About Us

Pediatric Hospitalist Services at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

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Open communication between the providers in the hospital and your child’s primary care doctor is critical in providing high-quality, streamlined care. Because hospitalists practice in the hospital, they are available to reevaluate a patient’s condition to ensure timely testing, treatment, and discharge. Your pediatric hospitalist is available during working hours and the on-call hospitalist is available after hours and can be reached with the assistance of your nurse or pediatric resident. Our pediatric hospitalists are dedicated to providing the safest and best possible care to patients by serving as physician leaders in the hospital, educators for the pediatric residency training program and College of Medicine students, and researchers in the academic setting.

Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who care for patients admitted to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for general pediatric conditions. Their time and expertise is specifically devoted to caring for patients who are in the hospital. Hospitalists have a special interest in the diagnostic challenges of general pediatrics including:

  • Multi-system diseases
  • Complex single-system problems
  • Basic pediatric problems

These doctors have years of experience in diagnosing and managing a wide variety of the most complex pediatric medical conditions.


Division Highlights

Our faculty members received recognition for their commitment to quality care and patient education.

  • Shelley Collins, MD – 55th Annual Hippocratic Faculty Award 2nd year in a row!
  • Shelley Collins, MD – W. Patrick Duff, MD Medical Student Advocate Award.
  • Michele Lossius, MD – Appointed to a Two-Year Term as Associate Chief of Medical Staff UF Health Shands Hospital. Summer 2024
  • Nancy Joseph, MD – 2023 Exemplary Teacher Award
  • Shelley Collins, MD – Appointed senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education. Fall 2023
  • Michele Lossius, MD – Selected as an iCARE Adopter for the Pediatric ED and will provide support and resources to the unit-level iCARE champions and leadership teams. Fall 2023
  • Outstanding Division of the year 2021-2022
  • Nancy Joseph, MD – Outstanding Teacher of the year 2021-2022
  • Nicole Paradise Black, MD was awarded the 2022 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award
  • Michele Lossius, MD, was appointed as Chief Quality Officer for UF Health Shands hospitals and clinics.
  • The Academic Pediatric Association awarded Nicole Paradise Black, MD, with the Mid-Career Faculty Award and the Teaching Program Award for her role on the Advancing Pediatric Educator Excellence, or APEX, leadership council. APEX is an international longitudinal-blended learning program that offers advanced teaching skills to pediatric hospitalists.
  • The UF College of Medicine named Shelley Collins, MD, Clinical Teacher of the Year. Dr. Collins was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
  • Freddie Guyer, MD, was named Residency Teacher of the Year.
  • Thao Vu, MD, received the Outstanding Achievement in Medical Student Education Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.