UF Health first to place kidney-assist device that might help patients with congestive heart failure

University of Florida Health researchers recently became the first to temporarily implant a new device in a patient with congestive heart failure, a procedure that one day could help physicians manage this potentially deadly condition.

Physicians in the UF College of Medicine’s department of urology and division of cardiovascular medicine performed the first-in-human use of the JuxtaFlow® renal negative pressure treatment device in April after enrolling the first patient in a clinical trial to evaluate its safety and effectiveness. Read more…

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SENIOR MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Lance Black, MD, MBID

Lance is the team’s senior medical director. As an engineer, physician, and innovator, he speaks a multitude of technical languages and serves as an intermediary and catalyst in the ever-demanding path of medical device development. He obtained his MD from LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans, his BS in Biological Engineering from LSU respectively; and his Masters of Biomedical Innovation and Development from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Black served in the United States Air Force as a Family and Flight Medicine physician where he deployed twice; leading the rapid response team for F-22 pilots in Okinawa, Japan, and as Chief of the Medical Staff at Manas Transit Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. Following his military commitment, Dr. Black worked as the Medical Affairs Manager for the medtech development firm GCMI, where he participated in the build-out and testing of over 25 medical devices with contribution on more than 30 patents. Most recently as Associate Director of Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute, he focused on building and launching novel medical device and digital health companies. During his tenure at TMC Innovation, Lance had the opportunity to review and screen over 2000 healthcare startups for entry into the well-known accelerator, TMCx; advised over 100 medical device and digital health companies who have collectively raised more than $2.5B; and aided in the launch of 10 healthcare startups as advisor to TMC Biodesign who to date have raised >$30M. Dr. Black is singularly dedicated in supporting the development of novel medical technologies that bring value to patients.