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Demonstrating the mobile clinic's new telemedicine capabilities, Dr. Lisa Gwynn, center, consults with Dr. Anne Burdick, on the video screen, as patient Anya Marie Williams, 15, seated, and her mom Kerrah Williams watch.

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Demonstrating the mobile clinic's new telemedicine capabilities, Dr. Lisa Gwynn, center, consults with Dr. Anne Burdick, on the video screen, as patient Anya Marie Williams, 15, seated, and her mom Kerrah Williams watch.

UM, Children’s Health Fund and Verizon Foundation Transform Pediatric Mobile Care

When Hurricane Andrew ravaged south Miami-Dade County in 1992, the University of Miami’s medical school and the national Children’s Health Fund teamed up to bring mobile healthcare to children living amid the ruins. Now, thanks to a new partnership with the Verizon Foundation that promises to transform pediatric healthcare in underserved areas, their “doctor’s office on wheels” is bringing the expertise of the entire UHealth system to disadvantaged children across Miami-Dade County.

Powered by Verizon’s 4G LTE broadband network and the telecommunication company’s commitment to solving problems with innovative technology, the Miller School of Medicine medical team aboard the Children’s Health Fund’s bright blue pediatric mobile clinic can instantly connect children in need of specialized care to UM experts who are miles away via a computer, a high-speed wireless connection, video cameras and high-tech medical equipment.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo Named Director of Division of Health Services Research and Policy

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, has been named Director of the Division of Health Services Research and Policy in the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Carrasquillo, a national leader in primary care and health disparities, has conducted extensive research on health insurance and access to care among minority and other vulnerable populations. At the Miller School, he is leading several NIH-funded randomized studies examining community-based strategies to improve healthcare among racially and ethnically diverse populations.

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From left are Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., Lino Mauro Toscanini Segale, rector of Universidad Católica, Ana M. Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., and José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

From left are Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., Lino Mauro Toscanini Segale, rector of Universidad Católica, Ana M. Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., and José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Miller School Partners with Ecuadorian University to Advance Research and Education

The Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil in Ecuador to enhance the academic, research and educational activities of both universities.

The partnership, coordinated by Ana M. Palacio, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of clinical medicine and Director of Latin American Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., professor and Executive Vice Chair of Public Health Sciences, and José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Public Health Sciences, will help expand the Miller School’s global reach and strengthen its ties in South America.

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Members of the core team for the National Day of Civic Hacking are, from left, Nick Skytland of NASA, Logan Powell of the U.S. Census Bureau, Richard Bookman, Ph.D., and Kevin Curry of Code for America.

Members of the core team for the National Day of Civic Hacking are, from left, Nick Skytland of NASA, Logan Powell of the U.S. Census Bureau, Richard Bookman, Ph.D., and Kevin Curry of Code for America.

Richard Bookman, Ph.D., Represents UM at White House “Champions of Change” Event

Richard Bookman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Program Development and Science Policy at the Miller School, was among the select group of participants invited to the White House for a daylong “Champions of Change” event.

The July 23 gathering, which focused on open government and civic hacking, included presentations from some of the nation’s leaders in technology and social innovation, panel discussions and workshops.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., is the senior author, and Sara M. Seifert, M.D., the first author of the paper.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., is the senior author, and Sara M. Seifert, M.D., the first author of the paper.

Study Shows Young Children Comprise Half the Cases Reported for Energy-Drink Toxicity

Children under 6 who mistakenly consumed caffeine-laced energy drinks accounted for half the cases of energy drink-related toxicity reported to the U.S. National Poison Data System during the first year the surveillance data base began tracking such cases. That’s the startling conclusion of a Miller School study published July 24 online ahead of print in Clinical Toxicology, the official journal of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, that analyzed all energy-drink related calls to the nation’s poison centers during the 2011 federal fiscal year.

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Suzie Sayfie and Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D.

Suzie Sayfie and Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D.

Sayfies Honored for Charitable Contributions

The Miller School’s Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D., Medical Director of the UM Executive Health Program, and his wife Suzie, Executive Director of Development at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, were named best charitable couple in the SunPost’s “Best of South Florida, 2013” issue.

Honored by the weekly paper for their longstanding involvement and charitable support in the community, the husband and wife team were described as “generous to a fault, passionate about their efforts and personally elegant.”

For more than four decades, the Sayfies have been avid supporters of local hospitals, schools and health organizations, such as the Heart Association of Greater Miami, where Dr. Sayfie, associate professor of medicine, served as past president.

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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.