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UF Health Surgical Specialists – Shands Hospital


1600 SW Archer Rd
Stop #14
Gainesville, Florida 32608
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Phone Numbers

Appointment (352) 265-0535

Hours of Operation

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Shands Hospital exterior

Thank you for choosing UF Health Surgical Specialists – Shands Hospital for your health care needs.

Our surgeons are faculty members at the University of Florida, expertly trained and board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery, pancreatic surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, transplantation surgery, critical care and trauma surgery. Our outpatient at UF Health Shands Hospital offers a wide array of surgical consultations and evaluations.

Abdominal transplantation

Our abdominal transplant program has over 50 years’ experience performing abdominal transplants — completing the first kidney transplant in Florida in 1966. We were also the first in Florida to perform a simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant in 1995.

Our board-certified surgeons are faculty members at the University of Florida, and are expertly trained in abdominal transplantation surgery. Our outpatient practice offers a wide array of surgical consultations and evaluations to determine if you or a loved one are a candidate for a liver, kidney and pancreas transplant.

An evaluation is scheduled testing to see how advanced your disease is as well as to ensure that the rest of your body is healthy enough to manage a transplant.

With our multidisciplinary approach to care, several team members with complementary skills work together to provide you with the best care possible.

Bariatric surgery

At UF Health, our bariatric surgery team offers a comprehensive treatment approach to weight loss, allowing the surgeon to consult with a team that includes psychiatrists, nutritionists, cardiologists and other health-care providers. Each patient is different and requires a unique approach. Our team of experts will meet with you, one-on-one, to discuss the best weight loss option.

Surgical weight loss is the only proven, reliable and long-term weight loss solution for morbid obesity. When patients adhere to the necessary post-surgery behaviors, including diet and exercise, bariatric surgery is very successful. Results from surgery directly impact a person’s overall quality of life, as well as resolve many co-existing health problems.

Learn more about our bariatric surgery center.

Colon and rectal surgery

Our board-certified and specialty-trained colorectal surgeons treat the spectrum of colon and rectal disorders, including familial colorectal cancer syndromes, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, rectal prolapse, anorectal disorders and fecal incontinence. Our surgeons work closely with gastroenterologists and other specialists to provide individualized care for each patient’s unique needs. At UF Health, we also offer clinical trials for cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis.

Minimally invasive surgery

With access to the newest and most advanced laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic equipment, UF Health minimally invasive surgeons stay at the leading edge of surgical care. Our team performs a high volume of complex, laparoscopic gastroesophageal, bariatric and hernia cases, including anti-reflux procedures and management of gastroesophageal motility disorders, esophageal, gastric and small bowel cancer, lap-band management and remove, and abdominal wall and hernia surgery.

Pancreatic surgery

At UF Health, our surgeons offer the latest diagnosis and treatment options for patients with diseases of the pancreas. Conditions often treated include acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, duodenal/ampullary cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Pediatric surgery

UF Health pediatric surgeons are board-certified in pediatric surgery and specially trained to perform minor and complicated surgeries specifically on infants, children and teens. The children we care for benefit from highly successful outcomes and unique treatment options across all of our dedicated pediatric surgery programs, including but not limited to chest wall deformities, fetal care, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal rehabilitation, bowel management, burns, surgical oncology, pilonidal disease, neuromodulation, thyroid disorders, trauma and bariatric surgery.

Learn more about our pediatric surgery program.

Surgical oncology

UF Health surgical oncologists offer the latest in surgical care for cancer and benign conditions and are expert fellowship-trained surgical oncologists, specializing in the care of cancer patients. Our surgeons work closely with gastroenterologists, hematologists, radiation oncologists and other specialists to treat breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, melanoma, sarcoma, gastroesophageal cancer at UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital.

Learn more about our cancer treatment options.

Telehealth appointments

UF Health Surgery are pleased to report that our practices will be increasing in-person visits while continuing, in some cases, to offer telehealth visits. It is important to know that we have implemented a number of measures to safeguard the health of our patients, visitors and caregivers. Please visit for the latest updates and information about safety measures being taken at UF Health.

Please contact your provider to schedule an appointment and they will determine if a telehealth visit is right for you. View our telehealth section for assistance in how to prepare for and connect to a scheduled appointment. If you still need assistance, please contact our office.

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  • Medical Imaging Services

    UF Health offers day-of, on-site imaging services in a qualified medical center.

  • Med to Bed

    Meds to beds is a bedside free service designed with your convenience in mind. Our meds to beds program allows a pharmacist to deliver your medications to you prior to your discharge from the hospital.

  • Outpatient Lab Services

    Full-service, on-site lab services and testing for your convenience.

  • Patient Blood Management

    Safe, effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding during a procedure.

  • Pharmacies

    Accepts most prescription plans; competitive prices; on-site.

  • UF Health Midwifery Group

    Exceptional, individualized, compassionate and evidence-based midwifery care.

For your convenience and peace of mind

  • Accessibility

    Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.

  • ATM and Banking

    Many of UF Health's properties have various branch ATMs and/or branch offices.

  • Baby-Changing Station

    Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.

  • Caremail (Email Service)

    Friends and family can send messages to any UF Health patient through the CareMail service.

  • Coffee

    Options include Opus Coffee and Starbucks in the hospital atriums.

  • Free Wifi

    Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.

  • Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

    The Garden of Hope, Sun Terrace, and other spaces help patients and families relax.

  • Gender-Neutral Restroom

    Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.

  • Gift Shops

    The Gift Stops offer a wide variety of gifts and products for patients and families.

  • Interpreters / Hearing Impaired

    UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

  • Medical Records

    You can download a form or call (352) 594-0909 to have medical records mailed or faxed.

  • Notary Public

    Notary services are available to patients and visitors Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Smoke-Free

    Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.

  • Social Services

    Social workers are part of the patient's care team and work with medical staff and nurses.

  • Virtual Care

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth care via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

  • Virtual Visitation

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth visits via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.