News : 2013

The UHealth/Miller Vascular Surgery team, from left: (front row) Handel Robinson, M.D., Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., Claudia Lacayo, ARNP, Jorge Rey, M.D.; (second row) Zhao-Jun Liu, Ph.D., Roberto I. Vazquez-Padron, Ph.D ., John Karwowski, M.D.; (third row) Marwan Tabbara, M.D., Lee J. Goldstein, M.D., Arash Bornak, M.D., Alberto J. Lopez, M.D., and Keith Jones, M.D.

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Division Transforms Treatments, Research and Training

Under the leadership of Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is coming of age at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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George W. Burke III, M.D., and Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., were among the researchers who helped uncover a new treatment option for reoccurring kidney disease.

Study Finds New Treatment Option for Recurrent Kidney Disease

In a multi-institutional study led at the Miller School by George W. Burke III, M.D., professor of surgery, and Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and the Peggy and Harold Katz Family Chair in Kidney & Vascular Disease Research, physician-scientists have uncovered a new treatment option for recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), an idiopathic disease that causes kidney failure.

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Carl Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., seated, is surrounded by, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Alan Livingstone, M.D., and UM President Donna E. Shalala, as he receives the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair.

Burn Specialist Carl I. Schulman Honored with the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., one of the Miller School’s leading clinicians, researchers and educators, was honored October 29 with the presentation of the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair in the Division of Burns in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.

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Evangelina “Eva” Calderon

A Grateful Tribute to Longtime Surgery Administrator Eva Calderon

In a heartfelt message to faculty and staff of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., Chair of Surgery, Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief Executive of the UHealth Clinical Practice, paid tribute to Eva Calderon, senior department administrator, who lost her battle with cancer on September 4. In the message, Livingstone wrote:

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Gerard A. Kaiser, M.D.

Gerard Kaiser Remembered as Groundbreaking Surgeon and UM/Jackson Leader

Pioneering pediatric heart surgeon and former Senior Associate Dean of the Miller School Gerard A. Kaiser, M.D., died June 28 at the age of 80. Surrounded by his family, Kaiser passed away peacefully at Jackson Memorial Hospital, a place that he loved and championed since joining the University of Miami as chief of cardiothoracic surgery in 1971.

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Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., left, and emergency responders load a patient onto a truck headed to UM’s field hospital in Haiti, after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., Appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine

Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., professor of surgery, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve as a member of the Florida Board of Medicine. Joining another UM faculty member on the board, he will serve a three-year term on the quasi-judicial panel responsible for disciplining physicians. A veteran trauma surgeon, Ginzburg also serves as Chief of Surgery at University of Miami Hospital.

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

Transplant Surgeon Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A., Elected President of National Urologic Society

Gaetano Ciancio M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and urology, has been elected President of the Urologic Society for Transplantation and Renal Surgery, an academic forum within the American Urological Association. Elected by society members and announced at the society’s annual meeting in San Diego on May 7, Ciancio will serve a one-year term.

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Omaida Velazquez, M.D.

Miller School Surgeon Becomes Only Woman in Florida to Hold American Surgical Association Membership

Omaida Velazquez, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor of surgery and Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, made history this month, becoming the only woman in Florida who is a member in the American Surgical Association, the oldest and most prestigious association of surgeons. Inducted at the association’s 133rd Annual Meeting April 4-6, Velazquez joined the elite group of the nation’s most prominent surgeons.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

DRI Tests BioHub Mini Organ to Restore Natural Insulin Production in Type 1 Diabetes

Scientists from the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) are taking a quantum leap toward a biological cure for diabetes by unveiling the DRI BioHub, a bioengineered “mini organ” that contains lifesaving insulin-producing cells that can sense blood sugar and release the precise amount of insulin needed in real time.

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Shivam Joshi, M.D.

Miami Transplant Institute Study Explains Disparities in Kidney Transplant Waitlist

In a study that is prompting a new education campaign for South Florida patients with chronic kidney disease, researchers at the Miami Transplant Institute have found that black and Hispanic patients with end stage renal disease remain on dialysis significantly longer than non-Hispanic whitepatients before being waitlisted for a transplant.

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Rodrigo Vianna, M.D.

Pioneering Surgeon Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., Named Director of Miami Transplant Institute

Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., one of the world’s most experienced multiorgan transplant surgeons, has been named Director of Transplant Services and Chief of Liver and Gastrointestinal Transplant at the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the Miller School of Medicne and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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