Margaret Ann Kreher, M.D.’23, and Jesse Cason, M.D.’23, had their first date on Halloween at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, cheering on the Gators. Having met the previous summer at College of Medicine medical student orientation, the two spent the year getting to know each other as they tried to master clinical neuroscience.
“Being paired up for a tough surgery rotation was a unique opportunity to learn to work together,” Kreher said.
Throughout their time in medical school, they supported one another through their personal and academic challenges, reaching several milestones along the way. Before Cason’s father passed away in 2021, Kreher said she made wonderful memories with him that the pair now cherish.
“He took us boating, built bonfires, shared many meals and even more stories,” she said. “He made every day a celebration and always had something to teach.”
Together, the couple worked on translational research in the department of physical medicine & rehabilitation and co-authored a publication on intermittent fasting and the treatment of chronic pain. They were also co-presidents of the Nutrition in Medicine Interest Group. Kreher and Cason were the first recipients of the Dr. Emma Segal Award, which aims to support College of Medicine students who are in relationships to help align their paths.
Now Kreher is completing her transitional year at HCA Florida North Florida Hospital in Gainesville before she heads to the University of Virginia for her dermatology residency, while Cason is completing his general surgery residency at AdventHealth Orlando.