Bruce C. Kone

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Bruce C. Kone, M.D.
BornJanuary 29, 1958 (1958-01-29) (age 61)
EducationBachelors Princeton University, M.D. University of Florida College of Medicine
Known forPhysician-scientist, leader in academic medicine, United States Masters Swimming champion

Bruce C. Kone (born January 29, 1958) is an American professor, nephrologist and molecular biologist. He is also a United States Masters Swimming (USMS) national record holder, twenty-three time USMS national champion, and five-time FINA Masters world's top-ranked age group swimmer.[citation needed] He is currently a tenured professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.


A naturalized citizen of the United States, he was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He attended Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was a scholar-athlete awardee, All-American swimmer, and selected to the Athletic Hall of Fame and the Arete Society. In 1979, he received his A.B. in English (cum laude) and captained the varsity swimming team at Princeton University. He then completed his M.D. (Honors in Research) at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1983, a residency in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a nephrology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Kone held faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1989–91) and the University of Florida College of Medicine (1991–95) before joining the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1995. He was selected by Nobel Laureate Ferid Murad to be the inaugural chief of the division of clinical pharmacology (1998–99). Kone then went on to be director of the division of renal diseases and hypertension (2000–06), vice chairman (2000–03) and then chairman (2004–07) of the department of internal medicine (2004–07), and inaugural holder of The James T. and Nancy B. Willerson Chair (2001–07) at that institution. He also served as the chief of nephrology (2000–06) and of internal medicine (2004–07) at Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center Hospital and chief of the section of nephrology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (2000–06). In 2007, at the age of 49, he became the youngest medical school dean in the United States when he was appointed the Folke H. Peterson/Dean's Distinguished Professor and eighth Dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine.[1] As dean, he played a lead role in establishing a partnership between the University of Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and Shands HealthCare for cancer care and research,[2] and recruited an internationally regarded leader in cancer care and research, Joseph V. Simone, M.D., to lead the University of Florida and Shands Cancer Center.[3] Kone also championed new clinical quality, access, and safety initiatives.[4][5] During his tenure as dean, the number of clinical specialties at the UF-affiliated Shands Teaching Hospital recognized in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of "America's Best Hospitals" increased from 7 to 11,[6] Shands Healthcare was selected for the Governor's Sterling Award for performance excellence,[7] the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute was established, and state funding to the University of Florida for medical education increased for the first time in seven years.[8] Kone also championed diversity and gender equity, expanding the Office of Minority Affairs, appointing the first African-American as chairman of a department at the University of Florida College of Medicine,[9] and appointing women to endowed professorships[10] department chair,[11] and associate dean positions.


In May 2008, University of Florida president J. Bernard Machen abruptly "relieved" Kone of his duties as Dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine[12] amid controversy regarding Kone's decision --- publicly supported by Machen[13] --- to override the medical selection committee and admit the son of a politically active physician who was personally recommended by Governor Charlie Crist[14] and State Senate President Ken Pruitt,[15] which was disclosed when medical selection committee members illegally breached the accepted student's confidentiality to the press,[16] (the student subsequently graduated from the UF College of Medicine and is a practicing physician) and Kone's objections regarding "deals" that had been struck by his predecessor C. Craig TIsher, M.D. and senior administrative officials to rehire senior administrators who had completed the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP), in particular the continued employment in an endowed position of senior associate dean Robert W. Watson, M.D.[17] Kone defended his decision to override the medical selection committee in public statements,[18][19] and in a letter to the editor of Academic Medicine.[20][21] The University of Florida investigated the DROP matter and concluded that senior UF officials violated the spirit of a University policy by receiving DROP payouts to retire and then be rehired without searches for other candidates, in some cases also receiving perks such as bonuses and raises.[22] The report also concluded that Kone's refusal to honor the Watson agreement prevented violation of law. On June 18, 2009, Florida Governor Crist signed into law the "Double-dipping Reform Bill" to prevent state employees from simultaneously collecting retirement benefits and a salary.[23] On June 30, 2009, Kone resigned from the University of Florida to return to the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and received a settlement award of $517,000 from the University of Florida Board of Trustees.[24]


Kone is a Fellow of the AAAS,[25] the American College of Physicians, the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, the American Society of Nephrology, and the American Heart Association, and a member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association[26] He received an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association,[27] and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for his kidney research since 1986. He was President of the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation,[28] and a member of the Leadership Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease of the American Heart Association.

He has served as an associate editor of Clinical and Translational Science, and a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology, the American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, the American Journal of Medicine, and the World Journal of Biological Chemistry. Kone has served on the Florida Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council of the Florida Department of Health,[29] the Board of the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Physicians of Texas, Houston, Texas, and was President and Chairman of the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute. He is a past member of the Public Policy Committee of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He was selected by his peers to "Best Doctors in America" 2005-2016 and to Marquis "Who's Who In America" and "Who's Who in the World" in 2009 - 2016, and "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" in 2010 - 2016. In 2016, he was elected to the Academy of Master Educators at the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Kone is also recognized as an American record holder (2014, 2015, 2018), All-American (2010, 2013-2019), Pool All-Star (2014), and twenty-three time national age group champion in United States Masters Swimming.[30] He co-held a FINA Masters first-place ranking in the world in 2013, garnered two first place world rankings in 2014, and one first place world ranking in 2015 and 2016.


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  2. ^ Moffitt Cancer Center partners with UF, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2008-01-23
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  4. ^ Inequality in the Clinic? (PDF), UF Health Science Center Office of News & Communications, 2008-03-01[dead link]
  5. ^ Protecting patients: UF implements new patient quality care and safety initiatives (PDF), UF Health Science Center Office of News & Communications, 2007-11-01, archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-21, retrieved 2009-03-08
  6. ^ Chun, Diane (2009-07-17), Shands UF earns several top-50 honors, Gainesville Sun
  7. ^ Governor Crist and Lt. Governor Kottkamp Announce 2008 Governor's Sterling Award Recipients, Governor's Press Office, 2008-04-28, archived from the original on 2013-06-29
  8. ^ Chun, Diane (2008-02-24), Medical concerns: Budget cuts and two new Florida medical schools may threaten the quality and depth of health care in North Florida, Gainesville Sun
  9. ^ College of Medicine names chair of Emergency Medicine in Gainesville, 2008-02-12[dead link]
  10. ^ Stroke-rehab innovator to hold endowed professorship (PDF), VA Research Currents, 2008-02-01, p. 8, archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-27
  11. ^ Dooley, Karen (2008-04-02), Dean fills a number of Chair positions, University of Florida College of Medicine Insider
  12. ^ Chunn, Diane (2007-03-23), Houston physician named College of Medicine dean, Gainesville Sun, archived from the original on 2007-03-25
  13. ^ Stripling, Jack (2008-04-19), Med student lacked MCAT, committee members say, Gainesville Sun
  14. ^ Norman, Bob (2009-08-29), Cleared? Crist's Complicated Connection to the Con Man, Broward Palm Beach New Times
  15. ^ Hafenbrack, Josh (2009-10-02), Pruitt pressed to get Mendelsohn’s son into UF medical school, Orlando Sentinel, archived from the original on 2012-03-20, retrieved 2010-07-19
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  17. ^ Crabbe, Nathan (2009-02-22), UF's DROP program scrutinized, Gainesville Sun
  18. ^ Stripling, Jack (2008-05-07), Med school dean apologizes for e-mail, Gainesville Sun
  19. ^ Swirko, Cindy (2008-05-24), Ousted med school dean says actions were legitimate, Gainesville Sun
  20. ^ Kone, Bruce (March 2009), "A different perspective on admissions decisions", Academic Medicine, Academic Medicine, 84 (3): 289, doi:10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181971ea5, PMID 19240427
  21. ^ Crabbe, Nathan (2009-03-06), Former medical school dean speaks out, Gainesville Sun[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Crabbe, Nathan (2009-07-20), UF officials violated spirit of university policy, Gainesville Sun
  23. ^ Isaac, Erin (2009-06-18), MEMORANDUM: GOVERNOR CRIST'S BILL ACTIONS TODAY, JUNE 18, 2009, Governor's Press Office[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ Crabbe, Nathan (2009-07-17), Ex-Med School Dean gets $517,00 in settlement, Gainesville Sun
  25. ^ AAAS council honors 308 members for their contributions to science,, 2004-11-01, archived from the original on 2008-06-19, retrieved 2008-08-02
  26. ^ ,, 2008, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 2007-02-07 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  27. ^ UF's Dr. Bruce Kone wins AHA Established Investigatorship, UF Health Science Center News, 1995-01-11[dead link]
  28. ^ Marie A. Krousel-Wood, MD,, 2008
  29. ^ (PDF), doh.state.fl, 2007, archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-20 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  30. ^ USMS Top 10 Swims by Bruce C Kone (82), United States Masters Swimming, 2010