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Lauren Gajda joined the UF Health Communications team in February 2016. She came to UF Health with more than five years of health care marketing experience and currently serves as the Marketing Manager for Pediatrics. Originally from Coral Springs, Florida, Lauren came to Gainesville in 2001 to attend the University of Florida. Lauren graduated with her bachelor’s degree in advertising from UF in 2005, followed by a master’s degree in management from UF in 2006. During her master’s program, she interned at a local advertising agency and then worked there for more than four years. After getting to know different clients in multiple industries, she realized she had a passion for health care. When she left the advertising agency, she took a job as the marketing coordinator for an HCA hospital and spent five years there. Lauren was excited when this opportunity to work for her alma mater presented itself, and she never looked back. Lauren loves to help people and has a passion for communications and marketing, so working at UF Health is the perfect fit. Lauren currently sits on the board for the Avnee Rawal Foundation and spent two years as a Red Shoe Society committee member for the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida. When Lauren is not at work, she loves to travel, cheer on the Florida Gators, go to Disney World and spend time with family and friends. Her husband and two daughters make her smile every day!