Paul Dougherty, M.D., has been appointed chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation. His clinical and research interests include surgical education, long-term follow-up of military amputees, wound ballistics of combat casualties, and external fixator biomechanics. He is an associate editor for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. In addition, he is a consultant reviewer for four other major journals. He has published more than 50 papers and book chapters and has given more than 80 regional and national presentations.


Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., University of Florida College of Pharmacy dean and distinguished professor, has been named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher for the second consecutive year. The honor is given to the world’s leading scholars in the sciences and social sciences and is earned by being among the top 1 percent most-cited researchers in a subject field. During her academic career, she has secured nearly $40 million in funding as a principal investigator and written more than 250 original articles.

College of Public Health and Health Professions

George Hack, Ph.D., and Cindy Prins, Ph.D., M.P.H., have been appointed to new assistant dean positions in the college. Hack, who previously served as a college-level instructional designer, has been named the college’s new assistant dean for instructional design and educational technology. Prins, a clinical assistant professor in the UF department of epidemiology since 2010, has been named the assistant dean for educational affairs and director of the master of public health program.

Two faculty members in the department of occupational therapy have been selected to receive the Roster of Fellows award from the American Occupational Therapy Association. Joanne J. Foss, Ph.D., OTR/L, the interim chair and director of the master’s in occupational therapy program, is recognized as an “Exemplary Leader in Pediatric and Professional Practice.” Emily S. Pugh, M.A., OTR/L, LHRM, director of the distance learning programs, is acknowledged for “Exemplary Leadership, Education, and Facilitating Client Safety.” The awards will be conferred during the organization’s centennial celebrations at the annual conference in Philadelphia next spring.

Danielle Scheer, a doctoral student in the department of health services research, management and policy, received the third annual  Rene Jahiel Award for Best Poster in Disability Research from the Disability Research Interest Group at AcademyHealth’s annual research meeting. Her research discussed the creation of a cultural competency training program for public health professionals working with people with disabilities and the program’s reception by providers.


Natalie Isaza, D.V.M., has received the American Humane Association’s 2016 “Hero Veterinarian” award. A UF faculty member since 2003, Isaza is the Grevior Shelter Medicine Community Outreach clinical associate professor and leads the UF Veterinary Community Outreach Program. She also co-founded the St. Francis Pet Care Clinic, which serves the pets of low-income and homeless members of the local community and in which UF students also participate.