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Seven UF surgeons named “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a well-known organization that rates health care providers, has named eight UF surgeons among the nation’s “top doctors” for 2015:   Kenneth Andreoni, M.D., associate professor, UF division of transplantation surgery Kevin E. Behrns, M.D., chairman of the department…

New faculty member joins transplantation division

Mark W. Johnson, MD, FACS, has joined the UF department of surgery as a professor in the division of transplantation surgery. Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at New England Medical Center in Boston.

Baby who received UF&Shands’ first pediatric liver transplant since program reactivation now thriving

Now that Chelsey Hoyle is rid of her scarred, dysfunctional liver, the 1-year-old can really get down to the business of being a baby. Chelsey received part of an adult liver during a transplant operation in early November, less than a month before her first birthday. The operation was UF&Shands’ first pediatric liver transplant since the program’s seven-month hiatus and its reactivation in April 2012. The program is one of only two in Florida.

UF&Shands reactivates pancreas transplant program

The pancreas transplant program at UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, is again open and accepting patients. The United Network for Organ Sharing, the nation’s official organ donation and transplant oversight organization, approved the program’s reactivation on Oct. 22. UF&Shands voluntarily suspended its adult and pediatric liver transplant…

Transplant without borders

For many transplant patients, the call for a lifesaving organ usually comes in the middle of the night. For ReAnne Walcott, it came while she was on vacation outside the continental United States. Florida resident Walcott was in Kona, Hawaii, when she received the call that a donor kidney matching…