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.
Rosa Caiseda, M.S.W., is one example. She has worked at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center since it opened in 1992. Today, as Director of Social Services at Sylvester’s Courtelis Center for Psychosocial Oncology, she and a staff of eight social workers — five on the medical campus and three in oncology departments at satellite facilities — are part of a team of mental health professionals who help patients and their families cope with cancer.
Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, was one of this year’s recipients of the University of Miami’s coveted 2015 Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity.
Nicholas Namias, M.D., M.B.A., Medical Director of the Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and Chief, Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, was named the Chairman of the Florida Committee on Trauma (FCOT) by the American College of Surgeons.
The Florida Department of Health Injury Prevention Section, in partnership with the Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council (FIPAC), named Patricia M. Byers, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as the 2014 Injury Prevention Award recipient.
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.