Recognizing Contributions to Patient Care, Education

UF Health is proud of its physicians and practices that have been recently recognized.

By: Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, CPE, FACEP

UF Health is proud of its physicians and practices that have been recognized by local and national organizations over the past few weeks and months.

Healthgrades, which aims to inform health care consumers about clinical quality, recognized UF Health Jacksonville with excellence awards in critical care and in cranial neurosurgery at the close of 2018. We were the only hospital in Northeast Florida to receive those distinctions.

After verifying our Level I trauma center in 2018, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma selected Brian Yorkgitis, DO, for its Future Leaders Program, which offers in-depth training and mentoring opportunities to trauma and acute care surgeons who are fewer than five years removed from completion of their fellowship.

Two of our physician educators have also been recognized by their peers. Rui Fernandes, MD, and Salam Salman, MD, from the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, each received International Educator Awards from the University of Florida International Center. Due in part to their efforts, the university was one of five institutions to receive the 2018 Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. This award is given annually by the Association of International Educators.

On a more local note, UF Health Family Medicine and Pediatrics – New Berlin was voted Best Medical Group by readers of Folio Weekly in the annual Best of Jax competition. Congratulations to Medical Director Chris Scuderi, DO, and his entire team.

We like to give accolades when our physicians and staff are recognized by prestigious organizations. That tends to be when their stories land in these pages, but the everyday work we do in providing excellent patient care to all those who pass through our doors is worthy of recognition, as well. Remember to recognize members of your team with words of encouragement each day. It truly is the quality of care we extend to our patients that helps us achieve our vision of being the region’s most valued health care asset.



Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, CPE, FACEP CEO, UF Health Jacksonville