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Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., makes opening remarks at the Global Business Forum.

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Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., makes opening remarks at the Global Business Forum.

Health Experts Debate Conflict of Interest and FDA Rules

With Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., as moderator, a distinguished panel of national health care experts at the Global Business Forum — including William O’Neill, M.D., executive dean for clinical affairs at the Miller School; William A. Hawkins, CEO of Medtronic Inc.; Jon R. Cohen, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer of Quest Diagnostics; Peter van der Goes Jr., managing director of health care banking for Goldman Sachs; Thomas P. Stossel, M.D., director of the translational medicine division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School; and Richard S. Stack, M.D., managing general partner of Synecor LLC, a business generator and financial incubator of new medical device companies — explored the pitfalls, risks and rewards of conflict of interest policies in health care, including recently enacted regulations that supporters credit with increasing transparency in doctor-industry relations and reducing risks to patients.

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New Episode of Breakthrough Medicine Airs This Weekend

The newest episode in the Breakthrough Medicine television documentary series, Weight Loss Surgery: Embarking on a Life Saving Journey, will air on Saturday, January 22, at 7 p.m. on WPLG-TV Local 10.

In this episode, which follows a wife and mother as she undergoes life-changing weight-loss surgery, viewers will learn about the risks and challenges associated with obesity as they watch the woman’s physical and emotional transformation. They will also see a Miami man with type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related health complications commit to bariatric surgery that could save his life. The episode chronicles how these patients find new hope and new beginnings after a combined weight loss of more than 160 pounds.

The first Breakthrough Medicine show, Mending Broken Hearts: Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement, also will rebroadcast on Saturday, January 29, at 7 p.m. on WPLG-TV Local 10.

From left, Deborah Barbouth, M.D., receives

From left, Deborah Barbouth, M.D., receives "See the Light" award from Lisajane and Kevin Romer, founders of the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation.

Dr. Deborah Barbouth Receives “See the Light” Award

Deborah Barbouth, M.D., assistant professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and director of the University of Miami’s Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, was presented with the annual “See the Light” award from the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation on January 9 for working as the medical geneticist advisor for the Foundation’s South Florida Jewish Genetic Diseases Education and Screening Fairs. During her acceptance speech, Barbouth stated, “It is a strange feeling to be honored for just doing what I love to do. I am fortunate that I can combine my passion for genetics and education with my Jewish heritage.”

The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation was established to lead the fight for education, quality assurance and research of children’s genetic diseases of the brain.

Thomas Balkany, M.D., right, receives a medal from Professor I.C. Pathak, former director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

Thomas Balkany, M.D., right, receives a medal from Professor I.C. Pathak, former director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

Dr. Thomas Balkany Receives High Honor at Cigicon Conference in India

Thomas J. Balkany, M.D., director of the University of Miami Ear Institute and Hotchkiss Endowed Professor of Otolaryngology, was the guest of honor at Cigicon 2010, the eighth annual conference of Cochlear Implant Group of India, held in Chandigarh, India, in November.

At the three-day conference, Dr. Balkany gave a live surgical demonstration on cadaveric cochlear implantation, presented three papers during the scientific program, and delivered the Professor Y.N. Mehra Memorial Oration titled “Scuba Diving Medicine for Otolaryngologists.”

At the conclusion of the conference, Dr. Balkany was presented with a medal by former director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research I.C. Pathak.

During his visit, Dr. Balkany also established a teaching relationship with two medical schools in India.

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