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Medical Education: A Tradition of Innovation Continues

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., addressing first-year students at orientation.

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For 25 years, Mark T. O’Connell, M.D., played a leading role in guiding the Miller School of Medicine’s innovative approach to medical education. His noteworthy accomplishments include revising the school’s curriculum, launching the regional medical campus in Palm Beach County, and designing the M.D./M.B.A. and M.D./M.P.H. programs.

Before retiring as Senior Associate Dean for Educational Development in June 2015, O’Connell spoke of his love of teaching. “We get the opportunity to take incredibly bright, motivated, skillful medical students and help them grow and achieve,” he said. “It’s a reward in itself, and there is nothing like it.”

In the past year, the school’s medical education leaders have continued O’Connell’s tradition of innovation, while planning a new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility to replace and markedly enhance the current educational facilities.

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Alzheimer's disease research team.

New Grants Expand Miller School Researchers’ Pursuit of Genetic Connections to Alzheimer’s

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics have been awarded two new contracts from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. These newly awarded contracts are part of a global initiative to detect genetic factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk in an effort to identify new targets for drug development.

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Thanks to advances in diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgery, many patient procedures that once required multi-day hospital stays can now be done on an outpatient basis.

The Future of Surgery: UHealth Coral Gables

If you could design the ideal surgical center, it would probably include state-of-the-art operating rooms, super-safe sterilization processes, and recovery rooms equipped with advanced monitoring equipment so you could go home later that day. Of course, the center would be staffed by experienced physicians, nurses and other staffers with comfortable family waiting areas and easily accessible parking.

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Sakir Humayun Gultekin, M.D.

Dr. Sakir Humayun Gultekin Joins Sylvester and Department of Pathology

Sakir Humayun Gultekin, M.D., has joined Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth. Gultekin will serve as Director of Clinical and Molecular Neuropathology for the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative, where he will support its comprehensive brain tumor program via clinical and basic science research.

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Suhrud M. Rajguru, Ph.D.

Otolaryngology Researchers Develop New Approach to Improve Efficacy of Cochlear Implantation

A team of researchers in the Department of Otolaryngology led by Suhrud M. Rajguru, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering and otolaryngology, has developed a novel system for delivering therapeutic hypothermia locally to the inner ear in an animal model to conserve residual hearing following cochlear implant surgical trauma.

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From left, Gustavo L. Fernandez, M.D., Paola Pagan, Vanessa Hawrylak, Maritza Polania and Manuel Garcia.

Sylvester Wins Three Florida Sterling Council Awards

During the Team Showcase Competition at the 24th Annual Florida Sterling Conference on June 3, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Laboratory team presented on the topic of “Safety Matters: Decreasing Blood Transfusion Turnaround Time at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center” and won an award in the “Best Use of Tools” category. The team was also named the “Overall Runner Up” among all six participating organizations.

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