PCICU Ribbon-cutting

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital jumps in national rankings

The dedicated physicians of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital strive each day to advance pediatric care through compassionate care, the latest technology and equipment, and the absolute best treatment plans. This month, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was recognized for these efforts. U.S. News & World Report rankings placed UF Health Shands Hospital as one of the nation’s best hospitals for children in seven medical specialties...

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Kicks off Noche de Gala

David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health, was a featured speaker Sunday, June 8, at the annual kickoff for the Noche de Gala fundraiser. The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation will hold its seventh Noche de Gala this fall, themed "Amp," with proceeds from the event benefitting UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Each year, the kickoff event announces the Noche de Gala theme, as well as introduces the event co-chairs. This year’s chairs are Eric Godet and Yvette Godet, D.M.D, P.A.

Noche de Gala will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at Besilu Collection in Micanopy, FL, and will include live entertainment, a silent auction featuring unique and extraordinary items, a Champion Paso Fino horse show, and gourmet dining.

For the past seven years, the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation has advocated and fundraised to improve and expand pediatric health care for all children and families in our region and beyond.

Walmart Wagon

Special Delivery from Walmart

Walmart stores donate 103 red wagons filled with necessity and diversionary items to UF Health Shands Children's Hospital pediatric patients.

Eight Tallahassee area Walmart stores and their associates will visit UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Tuesday, June 24 with a gift of 103 red wagons, decorated and filled with items for the pediatric patients treated at UF Health Shands. These in-kind items, ranging from books and games to laundry detergent and gift cards, will go directly to Child Life – the UF Health Shands program aimed to help children and families cope with the stress and anxiety of hospitalization...

Pediatrics Professor Appointed to FDA Committee

Dr. Barry Byrne has been recognized by the U.S. Food and Drus Administration for his research in gene transfer.

Federal agencies pursue world-renowned leaders when they seek expert advice. A recent search by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for one such expert ended with a University of Florida College of Medicine pediatric researcher.

Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UF Powell Gene Therapy Center and professor of pediatrics in the UF College of Medicine, has been selected to serve on the FDA’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee. Nominated for his expertise in the field of molecular genetics and pediatrics, Byrne will join 12 other committee members who report directly to FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D...

UF Health Patients Featured on Lifetime Series

Two UF Health patients share their story alongside rare disease expert, Dr. Barry Byrne.

This month the Lifetime series, “The Balancing Act, Behind the Mystery: Rare and Genetic Diseases,” featured two UF Health Shands Hospital patients living with Pompe disease, Maddie Crowley and Alison Kwiatowski. Their physician, Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UF Powell Gene Therapy Center and professor of pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine, spoke about the degenerative, genetic neuromuscular disease and how it is often misdiagnosed, due to the overlapping characteristics of other conditions and diseases.

To learn more about Pompe disease and how the human genome project at UF Health is helping to diagnose patients, watch the segment here.


June is National Safety Awareness Month

During the month of June, we encourage you to pay special attention to important safety issues that can arise in the summertime — like heat, beach and water safety.

Despite our best efforts to avoid them, accidents happen. In fact, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States – with a yearly average of 12,000 fatalities, according the CDC Childhood Injury Report. In addition, more than 9.2 million children are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries.

The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries...


Keeping your skin healthy

Help keep your skin healthy this summer in five easy steps.

Day trips to the beach, hours at the pool and back-to-back outdoor sports and games. With kids out of school, and the sun shining bright, it’s the perfect time to get your family outside and away from the television and computer. However, with extended time in the sun comes risk of overexposure (the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes!). Follow these 5 simple tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to keep your family’s skin protected and healthy...

Corey Brewer Youth Basketball Camp

Are you looking for a fun, healthy activity for your kids this summer? Professional basketball player Corey Brewer is hosting his 5th annual Back2Back Youth Basketball Camp July 31 through August 2 at Buchholz High School. Open to boys and girls aged 9-18, the camp promises three full days of lectures, drill stations, games, contests and more. With proceeds benefiting the Diabetes Institute at the University of Florida, participants support a great cause while learning and playing alongside the NCAA and NBA Champion! To learn more, click here.