Message from Scott A. Rivkees, M.D., UF Department of Pediatrics Chair

The past 150 days at the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics and Shands Hospital for Children, which marks how long I have had the honor of serving as Chair of Pediatrics, have been marked by innovation, recruitment and great progress.  We have made major strides in our educational program, in our research programs and in our clinical care.

Please click the link below to read about the progression of the department, as well as exciting new initiatives from Dr. Rivkees.

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Research Report

Distinguished Donation

Congratulations to Dr. David Weinstein, a professor of pediatrics and director of the UF Glycogen Storage Disease Program! The Johnny Damon Foundation recently donated $16,000 for a new research center in the Faroe Islands to facilitate research on glycogen storage disease, or GSD. Read more here.

Notable Recruitments

The University of Florida's Department of Pediatrics research and discovery program has exciting additions to announce.

Dr. Bryon Peterson is an internationally-renowned expert in regenerative medicine.  Dr. Peterson’s research team will bring new expertise to our department with a focus on organ regeneration. 

Dr. Sam Cheng is joining UF from Yale University. A pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Chen is  developing novel treatments for the treatment of intestinal disorders and diarrheal diseases.


Clinical Corner

Notable Recruitments

The University of Florida Department of Pediatrics Division of Hematology and Oncology has hired two new physicians.

Dr. John Fort, a leading expert in the treatment of children with cancer and bone marrow transplantation,  is joining UF from Miami Children's Hospital.  In addition to focusing on bone marrow transplants, Dr. Fort will treat pediatric brain tumors and tumors of the spine.

Dr. Tung Wynn, a national expert in the treatment of bleeding disorders,such as hemophilia, joins us from the University of South Florida, and will continue to lead this focus in his new role with the university.


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