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Ralph Sacco, M.D., delivers the presidential address at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 in Chicago.

Ralph Sacco, M.D., delivers the presidential address at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 in Chicago.

Dr. Ralph Sacco Delivers Presidential Address at 2010 AHA Meeting

Sunday was a proud day for the Miller School of Medicine, as Ralph Sacco, M.D., professor and chair of neurology, delivered the presidential address at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 in Chicago. Dr. Sacco is the first neurologist to head the national organization.

“And that is no accident,” Sacco said in his address. “We are the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association – and we are committed to conquering all cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

Read more about Dr. Sacco's presidential address and watch the video »

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Flanked by, from left, Michael S. Gordon, M.D. Ph.D., and UM President Donna E. Shalala, and from right, Major General David A. Rubenstein, Ronald J. Spino’s father James, brother Glen, daughter Kandice Pressley and widow Betty Collier-Spino stand before the fallen soldier’s portrait in the Gordon Center classroom named in his honor.

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Flanked by, from left, Michael S. Gordon, M.D. Ph.D., and UM President Donna E. Shalala, and from right, Major General David A. Rubenstein, Ronald J. Spino’s father James, brother Glen, daughter Kandice Pressley and widow Betty Collier-Spino stand before the fallen soldier’s portrait in the Gordon Center classroom named in his honor.

Gordon Center Classroom Dedicated to Fallen Soldier

Before his deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Spino spent hours in a Miller School classroom, strengthening the nursing and team-building skills that helped him save fellow soldiers and civilians wounded in the ongoing war against terrorism.

Killed in Afghanistan almost a year ago, the licensed practical nurse from Connecticut did not return home with the 274th Forward Surgical Team he had so expertly served with for five years. But in a solemn Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Spino’s sacrifice was honored and immortalized when the Army Trauma Training Center dedicated the classroom it uses at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education to the unassuming soldier who was a role model and father figure to his unit.

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Schatzi Kassal, left, and Eduardo Bancalari, M.D.

Schatzi Kassal, left, and Eduardo Bancalari, M.D.

Holtz NICU to be Named for Philanthropist Schatzi Kassal

For nearly four decades, Schatzi Kassal has been dedicated to seeing some of the region’s tiniest babies survive—and thrive— in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Through her vigorous fundraising efforts and her enormous ability to spur people into action, Kassal and her team of volunteers have made Project: New Born – the philanthropic organization which Kassal founded and for which the NICU is named – into a dynamic force for advocacy and assistance, raising millions of dollars to help support premature and high risk infants.

Read more about the neonatal intensive care unit dedication »

Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D.

Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D.

New Assistant Vice President Named for Planning and Analysis

Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D., has been named assistant vice president for planning and analysis for the Miller School and UHealth. Expanding on her prior responsibilities with the Office of Research, Dr. Van der Put will lead the medical center’s Office of Planning and Analysis (OPA), which provides a central support for departments, institutes and centers with consistent methodologies for clinical and research business planning and analysis, facilitates the development of multidisciplinary/multi-departmental programs and develops high-level faculty recruitment packages. OPA also will be developing market analytics capabilities to standardize data used for medical center decision support.

Read more about Dr. Van der Put's new position »

Annual SEEDS Luncheon with President Shalala

SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) will host its annual lunch with University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala on Wednesday, November 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hurricane 100 Room at the BankUnited Center. The event begins with networking among participants from all UM campuses, lunch, and an address by President Shalala, followed by the unveiling of the SEEDS Climate Survey results for UM science departments and new skits on mentoring by the SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble.

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Join Team Sylvester at the Dolphins Cycling Challenge

On Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, Team Sylvester will take to the streets along with hundreds of other cyclists and volunteers in the inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Miami Dolphins Foundation chose Sylvester as the sole beneficiary of this event to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

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Submission Deadline Change

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for the November 30 issue of e-Update is Monday, November, 22, by noon.