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Adam Williams, M.D., left, celebrates winning the Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award with Joshua Hare, M.D., who was senior author on the study.

Adam Williams, M.D., left, celebrates winning the Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award with Joshua Hare, M.D., who was senior author on the study.

Miller School Researcher Triumphs at AHA Scientific Sessions

Adam R. Williams, M.D., resident in the Department of Surgery and post-doctoral research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), received the Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award at the annual Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA) dinner at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

The award, named in honor of Vivien T. Thomas, a key player in pioneering the anastomosis of the subclavian artery to the pulmonary artery required for the “blue baby” operations that introduced the field of cardiothoracic surgery, acknowledges the accomplishments of early-career investigators, who are focusing on fundamental and applied surgical research.

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Cancer survivor Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, walks the runway with her doctor, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

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Cancer survivor Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, walks the runway with her doctor, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

“Designed for a Cure” Raises More Than $300,000 for Cancer Research at Sylvester

Cancer survivors and their caregivers brought high fashion to downtown Miami as they walked the runway as “model” patients at “Designed for a Cure,” an event that raised more than $300,000 for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Sylvester hosted more than 600 guests at the November 12 gala at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, where attendees enjoyed delicious tastings, fabulous cocktails and, more importantly, the power of cancer survivorship as 15 model patients were escorted by their caregivers for a one-of-a-kind fashion show.

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From left are, Ruben Quintero, M.D., Ira Karmin, M.D., Ruth Srebrenik, and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

From left are, Ruben Quintero, M.D., Ira Karmin, M.D., Ruth Srebrenik, and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

OB/GYN Enhances Patient Experience with Clinic Renovation

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology celebrated its newly renovated suite at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 17.

Located in Suite 507 of the Professional Arts Center, the clinic now offers diagnostic ultrasound services and obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine all in one place. The cheerful sky blue walls, dark wood furniture, hardwood floors, spacious waiting room and administrative space at the front of the clinic offer a welcoming environment where patients can easily check in and ask questions while waiting to see their doctor.

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From left, medical director Joycelyn Lawrence, M.D., M. Denise Simmons, and Viviana Bovo discuss the School Health Initiative.

From left, medical director Joycelyn Lawrence, M.D., M. Denise Simmons, and Viviana Bovo discuss the School Health Initiative.

School-Based Clinics Impress Senate Aide

Viviana Bovo, director of special projects in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, visited John F. Kennedy Middle School last week to learn more about the services offered at the University’s Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative sites, and the impact of its school-based health clinics on the community.

“Wow, what you are doing is giving parents peace of mind,” Bovo said, as she viewed a live demonstration of the telemedicine technology that enables medically underserved students at nine Miami-Dade County schools to receive quality care from school health and UM physicians – without leaving the school site. Using a high-definition video conferencing system and two-way monitors, physicians can diagnose students from afar, saving time and money and reducing absences from school.

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Marc Buoniconti, center, hosted teams from 10 local high schools for the innagural Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Engineering Design Challenge.

Marc Buoniconti, center, hosted teams from 10 local high schools for the innagural Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Engineering Design Challenge.

Marc Buoniconti Hosts Assistive Device Challenge for High Schoolers

Marc Buoniconti, the president of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, recently hosted the engineering and technology teams from 10 local high schools who will work with The Miami Project to design and build assistive medical device prototypes for people in wheelchairs.

Meeting at the Lois Pope LIFE Center on November 16, the student teams consulted with a panel of seven people living with spinal-cord injuries, so they could begin formulating their ideas for assistive devices that will make daily activities easier for people confined to wheelchairs. Next, the teams will develop designs for their devices, which will be presented to a design review committee. Once their designs pass the review, the teams will receive a $500 grant to build a working prototype of their device, which will be presented at the 2012 STEM TECH Olympiad on Miami Beach next April.

Sponsored by the United States Alliance for Technological Literacy, the Olympiad gives students an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills and talents in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Participating schools include Ransom Everglades School, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Christopher Columbus High School, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami Lakes Educational Center, Miami Northwestern High School, Miami Coral Park High, MAST Academy, iPREP Academy and Gulliver Preparatory School, which is the mentoring school for this project.

Medical Communications Office Has Moved

The Office of Medical Communications has moved to Dominion Tower, leaving its long-time home next to the Dean’s Office in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building. The office, which publishes the weekly e-Update, the monthly electronic newsletter MED, Miami Medicine, the Miller School’s quarterly magazine, and all of the Dean’s messages, is now located on the 8th floor of Dominion Tower, in suite 810 A.

The Office of Communications also handles all media relations for the Miller School and UHealth, reports and writes all news stories for the websites, and scripts many special events. All staff members are keeping the same phone numbers.

Christine Morris, associate vice president for medical communications, will keep an office in the original RMSB location. Faculty, staff and students are urged to stop by her office or the Dominion Tower offices with any questions, news, or ideas for stories.

To contact the Office of Medical Communications, please call the same main number, 305-243-3249. Submissions to e-Update and MED remain unchanged at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Office of Health Disparities Research Hosts Annual Holiday Toy Drive

The Office of Health Disparities Research is hosting its fifth annual Holiday Toy Drive through Friday, December 16.

Please donate a new, unwrapped toy, game or gift card for the children of Overtown at the Office of Health Disparities Research, Dominion Tower, suite 801. Donations are needed for infants to children 15 years of age.

The Toy Drive is sponsored by the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity, the Department of Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Miami Community Wellness Coalition. For more information, call 305-243-8893.

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