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Happy dancers toss their berets at the end of the flash mob.

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Happy dancers toss their berets at the end of the flash mob.

Flash Mob Performance Honors Sylvester Breast Cancer Patients and Physicians

Saturday’s ‘Pink Game’ at Sun Life Stadium honored Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s breast cancer patients and physicians with celebratory activities that were fun for the whole family. Although the throngs at the stadium had come to watch football, it was an inspiring pregame flash mob performance featuring 130 pink-clad Sylvester doctors, survivors and staffers that stole the show.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., rallied the participants before the walk.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., rallied the participants before the walk.

Out of the Darkness Walk Sheds Light on Suicide Awareness

A record number of University of Miami and Miller School of Medicine students and employees came together recently for the Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Walkers joined to remember friends, family members, and colleagues they had lost, and to help strengthen efforts to prevent suicide.

The walk took place on Sunday, October 11, beginning at the Stanford Rock before moving throughout the Coral Gables campus. Jill Harrington, the Florida Southeast & Florida Southwest Chapters Area Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, estimated close to 1,050 people took part, the largest turnout to date.

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Sylvester physicians led the march at this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

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Sylvester physicians led the march at this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Sylvester Has Major Presence at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center had a significant presence at this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on the morning of October 17. Sylvester experts and researchers led an emotional survivors’ procession, followed by remarks from Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and Director of the Miami Institute for the Americas, and Carmen Calfa, M.D., breast oncologist at Sylvester at Plantation. The organizers of the race said $2 million was raised for breast cancer research.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., ride to raise money for Sylvester.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., ride to raise money for Sylvester.

Join Team Hurricanes, and ‘DCC With Me!’

For the sixth year in a row, University of Miami faculty and staff, family and friends will raise funds for cancer research by taking part in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge on February 20, 2016, at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes.

“Now is the time to step forward and join Team Hurricanes to support our own Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth.

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Jacques J. Morcos, M.D., left, and Michael Y. Wang, M.D.

Jacques J. Morcos, M.D., left, and Michael Y. Wang, M.D.

Drs. Jacques J. Morcos and Michael Y. Wang Receive Major Appointments in Neurological Surgery

Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., the recently named Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, has appointed two of the department’s faculty members — Jacques J. Morcos, M.D., professor of neurosurgery and otolaryngology, and Michael Y. Wang, M.D., professor of neurosurgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation — to leadership positions.

Morcos has been named Co-Chair of the department and Chief of Cranial Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital, both positions that were previously held by Roberto C. Heros, M.D., who is currently Chief Medical Officer at Jackson and Resident Program Director.

Wang has been named Chief of Neurosurgery at the University of Miami Hospital and Director of the Neurosurgical Spine Fellowship Program, both positions that were previously held by Levi. He is also assuming the Directorship of the newly created Minimally Invasive Spine Institute.

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Study Finds Sympathetic Nervous System Plays Vital Role in Heart Regeneration

A new study from the University of Miami’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute has found that the sympathetic nervous system plays a vital role in heart regeneration. Prior to this study, scientists were aware of the potential for cardiac regeneration in the human neonatal period, but the factors involved in this process remained unknown. The study, led by Joshua M. Hare, M.D., Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, is titled “Sympathetic Reinnervation is Required for Mammalian Cardiac Regeneration,” and published October 2015 issue of the journal Circulation Research.

“Adults with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy undergo inadequate regeneration, which is detrimental for those recovering from heart attacks,” said Hare, the Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine. “By better understanding what allows the neonatal heart to heal faster than its adult counterpart, we are a step closer to finding medical treatments that will allow for rapid healing post cardiac injury.”

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David J. Lee, Ph.D.

David J. Lee, Ph.D.

Researcher Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for Comparative Study of Mindfulness Practices

David J. Lee, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia to conduct a cross-cultural study of meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices.

“Ancient Eastern contemplative practices are increasingly being adopted in the West for stress reduction and coping with chronic health conditions,” said Lee, who is also director of graduate programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and project director/principal investigator of the Florida Cancer Data System at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “A growing number of clinical studies indicate there are positive biological, psychological, and neurological effects of mindfulness practices.”

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Top row from left, Giovana R. Thomas, M.D., and James M. Trice III. Bottom row from left, Shyroll Morris, M.B.A., M.P.H., and Gail Bouie Ward, M.S.

Top row from left, Giovana R. Thomas, M.D., and James M. Trice III. Bottom row from left, Shyroll Morris, M.B.A., M.P.H., and Gail Bouie Ward, M.S.

Sylvester and UHealth Physicians and Executive Leaders Recognized by Legacy Magazine

Several physicians and executive leaders with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System have been named as South Florida’s Top Black Health Care Professionals of 2015 by Legacy Magazine.

The honorees include Giovana R. Thomas, M.D., a head and neck cancer surgeon at Sylvester and associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; James M. Trice III, M.D., assistant professor of medicine; Shyroll Morris, M.B.A., M.P.H., Chief Satellite Operations Officer at Sylvester and UHealth; and Gail Bouie Ward, M.S., Executive Director of Sylvester at Plantation.

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The directors of the three participating cancer centers, from left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., of Sylvester, Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., of Moffitt, and Jonathan D. Licht, M.D., of UF Health.

The directors of the three participating cancer centers, from left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., of Sylvester, Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., of Moffitt, and Jonathan D. Licht, M.D., of UF Health.

Personalized Medicine Conference Highlights Progress in Cancer Therapies

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine joined other renowned Florida cancer centers hosting the 2nd Annual Beyond the Promise: Addressing Evidence and Value in Personalized Medicine Conference in Tampa Oct. 2 and 3. Scientists from Sylvester, along with UF Health Cancer Center, Moffitt Cancer Center and the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology as well as guest speakers from esteemed institutions such as UT Southwestern Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University discussed the latest advances in personalized cancer medicine.

“I found the conference amazingly interesting,” said Sylvester Deputy Director Marc Lippman, M.D., a conference planning committee member, who spoke about patient selection for breast cancer therapies in the genomic era. “I particularly enjoyed hearing about the evolution of therapies in tumor types I manage less frequently such as sarcoma, colorectal and lung cancer.”

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General Internal Medicine Discussion Panels Raise Student Awareness

In an era of increasing specialization, general internal medicine physicians are the “quarterback” of health care, coordinating a patient’s evaluation and treatment to ensure the best possible care. General internists provide patients with a full range of treatment, from primary to complex care. At the Miller School of Medicine, general internists are also leading health care into the future, serving as leaders in medical education and conducting important research on how care is delivered to patients.

The Miller School’s Division of General Internal Medicine is also playing a leadership role nationally in promoting the field to medical students. After a competitive national application process, the division was one of six selected to pilot the Society of General Internal Medicine’s “Proud to be GIM” campaign to raise student awareness about careers in general internal medicine.

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Mobile Devices – Connecting on the Go

Mobility has become a way of life for many in their personal and professional lives. Wi-Fi hotspots are becoming increasingly prolific, and more and more devices are built for life on the go. Remember that as you travel, your data travels with you. Find out how to make sure cybersecurity travels with you, as well.

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Join Team Sylvester for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks

Join your colleagues to represent the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, one of the largest breast cancer awareness events in South Florida. Invite your family, friends and coworkers to raise awareness, support physicians and researchers, salute survivors and honor those who have fought the battle.

Fundraising efforts are welcome, but not required to join our team. Those who register early also will receive a special Sylvester breast cancer awareness T-shirt.

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Register Now for the Miami Transplant International Symposium

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Miami Transplant International Symposium, hosted by the Miami Transplant Institute, which takes place Friday, October 23, through Sunday, October 25, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel.

Your ticket includes:
• Two and a half days of educational sessions offering 20 hours of CME credit to enhance your knowledge and patient care
• Educational tracks specific to your specialty; choose between abdominal and thoracic transplantation sessions
• Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks each day and a welcome reception on Friday evening

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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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Register for Dermatology 2015 – November 21-22

The Dermatology 2015 conference will take place November 21-22 at The Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach. Those interested in attending should register before October 23 to receive early bird registration pricing.

This certified CME course will review the current methods available to diagnose skin cancers as well as potential diagnostic tools. In addition, the course will offer a comprehensive review on some of these technologies, dermoscopy and confocal scanning laser microscopy. Faculty will illustrate with didactic lectures, case studies and a workshop with hands-on practice in reading diagnostic images of selected cases.

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2016 Winter Symposium, January 24-27

The University of Miami’s 2016 Miami Winter Symposium will be held January 24-27 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. This year’s theme is “Inflammation: Causes, Prevention and Cures.” The annual event highlights advances in science discovery and brings together hundreds of scientists from the academic and industrial worlds.

Renowned scientists from institutions across the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Israel and other countries will be featured. While registration fee waivers have been exhausted, discounts are available for Miller School of Medicine faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. A limited number of session passes are available for purchase.

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