Executive Director Message - November 2021

Happy Anniversary! We are overwhelmed by the response from the community, patients, alumni patients, and friends who have helped us mark this milestone of 15 years.

The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute Recognizes Its 15th Anniversary

The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute recognized its 15th anniversary in an intimate ceremony on Oct. 13 in the lobby, marking 15 years since the official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the medical facility.

One of the Institute’s First Patients Celebrates 15 Years Cancer Free

Fifteen years ago, the Institute opened its doors to provide lifesaving cancer care to those in need, including one of its first patients.  

Clinical Research Initiatives Receive Grant Awards

The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute and UF Department of Radiation Oncology have recently been awarded two grants: one to quantify the risk of second cancers in children treated with radiation and the other to measure the impact of a breast cancer awareness public education campaign.

Charitable Organization Matches Donations to Improve Simulation Suite Technology

The James M. Doss Foundation has graciously offered to match every charitable gift to the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute for the renovation of the simulation suite, dollar per dollar, up to $150,000.

Dr. Mendenhall to Speak at PCORI’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

In this breakout session, a roundtable discussion sets the stage for a frank dialogue on building diverse, equitable, and inclusive health research partnerships.

Turning Mandatory into Meaningful - Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

Have you recently turned 70? Did you know that you can use your traditional IRA to make a charitable gift to the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in 2021?

A Gift of Encouragement

Jacksonville businesswoman Tammy Cononie, a Mary Kay Director, spearheaded a community service project to help boost the spirits of people who have cancer



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Community Calendar

Mark your calendar and join us when we are in a town near you or online.

For patient events at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, Go to For Patients & Families for details.

Free Prostate Cancer Patient and Caregiver Live Patient Conference – Cancer ABC’s: Surviving to Thriving
Saturday, April 09, 2022 @ 9am - 4pm

Radiation Treatment Options Panel Discussion

Presented by: Romaine Charles Nichols, Jr., MD and other specialists

The Brownwood Hotel and Spa
3003 Brownwood Boulevard, The Villages, FL, 32163

For More Info:  The registration page is not yet open for the April event, but advance registration will be required for this FREE event. Check for details as they are posted at https://www.cancerabcs.org/calendar or contact education@floridaproton.org

Virtual Educational Event – Advances in Radiotherapy for Esophageal Cancer
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 12 - 1pm

Presented by: Michael Rutenberg, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute

Virtual via Zoom.

To Register: Email education@floridaproton.org 

For More Info: https://www.floridaproton.org/cme2022

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About This Newsletter

The Precision Newsletter is an electronic-only publication that is distributed by email. Each issue is sent monthly to patients, alumni patients and friends of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. As the official newsletter of the Institute, the content is compiled and prepared by our communications

representative and approved by the editor Stuart Klein, executive director of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Special bulletin newsletters may occasionally be prepared when timely topics and new developments in proton therapy occur. If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please click here.