Before hundreds of their fellow health care leaders, two of the Miller School of Medicine’s leading physicians, a nurse and a student volunteer were honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon, held on May 19 at Jungle Island. UHealth – University of Miami Health System and Jackson Health System were both sponsors of the celebratory event.
Taking home top awards were Richard J. Cote, M.D., Professor and Joseph R. Coulter Jr. Endowed Chair of the Department of Pathology, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Chief of Pathology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Director of BioNIUM.; Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Director of the Division of Neonatology and Chief of Newborn Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital; Kimberly Juanico, B.S.N., a pediatric palliative care nurse coordinator at Holtz Children’s Hospital, who works closely with Miller School physicians in the Department of Pediatrics; and Dimitri A. Godur, a high school student who has completed more than 500 hours of volunteer service to the Miller School.
Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., was honored with the Education/Advocacy Award at the 2015 United HomeCare Annual Dinner on May 14. The award is one of the Claude Pepper Awards — named for the late U.S. Senator from Florida who fought for the rights and the welfare of the elderly and the poor — given out at the dinner each year to celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals who exemplify Pepper’s spirit and ideals.
A team of researchers from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Subcutaneous Surgery had a strong presence at the recent annual meeting of the Wound Healing Society and Symposium of Advanced Wound Care. The department is a national leader in the field, a standing that was demonstrated by some of the honors earned at the meeting.
Six Miller School of Medicine physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 16th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on May 15. It was the first time multiple faculty awards have been part of the program.
Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., was honored with the Johann Jacob Wepfer Award at the 24th annual European Stroke Conference. The award is presented annually to a scientist whose outstanding scientific work in the field of cerebrovascular diseases significantly contributes to knowledge about treatment of acute stroke.
In response to the growing presence of tropical diseases in South Florida, University of Miami physicians in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Program have started an exchange initiative that gives students, residents, and fellows first-hand exposure to medicine in Latin America and the Caribbean where cases such as dengue, malaria, and chikungunya are more prevalent.