Distinctions: April 2015

A distinguished leader

JulieJohnson-landscape-5643Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., dean and distinguished professor of the College of Pharmacy, is the new president-elect of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Johnson assumed the role March 5 at the society’s 116th annual meeting in New Orleans. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics has more than 2,100 members who work to advance the science and therapeutic practice of human pharmacology for the benefit of patients and society. Also in March, Johnson won the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Southeastern Universities Research Association. The award and its $10,000 honorarium are presented annually to a research scientist whose work fulfills the group’s mission to strengthen the scientific capabilities of its members and the nation.

The business side

Geoffrey Landau, a fourth-year student at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, was named the winner of the Simmons Business Aptitude Award in January during the national Veterinary Business Management Association’s annual meeting in Orlando. The $15,000 award, which is given to senior students, is intended to bring attention to the importance of business education in veterinary practice. Landau was selected from among 17 national and international candidates.


Joseph Sindone, D.P.M., an assistant professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery, has been named to the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine.Sindone is one of just five podiatrists statewide who will comprise the board. His three-year appointment is pending confirmation by the state Senate. Sindone has been at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville since 2006.


Kevin E. Behrns, M.D., chair of the  department of surgery and the Edward R. Woodward professor of surgery, has accepted roles as co-editor-in-chief of the journal Surgery and as a member of the executive committee of the American College of Surgeons’ board of governors. Behrns said he wants to help the journal establish a dynamic social media presence, enhance its electronic edition and mobile accessibility, and find engaging new ways of communicating with young surgeons.

Frederick A. Moore, M.D., MCCM, chief of acute care surgery in the department of surgery, received the Distinguished Investigator Award for his research on the pathogenesis of multiple organ failure at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s annual meeting in January.

Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S., an assistant professor of anesthesiology, was awarded a Presidential Commendation from the American Academy of Pain Medicine, an association of medical professionals whose focus is pain care. Each year, the president of the academy chooses a small group of individuals in the field to honor for their contributions to pain care and pain medicine. For 2015, 11 recipients nationwide will receive the commendation.

Public Health and Health Professions

Makyba Charles, a doctoral student in the department of environmental and global health, won the Student Merit Award from the Society for Risk Analysis’ Exposure Assessment Specialty Group for her presentation “A Probabilistic Analysis of Seafood Consumption in the Gulf of Mexico” at the society’s annual meeting.

Scott Griffiths, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of speech, language and hearing sciences, was elected secretary of the Accreditation Commission on Audiology Education, the authoritative group for assuring quality in audiology education. He has served on the commission’s board of directors for six years and has evaluated applicant programs as a site visitor.

David Janicke, Ph.D., an associate professor and interim chair of the department of clinical and health psychology, co-authored a paper on pediatric psychology training that was selected for the 2014 Diane Willis Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. The award recognizes articles that have the potential to significantly contribute to scholarship in the science and practice of pediatric psychology.