News : 2018

Patients will be seen by UM clinicians and genetics experts, who will perform in-depth and comprehensive clinical examinations, as well as cutting-edge genomics investigations, including whole genome sequencing.

Miller School Becomes a Site for NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is among five new academic medical sites across the nation that have joined the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) and been awarded a grant by the agency to improve and accelerate the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions. The new awards, announced September 24, are part of the second phase of the agency’s expansion of the network.

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From left, Edward Abraham, M.D., Alan Zhou, M.D., Wendy Liu, M.D. ’14, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., seated, Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Li Lin Du, Fred F. Telischi, M.D., MEE.

Dr. Xue Zhong Liu Honored with Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Chair in Otolaryngology

In honor of his landmark research identifying the genes that cause deafness and its translation to patient care, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., was recently honored with the Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Chair in Otolaryngology. Dr. Liu — an internationally renowned researcher, author, educator, and otolaryngologist — received the chair August 30 during a ceremony at the Lois Pope LIFE Center.

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Jeffrey Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., with FCAAP President Madeline Joseph, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Brosco Receives Award for Service to Florida’s Children

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics awarded Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D. Ph.D., professor of clinical pediatrics and associate director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with the 2018 Audrey Lincourt Schiebler, FAAP, and Gerold Schiebler, M.D., FAAP 2018 Advocacy Award.

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Close to 50 cozy, hand-knit blankets, booties, hats, and mittens were donated to HIV-infected mothers and their babies.

Hand-Stitched Support for Babies Born to HIV-infected Mothers

Thanks to a generous donation, babies born to HIV-infected mothers will now be wrapped in an extra layer of warmth and comfort. The babies and their parents received close to 50 cozy, hand-knit blankets, booties, hats, and mittens recently from the members of the Supreme Council of America Inc. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons and Supreme Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star.

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Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

$3 Million NIH Grant Will Fund Genetic Hearing Loss Research

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund research related to biological treatments and clinical diagnosis of patients with hearing loss. Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology, human genetics, biochemistry, and pediatrics will serve as principal investigator.

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ERP trainer Yanatha Desouvre calls Dean Henri R. Ford an inspirational role model — fashion included — for South Florida's Haitian community.

Dean Ford Hosts First ‘Meet and Greet’ Session

Moriane Joseph, ARNP, was excited to say hello to Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., the recently appointed dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “I have the greatest respect for his recovery work in Haiti after the terrible 2010 earthquake,” said Joseph, a nurse practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology. “I am also of Haitian descent, and it is an honor to welcome him to our school.”

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D., speaking at the Vatican's

Dr. Marilyn Glassberg Presents Findings on Stem Cell Treatments for Lung Diseases

Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D., professor of medicine, surgery and pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, spoke recently at an international health care conference held at the Vatican. Her presentation was part of “The Pharmacy of the Future – Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Neurodegenerative Diseases,” a panel discussion moderated by medical journalist Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

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From left, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Alisa Sanchez, and Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Ph.D., PT.

Miami Teen Has Recipe for Successful Philanthropy Effort

Hoping to be in medicine one day, Alisa Sanchez isn’t waiting to make a difference in the health care field. The 16-year-old, who just graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School, recently made a donation to the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center — the results of a successful bake sale she organized.

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The high school students brought plenty of youthful energy to the program.

Mailman Center Collaborates with Special Olympics on Youth Leadership Summit

The Miller School of Medicine’s Mailman Center for Child Development collaborated with Special Olympics in a youth leadership summit, which took place June 3 at UM’s Donna E. Shalala Student Center. The purpose of the summit was to highlight the Unified Champion Schools program, which incorporates Special Olympics’ sports, leadership and related activities that empower youth to be change agents in their communities.

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Pediatrics residents discuss paintings at Lowe Art Museum's Fine Art of Health Care workshop.

Pediatrics Residents Gain Patient Observation and Communication Skills by Interpreting Works of Art

More than two dozen second-year pediatrics residents and faculty members from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics recently visited UM’s Lowe Art Museum to work on their observation and communication skills by interpreting works of art. In small group workshops, the students carefully examined and discussed paintings and sculptures, and shared their ideas and perspectives openly.

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Surrounded by UM and UHealth leadership and the members of the Batchelor Foundation, Melvin Almodóvar, M.D., Miguel Saps, M.D., and Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., celebrate with their families at the presentation of the George E. Batchelor Endowed Chairs in Pediatrics.

Physicians Honored with George E. Batchelor Endowed Chairs in Pediatrics

In hopes of finding life-saving treatments and cures for pediatric illnesses, the Batchelor Foundation recently reaffirmed its commitment to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Foundation representatives presented endowed chairs to renowned faculty members Melvin Almodóvar, M.D., Miguel Saps, M.D., and Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., during a May 17 ceremony.

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At right, Keyur Donda, M.D., with, from left, Geoffrey Preidis, M.D., Ph.D., Shinichi Hirose, M.D., Ph.D., and American Society for Pediatric Research President Michelle Gill, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Neonatology Fellow Presents Research at Pediatrics Meeting in Japan

Keyur Donda, M.D., a third-year fellow in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, was honored with an invitation to present his research at the 121st annual meeting of the Japan Pediatric Society (JPS). Using an animal model, Donda has been investigating brochopulmonary dysplasia, a neonatal lung injury that affects thousands of premature infants each year.

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Award winners with Faculty Council and Miller School leadership.

Miller School Faculty Council’s Inaugural Award Program Honors Teaching and Research Excellence

The Faculty Council of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held its first-ever awards program during its final meeting of the academic year on May 22. The atmosphere was just right for something new, with faculty members chatting amiably beside a well-stocked supper buffet, and live jazz adding a musical dimension to the event.

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Asha B. Pillai, M.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Asha B. Pillai Receives Grant for Innovative Transplant Immunology Research

Asha B. Pillai, M.D., a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher who specializes in pediatric immunotherapy, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for her innovative work in transplant immunology. Pillai wants to give hope, and perhaps even a cure, to patients with non-cancerous blood disorders like sickle cell anemia and thalassemia.

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Ulcerated plaque, indicated by the yellow arrow, is an area that can put someone at higher risk for a stroke in the future.

UHealth’s Specialized Neurosonology Lab Focuses on Cerebrovascular Health

Neurosonology — the ultrasonic imaging of neural structures — allows physicians at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System to get a unique and very detailed look at the health of the arteries inside and outside the brain. This can mean a more precise diagnosis, prognosis and management of people after a stroke, transient ischemic attack and even asymptomatic cerebrovascular disease.

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Unified Champions Schools Youth Summit

When: June 3rd, 2018 – 8 am to 6 pm

Where: University of Miami Shalala Student Center Ballroom

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From left, Luis Chiappy, AXA Advisors, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., and Chris Dudley, Advancement Associates, Inc.

UM Researcher, Transplant Surgeon and Sylvester Trustee among 2018 Health Care Heroes

For nearly 30 years, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., worked tirelessly as a neuroscientist with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her pioneering work in the area of nervous system regeneration and her decades-long dedication to finding ways to repair spinal cord damage earned Bunge the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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Nearly 800 employees and faculty caught the spirit at the 5 to Thrive launch event.

5 to Thrive Comes Alive at Major Event to Generate Employee and Faculty Input

Nearly 800 medical campus employees and faculty packed the tent erected on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle last Thursday afternoon, their animated conversation mixing with the DJ’s music as they celebrated the energetic launch of 5 to Thrive, a dynamic new initiative designed to make UHealth – the University of Miami Health System a truly preeminent academic health system for the 21st century.

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Lower-extremity injuries are most common for triathletes.

Triathlon Injuries: Transitioning from Prevalence to Prediction and Prevention

Physicians at the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute have closely examined the inconsistencies in recent literature between risk factor and injury occurrence in triathletes. Carolyn M. Kienstra, M.D., and Thomas M. Best, M.D., Ph.D., were contributors to an analysis published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Current Sports Medicine Reports.

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Project: New Born donors Jorge and Mairi Bustamante, with their son, Jaxon, and Eduardo Bancalari, M.D. Mairi shows off a bottle of Little Wings wine commemorating daughter, Mikaela, who was cared for at the Schatzi and Stanley Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

Little Wings Wine Label Lifts Miller School’s Division of Neonatology

They say that whenever an angel gets its wings, a bell rings. The bell that Miami resident Jorge Bustamante heard in his head three years ago may well have been a sign that his beloved daughter, Mikaela, whose life ended far too soon, had gotten her wings. But it also signaled the genesis of an idea Jorge had that would turn anguish into action, and tragedy into tribute.

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Attendees at the 41st International Miami Neonatology Conference.

41st Neonatology Conference Draws Global Audience of Pediatric Professionals

Medical professionals from all over the world who care for critically ill newborn infants gathered in November at the Loews Miami Beach for the 41st International Miami Neonatology Conference, sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine and presented by the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Neonatology.

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From left, Tally Hustace, M.S.N., ARNP, Ofelia Alvarez, M.D., Shanette Daniels, and Fatima Rigaud.

Walk-a-thon Raises Funds for Pediatric Sickle Cell Program

In hopes of making a difference for children suffering from sickle cell anemia, Shanette Daniels, a family advocate for the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, created an event she hopes will become an annual tradition. Daniels and her sister, Toni Knight, came up with the idea for a walk-a-thon early in 2017.

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