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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and new M.D. Nicole Mandel. See story for link to complete photo coverage.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and new M.D. Nicole Mandel. See story for link to complete photo coverage.

President Shalala Delivers Final Commencement Address to Miller School’s ‘Best-Ever’ Class

University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala congratulated the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 in what was her final commencement address. In turn, the 196 Miller School graduates receiving their medical degrees each gave Shalala a big hug after being hooded at the ceremony at the BankUnited Center Saturday evening.

“You are leaving an enduring and unmatched legacy that has transformed our great school into a top-tier institution,” said Stuart A. Miller, presiding trustee, in a moving tribute to the outgoing president. “Donna Shalala has imparted to all of us the values that she holds dear, while showing her dedication to the students of our great university. We will miss her.”

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Behind Marc Buoniconti are, from left, Teague Egan, Tom Smith, Chris Smith, John McCarthy and Barth A. Green, M.D.

Behind Marc Buoniconti are, from left, Teague Egan, Tom Smith, Chris Smith, John McCarthy and Barth A. Green, M.D.

Twice-Paralyzed Tom Smith Concludes 2,100-Mile Ride from Boston to Miami

Tom Smith, a twice-paralyzed former hockey player from Swampscott, Mass., rode into The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the Miller School of Medicine on May 1, concluding his 2,100-mile, 38-day Reality Ride Challenge, from Boston to Miami, to raise funds and awareness for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs.

“The Reality Ride Challenge is a testament to what great doctors and therapists can do for someone with paralysis,” said Smith. “My goal is to build this ride into a fundraising platform to help The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis expedite the process of finding a cure so that everyone in a wheelchair can have the same opportunity to recover that I had.”

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Top row, from left, Olivia Bosshardt, Tonia Branche, Robert W. Irwin, M.D., Simone Caccamo, Anna Bona, Tulsie Patel, Francesca Raffa, Sharon Wolfson, Quyen Truong, Phi Ho, Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Bottom row, from left, Derek Estes, Matthew Cagliostro, Bryanna Schwartz, Alana Eberlein, Ashley Taggart, Rachel Libby, Rachita Sood, Andrea Madiedo, Sarah Sonny, Erica Barrios, Brian Simmons, Shelly Birch, Kelli Columbo, Cheryl Clark, Matthew Ciminero and Barth A. Green, M.D.

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Top row, from left, Olivia Bosshardt, Tonia Branche, Robert W. Irwin, M.D., Simone Caccamo, Anna Bona, Tulsie Patel, Francesca Raffa, Sharon Wolfson, Quyen Truong, Phi Ho, Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. Bottom row, from left, Derek Estes, Matthew Cagliostro, Bryanna Schwartz, Alana Eberlein, Ashley Taggart, Rachel Libby, Rachita Sood, Andrea Madiedo, Sarah Sonny, Erica Barrios, Brian Simmons, Shelly Birch, Kelli Columbo, Cheryl Clark, Matthew Ciminero and Barth A. Green, M.D.

UM’s First Gold Humanism Inductees Honored for Their Compassion

An esteemed group of third-year University of Miami medical students became the first inductees into the Miller School of Medicine’s newly established chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The prestigious honor society is an arm of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and represents medical students, doctors and other medical professionals who exemplify humanistic clinical care and leadership. Selected by their peers, all 29 students accepted their certificates and pins at an intimate ceremony held at the University of Miami Hospital on April 30.

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From left, Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Daphney Dorcius, M.P.H., Begoña Rovira, M.B.A., M.A., and Guillermo

From left, Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Daphney Dorcius, M.P.H., Begoña Rovira, M.B.A., M.A., and Guillermo "Willy" Prado, Ph.D., M.S.

Public Health Graduate Honored with Celebration of Involvement Award

Undergraduate and graduate students who display passion for service and leadership are recognized each year at the University of Miami’s Celebration of Involvement award ceremony. At this year’s event, Daphney Dorcius, a 2015 master of public health sciences graduate, was honored with the Graduate Award for Excellence.

The award is given to one graduating master’s or doctoral student who has demonstrated superior service above and beyond what is required to complete their degree, personal integrity, exemplary character through leadership actions, altruism and support and encouragement to their peers. This is the second consecutive year that a public health sciences student has received the award.

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Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.

Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.

Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami is hosting its 16th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on Friday, May 15. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center Apex auditorium with a lecture, “The Application of Integrative Sequencing for Precision Oncology,” by Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, American Cancer Society Research Professor, and S.P. Hicks Endowed Professor of Pathology and Urology at the University of Michigan.

The event also will feature a poster session from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Schoninger Quadrangle.

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Wolfgang Munar, M.D.

Wolfgang Munar, M.D.

Dr. Wolfgang Munar to Speak at Public Health’s May 18 Distinguished Lecture Series

As part of the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Distinguished Lecture Series, Wolfgang Munar, M.D., of the Center for Global Health at Washington University, will present “Leveraging Governments for Impact at Scale: Salud Mesoamerica 2015” on Monday, May 18. The presentation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clinical Research Building, room 989.

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Back row, from left, Nerissa E. Morris, Vice President for Human Resources, student Kelvin Lopez, Veronica Maristany, Director of Human Resources Client Services, students Emmanuel  Riles and  Diamond Dozier and Nicholas Poynter, Manager of Customer Service.
 
Front row, from left, students Keyansa Mackey and Markia Hill, Cecilia Calderon-Salzburg, Senior Program Coordinator, student Jeramiah Whites and Cynthia Moore, a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School.

Back row, from left, Nerissa E. Morris, Vice President for Human Resources, student Kelvin Lopez, Veronica Maristany, Director of Human Resources Client Services, students Emmanuel Riles and Diamond Dozier and Nicholas Poynter, Manager of Customer Service. Front row, from left, students Keyansa Mackey and Markia Hill, Cecilia Calderon-Salzburg, Senior Program Coordinator, student Jeramiah Whites and Cynthia Moore, a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Proves Transformational for Both “Bigs” and “Littles”

As part of the University of Miami’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, seven students from Miami Northwestern and Booker T. Washington high schools recently enjoyed a fun, activity-filled day with their mentors from the Gables and Miller School campuses.

The May 5 event was held on the 11th floor of Gables One Tower and culminated the program’s activities for this academic year. The students, known as “littles,” and their mentors or “bigs” greeted one another with hugs and high-fives, before sitting down to a continental breakfast and a special welcome by Rudy Green, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. The day also marked the completion of the program for two of the students.

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Take the Clean Air Challenge and You May Win $500

In support of National Clean Air Month — and a more sustainable environment — Green U encourages all UM commuters to take South Florida Commuter Services’ Clean Air Challenge. Commuters who pledge to carpool, ride transit, vanpool, bicycle or walk at least once this May will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $500 Visa gift cards. Click here for more information.