Historical Overview

Eight years have passed since the Department of Pediatrics lost our wonderful friend and colleague, Elia M. Ayoub, M.D.. Dr. Ayoub was a devoted physician who cared deeply for his pediatric patients, a superb researcher who worked relentlessly to resolve the mysteries of pediatric infectious diseases and rheumatic fever; and a teacher and mentor to generations of medical students, pediatric housestaff and his fellow physicians. Read more about Dr. Elia Ayoub.

Shortly after Dr. Ayoub’s retirement in the year of 2000, donations were made to the University of Florida Foundation to establish an endowment in Dr. Ayoub’s honor thereby immortalizing his legacy.

The Elia M. Ayoub Visiting Professor program will be an annual and permanent component of the educational activities of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  This annual event will provide professional enrichment to medical students, resident and fellow pediatricians, and  other Health Professionals.

The First Elia M. Ayoub Visiting Professor Lectureship occurred in February 2011 with Dr. Richard  Jacobs, M.D. as our Guest Speaker. Dr. Jacobs is a prominent nationally recognized pediatric infectious disease expert and President of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute, as well as the Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine.