Tyler J. Loftus, MD

Tyler J Loftus

Tyler J Loftus MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Department: MD-SURGERY-TRAUMA
Phone: (352) 273-5670
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100108
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

As an associate professor and an acute care surgeon in the University of Florida Department of Surgery, I treat patients for traumatic injury and those needing emergency general surgery. I am also the associate director of research for the UF Intelligent Critical Care Center.

I graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University, receiving my Bachelor of Science in health science in 2008. Staying in South Carolina, I obtained my medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Then, I relocated to Florida to pursue a general surgery residency and NIH-sponsored research fellowship at the Sepsis and Critical Illness Research center at UF. Subsequently, I completed a surgical critical care fellowship and a PhD in biomedical informatics at UF.

My peer-reviewed publications and research presentations at national and international meetings have evolved from translational science, focusing on bone marrow failure and anemia after traumatic injury, to data science, focusing on machine learning to augment personalized, patient-centered decision-making.

Additionally, I am interested in medical student and resident education, and technical skills development. I am also interested in advancing trauma care through the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma and Advanced Trauma Operative Management curricula and as associate program director for the general surgery residency and director of the Technical Skills Training Program.

Accomplishments:
  • Rising Star Research Award
    2024 · University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Outstanding Faculty Award
    2022-2023 · University of Florida Department of Surgery
  • Exemplary Teacher
    2022 · University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Surgical Resident's Award
    2019 · University of Florida Department of Surgery
  • Quality Hero Award
    2019 · University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Hugh A. Walters Humanitarian Award
    2019 · University of Florida Department of Surgery
  • First Place in the Surgical Skills Competition
    2017 · American College of Surgeons
  • Hugh M. Hill Outstanding Resident Teacher Award
    2016 · University of Florida
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Inductee
    2015 · University of Florida
  • Ray Bierstedt Memorial Award in Recognition of the Outstanding Surgical Intern
    2013 · University of Florida
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee
    2012 · Medical University of South Carolina
Certifications:
  • Clinical Informatics
    American Board of Preventative Medicine
  • Licensed Physician
    State of Florida
  • Surgery
    American Board of Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
    American Board of Surgery
Clinical Interests:
  • Abdominal exploration
  • Bile duct obstruction
  • Bleeding
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cholangitis
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal perforation
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Neck dissection
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Peritonitis
  • Robotic surgery
  • Traumatic Injury
Research Interests:
  • augmented surgical decision-making
  • machine learning for predictive analytics
  • patient phenotyping
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2023 ACTIVE
    Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Project Manager
  • Jun 2023 – Jan 2024
    Transforming Surgical Training Using Precision Education
    SOC FOR IMPROVING MED PROFESSIONAL LEARN · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2023 ACTIVE
    Aligning Patient Acuity with Resource Intensity after Major Surgery
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIGMS · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2022 ACTIVE
    Explainable, Fair, Reproducible and Collaborative Surgical Artificial Intelligence: Integrating data, algorithms and clinical reasoning for surgical risk assessment (XAI-IDEALIST)
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIGMS · Co-Investigator
  • Apr 2022 – May 2022
    Aligning Patient Acuity with Triage Destination after Major Surgery
    UF FOUNDATION · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2020 ACTIVE
    Aligning Patient Acuity with Intensity of Care after Surgery
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIGMS · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2019-2020
    Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care
    University of Florida
  • 2015-2017
    Research Fellowship, Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center
    University of Florida
  • 2012-2019
    Residency, General Surgery
    University of Florida
  • 2008-2012
    Medical Degree
    Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2004-2008
    Bachelor of Science
    Clemson University
Subspecialties:
  • Critical Care Surgery