Dr. Phyllis Hendry


    Phyllis L. Hendry, M.D., FAAP, FACEP

    Dr. Phyllis Hendry is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville. She completed her pediatric residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport followed by a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville. She served as Director of Pediatric Emergency Services at UF Health from 1993-2005 and in 2008 became Assistant Chair of Emergency Medicine Research. In 2016, she was appointed Trauma One Deputy Medical Director of Pediatric Transport and is board eligible in the subspecialty of Emergency Medical Services.


    Dr. Hendry served as a founding medical director for a regional pediatric hospice and palliative program, Community PedsCare from 2005-2007. She was the Medical Director for Florida Department of Health’s EMS for Children program from 1999-2005 and continued her service to the Florida EMSC Advisory Committee as Data Liaison and Pediatric ED Readiness Consultant. In July 2018, she again assumed the role of Florida’s EMSC Medical Director and developed the Florid PEDReady program, website and PE2ARL newsletter. She has been a textbook editor and contributor to the Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) and Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) courses.


    Currently Dr. Hendry’s research initiatives include serving as principal investigator (PI) for the Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI). In 2017, she continued her long collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill as site PI for the NIMH funded “Longitudinal Assessment of Post-Traumatic Syndromes” study also known as “AURORA”. The study is a national initiative to improve the understanding, prevention and recovery of soldiers and civilians who have experienced a traumatic event.


    Dr. Hendry has been PI for numerous federal (NIH, HRSA), PCORI and private grants as well as industry clinical trials totaling over 6.5 million dollars. Her areas of research interest include pain management, patient safety, pediatric trauma and emergency care, EMS data systems, health literacy, bereavement and end-of-life care.

    Dr. Hendry serves on numerous national, state, and university committees. She recently completed two terms as a University of Florida Senator for the College of Medicine-Jacksonville and is a past Faculty Council President. In 2015, she was awarded the University’s Robert C. Nuss Research Scholar of the Year Award and in 2017 received a UF Term Professorship Award. In 2018, Dr. Hendry received a three-year University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship.