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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., riding from Sun Life Stadium to City Place in West Palm Beach, taking part in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., riding from Sun Life Stadium to City Place in West Palm Beach, taking part in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Fifth Dolphins Cycling Challenge Turns Miles into Dollars for Cancer Research at Sylvester

A simple kiss said it all.

On a sunny Sunday morning, the second day of the fifth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bonnie Crook gave her husband, Bob, a kiss for good luck as he and a group of cancer survivors and supporters were about to set off on the DCC’s inaugural 5K Run/Walk from the starting line at Sun Life Stadium.

Just 15 months earlier, Bonnie had been told to kiss Bob goodbye. A Miami oncologist had diagnosed Bob with stage 4 renal cancer and told him there was nothing to be done. Friends insisted the couple seek a second opinion at Sylvester, where the initial diagnosis was confirmed — but the prognosis they were given was very different.

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Ariel Lopez-Chavez, M.D.

Ariel Lopez-Chavez, M.D.

CUSTOM Study Sheds Light on Cancer Treatments Based on Genetics

Cancer research continues to be focused more on genetics and less on tumor histology – the tumor’s cellular component and structure. At the same time, researchers are recognizing the need to identify the best research models for such investigations while also examining the results of new therapies targeting these genetic aberrations rather than cancer types. Ariel Lopez-Chavez, M.D., Director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Malignancies Clinic at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, recently completed an unprecedented trial with encouraging findings that highlight how targeting genes versus histology can more effectively treat cancer.

“By exclusively targeting the type of cancer based on tumor histology, clinical trials are often too specific, making them more costly and lengthy to perform,” Lopez-Chavez said. “The CUSTOM study instead looked at the type of genetic abnormality present in each patient rather than the site of the cancer or the tumor histology.”

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., left, and Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., left, and Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.

Drs. Myerburg and Ullmann Propose a New Model for Funding Biomedical Research

A Miller School cardiologist and a School of Business Administration healthcare economist are proposing that insurance companies take on a paradigm-shifting role in funding biomedical research. The pair believes the investment could lead to significantly improved clinical outcomes and provide long-term economic benefits to insurance companies and to society.

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research, and Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D., professor of management and economics and Director of the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy, make their case in an article, “Alternative Research Funding to Improve Clinical Outcomes: The Model of Prediction and Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death,” published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

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Left to right, Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Victor T. Curtin, M.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
In front, Sander R. Dubovy, M.D.

Left to right, Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Victor T. Curtin, M.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. In front, Sander R. Dubovy, M.D.

Dr. Sander R. Dubovy Honored as the Victor T. Curtin Chair in Ophthalmology

To continue supporting innovative research in experimental ocular pathology, Sander R. Dubovy, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and pathology, has been named the Victor T. Curtin Chair in Ophthalmology.

Dubovy accepted the honor before family, colleagues at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and Miller School of Medicine leadership during a dedication ceremony February 5 at the Jose Berrocal Auditorium.

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From left, Jay S. Skyler, M.D., René Sacasas, J.D., and Mary E. Mckay, D.N.P.

From left, Jay S. Skyler, M.D., René Sacasas, J.D., and Mary E. Mckay, D.N.P.

Dr. Jay S. Skyler Among This Year’s Faculty Senate Award Honorees

The Faculty Senate voted at its January meeting to award its highest honors to three outstanding faculty members: Jay S. Skyler, M.D., René Sacasas, J.D., and Mary E. Mckay, D.N.P.

Skyler, professor of medicine, pediatrics, and psychology at the Miller School of Medicine and Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Academic Programs at the Diabetes Research Institute, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award for his groundbreaking Type 1 diabetes research, which has led to improved care.

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From left, Lisa Gwynn, D.O., and Casey McGillicuddy.

From left, Lisa Gwynn, D.O., and Casey McGillicuddy.

Pediatric Mobile Clinic Expands Telemedicine Services with Grant

The University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic, which provides medical care to uninsured children in need, has been awarded a $105,000 grant from the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) via the Florida Department of Health. The grant will be used to hire additional staff, buy new technology and expand the clinic’s telemedicine offerings.

“Free and charitable clinics provide a much needed safety net for uninsured residents who otherwise might not be able to afford expensive medical and dental treatments,’’ FAFCC Executive Director Mark Cruise said. “Our new grant program, made possible by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, makes it possible for these organizations to build capacity to be able to reach even more people who need services.”

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Alexandra Cocores, a second-year medical student, screens a patient for glaucoma with a tonometer at the Key West Health Fair.

Alexandra Cocores, a second-year medical student, screens a patient for glaucoma with a tonometer at the Key West Health Fair.

Medical Students and Physicians Make a Difference with Health Fair in Florida Keys

Every year, hundreds of medical students and physicians from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine gather in the Florida Keys to host the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) Florida Keys Health Fairs. As Rupal Bhana, a second-year medical student, described it, this year’s event was “overwhelming,” as more than 530 patients attended the fairs on January 31.

DOCS is a student-run organization that travels throughout South Florida providing screenings and healthcare educational services to thousands of underserved patients. The Florida Keys Health Fair started in 1971 in Big Pine Key and is the longest-standing University of Miami health fair. Having expanded over the years, it is now a conglomeration of three fairs hosted in Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West.

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John M. Goldberg, M.D., center, poses with Sigma Lambda Gamma sisters Muniphe Green, left, and Maite Torres at alex's place at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

John M. Goldberg, M.D., center, poses with Sigma Lambda Gamma sisters Muniphe Green, left, and Maite Torres at alex's place at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Researcher Will Shave His Head to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

Two University of Miami undergraduates have organized a head-shaving event to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Called Canes Go Bald 4 Kids, it will be held on the Coral Gables campus Friday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First under the clippers will be the event’s guest speaker, John M. Goldberg, M.D., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Pediatric Oncology Early Phase Clinical Trials Program.

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Business of Health Care Conference to Focus on Technology, Access and Efficiency

The Center for Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami School of Business Administration will be hosting the “The Business of Health Care: Disruptive Technology, Access and Efficiency” conference on Monday, March 23. The event will be held at the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The event is the fourth in a series of health care conferences sponsored by the School of Business Administration that bring together industry thought leaders to discuss the impact that health care has on the wider business community.

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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.

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’CaneWatch Helps University Promote a Speak-Up Culture

Three years after its launch, ’CaneWatch, a system that allows University of Miami faculty, staff, and students to raise concerns related to violations of policies, regulations and other improprieties at the institution, remains one of the most effective tools for promoting high standards of ethics and integrity in the workplace.

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“Chilling at the Beach” Therapeutic Hypothermia Conference, March 5-6

The Division of Continuing Medical Education will host the Fifth Annual “Chilling at the Beach” Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management conference March 5-6 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1633 North Bayshore Drive.

The year’s meeting will gather leading scientists and clinicians in the field of therapeutic hypothermia and temperature management for a series of lectures and round table discussions.

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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.

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Make the U a Kinder Place with InsideUM

A little bit of generosity goes a long way, and during Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 9-15, InsideUM encourages you to share your kindness with us!

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2015 Concept to Commercialization “C2C” Monthly Series

U Innovation, the home of technology advancement at the University of Miami, has kicked off a year-long series of monthly seminars that are focused on the commercialization of intellectual property and business concepts.

The 2015 Concept to Commercialization “C2C” seminars feature guest speakers and are free and open to all UM faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students. Each seminar will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the main conference room on the first floor of the Life Science and Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Avenue. Entrepreneurs at the Life Science and Technology Park are welcome to attend.

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Faculty Promotion and Tenure Information Sessions in February

The promotion and tenure process has started for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty. As the process varies by track, the Office of Faculty Affairs will be holding a series of track-specific information sessions during February. All faculty interested in learning more about the process are invited to attend. Those unable to attend one of the track-specific sessions are encouraged to attend other sessions for general information about the process.

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Workday HR Will Be Implemented in Two Phases

The sponsors of Workday recently announced that faculty, staff, and student employees on all UM campuses and at UHealth — except those at University of Miami Hospital — will begin using the University’s new HR and Payroll system on March 26.

UMH employees are scheduled to begin using Workday on June 18.

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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.

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Raimundo “Ray” Santamaria

Raimundo “Ray” Santamaria

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Maintenance Leader Keeps Buildings and the University Humming

Raimundo “Ray” Santamaria knows it takes time, talent and money to keep the University of Miami’s campuses in great shape.

Santamaria ran his own electrical business for more than a decade before joining the University in 2011 as a zone electrician. Since then, he has worked his way into a lead maintenance position for Facilities Management, supervising a team of technicians responsible for the upkeep of buildings on the Coral Gables campus. He’s also a generous supporter of the United Way and the President’s Initiatives Fund, giving 1 percent of his salary back to UM.

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