Kenneth Andreoni, MD, has been named the new chief of the division of transplantation surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He oversees the division’s kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation program. Andreoni, who joined UF Health in 2012, is also an associate professor of surgery. He served as interim chief of the division for nearly one year.
The University of Florida College of Medicine has a strong affiliation with the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Many UF surgeons share dual privileges at UF Health Shands Hospital and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville. Surgery and other residents also receive a significant portion of their education treating VA patients and assisting in surgical procedures.
Robin Thomas lived one struggling breath at a time. Diagnosed with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her only option for survival was a lung transplant. However, the odds of finding a set of donor lungs did not appear to be favorable. By some estimates, nearly 80 percent of donor lungs are unsuitable for transplant. But an innovative technology at UF Health gave Thomas new hope.