News : 2017

On-site Registration Still Available for Miami Neonatology 2017

Miami Neonatology 2017 will be held on Sunday, November 12, through Wednesday, November 15, at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach. This annual conference provides medical professionals with an update on the advances and best practices in the care of the critically ill newborn.

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Dr. Graham Serjeant, right, and Dr. John Homi.

Expert in Sickle Cell Disease Management to Present at Mailman Center

Dr. Graham Roger Serjeant, a world-renowned researcher and authority on sickle cell disease management and care, will visit the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on Friday, Oct. 20, to tour the Pediatric Sickle Cell Unit at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital and make a presentation about best practices for medical professionals caring for patients with sickle cell anemia.

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From left, Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., receives a warm greeting from Federico Maestre, M.D., a Puerto Rican ophthalmologist who helped organize the transfer of infants needing treatment, as an ABC crew that traveled with the Miller School team records the moment.

Miller School Mobilizes to Help Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

By sending non-perishable medical supplies, setting up an international communications network and arranging transport for patients needing urgent care, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is mobilizing its resources to help Puerto Rico’s medical community after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

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From left, Maria Santaella, M.S.N., RN-BC, with Val D. Bias, CEO of the National Hemophilia Foundation.

Maria Santaella Wins Nurse of the Year Award from National Hemophilia Foundation

Maria E. Santaella, M.S.N., RN-BC, hemophilia nurse coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received the Nurse of the Year Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). The award was presented during the foundation’s recent annual meeting in Chicago.

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From left, Veronica Avila with Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen DeGeneres Gives South Florida Cancer Survivor the Surprise of a Lifetime

As a 12-year-old cancer survivor, Veronica Avila has already fought more than her share of difficult battles. But it was a visit to Los Angeles earlier this year that left the seventh-grader from Coconut Creek nearly speechless. It was then that Veronica got to meet one of her favorite performers — talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — during a live taping of her national show.

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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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Physician treats child for possible concussion.

New Clinic Will Treat Children’s Concussions

To serve children under 16 who have suffered concussion from a non-sports- related injury, the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute’s concussion program has launched its Pediatric Concussion Clinic, led by concussion expert Gillian Hotz, Ph.D. “Too often, younger children fall through the cracks and are not correctly diagnosed with concussion,” said Hotz.

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From left, Diego Venegas, M.D., advisor, Julio Barredo, M.D., international advisor, Patricia Garcia, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Minister of Health, Franklin Aldecoa, M.D., advisor, and Gino Venegas, M.D., senior advisor.

Sylvester Oncologist Dr. Julio Barredo Helps Peru Improve Outcomes of Kids with Leukemia

For Peruvian native Julio Barredo, M.D., director of children’s cancer programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, visits to his home country were often painful. He saw a cure rate of only 40 percent for the 700 children diagnosed annually with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. He knew that many of them were dying unnecessarily.

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Grant Funds Zika Care for Newborns in U.S. Virgin Islands

Buoyed by a $333,333 workforce development grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D., associate professor and director of audiology and speech-language pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, plans to set up a health care system to address diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of newborns with Zika infection in the St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John islands.

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From left, Lynn Miskiel, M.A., and Kathleen Vergara, M.A., accept the donation from Denice and Jamie Grinis.

Florida’s American Legion Auxiliary Hosts Successful Fundraiser for the Debbie School

Thanks to a generous gift from the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, children at the Debbie School at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Mailman Center for Child Development will soon have additional resources to help them embrace their creative and learning skills.

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Fernando F. Corrales-Medina, M.D.

Study Seeks to Improve Early Detection of Joint Bleeds in Children with Hemophilia

Fernando F. Corrales-Medina, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is leading a five-year, longitudinal study that aims to minimize the lifelong joint impairment caused by hemophilia, a condition known as debilitating chronic hemophilic arthropathy.

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UHealth/Holtz Ranked Among Best Children's Hospitals Nationally by U.S. News

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Holtz Children’s is ranked in three specialties this year: 25th in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology, 31st in pediatric nephrology, and 38th in pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery.

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From left, Jackson resident Danielle Kramer, M.D., Carmen Tudela, M.D., Maternal Fetal Medicine at Jackson, Salih Yasin, M.D. (holding baby Janelle), Joy Miller and John Dorvil.

UHealth Doctors Save Mother and Unborn Baby after Life-Threatening Uterus Rupture

In the last week of April, the 33-year-old mom, who is a patient care tech at Jackson Memorial Long Term Care, started feeling unusual movements and kicks from her unborn baby.

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The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offerings will include massage therapy, acupuncture, mind-body and nutrition classes, herbal remedies, and yoga, with the providers in one place.

Bernard Osher Gift to Establish Integrative Medicine Center

Thanks to the extraordinary philanthropy of Bernard Osher, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will soon be one of a select few institutions offering a unique and comprehensive center for evidence-based, integrative medicine. The Bernard Osher Foundation, founded in 1977, recently approved a $5 million endowment gift to create the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, along with a $500,000 current-use grant.

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Megan McSherry, an M.D. candidate in the Class of 2019, works with student Yisreala Turner.

Student-run ‘Debbie Project’ Celebrates Successful First Year

When Eric Gibbs, a second-year student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, walks into one of the classrooms at the Debbie School, he’s often greeted by a gaggle of toddlers who love to playfully tackle him to the ground. “It’s generally the best part of my week,” said Gibbs, an M.D. candidate in the Class of 2019, who is going into pediatrics.

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Eugene Schiff, M.D., center with Lifetime Achievement Award, with, from left, Luis G. Chiappy, CFP, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, Exec. VP, So. Fla. Branch of AXA Advisors, Alfred Sanchez, President & CEO of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Dudley, vice chair of the Chamber's Healthcare Committee.

Health Care Hero Dr. Eugene Schiff Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine have enjoyed great success at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes awards. Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., received the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in hepatology.

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From left, Derik Hanson, with Darrell Gwynn.

Darrell Gwynn Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund Donates Wheelchair to Needy Child

In January, Hall of Fame drag racer Darrell Gwynn was in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the famed Barrett-Jackson Auction. There he sold a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL custom hardtop, which had been donated by a friend. The proceeds of the car auction supported a wheelchair donation to Derik Hanson, a local child who was paralyzed by Transverse Myelitis at the age of 6 months, and paralysis research at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

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From left, Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., Nanette Vega, M.A., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., and Stephen Symes, M.D.

Honoring Women in Academic Medicine and Their Achievements

Women in Academic Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Committee of Interns and Residents at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the annual Evening of Fellowship on January 23, honoring recent successes and achievements of the Miller School’s women faculty. The event began with networking among attendees from various departments, including many chairs and center directors.

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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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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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Amar R. Deshpande, M.D.

Next-Generation Medical Education Task Force to Design the Ideal Training for Doctors of the Future

As medicine and the delivery of health care continue to be transformed, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine — already a national leader in innovative education — is taking a global look at transforming the entire medical curriculum. And Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., who is leading the charge as chair of the Next Generation Medical Education Task Force, says the timing couldn’t be better.

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UM Investigators Win $13 Million in Zika Research Grants from Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health announced Feb. 1 the award of 12 grants totaling $13,170,784 from the 2016-17 Zika Research Grant Initiative to investigators at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System. The grants are more than half of the $25 million state fund supporting a total of 34 Zika research projects at UM and nine other institutions.

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Graduates of Neonatology Fellowship Program and current faculty.

40th Anniversary Neonatology Conference Draws a Global Audience of Pediatric Professionals

Pediatricians who care for newborn infants from all over the world gathered in November at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the 40th Anniversary Miami Neonatology Conference, sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine and presented by the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Neonatology. Four keynote speakers addressed the historical perspectives of neonatology over the past 40 years.

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Shayna Jefferson.

Teens Get Compassionate Care from Winner of HIV Counselor of the Year Award

Shayna Jefferson, project coordinator in the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, received the HIV Counselor and Tester of the Year Award from the Test Miami initiative of the Florida and Miami-Dade County health departments. Jefferson was singled out from more than 300 counselors and testers in Miami-Dade.

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