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Marc Buoniconti and Shaquille O’Neal at the 27th annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.

Marc Buoniconti and Shaquille O’Neal at the 27th annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.

Great Sports Legends Dinner Raises Nearly $18M for Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

The 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, held Monday, September 24, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, raised nearly $18 million for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, capping a milestone year. In July, The Miami Project, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received FDA approval for a Phase I clinical trial of Schwann cell transplantation in acute spinal cord injury patients, the first and only such trial in the U.S.

That accomplishment gave celebrities, philanthropists and corporate leaders who attended the event plenty to celebrate. Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc greeted guests at the high-profile event which pays tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports legends that inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries. NBC Sports icon Bob Costas returned as Master of Ceremonies for the sold-out dinner.

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With a little encouragement from Sebastian the Ibis and Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receives his annual flu shot from Carmen Lazo DrNP, ANP-BC.

With a little encouragement from Sebastian the Ibis and Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., receives his annual flu shot from Carmen Lazo DrNP, ANP-BC.

Free Flu Shots and Chance to Contribute to NIH Study Available October 1

It’s that time of year again when students, staff and faculty at the Miller School and UHealth can take steps to protect themselves and those around them, plus contribute to science — by receiving a free influenza vaccination that will be available without an appointment at employee health offices across campus and at future health fairs.

Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, and CEO of UHealth, and Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and Medical Director of Infection Control and Employee Health for UHealth, hope protecting the health of patients, the public, their families and themselves will be incentive enough for all employees and students to make this year’s vaccination campaign the most successful to date.

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Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D.

Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D.

Breast Cancer Study in Nature Could Speed Targeted Therapies

A team of breast cancer experts from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has taken part in an international multi-center study of breast tumors that could help researchers develop more targeted therapies for breast cancer patients. The findings, “Comprehensive Molecular Portraits of Human Breast Tumors,” are published in the September 23 online edition of the journal Nature.

Since 2010, Sylvester’s Tissue Bank Core Facility has been part of the Cancer Genome Atlas Program, a national initiative established by the National Institutes of Health to generate maps of key genomic changes in many types of cancer. The goal of the five-year program is to build a resource for research aimed at developing better strategies for diagnosing, treating and preventing each type of cancer.

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Robert Schwartz, M.D., with the Jessie Trice Hero Award.

Robert Schwartz, M.D., with the Jessie Trice Hero Award.

Family Medicine and Community Health Pioneer Wins Jessie Trice Hero Award

Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor and Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, has been honored with the Jessie Trice Hero Award for his tremendous leadership in health information technology initiatives and his unwavering commitment to providing care to the underserved.

“I am truly honored to be the recipient of the Jessie Trice Hero Award, and I hope to continue serving the Miami communities’ health care needs, especially those of the underserved,” said Schwartz.

Schwartz received the award from the Health Choice Network of Florida at a September 19 awards benefit. He was nominated by the network’s President and CEO Kevin Kearns.

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Raymond J. Leveillee, M.D., debates Laparoendoscopic Single Site Surgery at the 30th World Congress of Endourology.

Raymond J. Leveillee, M.D., debates Laparoendoscopic Single Site Surgery at the 30th World Congress of Endourology.

Miller School Urologist Wins Debate at 30th World Congress

Raymond J. Leveillee, M.D., professor of urology and Chief of the Division of Endourology, Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery, defeated University of Texas Southwestern’s Jeffrey A. Cadeddu, M.D., in a debate on Laparoendoscopic Single Site Surgery (LESS) at the 30th World Congress of Endourology and SWL in Istanbul, Turkey.

The September 6 debate weighed arguments for and against LESS.

According to Leveillee, the procedure focuses more on aesthetics than patient safety. Recent studies show LESS is associated with a higher risk of complications.

Read more about Dr. Leveillee's presentation at the World Congress »

Faculty Senate Award Nominations

Each year, the Faculty Senate recognizes exceptional efforts in three key areas of academia. UM faculty members are encouraged to submit nominations for the prestigious James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

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Call for Applications for SEEDS ‘You Choose’ Leadership Awards

The SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) “You Choose” program will provide several Leadership Awards of $2,500 each. The competition, which targets tenure- and research-track faculty members, is designed to support activities that improve the environment for career satisfaction and success of a diverse faculty. The type of activity is not specified. For example, you may propose to stage a career skills event, develop a seminar series, take advantage of a leadership opportunity, visit another lab to establish collaborations, or bring in a speaker or collaborator.

Read more and learn how to submit your proposal »

In Memoriam

Harvey E. Brown Jr., M.D.

Harvey E. Brown Jr., M.D.

Rheumatology Legend Passes Away

Longtime Miller School faculty member Harvey E. Brown Jr., M.D., professor of medicine, passed away peacefully on September 15. He was 89.

Brown served as a captain and regimental surgeon in the Korean War and received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for his actions in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, he practiced medicine at the Veterans Hospital in Petersburg after returning from Korea.

In 1954, he joined the faculty at the VA Medical Center and the University of Miami School of Medicine, becoming the first rheumatologist at either institution and initiating his 55-year career. A professor in the former Department of Rheumatology, he was a specialist in the management of tuberculosis and, later, an early leader in the development of biologic therapies for rheumatoid arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. He also was a proud member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor awarded at the University of Miami.

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