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UM Hospital Earns Statutory Teaching Hospital Designation

University of Miami Hospital has earned designation as a statutory teaching hospital from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration — becoming just the 10th such teaching hospital in the state.

“This designation recognizes the outstanding graduate medical education and program direction the University of Miami has been providing for decades,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of University of Miami Health System. “We are honored and proud that University of Miami Hospital has earned this distinction.”

The statutory teaching hospital designation is granted to hospitals with at least 100 full-time equivalent resident physicians in seven or more graduate medical education programs.

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From left are researchers Fulvia Verde, Ph.D., David J. Wiley, Ph.D.,  Maitreyi Das, Ph.D., and Peter Buchwald, Ph.D.

From left are researchers Fulvia Verde, Ph.D., David J. Wiley, Ph.D., Maitreyi Das, Ph.D., and Peter Buchwald, Ph.D.

Researchers Discover Mechanism of Cell Growth Control

In a groundbreaking study published in Science, Miller School biologists provide a novel perspective to important and fundamental questions in basic cell biology: How do cells control their growth and define their shape?

Led by senior author Fulvia Verde, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and cellular pharmacology and cell biology, UM researchers discovered that the activity of Cdc42, a key protein that regulates cell morphology, displays “pulsing” dynamics, moving from one end to the other in fission yeast cells. The oscillation of Cdc42 appears to be a critical factor in expanding and shaping the yeast cells, a finding that sheds new light on the molecular mechanisms that control and change cell shape.

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., Weighs in on Taser Debate

Invited to weigh in on the controversy over police use of Taser stun guns, the Miller School’s Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., suggested in an editorial published in the May 22 issue of Circulation that law enforcement officers be made aware that subjects subdued with electrical shocks from electronic control devices (ECDs) could suffer cardiac arrest under certain conditions. Repeated or prolonged shocks, especially to the anterior chest, appear to be of greatest concern.

Myerburg, professor of medicine and physiology and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research, also recommended police treat any person who loses consciousness after receiving shocks from an ECD as if they were, indeed, suffering cardiac arrest.

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Daniel J. Snyder

Daniel J. Snyder

Daniel J. Snyder Named CEO of University of Miami Hospital

Daniel J. Snyder, who has 30 years of health care experience and served as interim CEO of University of Miami Hospital, has been appointed to the post permanently.

“I am very enthusiastic about the future,” Snyder said of his appointment, which coincides with UMH’s accreditation as a teaching hospital. “This is a wonderful organization and an essential element of our community. As I take on this new responsibility, I look forward to leading UMH in achieving our vision of becoming ‘the best university teaching hospital in the world.’”

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., Honored for Commitment to Diversity and Minority Health

For his exceptional commitment to improving minority health and cultural diversity in medicine, Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, is the 2012 recipient of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s prestigious Herbert W. Nickens Award.

Carrasquillo, who began training to care for underserved minority communities as an undergraduate and is now a national expert on and advocate for ending health disparities, was recognized May 12 for his career-long accomplishments at the society’s 35th annual meeting in Orlando. He called his receipt of an award named for one of the earliest national champions of improving the health of minorities “a tremendous honor.”

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UM Trustee Barbara Havenick, far left, dedicates the Fred Havenick ICU with, from left, family members Michael, Barbara, and Alex Havenick, Tim and Jennifer Bielawski, Florence Hecht, President Donna E. Shalala, Isadore and Alexis Havenick, and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

UM Trustee Barbara Havenick, far left, dedicates the Fred Havenick ICU with, from left, family members Michael, Barbara, and Alex Havenick, Tim and Jennifer Bielawski, Florence Hecht, President Donna E. Shalala, Isadore and Alexis Havenick, and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Fred Havenick ICU at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Signals New Era in Cancer Treatment

Trustees, donors, faculty, staff and UM and Miller School leadership celebrated and dedicated the Fred Havenick Intensive Care Unit at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on May 8.

Leonard Abess, chairman of the UM Board of Trustees, recognized the occasion as an “exciting night for the Miller School, and especially for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.” Funds raised to establish the ICU were made possible, Abess said, in large part through the efforts of fellow UM Trustee Barbara Havenick, in memory of her late husband, Fred.

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Judith K. and Robert M. Cornfeld, center, cut the ribbon surrounded by, from left, Ralph Sacco, M.D., grandson Henry Hurowitz, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Judith K. and Robert M. Cornfeld, center, cut the ribbon surrounded by, from left, Ralph Sacco, M.D., grandson Henry Hurowitz, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

New Neuroimaging Research Program Sets Miller School Apart

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, officially dedicated the new Robert M. and Judith K. Cornfeld Neuroimaging Research Program in the Department of Neurology in a May 9 ceremony at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“It is always such a privilege for me to host events like this one, where we thank and honor good friends like Judith and Robert Cornfeld—whose vision and support are helping us take the Miller School of Medicine to the next level,” the Dean said.

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From left, Daniel J. Synder, CEO of University of Miami Hospital; Carmen Lazo, DNP,ARNP; Anexis Lopez, RN,BHSA; Sebastian the Ibis; Betsy Fernandez, ARNP; Albertina De La Osa, ARNP; and David Zambrana, D.N.P, M.B.A., RN, chief operating and nursing officer.

From left, Daniel J. Synder, CEO of University of Miami Hospital; Carmen Lazo, DNP,ARNP; Anexis Lopez, RN,BHSA; Sebastian the Ibis; Betsy Fernandez, ARNP; Albertina De La Osa, ARNP; and David Zambrana, D.N.P, M.B.A., RN, chief operating and nursing officer.

Miller School/UHealth Celebrates Occupational Health Clinic Expansion at Grand Opening

After opening more than two years ago to treat University of Miami employees injured on the job, the Occupational Health Clinic, which specializes in workers’ compensation cases, is expanding its services.

At a May 17 grand opening in suite 502 of University of Miami Hospital, the Miller School and UHealth celebrated the walk-in clinic’s growth and new partnerships as faculty and staff mingled with local employers, Sebastian the Ibis and Florida State Senator Rene Garcia, chairman of the Heath Regulation Committee, which oversees the state’s workers’ compensation system.

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Maria Sanchez, a teacher at Hialeah Gardens Middle School, leads a group of students on National Bike to School Day.

Maria Sanchez, a teacher at Hialeah Gardens Middle School, leads a group of students on National Bike to School Day.

Miller School’s BikeSafe Program Promotes National Bike to School Day

In honor of National Bike Month this May, UM’s BikeSafe team joined hundreds of students, parents, teachers, local police and Miami Dolphins mascot T.D. at Hialeah Gardens Middle School for the first National Bike to School Day on May 9.

Under the direction of Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., research professor of neurological surgery and director of the KiDZ Neuroscience Center at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the BikeSafe program is promoting policies and initiatives to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to bike safely in their communities.

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