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Fred F. Telischi, M.D.

Fred F. Telischi, M.D.

Dr. Telischi Named Chair of Otolaryngology

Fred F. Telischi, M.E.E., M.D., FACS, has been named chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Miller School of Medicine. As a professor of otolaryngology, neurological surgery and biomedical engineering, he has been practicing otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery for more than 20 years in his previous capacities as director of the University of Miami Ear Institute and interim chair of the department.

Dr. Telischi is recognized internationally for his expertise in treating disorders related to the ear, hearing loss, and cranial base tumors. A tenured professor in the departments of otolaryngology, neurological surgery and biomedical engineering, he has mentored many medical students, residents, and postgraduate fellows in the art of microsurgical dissection within the temporal (ear) bone. Through a variety of procedures, some of which he helped perfect, Dr. Telischi has restored sound to hundreds of deaf and hearing impaired individuals. He sits on the boards and scientific review committees of societies and top journals dedicated to the study of ear-related diseases.

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Helen Bramlett, Ph.D., left, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Helen Bramlett, Ph.D., left, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Miami Project Researchers Hunt for Drugs to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., scientific director at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and professor of neurological surgery, neurology and cell biology and anatomy, and Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D., associate professor of neurological surgery, will serve as principal investigator and co-investigator, respectively, on a new U.S. Department of Defense grant consortium called “Operation Brain Trauma Therapy.”

Dietrich and Bramlett hope to identify and develop drugs that reduce swelling, improve blood flow, limit neuronal damage and prevent cognitive impairments after mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Alexander Daly.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Alexander Daly.

Groundbreaking Held for Children’s Cancer Clinic

Leaders and physicians from UHealth-University of Miami Health System have broken ground on the Alexander Daly Family Clinic for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, the first pediatric oncology clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The clinic, which is made possible by a $2 million gift from businessman, engineer, and philanthropist Alexander Daly, will be adjacent to Sylvester and is dedicated to providing leading-edge cancer treatment and care for children in a comfortable, technologically advanced, child-friendly environment.

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From left, Arash Harzand, president of the Business of Medicine student group, State Senator Rene Garcia, and Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., director of the University of Miami Ethics Programs.

From left, Arash Harzand, president of the Business of Medicine student group, State Senator Rene Garcia, and Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., director of the University of Miami Ethics Programs.

Key State Senator Urges Advocacy for Health Care Reforms

With Florida facing a $3 billion budget shortfall and more Medicaid patients under new health care reforms, state lawmakers have little choice but to expand managed care plans, the chairman of the state Senate Committee on Health Regulation said during a Miller School visit last week.

“The more we use for health care, the less there is for everything else – the less there is for education, for transportation, for economic development, for job growth, you name it,’’ State Senator Rene Garcia, a Republican from Hialeah, told a lunchtime crowd of medical students last Thursday.

“That’s why at the state level we’re taking a serious look to see what it is we need, not only to increase access to health care but to decrease the cost of health care,’’ Garcia continued. “And the route that we’re choosing to go, the only route we have before us, is an expansion of managed care.’’

Garcia spoke at the fourth installment of the Health Reform Lecture Series, a forum the student group Business of Medicine established for open discussions on the implications of health care reform, and how they, the future providers of health care, will be affected.

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Onelia Lage, M.D., left, and Miguel Gosalbez

Onelia Lage, M.D., left, and Miguel Gosalbez

Hispanic Medical Student Group Hosts Regional Conference

With “Opening Doors” as its theme, UM’s Hispanic American Medical Student Association hosted the third annual Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Southeast Regional Conference at the Miller School.

The January 14-16 conference, titled “Abriendo Puertas: Empowering Future Leaders to Ensure the Ethical Treatment of Every Patient,” brought together about 100 Latino health care professionals, students, and community members to address the health care needs of Latinos through a series of lectures, panels, and workshops and to promote leadership, career development, and clinical skills for residents, medical students, and pre-medical students. Cultural competency, health care policy and Latino enrollment in colleges and medical schools were among the issues addressed.

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UHealth Sports Medicine to Offer Evening Hours

Living an active lifestyle with some form of exercise several times a week is a powerful approach to staying healthy. Yet, the greatest challenge with sustained exercise is the risk of injury. If your child was ever injured on the practice field, or you twisted a knee during a run along the beach, or you could no longer walk, run, bike, swim, play tennis or swing a golf club because of an injury, you know how frustrating it is to find a clinic to accommodate your busy schedule.

Beginning Tuesday, February 1, UHealth Sports Medicine will have evening hours on Tuesdays beginning at 5 p.m. to accommodate UM employees and their family members. Don’t let 9 to 5 office hours keep you from the activities you love. Call 305-689-5500 to schedule an appointment, or visit www.uhealthsportsmedicine.com for more information.

Broward County Residents: Save Time on Your Commute with New Bus Service

Broward County Transit has added a 95 Express bus route between Miramar and downtown Miami. The new bus service begins at the Miramar Central Station, located at Miramar Town Center, Civic Center Place at Red Road, and travels along Red Road, the Florida Turnpike Extension, and then proceeds on I-95 in the managed high occupancy toll lanes to downtown Miami. Stops will include the Civic Center Metrorail station, the Miami-Dade Government Center and Miami Bus Terminal.

For complete details, visit the Broward County Transit website, or call the customer service center at 954-357-8400.

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