Spring – UF Health Distinctions


College of Dentistry


Dolwick Franklin

Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, received the 2021 William J. Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator from the ADEAGies Foundation, for his contributions to dental education during his exemplary career. Dolwick is also the Academy One Hundred Eminent Scholar Professor.


Guelmann_MarcioMarcio Guelmann, D.D.S., received the 2021 Lewis A. Kay Excellence in Education Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in recognition of his leadership in the dental profession, commitment to educating pediatric dental residents, contributions to society and to the profession of dentistry.



College of Medicine

Nancy MendenhallNancy P. Mendenhall, M.D., a professor of radiation oncology and a member of the UF Health Cancer Center, has been selected by the National Association for Proton Therapy to serve on its newly created physician advisory committee.


 Malu TanseyMalú G. Tansey, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience and co-director of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, earned the 2020 J. William Langston Award for her service and dedication to the shared goals of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease and ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.


College of Nursing

Debra Lynch KellyDebra Lynch Kelly, Ph.D., R.N., was appointed associate dean for academic affairs – undergraduate education in the fall. Kelly has been with the college for six years and is a tenured associate professor with significant pedagogical expertise, having earned recognition from the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. She is also a member of the UF Health Cancer Center.


Patrick NoblesPatrick Nobles, D.N.P., FNP-BC, a clinical assistant professor, was named the Magnet Nurse of the Year for UF Health. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses in the areas of Magnet: transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge/innovations/improvements and empirical outcomes.

Karen S. Reed


Karen Reed, M.S.N., DHSc, R.N., C.N.E., a clinical assistant professor, was awarded a UF Faculty Enhancement Opportunity and also officially began her new role as director of the Office of Professional Nursing Development.


Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini_JSJ_6JJ5444Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, Ph.D., R.N., assistant dean of diversity, inclusion and global affairs, was awarded funding from Advancing Racial Justice Through Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access at UF to implement the Keys to Success program for first-year Black students to develop meaningful relationships with faculty and provide academic preparation, social support, mentoring and career exploration.


College of Pharmacy

CavallariLarisa Cavallari, Pharm.D., an associate professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational and a member of the UF Health Cancer Center, has received the 2020 Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Cardiology Practice and Research Network. The award is presented annually to a Cardiology PRN member who has made significant research contributions to the field of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy.


Vakaramako Diaby

Vakaramoko “Karam” Diaby, Ph.D., M.Sc., an assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, led a team of researchers who placed third in the PhRMA Foundation Challenge Award contest aimed at addressing health disparities and underrepresented groups in value assessment.



Mei HeMei He, Ph.D
., an assistant professor in pharmaceutics and a member of the UF Health Cancer Center, was appointed to the following positions: track leader for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Scientific Programming Committee Discovery and Basic Research, board member in the lab on Chip Advisory, member of the inaugural lab on a Chip commissioning panel, and reviewer for the National Institutes of Health NIGMS MIRA R35 study section.


Pharmacy Teacher of the Year

Richard Segal, Ph.D., R.Ph., M.S., a professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, has been named the 2020-21 Teacher of the Year. Segal teaches the first class Pharm.D. students ever attend: Principles of Patient-Centered Care. Students praise Segal for creating an inclusive learning environment where all views and experiences are welcomed without any worries of judgment or dismissal.

Guenther Hochhaus


Guenther Hochhaus, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutics, has been honored with the college’s 2020-21 Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award. The award recognizes exceptional teaching in graduate doctoral education and excellence in mentoring doctoral students throughout their dissertation project.


College of Public Health and Health Professions


Dr. CotterLinda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACE, associate dean for research and a dean’s professor in the department of epidemiology in PHHP and the College of Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science. Her term as president will begin in April 2022. The association supports the needs of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program, a National Institutes of Health-funded network of medical research institutions that works to improve the translational research process.


Jessica KramerJessica Kramer, Ph.D., OTR/L, an associate professor in the department of occupational therapy, has received the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Mid-Career Research Excellence Award. This award recognizes one scholar each year whose research accomplishments contribute to advancing knowledge in the field of occupational therapy and improving practice and health. She was recognized for her integration of participatory research methodologies with youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities into rigorous, best practice methods for assessment and intervention development and evaluation.


 Christine MeyersChristine Myers, Ph.D., OTR/L, a clinical associate professor of occupational therapy and director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, has been elected to receive the Roster of Fellows award from the American Occupational Therapy Association. Myers was recognized for her exemplary leadership in early childhood and interprofessional education. She is the director of INSPIRE, an interprofessional training grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program provides specialized training for occupational therapy, physical therapy and       speech-language pathology students to work interprofessionally in order to treat young children with disabilities in early intervention and school settings.


Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith, P.T., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of physical therapy, has received the James Dunleavy Distinguished Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. The award honors an outstanding member of APTA Acute Care, an academy of the American Physical Therapy Association. Over the years, Smith has demonstrated prominent leadership in advancing the interests, objectives and strategic plan of APTA Acute Care. She has used exceptional time and talent in APTA Acute Care office and committee work, assisting APTA Acute Care and its membership in achieving their goals.


College of Veterinary Medicine

Daniel R. Brown

Dan Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor of bacteriology in the department of infectious diseases and immunology, has been honored by the Bergey’s Manual Trust with its Bergey’s Medal for his contributions to the field of bacteriology. The Bergey Medal is awarded to individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to bacterial systematics and to recognize the service of trustees. Brown has been an associate member of the trust since 2009.