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Kevin E. Behrns, MD, attended medical school at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and postdoctoral training at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, where he was a general surgery resident. He is an accomplished National Institutes of Health-funded scientist and a skilled clinician who focuses his surgical practice on complex pancreatic surgery.

Dr. Behrns joined the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2005 as chief of the division of general surgery, residency program director and vice chairman of the department of surgery. In 2008, he was named interim chairman of the department and assumed the role permanently in 2009. Prior to coming to UF, Dr. Behrns was an associate professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

A gastrointestinal surgeon with interests in benign and malignant diseases, Dr. Behrns focuses on biliary and pancreatic diseases. He heads the Surgical Laboratory of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Pathobiology, a National Institutes of Health-funded research lab that is studying the role of chronic inflammation in the regulation of liver cell growth control. He is also the principal investigator of the department of surgery's National Cancer Institute-funded surgical oncology training grant.

He is currently serving a six-year term on the American Board of Surgery, a position nominated by the American College of Surgeons. He also serves on the ACS' Board of Governors.

Committed to nurturing the next generation of UF-trained surgeons by developing close mentoring relationships, he has been recognized with numerous teaching awards throughout his career.



May 1988 Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN Medical Doctor

May 1983 University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Physical Education

Postdoctoral Training

1988 to 1995 Mayo Graduate School of Medicine General Surgery Resident

Board Certifications

Board certified in general surgery

Honors and Awards

Anthony A. Meyer Mentor of the Year Award, 2003

Teaching Scholar, 2002

James IV Association Traveling Fellowship, 2002