When it came time to choose where to earn her M.D., Jaimie Bryan said, the decision to follow in her father’s footsteps was an easy one.
“I’ve always been a Gator at heart,” she said. “I interviewed here and just fell in love with the school.”
Her mother, Leisa Bryan, is also a Gator alumna from the UF College of Dentistry. Jaimie Bryan’s great-uncle, Joseph W. Shands Jr., M.D., was former division head of the UF division of infectious diseases, according to Shep Bryan. And his great-uncle, former Florida Sen. William Augustine Shands, is the namesake of UF Health Shands Hospital, where both Bryans have spent hours learning and serving in clinical rotations.
Shep Bryan, who grew up in Jacksonville, said the strong family ties to UF Health were a big part of the reason he came to the UF College of Medicine in the ’80s. Another motivator was getting away from the cold of his undergraduate years at Tufts University in Massachusetts and back to the sunshine and beaches of his home state.
Jaimie Bryan said she’s interested in pursuing a career in plastic surgery after graduating with the class of 2023. Though she has set her sights on a different specialty than her dad, the two still talk regularly about things like eye disease processes and the latest advice on general internal medicine. The father-daughter duo also teamed up on a research project and case series reviewing the diagnosis and early treatment of patients with incontinentia pigmenti, a rare genetic disorder with dermatologic and retinal manifestations. Their findings were published last year in the Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases.
“I’m super proud of my daughter,” Shep Bryan said. “She is going to be an outstanding physician. She already is, really. I love the fact that she enjoys what she’s doing and has this insatiable appetite for learning. Her patients are going to love her.”