses, including the colleges of
Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public
Health and Health Professions, Veterinary Medicine,
Fine Arts, Journalism and Communications, Liberal
Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human
Performance and Agriculture and Life Sciences; as
well as the Institute for Food and Agricultural
Sciences with its 67-county network of extension
programs, which will engage citizens in educational
activities and participatory research. Shands
HealthCare and the North Florida/South Georgia
Veterans Health System also help to extend the
institute's resources and services across the state.
"We'll use those as ways to engage the community
and make the CTSI a statewide resource," Stacpoole
said. "It's a truly fundamental from the roots up -
transformation of how we do research and training." Q

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The newly named School of Physician Assistant Studies graduated its 2009 class in June.

School's in for

physician assistants

UF elevates P.A. program to 'school' status

By Christine Velasquez
Forty years ago, Vietnam War veterans returned home attempting to start new lives as civilians.
Among them were medics who looked for a way to turn their skills into a living and ultimately
created the demand for a new profession.
UF supported the new physician assistant profession and, eventually, helped set the pace for public
medical schools around the nation.
On June 12, just days before the commencement ceremony for 59 physician assistant students, the
profession saw another milestone set by UF's College of Medicine; the board of trustees approved the
elevation of the P.A. program to the School of Physician Assistant Studies.
"This reflects a tremendous need and demand for physician assistants in the health-care systems of our
state and the nation," said College of Medicine Interim Dean Michael L. Good, M.D., during the
graduation ceremony June 20.
UF's first P.A. program began in 1972 in collaboration with Santa Fe Community College. The 30 students
enrolled were awarded with an associate degree after two years of study. The program would find a permanent
home at UF just five years later and P.A. graduates were awarded a bachelor of science degree.
"UF has been a trailblazer in moving the profession to the forefront, answering the growing demand for
P.A.s as health-care reform and spending became top national issues," said Wayne D. Bottom, P.A.-C.,
M.P.H., associate dean and director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies, who has led UF's P.A.
program for 27 years.
Bottom saw UF's program through instability as it moved from the College of Allied Health Professions
(now the College of Public Health and Health Professions) back to the College of Medicine in 1993, and he
was thrilled a year later when the Florida Legislature earmarked funding to double enrollment to 60
students per class. The program was upgraded to the master's degree level in 1996.
Today, the School of Physician Assistant Studies remains a 24-month-long master's program that includes
12 months of coursework and 12 months of clinical rotations. Currently there are 145 P.A. programs
nationwide. UF is the only public university in Florida to offer P.A. studies as a graduate program.
According to labor statistics, this elevated designation as a school parallels the demand for physician
assistants. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports new job opportunities for physician assistants will
grow by 50 percent in the next six years, making it the fastest-growing occupation in the nation.
"The ability of our P.A.s to work collaboratively with the M.D. faculty allows us the ability to provide
state-of-the-art care for our patients," said Christopher E. Forsmark, M.D., a professor of medicine. "P.A.s are
essential to the smooth functioning of our clinical enterprise and to our delivery of high-quality care." Q

By Sarah Carey
he UF College of Veterinary Medicine
has been granted a full seven-year
accreditation renewal by the American
Veterinary Medical Association's accrediting
The council gave the college "substantial
compliance" for its adherence to the AVMA's
curriculum standard. Council members noted
that certain changes needed to be made within
two years for full compliance designation in
that area.
"In light of current and anticipated
decreases in state funding, the curriculum
committee must work with faculty and
administration to define overarching
curricular learning objectives," the council
noted in its report, adding that the college also
needed to develop a separate method for
students to evaluate their courses.
The college's dean, Glen Hoffsis, D.V.M.,
noted that progress had already been made
toward the curriculum objectives with the
faculty assembly's recent passage of
recommendations from its curriculum
committee to reduce the number of required
clinical rotations.
Hoffsis congratulated fellow administrators,
faculty and staff for their hard work in making
this achievement possible.
"We are very pleased to be fully accredited
by the AVMA Council on Education," Hoffis
said. "Achieving full accreditation is a
collegewide endeavor that involves the hard
work and cooperation of the entire faculty, staff
and administration. The very positive nature
of the council's report speaks to the excellent
program we deliver."
UF's College of Veterinary Medicine
admitted its first class of students in 1976 and
is one of only 28 accredited veterinary colleges
in the country. 0

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UF students, faculty help Rwanda
genocide survivors heal through art

By Jessica Metzger

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For UF photography major Stephanie
Tyler, the memory of simply painting
a pretty mural on a villager's home
in Rugerero, a genocide survivor village
in Rwanda, will stay with her forever.
Tyler, 22, remembers a survivor who
came home from work and inspected
the mural.
"He told us that he will forget everything when he looks at
the house," Tyler said. "It was things like that inspiring us to
keep going."
Over spring break, 13 people visited Rugerero for two weeks,
bringing more than 2,600 pounds of medical and art supplies,
said Jill Sonke, director of the UF Center for the Arts in
Healthcare Research and Education.
Nearly 1 million people in Rwanda died in 1994 during the
genocide, which lasted less than 100 days. The focus of the trip
was to help survivors using art to bring back some semblance of
serenity and teach important health-care issues.

"The clinics are not busy, people are not using health care
like they should be," Sonke said. "There is a big effort to
connect the village to health care."
Under the government's insurance plan in Rwanda, health
care costs just $2 per person. Sonke said one of the group's
goals was to have all 500 people in the village covered. Through
the group's efforts, that became a reality.
For the AIM for Africa Rwanda project, CAHRE combined
the efforts of Shands HealthCare and the UF College of Fine
Arts. The project in Rugerero was also built on partnerships
with the Barefoot Artists, Red Cross of the Rwandan Western
Region and a filmmaker from the United Kingdom.
Together, they designed a multifaceted project that included
health education, a theatre project and a project for videotaping
the genocide survivors' stories. These videos will become
permanent installations at the Genocide Museum, Sonke said.
At an initial village meeting in Rugerero, more than 150
people came to share their stories, Sonke said. A performance
based on these stories was presented in July at UF.
International Fine Arts for Healing, a student organization
part of CAHRE, had eight students on the trip to Rwanda. Each
brought their own art and theatre talents, such as drawing
portraits at patients' bedsides, helping to paint murals on the
walls of clinics and on villagers' houses, teaching doll-making
or performing skits, poems and vignettes.
"It was a very different experience from volunteering at
Shands," said Tyler, IFAH's current president. "It was a more
raw experience. You can't speak the same language, so it's all
through art."
Tyler recalled painting star-shaped wood boxes with two
women in the hospital. Because the women had not painted
before, Tyler had to teach them basics such as thinning out
paint and mixing primary colors.
"They were amazed by how yellow and red make orange,"
Tyler said.
The group also painted murals. Some provided health care
information on the food pyramid and breastfeeding education
and used theater to educate villagers about topics such as
women's empowerment and domestic abuse, HIV/AIDS
prevention and personal hygiene, said Teniece Johnson, a
theater graduate student.
For Johnson, one of the best parts of the trip was meeting
female survivors who were in a sewing co-op. All of the women
had sore backs and hands from sewing, basket-weaving and
manual labor. Johnson said they helped nurses teach the women
massage, forming a big group circle to include everyone.
"But it was an intense experience, especially running your
hands over scars," Johnson said. "You can't help but wonder, is
this from a machete?"
Tyler said the arts seemed to serve as a distraction for the
villagers. One man told her that in a country that has forgotten
what beauty is, the group was reminding them about beauty.
Sonke said many of the links between the arts and healing
are just beginning to be explored.
"Within the past 30 years, the health sciences have begun to
recognize the roles the arts can play to help caregivers address
emotional and spiritual needs, as well as physical needs,"
Sonke said.
Both students were reluctant to leave the village and feel
eager to return to Rugerero.
"Falling in love with these children, and then remembering
about the genocide was emotional and overwhelming," Tyler
said. "These are some of the happiest people. It was hard to
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How UF has become a hot spot for marine mammal medicine

By Alyssa LaRenzie

The UF College of Veterinary
Medicine is sitting in the

splash zone.

Though located a few hours from the coast, the
college's Marine Mammal Program has become a
hub for the research, care and teaching of marine
mammal medicine.
The program started in 2000 when a state grant
focusing on manatee research made funding
possible. The manatee remains a central focus, but
the program has since expanded to include dolphins,
sea lions, seals and whales. The Marine Mammal
Program is part of UF's Aquatic Animal Health
Program, which serves Florida's aquaculture and
fisheries-related industries.
When a 21-year former Sea World veterinarian
arrived in 2006, the Marine Mammal Program took
off. Mike Walsh, D.V.M, assistant director of the
Aquatic Animal Health Program, brought
knowledge of a wide variety of animals and a
desire to teach.
"If I can give (the students) the information that
I've learned," Walsh said, "they'll start off better,
quicker, faster and accumulate more information so
that by the time they retire, they should be further
up on our knowledge base. Hopefully each
generation can improve on that."
Students have the opportunity to learn about
marine mammals while earning their degrees,
something most other veterinary schools don't offer.
The SeaVet clinical course, required to obtain
Aquatic Animal Health certification, gives students
the opportunity to explore what it would be like to
be a marine animal veterinarian. In one week
during the summer, experienced veterinarians from
places such as Sea World and Disney World as
well as UF staff- share their knowledge. Students
this June also participated in a hands-on manatee
lab and swam with dolphins.
Because the UF vet school has the only dedicated
marine mammal program worldwide, many experts
work together at UF, said Hendrik Nollens, Ph.D., a
clinical assistant professor.
"There is a structure for and an interest in
marine animal work here that draws in people like
me, and it actually brings us together," Nollens said.
Nollens, who specializes in dolphin, seal and sea
lion medicine, works alongside a sea turtle
researcher at UF in the Marine Animal Disease
Laboratory. Known to its researchers as the MAD
Lab, the lab tests samples to discover and learn more

Students worked with manatees during the College of Veterinary Medicine's recent SeaVet course,

part of the Marine Mammal Program.

about diseases of marine animals.
A former Ph.D. student in UF's Marine Mammal
Program, Nollens coordinates research with the
U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego
and UE
Though inland Gainesville may seem like an odd
spot to study marine mammals, the university
structure and central location makes the program
"If we were located on the coast, that would be
helpful in terms of proximity," Walsh said. "But it
wouldn't give us the right framework for actually
bringing along the next generation of health
researchers for wild populations. So it's actually a
natural fit."
To expand, the program has partnered with
several organizations, including the Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S.
Geological Services. For example, the FWC handled
the recent entanglement of a right whale on the east
coast, but UF faculty had the drug knowledge to
properly sedate the large animal so workers could
free it. Groups like USGS give UF the opportunity

for contact with marine mammals.
UF also has its own presence on the ocean at the
Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience. Located on St.
Augustine Beach, the lab is known for its marine
animal research, much of which could one day
benefit human health.
Whitney Laboratory Director Peter Anderson,
Ph.D., was one of the founders of the UF Marine
Mammal Program, working to get an academic
setting for research. He hopes the program will
expand at Whitney, when a marine animal health
facility opens there.
Walsh hopes to grow the program, too, to include
more conservation efforts, to make the SeaVet course
the pride of the program and to reach out to other
His partner at USGS, biologist Robert Bonde,
noted the importance of the UF Marine Mammal
Program's mission.
"It's not just because we want to be better doctors,
and we want to protect manatees, and we want to be
able to treat them better," Bonde said. "We want to
help those animals through troubled times." Q

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UF screens movie about

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

By April Frawley Birdwell
Four years ago, Darius Weems saw the ocean for
the first time. He saw the Grand Canyon, too. Every
stretch of highway, motel or restaurant outside of
his hometown, Athens, Ga., was a discovery, actually.

Before Weems, then 15, and a group of
his friends loaded into an RV and headed
to California, he had never been outside
of Athens. But the trip wasn't just about
seeing the country, his friends laying a
track on the beach so he could reach the
ocean. It was about raising awareness
about a disease that took Weems'
brother's life at 19; a disease that will
eventually take his life, too.
Weems has Duchenne muscular
dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes a
person's muscles to degenerate over time.
The disease almost exclusively affects

boys and is always fatal. Most who have it
rarely live past their 20s.
The friends left Athens with a mission
- to make it to California and get on the
MTV show "Pimp My Ride" in hopes of
having Weems' wheelchair customized,
filming their journey along the way. For
Weems, appearing on the show was a

chance to educate a new generation of
kids, most of whom have never heard of
Duchenne or its most famous advocate,
Jerry Lewis. Weems raps about it in
the movie.
On Sept. 10, the UF College of Public
Health and Health Professions will
screen "Darius Goes West," the movie
that chronicles Weems' trek across the
country and details what life is like for
families facing the disease. The cast and
crew will take questions after the movie,
which will be shown at 7 p.m. at the
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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Darius Weems, here with his friends and the crew who made "Darius Goes
West," visited the Grand Canyon during his trek across the country to raise
awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

do something that not only fulfills many
dreams for Darius but also brought
attention to this really devastating disease
and shows, really, how one person can
make a difference."
About one of every 3,500 to 6,000 boys
has Duchenne, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. A
genetic snafu sometimes inherited,
sometimes spontaneous prevents them
from producing the protein dystrophin,
Senesac said. Without it, muscle can't
keep up with life's wear and tear.
Eventually, muscles degenerate, including
the heart.
Gainesville native Dale Ginder, 7, was
5 when doctors discovered he had
"We just thought he was clumsy. He

Darius Goes West:
7 p.m. Sept. 10
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Duchenne muscular dystrophy educational series:
Sessions are available to any group and can be tailored to fit the audience.
Generally, sessions are 20-25 minutes long and feature a faculty member and a
parent. To schedule, e-mail Dononvan Lott at For more
information on Darius Goes West, visit

"It was such an inspirational movie, not
just looking at the fact that Darius has
Duchenne," said Claudia Senesac, Ph.D.,
P.T, a clinical assistant professor of
physical therapy in the College of Public
Health and Health Professions and chair
of the group bringing the movie here.
"These young people banded together to

reached all his developmental milestones.
There were no red flags," said Lelia
Ginder, Dale's mother and a member of
the group bringing "Darius Goes West"
to UF. "He went out for soccer the year he
was in kindergarten. It was obvious
something was wrong when we compared
him to his peers on the field."

After her son's diagnosis, Ginder
learned about "Darius Goes West" from a
friend who knew someone with Charley's
Fund, a charity that raises money for
Duchenne research. From each $20 DVD
the moviemakers sell, $17 goes to
Charley's Fund.
"They do something on a grand scale
we could never do, and that is educate
people about what it is," Ginder says.
Ginder and her husband arranged a
screening of the movie in December.
Senesac and Duchenne researcher Krista
Vandenborne, Ph.D., chair of physical
therapy, saw the movie then, and an idea
was born.
Aside from the screening which will
feature the crew, Albert and Alberta, the
Gator cheerleaders and a few "Gator
greats" the PHHP group is also
holding an educational series across
campus and throughout the community
to raise awareness about Duchenne.
PHHP's public health program will
hold a seminar series this fall with a
Darius theme. The seminars will focus on
Duchenne, as well as other disability
issues, said Mary Peoples-Sheps, Ph.D.
Part of the movie showcases the obstacles
Weems faces as they trek across a country
not created with wheelchairs in mind.
Now 19, Weems has spent the past few
years traveling to raise money and
promote the cause. Recently diagnosed
with congestive heart failure, he isn't
traveling as much but is still committed
to his cause.
"I do not want people to worry about me,
I'm fine," he said in a recent blog on his
Web site. "I do not want them to cry, get
down or worry about my situation. I just
want people to continue helping me carry
on my story and cure this disease." 0


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Open up and ...

read a book

UF Pediatrics 'reaches out' to kids
through reading

By Alyssa LaRenzie


the glass ceiling

Sheriff Sadie Darnell speaks to HSC
Women's Group about overcoming
gender issues

By Jessica Metzger
heriff Sadie Darnell wanted to be a truck driver when she grew up.
In a way, she said, she is one. She considers the Alachua County
Sheriffs Office a big rig, and she's at the wheel.
Darnell spoke to the UF HSC Women's Group May 12 about breaking
through the glass ceiling and becoming the first woman to hold the office
of sheriff in Alachua County.
Darnell graduated from UF with a degree in psychology and decided to
go into law enforcement. She worked days, supporting herself through the
police academy. But when she first began working shifts at the Gainesville
Police Department, she faced discrimination.
"Nobody wanted me on their shift. They didn't see I would be of any
value. Women were not accepted in law enforcement," Darnell said. "They
would do silly things like hide my hat or gear just to be annoying. But it
got more serious when I would go on calls and they would refuse to back
me up, or they would take their time getting there, trying to send the
message to me that'You're not wanted here, go away, give up,' that sort of
thing. And I just became more determined about it."
Darnell said her experiences with discrimination have served her well.
Because she knows what it feels like, she said she won't tolerate it in the
agency. Darnell developed a code of ethics that she administered one-on-
one to all the shifts.
She said it serves as a reminder for law enforcement to respect the
constitutional rights of all people, that everyone has a role in the
Rebecca Pauly, M.D., associate vice president for health affairs, equity
and diversity, invited Darnell to speak because she thought Darnell's
experiences could provide a different perspective to the group.
"I think there are insights she provided about career barriers, and ideas
and techniques to navigate the course that are similar to health
professions," Pauly said. "I'm very pleased Sheriff Darnell found time to
come and share with us so openly." Q

Eleven-month-old Kofi
Boateng sits crying on his
mother's lap in a pediatric
checkup room. Alyssa Gamble,
M.D., enters the room, greets the
two and opens the pages of a
colorful book that immediately
grabs Kofi's attention.
At this clinic, reading is
standard practice.
UF Pediatric Primary Care is
one of more than 4,000 centers
nationwide that sponsors Reach
Out and Read, a program that
provides books to children
between 6 months and 5 years. The
program is in place at UF pediatric
clinics at the Gerold L. Schiebler
Children's Medical Services Center
and at Haile Plantation.
"It's an easy way to help
encourage the parents to read to
their children and start to talk with
them about language development
really early on," said Gamble, a
senior pediatric resident.
At the start of each visit, the

Dr. Bryan Gamble reads to patient
Tatiayena Huff, 2, as part of the Reach Out
and Read program.

doctor selects a book from a shelf pre-organized to fit each of the 10 normal
wellness-checkup ages and gives the book to the child to take home. The goal is
to encourage parents to read aloud to their children.
The book can also be used as a steppingstone during the visit not only for doctors
to discuss the importance of reading to children but also to assess a child's basic
developmental skills, said Donald Fillipps, M.D., the medical director for Reach
Out and Read at UF.
At the CMS center, more than 3,000 books are given out to children each year.
From board books with one word per page to a Spanish-language "Where the Wild
Things Are," the bookshelf in the center is always stocked and ready for reading.
Reach Out and Reach targets children from lower-income families because
research shows that children in poverty are less likely to be read to or to have books
at home, said Linda Carlson, R.N., coordinator of the center's program. About
three-quarters of pediatric patients at the CMS center qualify for Medicaid.
The money used to purchase the books comes entirely from donations, such as a
recent mini-grant awarded by The Friends of the Library. Though it's not part of the
national program requirements, this center uses donations to provide gently used
books in the waiting and exam rooms for siblings of patients to read or take home.
With enough donations, words are never in short supply at the pediatrics center.
"Our goal is to expose children to books so when they go to kindergarten, they
love books," Carlson said. "And if we've done that, we've done a big thing." 0

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and fo8

Dentistry professors save
lives through hospital work

By Laura Mize

Pediatric dentist Dr. Marcio Guelmann works on a patient at Shands at UF.

When you think about doctors saving lives, dental surgeons
might not be the first who come to mind.

But College of Dentistry faculty members reconstruction for patients who have had parts (
working at Shands at UF play a vital role in the their jaw removed for various tumors and so for
care of patients with serious sometimes even So the oral surgery service itself is very active ir
life-threatening conditions. the hospital."
These dentists do everything from treating For some patients, hospital dentistry is a
emergency room patients with traumatic mouth proactive service, one that concentrates on
injuries to fighting oral infections. In addition to eliminating problems before they begin. Preppi
working at Shands at UF, some also treat patients at patients before they receive a transplant or under
the recently renovated Shands Children's Surgical other major surgery is an important part of thes
Center at Ayers Medical Plaza. The job requires the dentists' jobs.
dentists to rotate on-call duties and sometimes "They're going to go through really complica
respond to situations in the middle of the night. difficult, complex surgeries," Dolwick said. "Yo
M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., a professor certainly don't want them, at some point after a
and chair of the department of oral and heart transplant or a heart-valve replacement, b
maxillofacial surgery and diagnostic sciences and compromised with infection because they had a
head of hospital dentistry at Shands, said bad tooth that wasn't taken care of."

maintaining good oral health is key to preventing
small problems from becoming big ones.
"Just this week we had a patient that could
possibly die from a dental infection," said Dolwick
in mid-May, "and those are the kind of things that
people don't appreciate (about hospital dentistry)."
Dolwick said the woman, who also has diabetes,
neglected her oral health. But hospital dentists are
able to save many patients with dental infections.
"We treat infections of the jaw, which sometimes
can be life-threatening," Dolwick said. "We do
some cancer surgery ... We take out teeth. We do a
lot of dental implants. We do a lot of jaw





Along with oral surgery, pediatric dentistry is
one of the busiest disciplines in hospital dentistry
at Shands. Within the college's department of
pediatric dentistry, eight of the nine faculty
members work in hospital dentistry.
Several factors determine whether a child will
receive care in a regular dental clinic or at a
hospital, said Marcio Guelmann, D.D.S., an
associate professor and chair of pediatric dentistry.
These factors include the "amount of treatment
(necessary), the behavior of the child, how complex
the medical history is, the number of visits and the
travel distance," he explained.

"And then we will decide if this is suitable to be
done in the clinic under sedation, or (if) the best
environment will be in the operating room."
Pediatric dentists also treat adult patients with
mental or physical disabilities.
When necessary, pediatric dentists work with
other specialists to coordinate treatment of young
patients to avoid putting them under general
anesthesia multiple times.
"If a child has a need to go to a procedure in
ENT, for example, at the same time this child has
severe decay, we try to coordinate to do the
procedure together," Guelmann said. "There is a
lot of very good collaboration between the sub-
specialties in pediatric medicine and our
College of Dentistry faculty members are part of
a craniofacial team that treats cleft lip and palate
patients, too. Plastic surgeons repair the children's
lips and palates, but dentists do pretty much
everything else.
"Orthodontists of course do the orthodontic
treatment, the pedodontists do the children's
dentistry for those kids and then oral surgery does
the alveolar bone grafts and the corrective jaw
surgery that's necessary," Dolwick explained.
Dolwick said the way oral surgery meshes so
many different things together is what drew him to
the profession in the first place.
"For me, it gets into the whole challenge of
working in the discipline that really integrates
medicine and dentistry and the basic sciences and
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Soap-sniffing technology encourages hand

washing to reduce infections, save money

it's worth it.

By Czerne M. Reid
C all it a Breathalyzer for the hands. Ii
Using sensors capable of detecting drugs in breath,
new technology developed at UF monitors health-care
workers' hand hygiene by detecting sanitizer or soap fumes given
off from their hands.
By reminding workers to clean their hands, the system could I
help reduce hospital-acquired infections and save millions of .
dollars now spent to treat them.
The trademarked system, called HyGreen, logs, down to the
second, the frequency of hand cleaning and contact with patients
in a database that clinical supervisors can review immediately.
This is the first system that enables real-time monitoring of
hand washing. RICHARD J. MELKER, M.D.
"This isn't big brother, this is just another tool," said Richard
J. Melker, M.D., Ph.D., a UF College of Medicine anesthesiology professor who developed the
technology along with professors Donn Dennis, M.D., and Nikolaus Gravenstein, M.D., of the
anesthesiology department, and Christopher Batich, Ph.D., a materials science professor in the
College of Engineering. "A hospital worker never wants to be responsible for someone getting
sick or dying from an infection acquired in the hospital."
HyGreen is now being tested in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Shands at UF, and was
presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and
Epidemiology in June.
Here's how it works: The health-care worker squirts sanitizer gel or soap into his or her hand
before passing it under a wall-mounted sensor. A wireless signal from a badge worn by the worker
activates a green light on the hand-washing sensor. When the worker enters a patient room, a
monitor near the bed detects the status of the badge and flashes green if the person has clean
hands. If the person has not washed, or too much time has passed between washing, the badge
will give a gentle "reminder" vibration.
Close to 2 million hospital-acquired infections occur each year and more than 250 related
deaths occur each day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Studies have shown that up to half of all hospital-acquired infections might be
prevented if health-care workers washed their hands according to CDC guidelines.
"Something has to be done about hand washing," said Lennox Archibald, M.D., a UF professor
of infectious diseases and the Shands at UF epidemiologist leading the evaluation of Hygreen.
"Otherwise the bugs are going to win." 0


The right to know

New campaign encourages women with
disabilities to get breast cancer screenings

By Jill Pease
or June, a cancer survivor, the breast cancer screening process
was an "ordeal." June was born with cerebral palsy, which
makes remaining still for mammograms difficult. In the
beginning it was hard to communicate her needs to health-care
"So I finally found a provider who would listen to me," June said.
"Once I found him I stayed with him for many years."
June is one of four breast cancer survivors with physical
disabilities who share their stories in the new public health
campaign, The Right to Know. A team from the Florida Office on
Disability and Health at UF will lead the campaign in Florida.
Designed to fill the need for breast health education materials
targeting women with disabilities, The Right to Know was developed
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be
launched initially in four states.
"The ultimate goal of the campaign is to encourage women with
physical disabilities to get regular breast cancer screening in order to
increase early cancer detection and potentially save lives," said Eva
Egensteiner, M.A., C.P.H., the campaign project manager in the UF
College of Public Health and Health Professions.
Women with physical disabilities are significantly less likely to
receive breast cancer screening than women without disabilities,
according to a study in the Journal of Cancer Causes and Control.
The Right to Know campaign materials, available in English and
Spanish, include posters, fliers, print advertisements, audio files and
a tip sheet with information on how women with physical disabilities
can prepare for a mammogram. The UF team has also developed
specific information to help Florida women with disabilities navigate
through obstacles and get screenings.
The Right to Know campaign will run in Florida through 2012.
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Family's behavior key in treating
disease in children

By April Frawley Birdwell
or most parents, soothing a child's anxiety is just part of the job. But for a
parent whose child has obsessive-compulsive disorder, soothing anxiety and
helping with behaviors linked to the disease could lead to more severe
symptoms, UF researchers say.
Often, parents of children with OCD will help their children complete rituals
related to their obsessions and compulsions, such as excessive bathing or checking

things like door locks, according to findings
recently published in the Journal of Consulting and
Clinical Psychology. These accommodations can be
anything that makes the symptoms of OCD less
impairing, from reassuring a child that his hands
are clean and his baby brother is OK to even doing
his homework for him or buying objects that make
the child feel safe.
"Parents do that because that is what a parent
whose child doesn't have OCD would do," said
Lisa Merlo, Ph.D., a UF assistant professor of
psychiatry and the lead author of the study. "If
your child is upset, you try to comfort them. But LISA MERLO, PH.D.
what we know is, for patients with OCD, if they
get an accommodation, that reinforces the OCD to them."
About one in 200 children and teenagers in the United States have OCD,
according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
The study included 49 children between 6 and 18 with OCD and their families who
came to UF for a type of treatment called cognitive-behavioral therapy. This form of
therapy involves exposing children to their fears and teaching them better ways to
respond and cope. Therapists teach parents how to deal with their child's OCD, too.
Prior to the start of the 14-session therapy, the researchers gauged how severe
each child's condition was and compared it to how many accommodating behaviors
parents reported. They found that the more severe the child's OCD, the more the
child's family seemed to indulge OCD behaviors.
"You would think if parents are helping, the kids would be less impaired," Merlo
said. "But what we are seeing is that it snowballs and makes it worse and worse."
After the treatment, researchers noticed a significant decrease in how often
families were assisting children with OCD behaviors and rituals. Children whose
families had the biggest decrease in these accommodations also had the biggest
improvement in their OCD symptoms, Merlo said. O

The brain connection

Nervous system may be culprit in deadly childhood disease

ByJohn Pastor

rain may win out over brawn as the primary
cause of breathing problems in children
with a severe form of muscular dystrophy
known as Pompe disease.
Researchers at the Powell Gene Therapy Center
at UF have discovered that signals from the brain
to the diaphragm the muscle that controls
breathing are too weak to initiate healthy
respiration in mouse models of the disease.
The discovery for the first time shifts
responsibility to the nervous system for the severe
breathing problems experienced by infants with I
Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder that causes BARRY BYRNE, M.D., PH.D.
extreme muscle weakness. Children born with the
disorder usually die before age 2.
"For years what we have thought is principally a muscle disease may actually
be caused by problems with signaling between the spinal cord and the muscle,"
said Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., a UF pediatric cardiologist, a member of the UF
Genetics Institute and director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center. "As we've
treated children with this disease, we found many of them have become

ventilator-dependent, so we went back to the laboratory and found that a
significant part of the respiratory deficit is in the spinal cord and not in the
diaphragm alone."
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the findings
also have a bearing on motor neuron diseases, a group of incurable brain
disorders that destroy cells that influence essential muscle activity such as
speaking, walking, breathing and swallowing. Notable among these is ALS,
technically known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or, more commonly, Lou
Gehrig's disease.
Although many laboratory discoveries never advance to the point where they
can be confirmed in patients, scientists will be able to evaluate whether there is
indeed a neural aspect to Pompe disease in a clinical safety study of a gene therapy
in six infants with the disorder.
The clinical trial, which will begin this summer at UF, had previously advanced
on its merits as a therapy for breathing problems in a group of patients who have
very few treatment alternatives.
Children with Pompe disease cannot produce the enzyme acid alpha-
glucosidase. Without the enzyme, sugars and starches that are stored in the body
as glycogen accumulate and destroy muscle cells, particularly those of the heart
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Live kidney donors
often a better option for
many older patients

By Czerne M. Reid

almost half of kidney
transplant candidates
older than 60 who are
put on the waiting list for a
deceased-donor organ will die
before getting a transplant, according to new findings from UF,
the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.
Wait times to receive a deceased donor kidney transplant have increased over the years, but this
study is the first to define and quantify what this wait time means for older patients. Researchers
suggest that some candidates should consider live-donor options rather than wait for deceased-
donor organs to become available.
The findings give firm data that can guide patients in making decisions, and policymakers in
allocating donated organs.
"If someone knows that they have a 10 percent chance of dying before transplantation, they
might consider it differently than if they know they have an 80 or 90 percent chance," said Jesse
Schold, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine and first author of the paper, published in the
Clinical Journal of the American Society ofNephrology. "Understanding what these survival estimates
are may provide a more objective and useful basis for evaluating donor options for this population."
The researchers suggest that some patients need to ask their doctors about their chances of
surviving to receive a transplant, and, once they decide, to speed through the steps necessary to get
on the waiting list. It can take several months for patients to go from primary care provider referral
to a transplant center and through the medical tests and additional steps involved in getting their
name on the list.
"Older patients must be referred for transplantation sooner than they are now, and they need to
be guided through the process of pursuing live donor kidney transplantation," said Harvard
transplant psychologist Jim Rodrigue, Ph.D., director of behavioral health services and research in
the Transplant Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "The older population is least
likely to pursue a live donor transplant and is less likely to have healthy living donors available."
That's because the older people get, the older their siblings and peers become, with potentially
more medical problems than when they were younger. And older patients tend to say they do not
want to burden their adult children, other relatives or friends by asking them to be live donors.
About half of the more than 500,000 people in the United States who have end-stage renal
disease are older than 60. In medically eligible patients, kidney transplantation is associated with a
better survival chance than dialysis.
The UF team examined data from the national Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients for
almost 55,000 candidates older than 60 who were listed for a single-kidney deceased-donor
transplant from 1995 through 2007. They used statistical models to estimate the time to receive a
transplant and time to death after getting on the list.
Although overall about half of the over-60 group was projected to die before transplant, different
subgroups had even higher likelihood of dying before a transplant.
Long-standing racial disparities are borne out by the data, with black patients having a higher
probability than white patients of dying before a transplant: Sixty-two percent of black patients
older than 60 will likely die before getting a transplant.
"That is an important finding because African-Americans are substantially less likely than
whites to receive a live donor transplant, regardless of age," Rodrigue said. "For those who are over
60, this is simply more bad news." Q


on research

Node news

physicians treating breast cancer
first look to lymph nodes in a
patient's armpit to see whether
cancer is spreading elsewhere in the
body but new UF research shows
they may not be evaluating the nodes in
the most effective way. Rather than a
change in size or abnormality, it's the
loss of a key part of a normal node's
structure called the fatty hilum that STEPHEN ROBMYER,M.D.
more accurately signals the spread of disease, says UF surgeon
Stephen Grobmyer, M.D. The findings were reported in the
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. O

Research fit for a Yankee
U F scientists have discovered
why amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis, often referred to as
ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, progresses
more rapidly in some patients than
others. Of more than 100 possible
mutations of a single gene inherited by
people with familial ALS, the mutations
most inclined to produce problematic
cellular debris seem to be associated DAVID BORCHELT, PH.D.
with quicker progress of the disease, says
UF neuroscientist David Borchelt, Ph.D. Researchers hope the
findings, published in Human Molecular Genetics, will be an
entry point to a treatment for ALS. O

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Health travel Is boonlig. WhVle sone patients see% expertise in distant locales

(hicludbig programs at UF) others are opting to leave the states for cheaper care.

T hey arrived at the UF
Proton Therapy Center every morning
by 8. By 8:25, Alex Barnes, then 4, was
sedated, strapped onto a table while
doctors and technicians prepared to
blast his brain tumor with a precise
beam of radiation.
By 10, the little boy from England
was awake, happy and ready to go to
the beach or the zoo or wherever else
his mother and grandparents planned
for the day.
"He came away from that treatment
thinking he had a giant vacation," says
Alex's mother, Rosalie Barnes, who
brought her son from their home in
Leicester, England for 12 weeks last
September so he could undergo proton
therapy treatment in Jacksonville. "It

was winter, the weather was beautiful. We sampled all the delights of
Jacksonville, and my son thinks of it as a great experience."
Alex suffers from a rare type of cancer called anaplastic ependymoma.
Diagnosed in 2007, he underwent surgery to remove the tumor and had 14
months of chemotherapy before coming to the United States for proton
therapy. The tumor came back after his chemo ended, and because of his
age and the sensitive location of his cancer, normal radiation wasn't an
option for him. So his parents did what they felt they had to do, they
raised $150,000 in three days and brought their boy to the United
States for proton therapy, a treatment not available in their country.
Although UF and the Shands HealthCare system don't explicitly
market to international patients, or even to Americans living in distant
states, certain highly specialized programs in Gainesville and Jacksonville
have become hot spots for patients from across the country and globe. As
one of only six proton therapy centers in the country, UF's Proton
Therapy Institute is among them. (For more on a few of these programs, see
page 18)
For most of the patients who travel to Florida for care, the sunshine and
palm trees are just a pleasant bonus. The real draw is the expertise.

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But there is another breed of health traveler out there, the kind
most people think of when they hear the phrases "medical
tourism" or "dental vacation."
Nearly 750,000 Americans traveled to other countries for
health care in 2007, according to a Deloitte Health Solutions
survey. The company's estimates show that as many as 6 million
people may be following suit by 2010. Why? It's simple.
Undergoing dental surgery or obtaining a facelift in Costa Rica
or Mexico is cheaper than in the United States, and patients get a
vacation to boot.
Imagine reclining on a lounge chair on a tropical isle, margarita
in hand, ocean at your feet, while the sun glistens off your bargain
basement dental implants. For some patients, the trip might go
just like this. But for others, it doesn't, and a botched procedure in
a foreign country can lead to a plethora of problems down the road.
Patients who face complications after returning home may
have to spend thousands more to fix the problem and could
struggle to find a U.S. surgeon willing to help because of
liability concerns, says Kfir Ben-David, M.D., a UF assistant
professor and director of the bariatric surgery program in the
College of Medicine. Even when a surgeon does agree to take
the case, finding out what devices or procedures were used
poses a challenge.
Samuel Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed., an associate dean and
professor of periodontology, remembers a patient who came to
him after having dental implants one of the most expensive
dental procedures placed in his mouth at a clinic in Mexico.
The bone around the tooth implants had been destroyed. When
Low tried to call to find out what materials had been used, the
clinic's phone was disconnected.
"He literally almost doubled the cost, plus the trauma, as if we
had placed them in the first place. It doesn't mean there are not
great dentists (and physicians) outside of these borders. But when
a dentist within these borders does that, we can take action."
Because of their concerns for patients headed oversees for care,
the American Dental Association released guidelines to help
patients make decisions about international care before hopping
a plane, said Low, one of the ADA's 17 trustees.
For Ben-David, the main concern about people seeking cheap
surgery overseas is the lack of follow-up care in the months
afterward, which he says puts patients at risk for complications.
"I think the patients should really think about whether they
are saving money. One of the things they have to look at is these
are long-term effects," he said. "Is it really worth it to save money
and not have someone to take care of you afterward?"
Patients can find great doctors overseas, but there are still
risks. A language barrier could cause communications problems,
and patients will have no legal recourse if the procedure goes
awry. Ultimately, the decision on where to receive care is a
patient's choice.
"I think the better informed the patients are about the
procedures and the surgeon who is going to do it, the better off
they are going to be," says Brent Seagle, M.D., chief of plastic
surgery in the UF College of Medicine.

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Stateside, some cities are trying to recruit a little medical tourism of their
own. With Shands Jacksonville, the Mayo Clinic, the UF Proton Therapy
Institute and a host of other children's and specialty hospitals scattered across
town, Jacksonville is one of the cities trying to make a name as a medical hub.
"We feel we have world-class facilities located right here, and we have a great
place for people to heal," says Lyndsay Rossman, communications director for
VisitJacksonville, the city's de facto tourism bureau. "We have over 30
significant medical facilities in just Jacksonville alone."
Jacksonville's rebranding campaign began last year with an initiative to -_
bring in more medical meetings and conventions to the city. It's worked so far:
The number of hotel rooms booked for these types of meetings has increased
300 percent over five years ago, says Rossman.
The next step for the city will be a marketing campaign touting the advantages

Several HSC programs draw patients anid research
participants from across the globe. Tbhs inoth, we

highlight 5ust a few of these irunque groups.

The eye experts

Dennis Brooks, D.V.M., Ph.D., has operated on a Bengal tiger with cataracts,
performed eyelid surgery on a potbelly pig named Bacon and flown to Peru to
operate on a dog belonging to the Peruvian ambassador to the United States on
live TV.
And those are just a couple of the cases Brooks and his team of veterinary
ophthalmologists at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine have worked on over
the years.
"Any animal with eyes we will work on," says Brooks, a professor of
ophthalmology in the college. "We have probably done more corneal transplants
successfully in horses than anyone in the world."
With expertise in all things eye and a particular specialty in restoring vision to
horses, Brooks and his team draw patients from distant states such as Vermont,
Texas and Colorado and even countries like Argentina. That's no easy feat
considering some clients spend 18 hours on the road hauling a horse just to get here.
"Economists should watch veterinarians," he says. "People are counting their
pennies, but they are still bringing their animals in for eye problems."
And with promising treatments on the horizon, the number of patients may very
well increase. Brooks' team is currently pioneering the use of post-birth placental
tissue from horses to repair corneal injuries in animals. -April Frawley Birdwell

Doctors helping doctors

The Florida Recovery Center in Gainesville has become
one of the top treatment centers in the South for health
professionals coping with addiction because of its
innovative programs and the expertise of its doctors.
"Our clinicians are the reason that the FRC is so
well-known for alcohol, drug and addiction evaluation and
treatment," said Mark Gold, M.D., chair of the UF
department of psychiatry. "Their determined work and
integration of research discoveries has led to FRC program
changes that improve treatment and recovery rates."
Led by medical director Scott Teitelbaum, M.D., the
FRC treats addicted physicians referred from around the
country. It has one of the largest academic faculties in the
United States, including medical doctors, Ph.D.s,
counselors and support staff focused on the recovery of the
patient and family. Interestingly, the FRC has a large
number of recovering faculty and staff members whose
personal past experiences help patients understand why it
is necessary to put drug use permanently behind them.
- John Pastor

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of its medical facilities and sunny locale to patients, Rossman says.
The number of patients visiting Jacksonville each year has already increased
with the establishment of the UF Proton Therapy Institute in 2006. The center
sees 100 to 120 patients a day, and on average, about 80 are from out the area, says
Gerry Troy, M.S.W., director of patient services for the institute.
Getting patients involved in the community, visiting restaurants and playing
golf is good for the city, but more importantly, it's good for the patients, Troy
says. For patients dealing with cancer, sitting in a hotel room alone isn't conducive
to healing. But having fun is, which is why the center works hard to get patients
to take part in events at the center and across town.
"All they have to do is walk out that door and say, 'I am a proton patient,' and
someone is going to buy them a beer," Troy says. "That is the essence to me of
Jacksonville as a medical hub. It's not just medical facilities. This is a place of
healing. Jacksonville has become a national place of healing. It has more to offer
than just about any city in the country."

It's been nine months since Alex Barnes started his proton therapy in
Jacksonville, but he and his family recently came back for a checkup at the center.
His doctors can't give Alex a concrete prognosis yet, his mother says, but so far,
the tumor hasn't returned.
But the family has hope, she says, more hope than they may have had if they
stayed in England instead of seeking proton therapy.
"I am not sure I would have my son now (without it), and I would have felt
guilty the rest of my life," she said. "For my child's life I would have
given everything I have."

The lNttlest survivors

When Lisa Pannett was 16 weeks pregnant with her
second child, doctors told her the baby had a zero
percent chance of making it.
Her baby was diagnosed with congenital
diaphragmatic hernia, a rare defect usually
spotted on an ultrasound. A hole forms in the i
diaphragm that allows abdominal organs to grow
into the chest cavity, hindering lung development.
Unwilling to accept the prognosis, Pannett
searched online and found David Kays, M.D., chief
of pediatric surgery in the UF College of Medicine.
Kays and his team use a gentler approach to treat the
problem, often delaying corrective surgery until after a
baby's lungs gain strength. Because of this, they have a 92 percent
survival rate treating CDH babies born at Shands at UF, compared
with 50 percent elsewhere.
Pannett traveled from her home in St. Louis to have her baby
here so she could be treated after birth. Now 6, Bella, is thriving.
"I really feel like (coming to UF) was God-sent," Pannett says
But CDH is just one of the rare conditions UF pediatricians spcu I a!! in
treating. Patients with childhood orphan diseases such as Pompe J !. aj.
glycogen storage disease and Prader-Willi syndrome come from all ..\ i I.. h,
treated here. For example, UF's Glycogen Storage Disease program i1 he
largest of its sort in the world, seeing patients from 45 states and 2, < .. u nri !,
Many of these tiny survivors are also involved in research stud i! i h j
could one day help cure their conditions. -April Frawley Birdwell

Families travel from across the country to participate in UF research
studies about Duchenne muscular dystrophy. UF researchers use
pushpins to mark where these families live on a map of the United
States. (Opposite page) The UF Proton Therapy Institute sees between
100 and 120 patients each day, with some patients traveling from as far
away as Saudi Arabia and England to be treated there.

Families conmmnted to a cure

Researchers in the College of Public Health and Health Professions are
studying the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy with the help
of a special group of young boys and their families. More than 40 boys,
ages 5 to 14, who participate in two UF studies travel to Gainesville from
as far west as California and as far north as Maine, and from two
foreign countries Spain and Canada.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy only affects boys and by age 12
many need a wheelchair. Patients often die in their late teens or 20s
of cardiorespiratory failure. In the United States, about 400 to 600
boys are born with Duchenne every year, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
The UF research team, led by Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D., principal
investigator and chair of the department of physical therapy, uses magnetic
resonance imaging to produce precise, noninvasive assessments of muscle
tissue quality. The images allow researchers to determine the natural
pi ... i i. n I I he disease, the muscles that should be targeted for therapy
inJ i hL .lliaj\ of drug interventions.
I h I j m li i come to UF four to six times over a two-year period. No small
Ic-i n r..nLJ! !i i he accommodations families need to make for work and
SL h. I .L h Ju Lk, the special needs of the boys, who often use wheelchairs.
"' h I h lim ili that participate in the research are tremendously
..rrI rm lJ." \ nrdenborne said. "They understand that in order to find a
u r i,. h j i .. work together as a team the parents, children and
researchers." --Jill Pease


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after the experiments ended and infinite hours of work were logged in the lab, it
was time to present ... the giant posters. This spring, the colleges of Medicine,
Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health and Health Professions as
well as the College of Medicine-Jacksonville honored the work of their scientists and
scientists-in-training during annual Research Day celebrations. And the winners are ...

College of Dentistry
First place: Gabriel Nossa
Second place: Ashley Harris
Third place: Lindsey L. Carballo

First place: Jennifer N. Rainho
Second place: Caroline Jermanus
Third place: Nathan C. Dewsnup

First place: Kaleb M. Pauley, with faculty
mentor Seunghee Cha, Ph.D.
Second place: Paul R. Dominguez-Gutierrez,
with faculty mentor Edward Chan, Ph.D.
Third place: Andrea E. Knowlton, with faculty
mentor Scott S. Grieshaber, Ph.D.

College of Medicine
Mohan K. Raizada, Ph.D.

Paul R. Carney, M.D.; Herwig-Ulf Meier-
Kriesche, M.D.

James L. Talbert, M.D.

Gold medal finalist: Sunitha Rangaraju
Silver medal finalists: Andres Acosta,
Songqing Li
Bronze medal finalists: Brittney Gurda,
Sushrusha Nayak, Jihae Shin

College of Public Health and
Health Professions
Christine De La Hoz, Magdalena Love,
Kelli Mason, Nicole Richelieu, Sarah Rivard

Manuela Corti, Emily Fox, Lindsey Kirsch-
Darrow, Megan Lipe, Sandra Mitchell,
Michael Morris, Lisa Nackers, Bhavana
Raja, Kathryn Ross, Milapjit Sandhu,
Hannah Siburt, Ravneet Vohra

Stacy Dodd, Stephanie Garey, Yvonne
Rogalski, Barbara Smith

College of Nursing
First prize: Jillian Krickovich, with faculty
mentors Sharleen Simpson, Ph.D.; and
Jennifer Elder, Ph.D.

Second prize: Sydney VandeVeer, Rachel
Fernandez, Cassie List, Natalie Mixson,
with faculty mentor Meredeth Rowe, Ph.D.

First prize: Toni Glover
Second prize: Margaret Burns, with faculty
mentor Saun-Joo "Sunny" Yoon, Ph.D.

College of Medicine-Jacksonville
First place: M. Sankarathi Balaiya, Ph.D.
Second place: Dian Feng, M.D.
Third place: Senan Sultan, M.D.
Fourth place: Ravi Keshavamurthy, M.D.
Fifth place: Adbul-Razzak Alamir, M.D.
Sixth place: Pratik Desai, M.D.

First place: Haidee Custodio, M.D.
Second place: Tausef Qureshi, M.D.
Third place: Bestoun Ahmed, M.D.
Fourth place: M. Kamran Aslam, M.D.
Fifth place: Darrell Graham, M.D.
Sixth place: Saeed Bajestani, M.D.

Scott L. Silliman, M.D.

College of Pharmacy
Senior division winner: Vinayak Shenoy
Junior division winner: William M. Dismuke
Levitt division winner: Christian Hampp

Graduate student winners: Chinki Bhatia,
Yan Ren, Jane Ritho
Pharmacy student winner: Stacy Chao
Postdoctoral fellow division winner: Dr. Christian


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Award of a lifetime
wo former deans of medical education were honored with the Society of
Teaching Scholars Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's College of
Medicine Medical Education Banquet held in April.
Robert Watson, M.D., who was senior associate dean for educational affairs for
nearly 20 years, and Lynn Romrell, Ph.D., former associate dean of medical
education and a professor of anatomy and cell biology, were honored for their
excellence in scientific research and discovery, medical education and clinical
career during their extended careers at UF.
"The University of Florida is where I went to college, medical school, did my
residency and gave my professional life," Watson said. "It is my home, always
will be, and I will always love it. Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award was
one of the nicest honors I have ever received, and I will cherish it forever.'
Receiving the award together made the honor particularly special for the pair,
who became friends during their years working together on medical education.
Watson, who retired from UF after nearly 20 years as senior associate dean, is
currently executive associate dean for administrative affairs at the Florida State
University College of Medicine. Romrell left UF in early 2008 and is associate
dean for curriculum development and evaluation, also at FSU. Karen Dooley Q

The College of Medicine awarded three Lifetime Achievement Awards in
2009. Dr. Robert Watson and Lynn Romrell (shown at left) were honored at
the Medical Education Banquet and Dr. James Talbert (above) was
celebrated at the college's Celebration of Research.

Honoring UF's first

pediatric surgeon

James L. Talbert, M.D., an emeritus professor in the division of
pediatric surgery, was awarded the UF College of Medicine's
Lifetime Achievement Award April 29 as part of the college's 2009
"Celebration of Research."
Talbert became UF's first pediatric surgeon when he joined the
College of Medicine in 1967 as founding chief of the division of pediatric
surgery, a position he held for more than 30 years. During his tenure at
UF, Talbert developed innovative surgical techniques for the repair of
congenital airway lesions and improved systems of care for injured
children and pediatric cancer patients. He established a renowned
program, currently led by David Kays, M.D., which grew to become an
international leader in pediatric surgical care and research.
The introduction highlighting his myriad accomplishments required
more than five minutes.
"I'm surprised and overwhelmed to be on the same list as so many
great researchers mentioned here tonight," said Talbert, as he stepped on
stage after receiving a standing ovation. "The reason why I'm still here is
because of faculty, faculty and faculty. I love the faculty at the College of
Medicine, the Health Science Center and the university at large."
Although retired, Talbert continues to mentor and encourage faculty
and students.
Talbert completed his medical training at Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine in Nashville, and then both his general and pediatric
surgical residencies at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where
he served on faculty prior to coming to UF. -Jennifer Brindise and
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Cutting off


Gene therapy technique stymies
tumor blood supply

By Czerne M. Reid
U F researchers have
come up with a new
gene therapy method
to disrupt cancer growth by
using a synthetic protein to
induce blood clotting that
cuts off a tumor's blood and
nutrient supply.
In mice implanted with '
human colorectal cancer
cells, tumor volume
decreased 53 percent and
cancer cell growth slowed by
49 percent in those treated BRADLEY S. FLETCHER, M.D.
with a gene that encodes for
the artificial protein, compared with those that were
The research team, led by Bradley S. Fletcher, M.D.,
Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology and
therapeutics in the College of Medicine, created the so-called
fusion protein to target another protein called tumor
endothelial marker 8, or TEM8, which was recently found to
be preferentially expressed in the inner lining of tumor
vessels. Such differences in protein expression enable
delivery of drug molecules to the cells that harbor these
"The protein we created did a very good job of homing to
the tumor and binding," said Stephen Fernando, Ph.D., who
recently completed his doctoral studies. "By targeting TEM8,
we can potentially create a therapy against cancer."
The Fletcher group is the first to target cancer cells
through protein binding to TEM8. The findings, now
available online, are featured on the cover of the June 15
edition of Cancer Research.
"If you can cut off the blood supply, then you can inhibit
the tumor from growing there have been many attempts,"
said Brad St. Croix, Ph.D., director of the National Cancer
Institute's Tumor Angiogenesis Section, whose group first
identified the TEM genes that over-express in tumor
endothelial cells. "The concept of targeting tumor blood
vessels has been around for many years, but it's good that
we're finally getting around to the stage where we can see the
vessels being targeted therapeutically it's pretty exciting, I
think." Q

By April Frawley Birdwell
Researchers have identified a genetic glitch that could lead to development of
neuroblastoma, a deadly form of cancer that typically strikes children under 2.
Two UF scientists were part of the multicenter team of researchers that made
the discovery, which could pave the way for better
treatments that target the disease, according to findings
published in the journal Nature.
"What makes our study so important is that although
neuroblastoma accounts for 7 percent of childhood cancers,
it is responsible for 15 percent of deaths in children with
cancer," said Wendy London, Ph.D., a research associate
professor of epidemiology, biostatistics and health policy
research at the UF College of Medicine and the principal
investigator for the Children's Oncology Group Statistics
and Data Center at UF. "This paper adds yet another gene
in the pathway that could lead to tumorigenesis (tumor
formation) of neuroblastoma."
Neuroblastoma forms in developing nerve cells, with WENDY LONDON, PH.D.
tumors most often found on a child's adrenal gland. It's the
most common form of cancer in babies and the third most
common childhood cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
Led by John J. Maris, M.D., director of the Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia, researchers performed what's known as a genome-wide association study to
uncover errors in DNA that could be associated with neuroblastoma.
To do this, researchers analyzed the genetic makeup of 846 patients with
neuroblastoma, whose samples were derived from the Children's Oncology Group
Neuroblastoma Tumor Bank, and 803 healthy patients in a control group.
On the basis of their initial findings, the researchers performed a second validation
analysis, pinpointing that a glitch called a "copy number variation" in a single
chromosome is associated with neuroblastoma. Copy number variation has to do with the
gain, loss or duplication of snippets of DNA.
The researchers reported additional genetic links in Nature Genetics in May. The team
discovered that on the gene called BARDI, six single-nucleotide polymorphisms -
variations in tiny pieces of DNA were also associated with neuroblastoma.
"Only two years ago we had very little idea of what causes neuroblastoma," said Maris,
who led both studies. "Now we have unlocked a lot of the mystery of why neuroblastoma
arises in some children and not in others." Q

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UF makes gene therapy breakthrough for


By April Frawley Birdwell

dog born with a deadly
disease that prevents the
body from using stored
sugar has survived 20 months
and is still healthy after receiving
gene therapy at UF putting
scientists a step closer to finding
a cure for the disorder in children.
Called glycogen storage disease type 1A, the
genetic disease stops the body from being able to
correctly store and use sugar between meals. In
order to survive, children and adults with this
disease must receive precise doses of cornstarch
every few hours. The disease is even more dire in
dogs, which must be fed sugar every 30 minutes
to survive.
"Without treatment, these dogs all die," said
David Weinstein, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of the
UF Glycogen Storage Disease Program and
co-investigator on the study. "People usually survive
because they are fed so much as infants. But by 4 to
6 months of age, they will have developmental
delays and a big liver. If it is diagnosed at that point,
the kids can do fine. If it is not diagnosed, then the
kids get exposed to recurrent low sugars, and they
will end up with brain damage, seizures or they will
UF researcher Cathryn Mah, Ph.D., a member of
the Powell Gene Therapy Center and UF Genetics
Institute, presented the findings at an American
Society of Gene Therapy meeting in May.
About one in 100,000 children have this severe

glycogen storage disease

Dr. David Weinstein checks in on glycogen storage disease patient Kamryn Jackson
(center), 5, and big sister Rylee, 7, during Kamryn's recent checkup at UF. A team of
UF researchers recently made a gene therapy breakthrough in a dog born with
glycogen storage disease type 1A (right) that could pave the way for better treatments
for children with the disease.

form of glycogen storage disease. Children receive doses of cornstarch at scheduled
intervals throughout the day because it metabolizes more slowly than other
carbohydrates. Until this therapy was discovered about 30 years ago, most children
born with this disease did not survive past infancy.
Glycogen storage disease type 1A stems from a faulty enzyme that doesn't convert
stored sugar, or glycogen, to glucose, the type of sugar the body uses for energy. This
prevents the body from getting the energy it needs and causes glycogen to build up in
the liver.
The goal of gene therapy is to restore the enzyme so the body uses sugar properly,
said Mah, a UF assistant professor of pediatric cellular and molecular therapy and a
co-investigator on the study.
The dog, which comes from a line of dogs genetically prone to the disease, received
its first dose of gene therapy the day after it was born, Mah said. The dog improved at
first, often going as long as two to three hours without needing additional glucose to
supplement its diet. But several weeks later the progress stopped.
When the dog was 5 months old, the researchers administered another dose of gene
therapy, this time using a different type of AAV. Six weeks after the therapy, the dog
was completely weaned off glucose supplements.
"We have never had to use any glucose supplementation since we weaned her off,"
Mah said. "She just gets fed normal dog food. That is a huge improvement in quality
of life."
A few years ago, when Weinstein, Mah and other UF and National Institutes of
Health collaborators began discussing the project, the longest a dog with the disease
had lived was 28 days. The dog treated at UF is now 20 months old.
"The success is beyond what I would have imagined at this stage," Weinstein said.
"To have a dog off treatment for 14 months that is clinically doing great with
outstanding lab results is beyond what I even dreamt about."
Finding better treatments for the glycogen storage disease is crucial because the
disorder is still associated with multiple complications, and care remains a challenge.
As a result of the lack of expertise in this condition, children and adults also must
travel to special centers for care. With more than 300 patients from 18 countries, UF's
Glycogen Storage Disease Program is the largest in the world. Q

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By ill Pease
Hookah, the exotic-looking water-pipe smoking
in groups, continues to gain in popularity, pa
among young adults, despite growing conce
its health risks.

Two new studies led by Tracey Barnett,
Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College of
Public Health and Health Professions'
department of behavioral science and
community health, aim to determine the
prevalence of hookah use among UF students
and to evaluate students' usage patterns and
perceptions of the water pipe's harmfulness.
Barnett's work is supported by $114,000 in
grants from the UF Research Opportunity
Fund and the American Cancer Society.
Hookah pipes are composed of a head, where
lit charcoal and tobacco also known as
shisha sit, a body with water bowl, and a
hose. Air is drawn through the tobacco and
into the pipe body where it passes through the
water before being inhaled through the hose.
Ever since hookah was developed in India
hundreds of years ago, it has been associated
with the belief that it is a harmless alternative
to other forms of tobacco smoking.
"Users tend to think smoking hookah is safe
because water is a filter," Barnett said. "Some

report it not being as addictive
thus not as harmful. Many actt
that shisha has tobacco, while
more pure form of tobacco that
many chemicals, although their
reason to believe this."
In fact, during a typical 20- t
hookah session, users may smo
equivalent of 100 or more cigar
to the World Health Organizat
has also shown that hookah sm
deliver 11 times more carbon n
cigarette, in addition to high le
carcinogenic toxins and heavy
cigarettes. While the water in t
does absorb some nicotine, res
smokers are exposed to enough
In Gainesville, eight restaur
offer hookah smoking with swe
tobacco in flavors such as blue
chocolate and strawberry. The
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popularity of hookah
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commonly used substance after alcohol 44
Irticularly percent of respondents had smoked hookah.
_rn about In the first study, Barnett's team will
measure carbon monoxide levels of patrons
leaving hookah bars and survey them on their
knowledge of hookah's health risks. In the
as cigarettes, second study, the researchers will estimate the
tally don't think prevalence of hookah smoking by interviewing
otherss feel it's a 1,000 UF students across campus. During the
doesn't have as second phase, the researchers will conduct a
e's really no social network analysis of 100 hookah smokers
to identify the location, frequency, duration
o 80-minute and social context of their water pipe use.
ke the "Given the social nature of water pipe use,
ettes, according understanding the social influences is essential
ion. Research to developing intervention programs that
king can would target students' reasons for use and to
monoxide than a dispel the myth that it is less harmful than
vels of other cigarette smoking," Barnett said.
metals found in The multidisciplinary research team also
he hookah pipes includes Barbara Curbow, Ph.D., and Dennis
archers believe Thombs, Ph.D., of the College of Public
to cause Health and Health Professions; Scott Tomar,
D.M.D., Dr.P.H., from the College of
ants and lounges Dentistry; Christopher McCarty, Ph.D., of the
et-tasting Warrington College of Business
erry, mint Administration; and Steven Pokorny, Ph.D., of
UF Healthy the College of Health and Human
in spring 2008, Performance. O

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An affair to remember
he UF Health Science Center-Jacksonville celebrated the graduation of 119 medical,
dental and pharmacy residents and fellows at its annual resident graduation
ceremony June 17. As part of the ceremony, the college presented five prestigious
awards to residents, fellows and faculty members. And the honorees are:

Excellence in Student Education Award
Resident: Susanna Meredith, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology
Faculty: Miren Schinco, M.D., surgery

Edward Jelks Outstanding Resident Clinician Award
Resident: Andrew Darlington, D.O., medicine

Rosilie Saffos Outstanding Resident Teacher Award
Resident: Richard Westenbarger, M.D., emergency medicine

Ann Harwood-Nuss Award
Resident: April Brenes, M.D., pediatrics

Louis Russo Award for Outstanding
Professionalism in Medicine Award
Resident: Victor Hassid, M.D., surgery
Faculty: Linda Edwards, M.D., medicine

(Top) Dr. Eric R. Frykberg (left) congratulates Dr. Victor J. Hassid (right), the 2009
resident recipient of the Louis S. Russo Award for Outstanding Professionalism in
Medicine. (Bottom) Dr. Daryhl L. Johnson II (left) and Dr. Alan Brockhurst (right) pose
for pictures after the 2009 graduation ceremony in Jacksonville.

College selected for

By Betty Poole prestigious fellowship

Namita Sharma, M.D., and Shimona Rajkumar Bhatia, M.D., residents in
the pediatrics department at the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville,
each received one of only eight scholarships provided nationally to attend
the 2009 Resident Advocacy Day in February in Washington, D.C.
The daylong event included advocacy training, presentations and an in-depth
legislation session on health reform. Guest speaker J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., a
pediatrician and White House Fellow at the Department of Health and Human
Services, gave the residents practical advice for advocating for health reform and
communicating with legislators.
"I was so grateful to receive the advocacy day scholarship," Sharma said. "Not
only did it allow me to attend the conference and further my understanding of
community pediatrics, but it also allowed me to see how accessible our legislators
are and how easy it is to voice our opinion and to impact change".
After the training and presentation sessions, the resident attendees were given
the opportunity to meet at House and Senate congressional offices to put their
newfound skills to the test.
For more information about Resident Advocacy Day, go to the American
Academy of Pediatrics Web site at O


he UF College of Medicine-
Jacksonville has been selected to
receive grant funding from the
Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Research
Foundation for a two-year research
The fellowship began June 30, said
Shahla Masood, M.D., a professor and
chair of the department of pathology and
laboratory medicine in Jacksonville.
The Florida Breast Cancer Coalition
Research Foundation is dedicated to
ending breast cancer through advocacy,
education and research. Betty Poole 0

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Dedicated &UF

The HSC recently recognized the service of the longtime employees who make
possible the day-to-day activities of its six colleges, institutes and centers. The
honorees included staff members who have worked at UF for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and
35 years. For a complete list, visit and click on "Employee Recognition."
HSC-Jacksonville honorees will be listed in the next issue of The POST

College of Dentistry
10 Years: Ayleen Alexander Cecilia
Donofrio Christina Haskins Lynn King *
Monte Meyer Angela Stallworth 15 Years:
Censeri Abare Allyson Barrett Pamela
Williams 20 Years: Quincy Allen Janice
Braddy Valarie Brown Leslie McManus-
Ferrelli Allene Taylor Mary Taylor Sandra
Watkins 25 Years: Stephanie Baldwin *
Katherine Galloway Frances Rollins
30 Years: Melanie Chelette

College of Medicine
10 Years: Angela Avery Dawn Beachy *
Jill Bischoff Kevin Bishop Susan Boyle *
Shelly Burleson Vicky Campbell Weijun
Chen Chris Chronister Larry Compton *
Vickie Dennis Cara Duffaut Summer Duke
Robyn Edwards Jerome Elam Christine
Engstrom Elise Feagle Felicia Fitzgerald *
Patricia Flewelling Alan Hagan Christine

Halvorsen Lisa Hamilton Nancy Hanson
* Laura Hudson Linda Hunt Kimberly Hysell
* Nencie Katz Connie Kirkpatrick. Nancy
Lambka William Lentzsch Barbara Lindsey
* Dorothy McCallister Angela McGraw *
Patricia Meehan Sherri Mizrahy Tiffany
Noble Linda Novinger Melissa Ogle *
Kelley Paulling Sheila Pendergast Douglas
Perkinson Tina Philipsberg Renae Preston
* Edgar Rodriguez Judith Sallustio Pamela
Schreck Victoria Shearin* Albert Shroads *
Harold Snellen Irmadelle Sotomayor Myrna
Stenberg Steve Stripling Julia Tamarit
* Tammy Toskes Aaron Weldon Patricia
Zeile Kimberly Zinkel
15 Years: Todd Barnash Kathryn Bauman *
Susan Bryan Candace Caputo Sheryl Cox
* Elaine Cronheim Richard Davis *
E. Rosellen Dedlow Denise Eggleton Tina
Hall Candy Hill Janet Huffstetler Monica
Jette Dana Leach Sharon Lepler Steve
Pomeroy Nina Tarnuzzer Isabel Valentin-
Oquendo Judy Walch Arthur Wallen

20 Years: Frances Anderson Elizabeth
Bedell Karen Carawan Linda Carlson
* Janice Clark Lisa Clary Joyce Conners
* Richelle Davis Connie Dillashaw Sandra
Donohue Donald Dugger Patricia Glenton
* David Habell Linda Horne Henry Kolb
* Verne Landsiedel Carol McAllister Allyson
McFauls Ilona Fenyo Morales Diane
Palmeter Deborah Pendry Cynthia Puckett
* Linda Robbins Frances Skipper Mary
Weldon Angela Bent Williams 25 Years:
Mary Allen Sandra Bivins Michael Browning
* Nancy Chancey Debra Hope Nancy
Hughes Tina King Thelma Lewis Barbara
Lindsey B.J. Morasco Lark Noll Deborah
Otero Michael Paiva Terry Rickey Thomas
Roane Angeline Sellung Myrtle Williams
30 Years: J.E. Beem Edith Bruno Sylvia
Clemons Frances Dunn Jerry Janiec Anne
Michael Isabelle Orta Pamela Patton *
Prissilla Rogers Sheila Thigpin Kitty Wiley
* Brenda Wise 35 Years: Cheryle Downing *
Leslie Harlin Roberta Hendrix Rosa Mills


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College of Nursing
10 Years: Carol Delany Cecile Kiley
25 Years: Sammie Brooks 30 Years: Gloria
Anderson Vivian Brown

College of Pharmacy
10 Years: Jerald Blanchard Gregory Zuest
15 Years: Katie Ratliff-Thompson Yufei Tang
20 Years: Janet Wiegand

College of Public Health
and Health Professions
10 Years: Todd Fraser John Gowan Kelli
Granade Heather Steingraber 15 Years:
Melissa Jones 20 Years: Philip Chase
25 Years: Peggy Bessinger 30 Years: Janet
Haire Susan White

College of Veterinary
10 Years: Wendy Davies Carolyn Diaz *
Stephanie Stein 15 Years: Pamela Cromer
Bobbie Davis Thomas Dehaan Joy Lee
Jessica Markham Antoinette Mclntosh *
Marc Salute Debra Spence-Thomas Lynn
Varner 20 Years: Terry Dufran Devony
Harnist Sharon Kitchen Linda Lee-Ambrose
Anna Lundgren Raymond Moore Samuel
Smith Sylvia Tucker Elliot Williams
25 Years: Patricia Lewis Charles Yowell
30 Years: Doe Davis Debbie Johnson
Drema Palmer George Papadi Sharon
Sams Marie-Joel Thatcher

HSC Affiliated Units
(Animal Care Services, Biotechnology, Emerging
Pathogens Institute, Institutional Review Board and
the Whitney Marine Lab)
10 Years: Shadi Bootorabi Sharon
Norton Jacques Thimote 15 Years: Alfred
Chung* Diane Duke Anita Hancock
20 Years: Vickie Criswell Cheryl Dykeman
James Netherton Tawnya Rodriguez
Cynthia Sanders 25 Years: Scherwin Henry
Lisa Lindsey 30 Years: Carolyn Baum
Sherry Scruggs

Physical Plant Division
10 Years: Angelia Carter Charles Henry
Steve Jackson Walter Mickle Classie Ross
Annette Thomas Raymond Thompson *
Greta Walker Roosevelt Waters 15 Years:
Annie Henry Lashonda Roberts Steven
De Robertis Frederick Smyth 20 Years:
Herbert Hooker Effie Jackson Alton

McKinney Robert Mitchell Violet Murphy
Bobby Wright 25 Years: James Brillhart
Harley Ingle 30 Years: Elwood Anderson
Ron Reading Larry Thomas Joyce
Volcy 35 Years: Joshua Johnson Maggie
Montgomery Freddie Neal Vivian Smith

Student Health Care Center
10 Years: Karen Cosner Anthony Greene
Ann Jaronski Labrisha Johnson Michael
Wuerz 15 Years: Karen Bell Wayne
Benham Betty Blenco Gudrun Dennis
Paula Dragutsky Marcia Morris Diane
Pecora Roberta Seldman Zenon Switlik
20 Years: Roya Barger Mary Flowers
Tammy Reno 25 Years: Zulma Chardon
Carolyn Coleman Mary Jones Barbara
Welsch 30 Years: Elizabeth Brooks Joan
Cintron Elizabeth Vinson

Senior Vice President,
Health Affairs
(Includes HSC Library and the McKnight Brain Institute)
10 Years: Barbara Beck Kelly Bishop Lynne
Cuda Denae Flentje Thomas Livoti James
Rocca Nadine Smith Kelly Stone 15 Years:
Kristin Belyew Vickie Converse Harris Plant
Melanie Ross Tonya Webb Karen Yanke
20 Years: Gregory Clayton Susan Cochran
Kathleen Spinks 25 Years: Laverne Burch
Elizabeth Powers Gwendolyn Young
30 Years: Linnea Danielsen 0


30 Years:
(Opposite page, listed
alphabetically) Elwood
Anderson, Jean Anderson,
Elaine Beem, Vivian Brown,
Edith Bruno, Melanie
Chelette, Ann Clemmons,
Linnea Danielson, Doe Dee
Davis, Fran Dunn, Janet
Haire, Jerry Janiec, Debbie
Johnson, Drema Palmer,
George Papadi, Pamela
Patton, Lynn Rogers, Sharon
Sams, Sherry Scruggs, Marie
Joel Thatcher, Sheila
Thigpen, Larry Thomas,
Susan White, Kitty Wiley and
Brenda Wise

35 Years:
(From left) Vivian Smith,
Freddie Neal, Maggie
Montgomery, Joshua
Johnson, Roberta Hendrix
and Rosa Mills.

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By Laura Mize
wo years ago, Matthew Winter,
D.V.M., joined the College
of Veterinary Medicine's
department of small animal clinical
sciences as an assistant professor. A
short time later he was met with an
unexpected challenge: the resignation
of the only other radiology faculty
member in the department.

"As I arrived, the rest of the radiologists had left," Winter said.
"So I came here with very little in the way of radiology faculty
and did a lot to try to maintain the teaching mission of our
service, as well as the clinically oriented mission of our service."
In just his second job as a professor, Winter was faced with
the enormous task of providing the necessary radiology
courses for the college's students and working as service chief
of radiology.
In May, Winter received the university's Superior
Accomplishment Award for academic personnel in recognition
of his success over the past two years.
Colin Burrows, B.Vet.Med., Ph.D., a professor and chair of
the department of small animal clinical sciences, nominated
him for the award.
In his nomination letter, Burrows wrote that Winter also
helped draw another radiologist to the faculty, developed a
business plan to increase the number of patients using UF's
veterinary radiology service and received the college's Teacher
of the Year award for his work in a typically unpopular course.
"Radiology now has four faculty members, a nascent


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residency program and is now one of the strengths of the
hospital and college," Burrows wrote. "I give much of the
credit for this to Dr. Winter."
But Winter emphasized there are many others at the college
who deserve some credit for his success.
"Without the support of a great team of technologists and
technicians that I have in my ... radiology service all of
whom are tremendously hard working without the support,
as I said, of the administration and without the understanding
of the clinicians with whom I work, it would never have
happened," Winter said. "So it wasn't just about me."
He personally thanked Burrows and John Haven, director of
the Veterinary Medical Center, and said the experience has
helped him learn more about teamwork than he otherwise
would have had in his first two years as a professor at UF.
Winter, who attended veterinary school at Cornell
University, said a mentor there influenced him to specialize in
veterinary radiology.
Despite his busy schedule, Winter still finds time to conduct
research. In one of his current projects, Winter is trying to
develop ways to learn more about liver tumors in dogs -
whether the tumors are malignant or benign, for example
- through CT and MRI scans.
"Right now that's something that's kind of difficult to do
(non-invasively) and there have been some breakthroughs in
the area of ultrasound contrast agents (dyes or other materials
used to show contrast in an ultrasound and highlight
problems), but there may be other methods," Winter said.
Winter said the college is making progress in its efforts to
rebuild the radiology program.
"Part of what we've been working toward is making the
University of Florida, specifically the College of Veterinary
Medicine and, more specifically the radiology service, a place
where people want to come to build their careers," Winter said.
"And I think we've made a lot of steps in that direction." 0

Matthew Winter, College of
Veterinary Medicine
College of Dentistry: Antwan
Bates, Charles Lesch, Lee Mintz,
Justus Weber
College of Medicine: Denise
Heather Bell-Brunson, C. Michael
Bucci, Tina Calton, Jenika Loren
Christmas, Bridget DeSue, Laura
Dickson, David Feller, Eileen M.
Handberg, Connie Philebaum,
Frederica Robbins, Clay W. Smith,
Sherri Swilley, Carol Stanaland
College of Nursing: Laurie Rinfret
College of Public Health and
Health Professions: Lillanna
Bell, Jason Rogers
College of Veterinary
Medicine: Wendy Davis,
MaryAnn Dixon, Dieter Haager,
Rebecca Richardson, Mary Ring,
Stephanie Stein, Amy Stone, Brandy
Woodley, Cecilia Yemma
College of Pharmacy: Sarah
Carswell, Edward Phillips
Student Health Care Center:
Karen Brennan, Anthony Menella,
Laura Tipton, Karen Williams
Senior Vice President, Health
Affairs: Donald S. David, Ashlee
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senior university counsel for
health affairs, was inducted
as a member of the 2009-11
National Advisory Board of
The American Academy of
Professional Coders. The AAPC
National Advisory Board advises
AAPC leadership on coding
and coding-related issues and Robert Pela
questions while promoting and supporting the
mission of the AAPC and the coding profession.

Researcher receives
prestigious NIH Award
Richard Lamont, Ph.D., a professor in
the UF College of Dentistry department
of oral biology, recently received a MERIT
(Method to Extend Research in Time) award
from the National Institutes of Health, an honor
bestowed on fewer than 5 percent of NIH-funded
investigators. Initiated in
1987, the MERIT Award
program extends funding
to experienced researchers
who have superior grants
and who have demonstrated
a long-term commitment to
and success in research. In

five-year, $2.4 million grant
f for his study investigating
the molecular dialogue
between oral bacteria and
host cells, which has yielded
Richard Lamont groundbreaking insights into
the bacterial lifestyle within humans. In May Lamont
was notified that the original award had been
named a MERIT Award, which essentially upgrades
his grant from a five-year to a 1 -year term and
guarantees additional funding during the second
five-year phase of the study.


associate professor of oral
and maxillofacial surgery, was
selected for the 2010 class
of fellows of the Hedwig van
Ameringen Executive Leadership
in Academic Medicine
Program for Women at Drexel Mary Frances Stavropoulos
University's College of Medicine
in Philadelphia. With the goal to increase the
presence of women in high-level administrative
positions in medical institutions, ELAM candidates
are women who already hold leadership positions
and demonstrate the potential to advance to the
executive level within five years.

TIMOTHY WHEELER, D.M.D., Ph.D., a professor
and chair of orthodontics and assistant dean for
advanced and graduate education, was appointed
as the Academy 100 Eminent Scholar Chair. The

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Leadership shuffle
he UF College of Dentistry recently announced the following organizational and administrative changes:
Frank Catalanotto, D.M.D., became chair of the department of community dentistry and behavioral
science effective May 29; Madhu Nair, D.M.D., M.S., became chair of the newly created department
of oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences effective July 1; Roberta Pileggi, D.D.S., M.S., was appointed
graduate program director of the graduate endodontic program effective July 1; Marc Ottenga, D.D.S., was
appointed director of operative predoctoral curriculum for the department of operative dentistry effective July 1;
Arthur Nimmo, D.D.S., F.A.C.P., was appointed director of predoctoral implant dentistry for the department
of prosthodontics effective July 1.

Academy 100 is a scholarship
society established in the 1960s
to help fund scholarships for
student dentists and to promote
the creation of a dental school
in Florida. Wheeler has been
involved in clinical dentistry for
20 years.
Timothy Wheeler

M.S., a hepatologist and
assistant professor of medicine,
has won a $375,000 New
Investigator Research Grant
from the Bankhead-Coley
Cancer Research Program
grant and the Florida
Department of Health Roniel Ca
in support of his research
on primary liver cancer. The work involves
characterizing immune-related pathways that
promote development and progression of liver
cancer in order to develop new targeted liver
cancer therapies.

M.H.Sc., an associate professor
and director of clinical research
for the department of urology
and the North Florida/South
Georgia Veterans Health
System, is one of the recipients
of the 2009 Dennis W.
Jahnigen Career Development
Scholars Award for his proposal Philipp
"Evidence-based Decision-Making in Geriatric
Genitourinary Oncology." Dahm will work under
the mentorship of Johannes Vieweg, M.D., and
Rebecca J. Beyth, M.D., to investigate the high-
quality evidence that guides clinical decision-
making in genitourinary oncology and determine
its applicability to the older patient.

STEPHEN FERNANDO, Ph.D., who recently
completed his doctoral studies in the department
of pharmacology and therapeutics, was awarded
a merit-based travel grant by the American
Society of Gene Therapy to attend the society's
annual meeting in May in San Diego. Fernando



presented his research on a
new gene therapy method to
disrupt cancer growth using a
synthetic protein that targets
tumor blood vessels, inducing
thrombosis that cuts off a
tumor's blood and nutrient
Stephen Fen
associate dean for medical
education and vice chair
of pediatric education, was
selected for the 2010 class
of fellows of the Hedwig van
Ameringen Executive Leadership
in Academic Medicine Program
for Women at Drexel University's
College of Medicine in
Philadelphia. Novak and fellow Maureen A. I
UF candidate Mary Frances
Stavropoulos are two of only 53 senior faculty
women selected for the program and represent 49
medical, dental and public health schools.


M.S., Ph.D, an emeritus professor of
ophthalmology, and Timothy Garrett, Ph.D,
director of the General Clinical Research Center
Core Laboratory, received a $25,000 North
Florida Lions Eye Foundation Research Award
in May for their research about age-related
macular degeneration. While most Lions Clubs
raise funds for eye care, this club is one of a few
that donates to research as well. Dawson and
Garrett were chosen by the Lions Club for their
forward analytical research technique called
imaging mass spectrometry, which allows them
to study the specific chemicals involved with the
disease in the eye. This award will be used to fund
equipment, specimens and new research methods.
Pictured from left are William Driebe, M.D., chair
of ophthalmology; Walt McLanahan, chair of the
North Florida Lions Eye Foundation; and Garrett.

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an associate scholar
in the department of
Pharmacodynamics, was
recently chosen as the college's
2009 Teacher of the Year.
Gause, a four-time winner of
the award, said respect for
students is one of his guiding Gerald E. Gause
philosophies. "Students
challenge me and introduce me to new ideas,"
Gause said. His dedication to teaching is coupled
with a heavy interest in research. He has published
numerous articles on pulmonary physiology and
pulmonary hypertension.

a professor of pharmacy and
pediatrics, was invited to be
one of 13 voting members
to serve on the Pulmonary-
Allergy Drugs Advisory
Committee of the Food and
Drug Administration. The
committee evaluates the safety Leslie Hendeles
and effectiveness of drugs used
in the treatment of pulmonary disease and makes
recommendations to the Commissioner of Food
and Drugs. Hendeles serves on the committee until
May 2010.

JASON KWAN, a graduate
student in medicinal chemistry
working under the mentorship
of Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., was
awarded the 2009 American
Society of Pharmacognosy
Student Research Award. He
received a $500 cash gift

and up to $1,000 travel assistance to
his research findings in June at the ASF
Anniversary Meeting in Honolulu.

JAY SHAUB, a third-year graduate studer
pharmacodynamics who works with Car
Luevano, Ph.D., was selected by
the Endocrine Society to receive
complimentary registration and a
$500 travel award to attend the
Endocrine Trainee Day Workshop
at the June annual meeting of the
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S50th from the National Institute
on Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders
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Colorado. The fellowship
covers Rodriguez's travel and
registration costs associated Amy Rodric
with attending the conference
and provides special mentoring opportunities with
senior researchers.



associate professor in the
department of physical therapy,
received the Respiration Section
New Investigator Award from
the American Physiological
Society. The award recognizes
an outstanding investigator in
the early stages of his or her

AMY RODRIGUEZ, a doctoral student in the
rehabilitation science program, is one of 15

AMY STONE, D.V.M., Ph.D., a
clinical assistant professor of
small animal clinical sciences,
has been named the 2009
College Council Teacher of
the Year. Stone received her
veterinary and doctoral degrees
from UF in 1999 and 2002,
respectively. She also completed Amy Stone
postdoctoral training in vaccine
and mucosal immunology at UF. She presently
serves as chief of the outpatient medicine and
dentistry service at UF's Veterinary Medical Center.
She recently received the prestigious 2009 Pfizer
Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.

Laura Fraser
aura Fraser, a dedicated and respected member of the
College of Medicine family since 2005, passed away June
13 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 35.

leaves behind an
8-year-old daughter,
Addie, and her
husband, Todd, who
works at the College
H of Public Health and
I Health Professions.
Laura first joined
v"- L 3the College of
Medicine in the
Office of Medical
Education. In 2008 she transferred to the Office of Admissions
and was a valued member of the College of Medicine's
administrative team, said Michael L. Good, M.D., interim dean.
Her warm personality and beautiful smile will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Laura
to Haven Hospice. Mail to Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd.,
Gainesville, FL 32606. 0

Michael Ross
Sichael Ross, Ph.D., former chair of the
UF College of Medicine's department '.
of anatomy and cell biology, died June
9. He was 78.
Ross graduated with a bachelor of science
degree from Franklin and Marshall College in
1951. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1951 to
1954, he went on to receive a master's in biology
in 1959 and a Ph.D. in biology in 1960 from New York University.
After launching his academic career at New York University, he joined the UF faculty in
1971 as a professor and director of the division of anatomical sciences in the department of
pathology. In 1976, the department of anatomy was formed and Ross was named chairman. It
is now the department of anatomy and cell biology. He served as chair until his retirement in
1996, but continued to provide guidance and support to the department as emeritus professor.
Throughout his career, Dr. Ross' research interest was in the male reproductive system,
where he pioneered studies on the blood-testicular barrier and the role of the Sertoli cell in
maintaining the barrier. He was also well-known for his contributions to the teaching
community through his textbooks. The first edition of theAtlas of Descriptive Histology, by
Edward J. Reith and Michael H. Ross, was published in 1965, with two subsequent editions in
1970 and 1977. This atlas became the nucleus for the development of a textbook titled
Histology: A Text andAtlas, which is used in medical schools around the world in numerous
languages and will publish its sixth edition this fall. 0

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'Sunny' side of nursing

ByJessica Metzger

S aun-Joo "Sunny" Yoon hopes to give
older adults the means to manage their
chronic pain.

Yoon, Ph.D., R.N., an associate professor in the College of Nursing,
studies complementary and alternative therapies for pain and
symptom management.
Yoon's interest in these therapies extends back to when she was
working on her dissertation. At the time, the use of dietary
supplements by older women was on the rise and very little was known
about the prevalence of their use. These supplements were readily
available and not FDA-approved.
According to Yoon's study, many people used supplements in
addition to their usual medications for chronic illnesses. Some used
supplements instead of their prescribed medications. This study
served as a steppingstone to her current work.
Yoon's research focuses mostly on the elderly and pain management,
finding complementary and alternative methods for treating symptoms
of chronic illnesses. One of her studies involved using acupressure on
older adults experiencing pain and pain-related sleep. Yoon said the
small pilot study's results have not been analyzed but seem to show
that while acupressure hasn't helped the chronic issues, it helped with
cramping and sleeping.
Yoon's work has also led her to study the effects of massage therapy
on children with sickle cell disease, teaching massage to the children's
caregivers. One of the byproducts of the therapy was the improved
bond between caregiver and child. They became closer and
communicated more.
"It's an unusual area for me, but I thought the children had such a
promising future," Yoon said. "I thought if we can get better care or
can manage their pain properly, then they can have great outcomes in
their lives."
Yoon is from Korea and moved to Gainesville with her husband in
the late 1980s to pursue graduate nursing degrees at UF. Gainesville
was completely different from Korea, though, and the language was a
major issue.
"Language is not just language; it is an understanding of the
culture. Without knowing the culture, it's very hard to understand the
language," Yoon said. "It was very difficult at that time. I tried very
hard. I'm still trying."
Yoon finished her master's degree at UF in 1990. She moved back to
Korea for two years, returning in 1994 to work on her Ph.D. Earning
her doctorate in 1999, Yoon was then appointed as a visiting professor
until 2001, when she earned a place as a tenure-track faculty member.
Yoon teaches primarily in the areas of adult health nursing.
"Nursing has been a very rewarding job. Teaching has also been
very rewarding for me, especially teaching the students in a clinical
setting," Yoon said. "I have taught the juniors and some seniors, and I
can see how they grow professionally ... They are going to become the
future of our profession, our colleagues and will eventually take care of
us. I'm very proud of them."

Yoon is currently collaborating on a research project with Ann
Horgas, Ph.D., R.N., an associate professor and associate dean for
research in the College of Nursing. The project is just beginning, but
Horgas said they want to collaborate with nurses on the oncology floor
of Shands at UF to explore families' and patients' preferences for
therapies to relieve pain and symptoms.
Horgas said she and Yoon share a longstanding interest in older
adults and pain management, and in researching complementary and
alternative therapies. They have been collaborating together since
Horgas moved to UF in 2000.
"I think one of the great things about Dr. Yoon is that she is really
committed to high-quality care and to integrating research into health
care," Horgas said. "She is a really valued colleague who brings
creativity and enthusiasm to her work."
Yoon said research has always been an interest for her, especially
medications, their uses and patients' adherence to them. The
translation of these research findings into actual clinical care is very
important, Yoon said.
"Hopefully, my research findings can be applied in ways that help a
person's everyday life. If research is just research and the findings are
not applied, we have a problem. We don't have to have big and
grandiose ideas. If our research can help someone's life, that's good
enough for me." Q


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The College of Dentistry uses this cart of "rubber chickens" and
"chrome domes" to make what are called "heads on a stick." These
mannequin heads clamp onto dental chairs, simulate a patient's face
and lips and allow students to get in a little practice before they work
on the real thing.

Shawn Batlivala, M.D., former co-chief resident of pediatrics, fits a new bicycle
helmet on Carly Gilliam, 6, as her brother, Maddox, 4, waits for his turn to receive
a helmet. The helmets were given to patients June 19 at the Gerold L. Schiebler
Children's Medical Services Center during a bicycle safety event.


Michael L. Good, M.D., interim dean of the UF College of Medicine, and Mark
Gold, M.D., chair of the department of psychiatry, officially cut the ribbon to open
the new Springhill Health Clinic July 1.

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