News : 2015

From left, Wei Yang, Shivam Joshi, M.D., and Hadi Kaakour.

Resident and Medical Students Produce Patient-Education Video on Benefits of Kidney Transplants

A Miller School of Medicine alumnus and two current Miller School medical students have produced an educational video for patients with end-stage kidney failure about the benefits of kidney transplantation over long-term dialysis. The video, “Kidney Transplant – A Better Option for Dialysis Patients,” offers a lively, animated take on a serious subject and is available on YouTube in English, Spanish and Creole.

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From left, Roy Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine; Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Clinical Director of HIV for Infectious Diseases, and Director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program; Senator René García; Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.; Rafael Campo, M.D.; and Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

UHealth HIV Physician-Researchers Open New University of Miami Infectious Disease Research Unit

Top infectious disease researchers and physicians from UHealth—the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine cut the ribbon on December 8 for the new University of Miami Infectious Disease Research Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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

Sylvester Nobel Laureate Researcher Elected to National Academy of Inventors

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center pathologist Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c. (Multi), D.Sc., whose groundbreaking research into the endocrine system was recognized with a 1977 Nobel Prize, was recently elected a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.

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Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

Miller School Study Finds Marijuana Users Have Lower Rate of Metabolic Syndrome

Marijuana users have a significantly lower rate of metabolic syndrome than non-users, according to a recent study by researchers at the Miller School of Medicine. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, linked to increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as other health problems.

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Clockwise from front, Christian Faul, Ph.D., Karla Schramm, Alexander Grabner, M.D., Saurav Singh and Christopher Yanucil.

Miller School Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Cardiac Complications in Kidney Disease

A cardiorenal research team from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received a $1.9 million five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study life-threatening complications for the heart in chronic kidney disease.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Italian Surgical Team Transplants Islet Cells Using Diabetes Research Institute Technique

A surgical team in Milan, Italy, has transplanted insulin-producing islet cells in a patient with diabetes, using an innovative technique developed at the Miller School of Medicine’s Diabetes Research Institute. On November 17, Dr. Federico Bertuzzi, who heads the Islet Transplant Program at Ospedale Niguarda Ca’ Granda, a public hospital in Milan, successfully completed the first such transplant in the world outside Miami.

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The Don Soffer Clinical Research Center.

Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami Receives $25 Million Donation

The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received a $25 million donation from the Soffer Family Foundation. In honor of this act of generosity, the University of Miami is dedicating the Clinical Research Building to the Soffer family and renaming it “The Don Soffer Clinical Research Center.”

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Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Miller School Researchers to Study Risk of Irregular Heartbeat in Patients with Sleep Apnea

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team is launching a new study to examine the risk of atrial fibrillation — an irregular, rapid heartbeat — in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Both conditions increase the risk of a serious stroke, according to Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and Vice Chair for VA Programs in the Department of Neurology.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Dr. Camillo Ricordi Delivers Inaugural Lecture Named in His Honor

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Director of the Miller School of Medicine’s Diabetes Research Institute, was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the Cell Transplant Society’s recent international congress in Melbourne, Australia. He delivered the inaugural Camillo Ricordi Lecture, named in his honor, on “Translational challenges and opportunities in cellular therapies and regenerative medicine.”

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Bernard S. Baumel, M.D.

Researcher Launches Nation’s First Clinical Trial Using Stem Cells to Treat Alzheimer's Disease

A new clinical trial at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will be the first in the U.S. to focus on using mesenchymal stem cells to treat Alzheimer’s disease. “We believe infusions of these types of stem cells have the potential to be beneficial to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Bernard S. Baumel, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, the principal investigator for the phase 1 clinical trial.

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Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D.

Lung Cancer Specialist says “DCC with Me!”

As a lung cancer clinician and researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., understands the importance of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. “Survival rates for patients with advanced lung cancer have more than tripled in the past five years, thanks to new targeted strategies that go beyond traditional chemotherapy,” he says.

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Michael Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

‘We have battles to fight, but if I don’t speak for people, who will?’

Michael Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, came to the University of Miami as a young immunologist who was keen on researching T-cells. In the face of Miami-Dade County’s rapidly growing HIV epidemic in the early 1990s, however, Kolber was enlisted to head UM’s first HIV Division.

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Celebration of Life Honoring Dr. Eckhard Podack Draws Hundreds of Colleagues, Family and Friends

“The greatest happiness for the thinking man is to have fathomed the fathomable; and to quietly revere the unfathomable.” These words, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, opened the program for the recent celebration of life for Eckhard R. Podack, M.D., Ph.D., a world-class medical researcher who devoted his life to making groundbreaking scientific discoveries that will ultimately extend or save the lives of many others.

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Premedical students at White Coat Society presentation.

White Coat Society Provides Opportunities to Shadow Physicians

The White Coat Society, an organization focused on meeting the needs of the University of Miami’s premedical community, recently announced the 25 participants selected for its 2015-16 shadowing program.

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Juan Viles-Gonzalez, M.D.

Study of Removal of Implanted Cardiac Leads Points to Importance of Clinical Center’s Experience

Patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices who need to have the electrical leads removed have significantly better outcomes when treated by an experienced team in a high-volume clinical center, according to a groundbreaking national study published recently in the journal Circulation.

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Mark Nash, Ph.D.

Grant Funds Study of Injuries to Caregivers of SCI/D Patients

Mark Nash, Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has been awarded a four-year $2.5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services/NIDILRR to study interventions for functional decline and secondary medical complications sustained by caregivers of persons with spinal cord injuries and diseases.

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Department of Medicine Congratulates Dr. Uzma Abbas

Please congratulate Uzma Abbas and our former colleague, Nina Dutta, for this wonderful article published in Hospital Medicine Practice on Patient Satisfaction.

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

UHealth Cardiologists Contribute to Groundbreaking Document on Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology, and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research, and Maureen H. Lowery, M.D., professor of medicine and Director of the Noninvasive Cardiovascular Laboratory at University of Miami Hospital, have written a commentary in response to the first-ever Scientific Statement on cardiac arrest in pregnancy published by the American Heart Association.

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Michael Kolber, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Finds Strong Uptake of HIV Prevention Medication Under ‘Real World’ Conditions

Men having sex with men are willing to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in a community clinic setting in order to prevent HIV/AIDS infection, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine. “Clinics that treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a ‘real-world’ setting are promising sites to deliver PrEP for HIV,” said Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine.

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David Roth, M.D.

Antiviral Therapy Shows Hope for Advanced Kidney Disease Patients with Hepatitis C Virus Infection

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher has played a principal role in an international phase III study, known as the C-SURFER trial, of the effect of direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in patients with chronic kidney disease stage 4 or 5. The therapy has shown positive results — a first for patients with advanced kidney disease.

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D.

Age of Donor Affects Stem Cell Effectiveness in Repairing Lung Damage from Pulmonary Fibrosis

Miller School of Medicine researchers have found that the age of a donor mouse affects the ability of its mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to repair damage to the lungs caused by pulmonary fibrosis. Their laboratory study, published recently in Translational Research, has important implications for clinical stem cell treatments in older patients with damaged and scarred lung tissue caused by smoking or other conditions.

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Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D.

Novel Biomarkers Could Help Detect Metastatic Breast Cancer

Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D., breast cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and collaborators studied cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in the tumor microenvironment. Fibroblasts are cells in the connective tissue that produce collagen and other fibers. Previous studies have found that CAFs facilitate cancer metastasis, even though the exact mechanisms have yet to be elucidated.

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Jeffrey J. Goldberger, M.D.

Renowned Electrophysiologist Appointed Chief of Cardiovascular Division

Jeffrey J. Goldberger, M.D., M.B.A., has been named Chief of the Cardiovascular Division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, adding to the Division’s already stellar faculty. He will also oversee all cardiac clinical care at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System.

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Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

Miami Valves 2015 Highlights New Cardiac Intervention Techniques

Interventional cardiologists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and other leading institutions demonstrated the latest advances in minimally invasive treatments for damaged heart valves at Miami Valves 2015, a global conference held October 29-31 at The Alexander Resort on Miami Beach.

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Department of Medicine Congratulates Carol Cottrell

Carol Cottrell appointed to the 2016 AAIM Council

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Survivor Diana Fleeman danced in the flash mob to salute the Sylvester doctors who saved her life.

Breast Cancer Survivor says 'DCC with Me!'

Two years after being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, Diana Fleeman is “hip-hopping” forward with her life, thanks to her “amazing team of doctors” at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System.

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Study Finds Sympathetic Nervous System Plays Vital Role in Heart Regeneration

A new study from the University of Miami’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute has found that the sympathetic nervous system plays a vital role in heart regeneration. Prior to this study, scientists were aware of the potential for cardiac regeneration in the human neonatal period, but the factors involved in this process remained unknown.

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Top row from left, Giovana R. Thomas, M.D., and James M. Trice III. Bottom row from left, Shyroll Morris, M.B.A., M.P.H., and Gail Bouie Ward, M.S.

Sylvester and UHealth Physicians and Executive Leaders Recognized by Legacy Magazine

Several physicians and executive leaders with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System have been named as South Florida’s Top Black Health Care Professionals of 2015 by Legacy Magazine.

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General Internal Medicine Discussion Panels Raise Student Awareness

At the Miller School of Medicine, general internists are also leading health care into the future, serving as leaders in medical education and conducting important research on how care is delivered to patients. The Division of General Internal Medicine is also playing a leadership role nationally in promoting the field to medical students, starting with a panel discussion at noon today.

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Department of Medicine Congratulates Nanette Bishopric, MD, FACC, FAHA

Nanette Bishopric, MD, FACC, FAHA appointed as associate editor for the JACC: Basic Translational Research Journal

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From left, Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., Jean-Pierre Bardet, Ph.D., Gloria Marina Bellelli, Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Paolo Di Nardo, M.D., and Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Italian Biomedical Researchers Visit Miller School to Discuss Collaboration Opportunities

A delegation of Italian scientists and biomedical engineering specialists visited the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on October 1 to explore potential multi-disciplinary collaborations in nanotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Research Resolves Long-Standing Controversy over Importance of cKit+ Cells in Heart Composition

A new study from the University of Miami’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) demonstrates the involvement of cKit-expressing progenitors in the formation of cardiomyocytes – heart muscle cells. The findings help resolve a long-standing controversy regarding the role of cKit in the heart.

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From left, Carlos Alfonso, M.D., Diana and Noel Zuniga, and Robert C. Hendel, M.D.

Novel Stem Cell Therapy Changes Life for Federal Agent Saved by UHealth Cardiologists

Surrounded by reporters and TV cameras, and wearing exercise clothing, UHealth patient Noel Zuniga ran hard on a treadmill at University of Miami Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. His workout during a press briefing on October 2 was a way of demonstrating how UHealth doctors changed his life for the better in the past year through a novel stem cell procedure that has healed much of the damage to his heart.

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From left, Herminia Alvarez, R.N., Clinical Transplant Coordinator, Paolo Rusconi, M.D., Abdiel, Eliana and Alejandra Mendez, and Eliot Rosenkranz, M.D.

UHealth Pediatric Cardiac Specialists Transplant Baby’s Heart, Conduct Advanced Genetic Testing

A news conference last week announced that 6-month-old Eliana Mendez was heading home after undergoing a heart transplant and numerous procedures by UHealth pediatric cardiac specialists Paolo Rusconi, M.D., and Eliot R. Rosenkranz, M.D.

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UHealth Pediatric Cardiac Specialists Transplant Baby’s Heart, Conduct Advanced Genetic Testing

A news conference last week announced that 6-month-old Eliana Mendez was heading home after undergoing a heart transplant and numerous procedures by UHealth pediatric cardiac specialists Paolo Rusconi, M.D., and Eliot R. Rosenkranz, M.D.

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Study: Reduction of cardiovascular risk in chronic kidney disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and morbidity in people with chronic kidney disease, but there are few evidence-based treatments for reducing cardiovascular events in these patients.

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Study: Activation of Cardiac Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 4 Causes Left Ventricular Hypertrophy

Cell Metabolism: Activation of Cardiac Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 4 Causes Left Ventricular Hypertrophy.

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Chairman Congratulates Faculty Member

The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) is the largest professional organization for HIV providers and is part of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the main professional organization for Infectious Diseases physicians with over 9,000 members from close to 100 countries around the world.

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Christian Faul, Ph.D.

Nephrology Researcher Identifies Receptor Implicated in Life-Threatening Cardiac Complication

A Miller School nephrology researcher and cell biologist has identified a cellular receptor, called fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4), implicated in the development of life-threatening cardiac complications in chronic kidney disease.

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From left, Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., MPH, Brendaly Rodriguez, M.A., Co-President of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition and Manager of the CTSI Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program, and Marisel Losa, M.H.S.A., President and CEO at Health Council of South Florida.

Miller School, State and Regional Partners Receive Award to Train Community Health Workers

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine along with the Health Council of South Florida and the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition have received a $250,000 award to develop a structured training program in patient-centered health care research for community health workers.

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From left, Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D., and Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

$5.67M Grant Helps UM Researchers Identify Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in Elderly Hispanics

A new University of Miami study, aimed at identifying early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive decline among Latinos and Hispanics, could help delay or even prevent its onset thanks to a $5.67 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging.

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From left, Joan E. St. Onge, M.D., Paul E. Mendez, M.D., and Gauri G. Agarwal, M.D.

Medical Education Deans St. Onge, Mendez and Agarwal Receive Promotions

Three of the deans responsible for medical education at the Miller School of Medicine have received promotions in recognition of their service to the School’s education mission.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Joshua W. Rednick, President and CEO, Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Dora Berman-Weinberg, Ph.D., Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Wendy Peacock, Elina Linetsky, Ph.D., Rodolfo Alejandro, M.D., and David Baidal, M.D.

First Transplant Patient in BioHub Trial No Longer Needs Insulin Therapy

For more than two decades, Wendy Peacock went to bed every night fearful of not waking up. Peacock, a type 1 diabetic who suffers from severe hypoglycemia unawareness — an unfelt, and dangerous, drop in blood sugar that could send her into a fog or a faint — worried about slipping into a diabetic coma in her sleep.

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Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D.

‘Dr. Jay’ Named Interim Executive Dean for Research and Research Education

Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., has been named interim Executive Dean for Research and Research Education of the Miller School of Medicine. Jayaweera has served as Associate Vice Provost for Human Subject Research since 2012, overseeing the activities of the Institutional Review Board committees and the Human Subject Research Office staff, and acting as a liaison between the IRBs and senior institutional leadership.

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Richard A. Preston, M.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A.

Researchers Demonstrate the Existence of Signaling Axis for Control of Potassium Balance

Researchers at the Miller School of Medicine have demonstrated in human beings a signaling axis that assists the kidneys in regulating levels of serum potassium. Their findings have recently been published in an online article, “Evidence for a gastrointestinal-renal kaliuretic signaling axis in humans,” in the journal Kidney International.

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Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D.

Dr. Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi Named Chief of Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D., has been named Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of Beta Cell Biology and Signal Transduction at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Jeremy Freedman, M.D. candidate, Class of 2019, and his new Miller-branded stethoscope.

Inaugural 'Stethoscopes for Students' Program Generates Enthusiastic Response

Only weeks into his first year at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jeremy Freedman considers himself lucky to have already earned one of the most recognized symbols of the medical profession. The 31-year-old from Miami was recently given his very first stethoscope, courtesy of a new initiative created by the School’s Medical Alumni Association called “Stethoscopes for Students.”

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Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Study of Blood Cell Production Could Lead to New Strategies to Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth

Research from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has identified an enzyme’s key role in the production of blood cells — a finding that could lead to new clinical strategies for inhibiting cancer.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Diabetes Research Institute Successfully Transplants First Patient in Pilot BioHub Trial

The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, announced that the first patient in its clinical trial to test for the first time a novel transplant technique for insulin-producing cells has been successfully completed.

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Izidore Lossos, M.D.

Lymphoma Physician-Researcher at Sylvester Awarded Key Bridge Grant from ASH

Izidore Lossos, M.D., leader of the Lymphoma Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received a prestigious Bridge Grant from the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional society focused on the causes and treatments of blood disorders.

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Vikas Singh, M.D.

Study Compares Hospital Outcomes for Open Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

U.S. hospitals with minimally invasive aortic valve cardiology programs have better outcomes for conventional open heart aortic valve surgery, according to a collaborative nationwide study led by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher.

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A Special Recognition Award

Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH, Division Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, has received “The Best Cancer Research Oral and Poster Presentation Award” from The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), which recognizes the most highly rated Cancer Research oral abstract and poster presentation at the SGIM Annual Meeting.

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Nicholas Tsinoremas, Ph.D.

Miller School Part of Statewide Research Consortium Receiving $7.9 Million

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is part of a statewide partnership that has received a three-year, $7.9 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, to support patient-centered health care research throughout Florida and the country. The partnership includes the University of Florida, Florida State University, health care systems, health plans, providers and patients.

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From left, Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Dushyantha T. Jayaweera, M.D.

Full Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program is Cause for Celebration

An unexpected summer downpour may have driven the festivities indoors, but nothing could dampen spirits last week when researchers and administrators gathered to celebrate the good news that the University of Miami’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) had been awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.

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A Special Recognition

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology has designated Robert C. Hendel, MD, Interim Division Chief, Cardiovascular Division, as a new member to the Master of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

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Chairman Congratulates Faculty Member on Submission of Abstract

Oriana M. Damas, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, abstract submission to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) entitled “Hispanic Immigrants Developing IBD Are More Likely to Eat American Food,” has been selected to be presented at the ACG 2015, and also chosen as one of the most “newsworthy.”

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Raul Mitrani, M.D.

Cardiovascular Division Presents Distinguished Faculty and Fellow Awards

The Cardiovascular Division honored five distinguished faculty and fellows at its Cardiovascular Fellows’ Graduation Ceremony. Raul D. Mitrani, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory at the University of Miami Hospital, received the Robert J. Myerburg Outstanding Academic Cardiology Faculty Award for his excellence in education, clinical care and research.

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Synergy 2015 Early Registration Extended

The Synergy 2015 conference will take place from November 5-8 at the Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach.

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Chairman Congratulates Faculty on Nomination

Marc E. Lippman, MD, Deputy Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Professor of Medicine, University of Miami, has been inducted as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

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Joshua  D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Executive, UHealth Physician Practice, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, second and third from left, with Miller School medical students and graduate students at the Florida Medical Association meeting. Photo by Eric Weiss, M.D. candidate 2016.

Miller School Students and Faculty Recognized at Florida Medical Association’s Annual Meeting

Several Miller School students, graduates and faculty members were recognized for their clinical and research work at the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) on August 1 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

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Holy Cross residents

First Competency Assessment Exercises Held for Holy Cross Hospital Internal Medicine Residents

A day of rigorous competency assessment exercises welcomed the first group of physicians entering the new internal medicine residency program at Holy Cross Hospital. The exercises were held July 8 at the Miller School of Medicine’s Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education.

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Jaime R. Merchan, M.D.

Dr. Jaime R. Merchan Selected for NIH Developmental Therapeutics Study Section

Jaime R. Merchan, M.D., hematologist/oncologist at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected as a chartered member of the Developmental Therapeutics Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. The six-year term began July 1.

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

UM Doctors Contribute to National Effort to Improve Health and Lifestyles for the Aging

A multidisciplinary team of doctors and researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has played an integral role in a White House-led initiative to improve the quality of life and health for aging populations throughout the U.S.

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Outgoing NLA President Terry A. Jacobson, M.D., pins Carl E. Orringer, M.D., as the incoming President.

Dr. Carl E. Orringer Elected President of National Lipid Association

Carl E. Orringer, M.D., associate professor of medicine, has been elected President of the National Lipid Association (NLA) for the 2015-2016 term. His election to the one-year term on the NLA Board of Directors came June 10, just before the organization’s annual scientific sessions held in Chicago.

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From left, Kevin Biederman, Richard Ballard, Peter Bober, Eleanor Sobel, Oscar Braynon and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Expands in Hollywood

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Hollywood hosted a special ribbon cutting event to recognize the completion of the site’s recent expansion and refurbishment.

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John G. Ryan, Dr.P.H.

UHealth Diabetes Expert Contributes to National Diabetes Education Program’s New Web Resource

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) at the National Institutes of Health has released the Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes web resource, a compilation of resources and research articles to support health care professionals in promoting medication-taking behavior among their patients and within their teams.

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Paul Martin, M.D.

Dr. Paul Martin Named Editor in Chief of Liver Transplantation Journal

Paul Martin, M.D., professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of Hepatology, has been named Editor in Chief of Liver Transplantation, a major publication in the field. The five-year appointment took effect July 1.

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From left, Pablo Rengifo-Moreno, M.D., Arthur H. Hertz and Eduardo de Marchena, M.D.

Miller School of Medicine Launches International Structural Heart Disease Interventional Fellowship

The Miller School of Medicine has launched an international fellowship program that will provide training and surgical experience with new technology-driven interventional treatments for structural heart disease. Participants in the one-year fellowship will spend eight months in Miami, two to three months at the Angiografia de Occidente in Cali, Colombia, and one month at ThoraxCenter in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., and Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Miller School Cardiologist and Neurologist Play Key Roles in New Report on Cardiac Arrest

An expert committee assembled by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has produced an important new report proposing methods for increasing survival rates and quality of life following cardiac arrest, and two prominent Miller School of Medicine physicians — cardiologist Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., and neurologist Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S. — played key roles on the committee.

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Chanelle Diaz and Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H.

Researchers’ Findings Support Syringe Exchange Programs for Injection Drug Users

A team of researchers from the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital has published an eye-opening study of the financial cost to the public and the level of mortality for injection drug users admitted to Jackson for treatment of infections.

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From left, Michelle Feige, M.S.W., Executive Vice President, and Elyse I. Summers, J.D., President and CEO, both at AAHRPP; Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

University of Miami’s Human Research Protection Program Receives Full Accreditation

The University of Miami’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has been awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.

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Thomas R. Malek, Ph.D., left, and Alberto Pugliese, M.D.

Researchers Establish Therapeutic Window of Interleukin-2 Treatment for Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers at the Miller School of Medicine have provided critical data supporting treatments using a low dose of the protein Interleukin-2 (IL-2) as a new therapeutic approach for patients with type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.

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Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Erin N. Kobetz Named Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparity

Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been named Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparity at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In this role Kobetz will be responsible for elevating the awareness of current regional health disparities while developing a culture in which UHealth – University of Miami Health System and the Miller School can achieve health equity for patients.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., James E. McGuigan, M.D., Laurie Cassel Libros, Karen Carter, Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D. Seated, Baharak Moshiree, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Baharak Moshiree Honored with the Chester Cassel Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology

At a ceremony before her friends, colleagues, and Miller School of Medicine leadership, Baharak Moshiree, M.D., M.S., Director of Motility in the Division of Gastroenterology, was presented with the Chester Cassel Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology.

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From left, medical students Matthew Stark, Shelly Birch, Simone Caccamo, Bryan Perez and Adam Aldahan.

Medical Education Holds 20th Annual Clinical Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses June 6-7 for the 20th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members served as evaluators for the annual assessment.

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Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.

Miami CTSI Awards Career Development Grant

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Miami has selected Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology, to be its newest Mentored Translational Research Scholar.

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Efren Manjarrez, M.D.

Dr. Efrén C. Manjarrez Leads National Hospital Medicine Meeting

Efrén C. Manjarrez, M.D., Interim Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine, led the recent national conference of the Society of Hospital Medicine in Baltimore.

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Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., and Stephen Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H.

‘I would truly like to see an HIV-free generation’

Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., still has vivid memories of women bursting into laughter and lively chatter in the room next to her office at the Miller School of Medicine in the mid-90s. The women were all HIV positive and part of the SMARTEST Women’s Project—one of the first HIV initiatives started by Stephen Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H., Deborah Jones Weiss’ husband and longtime collaborator.

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Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

UM Hospital Performs First Mitral Clip Procedure

On May 11, a UHealth surgical team led by Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery, performed University of Miami Hospital’s first mitral clip procedure — a new, minimally invasive method of reducing mitral regurgitation in patients who are not good candidates for conventional surgical repair.

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From left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., Linda Martinez, Ph.D., Jorge Martinez, and Audrey Martinez, M.D., at a previous check presentation from CancerFree KIDS in 2012.

CancerFree KIDS Awards Grant to Dr. Julio C. Barredo

Thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., the Director of Children’s Cancer Programs at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant to help find new treatments and cures to battle pediatric cancers.

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Carmen E. Lazo, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., M.S.N.,

Dr. Carmen E. Lazo Honored for Community Leadership

Carmen E. Lazo, D.N.P., A.R.N.P., M.S.N., Director of Occupational Health/Workers’ Compensation at the Miller School of Medicine, was recently recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of its “Influential Business Women Class of 2015.”

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Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., left, and Carlos A. Migoya, President and CEO of Jackson Health System.

Jackson Health Foundation Honors Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie

Cardiologist Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Medical Director of Executive Health at UHealth, was honored with the Robert Zeppa, M.D. Award of Excellence at the Jackson Health Foundation’s annual Recognition Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab on Miami Beach.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., Diana Lopez, Ph.D., Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Zubrod Memorial Lecture Program Spotlights Faculty and Young Investigators

Six Miller School of Medicine physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 16th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on May 15. It was the first time multiple faculty awards have been part of the program.

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Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, M.D., Rosemary Iwunze, M.D., M.P.H., and Paola N. Lichtenberger, M.D.

International Exchange Program Provides Real Dose of Tropical Medicine

In response to the growing presence of tropical diseases in South Florida, University of Miami physicians in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Program have started an exchange initiative that gives students, residents, and fellows first-hand exposure to medicine in Latin America and the Caribbean where cases such as dengue, malaria, and chikungunya are more prevalent.

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Raul D. Mitrani, M.D., left, and Abdulla A. Damluji, M.D., M.P.H.

New-Onset AF Linked to Acute Decompensated Heart Failure and Higher Maintenance of Sinus Rhythm

Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains the most common cardiac arrhythmia particularly among the elderly population. In contrast to paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, “new-onset” atrial fibrillation is defined as a first episode of atrial fibrillation, without prior episodes at any time in the past, documented by an ECG or rhythm strip, physician, or patient report.

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Marie Denise Gervais, M.D., center in pants, poses with Miller School alum Marissa Orenstein, M.D., Mentorship Chair of AMWA; Miller School students Melissa Stone, Komal Paladugu, Priyanka Debnath; Nawara Alawa, Anam Khaja, and Johanna Kreafle.

Miller School Students Stand Out at American Medical Women’s Association National Conference

Students and faculty members from the Miller School of Medicine joined their peers at the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) National Conference held in Chicago April 23-26. The centennial meeting gathered physicians, leaders and health care professionals from around the world in the city where the AMWA was founded nearly 100 years ago.

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Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D.

Miller School’s Bioethics Institute Will Confront Broad Range of 21st Century Challenges

The University of Miami Faculty Senate has unanimously and enthusiastically approved the establishment of the Miller School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. The Senate legislation was signed by President Donna E. Shalala in April.

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

Up Close with Dr. Alessia Fornoni: 'Nature is my God'

Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, spent her formative years tending to livestock and making cheese on her family’s farm in the remote village of Ardesio (Bergamo) in the Italian Alps. While most children were expected to work in the farm or textile factories by age 13, Fornoni was later granted a formal education.

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Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D., and Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D.

Soccer Friends Score an R33 Grant from the NIEHS

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers Alejandro Caicedo, Ph.D., and Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D., have been awarded a multiple principal investigator R33 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study mitochondrial signaling in beta cells in vivo. The purpose of their research is to determine how environmental toxins affect mitochondrial function, potentially causing diabetes.

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From left, Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., and Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S.

Community-Based Rapid HIV Testing is an Effective Strategy for High-Risk African Americans

A team of University of Miami champions for health equity recently published study findings showing that the use of community-based health workers along with rapid, home-based HIV testing is an effective strategy for getting more high-risk African American residents tested and connected to health services and treatment.

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From left, medical students Alexandra Cocores and Houda Boucekkine with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Medical Students Honor Outstanding Teachers at 2015 Paff Awards Ceremony

For Miller School medical students and teachers, the 2015 George Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony was a warm and memorable experience, punctuated by tears of joy, plenty of hugs and a baby’s cry.

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Aileen Chang, M.D.

Miller School Takes Center Stage at Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting

The Miller School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine played a key role at this year’s Society of General Internal Medicine 38th Annual Meeting in Toronto.

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From left;  Alberto Mitrani, M.D., Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Three UM Medical Alumni Receive Prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award

Honoring clinical excellence, research expertise, and public service among its graduates, the Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association recently bestowed one of its highest honors — the Distinguished Alumni Award — on three outstanding physicians: Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Class of 1990; Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., Class of 1980; and Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Class of 1985.

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Matthias A. Salathe, M.D., stands behind a smoking robot that will be used for his e-cigarette research.

Leading UM Pulmonologist Awarded $1.95 Million Grant to Study Impact of E-Cigarettes

Matthias A. Salathe, M.D., professor of medicine and molecular and cellular pharmacology, and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, was recently awarded a competitive $1.95 million grant from the Florida Department of Health to conduct an unprecedented study on whether e-cigarette vapors have toxic effects on human airways.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

New Study Finds Stem Cell Therapy via Intra-Carotid Artery Infusion Safe for Treatment of Stroke

A yearlong study of patients who had suffered from ischemic strokes, led by physician-scientists at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, has found that stem cells can be safely infused to the brain through the carotid artery within two weeks after a stroke.

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Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., left, and Bradford Hastings.

2015 Regional Campus Paff Awards Ceremony Honors Faculty and Residents

Deans, faculty and students representing the Miller School of Medicine’s regional medical campus gathered on April 8 for the second annual Regional Campus Paff Awards Ceremony. The event, which was organized and hosted by the regional campus student government, recognizes faculty members and residents contributing to the education of students in the dual-degree M.D./M.P.H. program.

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Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., holding Baruch S. Blumberg Prize, with Hepatitis B Foundation president Timothy Block, M.D.. Jean Blumberg and members of the foundation board of directors.

Hepatitis B Foundation Honors Dr. Eugene Schiff with Baruch S. Blumberg Prize

Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., Leonard Miller Professor of Medicine, Director and Dr. Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid Chair in the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases and Director of the Hepatology Research Laboratory at the Miller School of Medicine, has received the Hepatitis B. Foundation’s 2015 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., speaks with medical students about their future.

Miller School Again Named Second-Most-Affordable Private Allopathic Medical School

Once again, the Miller School of Medicine has made the top tier of the “Most Affordable Medical Schools’ rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. Among private allopathic medical schools, which grant M.D. degrees, the Miller School, at $42,610 for annual costs, is second only to Baylor College of Medicine in the 2016 rankings.

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Eduard Tiozzo, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Find HIV Patients Have Higher Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered that HIV-infected patients being treated with antiretroviral therapy have higher incidences of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) than in previously reported HIV cohorts.

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From left, Savita Pahwa, M.D., Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

CFAR Symposium Explores New Frontiers of HIV Research and Therapies

The 11th annual Miami CFAR Symposium, “Confronting HIV and Its Complications,” drew nearly 200 clinicians, researchers, educators, students and pharmaceutical company representatives to hear some of the world’s leading experts present the most current information available on HIV research and therapies.

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Marlon Wong, D.P.T.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Receives Accreditation

The University of Miami Orthopedic Residency in Physical Therapy has received prestigious accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D.

‘I work in a field of unknown. It’s intriguing because there are no cures’

Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D. chats with Medical Communications and reveals her latest research, discusses her long-time affinity for orchids and antique Asian furniture, and how putting her family first was key to her career success.

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From left, Joan St. Onge, M.D., Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Halcyon M. Quinn.

Miller School Launches Pioneering Program for First-Year Residents

In a single week last August in New York City, two first-year residents, in different programs and in separate incidents, jumped to their deaths. What could have happened, just three months after their triumphant graduation from medical school, that would have made them want to take their lives? We may never know, but a likely contributing factor is a syndrome called burnout.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D.

Miami CFAR, ISCI and Sylvester Researchers Receive Grant to Study Stem Cell Role in Kaposi's Sarcoma

An interdisciplinary team of Miller School of Medicine researchers has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the role of stem cells in Kaposi’s sarcoma oncogenesis and therapy.

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Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Leader’s Genetic Studies Provide New Insights into Bone Marrow Disorders

Two important genetic studies driven by the leader of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center provide new insights into an increasingly common bone marrow disorder known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Study Promotes Bone Growth as Possible Therapy for Osteoporosis and Obesity

Joshua Hare, M.D., Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, has co-authored a new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrating that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) create bone cells by triggering a biochemical switch that determines whether cells will become fat or bone.

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Individuals from across South Florida participate in the advocacy training seminar.

Researchers and Community Groups Train Hispanic Adults in Leadership and Advocacy

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), in collaboration with the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), trained 27 committed individuals from across South Florida on community advocacy tools during a two-day Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training (ECET) seminar held at the Miller School of Medicine on March 10-11.

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Rupa Prasad, center, with Rick Melnyck and Yvonne Diaz, M.D.

Medical Student Wins Acceptance to National Patient Safety Conference

Rupa Prasad, a third-year student with a strong interest in the relationship between process improvement and patient safety, has been accepted to the “Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience,” a national conference being held June 8-11 in Telluride, Colo.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

'We are on the frontlines of the war on HIV'

Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., is considered one of the country’s foremost scientists in HIV and infectious disease. Here, he chats with the Medical Communications team and discusses his work to find an HIV vaccine and cure and how he’s built a team of world-class UM scientists to help him in the fight.

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From left, Wen Ding, Ph.D. candidate; Lina A. Shehadeh, Ph.D.; and Jihe Li, Ph.D.

Researchers Find Key Mechanism Leading to Vascular Calcification

A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team has uncovered a key mechanism in the development of vascular calcification, or hardening of the arteries, valves or plaque – a disorder that affects millions of people.

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Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Two UM Researchers Awarded Forum on Women’s Health Grant

Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Medicine, and Seung-Uon Shin, Ph.D., research associate professor in the Division, have been awarded a grant that will help develop a new approach to the treatment of ovarian cancer.

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Hall of Fame Award 2014 recipient Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. ’79, center, with Albert Mitrani, M.D. ’85, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Medical Alumni Weekend 2015 to Celebrate Miller School’s Past, Present and Future

Medical alumni from around the country will gather on the Miller School of Medicine campus and at the Biltmore Hotel March 6–8 for Medical Alumni Weekend 2015. The annual event will celebrate the medical school’s past, present and future with three days of activities dedicated to ushering in a new generation of UM physicians, sharing recent advances in research and patient care, and bringing together former classmates.

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From left, Gordon M. Dickinson, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Istvan Krisko, M.D., Ph.D., P.A., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

UM AIDS Institute Receives Gift, Partnership from Palm Beach Infectious Diseases Institute

The University of Miami‘s newly established HIV/AIDS Institute has received a $250,000 pledge of support from the Palm Beach Infectious Diseases Institute (PBIDI). The funding is part of a new partnership between the centers that will help further the HIV/AIDS Institute’s research capacity, drive education initiatives and support innovative collaborations with researchers at other institutions in South Florida.

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Miami CTSI K12 recipient Natasa Strbo, M.D., Ph.D., left, stands with University of Florida faculty member Habibeh Khoshbouei, Ph.D., and Sebastian the Ibis at last year's CaneSearch Research Symposium.

CaneSearch Research Symposium on Translational Science to Promote Partnerships, Research Resources

The annual CaneSearch Research Symposium returns to the Miller School of Medicine campus March 4, bringing together University of Miami scientists, clinicians, students, educators, and community and industry representatives to promote partnerships, advance collaborative research and display cutting-edge science.

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., left, and Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.

Drs. Myerburg and Ullmann Propose a New Model for Funding Biomedical Research

A Miller School cardiologist and a School of Business Administration healthcare economist are proposing that insurance companies take on a paradigm-shifting role in funding biomedical research. The pair believes the investment could lead to significantly improved clinical outcomes and provide long-term economic benefits to insurance companies and to society.

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Merce Jorda, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Monica T. Garcia-Buitrago, M.D.

Abstract on Pathology’s Success with Lean Six Sigma Method Accepted at Top Conference

Merce Jorda, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology, will present her abstract titled “Successful Implementation of Six Sigma Methodology in Gastrointestinal Pathology Service” at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s (USCAP) 104th Annual Meeting in Boston. The meeting, held March 21 to 27, is the world’s largest gathering of pathology profes

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From left, Emmanuelle Simonet, M.A., CCRP, Jacqueline Reyes, Administrative Assistant, Pulmonary Lab at UMHC, Shirin Shafazand, M.D., Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., Patricia Rebolledo, Research Assistant, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and Francisco Padron, RCP, RPFT, Pulmonary Lab at UMHC.

Miller School Selected for National Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been selected as a member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network and Patient Registry, a designation that will significantly enhance the clinical care provided to patients at UHealth – University of Miami Health System.

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Abdulla Damluji, M.D.

Researchers Find Association between Inflammatory States and Early Development of Atherosclerosis

A multidisciplinary group of Miller School of Medicine researchers has identified an important association between baseline inflammatory states in asymptomatic patients and early development of coronary artery disease. The results have been published in the Online First edition of Heart: British Medical Journal as “Association between Anti-Human Shock Protein-60 and Interleukin-2 (IL-2) with Coronary Artery Calcium Score.”

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From left, Daniel Lichtstein, M.D., Regional Dean for Medical Education, Laurence Gardner, M.D., Joan St. Onge, M.D., Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Patrick Taylor, M.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Lisa Martinez, M.D., Program Director, Internal Medicine, and Ken Homer, M.D.

Miller School and Holy Cross Hospital Celebrate New Internal Medicine Residency Program

With an eye toward providing new opportunities for medical students and expanding its presence in Broward County, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine celebrated its new joint residency program with longtime community partner Holy Cross Hospital.

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Alberto Pugliese, M.D.

Shared $3.3 Million Grant Funds Collaborative Diabetes Research

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded a $3.3 million grant, to be shared by researchers at the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Florida, as part of a collaborative global effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). The announcement was made by Alberto Pugliese, M.D., professor of medicine at the Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute, during a live webinar.

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Peter Buchwald, Ph.D.

Miller School Pharmaceutical Scientist Honored as AAAS Fellow

Peter Buchwald, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, and Director of Drug Discovery at the Diabetes Research Institute, was recently elected as a 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Fellow.

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