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Gift of $50 Million to Name UHealth’s New Coral Gables Medical Center

UM held a ceremonial groundbreaking last Thursday for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, scheduled to open on the Coral Gables campus in 2016. From left to right are Lennar Foundation trustees Waynewright Malcolm; Allan Pekor; Marshall Ames, who also serves as chairman of the foundation; and Shelly Rubin; UM President Donna E. Shalala; Lennar Foundation trustee Stuart A. Miller, who chairs the UM Board of Trustees; Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth; Joe Natoli, UM Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer; and Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM Executive Vice President and Provost.

UM held a ceremonial groundbreaking last Thursday for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, scheduled to open on the Coral Gables campus in 2016. From left to right are Lennar Foundation trustees Waynewright Malcolm; Allan Pekor; Marshall Ames, who also serves as chairman of the foundation; and Shelly Rubin; UM President Donna E. Shalala; Lennar Foundation trustee Stuart A. Miller, who chairs the UM Board of Trustees; Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth; Joe Natoli, UM Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer; and Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM Executive Vice President and Provost.

The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest builders of quality homes, has given a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth at Coral Gables ambulatory center. A ceremonial groundbreaking event for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center took place last Thursday afternoon.

To be located on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus, the 200,000-square-foot outpatient center will provide easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians for surrounding communities as well as UM students, faculty and staff. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016.

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From left, Megan Baker, UM President Donna E. Shalala, Ronan T. Swords, M.D., Ph.D., Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Megan Baker, UM President Donna E. Shalala, Ronan T. Swords, M.D., Ph.D., Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
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Dr. Ronan T. Swords Receives Pap Corps Endowed Professorship in Leukemia

Ronan T. Swords, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and Director of the Leukemia Program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the Pap Corps Endowed Professorship in Leukemia. The endowment comes from The Pap Corps: Champions for Cancer Research, a volunteer organization that raises money solely for cancer research at Sylvester.

To date, The Pap Corps has donated more than $51 million to Sylvester, including this year’s record-setting $4.5 million as part of an overall pledge of $25 million to UM’s Momentum2 campaign. That makes the organization the fifth-highest University donor in overall giving.

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Suzanne Lechner, Ph.D.

Suzanne Lechner, Ph.D.

Community-Based Programs Reduce Stress for Black Breast Cancer Survivors

A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a community-based stress management intervention program improved the psychological adaptation of underserved black breast cancer survivors. They also found that an educational program providing post-treatment breast cancer health and wellness information had a similar effect. Their findings have been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs.

The report is the culmination of a five-year study (2009-13) funded by a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The study began after researchers at Sylvester noticed that very few black women had enrolled in their previous stress-management programs.

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From left, Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., Ubbo Visser, Ph.D., M.Sc., Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., and  Christopher Mader.

From left, Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., Ubbo Visser, Ph.D., M.Sc., Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., and Christopher Mader.

UM Awarded NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Grant

A team of University of Miami researchers is part of a trio of institutions that have been awarded a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a Center to integrate and analyze large and diverse datasets of cellular signatures as part of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. The award, of which there is only one in the nation, is to create a Data Coordination and Integration Center for the Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures (LINCS) program, which is a large-scale effort to study the molecular underpinnings of disease compared with healthy cellular programming.

Leading the UM team is Stephan Schürer, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology at the Miller School and Chemoinformatics Program Leader at UM’s Center for Computational Science (CCS). “This award is the result of years of research,” said Schürer, who was involved in the LINCS pilot phase as principal investigator of one of the Computational Centers previously funded by the NIH. “Our Center will facilitate the processing of enormous amounts of data that will lead researchers across a broad spectrum to make key discoveries.”

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From left, Shivank Bhatia, M.D., Dipen Parekh, M.D., Bruce Kava, M.D., Christopher Gomez, M.D., and Sanoj Punnen, M.D.

From left, Shivank Bhatia, M.D., Dipen Parekh, M.D., Bruce Kava, M.D., Christopher Gomez, M.D., and Sanoj Punnen, M.D.

Miller School Researchers to Study New Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The Miller School of Medicine has been awarded a grant of $470,000 to be part of a multicenter clinical trial to evaluate an emerging treatment option for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate, which affects more than 50 percent of men over age 50. With this approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the University of Miami will be one of just ten sites in the nation and the second site in South Florida.

The procedure, prostate artery embolization (PAE), employs a catheter that is inserted in the upper thigh. Using an x-ray, the catheter is guided to the vasculature of the prostate, where tiny beads are injected that temporarily block the blood supply to the prostate gland. With blood supply curbed, the prostate shrinks in size, relieving the symptoms of BPH such as slow or weak urinary stream, urgency and frequent urination.

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From left are McKnight Foundation trustees Melanie Cianciotto, Nina Ellenbogen Raim, M.D., J.D., Gene Ryerson, M.D., J. Lee Dockery, M.D., Michael Dockery, M.D. (back), and Henry Raattama, J.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. Seated is Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

From left are McKnight Foundation trustees Melanie Cianciotto, Nina Ellenbogen Raim, M.D., J.D., Gene Ryerson, M.D., J. Lee Dockery, M.D., Michael Dockery, M.D. (back), and Henry Raattama, J.D., Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. Seated is Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S.

McKnight Brain Research Foundation Presents Endowed Chair to Dr. Clinton Wright

Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S., Scientific Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, recently became the first recipient of the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging, which will go a long way to promote research aimed at understanding how aging influences memory.

The chair was established thanks to a $2 million gift to the University from the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF), and was presented during a luncheon ceremony at the Clinical Research Building October 15.

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Nailah Adams, M.D., M.S.

Nailah Adams, M.D., M.S.

Family Medicine Resident Receives National Honor from the American Academy of Family Physicians

Since her childhood, Nailah Adams, M.D., M.S., has always thought of family medicine physicians as the “good doctors,” who treated people of all ages and backgrounds. That impression would later inspire her to join their ranks.

Today, as a chief resident with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Jackson Health System, Adams has blazed a trail in the specialty and was recently honored with the prestigious American Academy of Family Physicians/Bristol-Meyers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.

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Alberto Ramos, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Alberto Ramos, M.D., M.S.P.H.

New Study Suggests Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Lead to Diabetes and Hypertension in Hispanics

Hispanics in the U.S. at risk for cardiovascular disease also have a high prevalence of sleep apnea, which is often undiagnosed, suggesting the untreated sleep disorder can lead to diabetes and hypertension in this population, according to an analysis of the results of the landmark Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (SOL).

Alberto R. Ramos, M.D., M.S.P.H., assistant professor of clinical neurology and co-director of the Sleep Medicine Program at Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, co-authored the report that examined the prevalence of sleep apnea and its relation to high blood pressure and diabetes among 14,440 middle-aged Hispanic men and women from 2008 to 2012. Participants for SOL were recruited from four field centers across the country in Miami, San Diego, Chicago and the Bronx.

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Alan I. Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the journal Science, delivered the Arsht Distinguished Speaker in Ethics lecture to a full house on October 22.

Alan I. Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the journal Science, delivered the Arsht Distinguished Speaker in Ethics lecture to a full house on October 22.

Alan Leshner Addresses the ‘Turbulence’ Between Science and Societal Values

As the Arsht Distinguished Speaker in Ethics, Alan I. Leshner told a full house of UM students, faculty, and invited guests last week that one should “never discuss floods with Noah in the audience,” a light-hearted reference to the fact that he is a scientist, not an ethicist. Yet, in an animated display of both humor and intellect, the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the executive publisher of the journal Science regaled the audience with his insights on why science and societal values often conflict.

For both to prosper, Leshner said, people need a fundamental understanding of science and technology, and science needs a strong relationship with people. But that relationship is “currently experiencing turbulence,” due in part to issues within science, but also because science often challenges societal core values or personal belief systems. He cited beliefs in extrasensory perception, astrology, and when human life begins, as examples.

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Mervin H. Needell, M.D., M.A.

Mervin H. Needell, M.D., M.A.

Bioethics Medical Director Emeritus Passes Away

Mervin H. Needell, M.D., M.A., who served as the UM Bioethics Program’s first Medical Director, died October 24. He was 90.

Needell was present at the UM Bioethics Program’s founding and participated in its earliest activities. He helped introduce bioethics into third-year medical clerkships and ethics rounds in the Department of Family Medicine. He also taught bioethics at Barry University and at Nova Southeastern University from 1991 to 2000. He was uncompromising in his conviction that the improvement of critical thinking skills was essential to the education of physicians.

Trained as a urologist, he retired from practice after 31 years in 1985, and then studied philosophy at Yale University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. He additionally studied at the Kennedy Institute for Bioethics at Georgetown University, where he earned an M.A. in bioethics.

In addition to his role as the Bioethics Program’s Medical Director, Needell served on the Miller School of Medicine’s voluntary faculty as clinical professor of urology. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and published several articles in urology literature, as well as papers on philosophical ethics and an autobiographical book, Grandpa Merv’s Memoirs.

Scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.

Scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.

Registration Open for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s WellBeingWell Conference

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to present the third WellBeingWell conference sponsored by Chico’sFAS. The one-day event will take place Thursday, November 6, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the highlights are keynote speakers including Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

With presentations from Sylvester physicians, scientists, and other nationally recognized leaders in the healthcare community, guests will be immersed in a series of panel discussions and seminars. Topics will cover a wide variety of timely cancer issues including men’s and women’s health, preventive healthcare, nutrition, exercise, genetics, clinical trials, and cancer treatment and survivorship.

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4th Annual Canes Spirit Day

Show your UM Pride this Homecoming! Join the Department of Auxiliary Services and Logo Licensing for the 4th Annual Canes Spirit Day on Wednesday, October 29. The goal of Canes Spirit Day is to celebrate and promote the traditions and excellence of the University of Miami. The fun-filled day will bring the campuses and community to life and build camaraderie as we share our enthusiasm and support for the University and our academic and athletic programs.

  • Wear your ORANGE & GREEN and enter the Canes Spirit Day Photo Contests for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Visit Instagram @ CanesSpirit Day or for more details go to www.miami.edu/canesspirit.
  • Join us on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for prizes, giveaways, food, drinks and photos.

Follow us on Facebook at Canes Spirit Day and Instagram @CanesSpiritDay.

Join the Workday HR Team at Canes Spirit Day and Enter for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini

Join the Workday HR team at Canes Spirit Day on Wednesday, October 29. Stop by their table on the Gables, RSMAS or Medical campus to get a first-hand look at the new system. Workday experts will be onsite to show faculty, staff and student employees what Workday looks like, how it functions and answer any questions visitors may have.

A series of Employee Self-Service (ESS) functions will be shown during the hands-on demonstrations, such as how to view your pay slips, update your emergency contact information, request time off, and more. For more information on ESS in Workday, click here.

Stop by the Workday HR booth and find out how to enter for your chance to win an iPad Mini.

Workday HR, the University’s new system for HR and Payroll will be implemented in 2015. For the latest project information, visit the Workday HR site.

Workday HR Sponsors Launch Video Highlighting New Source of Connectedness

As a large institution spread out over several campuses, we often struggle to stay connected. With Workday, we will have access to tools that will facilitate new connections, including the Workday search feature which will allow faculty, staff and student employees to search for individuals by name, department or business function, making it much easier to locate contact information for colleagues. This feature is similar to UM’s current Global Address List or phonebook, but is much more robust and easy to navigate, as you’ll see in the video.

Additionally, Workday’s self-service capabilities will allow faculty and staff (student employees will not be performing these actions in Workday) to make certain changes to their personal information themselves, including legal and preferred name changes. (Please note that HR-related data will not be publicly searchable in the system.)

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Open Enrollment Continues Through October 31

Open Enrollment, which runs through October 31, is your annual opportunity to review, enroll in, or make changes to your medical, dental, flexible spending, and disability benefits. If you are currently participating in the University’s medical plan, please remember that your medical plan elections do not roll over. You must either elect or decline medical coverage for 2015 as well as confirm your smokers’ and spousal surcharge elections during Open Enrollment. If you do not, you and your covered dependents will be placed in the Aetna HRA option, and the increased smokers’ and spousal surcharges will apply for 2015.

Please visit the Open Enrollment website for more information about your 2015 benefits and the open enrollment process, and to review the webcast and live information sessions schedule.

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Team UM United Way Campaign Continues with Raffles, Silent Auction

Each year’s United Way Campaign at the University of Miami is an opportunity to demonstrate your support for our UM mission of providing service that extends throughout our community. In addition to making your contribution through MyUM, UM’s 2014 United Way Campaign, which continues through November 28, also includes some unique ways to participate — Raffles hosted by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Human Resources and a silent auction offered by the Department of Finance and Treasury.

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Ticket Distribution for 2014 Verizon Wireless Employee Day Football Game Starts This Week

Tickets go on sale today for the 2014 Verizon Wireless Employee Day Football Game, featuring the University of Miami Hurricanes versus the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, November 29 (kickoff time TBA) at Sun Life Stadium.

This year’s Employee Day game will again feature popular UM Stadium Bucks, discounted parking for all participants, and a host of other employee-related promotions.

Read more and see the ticket distribution schedule »


Join the UHealth Team at the 2014 Miami-Dade Heart Walk

This year’s Heart Walk takes place on Saturday, November 1, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The fun-filled day starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is available at www.miamidadeheartwalk.org. Be sure to select UHealth under the “Join a Team” field when registering. Choose from an existing UHealth team or create your own UHealth department team.

Participants will receive a free UHealth Heart Aware health assessment, and can enjoy breakfast and lunch, music, dancing and more. Kids can enter costume and pumpkin decorating contests, and the event is dog friendly.

UHealth participants who register for the Heart Walk will get a free UHealth dry-fit T-shirt. T-shirt distribution will take place on Tuesday, October 28, through Thursday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center, on the 9th floor of the Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th Street.


Register Now for Inaugural Edna C. Shalala 5K Run/Walk

Register now for the inaugural Edna C. Shalala 5K Run/Walk and save $5 on the registration fee, which will benefit the Edna C. Shalala Women’s Athletics Fund. Can’t make it Saturday, December 13? Don’t fret. You can still support women’s athletics and honor President Shalala’s mother, a devoted former athlete and avid supporter of women’s sports, three different ways.

The run/walk, which will wind past athletics facilities and showcase much of the Coral Gables campus, will begin at 10 a.m. and feature many student-athletes, coaches, administrators, the Spirit Squad, cheerleaders, and Band of the Hour. Race participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, medal, entry into a post-race tailgate, and a complimentary season ticket to all remaining 2014-15 women’s basketball home games.

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November 3 Deadline for Poster Submission and Fee Waiver Application for 2015 Miami Winter Symposium

The deadline for faculty, students and staff to apply for fee waivers to attend the 2015 Miami Winter Symposium is Monday, November 3.

To apply, please complete and email the application form to William J. Whelan, D.Sc., at wwhelan@miami.edu.

The deadline for poster submissions also is November 3. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please visit www.miamiwintersymposium.com/submit- abstract for more information.

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Medical Compliance Services

Medical Compliance Services Tips of the Month: Teaching Physician Attestation

If a resident participates in a service provided in a teaching setting, the teaching physician may not bill Medicare for such services unless the teaching physician is present during or personally performs the key portion(s) of any services for which payment is sought. The teaching physician does not need to repeat in detail the key elements of the service personally obtained by the resident. Rather, the documentation of the teaching physician may be brief, summarizing the components that tie into the resident’s entry and which confirm, add or revise the key elements, the history, exam and medical decision making and personally adding his/her attestation. Physician’s verification of presence in the UM care system in all facilities where available, is required to comply with the Medicare rule for teaching physicians.

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This Week's Grand Rounds

Thursday, October 30, 2014Anesthesiology Grand Rounds: "2014 Ebola Outbreak"

Thursday, October 30, 2014Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

Friday, October 31, 2014Cardiology Grand Rounds: "Mindful Heart"

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This Week's Events

Thursday, October 30, 2014Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Seminar: "Governing of Cardiac Muscle Relaxation in Health and Disease"

Monday, November 3, 2014Microbiology and Immunology Seminar: "Targeting Tumor Educated Myeloid Cells in Clinical and Preclinical Settings"

Monday, November 3, 2014Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar: "Science as a Conversation"

Monday, November 3, 2014Microbiology and Immunology Seminar: Defects in Immunity Against Flaviviruses and Alphaviruses with Aging

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For Your Benefit

 

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: "Embracing Your Feelings"

 

 

Well 'Canes Yoga Wednesdays at the Miller School

 

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Funding and Research

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