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UM Medical Team Brings Life-Changing Eye Care to Remote Galapagos Island

Volunteer physicians and medical students in the Galapagos islands.

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It all started with a conversation between University of Miami Provost Thomas LeBlanc and Dr. Richard Lee of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at a Faculty Senate event.

The provost told Dr. Lee about an amazing experience he had had visiting a UM undergraduate program on Isabela Island in the Galapagos. He urged Lee to visit the island during a planned trip to Guayaquil to speak at an educational meeting of the Ecuadorian Society of Ophthalmology. The provost offered to connect Lee with the Intercultural Outreach Initiative there, which had been founded by a UM student.

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Second, third and fourth from left, Education/Advocacy Award winners Dolores M. Perdomo, Ph.D., Chin-Chin Lee, M.S., M.S.P.H., and Sara J. Czaja. Ph.D., with other Claude Pepper Award winners.

Center on Aging Faculty Honored at United HomeCare Annual Dinner

Faculty and staff members with the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine’s renowned Center on Aging have been honored for their work in aging research and improving the quality of life for older adults. The ceremony was held May 11 at Jungle Island and included several awards named for the longtime political leader that celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals in the community.

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Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D.

Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi Named President of Association of Indian Neurologists in America

Seemant Chaturvedi, M.D., professor of clinical neurology and vice chair for VA Programs in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was elected psresident of the Association of Indian Neurologists in America. “I look forward to continuing the work of the AINA and identifying new initiatives, so that we may advance our mission of improved neurologic care and education,” said Chaturvedi.

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From left, orthopaedic resident Kofi Agyeman, M.D., and Motasem Al Maaieh, M.D., assistant professor of clinical orthopaedics, demonstrate one of the electronic exam tables that can be raised or lowered, making for a more comfortable experience for patients who suffer from hip-related ailments. Video & Photo Gallery

Generous Gift Leads to Renovations in Orthopaedic Suite at University of Miami Hospital

Thanks to the generosity of a prominent South Florida family, patients visiting the orthopaedic outpatient suite at the University of Miami Hospital will now find enhanced clinical care in the exam rooms and a modernized look in the waiting area. The renovations to Suite 2, located on the hospital’s first floor, are courtesy of a $100,000 gift made by University of Miami supporters, Hedy (B.B.A. ’87) and Daniel Whitebook.

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From left, Lourdes Barquin, RN, Anne E. Burdick, M.D., Luc Pierre Quinson and Marie Quinson.

Order of St. Lazarus Makes Gift to Leprosy Program

Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, as it is commonly known, is one of the oldest and most misunderstood diseases in recorded history. Thanks to the generosity of The Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, patients battling the illness can now receive financial help to help offset the expense of traveling for medical care.

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Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado presents proclamation to Kathleen Schrank, M.D., as Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban applauds. Video & Photo Gallery

City of Miami Honors Dr. Kathleen Schrank with a Special ‘Day’

June 22 was declared “Dr. Kathleen Schrank Day” by the City of Miami in recognition of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine emergency physician’s 30-year tenure as medical director of Miami Fire-Rescue Emergency Medical Service — a position from which she will retire on July 1.

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