News notes — fall 2019
Celebrating the achievements of UF College of Medicine alumni
Sarah Vinson, MD ’07, has been named program director of the child psychiatry fellowship at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Vinson was instrumental in designing the fellowship, which is the first of its kind at a historically black college or university. In September, she was appointed by Georgia’s governor to the state’s Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission. Vinson, who is a triple board-certified child and adolescent, adult and forensic psychiatrist, also recently joined the UF College of Medicine’s Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Holly Neville, MD ’96, has joined the UF College of Medicine’s Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is a pediatric surgeon at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.
Michael Zinner, MD ’71, has been named professor and chair of the department of surgery at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami. Prior to his appointment at FIU, Zinner — a world-renowned cancer surgeon — served as the founding CEO and executive medical director at the Miami Cancer Institute.
Alma Littles, MD ’96, received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women’s Association in a ceremony July 28. The award, named after the first woman to graduate from medical school in the U.S., is given annually to a female physician who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine. Littles serves as senior associate dean for medical education and academic affairs at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee.
James Duke, MD ’85, and his wife, Pam, took their Gator pride on the road while exploring Italy this spring. Duke is an orthopaedic surgeon in Ocala, and served as president of the UF College of Medicine Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors. Want to share how you show your Gator spirit around the globe? Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.