News : 2012

The co-authors include, from left, Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D., Per-Olof Berggren, Ph.D., Midhat Abdulreda, Ph.D., and Rayner Rodriguez-Diaz, Ph.D.

Researchers Develop New Model for the Study of Diabetic Neuropathy

Providing a clearer understanding of the role nerves play in normal pancreatic islet function, investigators at the Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute and Department of Medicine have created a new model that demonstrates how the nervous system stimulates pancreatic islets in living organisms.

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Maria T. Abreu, M.D., left, and Nancy L. Hullihen, M.B.A., senior director of development, hold the check representing the $10,000 gift.

Savor the Season Festival Raises $10K for Crohn’s and Colitis Center

More than 1,000 supporters gathered under the holiday lights and decorations at Brickell World Plaza November 17 for Savor the Season, a festival celebrating the beginning of the holiday season and supporting the Miller School’s Crohn’s and Colitis Center.

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Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Find U.S. Hispanics at High Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke in JAMA Study

multicenter study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found important differences in risk factors for heart attack and stroke among Hispanics of different origins living in the United States.

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Daniel Lichtstein, M.D.

Dr. Daniel M. Lichtstein Designated ‘Master’ by American College of Physicians

Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., professor of medicine and Regional Dean for Medical Education, has been elected to Mastership in the American College of Physicians for his role as a citizen physician, educational innovator, humanist, and teacher-learner who inspires those around him and sets high standards for the practice of internal medicine.

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From left, Viky Y. Suncion, M.D.; Eduard Ghersin, M.D.; Maureen H. Lowery, M.D.; Joshua M. Hare, M.D.; Joel E. Fishman, M.D.; Darcy L. DiFede Velazquez, RN, B.S.N.; Alan W. Heldman, M.D.; Jose da Silva, Ph.D.; Phillip Ruiz, M.D.; Alexandra Amador; and Ivonne H. Schulman, M.D.

UM Study in JAMA Shows Donor and Patient Stem Cells Can Repair Heart Tissue

In a study that could help advance the field of regenerative medicine for years to come, the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the Miller School has found that mesenchymal stem cells, whether from patients or donors, can treat people whose hearts were previously damaged and scarred after a heart attack.

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Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

Dr. Thomas M. Hooton Appointed to Lead Miami VA Medical Service

Infectious diseases expert Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., professor of clinical medicine, has been appointed Associate Chief of Staff for Medical Services at the Miami VA Medical Center and Vice Chair for VA Affairs in the Department of Medicine at the Miller School.

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Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Diabetes Expert on National Panel that Warns of Critical Gaps for Seniors

In a report written by a consensus panel of diabetes experts, including the Miller School’s Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., the American Diabetes Association and American Geriatrics Society conclude that researchers and clinicians have the least data on how best to treat the group most likely to have diabetes — adults age 65 and older.

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Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.

Young Investigator Wins NIH Grant to Study Age-Related Atherosclerosis

Miller School investigator Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, has received a National Institutes of Health K01 grant to study Atherosclerosis, and potentially reverse the process.

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

Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., Revisits Public Reporting Debate in JAMA Editorial

Seven years after his two-state study on the potential impact of publicly reporting outcomes for percutaneous coronary interventions fueled an ongoing national debate, Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of Medicine and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, finds a new, national study on the same subject both reassuring but raising new questions.

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Harvey E. Brown Jr., M.D.

Rheumatology Legend Passes Away

Longtime Miller School faculty member Harvey E. Brown Jr., M.D., professor of medicine, passed away peacefully on September 15. He was 89.

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Joel Danisi, M.D.

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine Offering New Services at Inpatient and Outpatient Clinics

The Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine has opened two new clinics to serve South Florida’s aging population both in the hospital and the community. The division now offers geriatric consultations to patients at University of Miami Hospital who are 65 or older and admitted to medical and surgical services. The division also established Geriatrics and Healthy Aging Clinics at University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

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William O'Neill, M.D.

Milestone in Cardiovascular Disease Treatment Published in Circulation

A landmark multicenter trial led by William W. O’Neill, M.D., voluntary professor of medicine, has instituted a new and improved treatment for symptomatic, complex, multivessel cardiovascular disease and left main coronary artery disease, especially for patients who before had nowhere else to turn.

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Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D.

Dr. Lina Shehadeh Receives “Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year Award”

Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, has been awarded the “Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year Award” by the Florida Heart Research Institute for advancing the treatment of cardiovascular disease using RNA therapy.

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Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Hermes Florez Publishes Editorial on Diabetes in JAMA

Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., was selected by the Journal of the American Medical Association to review a study published by the prestigious journal that found patients who were at a normal weight when diagnosed with diabetes experienced higher mortality rates compared with those who were overweight or obese at the time of diabetes onset.

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Leonardo Tamariz, M.D, M.P.H.

Miller School Researchers Identify Comprehension Gaps in Informed Consent Process

Miller School and Miami VA researchers are leading efforts to identify and close gaps in the process for informed consent, which often requires the completion of lengthy, jargon-laden forms. A study led by Leonardo Tamariz, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine, found the process to be particularly problematic for minority research participants who do not read above the eighth-grade level.

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Eric Greidinger, M.D., researches rheumatic disorders in his lab.

Researchers Discover Link Between Sunburn and RNA Damage that May Help Lupus Patients

Sunburn—that painfully familiar red and inflamed response to ultraviolet radiation—is caused by damage to ribonucleic acids (RNAs) in skin cells, a team of researchers that included Miller School rheumatologist Eric L. Greidinger, M.D., reported in Nature Medicine this month.

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Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D.

Studies Show Brain and Heart Cells Control Thyroid Hormone for Self-Protection

Underscoring the body’s remarkable ability to protect itself, Miller School researchers have published two studies that indicate the brain and heart each create a localized state of hypothyroidism to decrease energy metabolism during a stroke or heart attack.

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Willard Lee and his wife Betty celebrate their 60th anniversary and his new lease on life at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

New Valve Improves Patient’s Heart Just in Time for Anniversary

Willard Lee hadn’t planned to spend his 60th wedding anniversary in UMiami at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit, but the fact that he and his wife Betty were celebrating the June 14 milestone at all – with a chocolate cake sent by his interventional cardiologist – was enough to put a big smile on his face, and the twinkle back in his blue eyes.

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Herman S. Cheung, Ph.D., receives the Federal Employee of the Year Award from Teresa Gulotta-Powers, chair of the South Florida Federal Executive Board.

Miller/VA Researcher Receives High Honors from Federal Executive Board

Herman S. Cheung, Ph.D., senior career research scientist at the Miami VA, made history as the first VA-based faculty member to receive both Employee of the Year (in the Scientific Category) and the Federal Employee of the Year award in the same year.

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Ray E. Hershberger, M.D.

AHA Group Co-Chaired by Miller School Researcher Writes Genetics Policy

The American Heart Association has issued a major policy statement on genetics and cardiovascular disease developed by a diverse group of cardiovascular scientists, clinicians, genetic counselors and policy experts and co-chaired by the Miller School’s Ray E. Hershberger, M.D., professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division.

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., Weighs in on Taser Debate

Invited to weigh in on the controversy over police use of Taser stun guns, the Miller School’s Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., suggested in an editorial published in the May 22 issue of Circulation that law enforcement officers be made aware that subjects subdued with electrical shocks from electronic contrao devices (ECDs) could suffer cardiac arrest under certain conditions.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., Honored for Commitment to Diversity and Minority Health

For his exceptional commitment to improving minority health and cultural diversity in medicine, Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, is the 2012 recipient of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s prestigious Herbert W. Nickens Award.

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Juliet Nissan credits her mentors, including, from left, Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Carl I. Schulman, M.D., MSPH, Ph.D., and Michael C. Lewis, M.D., senior associate dean for graduate medical education, for making Jackson her top choice.

Class of 2012 Can Celebrate Match Day Successes at Commencement

After striding across the stage to pick up their M.D. degrees at the BankUnited Center on May 12, members of the Class of 2012 will head to some of the most competitive residency programs and prestigious institutions in the country. The class could, in fact, take a collective bow for their notable Match Day success, which created a buzz among underclassmen and is sure to be a great recruiting tool for prospective students.

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From left, Carolina de la Cuesta, M.D., Timothy J. Cleary, Ph.D., and Silvia Munoz-Price, M.D.

Study Finds Seagulls May Spread Resistant Bacteria

A study, led by Miller School physicians, has found that seagulls and pelicans on Miami Beach may be among the birds carrying one of the most frequently found resistance genes among community patients.

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Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D.

Miller School Researchers Discover Pathway for Inhibiting Heart Growth

The Miller School’s Nanette Bishopric, M.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics and pharmacology, and her research team have discovered a natural mechanism that inhibits growth of the heart, a finding that could lead to the development of therapeutic agents for patients with hypertrophic hearts

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From left, Arthur Hertz, Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., Stuart Miller and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., celebrate the new Schiff Center for Liver Diseases.

With Cures on Horizon, Miller School Dedicates Schiff Center for Liver Diseases

With the field of hepatology on the cusp of a long-awaited and dramatic transition in treatment, particularly for hepatitis C, the informal Center for Liver Diseases that Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., and his late father Leon founded to advance the University’s hepatology research is undergoing its own transition to a more formal and independent structure with a physical location and a new name: the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases.

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Robert L. Levine, M.D.

Robert L. Levine, M.D., Appointed Head of Emergency Medicine at Miller School and UHealth

Robert L. Levine, M.D., an emergency and critical care specialist who has spent more than three decades caring for the sickest of the sick, is the new chief of the Miller School’s Division of Emergency Medicine and director of the Emergency Department at University of Miami Hospital.

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Masayuki Fukata, Ph.D.

Study Suggests New Treatment for Bacterial GI Infections

A new Miller School laboratory study of the cellular signaling pathways in the body’s immune system response could lead to better treatment strategies against cholera, salmonella and other dangerous Gram-negative bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

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Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Hooton Reviews Uncomplicated UTI for New England Journal of Medicine

One of the nation’s experts in uncomplicated urinary tract infections, Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., professor of clinical medicine, reviews the latest literature on the management of this common problem for The New England Journal of Medince.

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Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D.

Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Named Chief Academic Officer for UHealth

Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, has been named to the new position of chief academic officer for UHealth-University of Miami Health System. In her new role, Diaz will work in partnership with Michael Lewis, M.D., senior associate dean for graduate medical education, specifically overseeing graduate medical education at University of Miami Hospital.

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Eric Greidinger, M.D., researches rheumatic disorders in his lab.

Miller School Researcher Receives Grant to Solve Scleroderma Mystery

The Miller School’s Eric Greidinger, M.D., associate professor of medicine, is one of eight clinical researchers across the country to receive a 2012 grant from the Scleroderma Foundation aimed at finding a cause and a cure for the chronic autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 300,000 Americans.

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Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., right, led the trial in Colombia with assistance from William O’Neill, M.D., center, and  Reginald Low, M.D., professor at the University of California, Davis.

UHealth Physicians Test New Percutaneous Valve in Colombia

The Miller School’s International Medicine Institute and Angiografía de Occidente S.A., the institute’s affiliate in Cali, Colombia, are collaborating on assessing the feasibility and safety of Direct Flow, Inc.’s new transcatheter aortic valve implantation device.

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The 2010 and 2011 Clinical Research Center junior faculty research awardees are, from left, Jair Munoz Mendoza, M.D., Veronica Accornero, Ph.D., Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Tamara Isakova, M.D., M.M.Sc.

Clinical Research Center Announces Junior Faculty Research Awardees

The Miller Office of Research has awarded Tamara Isakova, M.D., M.M.Sc., assistant professor of medicine, and Jair Munoz Mendoza, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, the 2011 Clinical Research Center Junior Faculty Research Award.

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Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

Study in JAMA: Drug for Bladder Infection Not Effective

A promising antibiotic to treat bladder infections does not appear to be as effective as once thought, according to a Miller School study. The study, led by Thomas Hooton, M.D., professor of clinical medicine, was published in the February 8 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Division leaders include, from left, Myles Wolf, M.D., M.M.Sc., David Roth, M.D., Oliver Lenz, M.D., Jochen Reiser, M.D., Ph.D., Loay Salman, M.D., and Leopoldo Raij, M.D.

Clinical Care and Research Propel Nephrology Division

When Jochen Reiser, M.D., Ph.D., the Peggy and Harold Katz Professor of Medicine and vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, joined the Miller School four years ago as chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, the division boasted an excellent clinical program with a strong focus on kidney transplantation.

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Louis Lemberg, M.D.

Pioneering UM Cardiologist Louis Lemberg Passes Away

The Miller School family mourns the passing of Louis Lemberg, M.D., a former faculty member who distinguished himself in the field of cardiology and contributed greatly to patient care and medical education. Dr. Lemberg died January 31 at age 95. He joined Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1948 and was appointed to the teaching faculty of the University of Miami Medical School when it opened in 1952.

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Medical Psychiatric Unit at UMH Brings Specialized Care to Patients

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine have integrated services, opening the Medical Psychiatric Unit at University of Miami Hospital — the only medical psychiatry unit in South Florida.

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Lauren M. Fine, M.D., left and Viviana M. Temino, M.D.

Department of Medicine Expands Physician Expertise to Open Allergy and Immunology Clinic

The Department of Medicine has added two new allergy and immunology experts to its team. Lauren M. Fine, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine, and Viviana M. Temino, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine, have joined the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and helped open an adult allergy and immunology clinic at the Miller School/UHealth.

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