News : 2011 : June

William O’Neill, M.D., tells third-year students they just completed boot camp and are on the journey to an amazing profession.

Third-Year Students Earn Their Stripes with Their Scrubs

Third-year students “earned their stripes” Monday, receiving their official UHealth scrubs following a ceremony that honored a pioneering cardiac surgeon and revered humanitarian who Miller School leaders hope students emulate as they begin seeing patients on the wards.

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Louis R. Pizano, M.D., center, joined Broward County firefighters at a “Fill the Boot for Burns” collection site in Dania Beach.

Firefighters Turn Up the Heat for UM/Jackson Memorial Burn Center

Over Memorial Day weekend, faculty from the Miller School’s Department of Surgery teamed up with the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County, the Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters, and Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of Broward County for the “Fill the Boot for Burns” campaign to benefit the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center.

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Discussing HIPEC at a May 17 news conference are, from left, colorectal surgeon Floriano Marchetti, M.D., patients Georgina Pereira and Tammy Rosamilia, Mecker Möller, M.D., lead HIPEC surgical oncologist, and Samer Schuman, M.D., gynecologic oncology surgeon.

Sylvester First in South Florida to Offer Novel Abdominal Cancer Treatment

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the first in South Florida to offer a novel therapy for certain types of abdominal cancers that combines heated chemotherapy with surgery. The procedure is performed at the time of surgery and has extended the lives and improved the quality of life for patients who might otherwise have limited treatment options.

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Bariatric Surgery Becoming a Family Affair

Dr. Nestor De La Cruz-Munoz, a bariatric specialist with the University of Miami Health System, is seeing more patients from the same family opting for surgery. The plan can be a plus for some people who struggle with obesity, like sisters Wendy Carulla and Brenda Fernandez.

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High Risk Surgeries Getting Safer: Study

Dr. Tomas Salerno, chief of the division of Cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that “this issue of volume and risk of surgery is something that has been debated for quite awhile.”

It does seem to make sense that hospitals that do more of a given procedure do it better, he said. “This applies to a lot of procedures,” Salerno said. However, it doesn’t seem to apply to heart bypass surgery, he added. The reasons for this aren’t clear, Salerno said.

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Jochen Reiser, M.D., Ph.D., Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., and George W. Burke III, M.D.

Physicians Discover How Cancer Drug Works to Help Prevent Recurrent Kidney Disease

A collaboration of Miller School physicians, surgeons and scientists has unlocked the mechanism of a drug used to prevent recurrent kidney disease. The finding, which has implications for the diagnosis and treatment of many other diseases, involves the action of rituximab, a B-cell lymphoma therapy, in treating recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in children and young adults.

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