From Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, the department of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine hosted the annual Francisco A. Hernandez Lectureship in Pediatric Cardiology. The lectureship was established in 1970 to honor Francisco A. Hernandez, M.D., the first pediatric cardiologist in Florida. Since then, it has helped to enhance the medical education of future physicians and pediatric cardiologists across the state.
The Francisco A. Hernandez Lectureship is alternately hosted by the University of Florida Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the University of Miami Division of Pediatric Cardiology. This year’s lectureship, presented by William B. Blanchard, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist at Nemours Children’s Health System, was kicked off with a dinner at Paramount Grill in downtown Gainesville on Feb. 15. On the following morning, Dr. Blanchard led a presentation on past, present and future pediatric cardiac standards, followed by two presentations at the Pediatric Grand Rounds, focused on pericardial disease in children and career development for pediatric cardiology trainees.