News : 2012

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A.

Pediatrician’s Editorial in JAMA Makes a Strong Case for Lifesaving Discussions

An editorial published “Online First” in the Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine by injury prevention advocate Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics, highlights the importance of discussing gun safety with patients and families, the issue surrounding the “Docs vs. Glocks” gun rights case in Florida.

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From left, Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Miller School Experts Contribute to Lancet Studies on Global Burden of Diseases

Three of the Miller School’s – and the world’s – experts on cardiomyopathy and stroke contributed to the latest global study of the burden of diseases, injuries and risk factors, the results of which The Lancet released online December 13 and published in an unprecedented triple issue that provides a new platform for assessing and tackling the world’s biggest health challenges.

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Nine-year-old Fit2Play participant Larry Thomas leads fellow runners Jarrett Slaton and Chaz Castro, both 10, at Highland Oaks Park in Miami.

Miller School Study Shows Miami-Dade's ‘Fit2Play’ Program Makes Kids Healthier

The initial results of a study the Miller School’s Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., is conducting in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has found that the “Fit2Play” after-school-program offered in many county parks is “highly effective” in improving the health of kids and reducing and preventing childhood obesity and other health risk factors.

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The 2012 International Neonatal Conference brought dozens of leading experts together in Miami.

UM’s International Neonatal Conference Celebrates 36 Years

Leading neonatology experts from 48 countries once again gathered at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach for the Miller School’s 36th Annual International Miami Neonatology Conference

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Pediatrics Study Discredits “Kind and Gentle” Chemo Approach for Kids with Leukemia

A study led by Miller School researchers and published online November 19 in the journal Pediatrics found that the slow, continuous infusion of doxorubicin, a drug that has dramatically improved the leukemia survival rate, does not provide youngsters with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) any more cardioprotection than rapid infusion.

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Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D.

Miller School Mourns Passing of Renowned Geneticist Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D.

Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D., a renowned geneticist and the first director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Center for Medical Genetics at the Miller School of Medicine, passed away peacefully in Atlanta early Sunday morning, surrounded by his family. He was 75.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, and James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Studies Provide New Transplant Guidance for Pediatric Heart Diseases

Three groundbreaking studies by Miller School researchers provide significant new guidance on heart transplantation for children afflicted with one of the three forms of cardiomyopathy, diseases of the heart muscle.

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Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Study Finds Link Between Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Risk in Children

In a study led by Michael Freundlich, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics, and Wacharee Seeherunvong, M.D., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, researchers in the Divisions of Pediatric Nephrology and Pediatric Cardiology found that elevated levels of the hormone fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) are strongly associated with heart disease in children and adolescents with advanced chronic kidney disease.

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UHealth Expands in Plantation

As UHealth continues to build and expand its clinical practice, UHealth experts are now available at the newly opened UHealth Plantation. Located in central Broward County in the Crossroads Office Park, UHealth Plantation is just minutes from I-595 and University Drive, providing easy access to high-quality care and services in one central location.

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Lee Worley, M.D., and Nancy Fawcett, M.D.

Legendary Pediatrics Professors Retire After 50-Plus Years of Service

Lee Worley, M.D., and Nancy Fawcett, M.D., will retire on August 1 after more than 50 years of service and a combined 105 years of experience.

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Eight-year-old cancer survivor Michael McLean applies his handprint on a Hyundai Tucson, with a little help from, from left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester, John Goldberg, M.D., director of the Pediatric Oncology Early Phase Clinical Trials Program, and Dima Hamideh, M.D.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Awards Grant to Sylvester for Pediatric Cancer Research

In a ceremony showcasing the colorful handprints of childhood cancer survivors, Hyundai Hope On Wheels and representatives from 10 local Hyundai dealerships awarded the Miller School of Medicine a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant for Dima Hamideh, M.D., chief fellow of pediatric hematology-oncology.

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Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Best in the Nation

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online June 5. The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties.

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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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From left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Alexander Daly, and Julio Barredo, M.D., look on as Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for <b>alex's place</b>.

Sylvester Opens Unique Pediatric Oncology Clinic

Creating a new paradigm for treating children with cancer, alex’s place is now open at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The first facility of its kind in the nation and the first pediatric oncology clinic at Sylvester, alex’s place merges research and clinical care from an academic medical center with innovative technology designed to ease the anxiety of therapeutic visits.

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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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The editors are, from left, Tracie L. Miller, M.D., Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Miller School Experts Publish First Book on Pediatric Metabolic Syndrome

When the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., Tracie L. Miller, M.D., and Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., were growing up, nobody discussed, much less studied, metabolic syndrome in children. After all, the cluster of risk factors associated with an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems was found only in adults

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, and David C. Landy, M.P.H.

Study Shows Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

A groundbreaking Miller School study funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship has found all survivors of childhood cancer face a higher long-term risk of cardiovascular diseases and should be screened for a wide range of potential heart conditions.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, and James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Study Suggests Criteria for Defibrillators in Children

Underscoring the fact that children should not be treated as small adults, a study led by the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics and executive associate dean for child health, found that less than 3 percent of children diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy die suddenly and unexpectedly.

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Gaston Zilleruelo, M.D., will direct the international seminar for the seventh year.

39th Pediatric Nephrology Seminar Attracts International Experts to South Florida

For 39 years, the Pediatric Nephrology Seminar has been a rewarding educational experience and an established tradition in the field of pediatric nephrology. This year’s event, led by Gaston Zilleruelo M.D., chief of pediatric nephrology, will take place March 8 through 11 at the Alexander All Suite Ocean Front Resort on Miami Beach.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, is the study's principal investigator and David C. Landy, M.P.H., the lead author.

Miller School Study Offers Tools to Prevent Atherosclerosis in Survivors of Childhood Cancer

In a study that provides practical tools for identifying pediatric cancer survivors at high risk for premature death from atherosclerosis, Miller School researchers found that teenagers and young adults who survived childhood cancer have increased odds of already having blocked arteries, as well as an elevated risk of suffering a myocardial infarction, stroke, or coronary death over the next 30 years.

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The Mailman Center’s Danny Armstrong, Ph.D., left, and Michelle Schladant, center, accept the grant from Carlos Ojeda, district manager of CVS Caremark.

Mailman Center Receives CVS Grant to Expand Services for Children with Autism

The Department of Pediatric’s Mailman Center for Child Development received a $30,000 grant from CVS Caremark last week to expand its assistive technology services, including bilingual assistive technology evaluations, primary caregiver training, and targeted speech/language interventions for children with autism and related disorders.

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James F. Sallis, Ph.D.

"Obesity Warrior" James Sallis, Ph.D., Speaks February 6 at the Miller School

James F. Sallis, Ph.D., the Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, who is so respected for his work in obesity that Time magazine dubbed him the “obesity warrior,” will share scientific and practical expertise with UM faculty and staff at a noon seminar on February 6.

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