July 2017 Newsletter


July 2017 In the Know Newsletter

News ● Spotlight ● Announcements ● Calendar

Your responses to our first newsletter were overwhelmingly positive. We thank you for your support and we’re taking your suggestions and continuing to work hard to give you the best product we can.

To all of our first year residents, we hope you find this informative and a good place to start when learning more about our department.

Congrats to everyone who has been promoted and welcome to faculty selected for new positions. We look forward to having you onboard and wish you all the best in the years to come!

Regina Bussing, MD

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The newest psychiatry residents have completed orientation and will begin their first rotations July 1st. Please welcome them to the department and we wish them all the best in the years to come!
New Bi-Annual Report covers our developments in clinical, research and teaching missions.
PGY-4 Graduates
On June 30th the Department of Psychiatry held their Housestaff Graduation at Touchdown Terrace in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Click here to see all the 2017 graduates
 theater camp
Join the UF Arts in Medicine Theater Team and the UF Health Youth Gender Program for a day of theater, community building, awareness and discussion!
Connect with us on social media! Use the above tags to tag us in things and search for our posts. Stay current on all things related to the dept. as they happen!
Read up on the latest news for the National Association of Academic Psychiatry Administrators. The president is our very own Marika Brigham.
The division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry held their annual Child Fellow Graduation & Awards Celebration. They celebrated past accomplishments and recognized those graduating.

Faculty Promotions

 William Greene, MD
William Greene, MD
Associate Professor
 Brian Cooke, MD
Brian Cooke, MD
Associate Professor
 Joseph McNamara
Joe McNamara, PhD
Associate Professor

New Faculty

Nikhil Rao, MD
Child Psychiatry
Laura Rodriguez-Roman, MD
Adult Inpatient &
 Ana Turner, MD
Ana Turner, MD
Assistant Professor
Sulzbacher – Jacksonville

New Staff

 E. Shaye Lankford
Shaye Lankford
Accountant II
Yolanda Rutledge
Fiscal Assistant II

Child Fellows

Avjola Hoxa, MD
Elyse Huey, MD
Camilo Leal, MD
 Christopher Ong, MD
Chris Ong, MD

Geriatric Fellow

Milankumar Chhaganbhai
Nathani, MD

Addiction Medicine Fellows

Anna Kelly, MD
Christopher Meyer, DO
Resident of the Month

Congrats to Jessica Khan, MD.

Jessica Khan, MD


Jill Sutton

Jill Sutton, PhD

Received the Educator Award from the UF Health Science Center and Center for Translational Health Institute’s Educational Scholarship Program. The Educational Scholarship Program (ESP) focuses on teaching scholarships and educational research.


Chief Appreciation & Awards Day

Held on Friday, June 16th following the PGY-4 Grand Rounds “The Sex Talk” at the McKnight Brain Institute. The outgoing Chiefs were recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of the past year.

Helping Hands Clinic

Next one is on July 10th. Everyone is welcome and the patients greatly appreciate the care.

Brandon Blankenship

Thank You Brandon Blankenship!

Brandon Blankenship has been with the Department for 7 years. He has been a great asset to the department and will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.



Raising Hope at Work
We asked members of the Department of Psychiatry to tell us why they give to Raising Hope at Work. Check out the gallery to see all the reasons why! Then tell us why you give. Send your selfie with the “I Give Because” card to hartigan@ufl.edu and we will add it to the gallery.

Dept. Specific Funds

Thanks to your amazing donations and participation from last year, we now have the option to donate to one of our own Department of Psychiatry Funds this year.

  • Richard C. Christensen, MD Visiting Lecture Fund
  • Psychiatry Residency Education and Scholar Fund
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fund
  • UF Community Psychiatry Program

If you are interested in donating to one of these funds, please contact your Raising Hope at Work Champion for details.

Faculty: Lisa Merlo-Greene
Staff: Priscilla Spence

Do not donate online if you wish to donate to one of these funds.

Did you know?

2016: A combined 1,650 UF Health Shands and UF College of Medicine employees joined together and raised $206,573. Seven departments had 100% participation.


August 16
Faculty Meeting

Little Springhill – Child Psychiatry Clinic
8491 NW 39th Ave.



3rd & 5th
Child Fellowship Orientation

Independence Day

UF Holiday
Chair’s Office, Fiscal Office & Outpatient Clinics

Fear Facers Day Camp

Veterans Memorial Park
7430 NW 41st Pl, Gainesville, FL 32606
For questions or registration: 352.265.4OCD (4623)
Click Here for more information


Believe it or not, next year is the 60th Anniversary of
the Department of Psychiatry!Interested in being a part of the planning committee?
Have pictures or stories to share?
Email Jessica Dennis to get involved.


Melinda Fawcett
Daniel Fuentes
Priscilla Spence



University of Florida, Department of Psychiatry
PO Box 100256 | Gainesville, FL 32610