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Beating the odds: Ronny’s story

In March, Ronald “Ronny” Pruitt, the head football coach for Union County High School in Lake Butler, and his wife, Robin, packed their bags for a spring break trip to the Bahamas. Before leaving, Ronny had the beginning of what seemed like a cold. His family physician prescribed a Z-Pak…

XVIVO Lung Perfusion System increases transplant options

Robin Thomas lived one struggling breath at a time. Diagnosed with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her only option for survival was a lung transplant. However, the odds of finding a set of donor lungs did not appear to be favorable. By some estimates, nearly 80 percent of donor lungs…

Breathing easier after lung transplant

Tiago Machuca, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine, recently performed UF Health’s first lung transplants using organs treated on the XVIVO Perfusion System. The device preserves donated lungs that do not initially meet the standard criteria for lung transplantation but may…

Bariatric Care Team Hosts One-Mile Walk with Patients

Recently, the bariatric care team at UF Health hosted a one-mile walk with weight loss surgery patients. Kfir Ben-David, M.D., UF Health’s director of bariatric surgery and an associate professor, was joined by patients and other UF Health physicians on the bariatric care team, including Georgios Rossidis, M.D.,…