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Strategic plan project to improve IT infrastructure for AI readiness

The health care field produces dozens of useful data points during each patient visit, from height, weight and blood pressure to cholesterol levels and relevant family history. However, finding the right way to synthesize these data to improve current treatments and even find new cures for diseases requires a lot of computing power.

To elevate health care systems in the digital age, where resources like artificial intelligence can be used to sift through and organize millions of data points that would otherwise be impossible to extrapolate, partnerships must be forged between front-line clinicians and data scientists behind the scenes.

At the UF College of Medicine, Jiang Bian, Ph.D., UF Health chief data scientist and a professor of biomedical informatics, is leading a project under the research pillar of the college’s strategic plan aimed at accomplishing such a task. Through the Enabling AI and Other High-Tech Research project, Bian and his College of Medicine colleagues are identifying and addressing opportunities to improve UF Health’s research information technology infrastructure to make it “AI ready.”

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Department spotlight: UF brings first Advanced Otology Fellowship Program to North Florida

In a state with an ever-growing population of elderly and hearing-impaired residents, specialized physicians capable of caring for complex hearing and balance patients are a boon.

The department of otolaryngology’s new fellowship program, launched in 2022, is poised to help meet that crucial need. The program is the first of its kind in North Florida and one of only about a dozen across the U.S.

“We’ve been lucky to find the right person to get the program off the ground, and we’re lucky that we’ve had a good number of applicants for next year,” said Si Chen, M.D., an assistant professor in the department. “We want to establish the program as the leader of ear surgery and ear research in the region and in the country. We’re excited for the future.”

Chen, who serves as the fellowship director, organized a plan for the program with the help of her colleagues Patrick Antonelli, M.D., and Rex Haberman, M.D. Chen obtained approval from the university’s Graduate Medical Education Committee, allowing UF to welcome its first advanced otology fellow, Samuel H. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., in July.

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UF brain tumor team featured on ESPN

During The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s “V Week,” ESPN and ABC aired videos highlighting UF Health’s efforts to fight brain cancer.

The videos include UF Health patient Mikah Phillips and his parents, Debbie and Justin; longtime UF brain tumor research supporter Paul Hale; pediatric neurosurgeon Jason Blatt, M.D.; William Friedman, M.D., and Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., co-directors of the University of Florida’s Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy; and several other team members.

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Alumna featured in New York Times for inclusive psychiatry work
In a recent profile, Sarah Vinson, M.D. ’07, discussed her team’s work to address the needs of adolescent patients with often unaddressed mental health needs.
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Deadline for Celebration of Research art submissions Jan. 20
New this year, The College of Medicine Office of Research will showcase works of art during the 2023 Celebration of Research next month. The theme, Research as Art, celebrates artistic expressions of biomedical research.
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UF to host annual MLK Celebration events Jan. 11-17
The campuswide celebration honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through educational programs and service initiatives designed to empower you to use your passions and talents to better the lives of others and impact the community. Please submit photos of your acts of service to
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Track progress of initiatives under the strategic plan’s seven pillars.
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Dr. Gibbs named chair of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine

For a few summers during high school and college, C. Parker Gibbs, M.D., earned extra cash by mopping floors in the operating rooms of UF Health Shands Hospital, where he developed an unlikely relationship with William W. Enneking, M.D., the founding chair of orthopaedics at the College of Medicine.

Now, Gibbs’ career comes full circle as he begins as the new chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine for the College of Medicine. A nationally respected orthopaedic surgeon with a history of exceptional patient care, leading-edge research and distinguished clinical leadership, he specializes in limb salvage surgery for children and adults with bone and soft tissue sarcomas of the pelvis and extremities.

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Doctor Timothy Morey poses for a photo outside on the UF Health campus.
Dr. Morey named chief medical officer for UF Health Shands

From a young age, Timothy Morey, M.D., knew health care was the path he hoped to pursue. While in medical school at the UF College of Medicine, he found the field of anesthesiology through a job board posting from a neuroanesthesiologist recruiting student workers to help with a National Institutes of Health study examining postsurgical cognitive function.

After spending a decade leading the college’s department of anesthesiology, Morey will continue to leverage his deep knowledge of UF and his experience in patient care as the chief medical officer for UF Health Shands and the senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the College of Medicine. In this role, he will oversee patient care and clinical effectiveness while promoting a culture of safety and patient satisfaction.

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Doctor Jennifer Hunt smiles for a photo against a tan wall.
UF Health Shands Hospital appoints Dr. Hunt as chief of staff

While in medical school, Jennifer L. Hunt, M.D., M.Ed., became enamored with the field of pathology, drawn to its interprofessional nature and the opportunity to collaborate with physicians and staff across the health care system.

Now, Hunt will leverage her experience collaborating across specialties as the new chief of staff for UF Health Shands, a position she takes on in addition to her role as chair of the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine. An internationally known head and neck and molecular pathologist, Hunt joined UF in 2020 after serving for nearly a decade as the Aubrey J. Hough Endowed Professor and chair of pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she was also the chief of staff, chair of the credentials committee and chair of the professionalism committee.

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