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Bascom Palmer Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 17th Time

U.S News & World Report has once again ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System as the nation’s best in ophthalmology. Recognized as a global leader in vision research, medical education and patient care, Bascom Palmer received the No. 1 ranking in 2018-19 for the 15th year in a row and the 17th time since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings 29 years ago.

“We are honored to be recognized as the leader in the life-changing and dynamic field of ophthalmology. It is our privilege and priority to deliver exceptional and personalized vision care for each of our patients,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

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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. Video & Photo Gallery

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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More than 100 Miller School professionals, first-responders, family members and friends turned out for the ceremony. Video & Photo Gallery

UM and Civic Leaders Honor Dr. Michael S. Gordon

University of Miami and Miami-Dade leaders paid tribute to Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., a legendary Miller School researcher, clinician and educator, on Wednesday, August 15, at the co-designation of the Dr. Michael S. Gordon Plaza on NW 14th Street at Highland Road. The ceremony was presented by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and City of Miami Commissioner Wifredo Gort.

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Study collaborators, from left: Haley Perlow, Miller School medical student; Laura Huang M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist; Stuart Samuels, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator; Diana Molinares, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation resident; and Gregory Azzam, M.D., Ph.D., radiation oncology resident.

Sylvester Researcher Receives Grant to Study Long-Term Side Effects of Head and Neck Radiotherapy

Radiation therapy can be an effective treatment for people diagnosed with head and neck cancer. However, weeks, months or years after treatment, a debilitating side effect — fibrosis of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and muscles of the neck — often arises. This excess production of fibrous connective tissue and scarring can significantly decrease patient quality of life and limit physical function.

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Dr. Tasuku Akiyama Receives $1.7 Million NIH Grant to Study Relationship between Itch and Anxiety

Tasuku Akiyama, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received a five-year, $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the neuronal circuit of affective (anxiety-related) itch. Dr. Akiyama’s research focuses on the mechanisms that drive chronic itch at the systemic, cellular and molecular levels.

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Researchers Call Bladder Continence an Important Marker of Recovery in Post-Acute Stroke Patients

Two researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have determined that recovery of bladder continence is an important factor in predicting good outcomes for post-acute stroke patients. The researchers’ findings were published in a recent article in the Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases.

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