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UF Health Leadership

UF Health is a vital resource for Florida, the Southeast and beyond. Health care experts from throughout our hospitals and clinical programs, academic colleges and research centers and institutes collaborate to move medicine forward with a shared vision and strategic plan.

Our faculty and staff provide high-quality, safe and efficient health care services to patients with a focus on excellent clinical outcomes; stimulating educational programs and opportunities for students, residents and fellows; and innovative scientific research that fosters new discoveries.

University of Florida Health is the university's academic health center. The UF Health headquarters is located in Gainesville, on UF's main campus, with programs throughout Gainesville and North Central Florida. Our other academic campus is located in Jacksonville.

UF Health Shands Hospital Board of Directors

UF Health Shands refers to Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics Inc., a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation affiliated with UF. The Gainesville-based hospital system has a total of 1,111 licensed beds. At a glance:

UF Health Shands is governed by an independent board of directors. The statutorily designated chair of the UF Health Shands Hospital board is the president of UF, who has delegated this chair role as well as all appointment powers for all members of the UF Health Shands Hospital board to the UF senior vice president for health affairs as his designee. The UF Health Shands CEO reports to the UF senior vice president for health affairs. The deans for the UF colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health and Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine dual report to the UF senior vice president for health affairs and the UF provost. The UF senior vice president for health affairs reports directly to UF President Ben Sasse.

Category I (Ex-Officio)

  • David R. Nelson, MD
    President & Chair, Board of Directors
    Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Florida
    President, UF Health
  • Jennifer L. Hunt, MD, Med
    Interim Dean, College of Medicine
  • James J. Kelly Jr.
    Interim Chief Executive Officer, UF Health Shands
  • Anita Zucker, PhD
  • Kevin Lintner
    Transition Lead Office of the SVP and CFO, University of Florida

Category II

Category III

  • Gregory Lewis
  • Marsha D. Powers
  • Linda Parker Hudson
  • Paul Broadie II, PhD
  • Todd Neville
  • Taylor Jantz
    Interim Lead Office of the SVP and CFO, University of Florida

Senior VP for Health Affairs

David R. Nelson, MD
President & Chairman, Board of Directors
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Florida
President, UF Health

  • As senior vice president for Health Affairs for the University of Florida, Dr. Nelson reports to University of Florida President Ben Sasse.
  • Dr. Nelson oversees operations for all the components of UF Health, the university’s academic health center.

Chief Administrative Officers

Our UF Health chief administrative officers provide executive leadership and guidance for the academic health center through broad-based core programs to support operations.

  • Lakesha Butler, PharmD
    Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, UF Health
  • Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD
    Associate Vice President for Research, UF Health
    Herbert A. Wertheim Professor of Inflammation Science, Center for Inflammation Science and Systems Medicine
  • Gigi Lipori, MT, MBA
    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, UF Health
    Chief Information Officer, UF Health Science Center
    Chief Data Officer, UF Health Shands
  • Robert R. Michalski
    Vice President and Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, UF Health
  • Melanie Fridl Ross, MSJ, ELS
    Chief Communications Officer, UF Health
    Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, UF Health Shands
    Associate Vice President, Health Affairs
  • Bill Young
    Chief Legal Officer, UF Health
  • Shakira Henderson, PhD, DNP, MS, MPH, EMBA, RNC-NIC, IBCLC
    System Chief Nurse Executive, UF Health

College Deans

From the time of the academic health center’s founding in 1956, it has operated as an academic enterprise dedicated to training a variety of professionals and to introducing knowledge that will safeguard the health of Florida’s citizens.

UF Health encompasses the Gainesville-based colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions and Veterinary Medicine; the UF Health Shands family of hospitals; and the UF Health Jacksonville medical center and academic campus, which offers graduate education programs in medicine, nursing and pharmacy, and UF Health North. The colleges teach the full continuum of higher education from undergraduates to professional students to advanced postdoctoral students. Together with clinical programs and services across all six colleges, UF Health is helping to create Florida’s future health care workforce.

College Senior Associate Deans

Institute and Center Directors

UF Health is a world leader in interdisciplinary research. With nine major research centers and institutes and more than 100 specialized research centers, UF Health is focused on health issues of importance to Floridians. Clinical research is growing rapidly at our Gainesville main campus and our vibrant regional campus in Jacksonville.

The institutes are designed to create collaborative research opportunities that follow the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care.

The UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the UF Diabetes Institute, the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida, the UF Genetics Institute, the UF Health Cancer Center, the UF Institute for Child Health Policy, the UF Institute on Aging, the UF Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona and the Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology are designed to create collaborative research opportunities that follow the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care.

UF Health Shands Executive Team

UF Health Shands features a teaching hospital, UF Health Shands Hospital, five specialty hospitals — UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, UF Health Psychiatric Hospital, UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital — a network of outpatient rehabilitation centers, and a home health agency. UF Health Shands is affiliated with 80 UF Health Physicians primary care and specialty medical practices located throughout North Central Florida. UF Health Shands Hospital is also home to a state-designated Level I trauma center, a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, a regional burn center and an emergency air and ground transport program.

  • Irene Alexaitis, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
    Vice President Nursing and Patient Services, UF Health Shands
    Bio (PDF)
  • Ed Daech
    Chief Human Resources Officer, UF Health Shands
  • Traci S. d’Auguste, MSHA, MBA
    Chief Operating Officer, UF Health Shands
  • Jennifer L. Hunt, MD, MEd
    Interim Dean, UF College of Medicine
    Hospital Chief of Staff, UF Health Shands
    Chair, UF College of Medicine Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Nicole Iovine, MD, PhD
    Epidemiology Officer in Chief, UF Health Shands
    Interim Chief Quality Officer, UF Health Shands
  • Randall C. Jenkins, Esq.
    Executive Administrator, UF Self-Insurance Program
  • James J. Kelly Jr., CPA
    Interim CEO, UF Health Shands
    Bio (PDF)
  • Timothy E. Morey, MD
    Chief Medical Officer, UF Health Shands
  • Gregory L. Stewart, LMHC, LCAC, LPCC
    Administrator, UF Health Psychiatric Hospital and Florida Recovery Center
  • Robert Thornton
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, UF Health Shands
  • Jeff West
    Vice President Managed Care, UF Health Shands

UF Health Central Florida Executive Team

  • Phyllis Baum, RN, MBA
    Vice President and Chief Quality Officer
  • Phil Braun, JD
    Vice President and General Counsel
  • Cheryl Chestnutt, RN, BSN, CPHQ
    Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer & Site Administrator UF Health The Villages Hospital
  • Joshua Fleming, RN, BSN, MHA
    Vice President of Operations
  • Heather B. Long, MSN, BA, RN
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Amie Richason, SPHR
    Vice President Human Resources
  • Dave Steele
    Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Ashley Simmons, MBA
    Vice President of Clinical Outcomes & Interim Administrator for UF Health Leesburg Hospital
  • Kimberley Kapes
    Vice President, Strategic Service Lines & UF Health Central Florida Medical Groups
  • Dr. John Davidyock
    Senior Vice President & Chief Physician Executive