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From left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Provost Thomas LeBlanc accepted awards for, respectively, best medical school and best university, while UM trustee Phillip Frost, M.D., received the 2011 South Florida Legend Award.

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From left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Provost Thomas LeBlanc accepted awards for, respectively, best medical school and best university, while UM trustee Phillip Frost, M.D., received the 2011 South Florida Legend Award.

UM, the Miller School and UHealth Receive “Business Leader of the Year” Honors

The University of Miami and two of its valued supporters received six awards for wide-ranging contributions to education, philanthropy, health and biotechnology at the 2011 South Florida Business Leader of the Year awards dinner.

UM received four business leader awards – for being South Florida’s best university and having its best medical school, best hospital and best biotechnology program – at the May 19 awards ceremony sponsored by Business Leader Media at Jungle Island in Miami.

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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.

Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the country’s elite, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online May 17. The rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties.

Holtz was ranked in seven specialties this year: 25th in neonatology, 26th in nephrology, 41st in diabetes and endocrinology, 42nd in urology, 43rd in both cardiology/heart surgery and gastroenterology, and 49th in cancer. In addition, U.S. News also ranked the University of Miami Health System’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in ophthalmology and the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center’s ear, nose and throat program as part of its 2010-2011 “Best Hospitals” rankings. Both programs support Holtz in providing child health services.

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Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D.

Marilyn K. Glassberg, M.D.

New Treatment for Fatal Lung Disease Proves Promising

New findings from two international clinical trials could offer hope to patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive and fatal lung disease with no known cause or treatment. The results were published online May 14 in the prestigious British medical journal Lancet.

Researchers at 10 medical centers worldwide, including the Miller School, conducted two concurrent, nearly identical trials with close to 800 patients. As part of the CAPACITY (Clinical Studies Assessing Pirfenidone in IPF: Research of Efficacy and Safety Outcomes) program the patients were randomized to blinded treatment with oral pirfenidone or placebo for a minimum of 72 weeks. Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., associate professor of medicine, served as a principal investigator for the Miller School and was one of the study’s authors.

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From left, Woodie Lesesne, president of <em>In Focus</em>, Rosetta Rolle-Hylton, and NBC6 news anchor and meteorologist Trina Robinson.

From left, Woodie Lesesne, president of In Focus, Rosetta Rolle-Hylton, and NBC6 news anchor and meteorologist Trina Robinson.

Organ Donor Educator Honored at Annual Women’s Power Caucus

Rosetta Rolle-Hylton, L.P.N., communications coordinator for community and donor family services at the Life Alliance Organ Recovery in the Department of Surgery, was the recipient of In Focus Magazine’s “Quiet Storm” award for health care professional of the year. Presented during a special awards luncheon at the Women’s Power Caucus Leadership Conference on May 14 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Resort in Fort Lauderdale, the award recognizes female leaders who demonstrate excellence in their field.

Rolle-Hylton was selected for her passion, management skills and distinction as a health care professional. She also serves as director of Mbofra Ne Nyame (Children in God), where she is a mentor to boys and girls.

Parking Lot Closes June 1

Effective Wednesday, June 1, the unpaved old bank lot at the northwest corner of NW 14th Street and NW 11th Avenue will be closed to all vehicles except those parked by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center valet attendants.

If you have been parking in the lot, including after hours or on weekends, you will need to make other parking arrangements before June 1. To purchase monthly or daily parking at other garages or lots, please visit the Security, Parking and ID Office in Dominion Parking Garage, suite 145, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Any unauthorized vehicles parked in the lot on or after June 1 will be towed. If you have questions, please contact Jack Martin, parking and transportation manager, at 305-243-2898 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry Offer Ends June 24

A limited-time promotion on dental implants and teeth whitening announced in the March Wellness Letter will end on Friday, June 24. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Division of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry, please call 305-689-6725 or visit the division website.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, left, and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester/UMHC, celebrate the success of the inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge, which took place Nov. 20-21, 2010.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, left, and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester/UMHC, celebrate the success of the inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge, which took place Nov. 20-21, 2010.

Sylvester Gears Up for Second Annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge

The second annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge, benefitting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is set for November 5 and 6. The two-day, 170-mile tri-county charity cycling event will be held in memory of Dolphins great Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich, who lost his battle with bile duct cancer in April. This major community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the Miller School.

“The Dolphins Cycling Challenge is part of Jim Mandich’s lasting and impactful legacy on the Miami Dolphins,” said Dolphins CEO Mike Dee. “He approached his bout with cancer with the same tenacity that he approached life. His spirit and drive will live on through each rider and every dollar raised for cancer research. Every community deserves a world-class cancer treatment and research center. Steve Ross and the Miami Dolphins organization are committed to helping Sylvester expand its footprint and profound impact on the lives of South Floridians.”

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