Distinctions 2023

Honors and Awards


Interim Associate Dean for Research Valeria Gordan, D.D.S., M.S., MSCI, has been named a Distinguished Professor.


David C. Bloom, Ph.D., a longtime faculty member, now chairs the department of molecular genetics and microbiology.

C. Parker Gibbs Jr., M.D., is the new chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine.

Eileen M. Handberg, Ph.D., ARNP, FACC, was awarded the 2023 Distinguished CV Team Member Award by the American College of Cardiology for her contributions to the cardiovascular profession.

Jennifer L. Hunt, M.D., M.Ed., was named chief of staff for UF Health Shands in January. She also is chair of the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine.

Gregory M. Janelle, M.D., FASE, FASA, has been appointed interim chair of the department of anesthesiology.

Carol Mathews, M.D., an internationally known clinician and translational researcher in the areas of obsessive-compulsive disorder, tic disorders and anxiety disorders, was named chair of the department of psychiatry in late October.

Timothy Morey, M.D., was named chief medical officer for UF Health Shands and senior associate dean for clinical affairs.

Rashmin C. Savani, M.B., Ch.B., became chair of the department of pediatrics in August. Savani was formerly the William Buchanan Chair in Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.


Erik Black, Ph.D., M.P.H., became the associate dean for student affairs in January. Black is also associate director of interprofessional education in the College of Medicine.


Becker’s Healthcare in January recognized Lakesha Butler, Pharm.D., the chief diversity officer for UF Health and a clinical professor, as one of its 40 diversity and inclusion executives to know.

Lisa Miller, Pharm.D., M.A., a licensed pharmacist with nearly two decades of experience working in academic pharmacy, was appointed a clinical professor and assistant dean at the college’s Orlando campus. Miller will oversee the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Almut Winterstein, Ph.D., R.Ph., a distinguished professor, was among 14 elected to the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida, or ASEMFL, in November. Winterstein, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Safety, was elected for uncovering real-world drug safety problems.

The Mental Health, Epidemiology and Applied Statistics sections of the American Public Health Association selected Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACE, for the Rema Lapouse Award for Achievement in Epidemiology, Mental Health and Applied Public Health Statistics.

Catalina Lopez-Quintero, Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of epidemiology, has received the National Award of Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network. The award honors outstanding research and/or publication in the field of Hispanic drug abuse.


Mattia Prosperi, Ph.D., was appointed the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ associate dean for artificial intelligence and innovation. An epidemiology professor, Prosperi will work to expand the college’s AI efforts in research, teaching and commercialization.

Lee Revere, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the department of health services research, management and policy, has achieved fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

Tara Sabo-Attwood, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the department of environmental and global health, was appointed in November to a three-year term on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel.

Adam Woods, Ph.D., was named associate dean for research. Woods is an associate professor in clinical and health psychology and the associate director of the Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory in the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute.


Christopher Adin, D.V.M., a professor of small animal surgery and a college administrator, was named the college’s new executive associate dean. Adin previously was chair of the department of small animal clinical sciences.

Michael Mison, D.V.M., has been named associate dean for clinical services for small animal operations, responsible for the UF Small Animal Hospital in Gainesville, UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services in Ocala and the veterinary hospitals’ pharmacy.

Chris Sanchez, D.V.M., Ph.D., who led the UF Veterinary Hospitals as interim associate dean for clinical services since December 2019, was named associate dean for clinical services for large animal operations, and is now responsible for the UF Large Animal Hospital in Gainesville, the UF Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center in Ocala and the UF Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories.


Matthew D. Disney, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, has been named the institute’s first Institute Professor.

Courtney Miller, Ph.D., was awarded the 2022 Weaver H. Gaines Entrepreneur of the Year award in November. Myosin Therapeutics is a spinoff company founded by Miller and two colleagues from what is now The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute. The company designs new medications to target the mechanisms that cells use to convert energy into work.

Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, M.D., began work in January as associate vice president for research at UF Health and as the inaugural Herbert A. Wertheim Professor of Inflammation Science. Garcia, a distinguished pulmonologist and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, is the founding director of the Center for Inflammation Science and Systems Medicine. His lab and office are based at The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology campus in Jupiter. As AVP for research, Garcia will promote ways to enhance the research mission across UF Health’s health colleges, research centers and institutes.

Ed Daech has been named chief human resources officer at UF Health Shands. He began Jan. 2.