Meet the Surgeons of UCF Health

UCF Health has expanded its care to include surgical services to further its mission to provide outstanding care to patients in Central Florida. Patients now have access to top surgeons in specialties such as orthopaedics, ophthalmology, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and general surgery. Soon, UCF will have its own hospital when the UCF College of Medicine opens a facility in partnership with Hospital Corporation of America in Lake Nona by early 2021. Currently, the UCF Health surgeons operate out of local hospitals and surgical centers.

The faculty physicians at UCF Health practice what they teach by creating a treatment plan individualized for the patient’s needs and utilizing advanced techniques, such as robotic-assistance, to help reduce the risks associated with surgery and provide a quicker recovery. More than that, patients appreciate the enhanced education they get from the physicians at UCF Health because teaching is fundamental to their role as professors. The doctors take the time to explain diagnosis, treatment and the options that a patient has for their condition.

“For most patients, undergoing surgery is a frightening thing,” says Dr. John Tramont, director of surgical services for UCF Health and a minimally invasive gynecologic surgery specialist. “It’s our job as surgeons to make sure patients fully understand what is being recommended to them, the benefits and risks associated with having such a procedure, and then to provide the best surgical care so that patients achieve the greatest outcome possible.”

Obinna Adigweme, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Adigweme is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee joint replacement. He enjoys working with patients to provide them with surgical options that can achieve their goal of restoring mobility and reducing pain. His areas of interest include anterior hip replacements and partial knee replacements.

“There is nothing more rewarding than giving a patient their quality of life back by providing them with a joint replacement that allows them to get back to doing the things they love, whether that is playing with their grandchildren or taking daily walks,” Dr. Adigweme says.

Charles Giangarra, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine

Dr. Giangarra has made a career out of caring for athletes of all levels, from collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes to weekend warriors. He believes sports medicine encompasses the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injury and illness for the active, health-conscious and athletic population from pediatric to geriatric. He specializes in the care of musculoskeletal injuries and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle.

“Whether you’re an elite athlete, or just someone who loves to run, it’s important to have a sports medicine specialist you can go to who can treat a wide variety of sports related injuries,” Dr. Giangarra says. “Certainly, not all injuries or conditions require surgery. But proper treatment can make the difference between a speedy recovery and having lasting impacts.”

Vladimir Neychev, MD, PhD

General Surgeon

Dr. Neychev is a general surgeon committed to delivering the highest quality of care and management of the entire spectrum of general surgery conditions. He is fellowship trained in endocrine surgery and offers advanced minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

“My best advice to patients is to speak to your doctor about changes you notice in your body, whether it’s a lump or bump, changes in bowel movements or pain you experience,” Dr. Neychev says. “That way your doctor can provide timely care before a condition progresses into a more complicated state.”

Mehul Patel, MD, MSc

Dr. Patel is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who evaluates and manages eye diseases both medically and surgically. He treats patients like family and takes pride in explaining things in a simple fashion to make sure patients not only receive a diagnosis but also understand it. He specializes in refractive cataract surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.

“I see patients on a daily basis who have been living with blurry vision for years as a result of their cataract,” Dr. Patel says. “A couple days after surgery the overwhelming majority of patients are so happy that they can see objects and people out in the distance much clearer, drive at night time with confidence, feel more steady on their feet and appreciate things in high definition. In fact, often the patients are the ones coming back asking for surgery again to dramatically improve their vision in their other eye. That feeling of being able to give patients their sight back and the freedom to do the things that makes them happy is what I love most about being an eye surgeon.”

John Tramont, MD


Dr. Tramont is dedicated to providing top-quality care for women at every stage of life. He specializes in complex gynecologic and urogynecologic conditions, as well as chronic pelvic pain and menopause. He offers minimally invasive gynecologic and robotic surgery services as a treatment option when more conservative treatments don’t work.

“For a long time, women suffered through many of these conditions in silence,” Dr. Tramont says. “But today, women have more options than ever before in treating these conditions. So see a specialist and talk about what you are experiencing. Together we can find a solution.”

For more information about UCF Health and its services, visit or call (407) 266-DOCS (3627).


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