Grateful and Committed: Florida Couple Establishes Fund for Prostate Cancer Research and Innovation in the UF Department of Urology


pictured left to right are mr obendorf, doctor li-ming su and mrs. obendorf. the are all wearing face masks.
From left to right, Lou Oberndorf, Li-Ming Su and
Rosemary Oberndorf at a signing ceremony for the gift on Feb. 9

When Lou Oberndorf reflects on his time at UF Health Shands Hospital being cared for by Li-Ming Su, M.D., professor and chair of the UF Department of Urology, the word “miracle” comes to mind.

“Three years ago, we confirmed I had prostate cancer,” says Oberndorf, CEO and chair of Operative Experience Inc., a Maryland-based company that creates high-fidelity simulators for use in medical education. “Dr. Su performed my prostate surgery. Thank God, as of today, the surgery was a complete success. I describe Dr. Su as someone who saved my life.”

Oberndorf’s experiences inspired him and his wife, Rosemary, to establish The Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf Prostate Cancer Innovation Fund, which will support the addition of a new faculty member, Wayne Brisbayne, M.D., in the UF Department of Urology and increased research on new diagnostic imaging and therapeutic techniques in the fight against prostate cancer. Brisbayne, who is completing a urologic oncology fellowship at UCLA, will join the department in August.

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