Department of surgery welcomes new faculty members

The University of Florida’s department of surgery welcomes six new faculty members this fall to the acute care surgery team, and to the divisions of general surgery, pediatric surgery and transplantation surgery.

Three of the new faculty members have joined the acute care surgery team: Fitzgerald J. Casimir, M.D., as an assistant professor; Chasen Croft, M.D., as an assistant professor; and Bruce McKinley, Ph.D., as a professor and Director of Program Improvement and Translational Research for Acute Care Surgery and Intensive Care.

Bruce McKinley, Ph.D.Dr. McKinley most recently worked as a professor in the department of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University, and as a research faculty member in the department of surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, and its research institute. He holds a doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Utah.

His focus at UF will be on development and implementation of protocols and technology to improve care of trauma and surgical intensive care patients.

Fitzgerald Casimir, M.D.Dr. Casimir
graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine, served his residency at Boston Mass Medical Center, UMASS Medical Center, and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; and completed fellowships at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His primary research interests include resuscitation and innovations in hemodynamic monitoring and management of acute lung injury. His clinical care interests include the use of transesophageal echo for hemodynamic monitoring and the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. He also is interested in the treatment of flail chest with rib plating, laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, abdominal wall reconstruction and burn surgery. His surgical interests include laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, abdominal wall reconstruction, burn surgery and the treatment of flail chest with rib plating.


Chasen Croft, M.D.Dr. Croft attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed his residency at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at the same institution. His research interests include surgical infections, specifically MRSA infection in trauma patients.



Jose Trevino, M.D.Jose G. Trevino, M.D., joined the division of general surgery’s pancreaticobiliary service in August. Dr.  Trevino earned his medical degree and completed his residency at University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a research fellow at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and a clinical fellow in surgical oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. His clinical focus is on liver, bile duct and pancreas surgery, while his research interests include pancreatic cancer biology, tumor signaling and chemoresistance.


Dr. Shawn LarsonThe division of pediatric surgery is proud to add Shawn D. Larson, M.D., to its team of surgeons as an assistant professor of surgery. Dr. Larson earned his M.B. Ch.B. degree (the equivalent of an M.D.) at University of Sheffield School of Medicine in Sheffield, England, and a master’s of medical science degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed residencies at the University of South Florida, in Tampa; a surgical research fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch; and a pediatric surgery fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University.

Clinically, he is especially interested in neonatal surgery, pediatric trauma and endocrine surgery. His research interests include gastrointestinal physiology and immunology, endocrine tumors and pediatric trauma.

Thomas Peters, M.D.Thomas Peters, M.D., joins the division of transplantation surgery, from Shands Jacksonville. He will serve as the Interim Kidney Transplant Program Director at Shands at UF. Peters earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his general surgical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a clinical fellowship in organ transplantation at the University of Colorado. Dr. Peters previously worked at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and was the founding director of the Jacksonville Transplant Center at Methodist Medical Center.