The Hypertension Center at the University of Florida was created in 1992 by the Board of Regents and Dr. Christopher Wilcox, then Division Chief of Nephrology at the VAMC, was the inaugural director. When Dr. Wilcox left in 1995, Dr. Ian Phillips took over as director until he left the University of Florida in 2002. In July of 2004, Dr. Christine Baylis was recruited to the University of Florida to serve as Center Director. The Hypertension Center benefited from the outstanding leadership and vision of Dr. Baylis for more than a decade until her retirement in 2015.
Given the strong presence that Dr. Baylis had in the field of hypertension, it is perhaps not surprising, that a multi-directorship model was needed to replace her leadership. The directorship has transitioned to Dr. Eric Krause, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacodynamics in the UF College of Pharmacy: (click here for more information).