News : 2012

Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., center, in purple, and Anthony Capobianco, Ph.D., far right, are surrounded by the Sabga Family, including Emile, fifth from left, and George (holding the award).

Department of Surgery Honors Donors at Heroes for Hope Awards Gala

The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery held its inaugural Heroes for Hope Donor Recognition Dinner at Jungle Island on December 14 to honor corporate and individual donors whose generous philanthropic contributions have furthered medical research and changed the lives of countless patients in the South Florida community.

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Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Study Finds Social Networking Sites a Growing Factor in Medical Student and Resident Selections

In the largest study of its kind, Miller School researchers who queried hundreds of medical school admissions and residency selection professionals conclude that social networking sites will increasingly influence the selection of medical students and physician trainees in the U.S.

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Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Evangelos Badiavas, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Physician/Scientists Receive $3M Grant to Treat Burn Wounds with Stem Cells

A Miller School trauma surgeon who cares for burn patients and a dermatologist who is already healing chronic wounds with stem cells have been awarded $3 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct the nation’s first clinical trial on the safety and efficacy of using donor mesenchymal stem cells to promote healing and reduce scarring in acute burn patients.

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Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A.

Four Miami Transplant Institute Programs Recognized for Excellence

The Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center has been awarded silver and bronze medals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Transplantation for its kidney, kidney/pancreas, lung and heart transplant programs.

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Captain Jeffrey Kuhlman, MC, FS, USN.

Miller School Hosts Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman, Physician to the U.S. President, for Surgery Grand Rounds

The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and the Divisions of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns will host a special Grand Rounds presentation by the Physician to the President, U.S. Navy Captain Jeffrey Kuhlman, MC, FS, USN, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Treatment Center.

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Appearing on the robot monitor  from the London Olympics, Antonio Marttos, M.D., guides a mock demonstration of the Ryder Trauma Center’s telemedicine capabilities.

UM Partners with Brazilian Olympic Committee to Bring Telemedicine to Olympians in London

The Miller School’s William Lehman Injury Research Center is collaborating with the Brazilian Olympic Committee on an innovative telemedicine project that is providing state-of-the-art health care to Brazilian athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The pilot program is assisting in monitoring health and key performance indicators of Brazilian Olympians as they compete in London.

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Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A.

Gaetano Ciancio Named Director of the Miami Transplant Institute

Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery, has been named director of the Miami Transplant Institute, a joint program between the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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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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Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., left, and Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D.

Study Shows Bariatric Surgery Improves Health in Obese Adolescents

A new national study by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine shows that bariatric surgery can safely and substantially reduce weight and related health problems in morbidly obese adolescents, findings that could change treatment options offered by physicians

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Seth Thaller, M.D., D.M.D., hopes patients and families will participate in the race for the cleft lip and palate clinic.

Cleft Lip and Palate Specialists Invite Clinic Supporters to Walk Miles for Smiles on June 10

For more than 40 years, UM specialists have turned heartache into smiles by performing the multiple surgeries and providing the array of services children born with cleft lips and palates often need to correct the disfiguring anomalies.

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Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Antonio Marttos Jr., M.D.

Director and Co-Director Named for William Lehman Injury Research Center

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of clinical surgery, has been named director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, and Antonio Marttos Jr., M.D., assistant professor of surgery, has been named co-director.

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With surgeons Junichiro Sageshima, M.D., left, and George Burke III, M.D., right, at their side, Lekisha and Yolanda Mixon discuss their surgeries.

UM/Jackson Surgeons Help Daughter Give Mother Gift of Life

As Yolanda Mixon smiled broadly and joked easily with reporters on the morning of May 11, it was difficult to imagine that, just two days earlier, she had received a new kidney – donated by her daughter – at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital. “The best Mother’s Day ever,” Mixon quipped.

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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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Department of Surgery employees, from left, Milaidys Marrero, Cristina Bichara, and Nicole Nagel promote organ and tissue donation on the medical campus.

Miller School/UHealth Joins Miami Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency to Celebrate Donate Life Day

In honor of National Donate Life Month this April, the Miller School/UHealth – University of Miami Health System joined forces with the Department of Surgery’s Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency to increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors in the country by 20 million by the end of 2012.

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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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Miller School/UHealth Joins Forces with Life Alliance to Support Workplace Partnership

In honor of all those who have given the gift of life, the Miller School/UHealth — University of Miami Health System is joining the national Workplace Partnership for Life campaign, coordinated by the Department of Surgery’s Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency.

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Valbona Bushi hugs daughter Angela after a news conference.

Six-Year-Old Recovers from First-of-Its-Kind Liver, Pancreas and Kidney Transplant

Transplant surgeons from UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital performed an innovative and unprecedented combined transplant of a liver, two kidneys and a pancreas on 6-year-old Angela Bushi, who was discharged on February 23.

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Phillip Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Describe Regulatory RNA Molecules Operative in Human Graft Rejection

A team of investigators in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics and at the Miami Transplant Institute have discovered a restricted number of activated regulatory miRNAs that are related to the presence of aggressive alloreactive processes in intestinal transplant biopsies.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., pays tribute to the life and work of Jeffrey Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D., at a February 28 memorial.

Emotional Tributes Honor Miller School Trauma Surgeon Jeffrey Augenstein

The life and work of Jeffrey Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D., Miller School professor of surgery, and trauma injury prevention and telemedicine pioneer, who died in Los Angeles on February 11, was memorialized with emotional tributes from friends and colleagues.

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Susan Schmitz, M.A., left, and Suzanne Lechner, Ph.D., were among the researchers who exhibited posters at the fair.

Researchers Gather for Shared Resources Fair and Drug Discovery Forum

More than 200 researchers attended the Miller Office of Research’s Shared Resources Fair on February 17, which was followed by a Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF) on drug discovery.

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Jeffrey S. Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School of Medicine Mourns Jeffrey Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey S. Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery, director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center and a pioneer in injury prevention who helped save millions of lives on the road, on the battlefield, in the emergency room and in disaster zones during his unparalleled 37-year career, died in Los Angeles on February 11 while on a business trip. He was 64.

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Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

With $10 Million Grant, Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., Aims to Develop Co-Transplant Criteria

Years ago, before researchers knew much about the ability of mesenchymal stem cells to reduce inflammation, repair damaged tissue and promote blood vessel growth, Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., discovered that delivering MSCs intravenously during islet transplantation more than doubled islet function, enhanced islet survival and reversed rejection episodes.

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