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Aging alone does not explain breakdown in liver cell processes, UF research team finds

UF department of surgery researchers have uncovered more information about why elderly patients often fare poorly after liver surgery, and why livers donated by elderly people often experience ischemia-reperfusion injury during transplantation, while younger people’s livers typically are more stable. Ischemia-reperfusion injury is a form of damage that occurs when…

Giving thanks for life after lung transplant

She spent Thanksgiving with friends in Cedar Key that year, eating dinner and watching as a few of the men put up walls in the house being built on the land. But it was the call she received as they drove home across the Cedar Key bridge that Debbie…

Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program funds Huang’s colon cancer research

Emina Huang, M.D., an associate professor of surgery in UF’s College of Medicine, has received a $180,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health’s Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program to fund her research into the origins of colon cancer. Huang and her team of researchers will work with cancer cells and…

UF surgeon co-chairs American Cancer Society’s breast cancer walk

Christiana Shaw, M.D., M.S., a UF assistant professor of surgery and a surgical oncologist, co-chaired the 2011 American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk, held in October. Shaw and Karen Daily, M.D., an assistant professor in UF’s division of hematology/oncology organized the walk and…

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…

A risky journey and a happy ending

Mandie Cokley cradles her son Matthew, who underwent surgery for congenital diaphragmatic hernia at Shands Hospital for Children. Mandie and Robert Cokley and their son Patrick piled into their Lincoln Navigator on April 15 and began the 2,400-mile drive from their home in Bakersfield, Calif. to Gainesville. The couple was…

UF researchers find chemical signals that initiate the body’s immune response

University of Florida researchers have identified two key steps required to activate the body’s innate immune system, its first line of defense against infection. The discoveries offer insight into why some trauma patients survive their initial injuries but die from seemingly less serious causes soon afterward.

Eight UF surgeons included among country’s “top doctors”

Physician rankings on U.S. News & World Reports’ website show eight UF surgeons are among the nation’s “top doctors,” as determined by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a well-known organization that rates health-care providers. Thomas S. Huber, M.D., Ph.D., a professor and chief of UF’s division of vascular surgery; David W.

Beaver elected to American Association for Thoracic Surgery

Thomas Beaver, M.D., M.P.H., has been elected as a new member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He joins the prestigious organization’s more than 1,200 other members, cardiothoracic surgeons from 35 different nations. Beaver is an associate professor of surgery and director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery at…