Surrounded by reporters and TV cameras, and wearing exercise clothing, UHealth patient Noel Zuniga ran hard for several minutes on a treadmill at University of Miami Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. When he was finished, he climbed off the treadmill, dropped to the floor and proceeded, very quickly, to do 30 pushups. Then he was back on the treadmill for more running. Zuniga was barely breaking a sweat, and he looked strong and unstoppable — perhaps the best image for a real-life NCIS agent.
But two years ago, Zuniga was almost stopped dead by a severe heart attack in Panama, where he was stationed at the U.S. Embassy. His workout during a press briefing on October 2 was a way of demonstrating how UHealth doctors had not only saved his life immediately after the heart attack, but also changed his life for the better in the past year through a novel stem cell procedure that has healed much of the damage to his heart.
Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt sent this message on Thursday: It is with great sadness that I let you know that our dear friend, colleague and mentor Eckhard Podack passed away today at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after an extraordinary fight for his life.
Alejandra Perez, M.D., joined Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center earlier this year as Medical Director of the Broward Breast Oncology Group. She is triple board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology and has published more than 20 scientific papers and abstracts on breast cancer.
On October 1, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences, hosted an event at the Lois Pope LIFE Center to discuss the findings of a new report on women and health, which was recently published in The Lancet. The report found that women’s contribution to health care constitutes nearly 5 percent of global GDP, $3 trillion, but nearly half is unpaid and unrecognized.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine psychiatrist Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., was honored by the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his research into the biological basis of depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned another notch of recognition for its quality initiatives. The cancer center has been selected as one of only 20 beta sites in the nation to participate in a next-generation version of quality data gathering for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).