Awards & Recognition

Exciting Developments are in the Works at UF Health!

New practice open in Daytona: UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery at Halifax Health

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The UF department of surgery is excited that several months of planning and work have come to fruition as we officially embark on a new partnership with Halifax Health in Daytona Beach. We will staff the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery needs of Halifax Health with two UF faculty surgeons, Sohit Khanna, M.D., and Cary Meyers, M.D., FACC, FACS. Both physicians began seeing patients on July 7 at our new practice location in Daytona: UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery – Halifax Health. We are also currently recruiting two vascular surgeons for the practice.


Kevin Behrns, MD

Behrns Accepts New Roles with ACS and National Surgical Journal

Kevin E. Behrns, M.D., chairman of the department of surgery and the Edward R. Woodward professor of surgery, has accepted roles as co-editor-in-chief of the journal Surgery and as a member of the executive committee of the American College of Surgeons’ board of governors.

Jae Sung Kim, Ph.D.

UF Liver Researcher Selected from Thousands of Applicants to Speak at Scientific Meeting

Jae-Sung Kim, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of surgery and head of the Cell Death and Mitochondrial Biology Laboratory, was one of six presenters at the plenary session on basic science at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) meeting in Boston in the fall of 2014. The association is the most prominent organization dedicated to liver study in the world. Kim was selected out of more than 4,000 applicants to present during the session, he said. He spoke about his research team’s work to understand the causes and effects of impaired liver cell autophagy following surgery. Autophagy, the cell’s cleanup process, allows it to discard or repair abnormal or old components.

Seven new faculty members join the department

Surgeons practicing primarily at UF Health Shands Hospital include:

Surgeons practicing primarily at UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery – Halifax Health include:

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