Faculty News – Fall 2019
UF Medicine faculty distinctions, awards, news and moves
Dr. David Nelson appointed president of UF Health, senior vice president for health affairs at UF
After serving in an interim role for nearly a year, David R. Nelson, MD, was appointed president of UF Health and senior vice president for health affairs at UF in April. An expert in liver disease, his research has generated more than $80 million in funding, and he has authored more than 200 publications. He has held multiple leadership roles, co-authoring the U.S. treatment guidelines for hepatitis C and representing the U.S. on the World Health Organization HCV guidelines committee. Nelson has received numerous awards for his work, including the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Learning Health System Research Champion Award and the FDA’s Regulatory Science Excellence Honor Award, and he has been continuously recognized as one of America’s top gastroenterologists.
“Dr. Nelson is a highly respected and remarkably talented physician, researcher, scholar and educator — all qualities that make him the right leader for UF Health at a key moment in its trajectory,” said UF President Kent Fuchs.
Schatz named interim chair of department of pediatrics
Desmond Schatz, MD, was named interim chair of the department of pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Schatz, a professor of pediatrics and the associate chair of the department, assumed the role June 20 as Scott Rivkees, MD, began his appointment as state surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Schatz is an internationally regarded Type 1 diabetes researcher who has published more than 360 papers, the majority related to the prediction, natural history, genetics, immunopathogenesis and prevention of the disease. He continues to serve as medical director of the UF Diabetes Institute and director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Clinical Research Center.
Mark Atkinson, PhD ’88
Director of the UF Diabetes Institute; American Diabetes Association Eminent Scholar; Jeffrey Keene Family Professor in the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine
RECENT ACHIEVEMENT: Received the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s 2019 Jacobaeus Prize, awarded annually to a distinguished international researcher; also received the 2018 Albert Renold Award from the American Diabetes Association for his impact on Type 1 diabetes research
Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH
Dean’s Professor, department of epidemiology
RECENT ACHIEVEMENT: Elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, which provides a platform for enhancing education, research and public policy related to clinical and translational science
Bruce Goldberger, PhD
Chief of forensic medicine and professor and director of toxicology in the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine
RECENT ACHIEVEMENT:Appointed to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Emerging Threats Committee, created to identify and respond to evolving and emerging drug threats in the U.S.