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In the Loupes: A ride into a new adventure

A ride into a new adventure           By Georgios Rossidis, M.D. Assistant professor of surgery “Time out. This is patient …” It is early July 2012. Hard to believe that the day has come — my first case as an attending, my first…

Faculty promotions and tenure news

Congratulations to Steven Hughes, M.D., an associate professor and chief of the department of surgery’s division of general surgery, on earning tenure; and to Thomas Beaver, M.D., M.P.H., with the division of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, on being promoted to professor.

In the Loupes: Veteran Benefits

Veteran Benefits         By Anthony McDonald, M.D. Assistant professor of surgery Five years have gone by in a heartbeat. Perhaps appropriately, I joined the general surgery staff at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center the day after its most hallowed holiday,…

New developments in gastroesophageal surgery at UF&Shands

Gastroesophageal surgery at UF&Shands keeps moving forward to stay at the forefront of developments in the field. According to Kfir Ben-David, MD, an assistant professor of surgery and director of bariatric surgery at UF&Shands, UF gastroesophageal surgeons perform an estimated 99 percent of their operations laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgeries are performed…

Newly recognized syndrome keeps patients from full recovery, UF researchers say

University of Florida researchers have identified a medical condition they say keeps many intensive care, heart surgery and burn patients from recovering fully and returning home. Called persistent inflammation, immunosuppression and catabolism syndrome, or PICS, for short, the newly named condition defies existing treatments and leaves patients weak and unable…

Surgeon’s personal attention helps family fight cancer

Heather Smith was just 25 years old in 2005 when she learned she had breast cancer. She received the diagnosis on her daughter’s second birthday. “It was kind of a stressful, shocking situation,” she said. “You have to relearn how to feel feminine. My husband and I…

Dr. Tad Kim named Hugh A. Walters award recipient

University of Florida College of Medicine chief surgical resident Tad Kim, M.D., received the 2012 Hugh A. Walters Humanism in Medicine Award on April 4, the second time he earned this peer-bestowed honor. The annual award honors the memory and legacy of surgical resident Hugh Walters, who…

Shaw appointed Cancer Liaison Physician

Christiana Shaw, M.D., M.S., an assistant professor of surgery at UF, has been appointed Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at UF&Shands. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer established the Cancer Liaison Physician program in 1963 “as a grassroots network of physician volunteers willing…

UF&Shands reactivates adult, pediatric liver transplant programs

UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, has reactivated its adult and pediatric liver transplant programs and can resume performing liver transplants immediately, officials said today. The United Network for Organ Sharing approved the reactivation on Friday, April 20. UNOS is the private, nonprofit organization that manages the nation’s…