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Helping hands at UF&Shands save youngster’s right hand

Winston T. Richards, M.D., an acute care surgeon at UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, treated 4-year-old Benjamin Bileca after a horrific accident stripped the skin from the youngster’s hand.

Family travels from Russia to UF for baby’s lifesaving surgery

David Kays, M.D., a pediatric surgeon at UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, treated Russian mom Elena Akmanova’s newborn, Eva, after the baby was diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a condition that prevents proper development of the lungs.

Another chance for Olivia

Watching a Barney DVD in her bed, Olivia Salinas looks like a typical preschooler, except for the tracheostomy tube in her neck. But the 3-year-old girl from Tampa made history May 2, becoming the first child with Pompe disease in the world to have surgery to implant a diaphragm pacing…

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.

Shands at UF ranked nationally in seven specialties

Seven medical specialty programs at Shands at the University of Florida are recognized among the nation’s best in the 2012-2013 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings, which were released this morning (July 17). Overall, Shands at UF was recognized as one of the top hospitals in the state…

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…