James F. Symes, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center, passed away on Sunday, August 31, on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, his favorite place, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
The University of Miami officially launches its 2014 United Way campaign today, with the goals of raising more than $1 million for the United Way of Miami-Dade, increasing faculty and staff participation and, as the University has for nearly four decades, doing its part to improve the education, financial stability, and health of children and families.
With an eye toward raising money and awareness to help provide the very best care for some of our area’s tiniest babies, Schatzi Kassal is once again rallying friends and colleagues to help support the mission she has pursued for 41 years. In 1973, Kassal and six of her closest friends founded Project: New Born, a nonprofit, philanthropic organization devoted to raising funds to help premature and high-risk infants.
In the first joint investment resulting from a novel public/private alliance, Integene International Holdings, a vascular biotechnology company led by Keith A. Webster, Ph.D., professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology and the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Vascular Biology, has received $600,000 in start-up capital.
The Miller School of Medicine, recognizing the need to educate a new generation of physicians in the growing complexities of medical care, has introduced the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program.
For her tireless commitment to helping children with hearing loss, Kari Morgenstein, Au.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, recently received the Gail Gegg Rosenberg Award from the Florida Academy of Audiology.
Two faculty members from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery have been elected to leadership roles in the Florida Neurosurgical Society. Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, and Eric Peterson, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, have been selected as President and President-Elect, respectively, for the upcoming year.
Public Health researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine published an article that was featured in the August issue of Cell Press’s Trends in Parasitology. The article, “Expanding Integrated Vector Management to Promote Healthy Environments,” outlines the importance of integrated vector management strategies to protect communities from pathogen transmission by arthropods -- and their limitations.
Amid the pride and excitement of sending their daughters and sons off for the first year at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, parents recently had the opportunity to see how they, too, can become a vital link in the educational experience. The Medical Parents Association (MPA) held an orientation session August 6 to welcome the Class of 2018, and to urge their families to get involved.
Registration is now open for the highly anticipated Miami Valves 2014 conference taking place Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18.