Welcome Letter from Our Directorate

As the leadership of the University of Florida MD-PhD Training Program, we share a passion for the training of the next generation of physician-scientists who can integrate cutting-edge science with state-of-the-art clinical care. We are eager to introduce you to our distinguished faculty mentors and laboratories on the campus of UF Health, one of the largest academic healthcare systems in the Southeast U.S.

Our Program emphasizes several unique aspects of physician-scientist career development, including team science, team learning, and leadership training. Our access to the entire University of Florida allows selection of PhD Programs for performance of dissertation research across a wide breadth of disciplines. Our close collaboration with our Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers numerous opportunities for application of basic science to clinical medicine. Our Transitions Program provides clinical mentoring and care experiences integrated with dissertation research.


Thomas A. Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD
Term Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Director, UF MD-PhD Training Program

Wayne McCormack, PhD
Professor of Pathology in the College of Medicine
Co-director, UF MD-PhD Training Program

Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director of Research for the Division of Transplantation Surgery
Co-director, UF MD-PhD Training Program

Kristianna Fredenburg, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Pathology
Co-director, UF MD-PhD Training Program