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FLDR Spring 2017

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8 f l o r i d a d o c t o r O ver the course of the last five decades, University of Florida Health Shands Trans- plant Center faculty and staff have performed more than 8,000 organ transplants. ey provide lifesaving care for adult patients receiving heart, liver, lung, kidney and pancreas transplants. e center also provides care for pediatric patients receiving heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplants. "UF Health Shands Hospital is fully committed to organ transplantation. UF was the first center in the state to provide most of these lifesaving procedures. e intent is to build on this foundation and enhance the care of the patients in the region," said Bruce Mast, MD, a professor and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the UF College of Medicine. He is also interim chair for the UF Depart- ment of Surgery. UF Health's multidisciplinary team includes surgeons, physician specialists, nurses, financial coordinators, donor coordinators, administrative support staff, social workers, physical and respira- tory therapists, dietitians and psycholo- gists at the UF Health Shands Transplant Center. "While our entire transplant team prides itself in the successes of the past, we see each donor and patient transplant event as a unique opportunity to im- prove the future and a true blessing to all involved," said Kenneth Andreoni, MD, chief of the division of transplantation surgery at the UF College of Medicine. He oversees the division's kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation program. e staff works with anesthesiologists and pharmacists, as well as the pilots and flight teams who help transport organs. ere is support along every phase of the patient's journey—from pre-transplant to lifelong post-transplant care. "Our transplant teams have years of experience. Patients with complex and end-stage disease need multidisciplinary care. Our surgeons work closely with the physicians, and that is critical to provid- ing the highest-quality treatment. We are fortunate to have that," said omas M. Beaver, MD, MPH, a professor and chief in the division of thoracic and cardio- vascular surgery at the UF College of Medicine. Fifty Years of Transplant Innovation at UF Health 8 f l o R I D a D o c t o R COVER STORY: UF Health Karin Lillis

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