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UF Pediatrics Resident Participates in AAP Department of Federal Affairs Internship Program


Markus Renno, M.D., recently completed a four-week child advocacy internship in Washington, DC. The internship program focused on child health policy, the legislative process, federal advocacy and public affairs activities.

Research Day allows Emerging Pathogens Institute to show the breadth of its work


UF students set up their research posters during the Emerging Pathogens Institute’s sixth annual Research Day, showcasing more than 100 investigations into ways to prevent or contain new and re-emerging diseases.

Los Angeles Boy Helps Ailing Friend – By Writing ‘Chocolate Bar’ Book


Like a lot of kids his age, 6-year-old Dylan Siegel loves coming up with stories. But unlike most kids, he has a best friend with a rare genetic disease. So when Dylan wanted to raise money for a cure for Jonah Pournazarian, 7, who suffers from Glycogen Storage Disease, he decided to do it in a creative way.

Innovation and Excellence: Highlights of UF Pediatrics 2012


A Year-in-Review from Scott Rivkees, M.D., Chair of Pediatrics, recapping the progress of the Department of Pediatrics.

Vote for Shands Hospital for Children through Jan. 30


White Cloud is partnering with Children’s Miracle Network to create its new facial tissue box designs to showcase children’s artwork while giving back to children’s hospitals across the U.S.

Future Gators: Pediatric Residency Recruitment Season is Open


Our fantastic pediatric interns arrived in July and are well established in their new roles.  It is hard to believe that in September we began the process again to find the best and brightest interns to join our program next July.

$5 Million Gift to Boost Gene Therapy Research


The Powell Gene Therapy Center’s original benefactors, Earl and Christy Powell, of Miami, are making another major push to accelerate help for people with genetic diseases.

On the Same Team


Patient and Family Centered Rounds put patient at heart of health team.

Quality leaders – Ryan Moran


In 2011, Moran’s focus on quality shifted outside of the PICU to children’s health as a whole when he was named the physician director of quality for pediatrics.

UF researchers developing device to detect brain bleeding in pre-term infants


University of Florida researchers from the colleges of Medicine and Engineering have received a two-year, $694,000 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in collaboration with EGI Inc. to develop a device that not only monitors preemies’ fragile brains, but also detects intraventricular bleeding as soon as it starts.

Perfect 10s


Two Department of Pediatrics researchers earned “Perfect 10s” from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH.

UF researcher aims to improve pediatric liver cancer treatment


A University of Florida researcher has received three grants to study gene therapy techniques that target hepatoblastoma, or HB, the most common pediatric liver cancer in the U.S.

For the Children


The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation has a short history that’s long on accomplishment.

Shands Hospital for Children ranked again among nation’s best


Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida has been recognized among the nation’s best in seven medical specialties in the 2012-13 U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Another chance for Olivia


UF performs first diaphragm pacing surgery on child with Pompe disease.



Gene therapy helps children with rare, often fatal disease

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New book highlights role social media plays in health care.

Pediatric Nutrition at UF&Shands: Innovation and Excellence from Birth to Adolescence


At UF&Shands, we have nationally leading programs that focus on the special nutritional needs of children. These recognized programs begin at birth and continue through childhood and adolescence in primary care.

Kids Donate to Young Patients


Cathryn Napier, a generous community member and youth group leader for the Modern Woodmen of America youth group in Interlachen, delivered 163 Jared Boxes to Naomi Martinez, Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida Child Life Program specialist.

Innovation, recruitment, and great progress


A message from Scott A. Rivkees, M.D., UF Department of Pediatrics Chair, about the progress made in the Department of Pediatrics.

The NASCAR Foundation finalizes donation to pediatric oncology unit


The NASCAR Foundation recently announced that it made final installment of $100,000 as part of a record donation to Shands Hospital for Children at UF.

UF to establish Faroe Island research center with help of baseball star


With the support of a Major League Baseball star, a new University of Florida research center on an island settled by the Vikings could lead to breakthroughs about a rare genetic disorder and potentially change the course of care for high blood pressure and other common conditions.

Shands Hospital for Children at UF selected for national breastfeeding program


Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida is one of 90 hospitals selected out of 235 applicants to participate in the national Best Fed Beginnings program that aims to improve breastfeeding support for new mothers.

National Recognition of the Shands Hospital for Children at UF


U.S. News released rankings of the top children’s hospitals in the United States. The Shands Hospital for Children at UF was ranked in the top 50 in seven of nine specialties evaluated.

What’s the score?


This simple question is improving patient care at UF&Shands. Nurses and physicians are using the Modified Early Warning Score and the Pediatric Early Warning Score to get a different type of look at how their patients are faring … and it’s yielding fewer Code Blue calls.

Southeastern universities receive grant for health care education


Together with a consortium of four other southeastern universities, the University of Florida received a grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to develop an online training program in multispecialty teamwork for future health care professionals.

Children with rare, incurable brain disease improve after gene therapy


Using gene transfer techniques pioneered by University of Florida faculty, Taiwanese doctors have restored some movement in four children bedridden with a rare, life-threatening neurological disease.

UF to establish Faroe Island research center with help of baseball star


With the support of a Major League Baseball star, a new University of Florida research center on an island settled by the Vikings could lead to breakthroughs about a rare genetic disorder and potentially change the course of care for high blood pressure and other common conditions.

UF names division chief of pediatric urology


Kirstan K. Meldrum, M.D., has joined the University of Florida College of Medicine department of urology as chief of pediatric urology.

26th Annual Gainesville Heart Ball Honors Dr. Jay Fricker

The 26th Annual Gainesville Heart Ball– Miracles of the Heart, celebrated one of the most respected physicians, researchers and professors to serve our community and the University of Florida,  Dr. Jay Fricker.

Dance Marathon: For the Kids


Dance Marathon at the University of Florida is a year-round fundraising organization that culminates in a 26.2-hour event at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, where UF students stay awake and on their feet to show their support and raise money for Shands Hospital for Children at UF, a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital.

UF Gene Theapy Center receives donation


Powells donate $5 million To Gene Therapy Center

Shands Hospital for Children at UF joins national network of children’s hospitals


Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida has been notified that it has been accepted as a member of the Children’s Hospital Association.

Saving Gracyn


The story of Gracyn DenBesten and her journey from common cold to heart transplant via the Berlin Heart. Featuring Dr. Mark Bleiweis, Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon from the Congenital Heart Center at the University of Florida.

Special thanks to the Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network for creating the video.

Gene therapy for epilepsy could stop seizures, UF researchers say


Sparking production of a hormone in the brain that people with epilepsy often lack could prevent debilitating seizures, University of Florida researchers have discovered.

Making Science Fun


Students volunteer to teach elementary school students science, health

Tackling diabetes: Treatment and advancements


UF Physicians specialists who treat both children and adults

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus deliver gifts to the pediatric units with the help of their elves


New UF master’s degree to help doctors become better teachers


The University of Florida has established a new master’s degree program geared toward helping physicians be better teachers and training them to be scholars in the field.

Forever Changed by Type 1


Annalise Mozer remembers the exact date when her life changed forever. It was March 10, 2010, and she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11.

Breathing Free Again


UF performs first diaphragm pacing surgery on a patient with Pompe disease.

UF ‘Ped-I-Care’ nationally recognized for innovation in improving community health


The University of Florida Pediatric Integrated Care System, also known as Ped-I-Care, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Fred Graham award for Innovation in Improving Community Health presented at the 2011 Medical Group Management Association annual meeting in Las Vegas.

A leader with heart


Pediatric cardiologist Ira Gessner steps down from admissions duties.

A place to help kids


Community members got a sneak peek of the UF Child Protection Team’s renovated space inside the Children’s Medical Services building in September.

Annual Pediatric Alumni Reunion and Pediatric Update 2011


Slideshow from the Annual Pediatric Alumni Reunion and Pediatric Update 2011.

UF advocate in the fight against diabetes speaks to congressional panel


Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, R.N., spoke about the importance of National Institutes of Health-funded diabetes research and its effects on patients and families at a congressional briefing in Washington D.C.

Leading children’s health expert to head UF department of pediatrics


An international expert on pediatric endocrinology, developmental biology and the prevention of brain injury in preterm infants has been tapped to lead the University of Florida College of Medicine department of pediatrics and serve as the physician leader for Shands Hospital for Children.

Growing up


Years ago, children with congenital diseases often did not get to grow up. Now they do, and parents and doctors can focus on the challenges these children face along their road to adulthood.

Designed for kids


New Pediatric E.R. enhances emergency care for children.

Beads of hope


Patient donates earnings from jewelry to help children with cancer.

A softer touch at Shands

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the new Pediatric E.R. at Shands at the University of Florida that was filled with applause and cheers from UF&Shands faculty, staff and other supporters.

The ER for kids


New Pediatric Emergency Room to open July 1. To help ensure children receive the best care, UF&Shands will open a new pediatric emergency room this summer, with doctors, staff and equipment geared specifically for the youngest patients.

Half a heart


Just 16 hours old, Caleb Harris was rushed from Ocala where he was born to Shands at UF, where doctors with UF’s Congenital Heart Center diagnosed him with hypoplastic right heart syndrome. Caleb is thriving after treatment for the congenital heart defect.

Stopping the seizures


How an unusual diet helped quell the storm in Bronson Roth’s brain.

Lions, tigers and bears! Oh my!


Dorothy, Toto and the rest of “The Wizard of Oz” gang visited some special munchkins at Shands Hospital for Children in April. Every year, the College of Medicine’s White Coat Company produces a play to perform throughout the Gainesville community, including for children in the hospital.

Shands Hospital for Children Ranked Among Nation’s Best in New U.S. News Listing


Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida has been recognized among the nation’s best in six medical specialties in the 2011-12 U.S. News Media Group’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics receives the Hippocratic Award


Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Novak, the 5th member of the Department of Pediatrics, to receive the University of Florida College of Medicine Hippocratic Award.

Swaiman Medical Scholarship Program


Congratulations to UF medical students Phillip Chong and YJ Park on the award of the prestigious Swaiman Medical Scholarship Program. The scholarship will provide summer stipends to conduct research in the lab of Dr. Paul R. Carney.

How to prevent childhood obesity


Working with children is a challenge and one of the newest challenges facing pediatricians today is childhood obesity. Sahar Dowidar is a pediatric resident at Shands at the University of Florida. She is currently working in a project to decrease childhood obesity through promotion of breastfeeding.

Partnership helps pets and people


A five-year collaboration between the Powell Gene Therapy Center, the UF College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and the UF College of Veterinary Medicine has strengthened professional ties between the colleges and led to research that may improve both animal and human health.

Epic Go Live on April 18th for Specialty Clinic


Epic is set to go live in the Specialty Clinic on April 18th. Training for Epic is available for all faculty and staff through the Shands portal.

Friends for life


UF’s Streetlight program gives teens with chronic illnesses what they sometimes need most, a friend.

Women commit shaken baby violence as often as men


Women are just as likely as men to violently shake a small child in their care, though men cause more severe injuries and death, according to a new University of Florida study.

Gym equipment unlikely source of MRSA


According to a new University of Florida study published in the American Journal of Infection Control that aggressive cleaning policies may not actually be necessary to prevent the spread of community-acquired form of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

“Bad Blood”


UF researchers work to improve treatments for people who have hemophilia.

“Medical Spotlight” – Hemophilia Research


Dr. Roland Herzog was featured in the “Medical Spotlight” on WCJB-TV 20 News and describes to TV 20’s David Snyder how researchers think a certain protein is the key to dramatically improving life for hemophiliacs.

Tiny miracles: The world inside the neonatal intensive care unit


It’s a place where the combination of medicine, technology and highly trained experts can save a baby’s life.

Pediatrics unit celebrates the holidays


Every Dec. 24, a special visitor leaves his reindeer by the curb and rides the elevator up to the fourth floor of Shands at UF.