News : 2015

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., left, and F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

Two Miller School Leaders Named to American Pediatric Society

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., and F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., two distinguished leaders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have been accepted into the American Pediatric Society, a highly selective national organization focusing on pediatric research and scholarship.

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Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

Miller School Study Finds Marijuana Users Have Lower Rate of Metabolic Syndrome

Marijuana users have a significantly lower rate of metabolic syndrome than non-users, according to a recent study by researchers at the Miller School of Medicine. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, linked to increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as other health problems.

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Clockwise from front, Christian Faul, Ph.D., Karla Schramm, Alexander Grabner, M.D., Saurav Singh and Christopher Yanucil.

Miller School Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Cardiac Complications in Kidney Disease

A cardiorenal research team from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received a $1.9 million five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study life-threatening complications for the heart in chronic kidney disease.

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Kimberly Reynolds, M.D., left, with Liz Bayes Santos, M.D., M.S.

Two Miller School Pediatricians Named APA Educational Scholars

Two members of the University of Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics have been accepted into the Educational Scholars Program of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA). Kimberly Reynolds, M.D., and Liz Bayes Santos, M.D., M.S., both of whom are hospitalists, board-certified pediatricians and assistant professors of pediatrics, were among 24 physicians nationwide chosen for this prestigious academic program.

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Premedical students at White Coat Society presentation.

White Coat Society Provides Opportunities to Shadow Physicians

The White Coat Society, an organization focused on meeting the needs of the University of Miami’s premedical community, recently announced the 25 participants selected for its 2015-16 shadowing program.

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Julio C. Barredo, M.D., with a small patient.

DCC Funds at Work: Sylvester Researcher Making Progress against Childhood Leukemia

Why do some children with leukemia respond well to treatment while others do not? Noted cancer researcher Julio C. Barredo, M.D., professor and Toppel Family Chair in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is making progress in finding an answer to that life-and-death question.

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From left, Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D., and Michael J. Kelley.

Iron Arrow Honor Society Taps Six from Medical Campus

Stunned reactions have become the norm each time the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society inducts unsuspecting students, faculty, staff, and alumni into its ranks. Last Thursday was no exception when 40 distinguished individuals — including six from the medical campus — were tapped into the prestigious organization.

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D.

Age of Donor Affects Stem Cell Effectiveness in Repairing Lung Damage from Pulmonary Fibrosis

Miller School of Medicine researchers have found that the age of a donor mouse affects the ability of its mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to repair damage to the lungs caused by pulmonary fibrosis. Their laboratory study, published recently in Translational Research, has important implications for clinical stem cell treatments in older patients with damaged and scarred lung tissue caused by smoking or other conditions.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Carolyn Abitbol, M.D., Nancy Batchelor, Fr. Patrick O’Neil, Karen Batchelor, Jon Batchelor, Doug Batchelor and Sandy Batchelor.

Researcher Wins 2015 Micah Batchelor Award to Study Preterm Birth and Kidney Disease

Surrounded by her colleagues, family, and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leadership, Carolyn Abitbol, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the Miller School, received the prestigious 2015 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research.

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The participants of the Eighth Annual University of Miami Cystic Fibrosis Symposium, which took place on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

Eighth Annual University of Miami Cystic Fibrosis Symposium Draws Leaders

The Miller School of Medicine recently hosted an international gathering of some of the world’s most renowned cystic fibrosis experts. Clinicians and researchers from four continents traveled to Miami for the Eighth Annual University of Miami Cystic Fibrosis Symposium – The Robert “Budge” McKey Symposia, supported by the Batchelor Foundation.

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Ernst & Young volunteers refresh the landscaping at the Debbie Institute during the EY Connect Day.

Community Partnership Helps Spruce up the Debbie Institute

dozen volunteers fanned out through the University of Miami’s Debbie Institute on the Miller School of Medicine campus to give parts of the school a facelift. The volunteers, employees of Ernst & Young’s (EY) Miami branch, spent several hours landscaping, painting, and building.

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From left, Carlos Alfonso, M.D., Diana and Noel Zuniga, and Robert C. Hendel, M.D.

Novel Stem Cell Therapy Changes Life for Federal Agent Saved by UHealth Cardiologists

Surrounded by reporters and TV cameras, and wearing exercise clothing, UHealth patient Noel Zuniga ran hard on a treadmill at University of Miami Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. His workout during a press briefing on October 2 was a way of demonstrating how UHealth doctors changed his life for the better in the past year through a novel stem cell procedure that has healed much of the damage to his heart.

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Billy the Marlin visited patients and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s alex’s place to celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Billy the Marlin Visits Sylvester’s Pediatric Oncology Clinic, alex’s place

September 29 was a special day for patients and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s childhood cancer clinic, alex’s place. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Billy the Marlin, the official mascot of the Miami Marlins baseball team, visited children receiving cancer treatment or seeing their doctors for follow-up appointments

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Miami Neonatology 2015 Open for Registration

Miami Neonatology 2015 will be held November 11-14 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The conference strives to provide medical professionals with comprehensive knowledge of the leading trends and best practices in neonatology. Presentations will highlight the most current concepts in the pathogenesis, management and prevention of problems in the newborn infant.

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From left, back row: Collin Roach, M.D., clinical advisor to the CDC Guyana program, outreach coordinator Allam Garcia, Peggy Renaud, a UM case worker, outreach coordinator Yuri Velasquez, Rhoda Moore, M.D., of Guyana's National Care and Treatment Center, Lawrence B. Friedman, M.D., and resident Elisa Alves, M.D. Front row: Shanti Singh, M.D., M.P.H., left, with Ruth Ramos-Gonzalez-Ram, M.D., Director of Guyana's National Care and Treatment Center.

Guyanese Physicians Visit UM’s Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Clinics

A delegation of Guyanese public health physicians toured the Miller School of Medicine’s pediatric and adolescent HIV clinics on August 4. The group’s visit was part of a multicity peer study tour sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide Guyana’s Ministry of Health with knowledge of specialty health models that could benefit populations in Guyana.

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Elena E. Perez, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Elena E. Perez Appointed to Florida Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council

State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong, M.D., has appointed Elena E. Perez, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, and Director of the University of Miami Newborn Screening Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Referral Center, to the Florida Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council. Her four-year term on the Advisory Council began July 23.

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Angela Fuste, M.H.S.A.

Angela Fuste Named Vice Chair for Administration of Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics has named Angela Fuste, M.H.S.A., permanent Vice Chair for Administration. Fuste has served in the role of Interim Vice Chair since June 2014. Previously she was the service line leader for the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Lantern Ceremony on August 13 Remembers Loved Ones

Join PediPals, the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Holtz Children’s Hospital, for a Lantern Ceremony remembering patients who have passed away and the loved ones they left behind. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, in front of the water fountain at Holtz Children’s Hospital, 1611 N.W. 12th Avenue.

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Lisa Gwynn, D.O.

Pediatric Mobile Clinic Launches Verizon Obesity Intervention Program

The UHealth – University of Miami Health System Pediatric Mobile Clinic has partnered with Verizon Wireless to launch a new anti-obesity program for Miami-Dade teens. The Verizon Obesity Intervention Program (VOIP) will feature clinical and research components through the use of Fitbit bracelets, Verizon phones and tablets, telehealth and a multidisciplinary healt

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F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Armstrong Receives American Cancer Society’s St. George National Award

For his longtime devotion to improving the lives of children with cancer and his work to advance science, health policy and education, F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., a longtime researcher with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored with the American Cancer Society’s 2015 St. George National Award.

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From left, Pablo Rengifo-Moreno, M.D., Arthur H. Hertz and Eduardo de Marchena, M.D.

Miller School of Medicine Launches International Structural Heart Disease Interventional Fellowship

The Miller School of Medicine has launched an international fellowship program that will provide training and surgical experience with new technology-driven interventional treatments for structural heart disease. Participants in the one-year fellowship will spend eight months in Miami, two to three months at the Angiografia de Occidente in Cali, Colombia, and one month at ThoraxCenter in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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First-year M.D./M.P.H. student Samuel R. Huntley, left, with Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.

M.D./M.P.H. Student Awarded NIOSH Grant to Study Osteoarthritis in Hispanic Construction Workers

Samuel R. Huntley, a first-year M.D./M.P.H. student at the Miller School of Medicine, was awarded a Pilot/Small Project Grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for his proposal titled, “DOLORES – Determinants of Osteoarthritis Linked to Occupational Radiography: Epidemiologic Surveillance.”

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From left, Children's Trust Board Chair Laurie Weiss Nuell, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., and Children's Trust President and CEO Charles Auslande.

Dr. Eduardo Bancalari Receives ‘Champion for Children’ Award from The Children’s Trust

Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., an internationally renowned neonatologist, received the David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award from The Children’s Trust at the organization’s annual awards luncheon on June 12. Bancalari, Director of the Division of Neonatology at the Miller School of Medicine and Chief of Newborn Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital, received the award for his contributions over a 50-year medical career.

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From left, medical students Matthew Stark, Shelly Birch, Simone Caccamo, Bryan Perez and Adam Aldahan.

Medical Education Holds 20th Annual Clinical Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses June 6-7 for the 20th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members served as evaluators for the annual assessment.

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

UM/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Nation’s Top Children’s Hospitals

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 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online today by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings feature the top 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties.

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

Miller School’s Chair of Pediatrics Selected for National Leadership Program

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics at the Miller School of Medicine, has been accepted into the 2015-16 class of the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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From left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., Linda Martinez, Ph.D., Jorge Martinez, and Audrey Martinez, M.D., at a previous check presentation from CancerFree KIDS in 2012.

CancerFree KIDS Awards Grant to Dr. Julio C. Barredo

Thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., the Director of Children’s Cancer Programs at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant to help find new treatments and cures to battle pediatric cancers.

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From left, Jacqueline J. Master, Fred Lippman, Kimberly Juanico, B.S.N., Col. Brodes Hartley, Jr., Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Richard J. Cote, M.D., and Dimitri A. Godur.

Miller School’s ‘Health Care Heroes’ Receive Top Honors

Before hundreds of their fellow health care leaders, two of the Miller School of Medicine’s leading physicians, a nurse and a student volunteer were honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon, held on May 19 at Jungle Island.

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From left;  Alberto Mitrani, M.D., Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Three UM Medical Alumni Receive Prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award

Honoring clinical excellence, research expertise, and public service among its graduates, the Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association recently bestowed one of its highest honors — the Distinguished Alumni Award — on three outstanding physicians: Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Class of 1990; Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., Class of 1980; and Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Class of 1985.

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Survivors observe rubble in Nepal following the earthquake..

Miller School Students from Nepal Plead for Help for Earthquake Survivors

When Shaurya Joshi, a Ph.D. student in biomedical science in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, heard about the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday, his first thoughts were of his mom and relatives living in the nation’s capital, Katmandu.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., speaks with medical students about their future.

Miller School Again Named Second-Most-Affordable Private Allopathic Medical School

Once again, the Miller School of Medicine has made the top tier of the “Most Affordable Medical Schools’ rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. Among private allopathic medical schools, which grant M.D. degrees, the Miller School, at $42,610 for annual costs, is second only to Baylor College of Medicine in the 2016 rankings.

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From left, Savita Pahwa, M.D., Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

CFAR Symposium Explores New Frontiers of HIV Research and Therapies

The 11th annual Miami CFAR Symposium, “Confronting HIV and Its Complications,” drew nearly 200 clinicians, researchers, educators, students and pharmaceutical company representatives to hear some of the world’s leading experts present the most current information available on HIV research and therapies.

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Marlon Wong, D.P.T.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Receives Accreditation

The University of Miami Orthopedic Residency in Physical Therapy has received prestigious accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

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From left, Joan St. Onge, M.D., Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Halcyon M. Quinn.

Miller School Launches Pioneering Program for First-Year Residents

In a single week last August in New York City, two first-year residents, in different programs and in separate incidents, jumped to their deaths. What could have happened, just three months after their triumphant graduation from medical school, that would have made them want to take their lives? We may never know, but a likely contributing factor is a syndrome called burnout.

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

Editorial in Pediatrics Sheds Light on Adolescent Firearm Violence

More than 32,000 fatal and 84,000 nonfatal shootings occurred in the United States in 2013, and among those were 48 children aged 19 or younger each day. Those numbers set the tone for the editorial “Prevent Youth Assault by Assaulting Firearm Violence” written by Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., for the April issue of Pediatrics.

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Social workers perform a broad range of valuable services in Miller School of Medicine departments and centers.

Social Workers: Star Players on the Patient-Care Team

March is National Social Work Month, and this year’s theme is “Social Workers Pave the Way for Change.” Today, there are nearly 50 social workers on the medical campus. Some have worked here for decades and played very personal roles in the significant changes that have occurred in patient care and in the steady improvements in patient outcomes.

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From left, Lynn W. Miskiel, M.A., Kari Morgenstein, Au.D., and Ivette Cejas, Ph.D.

Hearing Assistive Technology is Focus of Growing Child Conference

The Annual Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference took place on March 20 and was attended by audiologists, speech and language therapists, and teachers of the deaf from throughout Miami-Dade County.

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Ruby Natale, Ph.D., Psy.D., left, and Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H.

USDA Awards UM Grant for Childhood Obesity Prevention Program

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded $584,661 to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Ruby Natale, Ph.D., Psy.D., and Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., MPH.

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Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference, March 20

The University of Miami Department of Pediatrics and Otolaryngology is hosting the bi-annual Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference on Friday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables campus.

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Patient Maria Elena Gonzalez receiving a special visit from Billy the Marlin at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Special Visitors Greet Sylvester Patients

Several unique visitors brought smiles and kisses to the faces of patients at Sylvester on Monday, February 16. A handful of Miami Marlins players, along with dogs from Canine Assistance Therapy, paid a joint visit to alex’s place, the pediatric oncology clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and to adult patients in the Comprehensive Treatment Unit.

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From left, Jay S. Skyler, M.D., René Sacasas, J.D., and Mary E. Mckay, D.N.P.

Dr. Jay S. Skyler Among This Year’s Faculty Senate Award Honorees

The Faculty Senate voted at its January meeting to award its highest honors to three outstanding faculty members: Jay S. Skyler, M.D., René Sacasas, J.D., and Mary E. Mckay, D.N.P.

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From left, Lisa Gwynn, D.O., and Casey McGillicuddy.

Pediatric Mobile Clinic Expands Telemedicine Services with Grant

The University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic, which provides medical care to uninsured children in need, has been awarded a $105,000 grant from the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) via the Florida Department of Health. The grant will be used to hire additional staff, buy new technology and expand the clinic’s telemedicine offerings.

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From left, Emmanuelle Simonet, M.A., CCRP, Jacqueline Reyes, Administrative Assistant, Pulmonary Lab at UMHC, Shirin Shafazand, M.D., Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., Patricia Rebolledo, Research Assistant, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and Francisco Padron, RCP, RPFT, Pulmonary Lab at UMHC.

Miller School Selected for National Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been selected as a member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network and Patient Registry, a designation that will significantly enhance the clinical care provided to patients at UHealth – University of Miami Health System.

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Abdulla Damluji, M.D.

Researchers Find Association between Inflammatory States and Early Development of Atherosclerosis

A multidisciplinary group of Miller School of Medicine researchers has identified an important association between baseline inflammatory states in asymptomatic patients and early development of coronary artery disease. The results have been published in the Online First edition of Heart: British Medical Journal as “Association between Anti-Human Shock Protein-60 and Interleukin-2 (IL-2) with Coronary Artery Calcium Score.”

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Robert Morgan, Ed.D.

Social Work Legend Retires after Four Decades of Remarkable Service

Robert Morgan, Ed.D., Director of the Social Work Division at the Mailman Center for Child Development, has retired after more than 40 years of helping distressed families and special needs children throughout Miami-Dade County.

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