Clinical Programs of Distinction – Gainesville

At UF Health, we believe in emphasizing the interdisciplinary teams that touch patients' lives.

Neuromedicine / Neurosurgery

  1. 1990

    The Southeast’s first pediatric neurooncology center opened at Shands.

  2. 1998

    The nation’s first center for Linac radiosurgery to treat brain tumors opened at Shands.

  3. 2015

    A UF Health neurosurgeon and a UF Health neurologist turn on first deep brain “stimulus
    on demand” anywhere in the world for a patient with Tourette syndrome.

  4. 2015

    A UF Health neurosurgeon implanted his 1,000th deep brain stimulation lead, more
    than anyone else in the world, in the brain of a child with dystonia.

  5. 2018

    UF Health opened the new UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital — one of only a few in the nation to house neurology and neurosurgery outpatient practices and inpatient care all under one roof.

Mark Mason - Parkinson's Patient - Back to Exploring

Heart & Vascular

  • Three hybrid heart and vascular operating rooms, featuring flexible diagnostic and surgical set-ups, which enable surgical teams to accommodate several different procedures simultaneously.

  • 72 private intensive care units, equipped with patient lifts, bedside dialysis and surgical procedure lights to lessen the need to move patients, as well as accommodations for family. ê 48 medical/surgical private inpatient rooms with accommodations for family.

  • Combined outpatient practice space with 20 exam rooms where cardiologists, thoracic surgeons, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons provide patients with evaluations, diagnoses and follow-up appointments.

  • Two cardiac catheterization labs.

  • A heart station featuring four vascular rooms; six echocardiogram, or EKG, rooms; two transesophageal echocardiogram, or TEE, rooms; and one EKG/Holter room.

  • A thoracic and vascular intensive care unit for patients recovering from lung transplants and those needing artificial lung support. This specialized ICU provides advantages, including the opportunity to walk about while receiving support from an artificial-lung machine or getting out of bed the day after a lung transplant.

  • UF Health ranks first in Florida and 13th nationally in lung transplant volume. First-year patient survival has jumped to 92.4 percent from 74.3 percent in 2014. Among 12 lung programs in 10 southeastern states, surgeons at UF Health performed the second-most transplants and had the second-lowest mortality rate among adults awaiting a transplant between July 2015 and June 2017.

  1. 1976

    The nation’s first computerized cardiac catheterization lab, equipped to treat adults and children, opened at UF Health Shands

  2. 2004

    UF surgeons opened the first hybrid operating room for vascular and cardiovascular procedures, which accommodates minimally invasive procedures with the help of radiology machines for visualization, as well as traditional open procedures; a second hybrid OR opened in September 2008

  3. 2014

    UF Health Shands became one of the first centers in the country with branched and fenestrated devices available for minimally invasive treatment of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms

Gail Morrell - Heart Failure Patient - Trusted Her Life to Us


  • The UF Health Cancer Center is the only state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence in North Central Florida.

  • The patient outcomes of the UF Health Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program are ranked among the top 2.5 percent nationwide.

  • The UF Health Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and is the first in the state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy using Intrabeam.

  • In 2017, the UF Health Cancer Center joined the National Cancer Institute’s Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trial Network — an exclusive national network that will give UF Health cancer patients access to leading-edge clinical trials.

  • The UF Health Cancer Center is one of 12 initial clinical trial sites participating in Precision Promise, the first large-scale precision medicine trial designed to transform outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer.

Debbie Paine - Breast Cancer Patient - Back to Teaching


UF Health Shands Pediatrics: 9,405 Inpatients treated; 72,190 outpatient visits; 20+ public specialties; 40,001 E.R. visits; 8,813 pediatric surgeries.

Tionna Moore - Leukemia Survivor - Spreads Joy Wherever She Goes

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital US News and World Report Best Hospitals Badges


1 of only 16 organizations nationwide participating in the XVIVO Lung Perfusion System clinical trial, a technique that helps improve the viability of donated lungs, shortening the time for a transplant and avoiding deaths on the waitlist.

Izabella Neira - Transplant Patient - A living Miracle

  1. 1966

    Florida’s first adult and pediatric kidney transplants

  2. 1981

    Florida’s first bone marrow transplant

  3. 1983

    Florida’s first pediatric bone marrow transplant

  4. 1986

    Florida’s first pediatric heart transplant

  5. 1987

    Florida’s first artificial heart transplant

  6. 1991

    Florida’s first pediatric kidney-liver transplant

  7. 1993

    Florida’s first neonatal heart transplant

  8. 1994

    Florida’s first adult lung transplant

  9. 1995

    Florida’s first pancreas transplant

  10. 1996

    Florida’s first pediatric lung transplant

  11. 1997

    Florida’s first “mini” bone marrow transplantation for lymphoma

  12. 1998

    Florida’s first pediatric double-lung transplant

  13. 2000

    North Florida’s first live-donor liver transplant

Trauma and Emergency Transports

UF Health Emergency Transports

Nikia Ingram - Trauma Patient - Given a Second Chance

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital

  • Services include treatment for addiction, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, mood disorders, psychoses and other psychiatric illnesses. It is also a Baker Act receiving facility to care for people in crisis.

  • The hospital includes a child/adolescent unit, an adult inpatient addiction unit, two adult inpatient psychiatric units and a geriatric psychiatry unit.

UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital

  • Through an intensive treatment program including at least three hours a day of therapy, the team seeks to bring patients to their maximum level of independence and a return to community living.

  • Comprehensive inpatient services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, psychological therapy and recreational therapy.

  • The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury care. It is also designated by the Florida Department of Health as a
    Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program.