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Philip A Efron, MD, FACS, FCCM

Critical Care Surgeon

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My bio

I come from a family of surgeons and as the youngest, I was inspired to follow suit. Now, I am a professor of surgery in the University of Florida while serving as the medical director for the UF Health Shands Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Units (SICUs). I aim to establish the best critical care in the nation, so that patients and loved ones can feel assured of the highest quality of medical care and expertise. My goal is to create and ensure the success of UF Health’s first Critical Care Organization (CCO), further enabling world-class critical care. Most of all, I love what I do every day — providing surgical critical care to those in need.

I received my medical degree from the University of Maryland with multiple honors, and then completed my general surgery residency at UF. My residency included a three-year period as a T32 research fellow in the Laboratory of Inflammation Biology and Surgical Science under the mentorship of Lyle L. Moldawer, PhD. During my tenure as a general surgery resident, I received the Edward R. Woodward Surgical Resident’s Award. Subsequently, I completed my critical care fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

I am a member and leader of multiple national societies related to surgery and critical care, as well as being on the editorial board of journals related to these fields. Importantly, I now direct the Laboratory of Inflammation Biology and Surgical Science, and I assist in leading the UF Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center (SCIRC). My research focuses on inflammation and immunology in severe injury and infection, and their contribution to poor long-term outcomes in ICU patients. This has led to multiple successful collaborations with UF and other institution researchers. Of note, I am a physician-scientist independently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and my work ranges from basic research to clinical outcomes.

Outside of practice, I enjoy being with family: my wife, two daughters, son and dog. My wife and I revel in anything science fiction. As a family, we watch anime and support local, national and international sports meets and events. My hobbies include grilling/smoking food for friends and exercising.

Board certifications

  • Surgery

    American Board of Surgery

  • Surgical Critical Care

    American Board of Surgery

My areas of focus





  • Career Development Award

    University of Florida Department of Surgery Research, 2010

  • Shock Society Fellowship

    Early Career Investigators, 2010

  • Edward R. Woodward Surgical Resident's Award

    University of Florida, 2007

  • Best Clinical Abstract

    University of Florida Department of Surgery Research Day, 2005