2018 February Distinctions


College of Dentistry

Luisa F. Echeto, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, a clinical associate professor in the department of restorative dental sciences, has earned board certification from the American Board of Prosthodontics and has become a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. Echeto is director of the division of prosthodontics and of the predoctoral prosthodontics program.

Jaana Gold, D.D.S., M.P.H., C.P.H., Ph.D., an adjunct associate professor in the department of community dentistry and behavioral science, was named one of the American Dental Association’s Leaders in Evidence-Based Dentistry, and awarded one of three evidence-based dentistry awards at the ADA’s annual meeting. Gold received the 2017 Evidence-Based Dentistry Mid-Career Faculty Award for her accomplishments in teaching and promoting evidence-based dental practice and as an advocate for improving the oral health of citizens in
Florida and beyond.

College of Medicine-Jacksonville

Rui Fernandes, M.D., D.M.D., FACS, an associate professor and associate chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery, has been inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the oldest and largest royal college in the United Kingdom and one of the world’s oldest surgical organizations, advocating for surgical advancement for more than 500 years. He is the chief of head and neck surgery and the director of the head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular fellowship program. He is also the co-director of the UF Health Skull Base Center – Jacksonville.

College of Pharmacy

Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean of the college and a distinguished professor, has been named a 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher for the third consecutive year. The honor is given to the world’s leading scholars in the science and social sciences and is earned by being among the top 1 percent most cited researchers in a subject field.

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Kathryn Ross, Ph.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, won first place in The Obesity Society’s Lightning Talk competition held during Obesity Week, the joint annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. In her three-minute talk, Ross presented the results of her study, which modeled the pattern of weight loss and regain during and after a 12-week, web-based weight management program.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Margo Macpherson, D.V.M., DACT, a professor of reproduction and the former chief of reproduction services, has been installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.