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Encarnacion Miranda, left, listens as Andreas Tzakis, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his case at a news conference.

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Encarnacion Miranda, left, listens as Andreas Tzakis, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his case at a news conference.

UM/Jackson Trial Fights Liver Cancer with Natural Killer Cells

Encarnacion Miranda knew he didn’t have long to live when, in October 2009, he learned that his liver, deeply scarred by the hepatitis C virus he had contracted from a blood transfusion years before, had triggered hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common liver cancer.

But on Thursday, a day after walking six miles, and seven weeks after becoming the first person in the U.S. with HCC tumors to receive a transfusion of Natural Killer Cells extracted from a donated liver, Miranda appeared with a team from the Miller School and Jackson Memorial Hospital to extol the multi-pronged treatment that made him eligible for a liver transplant, and the promising new clinical trial that may help him, and eventually many of the four million Americans with hepatitis C at risk for developing HCC, stave off a recurrence of the deadly cancer.

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Stephen Symes, M.D., left, and Stefanie Brown, M.D.

Stephen Symes, M.D., left, and Stefanie Brown, M.D.

Drs. Stefanie Brown and Stephen Symes Named Assistant Deans for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Sheri Keitz, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs, has announced the appointments of Stefanie Brown, M.D., and Stephen Symes, M.D., as Assistant Deans for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Both physicians have worked extensively in diverse communities and bring a great deal of experience and talent to the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, which is part of the Office of Faculty Affairs.

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2010 Miller School Faculty Citizenship Award Recipients Announced

Ten remarkable individuals were the guests of Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Sheri Keitz, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for faculty affairs, at the Hurricanes football game on Saturday, November 27, where a party was held in their honor as the inaugural winners of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty Citizenship Awards. The recipients were selected for giving selflessly of their time, talent and energy to help fulfill our goals in clinical care, research, education and community service.

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Dr. Robert Schwartz (left) and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., (right) receive $500,000 from 
Benjamin Torchinsky.

Dr. Robert Schwartz (left) and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., (right) receive $500,000 from Benjamin Torchinsky.

Family Medicine Program Receives $1 Million Gift and Matching Gift Pledge

Benjamin Torchinsky knows the importance of a family doctor you can count on, a lesson he learned when his wife Sarah was gravely ill some 10 years ago. To show his gratitude, Torchinsky presented Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor and chair of family medicine and community health, and the University with a $500,000 gift to establish the Robert Schwartz Family Medicine Program, which will provide professional development opportunities for physicians, residents, and students practicing family medicine. The gift is accompanied by a pledge to match funds from other donors up to an additional $500,000.

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Keyvan Nouri, M.D.

Keyvan Nouri, M.D.

Dr. Keyvan Nouri Receives Statewide Recognition

Keyvan Nouri, M.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, chief of dermatology at Sylvester/UMHC and director of the MOHS/Laser Center at Sylvester, has been named the 2010 Surgeon of the Year by the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. The award was bestowed during the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando last month.

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Achieves Certification for Excellence

The Miller School’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has achieved three-year certification by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative of the American Society of Clinical Oncology for excellence in cancer care. Part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, Sylvester is the only such-designated practice in South Florida and one of only a few academic cancer centers in the country that participate in the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).

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Jay Weiss Center 4th Annual Toy Drive

The Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity is collecting toys for its 4th annual toy drive. For the past three years, the Jay Weiss Center has collected toys throughout the holiday season and distributed them to less fortunate children and families in Miami. This year, the Jay Weiss Center team is collaborating with the Office of Executive Medicine to make this the most successful year yet.

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KRONOS Upgrade to Version 6.1 in January

The KRONOS electronic timekeeping system used to record time worked by hourly paid employees will be upgraded to version 6.1 on January 27.

The process of clocking time will be the same, but the functionality of the program used by managers and supervisors to approve time cards and absences will be enhanced. To ensure that supervisors can successfully navigate the system to modify and approve timecards, mandatory training will be provided beginning in January.

It is essential that supervisors complete training by the deadlines so that employees are correctly paid. In the coming weeks, the KRONOS system changes and training schedules will be communicated directly to supervisors who must undergo the training. For more information, please contact Mariana Arias at 305-284-6787.

Communité Voicemail to be Upgraded

The University of Miami Communité Messaging Interaction Center will be upgraded on December 18.

Your password, personal greeting, messages and rules will not be changed following the upgrade. New features will include a reorganized main menu, auto-play message feature, out of office temporary greeting and the option to slow down or speed up messages as you listen.

The new system enhancements will be available starting Saturday, December 18. You can continue to log in to the current Communité website to retrieve voicemail messages and faxes. For more information on UM’s new voicemail system, please contact the IT Support Center at 305-284-6565 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

New Biostatistics Website

The Division of Biostatistics has a new website. Please visit the new site at www.biostat.med.miami.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Michele Gomez at mgomez6@biostat.med.miami.edu.

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