J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering

The fundamental mission of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida is to better the world and improve the human condition through interdisciplinary and creative merging of engineering with biology and medicine.


JG-56 Biomedical Sciences Building
P.O. Box 116131
Gainesville, FL 32611-6131


Administration & Advising

Christine E. Schmidt
Professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair

Daniel Ferris
Robert W. Adenbaum Professor & Senior Associate Chair

Cherie Stabler
Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Kyle D. Allen
Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow

David Gilland
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator

Brandi Ormerod
Associate Professor & Director, BME Graduate Student Diversity and Professional Development


What do Biomedical Engineers do?

Biomedical engineers analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

The J. Crayton Pruitt Family

The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering is UF’s first named department. In 1995, Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt Sr., a cardiothoracic surgeon from St. Petersburg, Fla., received a heart transplant at Shands at UF. A biventricular assist device — a classic example of biomedical engineering technology — kept him alive for 10 days while he waited for a heart. The experience left Dr. Pruitt and his family with a profound appreciation for biomedical engineering. Several years later, he made a donation that is expected to create a $20 million endowment for the department that now bears his name.