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University of Miami Health System and Walgreens Announce Retail Clinic and Pharmacy Collaboration

Taking a major step to fulfill its mission to provide easier access to academic health care across South Florida, the University of Miami Health System has formed a collaboration with Walgreens, focused on delivering coordinated clinical care and pharmacy excellence in this region.

UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will manage and provide all clinical services at 17 retail clinics in Walgreens stores in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. In addition, Walgreens will soon open pharmacies at three University of Miami Health System facilities, as the exclusive retail pharmacy provider.

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Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c.

Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c.

Study Identifies Gastric Cancer Biomarker and Possible Treatment

Scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami, and Shantou University Medical College in Guangdong, China, have shown that the hormone receptor GHRH-R could be a potential biomarker for gastric cancer, enabling earlier diagnoses and better staging. In addition, the team found that the GHRH-R antagonist MIA-602 inhibited gastric cancer in both cell lines and human xenografts. The research was recently published in the journal PNAS.

“The GHRH receptor is both a biomarker that can confirm prognosis and a therapeutic target,” said Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c., D.Sc.h.c., cancer researcher at Sylvester, professor of pathology at the Miller School, distinguished medical research investigator at the VA Medical Center, and a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine recipient. “Gastric cancer is the second deadliest in the world — we need new approaches.”

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From left, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., and meeting organizers Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., and Charles Boucher, M.D., Ph.D.

From left, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., and meeting organizers Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., and Charles Boucher, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald C. Desrosiers Receives International HIV Research Award

Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., professor of pathology and Director of Research Faculty Development at the Miller School of Medicine and an international leader in HIV research, received the David Barry DART Achievement Award at the HIV DART and Emerging Viruses conference in Los Cabos, Mexico.

A professor of microbiology and molecular genetics who spent 35 years at Harvard Medical School and its New England Primate Research Center before joining the University of Miami in 2013, Desrosiers discovered the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the closest known relative of HIV found in monkeys, and the monkey equivalent of the Kaposi sarcoma herpes virus.

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Medical and nursing students assumed the roles of victims and emergency caregivers.

Medical and nursing students assumed the roles of victims and emergency caregivers.

M.D./M.P.H. and Nursing Students Tackle Horrific Disaster Exercise

The Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education doesn’t usually take care of patients — but on one recent Saturday it served as a makeshift hospital for M.D./M.P.H. and nursing students working together on a complicated, frightening possibility: How would they respond to a terrorist attack at Marlins Park?

Triage for the disaster drill was in the lobby, a big emergency department was set up downstairs, and other areas included a medical/surgical floor, pediatrics, an intensive care unit, and OB/GYN.

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From left, Michael Barron, M.D., FAHA, Becker's Hospital Review Publisher Scott Becker, J.D., CPA, and Nazanin Tondravi, J.D., M.P.H.

From left, Michael Barron, M.D., FAHA, Becker's Hospital Review Publisher Scott Becker, J.D., CPA, and Nazanin Tondravi, J.D., M.P.H.

UHealth Executives Serve as Conference Reviewers at Elite Health Care Roundtable

Two executives from UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, Michael Barron, M.D., FAHA, Chief Medical Officer, and Nazanin Tondravi, J.D., M.P.H., Associate Director for Regulatory Compliance, served as conference reviewers at Becker’s Hospital Review’s 5th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable in Chicago.

The conference, sponsored by the hospital industry publication, brought together more than 1,000 health care professionals from across the United States to discuss strategy, leadership, physician arrangements, quality initiatives, payment system changes, health care reform and other topics of interest and concern. In their roles as reviewers, Barron and Tondravi were charged with evaluating the relevance and quality of meeting sessions within their disciplines and interests.

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From left, Brazilian liver transplantation pioneer Silvano Raia, M.D., with Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., Ph.D.

From left, Brazilian liver transplantation pioneer Silvano Raia, M.D., with Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Rodrigo M. Vianna Inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine

Rodrigo M. Vianna, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery, Director of Transplant Services and Chief of Liver and GI Transplantation at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, has been inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine, one of the oldest and most exclusive medical academies in the world. The ceremony took place on November 23.

Vianna, a native Brazilian, joins Alan Livingstone, M.D., professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Surgery, who was inducted into the Academy in 2014, and Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., professor of surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vice Chairman for Faculty Development and Mentoring in the Department of Surgery, and Chairman of the University of Miami Faculty Senate, who was inducted in 2015.

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Nilza Kallos, M.D.

Nilza Kallos, M.D.

Renowned Breast Radiologist Joins Sylvester at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

Renowned radiologist Nilza Kallos, M.D., board certified in nuclear medicine, has joined Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables. Kallos brings to Sylvester two of her colleagues — Lori DeFillipo, M.D., and Angela Parra, M.D. — from her former private practice in South Miami, where the group has been practicing breast radiology for more than 25 years.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Dr. Kallos and her colleagues join us at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center,” said Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. “Dr. Kallos is among the most passionate breast radiologists I have ever met, and her patients speak very highly of her and her team. Together with the latest technologies and the outstanding patient experience at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, Dr. Kallos and her team will provide the best breast cancer diagnostics here in South Florida.”

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Michael Freundlich, M.D.

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Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Researchers Uncover Mechanism for Vitamin D-Mediated Cardio-Protection in Kidney Insufficiency

Abnormal vitamin D status and elevated levels of the hormone FGF23 contribute to cardiac hypertrophy — a thickening of the heart muscle that may result in a decrease in size of the chamber of the heart and affect cardiac performance — in patients with chronic kidney disease.

During an oral platform session at the 50th annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in Chicago, UM investigators Michael Freundlich, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, and Christian Faul, Ph.D., research associate professor of medicine and cell biology, presented findings demonstrating that the activated vitamin D analog paricalcitol improves cardiac hypertrophy by interfering with previously unrecognized molecular mechanisms.

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Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Dr. Enrique Ginzburg Named Chair of Florida Board of Medicine

Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery and Trauma Medical Director at Jackson South Community Hospital, has been named Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine for 2017.

Ginzburg was appointed to the board by Florida Governor Rick Scott in 2013. He served as Vice Chair in 2016, and was a member of the rules and legislative, surgical care and credentials committees.

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From left, Stephen M. Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H., with Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D.

From left, Stephen M. Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H., with Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D.

Behavioral Medicine Pioneers Honored

Stephen M. Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, and Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D., research associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, were honored this month by the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine for their contributions to the interdisciplinary field that combines medicine and psychology.

Weiss, who is widely considered one of the founders of the field, received the ICBM’s Lifetime Achievement Award on December 7 at the ICBM’s 14th Congress in Melbourne, Australia. He has served as president of both the international society and the Society of Behavioral Medicine (USA).

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Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

UM and Orphazyme Announce Successful Phase II Trial of Arimoclomol in ALS Patients

Arimoclomol, a heat shock protein-based therapy, shows promise for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, based on the results of a phase II trial initiated and led by Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles.

The study showed the drug is safe and well tolerated, with all efficacy measures showing consistent and clinically meaningful trends favoring Arimoclomol. Benatar presented the results of this innovative study on December 9, during a late-breaking news session at the 27th International Symposium on ALS/MND in Dublin.

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From left, back row, E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., Leonard Mathias and Jeffrey Lin; front row, Paola Cintron Villa, M.D., Ela Sierocinski, Heather Lee, Penny Tenzer, M.D., and Kassandra McGehee Bosire, M.D. Not pictured: Tor Jarrett, Dylan Petkus and Molly McKinney.

From left, back row, E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., Leonard Mathias and Jeffrey Lin; front row, Paola Cintron Villa, M.D., Ela Sierocinski, Heather Lee, Penny Tenzer, M.D., and Kassandra McGehee Bosire, M.D. Not pictured: Tor Jarrett, Dylan Petkus and Molly McKinney.

Miller School of Medicine Conference Representatives Witness Family Medicine’s Growth

Faculty members, residents and medical students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine attended the recent Florida Academy of Family Practice (FAFP) Winter Summit and witnessed a growing interest in family medicine, according to E. Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

“Increasing numbers of medical students at UM are becoming interested in family medicine careers,” said Schwartz, whose role on the FAFP Board of Directors involves representing the chairs of all of the academic family medicine programs in the state. “You just have to look at the statistics — we recently received more than 1,700 applications for the eight positions open in our residency training program. One reason is the broad scope of the practice; your patients include children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.”

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Barbara Ronda, M.H.S.A.

Barbara Ronda, M.H.S.A.

UHealth Executive Selected for Inaugural Fellowship Program for Women Leaders in Health Care

Barbara Ronda, M.H.S.A., Associate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, is one of 15 women from across the U.S. who have been selected for the inaugural class of the Carol Emmott Fellowship, a cutting-edge program that accelerates the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health care.

The newly launched fellowship is one of only a few mid-career initiatives seeking to fill a critical vacuum in establishing the next generation of women leaders who will continue the transformation of health care. Named for Carol B. Emmott, who throughout her 40-year career in health policy and executive search was instrumental in and dedicated to the rise of women to the upper echelons in the health sector, it is based at the Public Health Institute, an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit organization.

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From left, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., receives the Advocacy Award from Bernard Siegel, founder and Chairman of the World Stem Cell Summit.

From left, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., receives the Advocacy Award from Bernard Siegel, founder and Chairman of the World Stem Cell Summit.

DRI Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi Receives Advocacy Award

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the World Stem Cell Summit’s Advocacy Award for being “a path-finding diabetes researcher, motivating the biomedical community to take a stand for cures.”

“I want to share this award with the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, the Cure Alliance and all the people at the Institute working to cure diabetes and many other regenerative disease conditions,” Ricordi said as he accepted the award on December 7 during the annual Stem Cell Action Gala at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (see related story).

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Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Joshua M. Hare, M.D.

Dr. Joshua M. Hare Leads Miller School Participants at World Stem Cell Summit

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine made a splash at the prestigious 12th Annual World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS), with high-profile participation from the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) and physicians and researchers from other departments. Joshua M. Hare, M.D., the Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine, founding Director of ISCI, and one of the chairs of the Summit, and Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Director of the Diabetes Research Institute and the Cell Transplant Program at the Miller School, and a Summit co-chair, gave opening remarks. Ricordi was also the 2016 Advocacy Award recipient for his exemplary advocate achievements in the field of stem cell research (see related story).

The University showcased its span of research and clinical care at a special panel that included Hare, Evangelos Badiavas, M.D., Ph.D., Bradley J. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., Kostantinos Hatzistergos, Ph.D., Claudia O. Rodrigues, M.S., Ph.D., Robert M. Starke, M.D., Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., and Karen C. Young, M.D.

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DOCS Debuts New Electronic Medical Record Platform at Health Fair

The student-run Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) program debuted its new electronic medical record platform using the REDCap system at the Little Haiti Health Fair.

Joshua Kronenfeld, executive director of Wolfson DOCS, said changing from the paper records used successfully for 40 years was not easy. “There were a few bumps in the road as we investigated the most efficient and secure way to connect to the EMR from our fair locations,” he said. “Thanks to generous donations from the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation and various donors in the University of Miami and South Florida communities, we have been able to purchase devices to generate connectivity and access our EMR. We continue to strive toward providing the best care to our patients, and this is one more tool used to achieve our goal.”

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2016 Fair Labor Standards Act Changes Continue On Hold

On November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas issued a temporary injunction barring implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations that were intended to take effect on December 1, 2016. The court found that the DOL exceeded its delegated authority from Congress and ignored Congress’s intent by raising the minimum annual salary to such a high level that it replaced the duties test.

On December 1, the DOL filed an appeal and also requested an expedited review of the injunction. On December 8, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the DOL’s request for an expedited appeal process. Final briefs are due on January 31, and oral arguments may be scheduled for the week of February 7.

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From left, Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., Jae K. Lee, Ph.D., and Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.

From left, Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., Jae K. Lee, Ph.D., and Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.

Request for Applications for Internal Competition to Attend Eureka Institute Certificate Program

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is requesting applications for an internal competition to sponsor up to four faculty to attend the Eureka Institute 9th International Certificate Program in Translational Medicine, April 23-29 in Siracusa, Italy.

Attendees of the program will analyze the business, scientific and regulatory aspects of translational science; develop communication skills for presenting complex scientific ideas; and analyze effective manuscript preparation and begin to apply the concepts to their own work.

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Take Our Children to Work Day Program Returns to Miller School February 2

The Miller School Take Our Children to Work Day program will return on Thursday, February 2. Planned activities feature a look into a variety of career fields at the U, encouraging children to explore new pathways toward opportunity and success. Children and parents will kick off the day with a healthy breakfast at the Miller School Wellness Center, featuring a surprise visit by Sebastian the Ibis and other special guests.

Registration for the Miller School campus program will run from Tuesday, January 10, through Friday, January 13, and will cost $10 per child. Space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to the first 100 children, ages 8 to 14. Look out for registration and event details in the January 10 edition of e-Update. For more information about the Miller School event and volunteer opportunities, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please obtain supervisor approval prior to volunteering.

Sexual Assault Resource Team Seeks Volunteers

The UM Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) is seeking dedicated, warm and empathic faculty, staff and graduate student volunteers to serve during the 2017 calendar year. SART is often the first line of response for UM students who have been sexually assaulted, molested or battered, and has supported sexual assault survivors and concerned others since 1992.

Volunteers provide hotline callers with much-needed emotional support, information and referrals, in addition to help accessing resources when appropriate. All volunteers receive comprehensive training in taking calls from students in a variety of sexual assault-related situations, orientation to UM’s varied resources for those who have been sexually victimized, and ongoing support from licensed mental health professionals at the Counseling Center.

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Miami Valves 2017 Takes Place January 29-31

Miami Valves 2017 will be held January 29-31 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 program.

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Sign Up Now for Holistic Holiday at Sea 2017

Sign up now for Holistic Holiday at Sea 2017 and earn CME/CEUs while enjoying the world’s largest, most comprehensive health and wellness program ever held on a ship at sea, the MSC Divina, sailing from Miami to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, the Yucatan, and the Bahamas March 11-18.

Produced by the University of Miami’s Integrative and Complementary Academic Medicine Programs (iCamp), the CME/CEU program features renowned speakers who will cover evidence-based research and its applications in modern clinical medicine. Topics will include cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention, diabetes, the function of the retina, what current research says about GMO foods and our health, nutritional supplementation, the gut-brain axis, and much more. Of the 135 classes offered, up to 35 CEU hours and 31.5 CME hours are obtainable.

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Call for Applications and Nominations for the 2017 Faculty Learning Community

The Office of the Provost is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the 2017 Faculty Learning Community (FLC). This year, there will be distinct FLC groups around three themes: 3D Scanning, Printing, and Visualization; Flipped and Active Learning; and Student Generated Media.

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 16.

The FLC program was the focus of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan. FLCs give faculty members from all disciplines the knowledge, skills, and pedagogical support to improve their teaching and enhance the learning environment.

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Executive MBA for Health Care Professionals Class Begins January 6

The School of Business Administration’s next Executive MBA for Health Care Professionals class begins January 6, 2017. For more information contact Catherine Garrido at 305-284-3710 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

*** Reminder: Submission Deadline for the Next Issue ***

The next issue of e-Update will be published on Tuesday, January 24. The deadline for submissions will be the prior Wednesday, January 18, at noon.