March 2018-Distinctions


College of Dentistry

Luisa F. Echeto, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, a clinical associate professor in the department of restorative dental sciences, division of prosthodontics, recently earned board certification from the American Board of Prosthodontics and became a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.

Olga Luaces, D.M.D., received a 2018 American Dental Education Association/African American Latina/o, or ADEA/AAL, Faculty of Color Tuition Scholarship for Professional Development. The award provides a full waiver of the tuition for the ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders offered in July 2018.

College of Nursing

Shirley Bloodworth, M.S.N., an alumnus who has long been active in end-of-life advocacy as a hospice nurse, received the Spirit of Gainesville award for community service from Gainesville Magazine. Bloodworth also is credited with reviving the Community Coalition for Older Adults.

College of Medicine – Jacksonville

Brian Yorkgitis, P.A.-C., D.O., F.A.C.S., has received the 2018 Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Trial Junior Investigator Award to perform a multicenter, prospective, observational study of trauma patients using antiplatelet agents. Yorkgitis, an assistant professor in the college’s division of acute care surgery, will use the grant to begin the multicenter trial and to recruit 12 to 15 trauma centers across the country to study the effect of the antiplatelet agents on outcomes in trauma. The project will begin in the spring of 2018 and run through the end of 2020.

Dominick Angiolillo, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular research, remains one of the world’s most-cited researchers. Angiolillo appears on a list released by Clarivate Analytics, which tracks the number of times scientists are cited in science and social science journals. He is among the nearly 3,400 scholars across 21 fields who are in the top 1 percent of most-cited researchers worldwide.

College of Medicine

Carl J. Pepine, M.D., MACC, a professor of medicine, has been awarded the 2018 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease Award by the American College of Cardiology in honor of contributions to the cardiovascular profession. The award is given to a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology who has demonstrated leadership and accomplishment in the field of cardiovascular disease in women exemplified by research, teaching, practice or service.

College of Pharmacy

Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., a professor and chair of medicinal chemistry and the Debbie and Sylvia DeSantis Chair in Natural Products Drug Discovery and Development, was appointed to the Natural Product Reports’ editorial board by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In this position, he will help shape the strategy, standards, scope of future themed issues.

Shannon Miller, Pharm.D., BCACP, an associate clinical professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research, has been selected as the college’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. Miller, who is also the assistant director of the Orlando campus, was recognized in part for her innovative development of interactive video lectures for students.

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Kim Dunleavy, Ph.D., P.T., an associate clinical professor and director of professional education and community engagement in the department of physical therapy, was elected a distinguished fellow of the National Academy of Practice in Physical Therapy. The organization is composed of professionals advancing interprofessional health care by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interest of individuals and communities.

Kenneth J. Logan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, an associate professor and associate chair in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, was appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, one of six journals published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He was selected for his expertise in the area of speech fluency, which includes disorders such as stuttering.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Cynthia Kathir, a fourth-year student, has received the 2018 Simmons Educational Foundation’s national Business Aptitude Award. The $15,000 national award goes to the student who submits the best response to a business case study.