February 8, 2023

Amy Keller

Florida Trend Associate Editor • akeller@floridatrend.com

Amy Keller

Amy Keller is an associate editor for Florida Trend. She writes the magazine’s monthly Tallahassee Trend column and covers a wide variety of business topics. Keller joined Florida Trend in 2005, after more than a decade covering Congress as a reporter for Roll Call newspaper. Keller’s writings have also appeared in Salon, The New Republic and the Atlanta Jewish Times. Keller graduated from The Ohio State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Keller has won numerous journalism awards over the years, including being part of the team that won a 2010 first place Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for general news reporting for “Medical Makeover,” which covered trends reshaping healthcare in Florida. The same year, she won a second place Green Eyeshade for investigative reporting about Florida’s role in international adoptions.

Articles by Keller:

Gentler Approach
Brain metastases are a significant problem for women with breast cancer, particularly those with HER2+ breast cancer, an aggressive subtype that tends to grow and spread quickly. Up to half of the women with metastatic HER2+ breast cancer will end up with the cancer spreading to their brain — and until recently, treatment options were limited and caused severe side effects.
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A First in the Southeast for UF Health
UF Health is the first system in the Southeast to acquire a linear accelerator (or “linac” machine) that enables personalized cancer treatment by combining a detailed MRI with precision radiotherapy. With the Elekta Unity MR-Linac — which features a magnet 30,000 times stronger than Earth's magnetic field — physicians can see and track changes in tumors smaller than a staple in real time, as well assess a patient's response to treatment and adapt it if necessary.
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Central Florida's economic forecast for 2023
“Nationally in 2023, we expect the health care industry to grow faster than the overall economy, reflecting health care's continued expanding share of the nation's GDP. Interestingly, health care costs have not been growing as fast as other consumer staples such as food and gas. This is partially the result of health care prices being set in advance through federal and state programs and through contracting with private insurance payers. Health systems are under pressure through higher labor and supply costs. As a result of these cost pressures and other factors, expect to see additional health system consolidation across the state and nation.”
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AdventHealth's virtual RNs are helping battle burnout in the nursing profession
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a toll on the nursing profession, intensifying burnout and causing many nurses to leave the bedside.
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NanoRAD takes on germs with powerful new non-toxic anti-microbial disinfectant
Three-year-old Orlando-based Kismet Technologies has developed a patent-pending nanotechnology called NanoRAD that aims to revolutionize infection control for the health care sector and other industries.
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Dr. Hyun Suh's new scarless surgery is a gamechanger for thyroid patients
Partial or complete removal of the thyroid, the butterfly-shaped organ in the lower front of the neck that controls a person's metabolism, is a common treatment for an array of conditions, including thyroid cancer, overactive thyroid and non-cancerous enlargement of the gland known as a goiter — but the cosmetic impact of the routine surgery can be life-altering for patients.
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Giving a Lift: David Garfunkel
Born and raised in Minnesota, David Garfunkel was a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College when a professor and mentor suggested he consider joining the Peace Corps. “He said, ‘Listen, it sounds like you're interested in other cultures. You like Spanish. It seems like you want to be helpful. You should do the Peace Corps.' And I said, ‘OK, yes, sir.' That was really the extent of it,” Garfunkel recalls.
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The Advocate: Yolanda Cash Jackson
The first time Yolanda Cash Jackson saw the sculpture of Mary McLeod Bethune was in 2021 in Pietrasanta, a small town along the Tuscan coast where master sculptor Nilda Comas had carved the three-ton figure out of marble from the same quarry Michelangelo used to create David and other masterpieces. Bethune is known as the “First Lady of the Struggle” for her efforts to pave the way for Blacks in education and civil rights; the towering stone figure depicts Bethune in academic regalia adorned with a simple pearl necklace and holding a single black rose.
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$3.6 million nursing program grants put UF on track to double enrollment by 2025
With $3.6 million in grants from the state, the University of Florida is hiring 20 faculty members at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to increase enrollment in its nursing programs.
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Barbara Brown
Just a two-hour drive from where Barbara Brown grew up, the Space Coast seemed light-years away from the small, rural city of Palatka. But Brown could feel its gravitational pull.
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Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum
Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum

The 26-foot-long dinosaur made history when it was first discovered in South Dakota in 2014. And it made history again in 2021 when it fetched a record $7.7 million at an auction in Paris, the most ever paid for ancient bones that weren’t a T. rex. The winning bid came from Tampa entrepreneur Sidd Pagidipati, chairperson of Ayon Capitol and Better Health Group. He is lending Big John to the museum for the next three years.

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