Archive for the Women’s Health Category

USF urogynecologist co-authors patient guide to robotic hysterectomy

December 1, 2010

Lennox Hoyte, MD, MSEECS, director of urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the USF College of Medicine and director of urogynecology at Tampa General Hospital, has co-authored the first book on robotic hysterectomy, geared especially for women considering hysterectomy. Dr. Hoyte wrote Robotic Hysterectomy, a patient guide to hysterectomy with less pain and faster recovery, along with Dr. Abraham Shashoua, director of minimally invasive and robotic gynecological surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Lennox Hoyte One in three women in the U.S. will undergo a hysterectomy, or surgical […]

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund awards $1.35M to pathology faculty members

November 17, 2010

Faculty members in the USF Department of Pathology and Cell Biology recently received two grants totaling $1.35 million from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), one of the largest independent organizations in the United States dedicated to exclusively supporting innovative ovarian cancer research. Santo Nicosia, MD, chair of Pathology and Cell Biology, is the program principal investigator of a three-year, $900,000 OCRF Program Project Development Grant that will help identify new diagnostic and therapeutic targets for ovarian cancer.  Dr. Nicosia will work with co-principal investigators Wenlong Bai, PhD, and Patricia […]

USF Excellence in Innovation Award goes to Dr. Kruk

October 18, 2010

New technology she discovered could lead to a commercial test for early detection of ovarian cancer Patricia A. Kruk, PhD, a USF Health professor of pathology and cell biology whose promising research could lead to a simple, more sensitive screening test for ovarian cancer, received a University of South Florida 2010 Excellence in Innovation Award. Dr. Kruk was one of two faculty members presented with the award Oct. 12 at the USF Academy of Inventors luncheon, a part of the week’s ResearchOne activities. She was recognized for her exceptional achievements […]

IVF nurse nominated for RESOLVE Hope for Nursing Award

September 20, 2010

Joy Taylor, a clinical RN with the USF IVF program, was selected as a nominee for the first ever Hope Award for Nursing by RESOLVE, the largest national support organization for couples suffering from infertility. Candidates for the Hope Award for Nursing were individuals who exemplify the field of nursing, specifically in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, providing compassionate and skilled care to all patients. More than 60 nurses across the country were nominated anonymously by patients and these nominees were narrowed to 15 finalists by the RESOLVE […]

USF to lead Aetna study on community-based use of genetic tests for cancer risk

September 17, 2010

Researchers from USF and Georgetown University, with the American Cancer Society, will conduct this landmark two-year study to be funded by Aetna Study will explore use, outcomes and disparities in genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer among women HARTFORD, Conn. (Sept. 13, 2010) — Testing is available to help identify if a woman is likely to face one of her gender’s worst fears: inherited breast and ovarian cancer. But significant questions have been raised among doctors and public health agencies about whether these tests are being offered to the women […]

USF and Simbionix to develop laparoscopic hysterectomy simulator

August 9, 2010

$700,000 BIRD Foundation grant supports innovative collaboration The Israeli subsidiary of Simbionix™, USA, and USF Health have received a two-year, $700,000 grant to develop a laparoscopic hysterectomy simulation module – advancing USF’s momentum to build a center of excellence for computer-assisted surgical training and innovation. The grant was awarded by the U.S.-Israeli Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, which promotes technological research and development collaborations between companies and organizations from the two countries – typically within private high-tech industries. Of the six grants recently announced by the BIRD Foundation, […]

USF Health physicians to speak at Women's Health Symposium

March 11, 2010

– USF President Judy Genshaft will deliver keynote at March 27 event – Six USF Health physicians will be featured as speakers at the fifth annual Focus on Females Women’s Health Symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Tampa Convention Center. USF Health is among the sponsors of the free symposium, which will feature USF President Judy Genshaft as the keynote speaker. The event is intended to foster and encourage the education of women about personal health by providing practical, relevant and ready-to-use health […]

Top reproductive endocrinologist rejoins USF medical faculty

March 1, 2010

Dr. Barry S. Verkauf February 25, 2010 (Tampa, FL) — Barry S. Verkauf, MD, rejoined USF Health on March 1 as a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – USF IVF and Reproductive Endocrinology. In 1974, Dr. Verkauf was one of the early members of the USF College of Medicine, and kept ties to the university through 2003. Dr. Verkauf was one of the first board-certified reproductive endocrinologists in the Southeast, and in 1980 established a respected private practice in Tampa specializing in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He […]

Talk radio healthcare clinic to feature USF Health physicians

February 4, 2010

Several USF physicians will be featured as guest medical experts from February through April on the Focus on Females Radio Healthcare Clinic ( The series, which airs on Talk Radio 860 A.M., is broadcast live from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Mitchell Drucker, MD, associate professor of neuro-ophthalmology, will discuss “Optic Neuritis” this Sunday, Feb. 7, with the show’s host Dr. Steven Maskin and listeners who call in. USF neuro-ophthalmologist Dr. Mitchell Drucker Other upcoming scheduled speakers and their topics are: Feb. 14: “Hormone Replacement Therapy & Menopause,” Carol […]

USF researchers win grant to study ovarian cancer

December 15, 2009

     Some 25,000 women are diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer.      Most of them don’t find out about it until it’s too late.      “Nearly 15,000 of them are dead within five years,’’ said Dr. Santo Nicosia, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology.      Dr. Nicosia and Dr. Patricia Kruk, professor of pathology and cell biology, are working to change those statistics. They hope their research could help provide a reliable early test for the disease, so that more women could be diagnosed with ovarian […]

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