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.
News : 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Miami Orthopedic Residency in Physical Therapy has received prestigious accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.