From the chair: Transitions

The summer marks a transition time at UF, when one academic year ends and another begins

Such a time brings many new faces throughout the medical center and within our department. Several new faculty surgeons have arrived over the past few months.

They include two transplant surgeons, two acute care/trauma surgeons, two vascular surgeons, one cardiac surgeon and two thoracic surgeons. We are very excited about the ability to expand our care programs while maintaining a patient-centric focus and excellent service to our referring providers.

In addition to new faculty, our physical campus will soon have a new feel as well. Construction on the new University of Florida Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and a sister facility, the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital, are nearing completion, with an on-target occupancy in December.

As the interior construction continues, the exterior touches are being added, including landscaping. It is certainly shaping up to be a beautiful addition. The new hospitals, combined with the existing facilities, will certainly assure UF Health Shands Hospital as a health care destination of the highest caliber.

The new operating rooms in the heart and vascular hospital will have hybrid capabilities for radiographic intervention, as well as other state of the art equipment. Along with this construction comes opportunities and efforts for renovation of our established facilities.

We are looking forward to the very positive impact new faculty, new leadership and new facilities will have on the care of our patients.

Bruce Mast, M.D., Interim Chair