News : 2017

Seated, from left, Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., Governor Rick Scott and Mauricio Lynn, M.D., with other participants at the signing.

Governor Scott Recognizes Agreement between Miller School and Israeli Trauma Society

During his recent trade mission in Israel, Governor Rick Scott recognized the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Israeli Trauma Society. The agreement strengthens the partnership between the Israeli Trauma Society and UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, which has provided training to 85 percent of Israel’s trauma surgeons.

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From left, Arash Bornak, M.D., Alberto J. Lopez, M.D., Rebekah Kramer, ARNP, Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., Jorge Rey, M.D., Marwan R. Tabbara, M.D., Naixin Kang, M.D., and Stefan Kenel-Pierre, M.D.

New Limb Salvage and Vein Center Offers Comprehensive Vascular Care

South Florida patients with pain in the legs, feet or arms, swollen veins or other symptoms of peripheral artery disease can now receive specialized diagnosis and treatment at the new comprehensive Limb Salvage and Vein Center at UHealth Tower.

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A Research Plan for Pre-eminence

On October 7, nearly 100 members of the Miller School of Medicine faculty gathered for a retreat to put the final touches on a new strategic plan for research. Joining them, and offering his own thoughts, was Dean Edward Abraham, M.D., who sponsored the retreat and who, since taking charge, has quickly demonstrated a strong commitment to the school’s research mission.

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Study: AI Helps Identify Patients at High Risk for Repeat Penetrating Trauma

Artificial intelligence can help predict which patients with penetrating trauma are most likely to return with repeat injury in the future, a new study published online October 18 by JAMA Surgery reveals. Identifying people at higher risk could allow physicians to know when to take more aggressive preventive action.

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Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.

Iron Arrow Taps Five from Miller School of Medicine

With the telltale beating of a single drum and a tap on the shoulder with an iron arrow, members of the Iron Arrow Honor Society renewed one of the U’s greatest traditions during homecoming week. Marching across the Coral Gables and medical campuses in a solemn procession, they bestowed a leading University of Miami honor on 20 lucky recipients.

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Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D.

A Renowned Physician-Scientist Joins Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally renowned physician-scientist, has joined the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as co-leader of the Tumor Biology Program and associate director for Program Development. His departmental appointments are professor and associate vice chair of surgery, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

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Firearm injuries cost U.S. taxpayers slightly more than half a billion dollars each year.

Miller School Trauma Surgeons Are First to Report Hidden Public Costs of Firearm Injuries

A group of trauma surgeons at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, working with a newly released federal database detailing hospital readmissions, has uncovered an unexpectedly high taxpayer-borne financial burden stemming from firearm injuries. The researchers calculated that the cost to U.S. taxpayers is slightly more than half a billion dollars a year. The findings were published online by Annals of Surgery.

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Medical campus update: Hurricane Irma

The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.

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From left, Sean Penn with Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Lights! Camera! Scalpel!

For a brief moment in Sean Penn’s new film, The Last Face, Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., is doing what the Miller School of Medicine trauma surgeon knows all too well: triaging bloodied and moaning patients in a makeshift hospital in one of the world’s most impoverished and unstable countries.

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From left, Timothy J. Dickhudt, M.D., Abdullah A. Alhaddad, M.D., Laura E. Hudson, M.D., Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., Danny Sleeman, M.D., professor of surgery, vice chairman of surgical education and director of the Surgical Education Program, Shevonne S. Satahoo, M.D., Evan J. Valle, M.D., and Salman K. Alsafran, M.D.

Department of Surgery Celebrates Graduation of Chief Surgical Residents

Amid pomp and circumstance, plus some red carpet flair, this year’s chief surgical residents celebrated their graduations from the General Surgery Training Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.

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Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., second from left, with other symposium attendees.

Miller School Surgeons and Cardiologists Play Major Role in Colombian Symposium

For the eighth consecutive year, Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery, director of the Interventional Cardiology Program and associate dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the International Medicine Institute (IMI), has co-directed and participated in the Structural Heart Latin American Symposium at Angiografia de Occidente in Cali, Colombia.

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From left, Carl H. June, M.D., Pasquale Benedetto, M.D., Mark L. Gonzalgo, M.D., Ph.D., Nipun Merchant, M.D., Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., Breelyn A. Wilky, M.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Zubrod Memorial Lecture Program Spotlights Faculty and Young Investigators

Six physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 18th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Sylvester Cancer Research Poster Session on May 19. Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., hosted the event.

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Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S., professor and Lucille P. Markey Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., FACS, chair of surgery, at surgery research day.

Surgery Research Day Showcases Scientific Achievements

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the inaugural surgery research day and Lily Altschuler Memorial Symposium in Pancreatic Cancer Research on May 12, showcasing scientific achievements of faculty and trainees.

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Fluorescence microscopy of islets in the omentum transplanted within the biologic scaffold. Shown in red (insulin staining) and blue (DAPI nuclear staining).

Research Findings Show Tissue-Engineered Islet Transplant Achieves Insulin Independence

Scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have produced the first clinical results demonstrating that pancreatic islet cells transplanted within a tissue-engineered platform can successfully engraft and achieve insulin independence in type 1 diabetes. The findings were published in the May 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Motorcycle fatalities account for 14 percent of all U.S. traffic deaths.

Medical Students Publish Perspective on Motorcycle Helmet Laws in New England Journal of Medicine

Two students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have published a perspective on the relationship between motorcycle helmet laws and public health. The article, which appeared recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, takes both a statistical and a cultural look at the lives saved by helmet laws and the staggering rise in death, serious injury and public expense that occurs when those laws are repealed.

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Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.

Dr. Tomás A. Salerno Re-elected for Fourth Term as Faculty Senate President

Tomás A. Salerno, M.D., professor and chief emeritus of cardiothoracic surgery, vice chair of the Peer Review Committee of University of Miami Hospital and vice chair for faculty mentoring and development in the Department of Surgery, was re-elected chair of the Faculty Senate for a fourth one-year term. Salerno, who has served in the Senate since 2008, was re-elected for the 2017-18 academic year on April 26.

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Family medicine residents Alicia Kepich, M.D. and Ingrid Gutierrez, M.D., role play with Kassandra M. Bosire, M.D.

Program Teaches Residents and Fellows to Redirect ‘Difficult’ Patient Encounters

A new teaching model developed at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine educates residents and fellows on how to effectively redirect patients during difficult interactions. Called “The 7Cs protocol,” it provides a framework for junior physicians to act, versus react, during stressful patient encounters.

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Tanya L. Zakrison, M.D., M.H.Sc., M.P.H.

Study Finds Gunshot Wound Injuries Occur Primarily in Miami-Dade’s Poor, Black Neighborhoods

Gunshot wound injuries in Miami-Dade County are clustered in predominantly poor, black neighborhoods, according to a new study from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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DCC riders crossing the MacArthur Causeway.

Thousands Support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Dolphins Cancer Challenge

A brilliantly sunny South Florida Saturday warmed the already upbeat spirit of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge VII on February 11, as 4,000 participants and volunteers cycled, ran, walked or performed countless tasks to support the search for cancer cures at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

Dr. Eduardo J. de Marchena to be honored with Alumni Hall of Fame Award

Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D. ’80, has been named the 2017 recipient of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame Award. The honor will be presented March 4 at the Reunions Banquet at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami.

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A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist searches for a cure.

Sylvester and Miller School Awarded $5.7 Million for Cancer and Tobacco-Related Disease Research

The Florida Department of Health has announced the award of 16 grants totaling more than $16 million from the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program. Six investigators at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were recipients of Bankhead-Coley and King grants totaling $5,728,856.

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

Dr. Gaetano Ciancio Tapped for Outstanding Teaching Award by UM Faculty Senate

Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and chief academic officer of the Miami Transplant Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Miami Faculty Senate.

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From left, Ofelia A. Alvarez, M.D., Gwendolyn B. Scott, M.D., G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., and Lourdes Forster, M.D., participate in the celebration.

Women Faculty Celebrate Accomplishments on Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell’s Birthday

Women faculty members at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine shared the tough lessons and great accomplishments of the past — along with the inspiring promise of the future — at an event Friday commemorating the 196th birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

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Members of Leading Ladies at their recent luncheon in Hallandale Beach.

Leading Ladies Look to Put Transplant Research in the Spotlight

Through a unique blend of philanthropy and show business, a South Florida nonprofit organization aims to increase its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the field of transplantation, a cause that the Leading Ladies have supported for more than 20 years. Despite the progress that’s been made during that time, the group’s members are more determined than ever to keep the spotlight on the need for additional research.

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Tanya L. Zakrison, M.D., M.H.Sc., M.P.H., center, with medical students from Cuba, Chad and South Africa.

Miller School Surgeons Bridge Cultures through Trauma Training in Cuba

For nearly five years, small groups of physicians — primarily surgeons — from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have traveled to Cuba to participate in professional conferences, teach medical students and share clinical practices with peers from around the world.

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