News : 2019

Dr. Jodie A. Barkin

Acute Pancreatitis Cases Linked to Cannabis Use May Be Milder, Less Costly

In a recent study, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers found that patients with acute pancreatitis and a cannabis exposure have significantly lower mortality, morbidity and costs related to hospitalization and care than acute pancreatitis patients with no cannabis use.

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Steven L. Cohn, M.D.

Dr. Steven L. Cohn Remains Busy as Conference Speaker

Steven L. Cohn, M.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine and former medical director of the UHealth Preoperative Assessment Center and the UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital medical consultation service, has remained active since his retirement from UM.

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From left, Sabita Roy, Ph.D., with first author Li Zhang, M.S.

Researchers Find Probiotics Can Reduce Morphine Tolerance in Mice

A group of researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Department of Surgery and the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have found that probiotics can reduce morphine tolerance when used as an adjunct therapy in germ-free mice.

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Community health worker Jakisha Blackmon signing up a Liberty Square housing project resident for HIV testing.

A Clinic without Walls Aims to Conquer HIV/AIDS

As the nation observes National HIV Testing Day today, the University of Miami’s street-based, rapid-HIV testing program holds the promise of becoming a model for reaching at-risk communities. “You don’t have to get tested and wait two long weeks — two long weeks — to get the results. It’s 20 minutes at best. Technology is a wonderful thing.”

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Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., back row, fourth from right, with members of her laboratory. Alla Mitrofanova, Ph.D., is front row, second from right.

Miller School Researchers Find Potential New Strategy for Diabetic Kidney Disease

A research team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found a potential new strategy for treating diabetic kidney disease. “We have identified a new lipid that is deficient in diabetic kidney disease,” said Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, chief of the Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and director of the Peggy and Harold Katz Family Drug Discovery Center.

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Introduced to the U.S. marketplace in 2007, e-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product among American youth.

Miller School Researchers Find Link between E-Cigarettes and Lung Infections

A team of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found a link between the use of electronic cigarettes and the risk of development of mycobacteria-related lung infections.

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From left, Louis Wolfson III, Scott Sadowski, Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Cynthia Levy, M.D., Gino Torretta, Eugene Schiff, M.D., Henri Ford, M.D., M.H.A., Edward Abraham, M.D., and Andrew Hertz.

Dr. Cynthia Levy Honored with Arthur H. Hertz Endowed Chair in Liver Diseases

As the late Arthur Hertz’s sons, family, friends, and colleagues looked on, his legacy extended into yet another extraordinary chapter at the University of Miami. During an emotional ceremony on May 13, the Arthur H. Hertz Endowed Chair in Liver Diseases was formally presented, bringing with it resources in perpetuity so UM’s physician-scientists can innovate state-of-the-art treatments and cures for liver disease.

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From left, Guerline Lambert, M.S., Lauro Takeuchi, D.M.D., Camila Irion, Ph.D., Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Keyvan Yousefi, Pharm.D., Joshua M. Hare, M.D., Keith Webster, Ph.D., and Trevor Eisenberg.

Researchers Gain Insight into How Heart Failure Develops in People with Chronic Kidney Disease

While insulin does not cure type 1 diabetes, it helps many people maintain healthy blood sugar levels. However, for many people suffering from type 1 brittle diabetes, insulin just isn’t enough. Fortunately, a new treatment may soon be available to help them: islet cell transplantation.

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The goal is to provide employers with solutions for adopting a common set of programs and best practices to improve the quality of workplace health.

UHealth and the American Heart Association Join Forces to Improve Workplace Health

The University of Miami Health System and the American Heart Association (AHA) of South Florida are collaborating to build a healthier work culture in Miami-Dade County. As part of the Workplace Health Solutions Initiative, UHealth and the AHA will provide welcome kits to corporations participating in the program. The goal is to provide employers with solutions for adopting a common set of programs and best practices to improv

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D., with Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

New Study Shows Stem Cells Can Be Given Safely to Stroke Patients with Catheterization Procedure

A national study led by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher has shown that the delivery of stem cells to the brain using a tiny catheter introduced through the groin into the carotid artery in the brain is safe for patients with strokes.

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From left, Titia de Lange, Ph.D., Norman Altman, V.M.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Seven Sylvester Faculty Members Receive Awards at Zubrod Memorial Lecture

Seven faculty members at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine received awards of recognition at this year’s Zubrod Memorial Lecture.

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From left, Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Marie-Denise Gervais, M.D., Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

Second Look Day Draws Large Crowd of Top Potential Medical Students

This year’s Second Look Day — an event in which accepted applicants who have not yet made a commitment are invited to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to learn more about what its academic programs have to offer — attracted a record number of participants.

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Jeffrey J. Goldberger, M.D., M.B.A., reviews an echocardiogram study with a patient.

Groundbreaking Clinical Trial to Study Overweight Individuals with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

A groundbreaking clinical trial at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine could lead to better outcomes for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation, a dangerous irregular heartbeat.

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Kalyan Ram Bhamidimarri, M.D., M.P.H.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Miller School Researchers Target a Silent Epidemic

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, affects 100 million Americans and millions of others worldwide. The disease is costing lives, health and an estimated $32 billion in U.S. health care costs annually. In fact, fatty liver disease is projected to surpass hepatitis C as the leading cause of liver transplants in the U.S. as soon as 2020.

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From left, Stuart Miller, David Roth, M.D., Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., and Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A.

Iron Arrow Taps Stuart Miller and Eight Medical Campus Faculty, Alumni and Students

The first indication that something is afoot is the sound of a slow-beating drum moving across campus. When the source of the sound comes into view, you see that the drummer is accompanied by a group of individuals wearing colorful jackets and marching slowly, solemnly in line. For those in the know, the big question is: Who are they looking for this time?

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Venezuelan migrants enter Colombia at the Simon Bolivar bridge near the city of Cúcuta in the northeast part of the country. It is estimated that 35,000 people cross the bridge by foot each day, which is why several nonprofits have set up medical clinics along the entrance to Colombia.

Miller School Physicians Tackle Venezuela’s Health Care Crisis

Two public health experts from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine who have intimate knowledge of the health care crisis spilling out of Venezuela are working to build a partnership with a nonprofit agency to provide medical care and supplies to migrants in dire need of aid.

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Miller School of Medicine Sets New Record in NIH Research Grant Funding

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine received a record $133.5 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2018 — a $12.8 million increase over the school’s FFY 2017 total, raising the school another point to No. 40 of 147 institutions in the national rankings.

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Jeffrey Goldberger, M.D., MBA, observes as patient Marvin Pickholz checks his pulse.

UHealth’s Center for Atrial Fibrillation Delivers Advanced Care and Innovative Research

For patients with dangerous irregular heartbeats, the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at UHealth — the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine offers leading-edge personalized care.

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Third-year M.D./MPH student Nicole Lin, who won second place for her project.

Poster Symposium Highlights Work of Medical Students and Residents

The work of several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and residents was highlighted at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s James J. Byrnes Future of Medicine Poster Symposium, held February 7 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Among them was third-year M.D./MPH student Nicole Lin, who won second place for her project “Prevalence of Physical and Psychological Trauma in an Asylum Seeking Cohort.”

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Joseph Lamelas, M.D., UHealth’s new chief of cardiothoracic surgery, spoke about minimally invasive mitral valve surgery.

Leading Researchers Outline Advances in Treating Heart Disease at Miami Valves 2019

New biomedical devices and advances in cardiac procedures are improving outcomes for patients with heart disease, according to leading researchers and clinicians at Miami Valves 2019, an annual international conference hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine January 30 to February 2 at the InterContinental Hotel.

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From left: Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., Stefanie Brown, M.D., and Rose van Zuilen, Ph.D.

Women in Academic Medicine Event Celebrates Accomplishments

They knew they were nominated, but none knew for sure who would win. Before a standing-room-only crowd, six women faculty members from specialties across the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine received recognition at the Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM) event on January 31. They stood one by one to receive awards for career achievement, mentorship, leadership or their role as trailblazers.

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From left, Stephen V. Avallone, M.D., with Cristina I. Pravia, M.D.

UHealth’s Executive Health and Concierge Medicine Team Offers Personalized Approach to Care

As an 18-year-old heading off to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Stephen V. Avallone had to put his plans for a medical career aside because the institution didn’t offer a pre-med track. Instead, he chose civil engineering, a profession in which he later earned a graduate degree and worked for more than a decade.

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Joseph Lamelas, M.D.

UHealth Welcomes Internationally Renowned Cardiac Surgeon Joseph Lamelas, M.D.

Joseph Lamelas, M.D., an internationally recognized expert cardiac surgeon who helped pioneer minimally invasive approaches to cardiac surgery, has joined UHealth – the University of Miami Health System as chief of cardiothoracic surgery and professor of surgery in the Miller School of Medicine. He will begin his new role on January 21. Dr. Lamelas has performed more than 16,000 cardiac surgeries throughout his 28-year career.

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