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Bascom Palmer Marks a Decade as No. 1 in Ophthalmology

After a triumphant golden anniversary celebration last year, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has achieved another historic milestone. For the 10th consecutive year, the renowned institute is ranked No. 1 nationally in ophthalmology in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings.

“This remarkable decade-long streak as No. 1 confirms Bascom Palmer’s reputation as America’s leader in providing the most advanced and comprehensive vision care,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth. “Our amazing Bascom Palmer team is consistently redefining excellence – in vision research, clinical care and education – which brings hope to patients with some of the world’s most debilitating ophthalmological conditions.”

Reflecting on the past 10 years at the top of the rankings, Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and Chair of Bascom Palmer, also credited Bascom Palmer’s high-performance team.

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From left, Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

From left, Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Miller School Experts Contribute to JAMA Study on Growing U.S. Disease Burden

From ischemic heart disease to diabetes to interpersonal violence, the United States fares worse than its economic peers around the world in nearly every major cause of premature death, according to a study published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association by a global collaborative of scientists that includes three Miller School experts.

Led by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, “The State of US Health, 1990-2010: Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors” demonstrates the impact of premature deaths in children and young adults, the significant and growing toll of disabling conditions, and the overall burden on health systems from a range of fatal and non-fatal health factors.

The Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., are among the co-authors of the first comprehensive analysis of the disease burden in the United States in more than 15 years.

Read more about the state of U.S. health »

From left are Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D.; Ailton Alves, M.D. (Brazil); Maria Cristina Escobar, M.D. (Chile); Alberto Barceló, M.D. (PAHO); Naydene Williams, M.D. (Jamaica); José Szapocznik, Ph.D.; Elisa Prieto, M.D. (PAHO); and Sandra Delon, Ph.D. (Canada).

From left are Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D.; Ailton Alves, M.D. (Brazil); Maria Cristina Escobar, M.D. (Chile); Alberto Barceló, M.D. (PAHO); Naydene Williams, M.D. (Jamaica); José Szapocznik, Ph.D.; Elisa Prieto, M.D. (PAHO); and Sandra Delon, Ph.D. (Canada).

Miller School Partners with Pan American Health Organization to Improve Chronic Health Care

Providing quality care for the millions of people who suffer from chronic non-communicable disease globally is one of the most prevalent public health concerns today. Yet the vast majority of people with chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, do not receive appropriate care. Moreover, only half are properly diagnosed, and among those, only a fourth receive treatment.

These staggering statistics and contributing factors, such as inadequate management of care, insufficient access, and financial barriers, were the focus of this year’s Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) regional working group, held July 9-11 at the Miller School.

Read more about the partnership »

Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula and Grammy award-winning producer Emilio Estefan urge support for red-light cameras in a PSA released by The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula and Grammy award-winning producer Emilio Estefan urge support for red-light cameras in a PSA released by The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Miami Project Urges Continued Show of Support for Miami’s Red-Light Cameras

With the fate of Miami’s red-light safety program still up in the air, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is urging the University and greater Miami communities to continue pressuring Miami city commissioners to maintain the cameras that nab – and ticket – motorists who run red lights.

“If the City of Miami discontinues its red-light cameras, our streets will not only become more dangerous, but The Miami Project will lose a major source of funding,” said Marc Buoniconti, President of The Miami Project.

Read more about contacting the commission »

In the front row are, from left, Mary Bunge, Ph.D., Hilit Mechaber, M.D., Janet Bickel, M.A., and Marie Denise Gervais, M.D. In the back row are, from left, Ellen Barrett, Ph.D., Wen-Hsiang Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Amanda Myers, Ph.D., Cynthia Levy, M.D.,  Jessica Zuleta, M.D., Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Monica Broome, M.D., Holly Neville, M.D., and Lillian Abbo, M.D.

In the front row are, from left, Mary Bunge, Ph.D., Hilit Mechaber, M.D., Janet Bickel, M.A., and Marie Denise Gervais, M.D. In the back row are, from left, Ellen Barrett, Ph.D., Wen-Hsiang Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Amanda Myers, Ph.D., Cynthia Levy, M.D., Jessica Zuleta, M.D., Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Monica Broome, M.D., Holly Neville, M.D., and Lillian Abbo, M.D.

Visionary Career Development Coach Addresses Professional Development Seminar

The Office of Faculty Affairs, along with Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity (SEEDS) and Women In Academic Medicine (WIAM), hosted a day-long professional development seminar last month for women faculty, residents, medical and pre-medical students that featured a talk by Janet Bickel, M.A., a nationally recognized expert in faculty, career and leadership development.

Two members of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Group on Women in Medicine and Science, Hilit Mechaber, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and Associate Dean for Student Services, and Marie Denise Gervais, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, supported Bickel’s appearance at the June 25 seminar with a SEEDS “You Choose” grant. The Office of Faculty Affairs also provided support.

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Standing behind Harvey, summer volunteer Eric Issenberg demonstrates the technology behind the cardiopulmonary patient simulator to the visiting students.

Standing behind Harvey, summer volunteer Eric Issenberg demonstrates the technology behind the cardiopulmonary patient simulator to the visiting students.

Visiting Student Leaders Get a Glimpse of Careers in Medicine

The Miller School of Medicine hosted about 150 high-achieving high school students from the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine last month. The students, who spent a week in South Florida exploring various careers in the medical field, spent two days on the medical campus, experiencing a “mini medical school” and learning about the groundbreaking simulation technology developed here.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs facilitated the mini medical school for 75 of the students, who on June 25 attended seminars presented by Miller School faculty at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Berrocal Auditorium. The speakers included Stephen Symes, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education and for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Stephen Roper, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics; Richard Riley, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology; and Matthias Salathe, M.D., professor of pulmonary/critical care medicine. Brandon Gross, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, and Richard Weisman, Pharm.D., Associate Dean for Medical Admissions, also were on hand to present information on the University of Miami admissions process.

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Fees Waived for Faculty, Staff and Students Who Register for Miami Winter Symposium

The Miller School will once again waive registration fees for UM faculty, staff and students who want to attend the 2014 Miami Winter Symposium, “The Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders,” scheduled for January 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 S.E. 2nd Avenue in Miami.

Organized by Scientific Committee Chair Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Associate Dean for Therapeutic Innovation, the 2014 seminar will present the most forward-looking view of the gains researchers have made toward unlocking the mysteries of the brain and its disorders.

In addition to basic and translational research, the symposium will include discussions on diseases and disorders with vastly unmet medical needs, including autism spectrum disorders, fragile X disease and Rett syndrome, as well as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and brain cancers.

The symposium is designed for scientists of all levels and disciplines who want to increase their knowledge base and interact with peers. Research leaders from both academia and the pharmaceutical industry will be presenting.

Preference will be given to those presenting a poster. Abstracts are due by November 1. For more information and to register, please visit www.miamiwintersymposium.com.

Early Registration Available Through August 1 for 6th Annual Chair Summit

Early registration for the 6th annual Chair Summit, scheduled for September 26-28 at the Westin Tampa Harbor Island, is now available online through August 1.

A master class that focuses on professional growth and development in the neurosciences, the summit features hands-on neurology, psychiatry and primary care case-based workshops and panels driven by peer-to-peer interaction and problem solving, as well as discussions on the latest research and access to renowned faculty, including Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., the Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging.

Early registrants will receive 50 percent off the standard registration price of $399. UM faculty can attend for $150 using promo code UM150, and neurology and psychiatry residents can attend for $99. For questions or for more information, please visit www.chairsummit.com or call CME Outfitters at 1-877-CME-PROS (263-7767). Eligible participants can receive up to 21.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2012 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2012 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Get Half Off Dolphins Cycling Challenge Registration by Joining Team UM Sylvester

The University of Miami will pay half of the $150 registration fee for faculty and staff who sign up to ride in the fourth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge as part of Team UM Sylvester. The offer does not apply if you register with another team.

To take advantage of this special offer, send an email to ridedcc@miami.edu with your name, department, and telephone number.

The 2013 Dolphins Cycling Challenge, a two-day tri-county cycling event that benefits the lifesaving research and treatment programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is scheduled for November 2 and 3, with routes ranging from 13 to 170 miles.

More than 1,400 cyclists participated in last year’s ride, raising $2.2 million. Shira Kastan, assistant vice president of government and community relations, and Bill Kingston, executive director of development at Sylvester, are spearheading UM’s efforts for this year’s DCC.

July Deals and Events Set for UM Life Science & Technology Park

The University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park (LSTP), at the corner of NW 7th Avenue and 20th Street, has several summer specials and events lined up for July.

Read more about July deals and events at LSTP »