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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked No. 1 in Nation for 12th Consecutive Year

For the 12th consecutive year — and the 14th time overall — Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015-2016 Best Hospitals edition. Every year since the rankings began 25 years ago, Bascom Palmer has been ranked either first or second in the country.

“At Bascom Palmer, the well-being of our patients inspires us to excel in eye care, vision research, education and clinical innovation,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor and Chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “Receiving the No. 1 ranking for 12 consecutive years recognizes the exceptional expertise of Bascom Palmer’s team. Together, Bascom Palmer’s world-class ophthalmologists, vision researchers, nurses, ophthalmic technicians and support staff have one goal — to provide the ultimate in compassion and medical care to patients.”

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Outgoing NLA President Terry A. Jacobson, M.D., pins Carl E. Orringer, M.D., as the incoming President.

Outgoing NLA President Terry A. Jacobson, M.D., pins Carl E. Orringer, M.D., as the incoming President.

Dr. Carl E. Orringer Elected President of National Lipid Association

Carl E. Orringer, M.D., associate professor of medicine, has been elected President of the National Lipid Association (NLA) for the 2015-2016 term. His election to the one-year term on the NLA Board of Directors came June 10, just before the organization’s annual scientific sessions held in Chicago.

Orringer, who is Director of the Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Program in the Cardiovascular Division, is a leading expert in hyperlipidemia, an abnormally high level of lipids or fats in the blood, which often means high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

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From left, Kevin Biederman, Richard Ballard, Peter Bober, Eleanor Sobel, Oscar Braynon and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

From left, Kevin Biederman, Richard Ballard, Peter Bober, Eleanor Sobel, Oscar Braynon and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Expands in Hollywood

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Hollywood hosted a special ribbon cutting event to recognize the completion of the site’s recent expansion and refurbishment. The clinical space has doubled, creating eight exam rooms and an expanded chemotherapy treatment area. Laboratory space has been enlarged, and a pharmacy is being added to the first floor.

“These improvements ensure that more patients in Hollywood and Broward County have access to Sylvester’s expertise and clinical trials across a wide variety of cancers where Sylvester outcomes are significantly better than national standards,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., professor of medicine and Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “For example, our sarcoma program is one of the top four or five programs in the world. Sarcoma is a very rare cancer, and about 30 percent of patients have a gene mutation. We now have medications that target these gene mutations. This is what cancer is moving toward – precision medicine – and it’s the type of treatments that we are bringing to Hollywood.”

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Andrea Green, assistant professor of otolaryngology, helps Caitlin Fryer, a forward on the women’s soccer team, test the goggles.

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Andrea Green, assistant professor of otolaryngology, helps Caitlin Fryer, a forward on the women’s soccer team, test the goggles.

UM Sports Medicine Researchers and Athletes Test Concussion Detection Goggles

The University of Miami football team and the women’s soccer and volleyball teams helped the Miller School of Medicine Division of Sports Medicine test new goggles that detect mild traumatic brain injury last week at the Hecht Athletic Center. UM researchers are relying on feedback from the student athletes to fine-tune programming in the I-Portal PAS Goggle, developed by Neuro Kinetics, Inc.

“This is the first time it’s being used on athletes,” said Mikhaylo Szczupak, M.D., a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology, “and it’s being done for the first time at the University of Miami.”

The I-Portal PAS goggle has been outfitted with software including diagnostic tests that can determine, at the site of injury, whether an athlete can return to the field or needs to seek further medical attention for mild traumatic brain injury. The athletes, who volunteered their time, were excited to be a part of the week’s testing.

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Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus Wins More Funding for Patient Safety Training Program

For the third time in five years, Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., associate professor of clinical medicine and anesthesiology, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, and Associate Director of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, has received grant funding from the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association to support his unique patient safety training program. The latest award of $725,000 brings his funding thus far from the association to more than $2 million.

Lenchus developed and launched “The Procedure Service” program at Jackson in July of 2007. The program combines simulation-based instruction in invasive procedures with an experiential component for internal medicine residents.

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Charlotte Barrett, left, with Barbara Acosta, Inpatient Coding Manager.

Charlotte Barrett, left, with Barbara Acosta, Inpatient Coding Manager.

UHealth Hosts Second Annual ICD-10 Boot Camp

Despite industry delay of ICD-10 implementation until Oct. 1, 2015, UHealth – University of Miami Health System continues to prepare for its roll out, as marked by the completion of the second annual Health Information Integrity ICD-10 Coding Boot Camp. The weeklong boot camp was facilitated by Pam Scott of First Class Solutions, who is certified by the American Health Information Management Association as an ICD-10 Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System trainer.

Led by Charlotte Barrett, Assistant Vice President of Health Information Integrity, UHealth coders have continued to refine their ICD-10 coding skills.

“This year’s boot camp was particularly important because the launch of ICD-10 is almost upon us,” Barrett said. “With more than three times the codes used in ICD-9, our medical coders must be ready, and I’m proud to say they have worked hard to ensure that the transition this fall to ICD-10 will be as seamless as possible.”

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UM Medical Alumni Association Launches Inaugural ‘Stethoscopes for Students’ Program

The stethoscope is one of the most enduring symbols of the medical profession. To the patient, it signifies trust, compassion and hope. For those who have the privilege to wear one, it embodies knowledge, dedication and care.

To help welcome our next generation of physicians, the Medical Alumni Association of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is introducing a new initiative called “Stethoscopes for Students.” The goal of the new program is to provide all incoming medical students in the Class of 2019 with stethoscopes – donated by faculty and alumni.

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The Civica Shops feature several new restaurants.

The Civica Shops feature several new restaurants.

New Restaurants Open on Medical Campus and at Jackson Sites

A number of new restaurants have sprung up on and around the University of Miami medical campus and commercial corridors at the nearby Jackson Memorial Hospital garages. A Latin-themed gourmet bakery, a major fast food burger restaurant and sub chain are just a few of the new places that offer Miami Health District employees, patients and visitors diverse fare throughout the day and evening.

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