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Vascular study group grows to include Georgia medical centers

The Florida Vascular Study Group has joined with medical centers in Georgia to become the Florida-Georgia Vascular Study Group, a regional group under the auspices of the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI). The national group fosters regional collaboration among physicians and hospitals to collect and analyze…

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…

Research Day 2012

The department of surgery held its eighth annual Research Day on April 18, 2012. Ronald V. Maier, MD, the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington, was the Lester R. Dragstedt Visiting…

Student researcher wins award for quest to improve liver recovery after injury

Richa Vijayvargiya is an award-winning researcher — and she hasn’t even earned her bachelor’s degree yet. Vijayvargiya is in her junior year as an undergraduate student at UF majoring in microbiology and cell science. She plans to minor in Spanish. Vijayvargiya works in the department of surgery’s…

In the Loupes: ‘This is what I am meant to do’

By Alex Cuenca, M.D. Though I’m not sure how I exactly got where I am today, I could probably trace it back to my father. In 1980, we lived in a growing city in the south of the Philippines. I can still remember sitting in my father’s office as…

The body’s great balancing act

Immune system responses are key to our health: too much or too little and the body takes a beating. Understanding how patients’ immune systems respond could open the door for a new kind of personalized medicine, and UF scientists are playing vital roles in moving this research forward.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths. The best ways to protect yourself from colorectal cancer are to exercise regularly; eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet; and undergo a screening colonoscopy once you turn…

Department of Surgery Research Day 2012

The department of surgery’s Research Day will take place on Friday, April 20. This year’s Lester R. Dragstedt Visiting Professor will be Ronald V. Maier, M.D. Maier is the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery at the University of Washington and Surgeon-in-Chief…