New Trauma Surgeons Join UF Health Trauma Surgery at Halifax Health

  • by Ashley.wohlford
  • November 9, 2021
  • Categories: Article, Blog, Podcast, Press Release, Uncategorized, Video
Joe Olivi, MD, FACH  Medical Director  UF Health Trauma Surgery at Halifax Health

Dr. Joe Olivi

Dr. Loretta L. Brestan

Dr. Jens B. Flock, IV

Dr. Joseph Lewis

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. – (November 9, 2021) Halifax Health collaborates with University of Florida Health to bring the most elite trauma surgeons to our community. Joe Olivi, MD, Loretta L. Brestan, MD, Jens B. Flock IV, MD, and Joseph Lewis, DO, are joining UF Health Trauma Surgery at Halifax Health to play a critical role in saving lives in Volusia, Flagler and Brevard counties.

Joe Olivi, MD, is a board-certified general and critical care surgeon assuming the role of medical director for UF Health Trauma Surgery for Halifax Health. Dr. Olivi attended Ross University School of Medicine before completing a general surgery internship at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital for Physicians and Surgeons and a general surgery residency and critical care surgery fellowship at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Board-certified general surgeon, Loretta L. Brestan, MD, went to medical school at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine before attending University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine for her surgical internship and residency. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Dr. Brestan specializes in traumatic surgery and critical care medicine.

Jens B. Flock, IV, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in traumatic and laparoscopic surgery. After attending Florida State University’s College of Medicine, Dr. Flock pursued a general surgery residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center before relocating to Florida to complete a surgical and critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Florida College Of Medicine.

After obtaining his doctor of osteopathic medicine at the University of Pikeville, Joseph Lewis, DO, pursued a general surgery residency at Stony Brook Medicine and a surgical critical care fellowship at Orlando Health, respectively. As a board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Lewis specializes in critical care medicine and traumatic surgery.

UF Health Trauma Surgery at Halifax Health prioritizes patient care by employing the most experienced, passionate professionals in the field. To learn more about the services offered by Dr. Olivi, Dr. Brestan, Dr. Flock or Dr. Lewis, please visit UF Health Trauma Surgery at Halifax Health at

About Halifax Health

Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home health care agency and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC), Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. For more information, visit


About University of Florida Health

UF Health is a world-class academic health center that combines leading-edge research at campuses around Florida with outstanding clinical care at a network of hospitals around the state. The flagship is UF Health Shands Hospital, part of Florida’s preeminent health system, with 14 adult and pediatric specialties ranked among the nation’s elite top 50 programs in the 2021-22 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals surveys. That’s more than any other hospital in Florida.

With main campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville as well as satellite sites in Central Florida and several other locations, UF Health provides world-class health care to patients across the third-most populous state in the nation. UF Health consists of six health colleges, nine research centers and institutes,10 hospitals — including two teaching hospitals and five specialty hospitals — and a host of physician medical practices and outpatient services.

The backbone of UF Health is a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 30,000 people who provide lifesaving care and research breakthroughs for more than 3 million patients who come to UF Health each year from around the U.S. and more than 40 countries.

UF Health is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. As part of the state’s “safety-net’’ hospital system, caring for people who have little or no medical coverage, UF Health provided more than $297.6 million in unsupported charity care, social responsibility and community benefit across its Gainesville, Jacksonville and Central Florida campuses in fiscal year 2020. Annually, UF Health contributes more than $4.6 billion to Florida’s overall economy.

Our mission is to promote health through outstanding and high-quality patient care, innovative and rigorous education in the health professions and biomedical sciences, and high-impact research across the spectrum of basic, translational and clinical investigation. Visit to learn more.

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