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

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Diabetes Research Institute investigators Alice Tomei, Ph.D., and Chris Fraker, Ph.D.

Diabetes Research Institute investigators Alice Tomei, Ph.D., and Chris Fraker, Ph.D.

Miller School Moves Up Again in U.S. News Rankings of Research Medical Schools

In its continued rise in the rankings, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has climbed to No. 45 in the 2016 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” published by U.S. News & World Report.

The Miller School of Medicine, under the leadership of Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of the University of Miami Health System, has risen 11 spots in the past nine years in the U.S. News annual ranking of the nation’s top research medical schools.

“The quality of our students, teaching, research and clinical faculty, staff, and our programs continues to improve each year,” Goldschmidt said. “Our mission at the University of Miami is to transform lives through teaching, research and service. It is exciting to see that our commitment to that mission is being recognized on a national level.”

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Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Ph.D.

Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Ph.D.

Neva Kirk-Sanchez Named Chair of Department of Physical Therapy

There’s no question that Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Ph.D., loves her job.

“If you’re a physical therapist working with almost any patient population, you experience joy on a daily basis,” said the recently named Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. “We help people move better, and quality of life is about movement. As a clinician, it’s wonderful to go to work every day knowing that you will have a positive impact on somebody’s life. As an educator, being able to train students and teach them to have that same passion is really special.”

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Barth A. Green, M.D., pins first-year student Armando Alvarez.

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Barth A. Green, M.D., pins first-year student Armando Alvarez.

2015 Freshman Pinning Ceremony Honors Students and Families

Joseph V. Cioffi and his wife, Kathy, flew 3,000 miles from Los Angeles to Miami to watch their son, Joseph H., receive the special pin that welcomed him into the medical profession and the Miller School of Medicine family — and every mile was worth it.

“We’re both very proud of him,” said the father, a retired textile industry executive. It was a simple expression of emotion that was echoed by the many dozens of family members and friends who gathered last Friday evening to watch their own special representative of the Miller School Class of 2018 receive the same honor at the 15th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony.

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From left, Alberto Mitrani, M.D., Aileen Marty, M.D., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Alberto Mitrani, M.D., Aileen Marty, M.D., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Memories and Merrymaking Highlight Miller School Medical Alumni Weekend

Medical alumni from around the country mingled, reconnected, and reminisced on the Miller School of Medicine campus and at the Biltmore Hotel this past weekend for Medical Alumni Weekend 2015. The annual event celebrated the medical school with three days of activities that ushered in a new generation of UM physicians, shared recent advances in research and patient care, and brought together former classmates.

The weekend marked many milestone anniversaries among Miller School alumni. Among them, the 50th and 25th reunions with the classes of 1965 and 1990, which were both honored with a celebration at the Newman Alumni Center. The classes of 1960, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1995, 2000, and 2005 celebrated their 55th, 45th, 40th, 35th, 30th, 20th, 15th, and 10th reunions.

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Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., left, and Sanoj Punnen, M.D.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., left, and Sanoj Punnen, M.D.

UM Urologists Confirm that 4Kscore Accurately Predicts High-Grade Prostate Cancer

More than one million men have a prostate biopsy each year in the United States. The majority of these biopsies show either no prostate cancer or low-risk cancer, meaning the biopsy was unnecessary. Although screening for prostate cancer with serum PSA has reduced mortality from prostate cancer, it has come at the cost of many men having to undergo further testing, such as a biopsy, and so physicians and patients have been searching for a better prostate cancer screening tool. The 4Kscore is the solution.

University of Miami urologists Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., and Sanoj Punnen, M.D., both members of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, have completed the first U.S. clinical trial of the 4Kscore. This new prostate cancer screening tool combines measurement of four kallikrein proteins found in the blood with a patient’s age, digital rectal examination findings and prior biopsy status to provide the likelihood of the patient having a high-grade cancer.

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From left, Sophie Shrestha, her mother Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Sophie Bachas-Daunert, her mother Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm. D., M.S., Rose Kobetz and her mother Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D, M.P.H.

From left, Sophie Shrestha, her mother Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Sophie Bachas-Daunert, her mother Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm. D., M.S., Rose Kobetz and her mother Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D, M.P.H.

Faculty Honored with Women’s Cancer Association Researcher of the Year Award

Three Miller School of Medicine faculty women, who collaborated to develop a rapid human papillomavirus (HPV) test to prevent cervical cancer among minority and underserved women, were recently honored with the Researcher of the Year award by the Women’s Cancer Association of UM.

Erin Kobetz-Kerman, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and Associate Director for Disparities and Community Outreach for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., professor and Lucille P. Markey Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Associate Director of the Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute, and Sapna K. Deo, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, were honored at the association’s February 28 “Dancing for a Cure” Gala held at the UM Newman Alumni Center.

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University of Miami volunteers for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Day of Service.

University of Miami volunteers for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Day of Service.

Day of Service Engages UM Employees in Miami Neighborhood

More than 100 University of Miami employees representing all campuses spent Friday working on community improvement projects in a Liberty City neighborhood. Friday’s event in the housing areas closest to Charles R. Drew K-8 Center was in preparation for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Day of Service, which took place on Sunday. These community service projects were with the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI), a non-profit organization focused on transforming Liberty City into a prosperous community.

UM volunteers, including nearly 50 from the Miller School of Medicine campus, worked alongside MCI staff and community residents to paint murals, trash bins, and garden borders, refurbish clothes lines, power wash residences, and build and paint shade structures. These tasks were the first stage of projects to be completed by more than 700 students attending CGI U.

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Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

UM Otolaryngology Doctors Play Prominent Role at ARO MidWinter Meeting

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers made multiple presentations at the recent Association for Research in Otolaryngology’s 38th Annual MidWinter Meeting in Baltimore.

The prestigious academic conference, held February 21-25, brings together more than 1,500 researchers from around the world to present their findings in hearing, vestibular function and related fields. UM experts representing the Department of Otolaryngology made nearly 20 group poster and podium presentations on diverse topics.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week Filled with Engaging Learning Activities

As part of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, taking place March 8-14, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will host a range of engaging and interactive activities on the medical campus and off-site clinics. The theme for 2015 is “United in Safety.”

It is essential for everyone in the UM medical community to engage our patients in understanding how they can make healthcare safer by being actively involved in their care. As everyone in healthcare plays a role in delivering safe care, the focus of this year’s campaign is on patient engagement and emphasizes the importance of the relationship between providers and patients and their families.

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Only Eight Days Left to Register for the 2015 Corporate Run/Walk!

There are only eight days left to register for this year’s Corporate Run/Walk, so lace up your running shoes and get ready for an evening of healthy fun with friends and colleagues.

The Corporate Run/Walk is a 5K (3.1-mile) race that takes place on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. around downtown Miami.

Not only will you have a great time with friends and colleagues, you will also earn 250 points toward your Well ’Canes incentives goal and get that much closer to earning $300.

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Week of Well-Being Kicks Off This Week

Get ready to transform your life through wellness with the third annual Week of Well-Being. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in a variety of activities, focused on workplace wellness that will take place during the week-long event. Attendees will enjoy workshops; exercise sessions led by UM alumna and fitness enthusiast Nicole Chaplin; nutritional classes; financial education seminars; and wellness fairs featuring free massages, vision screenings courtesy of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and much more. For a complete schedule and satellite location activities, visit Week of Well-Being.

Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference, March 20

The University of Miami Department of Pediatrics and Otolaryngology is hosting the bi-annual Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference on Friday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Hearing Assistive Technology For The Growing Child: Everything You Want To Know” and will provide an overview of the latest developments in assistive listening devices (ALDs) and how to best implement them in a child’s daily life. Parents and other individuals using ALDs will share firsthand experiences.

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Mini Canes Camp Registration Opens Monday, March 16

Monday, March 16 begins Summer 2015 registration for University of Miami students, full-time staff and faculty and alumni to enroll their children in UM’s Department of Wellness and Recreation’s Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp.

Celebrating its 20th summer at UM, Mini Canes Camp offers educational and recreational experiences in a high-quality, fun and safe learning environment to children aged 6-12. The goal of Mini Canes Camp is to teach campers the importance of developing lifelong sports and recreation skills, all while having fun with an emphasis on developing a healthy lifestyle.

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Summer Volunteer Program Applications

Would you like to have volunteers work in your department this summer? The University of Miami’s Summer Volunteer Program starts on June 8 and runs through August 7, 2015. Eligible volunteers are encouraged to complete at least six weeks of the nine-week program, committing to a minimum of 100 hours. The Office of Human Resources encourages departments to submit their completed applications by April 30. Applications will be accepted beyond this date on a rolling basis.

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Faculty Asked to Order Commencement Regalia

The Miller School of Medicine’s commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, at 5 p.m. Faculty who would like to participate in this year’s School of Medicine or Graduate commencement ceremonies should order their regalia.

To RSVP and place your regalia order, click here. Orders must be placed no later than Friday, March 13.

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Walk the Talk Promotes Epilepsy Awareness

Join the University of Miami Hospital in supporting the 2015 Walk the Talk for Epilepsy Awareness on March 14.

One person in 26 will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. There are 2.5 million Americans affected by this disorder; 375,000 of them are Floridians.

The event seeks to raise awareness and funds to benefit Floridians living with epilepsy.

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