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Michael D. Norenberg, M.D.

Michael D. Norenberg, M.D.

Michael D. Norenberg, M.D., Inducted into Association of American Physicians

For the fourth year in a row, a Miller School physician has been inducted into the prestigious Association of American Physicians (AAP), founded in 1885 for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Members include Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine, making induction a great honor.

This year’s UM honoree is Michael D. Norenberg, M.D., professor of pathology and biochemistry and molecular biology and director of neuropathology research. He was inducted August 28 during the organization’s annual meeting and dinner in Chicago.

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From left, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., and UM President Donna E. Shalala.

From left, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., and UM President Donna E. Shalala.

Dr. Eugene Sayfie Receives Distinguished Master Clinician Award as Pavilion Opens in His Name

Hundreds of supporters and friends joined UM President Donna E. Shalala and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, as they hosted the grand opening of the Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., Pavilion for Excellence in Patient Care, and bestowed upon Sayfie the University’s inaugural Distinguished Master Clinician Award. The standing-room-only event was held at the new state-of-the-art medical pavilion in the Professional Arts Center, where Sayfie, associate professor of clinical medicine, will serve as medical director of the UM Executive Health Program.

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H. Thomas Temple, M.D., center right, celebrates the Beacon Award with, from left, the Beacon Council's Frank Nero, president and CEO, Jay A. Steinman, and Alan Becker, chair.

H. Thomas Temple, M.D., center right, celebrates the Beacon Award with, from left, the Beacon Council's Frank Nero, president and CEO, Jay A. Steinman, and Alan Becker, chair.

UM Tissue Bank Wins Prestigious Beacon Award

The University of Miami Tissue Bank, under the leadership of H. Thomas Temple, M.D., director, professor and vice chair of orthopaedic surgery, has received the Beacon Council’s prestigious Beacon Award in the Life Science category.

The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization, honored the winners of its 10th annual awards at the new Marlins Park on April 25.

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Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Cancer Researcher Receives Spirit of Service-Learning Award

Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, who is committed to ending health disparities among isolated and under-served patients, has been selected by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida and the Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year Coalition for the 2012 Spirit of Service-Learning Award in higher education.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award, given that the Peace Corps represents many of the same ideals that I aspire to in my own work, like building community capacity for sustainable change,” said Kobetz-Kerman.

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Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Elected to Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Board

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology, has been elected to the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s Vascular Testing Board of Directors. Her tenure will last at least four years.

Supported by the American Academy of Neurology and a number of other medical organizations, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) was established to ensure high quality patient care by providing laboratory accreditation programs for vascular testing and five other specialties.

Read more about Dr. Rundek's election »

Marissa Orenstein, AMWA president-elect

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Marissa Orenstein, AMWA president-elect

Miller School Student Elected Student President-Elect of American Medical Women’s Association

Second-year student Marissa Orenstein is the new student president-elect on the national board of the American Medical Women’s Association. Elected to the post by her medical student peers at AMWA’s 97th Annual Meeting in Miami last month, she is slated to become student president of the organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health at its 2013 annual meeting.

“This is a tremendous honor and an amazing accomplishment for Marissa,” said Hilit Mechaber, M.D., associate professor of medicine and associate dean for student services who serves as the Miller School’s AMWA faculty advisor. “But she is a remarkable student leader.”

Read more about AMWA and the Miller School's annual brunch »

Cynthia Cochran, who is four months pregnant, sits in the room for nursing mothers at Gables One Tower as Nanette Vega explains the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Policy.

Cynthia Cochran, who is four months pregnant, sits in the room for nursing mothers at Gables One Tower as Nanette Vega explains the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Policy.

Lactation Rooms Open for Nursing Mothers at the Miller School and Across UM

Only a few months ago, Dominique Kirkland had to use her supervisor’s office at the Miller School to express breast milk for her newborn son, Kelvin. A toxicologist in the Department of Pathology, Kirkland works in an open laboratory, without the privacy needed to pump milk at least three times a day.

But now, dedicated rooms across the University are providing nursing mothers at UM clean, comfortable and secluded places to express milk, and Kirkland couldn’t be happier.

Read more about the rooms for nursing mothers at UM »

Regine Joseph, left, medical assistant in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, conducts a free health screening at the FACT Festival.

Regine Joseph, left, medical assistant in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, conducts a free health screening at the FACT Festival.

School-Based Clinic Initiative Stands Up for Health and Against Crime at Local Festival

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative provided basic health screenings and education to hundreds of children and their families who attended the City of North Miami Police Department’s FACT (Families Against Crime Together) Festival at North Miami Senior High School on April 28.

“This was another great opportunity for us to engage with the community and let them know about the free services we provide,” said M. Denise Simmons, program manager for the school health initiative. “And helping the City of North Miami spread the word that violence is not the solution is a message we are glad to share.”

The school health initiative, a partnership between the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation and the Miller School Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, offers free health care to children in eight Miami-Dade County public schools.

Annual General Faculty Meeting on May 30

President Donna E. Shalala, Provost Thomas LeBlanc and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., will hold the annual General Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:30 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.