News : 2014

Gwendolyn B. Scott, M.D., left, and Margaret A. Fischl, M.D.

Miller School Researchers Receive $5.67 Million Grant for HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials

Two researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have received a $5.67 million four-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to continue their clinical trials of adult and pediatric patients with HIV/AIDS. It is the latest in a series of federal HIV/AIDS grants to the Miller School, dating back to 1986.

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Yamelys Gonzalez, left, with CFLF's Adam Ridley and Andrew Colin, M.D.

Patient Receives 500th Exercise Grant from Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation celebrated its 500th recreation grant at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute on Monday. The foundation is a non-profit that provides grants to Cystic Fibrosis patients to encourage exercise-based activities that benefit lung function, and this week it honored a patient treated by specialists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

UHealth Leaders Urge Gun Safety at Free Gun Lock Distribution

University of Miami Health System pediatricians and leaders were joined by law enforcement and education on the UM/Jackson Memorial campus on Thursday, December 4, to make a public plea to parents and other adults to be responsible and always use firearm safety measures. While there, the Miami-Dade Police Department also distributed free gun locks.

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Eduardo H. Bancalari, M.D.

38th Annual Neonatology Conference Draws a Global Audience of Pediatric Professionals

Practitioners from all over the world gathered last week at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the 38th annual Miami Neonatology conference, sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine and presented by the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Neonatology. This year’s theme, “Advances in Respiratory Care,” featured two dozen of the field’s leading experts sharing the latest research and clinical knowledge.

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Help Support Autism Research, Education and Patient Care at 2015 WalkAbout Autism

The Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism, which provides needed funds for local providers of autism treatment services, including the Debbie School, a division of the Mailman Center for Child Development, will be held Saturday, January 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium.

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Miami Neonatology 2014 Conference Nov. 12-15

The Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology is holding its Miami Neonatology 2014 conference from November 12-15 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

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From left, Daniel Ferraresi, Jon Batchelor, Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Alessandra Claure, Nelson Claure, Ph.D., M.Sc., Sandy Batchelor, and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

UM Researcher Wins 2014 Micah Batchelor Award to Study Neonatal Respiratory Care

Surrounded by family, colleagues, University leadership, and many of the Miller School of Medicine’s top researchers, Nelson R. Claure, Ph.D., MS.c., received the prestigious 2014 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research.

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Lawrence Friedman, M.D., and Alex Moreno, M.P.H. (fourth and fifth from left), with Ukrainian delegates in the Mailman Center lobby.

Mailman Center Shares HIV/AIDS Best Practices with Ukrainian Delegates

UHealth and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were once again in the international spotlight when the Mailman Center for Child Development welcomed six Ukrainian leaders participating in the Open World Program.

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Iron Arrow members help David Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., into his new jacket.

New Iron Arrow Tappees Humbled and Honored

Thirty-one students, faculty, staff, and alumni, including nine from the Miller School, were tapped last Wednesday and Thursday into the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society.

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John Goldberg, M.D.

Pediatric Cancer Research Grant Awarded to Dr. John Goldberg

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a one-year infrastructure grant of $50,000 to John Goldberg, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Oncology Early Phase Clinical Trials Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Miller School of Medicine.

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Miller School M.D./M.P.H. students Rammy Assaf, M.A., and Jennifer auf der Springe present the study findings at the AAP National Conference.

Hidden Population: Thousands of Youths Take on Caregiver Role

While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member. These “caregiving youth” are a hidden population who are at risk of school failure and poor health due to the chronic physical and emotional stress of their responsibilities at home, said Julia Belkowitz, M.D.

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From left, Gary Evoniuk, Ph.D., Cynthia Kuhn, Ph.D., Tiffany Field, Ph.D., and Katie Eimers, who accepted the award on behalf of her late grandfather, Saul Schanberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Neonatal Touch Therapy Pioneer Receives Golden Goose Award in Washington

A long-time Miller School of Medicine developmental psychologist, whose touch therapy program has transformed the health of hundreds of premature infants, was honored in Washington, D.C., for her holistic treatment approach that was enhanced by research with rats.

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U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Robert C. Hendel, M.D., pay tribute to the

Florida Cardiologists Meet with Lawmakers and Congressional Staff in Washington

Robert C. Hendel, M.D., professor of medicine, radiology and interim Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, was part of a delegation of Florida cardiologists who met with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C.

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Kaitlin Young

Student Wins First Place for Fragile X Syndrome Presentation

Medical student Kaitlin Young recently won first place for her oral presentation on a novel way to diagnose patients with Fragile X Syndrome.

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Standing, from left, are Schatzi Kassal’s sons Michael and Bubba Kassal and brother Alan Rosenthal. Seated, from left, are Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Schatzi Kassal, her granddaughter Danielle Blank, and daughter Bonnie Blank.

Project: New Born To Host Epicurean Fundraising Event

With an eye toward raising money and awareness to help provide the very best care for some of our area’s tiniest babies, Schatzi Kassal is once again rallying friends and colleagues to help support the mission she has pursued for 41 years. In 1973, Kassal and six of her closest friends founded Project: New Born, a nonprofit, philanthropic organization devoted to raising funds to help premature and high-risk infants.

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Kari Morgenstein, Au.D., left, and Holle Aungst, Au.D., President of the Florida Academy of Audiology.

ECHO Director Recognized by Florida Academy of Audiology

For her tireless commitment to helping children with hearing loss, Kari Morgenstein, Au.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, recently received the Gail Gegg Rosenberg Award from the Florida Academy of Audiology.

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UHealth Sponsors Showing of Film about Immunization and Community Health

A free screening of “Invisible Threat,” a documentary film about immunization and its effect on community health, will be held Thursday, August 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the 8th floor auditorium of the Mailman Center for Child Development, 1601 NW 12th Avenue. The film, which is presented in English with Spanish subtitles, is 40 minutes long. The screening will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and discussion.

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Liver transplant recipient Makinley Edwards with parents Nicki and Michael.

Transplant Saves Life of Baby with Rare Cancer

Makinley Edwards, who turned 1 on June 14, is like lots of adorable baby girls. Just a few months ago, however, her prospects were grim. Shortly after her birth, Makinley was diagnosed with stage 3 hepatoblastoma — a form of liver cancer that tends to strike young children. Without the life-saving liver transplant she received at the Miami Transplant Institute, she never would have reached her first birthday.

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Eugene Hershorin, M.D., and Sebastian the Ibis celebrate a “breakthrough” in outpatient service at the opening of the UHealth Pediatric Specialists South facility.

New Pediatric Center Brings Expanded Service to South Dade Families

A newly opened outpatient facility in Deering Plaza is providing South Dade families with direct, convenient access to UHealth pediatric specialists. UHealth Pediatric Specialists South, located in an office building adjacent to Jackson South Community Hospital, serves patients from newborns to age 21.

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Ragen and Roy Elterman

Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation Establishes New Scholarships

Thanks to a generous $500,000 gift from the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF), new financial incentives will soon be in place in perpetuity for students at the Miller School of Medicine. The not-for-profit foundation, which is led by Miller School alumnus Roy Elterman, M.D. ’74, is establishing two scholarships to assist students for generations to come.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Ranked No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 11th Consecutive Year

For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking a total of 13 times and has been in the top two since the annual rankings began 25 years ago.

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Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

Newly Discovered Gene Mutation is Linked to Hereditary Deafness

Researchers led by geneticists at the Miller School have discovered a new gene mutation that causes hearing loss. Their study, which focused on a large Turkish family in which six individuals have been affected by hereditary deafness, identified a mutated form of the gene FAM65B as a cause of sensorineural hearing loss.

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

University of Miami/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Nation’s Best

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online today. The rankings feature the top 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties.

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From left are Laurinus Pierre, M.D., M.P.H.; Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; Judy Schaechter, M.D.; Michel Dodard, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and community health and Director of Community Health Affairs; Lisa Gwynn, D.O.; and Rimsky Denis, M.D., consultant and Assistant Director of the Center for Haitian Studies.

Center for Haitian Studies Recognized for Support of Pediatric Mobile Clinic

With replicas of the Haitian flag proudly on display, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine paid tribute to one of its leading partners in Miami-Dade County’s Haitian community.

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Tissue culture shows mesenchymal stem cells, in green, interacting with cardiac stem cells, in red/orange, through gap junctions, displayed as white dots.

UM Leads in the Field of Regenerative Medicine: Moving from Treatments to Cures

Driven by a commitment to move from treatments to cures, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a leader in the field of regenerative medicine. Researchers and clinicians are collaborating in a wide range of disciplines to develop new strategies that use the body’s own cells to fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic problems, as well as repair damaged nerve fibers.

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Gaston Zilleruelo, M.D., shows off his proclamation designating March 6 as Pediatric Nephrology Seminar Day.

41st Pediatric Nephrology Seminar Celebrates Another Successful Year and First Renal Pathology Cours

The UM Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Nephrology held its 41st international conference March 6-9 at The Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach, drawing 114 registrants from all over the world, including 37 participants from Latin America, five from Europe, two from the Middle East and 70 from the United States and Canada. A total of 57 presentations were made by 32 speakers.

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Tiger Woods approaches the 18th green of the Trump National Doral, as seen from the suite where families from the Department of Pediatrics watched the Cadillac Championship.

Department of Pediatrics’ First PGA Partnership a Hole in One

With a perfect mixture of South Florida’s best weather, the world’s best golfers, and many wonderful supporters, the Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics completed its inaugural partnership with the PGA Tour at the WGC Cadillac Championship, March 5-9.

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Additional Road Construction Projects Will Affect Miller School Campus

Two additional road construction projects that will affect both car and pedestrian traffic on the Miller School campus are beginning this week.

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41st Annual Pediatric Nephrology Seminar

The 41st Miami Pediatric Nephrology Seminar will take place March 6 through 9 at the Alexander All-Suite Oceanfront Resort in Miami Beach.

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First Lady Michelle Obama shares a hug with one of the children taking part in the Fit2Play program at Gwen Cherry Park.

First Lady Michelle Obama Praises Impact of Miami Program to Fight Childhood Obesity

The positive impact of programs to fight childhood obesity — such as the Miami-Dade County Parks’ Fit2Play after-school program, whose effectiveness has been proven by Miller School researchers — won praise from First Lady Michelle Obama during an appearance in Miami on February 25.

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UM Pediatrics Partners with the WGC Cadillac Championship

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics has announced its 2014 partnership with the PGA Tour at this year’s WGC Cadillac Championship. Through the PGA’s Tickets Fore Charity program, the Department of Pediatrics will benefit from 100 percent of the net proceeds from ticket sales purchased using their unique code: GRIP14.

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Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., who just three months ago marked a milestone 4,000 cases, performs bariatric surgery at University of Miami Hospital.

UMH Recognized for Excellence in Bariatric Surgery

University of Miami Hospital has received the 2013 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ and for the second year in a row (2012-2013) a five-star rating for bariatric surgery from Healthgrades®, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

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Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D., left, and Kim Eagle, M.D., President of the Association of University Cardiologists.

Distinguished Cardiac Researcher Elected to Association of University Cardiologists

Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics and pharmacology and Director of the UM Cardiovascular Genomics Laboratory, has been elected to the prestigious Association of University Cardiologists. Founded in 1961, the Association is limited to an active membership of 125 academic cardiologists.

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