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UF Med Talks
Sponsored by the UF College of Medicine Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and the UF Medical Alumni Board, UF Med Talks is a virtual series to share the latest and greatest happenings in research and patient care at the UF College of Medicine.
Join us for a discussion on the thriving transplant programs at UF Health with world-renowned surgeons and faculty members Tiago N. Machuca, M.D., Ph.D., surgical director of UF Health’s lung transplant program and chief of the division of thoracic surgery, and Thiago Beduschi, M.D., director of UF Health’s abdominal transplant program and professor of surgery. They will talk about how their landmark multi-organ surgery reversed a patient’s terminal prognosis.
Alumni Speaker Series
Created in collaboration with the Office of Student Counseling & Development, the Alumni Speaker Series is a platform where UF College of Medicine graduates can provide insight into their medical school and residency experiences, discuss various career paths, and share tips on topics such as work-life balance and budgeting with UF medical students.
On Sept. 29 via Zoom, Gator graduates who are completing residencies in various programs across the country shared their medical school tips and answered students’ questions on how to navigate medical school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Oct. 26 via Zoom, Suzy Feigofsky, M.D. ’97, an alumna of the College of Medicine and triple Gator, shared her medical school experience and career path within her field of cardiology. She also discussed burnout and Imposter Syndrome.
On March 9th, we held the panel discussion that celebrates Women in Medicine with our alumnae: Stephanie I. Byerly, M.D. ’92, H.S. ’97, Holly L. Neville, M.D. ’96, Ki Eun Park, M.D. ’06, H.S. ’14, and Stephanie C. Yarnell, Ph.D. ’11, M.D. ’13. They shared their experience about the unique challenges female physicians confront over their careers to foster an inclusive environment that promotes female healthcare providers’ growth and development.
Check out healthy recipes submitted by alumni. Want to share a recipe? Email email@example.com.
Dr. Brian Taschner is a cardiologist in Fort Myers, Florida, and an avid athlete who completed the Spartan Beast obstacle course and race. Founder of Vibrant Beat, an educational platform that promotes healthy lifestyle habits, he hosts lecture at venues throughout the community to promote the benefits of a plant-based diet on cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Kavita Rajasekhar is a public health physician in NYC, serving as Associate Medical Director for a worker health protection program. She recently completed culinary school training at the Natural Gourmet Institute, a health-supportive, plant-based program, with an internship at Purple Kale Kitchenworks. Kavita enjoys learning and practicing knowledge on the healing properties of food and other lifestyle measures, especially yoga.
Dr. Wendie Moore is a retired Diagnostic Radiology Specialist in Ocala, FL, and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. As a Triple Gator, Dr. Moore is also a past and honorary member of the Medical Alumni Association Board. She is a part of the interview process for new medical students. Dr. Moore has recently been inspired to shift to a vegetarian/vegan diet after attending the first-ever UF Culinary Medicine Conference. She is enjoying incorporating her conference’s knowledge to her Gator lifestyle.
Gator Arts & Medicine
View art submissions from alumni. Want to share your work of art? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Avan Armaghani, an oncologist in Tampa, Florida, who enjoys dabbling in photography, captured this image in February at the Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm in Alachua.
Dr. Sonja A. Rasmussen, a professor in the UF College of Medicine’s departments of pediatrics and epidemiology, shares her passion for emphasizing the beauty in Gainesville and North Florida. The picture was taken during a boat ride on Santa Fe Lake.
Dr. Anthony J. Pizzo, a plastic surgeon from Tampa, Florida, shares valuable lessons from his time as a student at the UF College of Medicine and how a phrase from today’s headlines has led to a deeper understanding of events in his medical career, presented in one of the many forms of art — an essay.
Dr. Kyle Seifert is a professor and associate department head in the department of biology at James Madison University, a primarily undergraduate institution in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Dr. Seifert is a firm believer in work/life balance, using his time away from the classroom and lab to build boats. He’s built a variety of kayaks, canoes, and a paddleboard, with plans to make many more in the near future.
Wendy Welch, MD ‘90, MBA, CHCQM, is the Chief Medical Officer at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, a specialty behavioral health plan serving Medicaid beneficiaries across 20 counties in North Carolina. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Atrium Health, where she teaches managed care literacy to faculty and residents. Dr. Welch shares her passion for beautiful surroundings like this photo captured by her camera lens.
Dr. Dempsey S. Springfield is a retired orthopaedic surgical oncologist after receiving his medical degree, completing an orthopaedic residency, and a musculoskeletal oncology fellowship at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. He lives in Palm Coast, Florida, with his wife of over 50 years, Deanna Saltzman Springfield. Dr. Springfield shares his story of how the musical interest stimulated him to make musical instruments.
Dr. David Westfall is a retired Family Medicine Specialist in Gainesville, GA, and has over 49 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine medical in 1972. A few years later, Dr. Westfall and his wife moved to Gainesville, GA, where he established a private family medicine practice. He became active in the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and the medical staff of Lanier Park Hospital and Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). Northeast Georgia Health System recruited him in 1993 to help develop the Primary Care Network (the precursor to Northeast Georgia Physicians Group). He became the hospital’s first physician executive as vice president of Medical Affairs and the PCN medical director. Dr. Westfall is enjoying his active retirement by hiking and mastering the woodturning technic.
Dr. Tammy Euliano is a UF lifer and Triple Gator. Dr. Euliano has served on faculty since 1996, rising to full professor and honored with multiple teaching awards, several patents for simulation and maternal-fetal monitoring devices, and served as director of both the medical student clerkship and the residency program. Now that her three kids have moved on (one a third-generation Gator), she writes medical mystery/thrillers as an encore career. Dr. Euliano continues to work part-time at UF and lives in Gainesville with her husband and two dogs, who all enjoy intermittent visits from the children.
To enjoy an excerpt from Dr. Euliano’s novel, “Fatal Intent,” click below.
Gator Family Fun
Check out these Gator-themed resources for the whole family.
Watch this step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Florida’s mascot: the alligator.
Break out the orange and blue crayons and express your Gator spirit with these printable coloring pages.
Learn how the sky gets its orange and blue hues with this step-by-step science experiment.
An appropriate activity for children ages 3 to 8, this experiment uses an orange to demonstrate why things sink and float.