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Dr. Pascal J. Goldschmidt to Retire as Dean of the Miller School of Medicine

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., will retire as Dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at the end of May to follow his passion for international medicine. During a sabbatical, he will explore opportunities for the Miller School and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System in other countries and advise Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of UHealth, on international medical education.

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Executive Dean for Education and Policy, will serve as interim Dean. A committee will be appointed soon to begin an international search for a new dean.

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Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A.

Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Thinh H. Tran Joins UHealth as Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A., an accomplished hospital and health plan executive with a strong mix of clinical knowledge and operational skills, will be joining UHealth on June 1 as Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Tran comes from Baptist Health South Florida, where he has been Chief Medical and Quality Officer since 2007. In that role, he founded Baptist’s Center for Performance Excellence, which assesses the impacts, opportunities and management requirements of transformational innovations. The result has been system-wide increases in quality and patient safety, accompanied by greater clinical and operational predictability that have had positive impacts throughout the organization.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., congratulates Ashley Marie Rosa, M.D.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., congratulates Ashley Marie Rosa, M.D.

Commencement Speakers Advise Miller School Graduates to Follow Their Passion to Serve

University of Miami President Julio Frenk clearly recalls the day he chose a career in medicine. Speaking to the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2016 at the May 7 commencement ceremony at the BankUnited Center, Frenk said he originally considered becoming an anthropologist.

“Growing up in Mexico, I felt a strong need to give back to the country that sheltered my parents when they escaped from Nazi Germany in the 1930s,” he said.

When Frenk was 16, he spent a summer studying anthropology in a rural community in the state of Chiapas.

Read more about the 2016 Miller School commencement »

From left, Azita Hamedani, M.D., M.P.H., Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Luanne E. Thorndyke, M.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Julio Frenk, Lilian Abbo, M.D., Nanette Vega and Teri Bump.

From left, Azita Hamedani, M.D., M.P.H., Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Luanne E. Thorndyke, M.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Julio Frenk, Lilian Abbo, M.D., Nanette Vega and Teri Bump.
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Women in Academic Medicine Symposium Focuses on Creating Leadership Skills and Career Advancement

The Women and Minority Leadership and Professional Development Symposium — a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary event sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine’s Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM) organization — attracted more than 300 professionals on May 13 for a day of medical-career-oriented advice and inspiration at the University of Miami’s Shalala Student Center.

The Symposium was directed by WIAM President Lilian Abbo, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and Chief of Jackson Health System Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Co-Directors were WIAM Vice President Ivette Motola, M.D, M.P.H., associate professor of emergency medicine, Director of the Division of Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, and Nanette Vega, Executive Director of the Miller School’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Read more about the WIAM symposium »

From left, Neil Larson, Stuart Sacks, Enrique Aguilar, M.D., Joshua Jue and Zoltan Buchwald.

From left, Neil Larson, Stuart Sacks, Enrique Aguilar, M.D., Joshua Jue and Zoltan Buchwald.

Medical Students Reach Out Through Operation: Veteran Engagement

In keeping with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s longstanding commitment to community service, a group of medical students has begun an initiative that reaches out to the senior veterans at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Their organization, Operation: Veteran Engagement (OVE), organizes weekly recreational activities at the Community Living Center at the Miami VA to relieve the loneliness and isolation elderly veterans often feel.

Second-year medical students Joshua Jue, Stuart Sacks, Zoltan Buchwald and Neil Larson organized the group in 2015 and spearhead its activities. Through games such as dominoes, Uno and rummikub, the students and veterans build relationships and learn from one another. According to Jue, the group’s president, “We hear so many interesting stories, and all the veterans are unique. They love to reminisce, and we feel gratified to give back to these veterans who served our country.”

Read more about Operation: Veteran Engagement »

Lynn G. Feun, M.D.

Lynn G. Feun, M.D.

New Clinical Trial for Liver Cancer Patients at Sylvester

A new clinical trial for hepatocellular cancer, the most common form of liver cancer in the U.S., was recently launched at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System.

The Phase II trial, led by Sylvester liver cancer specialist Lynn G. Feun, M.D., seeks to enroll hepatocellular cancer patients who have advanced, unresectable disease. As part of the trial, patients will receive the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab, which has already been approved by the FDA for use in metastatic melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer patients.

Read more about the liver cancer trial »

Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty, left, with Lisa Gwynn, D.O., M.B.A.

Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty, left, with Lisa Gwynn, D.O., M.B.A.

UM Pediatric Mobile Clinic Wins Statewide Sapphire Award

The University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic was named a winning program and awarded $50,000 at the recent Sapphire Awards program, which honors outstanding work by individuals, programs and nonprofit organizations in community health care or health care-related fields.

The awards, presented by the Florida Blue Foundation, were announced at the Sapphire Symposium in Orlando in April, which featured community health experts from around the state and country. Honorees from three categories were awarded a total of $350,000.

Read more about the Sapphire Award »

Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D.

Dr. Antoni Barrientos Receives Funding to Study Neurodegenerative Diseases

Antoni Barrientos, Ph.D., professor of neurology, has received two grants that will support his study of mitochondrial and age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

The first award is from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office for $529,575, and the second grant, of $345,000, is from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. These funds will allow Barrientos and his team to focus on mitochondrial regulation of neurodegenerative proteotoxic stress, with a focus on Huntington’s disease, and explore the role of a family of cysteine-rich proteins in the biogenesis of the last enzyme of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, known as cytochrome c oxidase.

Read more about Dr. Barrientos' grants »

From left, Steven D. Nimer, M.D., Director, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Silvana Luciani, M.H.Sc., Advisor, Pan American Health Organization, Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., Director, Miami Institute for the Americas and Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami, and Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester.

From left, Steven D. Nimer, M.D., Director, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Silvana Luciani, M.H.Sc., Advisor, Pan American Health Organization, Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., Director, Miami Institute for the Americas and Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami, and Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester.

Conference Forges Alliances to Fight Women’s Cancers in English-Speaking Caribbean Countries

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Miami Institute for the Americas at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences joined with the Pan American Health Organization to hold a two-day “Forum on Women’s Cancer in the English Caribbean” on UM’s Coral Gables campus May 11-12.

The conference drew 60 representatives from the health departments and cancer prevention institutes of more than a dozen Caribbean nations to discuss collaborative strategies for improving the effectiveness of women’s cancer programs. In the English-speaking Caribbean, breast and cervical cancer are the leading cancers among women, with more than 16,000 women diagnosed and more than 6,000 women dying each year.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.
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HIV/AIDS Researchers and Clinicians Outline Recent Advances at 12th Annual Symposium

Advances in antiretroviral therapy are extending the lives of individuals with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and around the world. But more work is needed to develop an effective vaccine against the deadly virus and provide medical care for infected men, women and children who lack access to medical resources.

Both themes were emphasized by a distinguished roster of researchers, clinicians and community activists at the 12th annual symposium held by the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) on April 8. The Miller School-sponsored conference drew more than 200 attendees.

Read more about the HIV/AIDS conference »

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.
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Sylvester Researchers Develop Novel Disease Model to Study Multiple Myeloma

Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have developed an animal model that allows them to better understand the mechanisms that lead to the development of multiple myeloma, a hematologic cancer of plasma cells, and the amyloidosis that sometimes accompanies it. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

“Multiple myeloma is the second-most-common hematologic malignancy in the U.S., and it is a very complex disease,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester and senior author of the study. “So far, there have not been animal models of malignant plasma-cell diseases that allow us to study their stepwise progression and fully understand the complex cellular mechanisms. Now that we have a proper model of the disease, we’ll be able to more effectively study multiple myeloma, as well as potential treatments.”

Read more about the research findings »

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus Wins Award for Innovative Procedure Service

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., received a $10,000 award for an innovative medical education program leading to improved patient care and outcomes at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ annual BAYADA Awards ceremony held on May 5.

Lenchus received the award for a training program he developed, known as The Procedure Service, which combines simulation-based invasive bedside procedural instruction with an experiential component for internal medicine residents.

Read more about the training program »

Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.

Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.

Dr. Tomás A. Salerno Elected to Third Term as President of Faculty Senate

Tomás A. Salerno, M.D., the DeWitt C. Daughtry Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and professor of surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, was re-elected chair of the University of Miami Faculty Senate for a third one-year term at the governing body’s April 27 election meeting.

Salerno, who joined the Miller School in 1999, has served in the Senate since 2008.

Read more about Dr. Salerno's reelection »

New Wound Healing Society President Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., left, receiving the ceremonial gavel from Past President Andrew Baird, Ph.D.

New Wound Healing Society President Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., left, receiving the ceremonial gavel from Past President Andrew Baird, Ph.D.

Wound Healing Society Honors UM Dermatology Researchers and Clinicians

Researchers and clinicians in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery were honored recently by the Wound Healing Society (WHS) with multiple awards, presentations and the installation of a new president.

“Our faculty, trainees and students are committed to being in the forefront of this field, building on a very long departmental legacy of pioneering research,” said Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D, professor of dermatology and Director of Wound Healing and Regenerative Medicine.

Read more about the dermatology conference »

Jean-Pierre Obeid, left, with Youssef Zeidan, M.D., Ph.D.

Jean-Pierre Obeid, left, with Youssef Zeidan, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Student Awarded National Grant for Radiation Oncology Research Project

A third-year medical student being mentored by a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher was recently awarded a grant from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) for the next phase of an ongoing study of clinical outcomes for patients with early-stage breast cancer.

Jean-Pierre Obeid will be conducting research using magnetic resonance imaging scans to detect and quantify the amount of adipose tissue (fat) surrounding the tumor in the breast.

Read more about the research project »

WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., left, with Guillermo J. Prado, Ph.D.

WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., left, with Guillermo J. Prado, Ph.D.
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Graduate School Recognizes Faculty, Staff and Students

The Graduate School recognized its top graduate students and faculty at the 2015-2016 Graduate Awards Ceremony on April 15. Three of those taking top honors were from the Miller School of Medicine.

The awards were presented by Guillermo J. Prado, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, who became Dean of the Graduate School on February 1.

WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology and Director of the Ph.D. in Epidemiology Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences, was named the Outstanding Graduate Program Director.

Read more about the Graduate School's awards »

From left, Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., and David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

From left, Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., and David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

Center on Aging Hosts Its First UM-Wide Poster Session

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Center on Aging hosted its first University-wide poster session on April 11. More than 50 faculty, post docs and fellows shared important research on cognition, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, novel technologies for assessing everyday functional performance, mental health access and related topics.

Joining the session were researchers in aging from the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Neurology, Psychology, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, the School of Nursing and Health Studies and the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute.

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Elissa Kyrola, M.S.

Elissa Kyrola, M.S.

Elissa Kyrola Named Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year

The Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) named Elissa Kyrola, who works with UHealth Sports Medicine at University of Miami Hospital, Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year at its 41st Annual Clinical Symposium and Members Meeting.

SEATA annually recognizes individuals who should be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the profession as a SEATA member. Kyrola was nominated by her colleague, Kari Riddle, an athletic trainer at UHealth Sports Medicine-Plantation.

Read more about Elissa Kyrola's award »

Nicolly Pereira is finally able to see and hear her mother, Daiana Pereira. Photo by Alex Rodriguez.

Nicolly Pereira is finally able to see and hear her mother, Daiana Pereira. Photo by Alex Rodriguez.

Blind and Deaf Toddler Sees and Hears Mom after Life-Changing Surgery at Bascom Palmer

A 2-year-old blind and deaf girl from Santa Catarina, Brazil has undergone surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine that has given her the ability to see and hear for the first time.

Nicolly Pereira was diagnosed with pediatric glaucoma, which left her unable to see or detect any light at all. A previously undetected blockage of fluid in her inner ears left her unable to hear. Nicolly’s mother brought her to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute believing she was not only blind, but also deaf and developmentally disabled, as she did not yet walk or talk.

Read more about the life-changing surgery »

Tae Kyoung Lee, Ph.D.

Tae Kyoung Lee, Ph.D.

New Book Aids Public Health Researchers with Statistical Analysis of Longitudinal Studies

Tae Kyoung Lee, Ph.D., a senior research associate in the Department of Public Health Sciences, working with three co-authors from other institutions, has published an advanced mathematics book – Higher-Order Growth Curves and Mixture Modeling with Mplus: A Practical Guide – that will assist researchers with statistical analysis of longitudinal studies.

“Given that longitudinal changes in an individual’s behaviors, personality and relationships are strongly associated with the developmental processes of health-related disorders or diseases, conventional longitudinal analyses have a limitation to investigate the parallel process of longitudinal changes,” said Lee.

Read more about the advanced mathematics book »

From left, Richard Ballard, Iléana Ros-Lehtinen and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Richard Ballard, Iléana Ros-Lehtinen and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Presents U.S. Flag to UHealth Wheelchair Clinic

U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen presented a U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to the team at the UHealth wheelchair clinic in recognition of their work with disabled patients. In attendance at the May 9 ceremony were Richard Ballard, CEO of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Registration Open for UHealth Sports Medicine’s 7th Annual Student Leadership Seminar

The UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute will hold its 7th Annual Student Leadership Seminar on Friday, June 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Newman Alumni Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus. The seminar is an opportunity for high school students to participate in interactive discussions and activities to help them prepare for college and beyond. Participating students must be nominated by their peers, and registration is required. May 27 is the deadline for registration, which is available online here.

*** Reminder: This Newsletter is Now Published Twice a Month ***

Our schedule has changed. e-Update is now published twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The next issue will be Tuesday, June 7. The deadline for submissions will be the prior Wednesday, June 1, at noon.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

Wednesday, May 25, 2016Dermatology Grand Rounds: Chronic Telogen Effluvium

Thursday, May 26, 2016Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

Thursday, May 26, 2016Eco-immunity in a changing environment: What can corals teach us about the evolution of immunity?

Friday, May 27, 2016Mailman Center Grand Rounds: Transitioning Children with Chronic Disease. How do we get there? Perspectives & Challenges

Tuesday, May 31, 2016Risk Management: What Every Physician Needs to Know

Thursday, June 2, 2016Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016Value Analysis Surgical Committee

Friday, June 3, 201610th Annual Research Day

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