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Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
Improving patient access to care
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Every year, University of Florida College of Medicine health care professionals provide over 1 million appointments, treating patients from all 67 Florida counties, 50 states and internationally through the extensive UF Health Physicians network.

Making sure all patients have access to the health care and physician experts they need in a timely manner is a top priority. As part of an initiative under the patient care pillar of the College of Medicine’s strategic plan, faculty and staff are implementing a series of changes to streamline the scheduling process and enhance the patient experience across the board.

“Patients are already stressed when they are confronting health care concerns,” said Jamie B. Conti, M.D., FACC, chair of the department of medicine. “We want to make the patient experience positive and seamless. Many talented people are working hard to improve access. I’d like patients to feel that communication with us is easy and their experience is first-rate.”

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Artificial intelligence: Medicine’s new frontier
Surgeons in an operating room.

With today’s patients continuously tuned into smart devices, it makes sense that soon, a medical chatbot you interact with online will be able to use conversational language to communicate with and educate patients in much the same way we now interact with Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.

What may have sounded like science fiction just a few years ago is on the precipice of reality. UF’s strides in the field of artificial intelligence, including a $70 million partnership with the Silicon Valley-based technology company NVIDIA, are leading to research and industry innovations across all disciplines.

At the College of Medicine, experts say a focus on AI will result in better patient care, advancements in clinical research and new techniques to train the next generation of clinicians and medical scientists.

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College of Medicine professor named UF Innovate 2022 Innovator of the Year
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Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., was recently named Innovator of the Year during UF Innovate | Tech Licensing’s fifth annual Standing InnOvation event. Byrne, the associate chair of pediatrics and director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center at UF, has dedicated his career to pursuing novel gene therapies for treating diseases such as Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, Friedreich’s ataxia and Pompe disease.

Byrne considers it his “obligation to save the children” living with debilitating muscle diseases, said Hera Lichtenbeld, Ph.D., who manages Byrne’s portfolio at Tech Licensing.

In addition to being an excellent clinician scientist, Byrne is a successful entrepreneur. He has co-founded several biopharmaceutical companies such as Lacerta Therapeutics and AavantiBio. Manuela Corti, Ph.D., P.T., Byrne’s colleague and AavantiBio co-founder, accepted the trophy for him.

During the event, six teams of inventors were also recognized for their Inventions of the Year, including faculty at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health and UF Scripps Biomedical Research.

Meet Dr. Byrne »
Annual virtual 5K to raise money for scholarships
Get active with the College of Medicine community by joining the annual alumni affairs virtual 5K to fundraise for student scholarships. Grab your friends and family and run, walk, roll or self-propel 3.1 miles at any time and any place between Jan. 1-31.
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Mobile Outreach Clinic unveils new look
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The Mobile Outreach Clinic provides care to underserved adults in the area and trains future providers through unique volunteer opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, the clinic has added a new vehicle to its fleet: a Mercedes Sprinter van sporting the program’s new look.
Details on MOC »
Celebration of Research abstract submission deadline coming soon
Submissions are now open for the 2023 Celebration of Research Poster Session & Reception. Get your abstract in by Dec. 16 for the chance to win a research award.
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Track progress of initiatives under the strategic plan’s seven pillars.
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Research spotlight: Innovative immunotherapy for malignant brain tumors

Earlier this year, Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., received the 2022 College of Medicine Clinical Science Research Award for the impact of his research on patient care.

Mitchell, the Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor in the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery, is a leading expert in the development of innovative immunotherapy treatments for adults and children with malignant brain tumors and has pioneered many novel brain tumor immunotherapies that have been translated into first-in-human clinical trials and multicenter phase 2 studies.

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Orange grove gift to fund gynecology professorship for placental research

As one of the first organs formed by a human fetus, the placenta not only plays a pivotal role during pregnancy, but it also impacts health outcomes for children decades after they are born.

A recent gift to the UF College of Medicine’s department of obstetrics and gynecology will support a new professorship dedicated to research that will help scientists understand the role of the placenta in health outcomes and design interventions to help. The gift, a Florida orange grove valued at about $1 million, was donated by William Leach, MD ’71, and his wife, Virginia Leach.

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Research spotlight: The biological clock and its potential clinical applications

Earlier this year, Karyn Esser, Ph.D., received the 2022 College of Medicine Basic Science Research Award for her contributions to the field of physiology.

Thanks to her seminal studies, circadian rhythm research in muscle has grown exponentially over the last 20 years and expanded beyond basic science discoveries and into the realm of clinical interventions for muscle conditions associated with chronic disease and aging.

Esser reflects on her career and her lab’s work in a recent video. 

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