Life Sciences

DAVID NELSON

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF HEALTH AFFAIRS, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLE

In 2019, Nelson was promoted to his current job leading operations for all aspects of UF Health, with campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville. He oversees six health science colleges, eight interdisciplinary research centers, two hospital systems and more than 100 physician practices.

Nelson, who has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the State University of New York in Syracuse, did a residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts and received fellowship training in gastroenterology and hepatology at UF. An expert in liver disease, he has co-written the U.S. treatment guidelines for hepatitis C and represented the country on the World Health Organization hepatitis C guidelines committee. His research has generated more than $80 million in funding. From 2010-19, he was director of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

In announcing Nelson’s appointment last year, UF President Kent Fuchs described him as a highly respected and remarkably talented physician, researcher, scholar and educator — “all qualities that make him the right leader for UF Health at a key moment in its trajectory,” Fuchs said. “With him at the helm, I am confident that UF Health in Gainesville, Jacksonville and throughout the state will accelerate its rise as one of the most exceptional and influential academic health centers in the Southeast and beyond.”

Nelson said he hoped to foster a collaborative environment, “whether it’s around translational, interdisciplinary research, the training of the health care practitioners of tomorrow or the introduction of clinical innovations that will improve patients’ lives.”

When he’s not working, Nelson enjoys fishing in Cedar Key. “There’s always more work to be done, so finding a balance with family and personal time is key,” he says.

“There’s always more work to be done, so finding a balance with family and personal time is key.”

Steven Achinger

Watson Clinic

Eduardo Alfonso

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Michael Aubin

Wolfson Children's Hospital

Jason Barrett

Flagler Health+

John Couris

Tampa General Hospital

Michael Crosby

Mote Marine Laboratory

Mark Faulkner

Baptist Health Care

Aurelio Fernandez III

Memorial Healthcare System

David Fitzpatrick

Max Planck Florida

Tommy Inzina

BayCare Health System

Brian Keeley

Baptist Health South Florida

BRETT MCCLUNG

BAPTIST HEALTH OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA

GINA MELBY

JFK MEDICAL CENTER

Glenn Morris

UF Emerging Pathogens Institute

David Nelson

University of Florida

Mark O’Bryant

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Dror Paley

Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute

Terry Shaw

ADVENTHEALTH

David Strong

Orlando Health

DARYL TOL

ADVENTHEALTH/CENTRAL FLORIDA

Douglas VanOort

NeoGenomics

David Verinder

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Scott Verner

Trividia Health