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Dr. Guy Benrubi Honors a Mentor, Friend and Dean

June 2009

Two years ago, Guy I. Benrubi, M.D., a professor in the division of gynecologic oncology, pledged to honor the man who has been a role model, a mentor and a friend for almost 35 years.

On Feb. 19, Benrubi proved to be a man of his word when he fulfilled a pledge to the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville campus for a $35,000 gift to the Robert C. Nuss, M.D., Exemplary Leadership Fund.

"I've been working here since 1981, and the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville has been good to me since the start," Benrubi said.

The fund, named after Dr. Robert Nuss, dean of the Jacksonville regional campus, provides support for leadership training, enrichment and mentoring opportunities and helps bring financial resources to bear on tomorrow's medical leaders. Benrubi explained his gift was made to honor the dean's 35 years of service to the college.

"It's no secret that academic medicine faces challenging times due to the recession," Benrubi said. "Fortunately, Dr. Nuss has unique skills guiding large organizations through trying times."

"I have every confidence he will guide us through this difficult period."

Benrubi, the Robert J. Thompson, M.D., professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology and senior associate dean for clinical affairs, said he hopes the fund will help advance education, research and enhance the multiple missions of the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville.

Nuss, a professor in the division of gynecologic oncology, joined the department of obstetrics and gynecology in Jacksonville in 1972. In addition to his role as dean, Nuss is also the associate vice president for Health Affairs of the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, and chairman of the board of University of Florida Jacksonville Healthcare Inc. and University of Florida Jacksonville Physicians.

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