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

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From left, Joaquín Repetto, Álvaro Emilio Arceo Ortiz, M.D., Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A., and Carlos Mauricio Del Valle Pruvot.

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From left, Joaquín Repetto, Álvaro Emilio Arceo Ortiz, M.D., Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A., and Carlos Mauricio Del Valle Pruvot.

Miller School of Medicine and Mexican State of Campeche to Collaborate on Public Health Initiatives

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has signed a memorandum of understanding with a delegation from Mexico representing the Universidad Autónoma de Campeche and INDESALUD (the Instituto de Servicios Descentralizados de Salud Publica del Estado de Campeche), to foster collaboration on education, training, clinical, and research initiatives, and to encourage the exchange of their respective faculty members and students.

UM President Julio Frenk signed the agreement on September 2 with Álvaro Emilio Arceo Ortiz, M.D., Secretary of Health and General Director of INDESALUD Campeche, and Gerardo Montero Pérez, Provost of the Universidad Autónoma de Campeche.

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Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., will be one of the experts on the Zika virus panel.

Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., will be one of the experts on the Zika virus panel.

President Frenk to Moderate Panel of Zika Experts on September 8

The University of Miami, the Miller School of Medicine, and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will present a panel discussion focusing on efforts to understand the Zika virus, its impacts on our community, and the migratory patterns of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus on Thursday, September 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Moderated by UM President Julio Frenk at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, the discussion will feature University experts in the fields of research, infectious disease, obstetrics and pediatric care, prevention, and the spread of vector-borne disease.

More than a year ago University experts began preparing for the arrival of the Zika virus to South Florida, tracking the migration of the mosquito carrying the virus, focusing research on better testing and understanding, and preparing how to treat patients with the virus. UM physicians and scientists are part of the growing University of Miami Zika Global Network, committed to research, discovery, education, and care involving the Zika virus and its impacts.

Read more about the Zika Forum »

Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Roderick K. King Named M.D./M.P.H. Director and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education

An experienced physician and public health leader, Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed Director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s M.D./M.P.H. Program and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education.

“Our goals include integrating public health into the traditional medical degree curriculum, and strengthening and streamlining our M.D./M.P.H. program, which has grown significantly in recent years,” said King, associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Division of Health Services Research and Policy, and CEO of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation.

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From left, Roland Jurecic, Ph.D., Paolo Serafini, Ph.D., Samita Andreansky, Ph.D., and Richard L. Riley, Ph.D.

From left, Roland Jurecic, Ph.D., Paolo Serafini, Ph.D., Samita Andreansky, Ph.D., and Richard L. Riley, Ph.D.

Interdisciplinary Team Awarded $3.4 Million to Research Safer, Improved Chemotherapy

Armed with a new $3.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), an interdisciplinary research team of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center members is creating a blueprint that may help to deliver safer, more-effective chemotherapy, with far fewer long-term negative health consequences.

Roland Jurecic, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and cell biology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is the principal investigator. His research focus is on the biology of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) — cells that continuously produce new blood and immune cells — and the effects of cancer therapy and infections on HSCs and the hematopoietic system.

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Announces Partnership with Florida Panthers

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, has announced that it is partnering with the Florida Panthers for Hockey Fights Cancer.

On October 22, the partnership will kick off with the Viktor E. Dash 5K Race at the BB&T Center, where fans can sign up to help support the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. A portion of the registration fees will go to the Florida Panthers Foundation.

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Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D.

Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D.

Dr. Dushyantha Jayaweera Named Executive Dean for Research and Research Education

Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D. — known to everyone as “Dr. Jay” — has been named Executive Dean for Research and Research Education of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He had been serving as interim Executive Dean since September 2015.

Jayaweera was previously Associate Vice Provost for Human Subject Research, a position he had held since 2012. In that role, he spearheaded the campaign to attain the University of Miami’s first accreditation through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, initiated a more streamlined and user-friendly Institutional Review Board (IRB) study submission system, and developed a host of other initiatives to foster a culture of increased collaboration and communication. He initiated discussions with industry colleagues and created opportunities through which UM has become a central IRB for multi-site studies. And he developed a host of policies to harmonize processes and improve services across the research enterprise.

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Jacob McCauley, Ph.D.

Jacob McCauley, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Multiple Sclerosis in Hispanics

Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., associate professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Associate Director of the Center for Genome Technology within the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, to expand genetic studies of multiple sclerosis within the Hispanic population.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable and often debilitating disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body.

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From left, Alexandre Chieppe, M.D., Director, State of Rio de Janeiro Health Surveillance, Aileen Marty, M.D., Florida International University, Ximena Marincic Sanchez, M.P.H., and Silvia Carvalho, Coordinator, State of Rio de Janeiro Health Surveillance.

From left, Alexandre Chieppe, M.D., Director, State of Rio de Janeiro Health Surveillance, Aileen Marty, M.D., Florida International University, Ximena Marincic Sanchez, M.P.H., and Silvia Carvalho, Coordinator, State of Rio de Janeiro Health Surveillance.

Miller School Researcher Helped Monitor for Zika During Rio Olympic Games

Public health officials reported no cases of Zika virus infection in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher who participated in the on-site observation and analysis process.

“The level of mosquito activity was low during Rio’s winter season, and both athletes and visitors took precautions to reduce their risks,” said Ximena Marincic Sanchez, M.P.H., senior clinical research coordinator at the Miller School’s International Medicine Institute. “Public health surveillance teams from the city and state of Rio de Janeiro monitored the Zika situation 24/7 throughout the Olympics from the city’s operations center.”

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Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D.

Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D.

UHealth Cardiologist Says High-Risk Coronary Artery Disease Patients Need Specialized Teams

While advances in interventional cardiology have made it possible to treat a growing number of high-risk patients with severe coronary artery disease, these complex procedures should be done by a team of well-trained dedicated specialists, according to a recent white paper in the medical journal Circulation.

“There has been an evolution in interventional cardiology that allows us treat the patients with coexisting severe medical conditions, such as severe heart failure, severe kidney disease, diabetes, lung disease or peripheral vascular problems,” said Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Nestor Villamizar, M.D.

Nestor Villamizar, M.D.

Sylvester Earns Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation by the American College of Radiology

The lung cancer screening program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, has been designated an American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung Cancer Screening Center. The voluntary designation signifies that the program and protocol meet the requirements set forth by the ACR lung cancer screening committee. It is awarded to providers who offer safe, effective diagnostic care for those considered at high risk for lung cancer. Sylvester’s lung cancer screening program was launched in November 2011 by Richard J. Thurer, M.D., thoracic surgeon and B. and Donald Carlin Professor of Thoracic Surgical Oncology (Emeritus) at the Miller School of Medicine.

“To receive this designation, we had to be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of our lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure,” said Nestor R. Villamizar, M.D., lung cancer expert at Sylvester. “We also had to show that we have procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.”

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Neil Johnson, Ph.D.

Neil Johnson, Ph.D.

Don’t Miss Neil Johnson’s ’Cane Talk on Links Between the Rise of the Internet and ISIS

When the planes hit the Twin Towers on the morning of September 11, 2001, Facebook hadn’t been invented, nor had Twitter, or What’s App, or the so-called “dark web.” Fewer than half of Americans had cell phones, and less than 9 percent of people around the world were online.

Now, 15 years later, the Internet — and its ubiquitous social networks — reach to every corner of the globe, changing the way terrorists communicate and plan, and also how terrorist plots can be unearthed, monitored, and stopped. How can the power of big data be harnessed to combat terrorism, and what will it take to get us there?

Read more about Dr. Johnson's 'Cane Talk »

Richard R. McNeer, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard R. McNeer, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Selected for Study on Improving Performance of Medical Alarms

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been selected as a research site to help develop the next international standard for medical alarms as part of a project funded by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

“Emergency rooms, operating rooms and intensive care units are very noisy clinical environments, and patients are often connected to many different types of monitoring devices, each with its own alarm sound,” said Richard McNeer, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology. “Our goal is to simulate these intense clinical settings at UM in order to help develop more effective, evidence-based alarm standards.”

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Theodore J. Lampidis, Ph.D.

Theodore J. Lampidis, Ph.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Theodore J. Lampidis Honored by Congress for His Cancer Research

Theodore J. Lampidis, Ph.D., a cell biology and anatomy expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently received recognition from the 144th Congress of the United States in honor of his work studying the combination of two non-toxic drugs as a universal treatment for cancer. Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen spoke about Lampidis’ research on the U.S. House floor on July 13.

“…Dr. Lampidis and his associates have found that, when given in combination with a common cholesterol medication, nontoxic 2-DG therapy effectively kills tumors without the use of harsh, conventional chemotherapy drugs,” Rep. Ros-Lehtinen said while addressing the Speaker of the House. “I congratulate Dr. Lampidis and everyone at the University of Miami for their efforts to improve our community, our nation, and our world.”

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David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Cites Miller School Anesthesiologist in New Death Penalty Book

In his new book, Against the Death Penalty, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer relies on both the research and the expert scientific testimony on lethal injections by a leading anesthesiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

“Justice Breyer has paid close attention to the science involved in lethal injections and has come to the conclusion that the execution process is inhumane,” said David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management.

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Gary I. Kleiner, M.D., Ph.D.

Gary I. Kleiner, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Gary I. Kleiner Named to Florida Genetic and Newborn Screening Advisory Council

Gary I. Kleiner, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and surgery, has received a four-year appointment as the representative from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to the Florida Genetic and Newborn Screening Advisory Council.

The role of the council is to advise the Florida Department of Health on methods whereby screening programs and genetics services for children may be more effectively evaluated, coordinated and consolidated, conditions for which testing should be included, and procedures for collection and transferring of specimens and recording of results.

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R. Rodney Howell, M.D.

R. Rodney Howell, M.D.

Dr. R. Rodney Howell Elected President of International Society for Neonatal Screening

R. Rodney Howell, M.D., professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics, and a member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected President of the International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS). His three-year term will begin on September 11 at the 2016 ISNS International Symposium in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The ISNS, which is based in the Netherlands, is recognized worldwide for its contributions to the detection of neonatal conditions and the prevention of their adverse outcomes through excellence in neonatal screening. The organization, which has members from 73 countries, also publishes The Journal of Neonatal Screening.

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Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Doug Johnson-Greene Elected President of Society of Clinical Neuropsychology

Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor and Associate Vice Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected President of the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN), a division of the American Psychological Association.

SCN provides a scientific and professional forum for individuals interested in the study of the relationships between the brain and human behavior and their clinical applications. It is the largest organization in North America representing the specialty of clinical neuropsychology and currently has more than 3,000 members nationwide.

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Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., far right, with other committee members.

Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., far right, with other committee members.

Dr. Roderick K. King Chairs Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences, Director of the M.D./M.P.H. Program and Assistant Dean of Public Health Education, chaired a recent meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health.

The health issues of men and boys of color was the theme of the two-day meeting, which featured presentations by speakers from government agencies, non-profit organizations and academia, including Joan Muir, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Brief Strategic Family Therapy Institute at the Miller School of Medicine. King has been chair of the advisory committee since 2014.

Read more about the meeting »

From left, Oddone Braghiroli, M.D., and Joao Braghiroli, M.D.

From left, Oddone Braghiroli, M.D., and Joao Braghiroli, M.D.

Brazilian Brothers on UHealth Team Close Out Rio Games

Joao Braghiroli, M.D., and Oddone Braghiroli, M.D., just had the best family reunion ever. Born in Salvador, Brazil, the brothers reunited in Rio de Janeiro as medical volunteers for the Olympics. When not hard at work, they made the most of their time in Rio, because they knew they’d soon find themselves on different continents.

Oddone will be starting his residency in general surgery at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Joao is the chief cardiology fellow at UHealth and Jackson Memorial Hospital. But until the games closed on Sunday, they made the Rio Olympics an epic family adventure.

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From left, Glendia McCauley and Jacob L. McCauley, Ph.D.

From left, Glendia McCauley and Jacob L. McCauley, Ph.D.

Eight Miller School Faculty Members Receive Tenure

Twenty-eight newly tenured faculty members, including eight from the Miller School of Medicine, were honored on August 23 at a dinner hosted by the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Those attending included UM President Julio Frenk, Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, the deans from the newly tenured faculty members’ respective school or college, and members of the Academic Personnel Board, which plays a key role in the process.

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Front row, from left, Indhira De La Cruz, M.D., Wen Ding, Alexis Sloan, Ph.D., Daniel Watford, M.D., and Camilo Cortesi, M.D. Back row, from left, Viral Patel Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Adela Mattiazzi, M.D., and Chavez Efren, M.D.

Front row, from left, Indhira De La Cruz, M.D., Wen Ding, Alexis Sloan, Ph.D., Daniel Watford, M.D., and Camilo Cortesi, M.D. Back row, from left, Viral Patel Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., Adela Mattiazzi, M.D., and Chavez Efren, M.D.

Seven Miller School Trainees Recognized for Kidney Research

Four residents, two doctoral candidates, and one medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have been recognized by the American Society for Nephrology (ASN) for their kidney research.

“This is a well-deserved honor for our doctoral, post-doctoral, medical and resident trainees,” said Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and Director of the Peggy and Harold Katz Family Drug Discovery Center. “It speaks to the strength of the Miller School’s interdisciplinary research programs.”

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Front row, from left, Dania Mateu, Emilio Margolles-Clark, Ph.D., and Ana Hernandez, Ph.D. Back row, from left, Jennifer McCue, Ibis Hernandez, Lili Samways, Casiana Fernandez-Bango, Tania Pumariega and Phillip Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D.

Front row, from left, Dania Mateu, Emilio Margolles-Clark, Ph.D., and Ana Hernandez, Ph.D. Back row, from left, Jennifer McCue, Ibis Hernandez, Lili Samways, Casiana Fernandez-Bango, Tania Pumariega and Phillip Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D.

UM Transplant Laboratories Among First in U.S. to Offer NGS High-Resolution HLA Typing

The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery Transplant Laboratories (Immune Monitoring Lab and Histocompatibility Lab) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have been awarded accreditation by the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) to perform next-generation sequencing (NGS) on the Ion Torrent S5 platform for high-resolution molecular typing of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) Class I and Class II loci.

“NGS high-resolution sequencing of the HLA genome is an exciting technology that provides a new method of obtaining accurate, fast and affordable high-resolution HLA typing for hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) and solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients and donors,” said Phillip Ruiz, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and surgery, and Medical Director of the Transplant Laboratories. “It is revolutionizing the Clinical HLA Lab, as well as the entire Clinical Lab. Our team — especially Dr. Emilio Margolles-Clark, Dr. Ana Hernandez and Dania Mateu — has been working on this technology for some time, and we are very glad that ASHI recognizes our validation process so that we can be one of the first labs in the U.S. to offer this for our transplant patients.”

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From left, Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Abe Shulman, M.D., Barbara Goldstein, Ph.D., and Michael E. Hoffer, M.D.

From left, Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Abe Shulman, M.D., Barbara Goldstein, Ph.D., and Michael E. Hoffer, M.D.

Entenmann Tinnitus Program Relocates to UHealth Ear Institute

The Entenmann Tinnitus Program, which was founded in New York in 1997, has been relocated by the Entenmann family to the UHealth Ear Institute in the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center.

The relocation was marked by a ceremony in which Abraham Shulman, M.D., and Barbara Goldstein, Ph.D., president and treasurer, respectively, of the Martha Entenmann Tinnitus Research Fund, presented a check for $299,517, the fund’s remaining reserves, to Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, and Michael E. Hoffer, M.D., professor of otolaryngology, who is director of the renamed UHealth Entenmann Tinnitus Program. A pledge for ongoing annual funding is part of the agreement.

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Felicia Knaul and UM President Julio Frenk (seated, center) with other attendees of the Lancet Commission meeting.

Felicia Knaul and UM President Julio Frenk (seated, center) with other attendees of the Lancet Commission meeting.

UM Hosts Third Lancet Commission Meeting

Hosted by the University of Miami Institute for the Americas (MIA) and the Miller School of Medicine, the third in-person meeting of the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Control (GAPCPC) took place from August 1-3 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Fourteen commissioners, including UM President Julio Frenk and 10 members of the Commission’s Scientific Advisory Committee, attended the meeting, with representation from Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, the United Kingdom and the United States.

A joint project with the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the commission has made strides in ensuring that the world has access to palliative care and pain control by integrating these treatments into universal health coverage and by increasing global recognition that their provision is an essential element of health systems. The commission’s work is leading toward a featured report in The Lancet, one of the world’s most influential journals.

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Miller School Scientists Publish Organic Chemistry Textbook

Bohdan Khomtchouk, a third-year genetics and genomics Ph.D. candidate working in the Center for Therapeutic Innovation and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has spearheaded the publication of an organic chemistry textbook, Survival Guide to Organic Chemistry: Bridging the Gap from General Chemistry, with CRC Press (Taylor & Francis), a leading academic publishing house.

Khomtchouk, a recipient of the prestigious three-year National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship awarded through the US Department of Defense, is joined in authorship by his graduate advisor, Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean and Center Director for Therapeutic Innovation, and Patrick E. McMahon, Ph.D., adjunct faculty member at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

Read more about the textbook »

Mind and Matter, FSAP’s Fall Edition eNewsletter, Now Available

The fall edition of Mind and Matter offers valuable information on feeling safe during turbulent times. Mind and Matter is the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program’s quarterly newsletter and features articles on health and well-being, helpful tips on maintaining work-life balance, and other valuable resources, such as free wellness seminars for faculty and staff. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, or seminar announcements via email, please visit the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program website or contact Caliope Bootle at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

UMIT Advisory: University of Miami VPN Upgrade

University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT) has initiated a virtual private network (VPN) upgrade, which provides the UM community with more efficient external connectivity to resources within the University of Miami network. On September 30, the legacy VPN solutions on the medical campus (sg.med.miami.edu) and the Coral Gables campus (sphinx.miami.edu) will be consolidated to the new VPN solution: remote.miami.edu.

IMPORTANT: Prior to September 30, please download the new VPN client software for your desktop computer and test your VPN connection: https://miami.box.com/vpn. Mobile iPhone and Android users may download the VPN client software from the iTunes and Google Play App stores, respectively.

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UMIT Advisory: UHealth Wireless Network Has Been Removed from Medical Campus

UM Information Technology (UMIT) is in the process of consolidating wireless networks. On Sunday, August 21, the UHealth wireless network was removed from the medical campus, and SecureCanes is now the University’s secure wireless network of record. The SecureCanes network provides the same speed, security and connectivity as the UHealth network. If you previously used the UHealth wireless network, you will need to connect to the SecureCanes network and remove the UHealth network from your device.

If you experience any issues connecting to SecureCanes or removing the UHealth network from your device(s), please contact the UMIT Service Desk at: (305) 284-6565 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Medical Compliance Services Tips of the Month

This is a reminder that the UMCARE system in effect, July 1, 1996 at JMH and UMH, and now OPTIME, effective June 27, 2016 at UMHC/SCCC and ABLEH/BPEI were implemented to assist UM physicians in complying with the Medicare Rule for Teaching Physicians documentation requirements. By implementing UMCARE or OPTIME in the Operating Rooms (ORs) at JMH, ABLEH/BPEI, UMHC/SCCCC, UMH and other UM facilities, physicians are able to verify their presence during the procedures performed.

In an effort to ensure that physicians, even in case of an emergency, could verify their presence, four (4) additional hours after patient leaves the room, were provided for physicians to verify their presence and enter their charges if they were unable to document it immediately after the procedure.

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Human Trafficking Conference on Coral Gables Campus September 9

A conference on stopping human trafficking through a mix of awareness and activism will be held at the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus on Friday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The conference, “Organizing for Change: Students Taking Action Against Human Trafficking,” is being held in partnership with The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, with numerous other organizations, including University of Miami Women’s and Gender Studies, and Project Freedom: Medical Students Against Human Trafficking, participating.

Symposium on Service Disparities for Latinas in Recovery on September 14

the evidence on these disparities is an important step in improving access and care for this population. The symposium “Latinas in Recovery: Understanding the Evidence to Bridge the Gap in Service Disparities” will be held at the Newman Alumni Center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus on Wednesday, September 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is now open.

The symposium is co-hosted by the National Hispanic & Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), the Florida Node Alliance of NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Robert M. Califf, M.D.

Robert M. Califf, M.D.

FDA Commissioner Headlines Clinical Trials Symposium, September 14-15

Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will be the keynote speaker at a clinical trials symposium, “Improving Clinical Research in the Age of Precision Medicine,” September 14 and 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University of Miami BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus. UM President Julio Frenk will deliver the welcome address.

The symposium is being presented by the University of Miami Office of Research Compliance and Quality Assurance in collaboration with the FDA Offices of Regulatory Affairs and Minority Health. It will focus on scientific, regulatory and ethical aspects of clinical trials, as well as quality assurance practices. It will provide important updates on FDA regulatory requirements for clinical trials and perspectives from the front lines of clinical research.

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Register Now for South Beach GI Congress 2016, September 16-17

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education will host South Beach GI Congress 2016 on Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17, at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel.

Organized by Roberto Fogel, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine for the Division of Gastroenterology, this CME activity is an informative, two-day conference that will present an update on the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal diseases, including new endoscopic techniques to diagnose and manage them. National and international experts are scheduled to present a broad range of topics. Didactic presentations will be augmented with panel discussions and instructive case presentations, which will be used to exchange information between presenting faculty and attendees. The goal of this educational activity is to provide attendees with improved competency, performance and quality of care for patients.

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Sign Up for ICD-10 Advanced Coding Workshop, September 19-20

The Department of Health Information Integrity will hold an advanced workshop on the new ICD-10 coding on September 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and September 20, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. There are nearly 2,000 new diagnosis codes and 3,500 new procedure codes for 2017. The workshop will be taught by Pamela L. Scott, Assistant Vice President for Coding Compliance Services. Breakfast is provided, and parking is free. CEUs are provided based on hours attended.

Registration is required and available here. For additional information, call 305-243-8571 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy, October 5-6

On October 5 (full day) and October 6 (half day), Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miami Institute for the Americas will hold a conference, “Women’s Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy,” at the University of Miami’s Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life.

The conference will be held in collaboration with the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Tómatelo a Pecho, and the Unión Latinomericana Contra el Cáncer de la Mujer.

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Register Now for Miami Valves 2016, October 6-8

Miami Valves 2016 will be held October 6-8 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. The conference will showcase the latest systems, techniques and practices to ensure safe and effective transcatheter valve replacement, and is the natural progression of the University of Miami’s Masters in Repair of Structural Heart Disease Conference, which has a long history of professional educational excellence.

The faculty represents some of the foremost experts in the field of structural heart disease therapy. They will utilize interactive presentations, case presentations and symposia to appraise new and upcoming technologies in the management of valvular heart disease to determine their benefit for patients, evaluate the relative advantages and disadvantages of different strategies in complex cases involving valvular disease, and demonstrate how to start a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program.

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Register Now for Synergy 2016, November 3-6

Registration is open for Synergy 2016, a multidisciplinary approach to interventional oncology, being held November 3-6 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach. The international conference has now been endorsed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world’s leading professional organization for physicians and oncology professionals caring for people with cancer. Synergy 2016 will feature extended ablation and embolization workshops, world-renowned speakers from multiple disciplines, and the latest developments in medical, interventional and surgical therapeutic options.

More information, including the complete agenda, is available here. To register, click here.

40th Anniversary Miami Neonatology 2016 Open for Registration

Miami Neonatology 2016, to be held this year from Sunday, November 6, through Tuesday, November 8, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is now open for registration. The conference strives to provide medical professionals with comprehensive knowledge of the leading trends and best practices in neonatology. Presentations will highlight the most current concepts in the pathogenesis, management and prevention of problems in the newborn infant.

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Miami Neonatology has become one of the largest and most prestigious international conferences that address issues in perinatal and neonatal medicine. Attendees will participate in an extensive educational program featuring new developments in treating conditions that are causally associated with morbidity and mortality in the neonate.

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Miami Epigenetics & Cancer Symposium, November 28-29

The second Miami Epigenetics & Cancer Symposium, hosted by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Miami Beach on November 28-29.

The symposium will bring together world-renowned scientists to discuss the latest discoveries in genomic and epigenetic approaches in order to understand the molecular underpinning of cancer development and progression. It also will cover a wide range of topics in cancer epigenetics, including the deregulation of epigenetic enzymes and chromatin modifications in cancer, and the role of noncoding RNAs in the regulation of gene expression.

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Save the Date: Miami Winter Symposium to Explore Diabetes January 22-25, 2017

The University of Miami’s 50th Miami Winter Symposium — “Diabetes: Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Therapies” — will take place January 22-25, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The annual event highlights advances in scientific discovery and brings together hundreds of researchers from the academic and industrial worlds.

Reduced registration fees are available at www.miamiwintersymposium.com for all University of Miami faculty, staff and students by entering the Miami registration portal. Fee waivers will be available to UMMSM personnel at the same portal, with preference given to those presenting posters — one waiver per poster. Applications will be dealt with in the order received. The abstract submission deadline is November 7, 2016.

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