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Gainesville Media Contacts

  • Media inquires: (352) 265-0373
  • After hours media inquiries: (352) 265-0373

Jacksonville Media Contacts

Central Florida Media Contact

  • Sheri Hensley: (352) 323-3278 or

St. Johns Media Contact

  • Erin Wallner: (904) 819-4984 or

Executive Leadership

  • Melanie Fridl Ross, M.S.J., E.L.S. | Contact
    Chief Communications Officer, UF AHC SVP/CCO, Shands HealthCare
  • Kim Smith | Contact
    Executive Assistant

Creative Services

We provide print layout and graphic design, creative consultation, video and audio production, voiceovers, multimedia design (such as 3D animation), digital publishing and photography. We also enforce our brand and logo standards to ensure that our products share the same professional look and feel.


We provide strategic marketing services for programs and services in north central Florida to support the missions and business goals of UF Health. Clinical lines of business include Shands hospitals, outpatient services and UF Physicians primary care and specialty practices. We also coordinate marketing initiatives with affiliate and joint venture partners throughout the region. Our services include marketing consultation, marketing plan development and implementation, production of advertising campaigns and marketing collateral materials, and website content development. Learn more by contacting

College of Medicine Communications

We oversee the communications needs of the College of Medicine, driving a multi-channel comprehensive communications program designed to enhance reputation and increase visibility across all mission areas while engaging and inspiring key audiences, informing them of advances in health research, teaching, patient care and community service. We produce Florida Physician, Dr. Gator and the college’s bi-weekly newsletter. We also manage online communications and social media efforts, collaborate on advancement and alumni campaigns, produce materials in support of college events and provide direct communications support to the College of Medicine dean.

External Communications

Through traditional and social media, the external communications team tells the remarkable stories of the people associated with the most comprehensive academic health center in the Southeast. In the process, we produce valuable content that may be leveraged for educational, promotional, development and marketing efforts. We respond to journalists by providing credible sources of information and work with faculty members to help them efficiently and comfortably respond to interview requests. The group is supported by communications representatives for the UF research institutes, the six Academic Health Center colleges and Shands. Together, the team provides expertise in publications, editing, science writing, media training and news dissemination to stakeholders throughout UF Health.

  • Mickie Anderson | Contact
    Associate Director of External Communications
  • Gary Mans | Contact
    Assistant Vice President of External Communications
  • Jennifer Moses
    Associate Director of Communications, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
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    Assistant Director of Communications, Cancer Center
  • Todd Taylor | Contact
    Assistant Director of Communications, McKnight Brain Institute
  • Doug Bennett | Contact
    Science Writer, Editor
  • Dorothy Hagmajer | Contact
    Science Writer, Surgery, College of Medicine
  • Jacqueline Hart | Contact
    Communications Specialist, McKnight Brain Institute
  • Michelle Koidin Jaffee | Contact
    Science Writer, McKnight Brain Institute
  • Bill Levesque | Contact
    Science Writer, Aging, College of Medicine
  • Anna Shavers | Contact
    Assistant Director of Communications, Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases
  • Leah Buletti | Contact
    Communications Specialist, UF Health Cancer Center
  • Matthew Walker | Contact
    Media Coordinator
  • Peyton Wesner | Contact
    Communications Manager

Communications and Public Affairs

We provide strategic communications and public relations strategy development and programming to support the vision, mission and goals of the academic health center and key units. We develop communications and advocacy strategies and implement initiatives in support of public affairs and government relations endeavors to influence public opinion. We develop and execute health promotion programming, offering seminars, screenings and health fairs, to inform, educate and engage with communities. We manage strategic, community and corporate sponsor relations to cultivate and strengthen interactions to benefit the academic health center.

  • Wanda English | Contact
    Associate Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs, UF Health

Strategic Communications

We provide strategic communications direction and support for Gainesville-focused and system-wide programs and initiatives across UF Health. Our services include strategic communications and public relations planning and execution; internal communications and employee-focused events; corporate/business communications; public affairs and government relations/advocacy communications; and issues management and crisis response. We collaborate closely with talented colleagues across the UF Health Communications department to employ the full spectrum of multimedia communication tools and events to address the needs of our diverse internal and external audiences. Learn more by contacting

The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology

  • Stacey DeLoye | Contact
    Director of Communications

UF Health Communications - Jacksonville

The UF Health Communications department in Jacksonville consists of three divisions: Communications and Marketing, Web Technologies, and Media Center and Media Relations.

Communications and Marketing is responsible for all internal and external communications, graphic design, branding, advertising and marketing for the hospital, UF clinics and academic units and College of Medicine–Jacksonville.

Web Technologies is responsible for content development, design and maintenance of the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health Science Center Jacksonville websites, campus intranet site and social media efforts.

Media Center and Media Relations provides audiovisual, still photography and video production services; oversees meeting rooms for departments within the University of Florida and UF Health Jacksonville; and manages all interactions with local, state and national media. Learn more by contacting

UF Health Communications - Central Florida

The UF Health Communications department in Central Florida is responsible for all internal and external communications, graphic design, branding, advertising and marketing for UF Health Central Florida hospitals and clinics.

  • Sheri Hensley | Contact
    Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Conni Berry | Contact
    Special Event Coordinator
  • Andrea Sellers | Contact
    Senior Comms/Media Relations Coordinator
  • Deborah Smith | Contact
    Marketing and Community Relations

Web Services

We are a full-service Web shop offering high-quality solutions for public Web-based communications needs. Our services include website design and hosting, Web application development, website refurbishment, usability testing, search engine optimization, analytics and metrics, social media consultation and email newsletters. Learn more by contacting