The BankUnited Center was packed with thousands of students, faculty, staff and alumni, plus representatives from 99 universities and learned societies, and dignitaries from 28 foreign countries. The sense of anticipation was palpable, and one might have wondered what one man could say to bring them all together — and ultimately to their feet.
But when Julio Frenk, the University of Miami’s new President — who had been formally installed only moments before — stepped to the podium last Friday, he had them at “Good afternoon.” He gave that greeting in five languages, prefacing the vision he would lay out over the next 30 minutes in his inaugural address, “Charting the Course to Our New Century,” for making UM “the excellent university, the relevant university and the exemplary university.” First and foremost, however, his vision was also to make UM “the hemispheric university,” a characterization that he said came from “our geographic endowment, our unique capacity to build bridges that connect the Americas.”
More than six decades after its founding, the Miller School of Medicine, along with UHealth - the University of Miami Health System, are vital parts of the University of Miami’s mission, said Julio Frenk last Thursday at a medical campus celebration held the day before his formal inauguration as the University’s sixth president.
Margaret A. Fischl, M.D., a pioneer in research and treatment related to HIV/AIDS, was one of 10 speakers at the first-ever session of ’Cane Talks – 10-minute talks by University of Miami experts on major challenges facing humankind – which took place on January 29 as part of UM President Julio Frenk’s inauguration activities.
New research finds that a recent revision in national guidelines for treating high blood pressure in people 60 and older could put this population at greater stroke risk. The increased stroke risk is even more pronounced among Hispanics and blacks, the research showed. Those are the findings of a new study in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, led by Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.
Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine Jeffrey Goldberger, M.D., M.B.A., joined UHealth - the University of Miami Health System in November. He hails from Northwestern University, where he pioneered groundbreaking heart mapping and stroke prevention tools that he’s brought to UHealth to improve the health outcomes of patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib).
The University of Miami has appointed Miller School of Medicine alumnus and faculty member Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., now the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and the Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, as the new Dean of the Graduate School, effective February 1.