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UF Health Shands Children's Hospital

Our program ranked #1 in the state by U.S. News & World Report

Published: Jul 9th, 2018

Ranked #19 in the country and #1 in the state by U.S. News & World Report, our pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program is the highest-ranked specialty at UF Health […]

Valeria Ocampo leaves the PCICU after the Berlin Heart repaired her heart.

Artificial heart gives a baby girl a second chance at life

Published: Apr 24th, 2018

For more than half of her life, 15-month-old-Valeria Ocampo lay in her hospital crib and peeked toward her window…

Valeria Ocampo

How an artificial heart brought a bubbly baby’s smile back…

Published: Jan 31st, 2018

Valeria Ocampo giggles and babbles as most babies do…

Matias Cozzi

Something remarkable

Published: Nov 27th, 2017

A teen celebrates Thanksgiving with his new lungs…

Cayden and his mother

A Quest for Answers: Cayden’s Story

Published: Oct 18th, 2017

Cayden Kauffman loves to explore the world in his baby walker. Once the 9-month-old gets scooting, there’s no stopping him from thrusting forward and sliding around…

Lead photo: UF Health Shands Children's Hospital

Ranked No. 1 in Florida for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Published: Jun 27th, 2017

The UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals in 6 medical specialties, according to the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released by U.S. News & World Report…

Lead Photo: Baby Jackson

Cribside Critical Care

Published: May 12th, 2017

Jackson was born on April 8 to Ashley DuBois and David Rodes. Already sporting a full head of hair, Jackson had a seemingly normal first 14 hours of life…

Lead Photo: Ethan Church

Finding the Root of the Problem

Published: May 12th, 2017

Ask Ethan Church what he’s passionate about and the answer may seem unusual for a 17-year-old: forestry and soil science…

Lead Photo: Baby Levi

UF Health first in Florida to offer app to caregivers of infants with rare heart defect

Published: Apr 20th, 2017

Ever since her son’s birth in December, Elicia Ford has looked forward to the day when she can bring little Levi home to Panama City, Florida…

Lead Photo: Tanecia

Tanecia’s Story

Published: Apr 17th, 2017

On the surface, Tanecia is a sassy munchkin. Like other 5-year-old girls, Tanecia can be found pedaling her red tricycle, being mesmerized by “Frozen,” and blending shades of Play-Doh®…