News : 2010

Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c.

Growth Hormone-releasing Hormone Antagonist Exhibits Benefits on Some Aspects of Aging

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher and collaborators at other institutions have developed an antagonist to growth hormone that seems to reverse some of the signs of aging. The just published finding appears to overturn recent thinking that growth hormones could prolong youth.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., addressing members of the science and business communities at the third annual UM Innovation Technology Showcase at Four Seasons Miami.

Third UM Innovation Unites Research and Business

Nephrology expert Jochen Reiser, M.D., Ph.D., was among the many Miller School physicians and scientists who made presentations to members of the scientific and business communities at the third annual UM Innovation Technology Showcase.

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William Donelan

Miller/UHealth VP Donelan Discusses Health Reform with Students

William Donelan, health care strategy czar for the Miller School and University of Miami Health System – UHealth tells students the U.S. health care system has some extremely well-functioning segments, but it’s “not the kind of system you would put in place if you were starting over today.”

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Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A.

Cardiovascular Chief Publishes Heart Attack Study

Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., professor and senior vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief of the Cardiovascular Division, published an article on the treatment of patients with myocardial infarction in the November 8 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D.

Diabetes Researcher Publishes Review in The New England Journal of Medicine

Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Miller School, has published an invited editorial in the November 18 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine for the Clinical Implications of Basic Research section of the journal.

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Ralph Sacco, M.D., delivers the presidential address at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 in Chicago.

Dr. Ralph Sacco Delivers Presidential Address at 2010 AHA Meeting

Sunday was a proud day for the Miller School of Medicine, as Ralph Sacco, M.D., professor and chair of neurology, delivered the presidential address at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 in Chicago. .

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From left, Joshua Hare, M.D., Sabrina Cohen and Jeffrey Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., celebrated the debut of the 2011 Cellebrity Doctors calendar, which features Hare, Goldberg and Juan Dominguez-Bengala, Ph.D., among the nation’s top 12 stem cell researchers.

Three Miller School Researchers Grace ‘CELLebrity’ Doctors Calendar

Three of the Miller School’s leading stem cell researchers can add a new, rather distinct title to all their other impressive accomplishments: pin-up.

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Barry J. Materson, M.D., M.B.A.

UM Physician Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Barry J. Materson, M.D., M.B.A., professor of medicine in the Divisions of Clinical Pharmacology and Hospital Medicine at the Miller School, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control at the organization’s annual professional educational meeting on October 29 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Representing the

Thousands Walk for Heart Disease and Stroke

Get moving, eat healthy, and quit smoking – those were the three main messages thousands of participants heard at Saturday’s 2010 Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk on the Florida International University campus in West Miami-Dade. The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was well represented, with more than 200 walkers raising close to $20,000 to fund the organization’s goal of “building healthier lives free of cardiovascu

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Richard Preston, M.D.

Miller School’s Dr. Richard Preston Receives National Recognition

Richard Preston, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the Miller School, has received national recognition for his clinical research from the editors of Hypertension, the official journal of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research.

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Women’s Cancer League Developmental Grant Program 2010-11 Awardees Announced

The Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute is pleased to announce this year’s Sylvester Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute’s Women’s Cancer League Developmental Grant Program awardees.

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At left, Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., chief of the Cardiovascular Division, introduced Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., at the Grand Rounds presentation.

Dean Goldschmidt Presents Grand Rounds on "The Emperor's New Genes"

In 1995, Sergei Grinkov, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in pairs skating died from a massive heart attack while training in New York for a Stars on Ice tour. At 28, the Russian athlete seemed to be in the prime of life and without obvious risk factors.

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William O'Neill, M.D., greets Kenneth Horstmyer, one of the first UHealth valve replacement surgery patients.

Heart Valve Tested at UM Shows Promising Results in Clinical Trial

The dramatic results of a clinical trial using a new minimally invasive valve replacement intervention that’s performed using catheters at select institutions around the country – and only at the University of Miami Hospital in Florida – have just been published online in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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From left, Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., Marina Casalino-Matsuda, Ph.D., David Kamons, of Northern Trust, which manages the Stanley J. Glaser Foundation; Dean Pascal Goldschmidt, M.D.; Kent Benedict, of Northern Trust; Arumugan Jayakumar, Ph.D.; Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D.; and Michael Kim, Ph.D., celebrate this year’s awards.

Glaser Research Awards Honor Miller School's Rising Stars

Seventy Miller School faculty, including several department chairs and center and institute directors, gathered in the Clinical Research Building last week to honor this year’s winners of the Stanley J. Glaser Research Awards and hear presentations from last year’s winners.

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James Wilkinson, M.D.

Pediatric Researchers Publish Study on Heart Disease in Children

New findings from the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry published online ahead of print in Circulation Heart Failure, a journal of the American Heart Association, provide information that could impact the diagnosis and natural progression of cardiomyopathy, a weakened or abnormal heart muscle.

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Myles Wolf, M.D., M.M.Sc., left, and Orlando Gutierrez, M.D., M.M.Sc.

Disparities in Kidney Disease Linked to Diet

Racial disparities in kidney disease outcomes are among the most glaring in the U.S. health system in that blacks are up to four times more likely to progress to end stage renal disease than whites, and have much higher rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality in early chronic kidney disease.

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Dr. Ralph Sacco, left, and Dean Goldschmidt urge Miller School faculty and staff to sign up for the 2010 Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk.

Drs. Goldschmidt and Sacco Look for New Heart Walk Royalty

Victor Vega was king of the Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk two years ago, raising more money for heart disease and stroke prevention research and education programs supported by the American Heart Association than any other participant in the 5K walk.

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Stephen Bekanich, M.D.

Stephen Bekanich, M.D., Launches Palliative Care Services at UHealth

When internist Stephen Bekanich, M.D., was in medical school, he wasn’t interested in palliative care. But when his grandmother endured a troubling death from metastatic breast cancer nearly a decade later, he redirected his career to the burgeoning field dedicated to relieving physical symptoms and emotional distress of seriously ill patients.

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Gabriel Contreras, M.D. served as an author and principal investigator on the study.

Landmark Study Will Help Slow Kidney Disease

A sweeping national study with “enormous” public health implications has shown that controlling blood pressure more intensively can slow the debilitating progression of kidney disease in many African-American patients.

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Jianqin Wei, M.D., (left) receives 'Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year' award from Florida Heart Research Institute's Kathleen DuCasse, CEO.

Dr. Jianqin Wei Named 2010 "Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year"

The Miller School’s Jianqin Wei, M.D., has been named the 2010 “Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year” by the Florida Heart Research Institute. Dr. Wei, a trained interventional cardiologist, unrelenting researcher and newly appointed assistant research professor of medicine, was honored on August 21 at the annual meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology held in Kissimmee.

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Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A.

Researchers Identify Risk Factors for Angioplasty Complication

Physicians performing percutaneous coronary interventions (angioplasty) frequently encounter a number of challenges during the procedure. Among the complications is retroperitoneal hematoma, the pooling of blood just outside the abdominal cavity — a condition associated with high mortality and morbidity.

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Ian McNiece, Ph.D., Juan Pablo Zambrano, M.D., Alan Heldman, M.D., and Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Revolutionary Findings Prove Novel Mechanism of Stem Cells

Miller School researchers have demonstrated exactly how mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow can repair the heart – a critical step in stem cell research that could in the near future help millions of patients with heart failure.

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Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., associate professor of medicine

Miller School Cardiologist Leads First Clinical Application of Unique Anticoagulant

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), more commonly known as angioplasty, is a widely used method of restoring blood flow to the heart. During those procedures, a certain amount of anticoagulation is necessary to prevent blood clots during the procedure. The challenge for physicians is that anticoagulants used for PCI often increase the risk of bleeding, especially at femoral access points in the thigh.

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Saviour Delavoe, an expert in UChart’s pharmacy application, was among the dozens of  UChart Project Team members who helped launch the electronic recordkeeping system in 41 clinics.

UChart Rolls Out New Era of Patient Safety

UChart, the University’s new electronic medical records system, went live today in almost all the remaining UHealth – University of Miami Health System clinical offices on the medical campus, ushering in a new era of patient safety and convenience.

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Robert Myerburg, M.D., Nanette Bishopric, M.D.

UM Researchers Publish Findings on Sudden Cardiac Death

Sudden cardiac death is a leading cause of mortality in the United States and Western Europe, and it has recently been observed that an individual’s risk for sudden cardiac death is increased by having a family member with this condition, suggesting a genetic component. Now, Miller School researchers collaborating with a team in Amsterdam and others from the U.S. and Europe have conducted a genome-wide association study…

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Ian McNiece, Ph.D., Juan Pablo Zambrano, M.D., Alan Heldman, M.D., and Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Miller School Awarded NIH Grant for Stem Cell Research

Stem cell researchers at the Miller School have received a grant from the NIH that will greatly accelerate their breakthrough findings in the arena of heart disease. The team, led by Joshua M. Hare, M.D., director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the Miller School, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH to study cardiac stem cells.

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Andrew Colin, M.D.

UM Pediatrics Professor Publishes Review Article on Lung Disease in Babies

A new review of the medical literature is substantiating serious questions about the health and long-term lung function of babies born only slightly premature. The findings were published online June 7 in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Andrew Colin, M.D., Batchelor Professor of Cystic Fibrosis and Pediatric Pulmonology.

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James and Esther King and Bankhead-Coley grants help advance cancer research

Miller School Scientists Awarded Millions in State Research Grants

The battle against cancer being waged in numerous Miller School labs is getting a $12 million boost from the Florida Department of Health’s Biomedical Research Program grants supporting research in cancer and tobacco-related diseases. Twenty-three UM researchers collectively won about 27.5 percent – the largest share – of the $45.5 million in grants awarded…

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Omaida Velazquez, M.D.

Miller School Physician-Scientist Selected as a Fellow in National Leadership Program

Omaida Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Miller School, has been accepted into the 2010-11 class of the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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James Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D, inputs data for a UHealth patient.

Electronic Medical Records System - UChart - Launches in UHealth Clinics

With a flurry of activity and an abundance of support and anticipation, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System catapulted itself into the electronic realm of health care records with the launch of UChart today. Six clinical care offices began offering MyUHealthChart, a secure online portal for patients to access their medical records from anywhere, at their convenience.

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Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., associate professor of medicine

Improved Care for Heart Attack Patients Eliminates Disparities

University of Miami Miller School cardiologists have led research showing that hospitals using the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) program have improved their evidence-based treatment for heart attack patients and eliminated racial and ethnic disparities of care.

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The new AAP inductees are from left: Richard Cote, M.D., Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Antonio Bianco, M.D., Ph.D., and Joyce Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D.

Four Faculty Members Inducted into Association of American Physicians

Four University of Miami Miller School of Medicine physicians have been inducted into the prestigious Association of American Physicians (AAP), founded in 1885 for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Induction is considered a great honor as members have included Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine.

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Laurence Sands, M.D., associate professor of surgery, accepted a 2010 George Paff Teaching Award from the Class of 2011. Also pictured are Elizabeth Ko and Joseph Greene, members of the Class of 2011.

Miller School Students Honor Faculty Members with 2010 George Paff Teaching Awards

Before a dozen faculty members were recognized with the 2010 George Paff Teaching Awards, Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., associate dean for undergraduate medical education, presented a slide show to remind award recipients and other audience members of Paff’s impressive career as a Miller School educator.

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Amir K. Jaffer, M.D., was honored with the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Amir Jaffer, M.D., Honored with Society of Hospital Medicine's 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award

Amir K. Jaffer, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the Miller School and chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, has been honored with the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Philadelphia-based society recognized Dr. Jaffer at its 2010 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Maria Abreu, M.D., and Myles Wolf, M.D.

Two Miller School Faculty Members Elected to Prestigious ASCI Honor Society

Two Miller School of Medicine physician-scientists have been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies.

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William O'Neill, M.D.

Dr. William O’Neill to Deliver Annual Lemberg Lecture

The 18th annual Miriam Lemberg Visiting Professorship in Cardiovascular Disease lecture will be delivered tomorrow afternoon by William O’Neill, M.D., executive dean for clinical affairs and professor of medicine and cardiology. His presentation is titled “Historic Breakthrough in Reperfusion Therapy of Acute Myocardial Infarction.”

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Rosemeire M. Kanashiro-Takeuchi, Ph.D, Joshua M. Hare, M.D., Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c., and Anna Klukovits, Ph.D.

Study Shows GHRH-Agonists Can Activate Cardiac Repair After Myocardial Infarction

Despite major therapeutic advances, congestive heart failure remains a leading cause of death and disability. There is currently no therapy that fully reverses heart failure and/or left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, leaving physicians with a great need for viable treatments.

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