History

Making a Profound Impact

The UF College of Medicine is the oldest public medical school in the State of Florida. With more than 25 research-oriented, basic and clinical academic departments, our faculty have attained national leadership in patient care, research and education related to the brain and spine, cancer, diabetes, genetics, organ transplant and drug design; and dozens of patents and technology licenses on drugs and products that have vastly improved our health and productivity.

Yet the success of our graduates will always be our greatest accomplishments. For more than 50 years, their dedication to their patients, their communities and to their profession has led to numerous discoveries and thousands of lives saved. They have literally changed the art and science of medicine. From the invention of Gatorade to the creation of precision tools for surgery to radical improvements in the treatment of breast cancer, our graduates have had a profound impact on medical practice across the nation.

Dr. Jim Free (’60),  Dr. Dana Shires (’61),  Dr. Alex de Quesada, (residency ’68), working with UF nephrologist Dr. Robert Cade, developed Gatorade, a drink that helped replace electrolytes for athletes after an intense workout.

Dr. Michael Good (residency ’94) teamed up with his colleagues in the department of anesthesiology to develop the Human Patient Simulator, a complex model that accurately stimulates human physiology and realtime response to medications that revolutionized how health care delivery is taught around the world.

Dr. Carl Herbert III (’79), in 1982 was instrumental in the development of the first assisted reproductive technology programs in the United States at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Steven DeKosky (’74) is an international expert on the science and clinical care of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. V. Suzanne Klimberg (’84), the Muriel Balsam Kohn Chair in Breast Surgical Oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), a professor of surgery and Pathology, director of Diseases of the Breast Fellowship and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program, is one of the nation’s most highly regarded breast surgeons.

Dr. Mike Haller (2000), is earning global recognition for his innovative work toward preventing and reversing Type 1 diabetes.

“We hope we can provide the necessary resources and support to permit you to run the race, complete the course and realize your dream.”
– The late Hugh “Smiley” Hill, M.D., associate dean for student affairs for 42 years, speaking to every incoming medical school class from 1959 to 2001 

The achievements of our alumni generate institutional pride, bring honor to those who were part of their educational experience, and serve to demonstrate in the most compelling way possible that a University of Florida College of Medicine graduate is a physician with the potential to change the world. Their accomplishments have inspired others to learn, to train, to care and to cure.