May 18, 2021 –Along with his extraordinary contributions to the clinical and research missions of the UF College of Medicine, Patrick Duff, M.D., has expertly guided every UF medical school class from orientation to graduation for the last 20 years.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Shenkman, Ph.D., dedicated much of her early work to reducing health disparities among medically underserved children, and that research directly informed the development of the Children’s Health Insurance program that passed through legislation in 1997.
Jennifer Light, M.D., has spent a career as a champion for children’s health care. She was instrumental in building the pediatric emergency department at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, advanced care of children with bronchiolitis and asthma and positively influenced scores of physicians at UF Health and across the community.
These notable distinctions are just samples of the accomplishments achieved by Duff, Shenkman and Light and why each were honored with the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Medicine Faculty Council. The awards were announced during the Spring Faculty Appreciation reception, hosted virtually on Zoom May 13 by the UF College of Medicine Faculty Council. The winners of the David A. Paulus Award for Clinical Excellence and the Society of Teaching Scholars Lifetime Achievement Award were also revealed at the reception.