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Joshua Hare, M.D., left, and Margaret Fischl, M.D.

Joshua Hare, M.D., left, and Margaret Fischl, M.D.

Two Miller School Faculty Members Inducted into Association of American Physicians

Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine physicians have been inducted into the prestigious Association of American Physicians (AAP), founded in 1885 for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Induction is considered a great honor as members have included Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine.

The new UM honorees are Margaret Fischl, M.D., professor of medicine, director of the AIDS Clinical Research Unit and co-director of the Miami Center for AIDS Research, and Joshua Hare, M.D., Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine and director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute. They were inducted during the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago on April 17.

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New members of the ASCI are, from left, Michael Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., Jeffrey Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., Stephan Zuchner, M.D., and Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

New members of the ASCI are, from left, Michael Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., Jeffrey Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., Stephan Zuchner, M.D., and Mustafa Tekin, M.D.

Four Physician-Scientists Elected to Prestigious Honor Society

Four Miller School of Medicine physician-scientists have been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies. Jeffrey Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, Michael Kapiloff, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and medicine, Mustafa Tekin, M.D., associate professor of genetics, and Stephan Zuchner, M.D., associate professor of genetics, were introduced as new members at the organization’s annual meeting on April 15 in Chicago.

Since members must be 45 or younger at the time of their election, their membership generally reflects research accomplishments made early in their scientific career. Typically, not even one individual is elected per U.S. medical school.

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From left, Roberto C. Heros, M.D, Barth Green, M.D., and James T. Rutka, M.D., Ph.D., president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

From left, Roberto C. Heros, M.D, Barth Green, M.D., and James T. Rutka, M.D., Ph.D., president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Barth Green Earns More Recognition for His Work in Haiti

In recognition of his unwavering dedication to neurosurgical science and his exemplary humanitarian efforts in Haiti for the past 20 years, Barth A. Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Humanitarian Award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The award was presented on April 13 at the organization’s annual meeting in Denver, where Dr. Green was introduced by esteemed colleague and last year’s winner Roberto C. Heros, M.D., professor and co-chair of neurological surgery.

“Dr. Green’s immediate and massive response to the earthquake in Haiti transformed him in the eyes of our community from the great humanitarian that we all knew he was to a giant human being capable of moving mountains,” Dr. Heros said.

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Jeanne Antol Krull accepted two national awards on behalf of the Office of Communications at the AAMC's GIA conference in Nashville.

Jeanne Antol Krull accepted two national awards on behalf of the Office of Communications at the AAMC's GIA conference in Nashville.

Office of Communications Receives AAMC Awards for Haiti Earthquake Coverage

The Office of Communications received two national Awards of Excellence last week from the Association of American Medical Colleges for its coverage of and public relations strategy for the Miller School’s unprecedented emergency medical response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti last year.

The awards were presented during an April 14 ceremony and reception at the AAMC’s Group on Institutional Advancement’s (GIA) National Professional Development Conference in Nashville.

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From left, Richard Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Eduardo Alfonso, M.D., and Kazushi Miyatake, M.D., medical attaché with the Consulate-General of Japan, standby as the Vision Van is prepared for transport to Japan.

From left, Richard Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Eduardo Alfonso, M.D., and Kazushi Miyatake, M.D., medical attaché with the Consulate-General of Japan, standby as the Vision Van is prepared for transport to Japan.

Bascom Palmer’s Vision Van Begins Mission in Japan

Embarking on its first international rescue mission, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Vision Van arrived in the Japanese city of Sendai on April 14, just a day after Sendai’s airport reopened following the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The Japan Eye Rescue Mission, launched in conjunction with Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, will enable Japanese ophthalmologists and trained volunteers to offer emergency vision screenings; treat eye injuries, infections and inflammations from contaminated water and other hazards; and replace eyeglasses lost during the disaster.

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A hologram of Camillo Ricordi, M.D., is part of the Stazione Futuro, or Future Station, an exhibit on display in the restored Officine Grande Riparazione in Turin, Italy.

A hologram of Camillo Ricordi, M.D., is part of the Stazione Futuro, or Future Station, an exhibit on display in the restored Officine Grande Riparazione in Turin, Italy.

Italy Honors Camillo Ricordi, M.D., During Historic Celebration

Italy is celebrating its 150th year marking Il Risorgimento, or the Resurgence— the period in which city-states and regions ruled by religious or monarchical leaders united to form one nation— with a year-long festival of sporting and cultural events, parades, fairs and exhibits, including one prominently featuring the Miller School’s own Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Ricordi, director of the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute and Cell Transplant Center, is considered one of the world’s leading scientists in cell transplantation and is featured in a “Best of Italy” 3D holographic display of cutting-edge innovators who are shaping the future in such areas as chemistry, environment, communications, work and health.

A member of one of Italy’s most distinguished musical families, Ricordi was selected to represent the field of health/research, for his pioneering work in diabetes and his endeavors to develop research across borders. His hologram is part of the Stazione Futuro, or Future Station, an exhibit on display in the restored Officine Grande Riparazione in Turin, Italy.

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Ryan Hankins, left, from the Class of 2011, hands Alex Rico, M.D., one of the two Paff Awards he won for excellence in teaching.

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Ryan Hankins, left, from the Class of 2011, hands Alex Rico, M.D., one of the two Paff Awards he won for excellence in teaching.

Students Bestow 2011 George Paff Teaching Awards

At the George Paff Teaching Awards each year, faculty members are recognized for their excellence in teaching. Held April 13 this year, the ceremony is a highlight of the medical education calendar because awardees are selected by students who vote for faculty members they believe most embody the spirit, wit and commitment of one of the Miller School’s most colorful and revered educators.

Of course, with so many great faculty, students admitted the task wasn’t easy, but they managed to narrow the field to a dozen faculty, the three top vote-getters of each class. Among them was, as usual, J. Donald Temple, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs for Latin America, who received a record 23rd Paff Award. Paff plaques also went to a resident and an intern, while two fourth-year students were recognized with the Janet Canterbury and Thomas Crowder awards.

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Tai chi Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei demonstrates the stress-relieving grace of the ancient martial art.

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Tai chi Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei demonstrates the stress-relieving grace of the ancient martial art.

Grandmaster Chen Extols the Health Benefits of Tai Chi

With slow, graceful, deliberate movements punctuated by an occasional powerful thrust, tai chi Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei showed scores of onlookers on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on April 13 why he’s so popular in China – and why 300 million people across the globe practice the ancient Chinese martial art.

“Although tai chi is from China, it belongs to the world,’’ the 11th-generation direct-line successor of Chen Style tai chi said through a translator as he introduced China’s No. 1 fitness training. “It has contributed to the health of people all over the world.’’

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Flanked by Rubén Quintero, M.D., left, and Eftichia Kontopoulos, M.D., right, are Lisa Enriquez-Garcia and Armando Garcia with their daughter Lourdes, who was treated in utero, and her big sister Adriana.

Flanked by Rubén Quintero, M.D., left, and Eftichia Kontopoulos, M.D., right, are Lisa Enriquez-Garcia and Armando Garcia with their daughter Lourdes, who was treated in utero, and her big sister Adriana.

Fetal Surgeons Reunite with Patients Treated in the Womb

Fetal surgeons Rubén Quintero, M.D., and Eftichia Kontopoulos, M.D., were reunited with children they treated in the womb at an April 30 event on Jungle Island.

The Fetal Reunion, sponsored by Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UHealth – University of Miami Health System, provided a unique opportunity for physicians and their team to get to know the children who received life-saving surgery while still developing in their mothers’ wombs.

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Get a Makeover to Help Melanoma Research

The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery is teaming up with Macy’s to offer makeover demonstrations and tips to benefit melanoma research at the Miller School. Sign up to get a makeover for a good cause on Friday, April 29, from noon to 1 p.m. or from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, room 2090.

The department requests a $15 donation to attend the demonstration, and an additional $10 for a makeover by a professional makeup artist. Participants must pay in advance to guarantee a spot. Vendors will include Shiseido, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and Lancôme. All donors will receive lunch and a bag of cosmetic products and be entered into a raffle.
To register or for more information, please call 305-243-4472, or drop by the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, room 2023.

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