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

Up Front

From left, Daniel Lichtstein, M.D., Regional Dean for Medical Education, Laurence Gardner, M.D., Joan St. Onge, M.D., Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Patrick Taylor, M.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Lisa Martinez, M.D., Program Director, Internal Medicine, and Ken Homer, M.D.

From left, Daniel Lichtstein, M.D., Regional Dean for Medical Education, Laurence Gardner, M.D., Joan St. Onge, M.D., Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Patrick Taylor, M.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Lisa Martinez, M.D., Program Director, Internal Medicine, and Ken Homer, M.D.

Miller School and Holy Cross Hospital Celebrate New Internal Medicine Residency Program

With an eye toward providing new opportunities for medical students and expanding its presence in Broward County, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine celebrated its new joint residency program with longtime community partner Holy Cross Hospital.

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program at Holy Cross Hospital will officially begin July 1, but more than 1,300 people have already applied for the 18 available first-year positions.

Read more about the new residency program »

More News

Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Richard K. Parrish, II, M.D.

Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Richard K. Parrish, II, M.D.

First Study on Haitian-American Glaucoma Rates Stresses Need for More Awareness and Screening

Physicians at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and medical students at the Miller School of Medicine have been the first to publish data on the prevalence of glaucoma in the Haitian-American population. Their findings, based on data from 750 participants, show that nearly 26 percent of Haitian-Americans have signs and symptoms for various stages of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, disproportionately affecting African Americans and Latinos living in the U.S. A disease characterized by slowly progressive optic nerve atrophy, glaucoma is typically a painless and silent blinding disease that can be easily screened for in a community setting and treated to prevent further vision loss and blindness.

Read more on the study findings »

The University of Miami AIDS Clinical Research Unit with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. (seated fourth from left).

The University of Miami AIDS Clinical Research Unit with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. (seated fourth from left).

UM AIDS Clinical Research Unit Welcomes Dignitary

The Miami Center for AIDS Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine welcomed Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, to its offices on January 13. Physicians in the UM AIDS Clinical Research Unit, directed by Margaret Fischl, M.D., FACP, asked Ambassador Birx questions, offered insights from UM’s leadership in advancing care, and got feedback about global strategies to combat HIV/AIDS.

Read more about Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. »

Robert Morgan, Ed.D.

Robert Morgan, Ed.D.

Social Work Legend Retires after Four Decades of Remarkable Service

Robert Morgan, Ed.D., Director of the Social Work Division at the Mailman Center for Child Development, has retired after more than 40 years of helping distressed families and special needs children throughout Miami-Dade County.

The beloved teacher, field instructor and mentor joined the Mailman Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 1967 and has led a long, fulfilling career assisting and advocating for underserved populations.

Read more on Dr. Robert Morgan's legacy »

Jonelle Wright, Ph.D.

Jonelle Wright, Ph.D.

$6 Million Grant Funds Nationwide Project to Standardize Training of Clinical Research Personnel

Jonelle Wright, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), is one of a team of five lead investigators heading a $6 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) supplemental grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The grant is to develop a comprehensive educational and qualification process that ensures study personnel are equipped with the necessary and fundamental competencies to execute safe and effective clinical research studies in the 62 academic research institutions of the national CTSA consortium.

Read more about the grant »

Juan Viles-Gonzalez, M.D.

Juan Viles-Gonzalez, M.D.

Higher Hospital Volumes of Percutaneous LAA Closure are Associated with Fewer Adverse Outcomes

In-hospital adverse outcomes following percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure are more frequent in real-world practice than in clinical trials, but the risks are mitigated at hospitals with higher procedure volumes. That finding comes from a study published online in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

Juan Viles-Gonzalez, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, and colleagues from a number of medical institutions examined data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample on 268 percutaneous LAA closures performed for the prevention of stroke in patients (mean age of 70) with atrial fibrillation from 2006 to 2010.

Read more on the study findings »

Helenemarie Blake, JD

Helenemarie Blake, JD

Helenemarie Blake Named Executive Director of HIPAA Privacy & Security Office

University of Miami attorney Helenemarie Blake, JD ’97, has been named executive director of the Miller School of Medicine’s HIPAA Privacy & Security Office, following a recent reorganization. She was previously associate general counsel for the University.

In her new role, Blake will be responsible for ensuring that UM continues to be in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) under the direction of Gemma Romillo, Assistant Vice President of Clinical Billing Compliance. The Office of HIPAA Privacy & Security focuses on upholding the privacy and confidentiality of patient information and other sensitive material.

Read more about Helenemarie Blake's new role »

Robert S. Gailey, Ph.D., PT, left in rear, and amputees Wilfrid Macena, Mackenson Pierre and Sandy J.L. Louiseme, meet Pope Francis.

Robert S. Gailey, Ph.D., PT, left in rear, and amputees Wilfrid Macena, Mackenson Pierre and Sandy J.L. Louiseme, meet Pope Francis.

Dr. Robert Gailey and Haitian Amputee-Athletes Visit Pope Francis

Robert S. Gailey, Ph.D., PT, professor of physical therapy at the Miller School, and three young Haitian men who exemplify the hope and healing that have been achieved against great odds since Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, attended a Vatican conference marking the five-year anniversary of the quake. Jason Miller, PT, Director of Prosthetics at University of Miami-affiliated Project Medishare, and Chief Prosthetist and Orthotist Adam Finnieston of Arthur Finnieston Prosthetics + Orthotics also attended.

The conference was called by Pope Francis, who met with the delegation, to focus on the humanitarian catastrophe and its ongoing impact, and affirm the Catholic Church’s closeness to the Haitian people.

Read more on the delegation's visit with the Pope »

Sixth Annual SunSmart 5K Run/Walk Feb. 21

Are you ready for the 6th Annual SunSmart 5K Run/Walk? Are you interested in living a healthier lifestyle, supporting wonderful charities and getting a free skin cancer screening from a UHealth dermatologist all at once? Then come on out and join Sebastian the Ibis and other members of the Canes community in uniting to support skin cancer research and heart health.

This is a non-profit event created and hosted by current UM medical students. It takes place this Saturday, February 21, at 7:30 a.m. in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. All of the proceeds go toward skin cancer research (through UM’s Anna Fund Melanoma Program) and a program called Team for Life, which places Automated External Defibrillators in public locations throughout the Miami area.

Read more about the Sixth Annual SunSmart 5K Run/Walk »

Miami CTSI Announces Funding Opportunity to Support the Resubmission of Grant Proposals

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is accepting applications for its Grant Resubmission Awards, designed to support scored grant applications that were submitted in or after June 2013 to federal and national level mechanisms. These funds, up to $25,000 for direct research costs only, will be used to strengthen highly innovative, translational, interdisciplinary and health disparities-oriented proposals toward their resubmission (as an A1 or as a new grant).

All full-time faculty from the University of Miami, Jackson Health System and the Miami VA may apply. The CTSI will make funds available for the award period of June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

Read more about the CTSI funding opportunity »

Register for Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference

Medical Issues and the Growing Child, being held in the 8th floor auditorium of the Mailman Center for Child Development from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 17, is an interactive workshop designed to help busy health care professionals learn how to have an effect on the children they serve. A panel of early childhood experts will share their experience on how to change systems of care that affect child outcomes.

Read more about the conference »

Sexual Assault Resource Team Needs Volunteers

The University of Miami Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) is seeking dedicated, empathic faculty, staff and graduate students to volunteer as advocates through 2015. As an advocate, you will provide hotline callers, who have been sexually assaulted, molested or battered, with much-needed emotional support, information and referrals.

Read more about UM's Counseling Center »

Dolphins Cycling Challenge V to Include First 5K Walk/Run

For the first time since its inception, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) will include a 5K walk/run, providing something for everyone interested in supporting lifesaving cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The walk/run will be held at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, February 8, the second day of the two-day ride that spans three counties.

The University is once again honored to partner with the Miami Dolphins for the DCC, which has raised more than $7 million for groundbreaking research and patient care at Sylvester. These funds have helped build programs that have made a difference in the lives of countless cancer patients across South Florida.

Read more about the DCC »

Neurology Update and Stroke Intensive Conference, Jan. 22-24

The Division of Continuing Medical Education is hosting the Neurology Update and Stroke Intensive 2015 conference January 22 to 24 at the Mayfair Hotel and Spa in Coconut Grove.

The annual conference provides clinicians with the most recent developments in the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders, including stroke. Sessions will cover the latest advances in the diverse fields of neurology and neuroscience, including epilepsy, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders and neuromuscular diseases, all of which are critical in solving clinical problems, diagnosing and treating patients and improving the quality of patient care.

Read more on the Neurology Update and Stroke Intensive 2015 »

Sign Your High Schooler Up Now to Earn College Credit this Summer

The University’s three-week Summer Scholars Program offers talented high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to earn college credit in one of 12 academic specialties, learn from renowned UM professors and experience college life — all before graduation. Students attend classes with their peers, learn time management skills and explore South Florida on weekend excursions. Residential and commuter options are available.

The Summer Scholars Program runs June 27 through July 17. Students are encouraged to apply early to reserve space in their preferred program — the early action deadline is February 1. Applications will be accepted until May 1, or until the program has reached capacity.

Read more about the Summer Scholars Program »