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Gov. Rick Scott is given a symbolic white lab coat during his visit to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Applauding his efforts are, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Donna E. Shalala, Stuart Miller, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., and far right, patient Billy Thies.

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Gov. Rick Scott is given a symbolic white lab coat during his visit to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Applauding his efforts are, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Donna E. Shalala, Stuart Miller, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., and far right, patient Billy Thies.

Governor Scott Visits Sylvester to Promote 2014 State Cancer Budget

Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the Miller School’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, March 14, to tout the $80 million earmarked for cancer treatment and research in his proposed $1.4 billion 2014 state budget, and to support Sylvester’s efforts to receive official designation from the National Cancer Institute.

The stakes are high: Sylvester could receive one-third of the $60 million allocated in the budget for cancer treatment. The additional $20 million will fund research. Scott said the funding would have a halo effect on the state’s overall economy.

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Paul Martin, M.D.

Paul Martin, M.D.

Miller School Professor Contributes to New National Guidelines for Management of Liver Disease

Paul Martin, M.D., professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of Hepatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, played a key role in developing new clinical guidelines by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Martin was the lead author of “Evaluation for Liver Transplantation in Adults: 2013 Practice Guideline by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the American Society of Transplantation,” published recently in the journal Hepatology. Martin’s co-authors were from the University of Pittsburgh, University of California San Francisco, Columbia University and University of Texas Medical School-Houston.

“There have been continued advances in liver transplantation in recent years, and this new guideline reflects the latest research and clinical findings,” said Martin, who serves as a Councilor-at-Large on the Board of the American Society of Transplantation and is Chairperson of the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board on Gastroenterology.

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Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D.

Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D.

Sylvester/AIDS Researcher Unifies Theory on Human Viral Oncogenesis

Twelve percent of all human cancers are produced by viruses, with 80 percent of cases occurring in the developing world where care for oncologic patients is limited and precarious. Despite prevalence, public health importance, and the fact that virus-induced cancers are the most preventable through vaccination or anti-viral therapy, this group remains among the least understood of all cancers.

A study led by Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, sheds light on this group of cancers and may help develop new targeted therapies.

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From left are Nanette Vega, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Hilit Mechaber, M.D., and medical student Marissa Orenstein.

From left are Nanette Vega, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Hilit Mechaber, M.D., and medical student Marissa Orenstein.

Dr. Hilit Mechaber Honored for Contributions to Women in Medicine

Hilit Mechaber, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Services, was honored at the 43rd University of Miami Women’s Commission Annual Breakfast, where she received the May A. Brunson Award, which is named in honor of UM’s second dean of women, who served the University from 1946 to 1970.

Presented March 6, the award is given annually to a UM administrator, faculty or staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the status of women at the University.

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HYPE Award winners Ivette Cejas, Ph.D., left, and Kari Morgenstein, Au.D.

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HYPE Award winners Ivette Cejas, Ph.D., left, and Kari Morgenstein, Au.D.

Two Ear Institute Faculty Members Win HYPE Awards

Two faculty members at the Miller School’s Ear Institute took home honors at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) Awards.

Ivette Cejas, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Psychology, and Director of the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center, won the Go Getter Award. Kari Morgenstein, Au.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology and interim Director of the ECHO (Early Childhood Hearing Options) program, was named Most Valuable Graduate.

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Dolphins Cycling Challenge partners, from left, Stuart Miller, Joe Natoli, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Stephen Nimer, M.D., Richard Berkowitz, Michael Mandich and Tom Garfinkel.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge partners, from left, Stuart Miller, Joe Natoli, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Stephen Nimer, M.D., Richard Berkowitz, Michael Mandich and Tom Garfinkel.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge Donates $3.1 Million to Tackle Cancer

Executives from the Dolphins Cycling Challenge presented Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a check for $3.1 million to tackle cancer.

Launched in 2010 as a partnership between Sylvester and the Miami Dolphins, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) is a two-day, tri-county cycling event, from which 100 percent of rider-raised funds are donated to Sylvester. The check presented to Nimer on March 12 represented the donation from DCC IV, held November 2-3, 2013. To date, DCC riders have raised nearly $7 million.

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At the gala, from left, are UM President Donna E. Shalala, Event Chair Janet Levy, Dana Carvey, Event Chair Camber Ransom, and Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S.

At the gala, from left, are UM President Donna E. Shalala, Event Chair Janet Levy, Dana Carvey, Event Chair Camber Ransom, and Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Third University of Miami “Solving the Neurological Puzzle” Gala Raises Nearly $400K

More than 350 guests enjoyed a dazzling dinner, dancing and entertainment at The Breakers on Saturday, March 8, for the third Palm Beach “Solving the Neurological Puzzle Gala,” which raised nearly $400,000 for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurology.

Co-chairs of the gala, Janet Levy and Camber Ransom, orchestrated a stunning evening featuring two cocktail receptions, Michael Williams, local news Channel 5 anchor, and comedian Dana Carvey.

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From left are Arash Sayari, Christine Bokman, Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

From left are Arash Sayari, Christine Bokman, Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

Miami Students Without Borders Leadership Program Gets Funding to Expand Global Reach

A project led by third-year medical students Christine Bokman and Arash Sayari has received the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Service Leadership Project award to help promote physician leaders in local and global communities most in need.

The project, “Miami Students Without Borders Leadership Program,” is in synch with the Miller School’s wide-ranging efforts to serve the diverse and indigent patient populations in South Florida and abroad. With regular trips to Haiti, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Central and South America long-established at the Miller School, the program will provide yet another avenue for medical students to carry out novel global leadership service projects. In addition to developing and transitioning countries, the program also encourages students to lead service projects within indigent populations in Miami-Dade County, home to the largest number of residents without health insurance in the state.

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At the film debut, from left, Tom Brokaw, Barth Green, M.D., Nick Buoniconti, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan and Bob Costas.

At the film debut, from left, Tom Brokaw, Barth Green, M.D., Nick Buoniconti, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan and Bob Costas.

An Unbreakable Bond Makes Its World Debut at Miami International Film Festival

A star-studded roster of attendees came out for the world debut of An Unbreakable Bond, a film by Emilio Estefan that documents the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, and their nearly three-decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The film made its world debut on Tuesday, March 11, at the 31st edition of the Miami Film Festival at the Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

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After the ICD-10 Boot Camp, Assistant Vice President of Health Information Integrity Charlotte S. Barrett hands out certificates of completion to coders.

After the ICD-10 Boot Camp, Assistant Vice President of Health Information Integrity Charlotte S. Barrett hands out certificates of completion to coders.

ICD-10 Boot Camp Rollout and Coder Career Opportunities

The increased specificity of ICD-10 coding will require physicians and clinical providers to document a more thorough and detailed encounter with patients, and it is crucial that everyone take the necessary steps to prepare to ensure seamless transition to this new coding system.

Exciting progress has been made within the Coding Workgroup as it relates to ICD-10 coder education and career opportunities. Health Information Integrity embarked on a historically significant event at the University of Miami. UM hosted a five-day ICD-10 boot camp to enhance coders’ understanding of the changes that will occur when the Miller School/UHealth moves to the ICD-10 coding system on October 1, 2014. The boot camp was facilitated by three AHIMA Approved ICD-10CM/PCS Trainers from First Class Solutions, Inc. The event was attended by 121 coders from across the University, including hospital and professional coders and auditors and clinical documentation integrity specialists (CDIS).

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UHealth Gets Going on Vanpools

South Florida Commuter Services, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation, the South Florida Vanpool Program and the University of Miami have joined efforts to provide Miller School employees a cost effective vanpool.

Vanpools are a rideshare arrangement by groups of six to 15 people who travel at least 15 miles one way to work. The program includes a month-to-month leased vehicle with a comprehensive insurance package and no deductible, bumper-to-bumper repair and maintenance, and 24-hour roadside assistance, with backup vans in case of a breakdown. Participants choose from six-, nine- or 15-passenger vans, depending on how many people will be in the vanpool.

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Additional Road Construction Projects Will Affect Miller School Campus

Two additional road construction projects that will affect both car and pedestrian traffic on the Miller School campus are beginning this week.

The first project, scheduled to continue for six weeks, has begun near the Mailman Center for Child Development, the Debbie School and University of Miami Hospital and Clinics. Northwest 11th Court, which runs one way from north to south just east of those three buildings, will be temporarily narrowed to allow for trenching sections of the road as part of an electrical project tying the Mailman Center into the emergency power system.

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UM Brain Endowment Bank Seeks Donations During Brain Awareness Month

During Brain Awareness Month this March, the UM Brain Endowment Bank, a nationally recognized brain and tissue resource supporting academic and industry researchers seeking answers to the growing number of brain-related disorders, is asking that you become a brain donor.

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Second Annual Week of Well-Being Gets Underway

The second annual Week of Well-Being, presented by Fidelity Investments, kicked off yesterday and runs through Friday, April 11. Featuring five days of wellness-related events, this year’s line-up is an impressive array of activities that will transform the way faculty, staff and students think about their overall wellness.

Among the events you won’t want to miss on Tuesday, April 8, is an engaging lecture on men’s health by Bruce Kava, M.D., associate professor of clinical urology, at 11 a.m. and an insightful presentation on clearing the clutter and getting organized by UM alumna Meryl Starr from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bascom Palmer’s Jose Berrocal Auditorium.

Faculty, staff and students also can take advantage of a free five-day trial pass to the Fitness and Wellness Center and enjoy several complimentary fitness classes, as well as yoga on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle.

For a complete schedule of Week of Well-Being activities and to watch live streaming events, visit miami.edu/wellcanes.