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Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Patients Treated at Elite Group of Academic Cancer Centers Have Higher Survival Rates

A recent study by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed that patients treated at cancer centers that are part of an elite group of academic cancer research centers — members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers — have a 10 percent lower chance of dying in the first year after diagnosis than those treated at community hospitals.

The pattern persisted through five years of follow-up monitoring. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami is the only South Florida-based member of the Alliance, along with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, City of Hope in Los Angeles, Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and others.

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Mark A. Gelbard, M.D.

Mark A. Gelbard, M.D.

Dr. Mark A. Gelbard Named Miller School of Medicine’s First Applebaum Teaching Scholar

Mark A. Gelbard, M.D., associate professor of medicine, has been appointed as the first Miller School of Medicine Applebaum Teaching Scholar in recognition of his outstanding teaching contributions and key role as an educator. In this new role, Gelbard will add faculty development to his other educational responsibilities.

“Dr. Gelbard has been an extraordinary teacher and role model clinician for more than 35 years,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Miller Professor of Medicine and Executive Dean for Education and Policy. “He has been the ‘go-to’ faculty member for generations of interns and residents presiding over the ‘morning report’ at the Miami VA Medical Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital for decades.”

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Standing, from left, Laura Sylvester, W. Jarrard Goodwin Jr., M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Fred F. Telischi, M.D., M.E.E., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. Seated, from left, Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, Francisco J. Civantos, M.D., and Donald T. Weed, M.D.

Standing, from left, Laura Sylvester, W. Jarrard Goodwin Jr., M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Fred F. Telischi, M.D., M.E.E., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. Seated, from left, Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, Francisco J. Civantos, M.D., and Donald T. Weed, M.D.

Sylvester’s Two Endowed Chairs Lead Off UM’s “100 New Talents for 100 Years” Initiative

On February 11, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center held a ceremony at the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park to celebrate two new endowed chairs in head and neck oncology. These are the first two chairs of the “100 New Talents for 100 Years” initiative announced by President Julio Frenk at his inauguration address.

The W. Jarrard Goodwin Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Oncology Surgery has been established with a gift from the Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation and will be held by Donald T. Weed, M.D., Co-Director of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery at Sylvester, and professor of otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Virginia M. Horner Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Oncology Research has been established with a gift from Virginia M. Horner and will be held by Francisco J. Civantos, M.D., Co-Director of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery/Otolaryngology, and professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., left, with Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., left, with Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Safe Space Program Begins Second Year with Expanded Training Sessions

Safe Space, a program created to provide a safe haven, a listening ear and visible support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people on the medical campus, will begin its second year of workshops on March 14. Originally a training exercise for faculty and staff, Safe Space is expanding and will also be offered to students in 2016.

The Miller School of Medicine’s Safe Space program (there are programs with the same name and similar aims on other campuses) was founded in 2014 by Robert W. Irwin, M.D., in his former position as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, in partnership with several medical students who were committed to improving LGBTQ sensitivity on campus. Now that Irwin, associate clinical professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been named interim Chair of his department, he has been searching for a partner to be involved with the program.

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DCC riders cross the finish line.

DCC riders cross the finish line.

The DCC is Almost Here — Preparing for Your Ride or Run

You’ve signed up, you’ve logged the training hours, and the big day — February 20 — is right around the corner! Taking on the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) to raise critical funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center can be both an exciting and challenging experience. Many of you have spent weeks or maybe even months training for this event. But the most important preparation should happen just days before. Here are a few tips about how best to prepare for the big day.

By now, you should have tapered off on your workouts. This week is all about resting your legs to make sure they’re ready to fire on all cylinders. Three days out, get your last good ride or run in. This gives you the confidence you’ll need. Two days out, it’s best to take the day off to store up all the energy you need in your legs. However, feel free to do a light workout the day before — just nothing too strenuous. But remember, save your energy because you’ll need it!

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Noam Alperin, Ph.D. inside the space shuttle simulator at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Noam Alperin, Ph.D. inside the space shuttle simulator at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA Grant Funds Research into Visual Changes during Long Space Flights

Noam Alperin, Ph.D., professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and Director of the Physiologic Imaging and Modeling Lab, has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study a condition causing blurred vision that occurs in many astronauts who spend long periods in space.

The condition, known as vision impairment and intracranial pressure syndrome, or VIIP, occurs in about two-thirds of astronauts who have been deployed on the International Space Station for six months or longer. The most consistent signs associated with VIIP are ophthalmic anatomical changes, including flattening of the posterior sclera, known as globe flattening, and protrusion of the optic disk, or nerve protrusion. The longer an astronaut remains in space, the worse the deformation becomes.

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From left, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., and James E. Williams, M.S., President of VCU Alumni Board of Governors.

From left, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., and James E. Williams, M.S., President of VCU Alumni Board of Governors.

Dr. Norma Sue Kenyon Receives Alumni Star Award

Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., has received the Alumni Star award from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kenyon, the University of Miami’s Vice Provost for Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer at the Miller School of Medicine, earned her doctorate from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Medical College of Virginia, which nominated her for its parent institution’s 2015 award program.

The Alumni Stars are honored for their “career and humanitarian achievements, as well as the infinite possibilities they bring to the future.”

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Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

UHealth Faculty Member Promotes New Care Guidelines for Diabetes in Long-Term Care Facilities

A UHealth senior faculty member and diabetes researcher, collaborating with colleagues from several other institutions, all of whom are affiliated with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recently developed guidelines to improve the management of diabetes in patients living in long-term care facilities.

“There is a growing concern over how to care for older patients with diabetes who have experienced significant functional decline and consequently need admission to assisted living, skilled nursing and nursing facilities,” said Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of the Geriatrics, Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, who is co-author of the position statement, which appears in the February issue of Diabetes Care.

Read more about the diabetes care guidelines »

From left, Gregg Kowalczyk, Oscar De Leon Casasola, M.D., Alexandru Visan, M.D., Brian M. Osman, M.D., and Andres Missair, M.D.

From left, Gregg Kowalczyk, Oscar De Leon Casasola, M.D., Alexandru Visan, M.D., Brian M. Osman, M.D., and Andres Missair, M.D.

Anesthesiology Team Trains Cuban Physicians in Historic Medical Education Mission to Havana

A team of anesthesiologists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently completed an historic medical education mission to Havana, training 21 members of the Cuban Society of Anesthesiologists on acute pain management. The January 29-30 conference, “2016 Acute Pain Workshop Cuba,” focused on ultrasound guidance, multimodal analgesia and evidence-based practice.

“This was the first Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain medical conference conducted by U.S. physicians in Cuba since the 1959 revolution,” said Andres Missair, M.D., associate professor of clinical anesthesiology and Associate Director of the Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain. Missair led the groundbreaking trip to Havana, which was funded by volunteer faculty and private donations.

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W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., left, examines Miami International Airport employee Christina Naser.

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., left, examines Miami International Airport employee Christina Naser.

Sylvester Honors World Cancer Day with Cancer Screenings at Miami International Airport

In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Miami International Airport (MIA) hosted free head and neck cancer screenings and consultations for more than 85 airport employees.

“Sylvester’s team of head and neck cancer experts were pleased to provide on-site screenings for employees of Miami International Airport,” said W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Sylvester. “Part of our mission to reduce the burden of cancer in our community involves building awareness and sharing the importance of early detection. We were happy to have the opportunity to serve this group.”

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The INC conference attracted more than 40 scientists and physicians from North America, Europe and Australia.

The INC conference attracted more than 40 scientists and physicians from North America, Europe and Australia.

Miller School Investigators Host Inherited Neuropathies Consortium in Miami

More than 40 scientists and physicians from North America, Europe and Australia gathered in Miami January 28-30 for the Inherited Neuropathies Consortium (INC) meeting. INC is dedicated to conducting clinical, genetic and basic research in different forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a disorder that affects the peripheral nerves. There are currently 17 active recruitment and research sites in North America, Europe and Australia, with additional sites being added.

The meeting was hosted by investigators from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, led by Mario A. Saporta, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., assistant professor of neurology and human genetics, and Stephan L. Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and human genetics, Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Co-Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

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Tomorrow: A Proactive Approach to Career/Life Planning: A Workshop with Peers

Women In Academic Medicine will host a faculty development workshop entitled “A Proactive Approach to Career/Life Planning: A Workshop with Peers,” tomorrow, March 9, from 1:30 p.m to 3 p.m., in the first-floor auditorium of the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, in the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center.

The guest speaker will be Stephanie B. Abbuhl, M.D., Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and professor of emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Registration Ends Tomorrow for the 2016 Corporate Run/Walk, April 28

Grab your running shoes, boost your stamina and manifest your UM spirit because the 2016 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run is coming! The Corporate Run/Walk is one of the nation’s largest 5K (3.1 miles) races and takes place at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami on Thursday, April 28. Last year, Team UM had our largest team ever and the second largest team overall with just over 1,450 participants.

Registration is open here. Be sure to sign up for the city’s largest office party and get ready to experience a night of exercise, food, entertainment and prizes.

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Family Days at Lowe Art Museum Begin February 21

This spring, UHealth-the University of Miami Health System will sponsor three family days at Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

The Natural World: Ancient Andean Family Day
Sunday, February 21, noon to 3 p.m.
Discover the ways ancient Andean cultures understood and respected nature through the Lowe’s spring exhibition, “Kay Pacha: Reciprocity with the Natural World in the Ancient Art of the Andes.” Hear stories read aloud about the Andean people, and create a clay pinch pot inspired by the ancient Andean people.

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End-of-Life Conversations: The Essentials, February 27

The University of Miami Division of Continuing Medical Education, Dade County Medical Association, Florida International University, and Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers will be hosting the first End-of-Life Conversations: The Essentials 2016 event on Saturday, February 27, at the University of Miami Hospital, Seminar Center A & B.

The conversation about advance care planning presents one of the most difficult challenges a physician encounters when caring for a chronically ill, frail elderly, or dying patient. Getting it right can be difficult, especially if this conversation is to be performed skillfully and empathetically. Being a better communicator about death and dying should be seen as a necessary challenge, one that bedevils even the most capable of physicians. Yet it is a challenge caring physicians will want to meet.

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Pitbull will perform at Destination Fashion 2016.

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Pitbull will perform at Destination Fashion 2016.

Destination Fashion 2016 to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, March 5

Destination Fashion 2016 to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, will be held on Saturday, March 5, at Bal Harbour Shops. Global music icon Pitbull, Mr. Worldwide, will perform in concert and Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour has selected Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli as the featured designer to showcase their Spring 2016 Collection at the event. Co-Anchor of NBC’s Today Show Savannah Guthrie, will serve as emcee for the progressive party and dinner hosted by Honorary Co-Chairs Grammy Award Winners Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Academy Award Winner Tommy Lee Jones and wife Dawn Jones, Golden Globe Winner Christian Slater and wife Brittany Slater, who will join a who’s who of celebrities, philanthropic icons, business leaders, fashionistas and other South Florida notables at the main event. For sponsorships, tables or more information visit thebuonicontifund.com/destinationfashion or call 305-243-4656.

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Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management: Current and Future, March 3-4

Register now for the 6th Annual Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management: Current and Future conference, to be held March 3-4 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay by the University of Miami Division of Continuing Medical Education.

The importance of temperature management and therapeutic hypothermia has been a subject of ongoing experimental and clinical investigations in different fields of patient care. While mild to moderate levels of hypothermia protect and promote functional outcome in experimental and clinical studies, mild levels of hyperthermia may worsen outcome in some patient populations. Although there has been some success in translating positive results from the bench to the bedside, there is a need to continue to discuss with leading thought leaders when therapeutic hypothermia may be most appropriate to utilize in a patient population and under what conditions temperature management would be recommended.

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Shark Tank College Day, March 4

Shark Tank, the critically acclaimed, business-themed show, is bringing its search for the best entrepreneurs with the best businesses and products that America has to offer to the University of Miami. The Emmy-winning show features The Sharks — tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons who give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their American dreams come true, potentially securing deals that could make them millionaires.

If you’re a student, faculty member or alumnus and you have a great product or business that needs an investment to propel it forward, you have the opportunity to meet the show’s casting team. Come by the Storer Auditorium in the School of Business Administration on Friday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to get information on the upcoming season and the application process.

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43rd Miami Pediatric Nephrology Seminar and Renal Pathology Course, March 10-13

The 43rd Miami Pediatric Nephrology Seminar and Renal Pathology Course, sponsored by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and presented by the Division of Pediatric Nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Renal Pathology in the Department of Pathology, will be held March 10 to 13 at The Alexander All Suite Ocean Front Resort on Miami Beach.

The Program Director will be Gaston Zilleruelo, M.D., professor of pediatrics and Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology; Associate Program Directors will be Carolyn L. Abitbol, M.D., professor of pediatrics and Medical Director of Pediatric Dialysis, and Michael Freundlich, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics.

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American Medical Women’s Association to Hold 101st Anniversary Conference in Miami March 10-13

To celebrate its next century for women in medicine, the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) — the vision and voice of women in medicine since 1915 — will host its 101st Anniversary Meeting from March 10-13 at the Hilton Miami Airport. The conference features an outstanding roster of speakers, CME sessions, an awards ceremony, poster presentations and its 101st Anniversary Gala. The meeting is open to everyone.

Conference faculty will include Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and Associate Dean for Student Services at the Miller School of Medicine.

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Save the Date: Miami Brain Fair, March 12

Save the date for the Miami Brain Fair, March 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse. The Brain Fair is a community education event designed to teach adults and children how the brain works and about the neuroscience research at the University of Miami. To volunteer, click here.

The Business of Health Care: Going Global Conference, March 21

UM President Julio Frenk will headline a trio of keynote speakers at The Business of Health Care: Going Global, the fifth in a series of health industry impact conferences hosted by the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy and the University of Miami School of Business Administration, on Monday, March 21.

Health care is an increasingly global commodity. Multinational health care service providers, biomedical and biotechnology industries, multi-country joint ventures, medical tourism and the promise of advances in technology, are but a sample of the globalization of the business of health care. This conference promises to offer an unparalleled opportunity for the exchange of ideas on the importance of thinking globally about the business of health care and the impact on the business community in general.

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2016 OHRP Research Community Forum, April 6-7

Come learn the latest in 21st Century Research: What You Need to Know About Vulnerable Populations, Emerging Designs, Technology and More.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections, the CITI Program, the University of Miami Human Subject Research Office, the University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Miami Children’s Research Institute, Baptist Health South Florida, Nova Southeastern University and the University of South Florida invite you to attend this informative and dynamic two-day event April 6-7 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. Learn more and register for RCF 2016: http://www.rcfmia.org

For more information, contact Adiper Bellow (305) 243-0244 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

12th Annual CFAR HIV Symposium, April 8

The 12th Annual CFAR HIV Symposium will be held Friday, April 8, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables. The symposium will bring together researchers and clinicians for a day of presentations by experts from around the country on HIV/AIDS. The goal is to educate infectious disease physicians (specifically HIV specialists), researchers and others involved in the field of HIV/AIDS.

This event is sponsored by the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the UM HIV/AIDS Institute, the South FL SE AIDS Education and Training Center, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The cost is $25 for UM faculty and staff; there is no charge for students, fellows and residents. Additional information and registration are available here.

Help Enhance the University’s Staff Performance Management Process

In light of current trends, best practices, and requests to incorporate DIRECCT values and behaviors into our daily interactions, the University of Miami will introduce a redesigned Staff Performance Management Process in 2017. To help plan for the change, your input is necessary. By completing this brief, confidential survey, you have the opportunity to provide feedback and make suggestions for process improvement. The survey results will be reviewed by the Performance Management Committee and taken into consideration during the planning and implementation phases of the redesign. If you have any questions, please send an email to the Workplace Equity and Performance team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).