Saving the Heart That Is Saving the World

Wildlife biologist can continue to protect endangered animals thanks to UF Health cardiologists.

By: Dee Russell
John Lukas standing next to an okapi. John Lukas has dedicated the last 30 years to saving the okapi from extinction.
“My recovery this time around was nothing like when I had open-heart surgery. Ten years ago, I was down for more than a month, but with this procedure, I was back on my feet after two nights.”
John Lukas
Picture of Daniel Soffer Daniel Soffer, MD, Medical Director of Endovascular Cardiology
John Pirris, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville
Dr. Soffer standing next to Lukas the morning after his procedure.