From left, State Senator Oscar Braynon, Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., Joy Fishman, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Edward Abraham, M.D., and Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H.

Senator Bill Nelson Tours Miller School’s Needle Exchange, Sees Opioid Epidemic First Hand

University of Miami champion U.S. Senator Bill Nelson toured the Miller School of Medicine’s needle exchange program on July 6. Joined by Edward Abraham, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., dean of the Miller School, Nelson got an in-depth look at the site’s comprehensive operations, including its mobile van.

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Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Sylvester is One of Four Sites for Clinical Trial to Treat Advanced Colorectal and Ovarian Cancers

Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D., director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is overseeing a Phase I/II study of a combination therapy to treat advanced colorectal and ovarian cancers. Sylvester is one of only four sites in the U.S. participating in the multicenter trial, and is the only site in Florida.

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Sylvester radiation oncology team with colleagues in the Dominican Republic.

Sylvester Radiation Oncologists Travel to Dominican Republic for Consulting Engagement

A group of radiation oncologists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently traveled to the Dominican Republic for a hands-on consulting engagement at Instituto Oncologico Heriberto Pieter in Santo Domingo. The cancer specialists made the trip to as part of the memorandum of understanding signed a year ago with the institute’s medical director, Jose Ramirez, M.D.

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Canon representatives David Cavanaugh and Andrea Rai, at left, stand in front of the Pediatric Mobile Clinic with Lisa Gwynn, D.O., and Maria V. Ferraris, M.Ed., project manager, Pediatric Mobile Clinic. Video & Photo Gallery

Donors Get On-Site Experience with UM Pediatric Mobile Clinic

For many donors, there is no better way to know their gift is making a difference than by seeing it in action. For two representatives from Canon Solutions America, getting a first-hand look at how the University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic cares for patients is all the proof they need. “This is one of our favorite projects due to the direct impact that we have on the communities here,” said Andrea Rai.

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From left, Jennifer Jehn, Dr. Stephen Nimer, Dr. Sara St. George, Lesley Visser, Twan Russell and Keith Goralski at the grant announcement.

Sylvester Researcher Receives Grant to Help Female Cancer Survivors

Sara Mijares St. George, Ph.D., of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a $200,000 grant from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano, through a collaboration with the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. The grant will fund a study that will provide information to Hispanic and black female cancer survivors to improve weight, physical activity and nutrition.

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