Alumni Portraits: Saluting our Gator docs

UF College of Medicine graduates serve their country through medicine

By Christine Boatwright

Ed Wood, MD ’60

As a flight surgeon, Wood received the Air Medal for actions on and about Dec. 7, 1961 when his aircraft was shot down in the Congo.
Judy, who served as an active duty Air Force nurse, and Ed Wood in Holland in 1982.

Aaron Saguil, MD ’99

Pictured are members of the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit’s Primary Care Section, including Saguil, Colleen Richards from Australia, Dr. Boonstra from Holland and Neil Pritchard, MD, from Canada.
Aaron Saguil, MD ’99, has served in the U.S. Army for 14 years. He now is the assistant dean of recruitment and admissions at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University.

Nicole Smail, MD ’00

Nicole Smail, MD ’00, takes a break with Pediatric Flight Commander Col. Robert Sayers during Continual Medical Readiness Training in 2002 near Keesler Air Force Base.
Nicole Smail and her children Smail attends her children’s Veterans Day program at their elementary school.

Edmund “Ned” Clark, MD ’04

While at Camp Liberty, Clark served with an Army unit and was required to wear a Army combat uniform, rather than his Navy uniform.
Clark served seven months at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps in Cuba.
Edmund Clark and Lakshmi Gopal Clark and his soon-to-be-wife Lakshmi Gopal, MD ’03, before their wedding in 2006.

Faculty feature: Patrick Duff, MD

UF College of Medicine Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Duff White Coat Ceremony Duff leads future medical professionals as they don their white coats for the first time.
Duff has spent his career teaching young medical professionals, whether with the Army or with the University of Florida.