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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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