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The Class of 2011 recites the Physician's Oath.

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The Class of 2011 recites the Physician's Oath.

Miller School’s Commencement Ceremony Mints its Newest M.D.s

With newly minted diplomas in hand and bright smiles on their faces, the Miller School’s newest graduates marched out of the BankUnited Center Saturday ready to serve, ready to heal, ready to make their mark in medicine across the country and the globe.

“This is a culmination of a lot of hard work and today is worth every minute of these past four years,” said graduate Isabel Lamour, M.D., who, after a few days of relaxation, will head to Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to begin her residency.

“I am super excited,” remarked graduate Courtney Orynich, M.D., who will make her way to India to fulfill a nine-month commitment to working with Operation Smile. “Today is very special.”

Indeed, the day was special for the 167 new graduates in attendance who were congratulated in remarks by distinguished speakers such as Benjamin Carson Sr., M.D., the internationally acclaimed pediatric neurosurgeon who was the keynote speaker and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science degree, UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

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From left, Margaret Fischl, M.D., professor of medicine; Marc Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., professor of pediatrics, were honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Health Care Heroes Awards.

From left, Margaret Fischl, M.D., professor of medicine; Marc Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., professor of pediatrics, were honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Health Care Heroes Awards.

Marc Buoniconti and Patricia Cantwell Win Health Care Heroes Awards

To highlight the work of nominees for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Health Care Heroes Awards, videotaped messages describing the nominees’ accomplishments were shown to the audience. In the recorded words of Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., those who didn’t already know, learned that Marc Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the Miller School, “is the soul and the strength that is moving the entire enterprise forward.”

That dedication to finding a cure for spinal cord injury hasn’t wavered since his 1985 accident, making Buoniconti and The Miami Project internationally known in the field. As he slowly rolled his wheelchair to the podium to collect his Individual of Merit Award, attendees stood to their feet and applauded thunderously.

The outstanding work of Miller School faculty received similar attention at the May 12 event at Jungle Island. G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric critical care medicine at Holtz Children’s Hospital, won the Health Care Professional Award for her many years spent attending to the medical needs of some of the sickest children in the region and beyond.

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The Miller School pediatric researchers participating in the BABY HUG trial include from left Julio Barredo, M.D., Tally Hustace, A.R.N.P., Ofelia Alvarez, M.D., and Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

The Miller School pediatric researchers participating in the BABY HUG trial include from left Julio Barredo, M.D., Tally Hustace, A.R.N.P., Ofelia Alvarez, M.D., and Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

Study Finds Sickle Cell Drug Safe and Effective for Infants and Toddlers

The findings from one of the largest sickle cell anemia studies of its kind could change the standard of care for very young children with the disease. Researchers from the Miller School, and 13 medical centers across the United States, conducted a randomized double-blinded trial to test the impact of hydroxyurea therapy for children between the ages of nine to eighteen months. The results of the two year NIH-funded clinical trial will be published in the May 14 issue of the prestigious British medical journal Lancet.

The objective of the trial was to determine if hydroxyurea therapy is effective in preventing organ dysfunction and clinical complications. The investigators at the BABY HUG (Pediatric Hydroxyurea Phase III Clinical Trial) clinical centers enrolled almost 200 patients and 86-percent completed the study. Half of the patients received hydroxyurea and half received placebo.

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From left: Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., Hannah Scheff, JoAnne Goldberg, Naomi Prever, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left: Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., Hannah Scheff, JoAnne Goldberg, Naomi Prever, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

The Pap Corps Raises Near Record Amount for Sylvester

The Pap Corps presented its annual gift to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine – a check for $3.4 million to fund cancer research. It’s the second highest amount raised by the grassroots organization, which continues to astound and defy economic trends. The check was presented to Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., interim director of Sylvester, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester/UMHC – University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and Chief Executive Officer of UHealth-University of Miami Health System.

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Stocked with thousands of ready-made eyeglasses and state-of-the-art equipment, Bascom Palmer's Vision Van offers emergency vision screenings and treatment for eye injuries in Japan.

Stocked with thousands of ready-made eyeglasses and state-of-the-art equipment, Bascom Palmer's Vision Van offers emergency vision screenings and treatment for eye injuries in Japan.

Bascom Palmer Presentation Highlights Successful Vision Van Rescue Mission in Japan

On May 5, faculty and staff from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Miller School attended a presentation featuring exclusive photos and videos illustrating the impact of Bascom Palmer’s Vision Van Eye-Rescue Mission in Japan. Special guest speaker Kazuo Tsubota, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of ophthalmology at Keio University School of Medicine, traveled from Tokyo to express his sincere gratitude for Bascom Palmer and the Miller School’s efforts in sending the Vision Van following the tsunami and earthquakes that ravaged northeastern region of the country.

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Dean Goldschmidt, left, and Provost LeBlanc listen as President Shalala speaks at last year's meeting.

Dean Goldschmidt, left, and Provost LeBlanc listen as President Shalala speaks at last year's meeting.

Annual General Faculty Meeting Tonight

Bring your questions and join President Donna E. Shalala, Provost Thomas LeBlanc and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., for the annual General Faculty Meeting tonight, Tuesday, May 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium.

All Miller School faculty members are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

For those who cannot attend, the meeting will be broadcast live via webcast.

William O'Neill, M.D.

William O'Neill, M.D.

Dr. William O’Neill to Present “Innovations in Cardiology” at Tonight’s Collegetown Lecture

William O’Neill, M.D., executive dean for clinical affairs and chief medical officer of UHealth, will present a special lecture, “Innovations in Cardiology,” tonight, Tuesday, June 7, as part of the Collegetown initiative to enrich the local community with intellectual discourse and presentations by faculty experts.

The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the Coral Gables campus at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive. Self parking is available. For more information including a map, visit the e-vite online. A question-and-answer session and refreshments will follow the lecture. Please RSVP to 305-243-9697 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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