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Student Marshal Joseph Esterson, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, leads the commencement procession.

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Student Marshal Joseph Esterson, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, leads the commencement procession.

Miller School Awards Medical Degrees to the Class of 2013

With great exuberance and pride, and a huge sigh of relief, graduates of the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2013 took the Hippocratic Oath and were awarded their diplomas at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11, at BankUnited Center. The graduation program marked the end of four years of intense medical education, preparing the 187 graduates to be physicians.

On this day, the focus was on their monumental achievement, celebrating with family and friends, and looking toward the future. As physicians, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., reminded the graduating class that they “have a remarkable opportunity to prevent illnesses and help those who are sick and in need of medical care. It is a privilege to discover the ways to return them to the best life possible.”

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From left are Stan Scheff, Chief Financial Officer of the Pap, JoAnne Goldberg, Pap Corps President, Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, Vice Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors, Bill Kingston, Executive Director of Sylvester Development, Joan Scheiner, Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors, and Chief Medical Officer W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

From left are Stan Scheff, Chief Financial Officer of the Pap, JoAnne Goldberg, Pap Corps President, Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, Vice Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors, Bill Kingston, Executive Director of Sylvester Development, Joan Scheiner, Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors, and Chief Medical Officer W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

Pap Corps Annual Gift Reaches $3.6 Million

Motivated by its more than 21,000 volunteers, The Pap Corps: Champions for Cancer Research presented its annual gift – this time a check for $3.6 million – to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine.

Presented at The Pap Corps May 9 President’s Meeting at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, the check is part of the group’s $25 million commitment to Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

In a message read by W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Sylvester/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of the University of Miami Health System, thanked volunteers for their spectacular efforts.

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Cleide Suguihara, M.D., Ph.D.

Cleide Suguihara, M.D., Ph.D.

Neonatologist Cleide Suguihara, M.D., Ph.D., Leaves Lasting Mark on Miller School

Cleide Suguihara, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, who dedicated her life to saving the tiniest newborns, mentoring trainees around the world and sharing her wealth of research expertise in neonatology with colleagues and students, passed away May 9 after a brief battle against the cancer she had conquered nearly a decade ago. She was 67.

“Over the decades, so many babies have grown up healthier because of Dr. Suguihara,” said Judith Schaechter, M.D., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics. “She was a gifted researcher, an inspiring mentor and a gentle soul. She lived a good life, a life of great purpose, and will be missed by all those she touched — patients, families, students and colleagues.”

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Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., moderates a panel on nephron-sparing surgery at the annual meeting.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., moderates a panel on nephron-sparing surgery at the annual meeting.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., Receives Urology’s Prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., professor and Chair of Urology and the Dr. Victor Politano Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology, is the 2013 recipient of the American Urological Association’s prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award. Presented at the association’s annual meeting in San Diego May 8, the award recognizes urologists who have made outstanding contributions to the profession within 13 years of completing their residency training.

Among the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons for urologic malignancies, Parekh received the award of excellence for establishing programs in urologic oncology and robotic surgery and for pursuing transformative research that promises to change clinical practice.

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Philip Harvey, Ph.D., answers questions from audience members after his lecture at the International Congress.

Philip Harvey, Ph.D., answers questions from audience members after his lecture at the International Congress.

Dr. Philip Harvey Invited to Review Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for Schizophrenia

Philip Harvey, Ph.D., the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Division of Psychology, told a world gathering of schizophrenia researchers recently that combining vocational rehabilitation and other psychosocial interventions with cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) holds promise for patients with schizophrenia, improving their real-world functioning, neurocognition and the ability to perform everyday tasks.

Invited as one of only two plenary speakers at the 14th International Congress of Schizophrenia Research in Orlando April 21-25, Harvey presented “Cognitive Remediation and Cognitive Enhancement: State of the Art,” in which he described the findings of his study published last year in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Among the M.D./M.P.H. students who received Global Health Scholar Awards are, from left, Rachita Sood, Chase Socha, Priyanka Mehrotra, Michelle Picon, and Stephanie Blankenship.

Among the M.D./M.P.H. students who received Global Health Scholar Awards are, from left, Rachita Sood, Chase Socha, Priyanka Mehrotra, Michelle Picon, and Stephanie Blankenship.

Twenty M.D./M.P.H. Students Receive Global Health Scholar Awards

The Department of Public Health Sciences has awarded almost $40,000 in Global Health Scholar Awards to 20 M.D./M.P.H. students in the Class of 2016 who will explore a variety of public health issues around the world this summer.

Selected for their demonstrated ambition to address global public health issues, the students will spend four to six weeks pursuing service, research or capstone projects in 13 different countries on four continents. Their projects range from assessing the prevalence of a parasitic disease in Bolivia to evaluating the feasibility of employing community health workers in South Sudan.

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With Commissioner Javier Souto at his side, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez reads the county proclamation honoring UHealth nurses.

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With Commissioner Javier Souto at his side, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez reads the county proclamation honoring UHealth nurses.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Honors UHealth Nurses with a Proclamation

The celebration of National Nurses Week at UHealth’s three hospitals reached a crescendo May 10, when Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who served as Miami’s fire-rescue chief for nine years, presented a proclamation to “honor the folks that really make hospitals run.”

“I know doctors think they do, but we really know the truth,” Gimenez said, drawing laughter at a festive ceremony at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center also attended by County Commissioner Javier Souto and dozens of nurses from Sylvester, University of Miami Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “I rode fire rescue for about eight years in my previous life and I understand the importance of nurses and the tremendous work that you do day in and day out to help improve the quality of the lives of patients, and save the lives of patients.”

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Eduardo Bancalari, M.D.

Eduardo Bancalari, M.D.

Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Weighs in on Oxygen Therapy for Preemies in JAMA Editorial

Faced with conflicting studies about the optimal level of supplemental oxygen that extremely premature infants need to overcome respiratory failure but avoid other complications, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., Director of the Division of Neonatology, suggests in an editorial published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that clinicians use higher, rather than lower, oxygenation targets within recommended ranges to assure the greatest chance of survival for the tiniest patients.

As Bancalari, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, and co-author Nelson Claure, M.Sc., Ph.D., research associate professor of pediatrics, note in their editorial, “Oxygenation Targets and Outcomes in Premature Infants,” neonatologists have opted in recent years to minimize the complications associated with oxygen therapy by reducing the oxygen saturation premature infants receive “despite little evidence for the efficacy and safety of this approach.” While that approach may limit retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which can cause blindness, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), which can scar the lungs, they said, it presents neonatal clinicians with “a difficult conundrum” because it also appears to increase mortality.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and James M. Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., discuss the importance of sun safety at the SunSmart 5K Run/Walk.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and James M. Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., discuss the importance of sun safety at the SunSmart 5K Run/Walk.

SunSmart 5K Run/Walk Helps Save Lives Through Prevention, Screening and Education

As the sun ascended over Key Biscayne streaming wisps of pink and orange across the sky, Miller School students, faculty and staff geared up for this year’s SunSmart 5K Run/Walk to promote sun safety and raise funds for melanoma research.

Led by James Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery and Chief of the Division of Melanocytic Tumors, more than 400 runners participated in the April 13 early morning run/walk, which is now in its fourth year.

Among the runners was Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth, who finished first in his age group in 22:53 minutes.

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From left are Charnesha Byrdo, guest of patient Javaris Cox, Kenzy Dargrand and his sister, patient Kayla Dargrand, patient Zoila Garcia, patient Yarixa Montoya, her guest Caridad Jones, patient Kevin Aguilar, his sister Adriana Aguilar, and patient Eric Quinn.

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From left are Charnesha Byrdo, guest of patient Javaris Cox, Kenzy Dargrand and his sister, patient Kayla Dargrand, patient Zoila Garcia, patient Yarixa Montoya, her guest Caridad Jones, patient Kevin Aguilar, his sister Adriana Aguilar, and patient Eric Quinn.

alex’s place Patients Experience a Prom to Remember

Decked out in party dresses and tuxedos, nine patients from alex’s place, the pediatric oncology clinic, arrived at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center with fun on their minds on Friday, May 10. They gathered there for a limo ride to the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, to experience “A Prom to Remember.”

The event, created four years ago for children battling cancer, is meant to give these young patients an evening when they can celebrate life and put their health problems on hold. The patients from alex’s place, and their guests, were some of the approximately 200 kids who took part from across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Besides the limo ride, each of the kids was outfitted with a tuxedo or a dress and greeted on the red carpet by Miami Dolphins players and local pageant winners.

Thea Pizzeria and Cafe, one of several businesses open at the UM Life Science & Technology Park, features a 30-square-foot, 210,000-piece glass mosaic mural of pastel-hued peonies, roses, and daffodils in its cozy dining room.

Thea Pizzeria and Cafe, one of several businesses open at the UM Life Science & Technology Park, features a 30-square-foot, 210,000-piece glass mosaic mural of pastel-hued peonies, roses, and daffodils in its cozy dining room.

Life Science & Technology Park Expands Shuttle Services, Launches Art Project

Two years after the Life Science & Technology Park opened in the Miami Health District to house wet and dry labs, offices and lab-ready development suites, the Park is expanding its complimentary shuttle service to make it easier for medical campus employees to enjoy its restaurants and retail shops and, this summer, more public art featuring local and internationally renowned artists, including Miami’s own “LEBO.”

In addition to stops at the Diagnostic Treatment Center, University of Miami Hospital, Clinical Research Building, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Diabetes Research Institute and Dominion Tower, the free shuttle now serves Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Driven by Oscar Illesca of Southern Parking, the shuttle also has a set schedule of pick-up and drop-off times for each location, making it easier for medical campus employees to take advantage of the $1 sub special offered by the Park’s Subway restaurant. Through the month of May, patrons who buy a foot-long sandwich and a drink at Subway can buy a second foot-long for $1.

Information cards with the map and new schedule will be distributed to buildings on the medical campus this week.

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There are 13 cards to choose from. Vote for your favorite now.

There are 13 cards to choose from. Vote for your favorite now.

Vote for Your Favorite “Cards for Kids” Creation by May 31

During UM’s inaugural Week of Well-Being last month, more than 100 UM faculty, staff and students volunteered their time and talents to create beautiful cards for children receiving care through the Miller School’s Department of Pediatrics and Holtz Children’s Hospital. The Cards for Kids events resulted in some very cheerful cards that will undoubtedly brighten a child’s day.

What could be better? How about the opportunity to raise funds for pediatric facilities on the medical campus with one of the cards created right here at UM!

The Department of Pediatrics will select one card to print and sell for donations. Help choose the winning card by visiting the Department’s Facebook page and “liking” your three favorite cards by May 31.