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Lee Kaplan, M.D., holder of the first Petra and Stephen A. Levin Endowed Chair for UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness, talks about some of the Institute’s initiatives.

Lee Kaplan, M.D., holder of the first Petra and Stephen A. Levin Endowed Chair for UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness, talks about some of the Institute’s initiatives.

$2 Million Gift Will Advance Research at UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute

From Pop Warner football players to the weekend warrior, just about everyone in South Florida can benefit from the computerized motion analyses, advanced concussion testing, and other sophisticated performance evaluations and therapies that are major components of the Miller School of Medicine’s UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute.

“Whether it’s a world-class triathlete or someone exercising to keep heart disease and diabetes away, the Institute enables people to optimize their own health and wellness,” said Lee Kaplan, M.D., director of the Institute, chief of the UHealth Sports Medicine Division, and medical director and head team physician for UM Athletics and the Miami Marlins.

On November 14, members of the University community gathered at the Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables campus to celebrate the recent $2 million gift from longtime philanthropists Petra and Stephen A. Levin that will help Kaplan advance the Institute’s research in a multitude of sports medicine areas.

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An Adventurous New COO Takes the Reins at UHealth

Thomas Allan McGrath, M.B.A., sits in his office sporting a necktie with a jaunty DNA double helix. It spirals down from the knot at his throat, gradually unwinding as the tie widens, until it splits into two separate strands near the bottom. It’s a fashion statement, to be sure, but it’s also thematically appropriate for the new Chief Operating Officer of UHealth.

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On the helipad where the Burn Center surgical team meets critically burned patients are, from left, Louis Pizano, M.D., M.B.A., Nicholas Namias, M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and Chief of the Division of Trauma, and Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of surgery, Director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center and the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair in the Division of Burns in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.

UM/Jackson Burn Center Remains Only Verified Center in South Florida

Recently re-verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) and American College of Surgeons, the Burn Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital remains one of only 63 burn centers in the nation and the only one in South Florida to earn the ABA’s highest honor. The Center’s verification will continue for another three-year cycle.

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NFL Grant Awarded to Study Novel Diagnostic Device for Concussions

A $500,000 grant from the National Football League will enable the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical equipment manufacturer Neuro Kinetics Inc. to test the effectiveness of a diagnostic device prototype, the I-Portal® PAS goggle, for early and accurate detection of concussions.

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Stephen Nimer, M.D., receives the Life Raft Humanitarian of the Year Award from Breelyn Wilky, M.D., assistant professor of medicine.

Dr. Stephen Nimer Receives Humanitarian of the Year Award

The Life Raft Group has named Stephen Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, its Humanitarian of the Year. Dr. Nimer was presented the award at the 7th anniversary of the biennial Life Fest convention, a unique event where hundreds of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) patients and caregivers gather for a weekend of camaraderie.

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Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

Dr. Mustafa Tekin to Lead Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics

Mustafa Tekin, M.D., professor of human genetics, has been named Chief of the Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics. Tekin assumed his new role November 17.

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