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Second-year student Chris Kumetz collects a patient’s blood for a lipids and cholesterol screening. (Photo by Nicole Mandel)

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Second-year student Chris Kumetz collects a patient’s blood for a lipids and cholesterol screening. (Photo by Nicole Mandel)

DOCS’ 18th Little Haiti Health Fair Draws Grateful Patients

For most of the Little Haiti Health Fair’s history, Antoine Dorismond’s shop was just up the street, yet the clothing designer never managed to drop in for the free health screenings. Determined not to miss out this year, he was among the few dozen people already in line when the Miller School’s Ryan Dauer arrived at 6 a.m. this past Saturday to ensure the 18th annual student-run fair would open without a hitch three hours later.

“I don’t have health insurance and I know my blood pressure is too high and I eat too much salt,’’ Dorismond, a trim 62-year-old known for “Mr. Karl’s Sportswear,” said hours later, as he made the rounds to the various screening stations set up in the Center for Haitian Studies, Health & Human Services. “So I told my wife, ‘This will be the day.’ It’s a great opportunity.”

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Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Evangelos Badiavas, M.D., Ph.D.

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Evangelos Badiavas, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Physician/Scientists Receive $3M Grant to Treat Burn Wounds with Stem Cells

A Miller School trauma surgeon who cares for burn patients and a dermatologist who is already healing chronic wounds with stem cells have been awarded $3 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct the nation’s first clinical trial on the safety and efficacy of using donor mesenchymal stem cells to promote healing and reduce scarring in acute burn patients.

If proven successful, stem cell therapies could revolutionize burn care on the battlefield and the home front, reducing both the physical and emotional scars that millions of burn patients suffer, as well as the enormous cost of long-term reconstructive surgeries, and physical and psychological therapy.

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Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Diabetes Expert on National Panel that Warns of Critical Gaps for Seniors

In a report written by a consensus panel of diabetes experts, including the Miller School’s Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., the American Diabetes Association and American Geriatrics Society conclude that researchers and clinicians have the least data on how best to treat the group most likely to have diabetes — adults age 65 and older.

The report, which was published online in advance of print in the December issues of Diabetes Care and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, outlines what Florez, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and Clinical Director in the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and other diabetes experts do know about older adults with diabetes, how the disease affects them differently than younger adults, what can be done to prevent or treat it and how to fill the critical gaps in evidence to better address their needs.

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Sophia Galvin

Sophia Galvin

Director of UM’s Inclusion Program Wins Advocate of the Year Award

Sophia Galvin, director of inclusion programs in the Office of Workforce Engagement and Development, has been selected as Advocate of the Year by the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council for her contributions to developing minority businesses, including those on the Miller School/UHealth campus.

In her acceptance speech at the Council’s 37th Annual Awards Gala at Jungle Island last month, Galvin joked that she was grateful to be recognized for a job that she “would almost do for free.”

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The free LSTP shuttle offers convenient service to medical center employees.

The free LSTP shuttle offers convenient service to medical center employees.

Life Science & Technology Park Now Offers Free Shuttle Service

Having lunch at one of the new restaurants at the Life Science & Technology Park just got easier.

Balans, Thea Pizzeria and other retailers are just a shuttle ride away thanks to a new service offered by the Park. Convenient shuttle service to and from the LSTP is now available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The free shuttle runs every 15 minutes with stops at the Diagnostic Treatment Center, University of Miami Hospital, Clinical Research Building and Dominion Tower.

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias

Destination Fashion 2012 to Feature Live Performance by Enrique Iglesias

This year’s Destination Fashion to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will dazzle guests with a live performance by musical star Enrique Iglesias and Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour’s presentation of Emilio Pucci’s Spring 2013 Fashion Show Designed by Peter Dundas.

Festivities get underway at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at Bal Harbour Shops.

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Jon Frankel profiles Kevin Turner in <em>American Man</em> to shed light on concussive sports.

Jon Frankel profiles Kevin Turner in American Man to shed light on concussive sports.

Director Jon Frankel Joins University of Miami’s ALS Recovery Fund for Screening of American Man

The ALS Recovery Fund will host Jon Frankel, correspondent on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, at a reception and private screening of American Man, the documentary chronicling the life of former NFL running back Kevin Turner, on the Coral Gables campus in Storer Auditorium on Thursday, November 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Directed, produced and filmed by Frankel, the documentary follows the football superstar through his glory days and the ultimate price he paid for worshiping the sport. Turner was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. Scientists began to believe at about that time that the concussions suffered in contact sports were to blame for many traumas of the brain. In the decades since Turner retired, he lost his job, his money, his marriage and even, he thinks, his mind. But he refused simply to fade away. With a final and painful burst of ambition, he invested in a charitable enterprise that would sound the alarm about concussive sports and teach a football-loving nation to protect future generations.

Complimentary valet parking is available, and the suggested minimum donation is $50 per guest. Proceeds will benefit the ALS Recovery Fund. To attend, please RSVP online.

Richard A. Iacino,
1946 – 2011

Richard A. Iacino, 1946 – 2011

Join the Miller School’s “Team Iacino” at This Year’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk

The Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences have always supported efforts to raise awareness about suicide. It is the country’s 10th leading cause of death, claiming 36,000 lives each year. Walks sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are designed to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention while also raising funds for research. The event is also an effort to reach out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

We have committed for the third year to supporting the Out of the Darkness Community Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Miller School’s “Team Iacino,” in honor of our dear friend and colleague, Richard Iacino, will join together again to walk in his memory. We hope that all of you will join us in remembering him – and all the friends and family members we have lost — on Sunday, November 11, at 10 a.m. on the Coral Gables campus.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2011 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2011 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Support the Dolphins Cycling Challenge by Cheering Riders at First Water Stop

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will host the first water stop for the third annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge on Saturday, November 3, and needs your support and enthusiasm in welcoming riders who are raising money for cancer research at Sylvester.

Bring your family, friends and co-workers as we join a number of grateful cancer survivors from 7 to 8:30 a.m. in cheering on the riders, passing out water and raffling off great prizes. The prizes include two tickets and a parking pass to the Miami Dolphins football game against the Tennessee Titans at Sun Life Stadium on November 11, and a Sylvester duffel bag filled with goodies.

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In Memoriam

Marla and George Bergmann

Marla and George Bergmann

Miller School Philanthropist and Friend George Bergmann Passes Away

George Bergmann, a successful South Florida businessman and philanthropist who left an indelible mark on the Miller School of Medicine, died at University of Miami Hospital on October 24 after a prolonged illness. He was 79.

The president of Bergmann Properties, Bergmann was widely known across South Florida for his real estate acumen, his support of Jewish causes and education, and his commitment to advancing the Department of Orthopaedics’ education, research, and basic care.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, and Chief Executive Officer of UHealth, called Bergmann “a wonderful friend whose legacy endures.’’

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