September 2011 Distinctions


College of Veterinary Medicine

David Freeman

David Freeman, M.V.B., Ph.D., a professor and the interim chair of large animal clinical sciences, was honored by the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil for his outstanding contributions to the development of equine surgery worldwide. Freeman’s research interests include the pathophysiology and treatment of diseases that cause colic in horses, with special emphasis on ischemic diseases of the small and large intestines. Shown here with Freeman (right) is equine surgeon Geraldo Alves of the Federal University of Minas Gerais.



Shands HealthCare

Seven medical specialty programs at Shands at UF were recognized among the nation’s best in the 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings, which were released in July. Shands at UF had the highest ranking among Florida hospitals in five specialties: urology (tied for 23rd nationally); cardiology & heart surgery (tied for 27th nationally); neurology & neurosurgery (28th nationally); pulmonology (28th nationally); and nephrology (tied for 35th nationally). Shands at UF was also ranked in cancer (35th nationally) and gastroenterology (38th nationally).


College of Dentistry

Teresa Dolan

Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H., a professor and dean of the college, was appointed to serve a four-year term on the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council of the National Institutes of Health beginning December 2011. The council advises, assists, consults with and makes recommendations to the secretary of Health and Human Services and the director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research regarding activities and policies of the NIDCR.


Venita Sposetti


Venita Sposetti, D.M.D., an associate professor in the department of prosthodontics, has been appointed the college’s associate dean for education. Since July 2001, Sposetti has served as the assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, which is part of the Office of Education. In that role she managed admissions and financial aid and led efforts to implement holistic admissions practices in the D.M.D. program, managing the program during a decade of dramatic growth in application numbers.


Clay Walker


Clay Walker, Ph.D., a professor and associate dean, was accepted into the 2011-2012 UF Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals Program. This yearlong program is designed to support ongoing development for faculty and professionals in leadership positions at the university.




Roger Bertholf


Roger L. Bertholf, Ph.D., a professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine and director of clinical chemistry, toxicology and point-of-care testing, has been selected to receive the 2011 American Society for Clinical Pathology Regional Member Award for the Southeast Region. The award will be presented at the group’s annual meeting Oct. 20.


Jayson Edwards

Carolee Cutler Peck

Jayson Edwards, M.D. and Carolee Cutler Peck, M.D., M.P.H., both ophthalmology residents, returned home from the Annual Florida Society of Ophthalmology meeting as award-winning presenters. Edwards received first place award for his presentation “Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-α) Levels in Aqueous Humor of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma”. Peck’s presentation “OCT Findings with Structural and Functional Correlation in Two Siblings with North Carolina Macular Dystrophy” garnered her a tie for second place.


College of Medicine

Mark Brantly


Mark L. Brantly, M.D., a professor of medicine, has been named chief of the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine in the department of medicine. Serving as interim chief for the past year, Brantly has built the division into a national force for the advancement of clinical care, research and education. As permanent chief, Brantly will continue to advance the mission of the division and of the department as a whole.


Robert Leverence


Robert R. Leverence, M.D., has been appointed vice chair for clinical affairs for the department of medicine and founding chief for the newly formed division of hospital medicine. In his dual role, Leverence will direct a number of departmental priorities, including overseeing all outpatient clinics, developing patient-centered health care teams and expanding services and access. He also will serve as a liaison to other departments to further the UF Academic Health Center mission of providing outstanding, comprehensive, patient-centered care.


Frederick Moore


Frederick A. Moore, M.D., has joined the department of surgery as chief of acute care surgery. Moore, who came to UF from The Methodist Hospital in Houston, said his goals for the acute care surgery program at Shands at UF include establishing a two-year acute care surgery fellowship, expanding a team of surgeons experienced in a wide variety of trauma, burn and surgical critical care, and strengthening partnerships with smaller community hospitals in the region.



Eric Rosenberg


Eric I. Rosenberg, M.D., M.S.P.H, an associate professor of medicine, has been appointed chief of the division of general internal medicine in the department of medicine. During his tenure as interim chief, which began in July 2009, the division has successfully recruited eight new faculty members and initiated several novel projects, including the creation of a Health Services Research section and a pilot outpatient medical home.


College of Pharmacy

Veronika Butterweck


Veronika Butterweck, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmaceutics, has received the 2011 Bionorica Phytoneering Award from the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research at the 42nd International Symposium on Essential Oils in Turkey. She received the recognition for her work on the pharmacokinetics of flavonoids and their metabolites.


Leslie Hendeles


Leslie Hendeles, Pharm.D., a professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research, has been elected to the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished scholar for his academic achievements and his educational and research contributions to practice.


Julie Johnson


Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., the V. Ravi Chandran professor of pharmaceutical sciences and a distinguished professor of pharmacy in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research, has received a $500,000, one-year administrative supplement from UF to launch a personalized medicine program in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


College of Public Health and Health Professions

Meryl Alappattu


Elisa Gonzalez-Rothi

Meryl Alappattu, P.T., D.P.T., and Elisa Gonzalez-Rothi, D.P.T., doctoral students in the rehabilitation science degree program, received 2011 Promotion of Doctoral Studies scholarships from the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The program funds the most highly qualified doctoral and postdoctoral physical therapy students preparing for research careers.



David Janicke


David Janicke, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, was awarded fellow status from the American Psychological Association’s Division 54, the Society of Pediatric Psychology. Fellow status is awarded for long-term and broad achievement contributing to the science and practice of pediatric psychology.


William Latimer


William W. Latimer, Ph.D., M.P.H., a leading drug dependence and infectious disease epidemiologist, has been named chair of the department of clinical and health psychology. Latimer comes to UF from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he served as director of the Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program, which is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the U.S. State Department Humphrey Fellowship Program.


John Rosenbek


John Rosenbek, Ph.D., a professor in the department of speech, language and hearing sciences, has been awarded the Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publications from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award recognizes a sustained history of publications with significant educational, scientific or clinical value. In his research, Rosenbek has focused on behavioral treatments for language, speech and swallowing disorders, particularly those caused by neurological disease.