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

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From left, Stuart Miller and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Stuart Miller and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Major Gifts Lifted Miller School’s Momentum2 Campaign Over the $1 Billion Mark


When he uttered that single word at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine’s May 9 commencement ceremony, Stuart Miller, chair of UM’s Momentum2Medical campaign, helped carry the school past its $1 billion fundraising goal.

The surprise announcement that the Miller family was pledging $50 million to construct a new state-of-the-art medical education building lifted the Miller School’s campaign, led by Miller and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., to the largest fundraising total ever generated by a single UM college or school.

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Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D.

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D.

Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez Named Chair of Department of Surgery

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, and David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, has been named Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, after a thorough search that reviewed the most talented leaders in the surgical field in the U.S.

For the past three years, Velazquez has served as the Executive Dean for Research, Research Education and Innovative Medicine, overseeing the efforts of hundreds of investigators who are working to unlock the mysteries of biomedical science.

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Matthias Loebe, M.D.

Matthias Loebe, M.D.

Dr. Matthias Loebe Joins Miami Transplant Institute

Matthias Loebe, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) as Director of Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Support.

“There is an enormous need here in South Florida to provide heart and lung transplantation services at a very high level in an academic environment,” said Loebe. “My goal is to build the best thoracic transplant program in the world, one that will become a reference center for the Southeastern U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America for people with advanced heart and lung diseases. I look forward to collaborating with the great scientists here to accomplish that goal and to help train the next generation of transplant surgeons.”

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Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.

Dr. Eduardo C. Alfonso Becomes President of Pan American Association of Ophthalmology

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and holder of the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, was recently installed as President of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) at its 31st Congress in Bogotá, Colombia. The PAAO has members in more than 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere, and its mission is to provide continuing education, prevent blindness, and promote scientific and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists.

“It is an honor to become president of the PAAO,” said Alfonso when addressing the 3,200 physicians attending the Congress. “Bascom Palmer and PAAO have worked closely together for decades to educate and bring together medical professionals from around the globe to exchange information with other ophthalmologists, and to share fresh ideas and approaches to patient care.”

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Raul Mitrani, M.D.

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Raul Mitrani, M.D.

Cardiovascular Division Presents Distinguished Faculty and Fellow Awards

The Cardiovascular Division honored five distinguished faculty and fellows at its Cardiovascular Fellows’ Graduation Ceremony at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay.

Raul D. Mitrani, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory at the University of Miami Hospital, received the Robert J. Myerburg Outstanding Academic Cardiology Faculty Award for his excellence in education, clinical care and research.

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Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.

Dr. Philip D. Harvey Cited Among Most Influential in Field of Psychiatry

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been included in Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2014, which recognizes scientists whose published works are most cited by fellow researchers. The publication gave Harvey the “mark of exceptional impact.”

Harvey, who is also Chief of the Division of Psychology, specializes in cognitive, severe mental illness, and neuropsychiatric conditions, including traumatic brain injury, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Through his work, he has pioneered standards of care.

Back row from left, intern presenter Linda Shahin, recruiter Aaron Uhlenberg, intern presenters Carlotta Verita, Luis Fornes and Jonathan Lee. Front row from left, intern presenters Mariam Farag, Bruny Garcia, Mariana Gomez and Margherita Tonini, Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Jeffery Vance, Ph.D., intern presenters Ismael Mercier, Daniel Dager, Jordan Ledgister and Franklin Zhang.

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Back row from left, intern presenter Linda Shahin, recruiter Aaron Uhlenberg, intern presenters Carlotta Verita, Luis Fornes and Jonathan Lee. Front row from left, intern presenters Mariam Farag, Bruny Garcia, Mariana Gomez and Margherita Tonini, Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Jeffery Vance, Ph.D., intern presenters Ismael Mercier, Daniel Dager, Jordan Ledgister and Franklin Zhang.

2015 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Interns Gain Valuable Research Experience

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics hosted 14 of South Florida’s top high school seniors for the 2015 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in Biological and Computational Sciences. The program, which received a $500,000 five-year summer training grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, provides high school students with the unique opportunity to be directly involved in scientific research.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring this program to the South Florida high school students,” said Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics and Director of the Hussman Institute. “The opportunity to facilitate the next generation of scientists in biomedical research is of critical importance to both our state and the nation.”

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HRPP Accreditation Celebration – August 18

The University of Miami’s Human Research Protection Program is hosting a celebration of its accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. The event will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, in the Schoninger Research Quadrangle. All human subject researchers are invited to attend.

The celebration will feature a host of speakers. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Health Executive MBA Discussion with Dr. Steven G. Ullmann – September 21

Join us on Monday, September 21, for a discussion with Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D., professor and Director of programs in the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy at the School of Business Administration, to learn about the Executive MBA program in Health Management and Policy at the University of Miami.

The presentation will feature highlights of the Executive MBA program in Health Management and Policy, the admissions process and a Q&A session.

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Run 4-LIFE to Benefit Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

The Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency at the Miller School of Medicine will hold Run 4-LIFE on Sunday, October 11 to benefit organ, eye and tissue donation education efforts. The 5K run/walk will start at 7:30 a.m. at Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut Street, Hollywood, Florida, following a 3.1-mile course along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk and back to the park.

To register, view the course, or for more information visit Run 4-Life 2015.

Miami Valves 2015 Conference October 29-31

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education will host Miami Valves 2015 from Thursday, October 29, to Saturday, October 31. The conference will be held at The Alexander Resort on Miami Beach, 5225 Collins Avenue. A maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and Nursing Credits will be offered.

Organized by Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery and Associate Dean for International Medicine, the conference will showcase the latest in transcatheter valve replacement. As part of the natural progression of the Masters in Repair of Structural Heart Disease Conference, which has a long history of excellence, Miami Valves is expected to draw hundreds of scientists and clinicians in the field.

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Synergy 2015 Early Registration Extended

The Synergy 2015 conference will take place from November 5-8 at the Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach. Early registration to receive the best pricing has been extended to October 30.

This annual symposium offers attendees a review of a variety of oncological diseases combined with the latest developments in medical, interventional and surgical therapeutic options across multiple disciplines.

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MyUHealthChart Patient Sign-up Campaign Continues through September 30

MyUHealthChart is much more than an electronic medical record (EMR) system. It’s an innovative way to improve the lives of our patients. MyUHealthChart offers patients access to their medical records, lab tests and imaging results, and lets them manage their appointments, order prescription refills and connect with their doctors via private messaging.

In order to continue improving our patients’ experiences, the University is sponsoring an incentive campaign for Patient Access and UHealthConnect employees so that we can sign patients up to access their medical information easily through MyUHealthChart.

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Green U: Avoid Idling

Please turn off your engine while waiting. Idling in parking lots is especially harmful, as overexposure to carbon monoxide aggravates heart disease and can cause headaches and visual impairment.

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