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JFK Medical Center in Atlantis

JFK Medical Center in Atlantis

New Surgical Residency Program Approved at Regional Campus

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received approval for the first allopathic surgical residency program in Palm Beach County. The new five-year program at the University of Miami Regional Campus in Palm Beach County was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and will be implemented in close collaboration with JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, where it will be based. In addition, the surgical residents will rotate through Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in such specialties as trauma, pediatric surgery, transplant and liver surgery.

The only other allopathic residency program in Palm Beach County is the University of Miami’s residency program in internal medicine, also based at JFK Medical Center.

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As a radio reporter records, Arthur Fournier, M.D., right, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Joycelyn Lawrence, M.D., and Anne Burdick, M.D., M.B.A., talk to nurses in another school clinic.

As a radio reporter records, Arthur Fournier, M.D., right, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Joycelyn Lawrence, M.D., and Anne Burdick, M.D., M.B.A., talk to nurses in another school clinic.

UM School Health Initiative Receives Federal Grant for Expansion

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received a $454,500 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative. The funding is part of last year’s federal health care overhaul to build new school clinics and expand health care into areas with high numbers of uninsured families.

The one-time grant for capital improvements will be used to expand telehealth capabilities at the schools involved in the initiative and to develop electronic medical records for participating students. Consisting of high-definition video conferencing systems and two-way monitors, telehealth equipment allows physicians to quickly and conveniently diagnose students from afar, saving time and money and reducing absences from school.

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Keith A. Webster, Ph.D., FAHA

Keith A. Webster, Ph.D., FAHA

Vascular Biology Institute and Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Receive $2M Grant

The Miller School’s Vascular Biology Institute and Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology have been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support a translational research program that combines gene therapy with engineered stem cells for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Keith A. Webster, Ph.D., FAHA, the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Vascular Biology, professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology, director of the Vascular Biology Institute and principal investigator on the grant, received the award notice this month.

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From left, Nicholas Namias, M.D., M.B.A.; Louis R. Pizano, M.D, M.B.A.; Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health System CEO; and Carl I. Schulman, M.D., M.P.H., show off the Burn Center's certificate of verification.

From left, Nicholas Namias, M.D., M.B.A.; Louis R. Pizano, M.D, M.B.A.; Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health System CEO; and Carl I. Schulman, M.D., M.P.H., show off the Burn Center's certificate of verification.

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center Receives Re-Verification

The Burn Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital has received re-verification by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. This achievement recognizes the burn center’s dedication to providing compassionate, leading-edge care to patients.

“The burn center continues as a Center of Excellence, meeting the high standards of the American Burn Association because of the quality of experts that we have in every discipline of burn care, including the physicians, nurses, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and support staff,” said Louis R. Pizano, M.D., M.B.A., chief of the Division of Burns. “I am very proud to be part of this amazing team.”

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Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D.

Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Publish Findings on a New Genetic Map

Researchers from the Miller School of Medicine joined dozens of other institutions from across the United States and Oxford University in England to publish a very unusual genetic map in the journal Nature. The African American recombination map highlights areas that promote genetic variation in this population, making it a useful tool with which to study human evolution and the genetics of disease.

A separate group of researchers revealed a genome-wide recombination map in African American and African Caribbean individuals in Nature Genetics.

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Members of Team Precision show off their first-place trophy at the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency's first annual Fishing for Life Tournament.

Members of Team Precision show off their first-place trophy at the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency's first annual Fishing for Life Tournament.

Life Alliance’s First Annual Fishing Tournament A Success

The Miller School’s Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency raised more than $19,000 at its first annual Fishing for Life Tournament on Saturday, June 25. The charity event was designed to raise funds and awareness of the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donations for those awaiting the gift of life through transplantation in South Florida.

Teams won more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, with team Precision taking home the first-place trophy and $5,000 for the highest aggregate weight of five fish. Team Myamicane placed second winning $2,500, and team Never Better came in third for $1,000.

Of the many highlights at the action-packed event, perhaps the most exciting was that all three winning teams donated half of their prize money back to the Life Alliance to support the life-saving mission of donation.

Find out how to participate in next year's tournament »

Researchers Identity New Risk Factors for Heart Muscle Disease in Children

Miller School of Medicine researchers and their collaborators have identified important risk factors for death and transplantation in children with dilated cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), in findings published online July 25 in the journal Circulation. The disease affects 1 in 100,000 children, and nearly 40 percent with symptomatic dilated cardiomyopathy receive a transplant or fail medical management and die within two years of diagnosis.

Using these newly identified risk factors, physicians may be better able to identify children who will benefit from life-saving cardiac transplantation surgery. The current criteria for receiving a transplant sometimes miss children who could benefit.

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Richard A. Iacino Memorial Fund

The Richard A. Iacino Memorial Fund has been established at the Miller School of Medicine to benefit the Medical Wellness Center. An online giving page has been designed for anyone who is interested in making a donation. The link below will allow a donor to make a gift using a major credit card, and will immediately provide a confirmation email.

Please feel free to share this link with anyone who may want to honor Richard’s memory in this way.

https://advancement.miami.edu/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=577

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