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Pharmacology student wins research award

Physiology/Pharmacology doctoral candidate Joe Flores-Toro took first place the sixth annual Robert Levitt Institute for learning in retirement (ILR)/UF Aging Research Competition.

Kidney injury during surgery linked to long-term risk of cardiovascular disease

Dr. Azra Bihorac, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine, and Surgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Dr. Charles Hobson and Matthew Huber. When patients undergo surgery, they are at risk for kidney injury, which can occur when kidneys suddenly can’t filter waste from blood. UF Health researchers have found that when patients…

UF vascular surgeon speaks at VCU, his alma mater

Robert Feezor, M.D., an assistant professor in the UF department of surgery’s division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy, recently was invited to speak at Virginia Commonwealth University as the H.M. Lee Lecturer. H. M. Lee, M.D., was an internationally renowned pioneer in organ transplantation and a former professor…

Better options for mastectomy and breast reconstruction

The news hit Tracy Cantella like a load of bricks: She had BRCA 1, the gene infamous for greatly increasing a woman’s risks of breast and ovarian cancer. She had watched her paternal grandmother battle both, and eventually succumb to breast cancer. Recalling her grandmother’s ordeal and thinking of…

Breast surgeon joins UF department of surgery

Lisa R.P. Spiguel, M.D., has joined the University of Florida department of surgery as an assistant professor in the division of general surgery’s surgical oncology service. Spiguel’s clinical focus is on the surgical care of breast cancer and benign breast disease, the assessment of high risk breast cancer patients, as…

Surgeon’s personal attention helps family fight cancer

Heather Smith was just 25 years old in 2005 when she learned she had breast cancer. She received the diagnosis on her daughter’s second birthday. “It was kind of a stressful, shocking situation,” she said. “You have to relearn how to feel feminine. My husband and I…