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Faculty members recognized for milestone service at UF COMJ

Published: March 9, 2017 By: Jesef Williams
Thomas Chiu, MD, MBA, at right, a professor and former chair of pediatrics, was recently recognized for his 40 years of service at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He’s pictured during the ceremony with Leon L. Haley, MD, MHSA, FACEP, CPE, dean of the college. View Larger Image
A few of the faculty service honorees gather for a photo op during the ceremony. The annual event spotlights faculty with at least 10 years of continuous service, awarded in 10-year increments. Twenty-three faculty members were honored this time. View Larger Image

Thomas Chiu, MD, MBA, feels great pride about what he’s helped achieve during his 40 years at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

Chiu, a professor and former chair of pediatrics, oversaw the vast expansion of the college’s largest department. During his 20 years as chair, the number of faculty tripled while funding for research grew exponentially. Today, the program carries national acclaim.

“I’m so happy to have witnessed the growth of this department and to see all the residents who have graduated to become prominent community providers,” said Chiu, who is medical director of external affairs for the department. “Obviously, there are still some things to do. But looking back on where we started, a lot has been accomplished.”

Chiu was among the 23 faculty members recently recognized for reaching key milestones in service at UF COMJ. A special ceremony was held Jan. 19 inside the W.A. “Mac” McGriff III Boardroom. The annual event spotlights faculty with at least 10 years of continuous service, awarded in 10-year increments.

Chiu was alone in the 40-year category. Two faculty members marked 30 years of service. Ten faculty celebrated 20 years and another 10 celebrated 10 years.

“Congratulations to the faculty members who recently celebrated key service milestones,” said Leon L. Haley, MD, MHSA, FACEP, CPE, dean of UF COMJ. “We are proud of all you have accomplished over the years and are happy to have you as part of the UF Health family.”

Following are the faculty members recognized this year:

40 years
Thomas Chiu, MD, MBA

30 years
Luis Sanchez-Ramos, MD
Robert Wears, MD, PhD, MS

20 years
Samir Array, MD
Randall Bryant, MD
Carmelo Cedres, MD
Charles Day, MD
Kelly Gray-Eurom, MD, MMM
Mahrukh Hussain, MD
Michael Sands, MD, MPH and TM
Scott Silliman, MD
Sandra Suchomski, MD
Linda Wilson, DO

10 years
Philipp Aldana, MD
Ziad Awad, MD
Kuo Chen, MD
Eric Conde Valentin, MSA
Petra Duran-Gehring, MD
Anna Gajda, MD
Ma Ingyinn, MD
Stephanie Lacey, DO
Arshag Mooradian, MD
Fauzia Rana, MD


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