e-Update: News for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty and Staff

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Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.

UM Opens South Florida’s First Brain Fitness Pavilion

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in collaboration with the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is opening South Florida’s first Brain Fitness Pavilion.

Located at the Center on Aging on the third floor of the Mental Health Hospital Center at 1695 N.W. 9th Avenue, the Pavilion offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive cognitive programs, including neuropsychological assessments, assessments of everyday living skills, and a customized brain fitness training program.

Using BrainHQ, an online brain training program designed by Posit Science and the only cognitive remediation intervention being considered by the FDA for clearance as a medical device, the Pavilion’s brain fitness training program will help patients improve memory, concentration, attention, and mental speed. These important tasks of everyday living, says Pavilion Director Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., can be affected by a variety of psychological conditions and generally decline as people age.

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Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D., left, and Kim Eagle, M.D., President of the Association of University Cardiologists.

Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D., left, and Kim Eagle, M.D., President of the Association of University Cardiologists.

Distinguished Cardiac Researcher Elected to Association of University Cardiologists

Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics and pharmacology and Director of the UM Cardiovascular Genomics Laboratory, has been elected to the prestigious Association of University Cardiologists. Founded in 1961, the Association is limited to an active membership of 125 academic cardiologists who are selected for pioneering the course of research and training in cardiovascular disease in the United States.

“This is a tremendous honor and milestone achievement for an academic cardiologist,” Bishopric said. “It is a privilege to be in the company of so many highly successful and distinguished clinician leaders.”

As part of her membership, at the Association’s 53rd annual scientific meeting January 8-10 in Phoenix, Bishopric presented “Inhibitors and Effectors of Hypertrophy at the EP300 Node,” which reviewed her pioneering work on molecular mechanisms of heart growth and failure.

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Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, M.D., M.B.A.

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, M.D., M.B.A.

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes Named Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, M.D., M.B.A., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been named Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for UHealth.

Leading a newly invigorated UHealth Patient Safety and Quality Office, Vasiliu-Feltes will be instrumental in developing and optimizing clinical quality measures as the health system continues to advance its electronic medical records systems to further enhance patient safety, standardize clinical processes, prevent system errors and improve healthcare outcomes across the clinical enterprise. Vasiliu-Feltes will build on the seminal efforts of her predecessor Rafael Campo, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of University of Miami Hospital, and the ongoing work of the two current Vice Chiefs, Efren Manjarrez, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and Interim Chief of Hospital Medicine, and Alan Yesner, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine.

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Members of the Miami CTSI Ethics Program and administrative team gather in the new Research Commons conference room, equipped with a high-definition TV and video conferencing technology.

Members of the Miami CTSI Ethics Program and administrative team gather in the new Research Commons conference room, equipped with a high-definition TV and video conferencing technology.

Miami CTSI Announces Opening of Research Commons at the Clinical Research Building

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has unveiled its new Research Commons, a home for promoting team science and user-friendly research expertise, service, and consultation.

The Commons, located on the seventh floor of the Clinical Research Building on UM’s Medical Campus, is the official headquarters for CTSI operational staff and is a one-stop shop for its research concierge services, where a navigator and research subject advocate are available to help determine an investigator’s needs, identify where to go for more in-depth assistance, and offer information about how to obtain access to broader institutional research resources.

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Chief Nursing Officers, from left, are Elizabeth Smith, D.N.P., R.N., JoAnn Trybulski, Ph.D., ANP-BC, DPNAP, and Joanne Martin, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A.

Chief Nursing Officers, from left, are Elizabeth Smith, D.N.P., R.N., JoAnn Trybulski, Ph.D., ANP-BC, DPNAP, and Joanne Martin, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A.

UHealth Chief Nursing Officers Host First Nursing Leadership Retreat

Nursing leaders Joanne Martin, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., Chief Nursing Officer at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Elizabeth Smith, D.N.P., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and JoAnn Trybulski, Ph.D., ANP-BC, DPNAP, Chief Nursing Officer at University of Miami Hospital, hosted the inaugural Nursing Leadership Retreat to strengthen partnerships among faculty and staff at Miller School/UHealth hospitals and clinics.

Deemed a “transformational leadership opportunity,” Martin, Smith and Trybulski said the event will serve as a cornerstone for UHealth nursing as a system. “This will be achieved by empowering, and engaging the hearts and minds of leaders and emerging leaders at all levels and all settings, and by promoting and sustaining a culture of accountability through collaborative teamwork, shared talents and resources,” they told the crowd gathered in the Sylvester conference room.

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Anuj Mehrotra

Anuj Mehrotra

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Business School Administrator Helps Students and Businesses Aim Hig

An innovative teacher, administrator, and researcher, Anuj Mehrotra is as committed to helping students reach their potential as he is to helping organizations reach theirs. Have a story to share? Tell us why you support the U, or about a colleague who does.

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Early Deadline for Submissions

Because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 20, the deadline for the January 21 issue of e-Update is Wednesday, January 15, by noon.

Sexual Assault Response Team Advocate Opportunities

The University of Miami Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is seeking dedicated, warm and empathic faculty, staff, and graduate student volunteers to serve as advocates during the 2014 calendar year.

SART is often the first line of response for UM students who have been sexually assaulted, molested, or battered, and has supported sexual assault survivors and others since 1992. As an advocate, you will provide hotline callers with much-needed emotional support, information, and referrals, in addition to help accessing resources when appropriate. You will receive comprehensive training in taking calls from students in a variety of sexual assault-related situations, orientation to UM’s varied resources for those who have been sexually victimized, and ongoing support from licensed mental health professionals at the Counseling Center.

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Discounted Miami Heat Tickets for University Faculty and Staff

The Miami Heat are proud to offer University of Miami faculty and staff the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the rest of the Miami Heat in action this season. Employees can purchase tickets for select games, including matches against the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder, by using the special offer code “heatdeal” when completing their order online. Tickets are extremely limited and subject to availability.

For more information, please contact Lynelle Williams at 786-777-4244.