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From left, Jeffrey Miller, Donna E. Shalala, Stuart Miller and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Jeffrey Miller, Donna E. Shalala, Stuart Miller and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Miller School Tops $1 Billion Momentum2 Campaign Goal with $50 Million Gift

Capping off University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala’s last commencement ceremony on May 9, Stuart Miller, Chair of UM’s Board of Trustees and of the UM Miller School of Medicine Momentum2 campaign, announced a “breakthrough” gift of $55 million. The gift from longtime UM supporters, the Miller family, was greeted with cheers by the medical school graduates, faculty, families and friends and lifted the University over its $1.6 billion Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami goal, a stunning accomplishment that occurred more than a year ahead of schedule.

The Miller family’s $55 million gift will provide $50 million to build a new state-of-the-art medical education building on the campus of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, which surpassed its school-based $1 billion fundraising goal. An additional $5 million will support the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music.

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From left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

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From left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Dean Goldschmidt Leads 2015 Miami Heart and Stroke Ball toward $1 Million Record

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth, chaired the 2015 American Heart Association’s Miami Heart and Stroke Ball, which took place on Saturday, May 16, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell. During his remarks, Goldschmidt stressed the importance of research funding for academic institutions such as the University of Miami.

“I would not be here today,” he said, “if I didn’t receive my first grant from the AHA nearly three decades ago when I was at Johns Hopkins University. In fact, it is likely that none of the cardiologists or neurologists in the room would be here tonight, as most young investigators receive seed funding from the AHA.” The Miller School of Medicine has received nearly $40 million to date from the AHA.

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From left, J. Stephen Nouss, C.P.A., Chief Consulting Officer with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, Jesse Bailey of Sylvester Development, Pap Corps President JoAnne Goldberg, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

From left, J. Stephen Nouss, C.P.A., Chief Consulting Officer with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, Jesse Bailey of Sylvester Development, Pap Corps President JoAnne Goldberg, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

S. Florida-Based Pap Corps Raises $3.6 Million for Research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research, a South Florida-based grassroots organization, has awarded Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine a $3.6 million gift to advance research in precision cancer medicine at Sylvester, South Florida’s only Cancer Center of Excellence.

The Pap Corps funding will support the basic and translational research at Sylvester that promotes discoveries of genetic markers for individual cancers and the development of targeted treatments that will lead to better outcomes.

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Marie Denise Gervais, M.D., center in pants, poses with Miller School alum Marissa Orenstein, M.D., Mentorship Chair of AMWA; Miller School students Melissa Stone, Komal Paladugu, Priyanka Debnath; Nawara Alawa, Anam Khaja, and Johanna Kreafle.

Marie Denise Gervais, M.D., center in pants, poses with Miller School alum Marissa Orenstein, M.D., Mentorship Chair of AMWA; Miller School students Melissa Stone, Komal Paladugu, Priyanka Debnath; Nawara Alawa, Anam Khaja, and Johanna Kreafle.

Miller School Students Stand Out at American Medical Women’s Association National Conference

Students and faculty members from the Miller School of Medicine joined their peers at the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) National Conference held in Chicago April 23-26. The centennial meeting gathered physicians, leaders and health care professionals from around the world in the city where the AMWA was founded nearly 100 years ago.

Among the highlights from this year’s meeting, third-year Miller School students presented three of the 107 poster presentations at the conference. Priyanka Debnath presented “Pain, discomfort, and embarrassment during high-resolution anoscopy among women: a potential barrier to care?” Anam Khaja presented a poster on “Cervical Cancer Screening in Perinatally Infected HIV+ Adolescents and Young Women,” and Johanna Kreafle presented “Implementation of a Sustainable Patient Education Program in a Student-Run Free Clinic,” which won 2nd Place in the Original Research Poster Competition.

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From left, back row, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., President Donna E. Shalala, Yunhee Lee, M.D., Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Judith Post, M.D., Norman Braman. Front row, John G. Clarkson, M.D., Steven J. Gedde, M.D., and son Andrew.

From left, back row, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., President Donna E. Shalala, Yunhee Lee, M.D., Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Judith Post, M.D., Norman Braman. Front row, John G. Clarkson, M.D., Steven J. Gedde, M.D., and son Andrew.

Bascom Palmer’s Dr. Steven J. Gedde Receives Dr. John G. Clarkson Chair

At a ceremony before his family, colleagues, Miller School of Medicine and University leadership, Steven J. Gedde, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, was formally presented with the Dr. John G. Clarkson Endowed Chair in Medical Education at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to support medical education.

Gedde is the inaugural holder of the chair, which was created through the philanthropic leadership of the Braman Family Foundation and a generous gift from the estate of Amy and Shlomo Yeminy.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

David S. Kushner, M.D.

Geriatric Patient Functional Independence and Recovery Increased with Interdisciplinary Model

David S. Kushner, M.D., clinical associate professor, and Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph.D., professor and Associate Vice Chair, both of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have completed an observational study on use of the Siebens Domain Management Model (SDMM) in health care management of geriatric patients during inpatient rehabilitation. The study corroborates their earlier research, which demonstrated that implementing SDMM in a health care setting can positively impact stroke patient outcomes.

SDMM provides a standard format for weekly interdisciplinary team conferences, with a focus on potential medical, physical, cognitive, emotional and social barriers to recovery and community/home discharge. Its use has been shown to provide greater patient functional independence and fewer medical complications.

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Peter Tarjan, Ph.D., cuts the cake at the flower sculpture unveiling, as 10-year-old patient Elizabeth Rodriguez looks on.

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Peter Tarjan, Ph.D., cuts the cake at the flower sculpture unveiling, as 10-year-old patient Elizabeth Rodriguez looks on.

Holocaust Survivor and Professor Shares Message of Courage at alex’s place

Peter Tarjan, Ph.D., is more than Professor Emeritus in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami and a docent at the University’s Lowe Art Museum. He is also a survivor of the Holocaust. Because of his childhood experience, documented in a collection of memoirs, “Children Who Survived the Final Solution,” Tarjan has always had a special empathy for kids in need. He has combined that passion with a favorite hobby – making brightly colored flowers out of old hubcaps, golf balls, bottle caps and sprinkler pipes.

Through Tarjan’s artistry, these scraps are reincarnated as whimsical flowers. A few years ago he was asked to provide 20 flowers for a silent auction to benefit the Children’s Cancer Fund for programs and services at alex’s place at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Joanna Davis, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Pediatric Hemophilia Treatment Center at Sylvester, and Letitia Cason, Child Life Coordinator, suggested creating an installation from the remaining flowers for the garden area outside of alex’s place.

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Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., giving acceptance speech.

Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., giving acceptance speech.

Simulation Society Honors Dr. Michael Gordon with its Pioneer Award

Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, was honored this year with The Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s prestigious and second ever Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation Award.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is the largest organization in the world of its kind. The ceremony featured a stirring 15-minute video that encapsulated Gordon’s 50-year career at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and his dedication and commitment to the field of healthcare simulation. The ceremony was held at the Society’s Jan. 13 international meeting where Gordon was welcomed with a triple standing ovation from the more than 3,000 attendees.

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First Annual Research and Innovations in Medical Education Poster Reception, May 20

The Academy of Medical Educators of the Miller School of Medicine is hosting its first annual Research and Innovations in Medical Education Poster Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at Calder Medical Library. Faculty, house staff and students will present over 35 creative and innovative ideas in medical education.

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Early Deadline for Submissions

Due to the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3, the deadline for the July 7 issue of MED will be Wednesday, July 2, at 5 p.m. Any requests received after the deadline will be processed the following week.

U Innovation 2015 C2C Seminar Series

U Innovation, the home of technology advancement at the University of Miami, is hosting a year-long series of monthly seminars that are focused on the commercialization of intellectual property and business concepts. The seminars feature guest speakers and are free and open to all UM faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students.

The next seminar, on May 26, will feature Rys Williams, of New World Angels, Andrew Levin, of H.I.G. Bioventures, and Alison Tanner, of the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, who will present “Funding your start-ups: Perspectives of Angel Investors and VC’s.” Topics will include all aspects of commercialization; including the basics of technology transfer, patent filing requirements and strategies, funding start-up companies, technology marketing and many other relevant topics.

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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.