College of Dentistry

Roger B. Fillingim, Ph.D., a professor in community dentistry and behavioral science, received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society during the group’s annual meeting. The award recognizes outstanding and dedicated service to the APS.

College of Medicine

Rhea Carnevale, R.N., B.S.N., has received the UF Health Shands Nursing Staff Choice Nightingale Unit Award for 2017. Rhea is the Ambulatory Care Unit manager for the UF Health Urology clinic. She was selected for her compassion and for demonstrating the essence of the professional nurse.

Nandini Dataram, L.P.N., was awarded the Carole Theophin Excellence in Nursing Award for 2017 from the department of urology. The award recognizes excellence in urology nursing care, and is given to an outstanding individual who delivers high-quality, excellent care to patients.

Julie Stortz, M.D., a fourth-year resident with the department of surgery, received the New Investigator Award from the Shock Society. Stortz and her colleagues seek to determine the presence and effects of immunosuppression on sepsis survivors who develop chronic critical illness compared to patients who rapidly recover from sepsis.

College of Nursing

Tonja Hartjes, D.N.P., ARNP, a clinical associate professor, has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Hartjes is the track coordinator for the college’s adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Debra Lynch Kelly, Ph.D., R.N., an assistant professor, was recently accepted as a full member of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, an international professional membership association of more than 2,200 physicians, investigators and other health care professionals from more than 45 countries.

Laurie Duckworth, Ph.D., ARNP, a clinical associate professor and the director of clinical research, has received the 2017 UF Health Shands Rose Rivers Chrysalis Award for Evolving Nursing Research for a research study titled, “Exploring Registered Nurse Turnover in the Operating Room and Opportunities to Improve Nurse Retention.” This project included two UF Health Shands Hospital operating room staff nurses, Karen Zak and Rebekah Parkison, and administrator for nursing research Jeanette Green.

College of Pharmacy

Eric Krause, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacodynamics, has earned the American Physiological Society Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award, which recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of his or her career who has made meritorious contributions to the central nervous system area of study.

Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacoptherapy and translational research, has won the Living Legend Award from the Association for Good Clinical Practice in Nigeria for her achievements and contributions to African and global health and her service to humanity. By tracing the roots of prostate health disparities, she has helped to implement cost-effective, community-based intervention programs in minority and underserved communities.

Kalen Manasco, Pharm.D., BCPS, a clinical professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research, has been named a fellow in the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. The honor is for pharmacists who demonstrate excellence in pediatric pharmacy practice and have distinguished themselves for their contributions to the profession. Manasco also serves as a clinical pharmacist with the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Rene Soria-Saucedo, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, was elected to serve a two-year term at the Risk Adjustment Advisory Group at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, a nonprofit alliance with over 200 member organizations focused on improving the quality of medication management and use across health care settings, with the goal of improving patient health through a collaborative process and recognizing examples of exceptional pharmacy quality.

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Breton Asken, a doctoral student in the department of clinical and health psychology, has been selected to receive the 2016 Journal of Athletic Training’s Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Practice Advancement. The award is given in recognition of an article by Asken and his co-authors titled, “Playing through it: Delayed reporting and removal from athletic activity after concussion predicts prolonged recovery.”