Philanthropists Leonard and Mary Anna Keshen fund new UF Health Jacksonville interventional cardiology fellowship in recognition of Dr. Daniel Soffer

To improve patient care through critical research efforts of cardiology and related programs at UF Health Jacksonville, local philanthropists Leonard and Mary Anna Keshen announce a new fellowship in interventional cardiology. The fellowship will commence in the summer of 2024 and will award an exemplary fellow to further his or her training.

“The Keshen family’s gift supports UF Health Jacksonville’s vital role in not only advancing research and patient care in northeast Florida and across the nation, but in training the next generation of specialists in the field of interventional cardiology,” said Dominick J. Angiolillo, MD, PhD, professor and chief of the division of cardiology and the director of the UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville.

Fellowships are critical recruitment tools for academic medical institutions and can be a differentiator between great institutions and exceptional ones. Fellowships are awarded to learners working toward a specific medical specialty and are essential in developing the knowledge and skills to continually move medicine forward. They help ensure the development of future medical leaders across a spectrum of research and clinical opportunities, bringing expertise and distinction to the UF College of Medicine - Jacksonville.

Interventional cardiology fellows will train with Daniel Soffer, MD, associate professor and medical director of endovascular cardiology at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, and his team. The Keshens were inspired to give back in recognition of Dr. Soffer and his care. 

"University of Florida Health Jacksonville has renowned physicians who are leaders in their field,” said Leonard Keshen, a retired business owner and investor from Amelia Island, Fla. “Dr. Soffer is a master of his craft in interventional cardiology, and it’s a pleasure to support him in training the next generation of interventional cardiologists.”

UF Health Jacksonville and the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville are making significant strides to bolster research and scholarship. The Keshens hope to spur other donors to support the “outstanding patient care and research” in cardiology and other programs at UF Health Jacksonville. Support from our valued stakeholders raises the visibility of the innovation, research and high-quality patient care this institution provides.

“We want to amplify the importance in the local community of supporting UF Health Jacksonville’s outstanding medical professionals in their unwavering dedication to patient care, and hope that this lead gift will inspire others to support this new fellowship.” Keshen said.

To support this new fellowship at UF Health Jacksonville, please make your gift online here, or contact Chipper Hoffman, senior director of advancement, at for information.

Featured Faculty

Daniel Soffer, MD

Daniel Soffer, MD

Associate Professor
Medical Director, Endovascular Cardiology; Program Director, Endovascular and Structural Heart Interventions Fellowship