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Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A.

Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A.

Gaetano Ciancio Named Director of the Miami Transplant Institute

Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery, has been named director of the Miami Transplant Institute, a joint program between the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

In his new role, Ciancio will oversee operations of the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI), one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive transplant centers. The Institute was formed five years ago, advancing the UM/Jackson transplant program’s 42-year history of world-renowned faculty performing more than 500 transplant procedures annually, playing a major role in kidney, liver, intestinal, heart, lung, and pancreas transplantation.

MTI is also a leader in multi-visceral transplantation. More than half of the reported multi-organ transplants in the world have been performed at MTI, the only Florida hospital to perform every type of organ transplant.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

DRI Awarded $4.6M to Take Islet Transplantation to Next Level

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., and collaborators at the Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) have received a $4.6 million grant from two medical research foundations to make islet cell transplantation, an experimental procedure that has improved blood glucose control and the quality of life of some type 1 diabetics, available to more patients.

Ricordi, who is scientific director of the DRI and the UM Cell Transplant Center, and his team received the three-year grant from JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to define a new and safer implant site for islet cells, increase the survival and function of the transplanted islets and eliminate the need for life-long systemic immunosuppression drugs.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., congratulate Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., for receiving the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award and her litany of other achievements.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., congratulate Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., for receiving the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award and her litany of other achievements.

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., Honored for Renewal of 39-Year-Old Grant

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., the Christine E. Lynn Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience and a Professor of Cell Biology and Neurological Surgery at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and her colleagues recently learned that the Bunge-Wood-Monje Laboratory’s 39-year-old NIH grant to investigate Schwann cell biology and transplantation would be funded for another five years.

To commemorate the rare milestone, Bunge’s colleagues gathered in the Lois Pope LIFE Center on July 19 to celebrate the grant renewal and her longstanding contributions to The Miami Project’s research at the Miller School. Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Miami Project Scientific Director W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., officially presented Bunge with the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award medal she was awarded in April but unable to accept in person because of a previously scheduled trip. Drs. Goldschmidt and Dietrich also lauded Bunge’s contributions to the field of neuroscience and spinal cord injury as well as to the Miller School.

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Lee Kaplan, M.D., left, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., spoke with high school students at the annual Student Ambassador Seminar.

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Lee Kaplan, M.D., left, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., spoke with high school students at the annual Student Ambassador Seminar.

Students Learn Leadership Lessons at UHealth Sports Medicine Seminar

Sixty-five Miami-Dade and Broward high school students who were invited as role models for success participated in last week’s 3rd Annual Student Ambassador Seminar, leaving with lessons on leadership, decision making, peer pressure, academic success, time management, and life in the sports world from people who have been there – and one who chose to forego it.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth-University of Miami Health System, welcomed the students and shared his insights on the importance and stress of making decisions, big and small. As a member of the Belgian national junior field hockey team, he had to decide whether to continue his intense training in hopes of participating in the Olympics, or concentrate on his studies to become a doctor.

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Breakthrough Miami students,  from bottom left, Saed Cameron, Albert Charles, Andrew Bloodsaw and Stephanie Byrd are enthralled with seeing human eye tissue up close.

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Breakthrough Miami students, from bottom left, Saed Cameron, Albert Charles, Andrew Bloodsaw and Stephanie Byrd are enthralled with seeing human eye tissue up close.

Bascom Palmer Hosts Career Day for Breakthrough Miami Students

Some kids might be disappointed to spend their summer field trip at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and not Zoo Miami where others went, but not 11-year-old McCarthney Cerisier. “The zoo is so common,’’ the incoming 6th-grader said, after inspecting a sclera, the white of a human eye, in the Florida Lions Eye Bank on Bascom Palmer’s third floor. “This is not so common. You get to see a human eye and how it works.”

McCarthney’s sentiment seemed to be widely held among the 28 Breakthrough Miami students who spent July 12 touring the eye institute and hearing from a range of Miller School faculty and staff to learn about the variety of careers open to students who take their schooling seriously, and set their sights high.

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