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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Ranked No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 11th Consecutive Year

For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking a total of 13 times and has been in the top two since the annual rankings began 25 years ago.

“This ranking is a testament to the incomparable excellence and dedication found at every level at Bascom Palmer,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth. “To be named No. 1 is a great honor; to be named No. 1 year after year and without interruption can only happen when you have an unwavering commitment to groundbreaking research, education and world-class clinical care. As of this date, Bascom Palmer has been ranked No. 1 more times than all other U.S. eye centers put together. At the Miller School and the University of Miami, we are so proud of our Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.”

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Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., center, celebrates his Distinguished Physician Award with, from left, Jayesh Shah, M.D., Past President of AAPI; Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., nominee for Surgeon General of the United States; Shashi Shah, M.D., Past Chair of the AAPI Board of Trustees; and Ajeet Singhvi, M.D., Chair of the AAPI Board of Trustees.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., center, celebrates his Distinguished Physician Award with, from left, Jayesh Shah, M.D., Past President of AAPI; Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., nominee for Surgeon General of the United States; Shashi Shah, M.D., Past Chair of the AAPI Board of Trustees; and Ajeet Singhvi, M.D., Chair of the AAPI Board of Trustees.

Dr. Dipen Parekh Receives Distinguished Physician Award

One of the world’s most transformative robotic surgeons for urologic oncology, Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., professor and Chair of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery, is now among an elite group to receive a distinct honor and recognition for exceptional contributions to medicine, specifically the field of urology.

At the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin’s June 28 Board of Trustees awards luncheon, Parekh received the Most Distinguished Physician Award – another strong testament to his “renaissance man” status as a physician-scientist who exceeds standards in research innovation, individualized patient care and expertise.

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Bradley Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Bradley Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Physician-Scientist Receives NIH Grant to Study Stem Cells and Olfactory Loss

The Miller School’s Bradley Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, has received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of stem cells in olfactory neuron regeneration.

Goldstein, also a member of the molecular and cellular pharmacology program and an investigator at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), focuses his clinical and research interests on olfactory disorders. “At present, we have no good treatments for people who lose their sense of smell, especially when it occurs due to damage to the nerve receptors lining the nose,” said Goldstein, who sees patients with anosmia, or a loss of the sense of smell. Olfactory impairment is estimated to affect at least 14 million older adults in the U.S. and more than 200,000 visits are made to physicians each year for chemosensory complaints.

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Richard A. Preston, M.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A.

Richard A. Preston, M.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A.

Study Brings Knowledge to Complex Sodium-Induced Hypertension

In a study published in the August 2014 issue of Hypertension, the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers at the Miller School of Medicine help shed light on the complex connection between impaired nitric oxide bioactivity and sodium sensitivity – a precursor of arterial hypertension.

Led by Richard A. Preston, M.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A., professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, the study, “Effects of Nebivolol Versus Metoprolol on Sodium Sensitivity and Renal Sodium Handling in Hypertensive Hispanic Postmenopausal Women,” is the first to directly compare the effects of the beta blocker Nebivolol, which increases nitric oxide, to Metoprolol, a beta blocker that does not increase nitric oxide.

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From left, Clark Toole, Maria Abreu, M.D., Duff Rubin and Mitchell Cook at the June 12 check presentation in the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Family Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic.

From left, Clark Toole, Maria Abreu, M.D., Duff Rubin and Mitchell Cook at the June 12 check presentation in the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Family Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic.

Coldwell Banker CARES Foundation Presents Check to Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic

In order to help improve care and raise awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate CARES Foundation recently made a generous donation to the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Family Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic at UHealth, University of Miami Health System. Representatives from the foundation visited the clinic June 12 to present a ceremonial check for $25,000 to Director Maria T. Abreu, M.D.

The gift is being used to name one of the clinic’s four state-of-the-art infusion suites, and is one of the foundation’s largest single gifts of the year. Leading the effort to support the clinic was Coldwell Banker senior vice president and general counsel Mitchell Cook. His son, Brandon, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1999.

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Scott Levin

Scott Levin

Scott Levin Appointed Executive Director of UHealth, Gables Wellness Facilities

Scott Levin, a leader in campus recreation and wellness, has been appointed executive director of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center. Levin starts full-time on August 22.

Levin comes to UM from Georgia State University, a public research institution with more than 30,000 students, where he served as the Director of Recreational Services since 2000. As the chief administrative officer leading 29 full-time employees, Levin oversaw intramural and club sports, fitness testing and assessment, outdoor recreation, a multitude of fitness and instructional classes, and aquatics programming.

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The new program includes supervised weight training.

The new program includes supervised weight training.

UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center Introduces Supervised Exercise Program

The UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center is introducing the Supervised Exercise Program for eligible individuals who are not currently exercising and would like to start a routine under the guidance of an exercise professional.

The program is an outgrowth of the Center’s rebranding as a medically based exercise facility, said Tony Musto, Ph.D., Director of Fitness Programs.

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Breast Cancer Foundation Funds UM Study on Managing Stress

Can psychological intervention help women adapt to the stresses of breast cancer? It appears that a brief, five-week psychological intervention can have beneficial effects for women who are dealing with the stresses of breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. Intervening during the early period after surgery may reduce women’s distress, and providing cognitive or relaxation skills for stress management may help them adapt to treatment.

UM researchers found that women who received cognitive behavioral or relaxation training reported greater improvements in mood than women in a health education control group that also lasted five weeks. Women in the cognitive behavioral group also reported reduced breast cancer-specific distress, as well as improved emotional well-being, while women in the relaxation group reported reduced disruptions in social activities.

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The TOOL team includes Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., seated, and, standing from left, Victoria A. Rodriguez, M.S.W., Stephanie Kolar, Ph.D., Marcia McNutt, M.P.H., Brooke Genkin Rogers, M.P.H., Chelsea Greaves, M.P.H., Alyssa Vazquez, and Shaneisha Allen.

The TOOL team includes Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., seated, and, standing from left, Victoria A. Rodriguez, M.S.W., Stephanie Kolar, Ph.D., Marcia McNutt, M.P.H., Brooke Genkin Rogers, M.P.H., Chelsea Greaves, M.P.H., Alyssa Vazquez, and Shaneisha Allen.

UQuit Helps Diverse Smokers Kick the Habit

For nearly 30 years, cigarettes ruled Jerome Hicks’ life, robbing him of his health, his money, and his time. But one Monday morning in 2013, the disabled concrete finisher woke up with the determination, the support system, and most importantly, the tools to conquer the deadly addiction that disproportionally harms African Americans like himself.

Before even climbing out of bed, he applied a nicotine patch to his left arm, then got dressed and headed to the first of eight intense counseling sessions of UQuit, a smoking cessation study being conducted by the Department of Psychology’s Tobacco, Obesity, and Oncology Laboratory, or TOOL. In just four years, the study has screened 1,000 potential participants, a notable milestone as it seeks to determine whether the combination of nicotine replacement and traditional cognitive behavioral therapy is as effective an intervention for mostly low-income, racially and ethnically diverse smokers as it has proven to be for middle-class white smokers.

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Nanette Vega, M.A.

Nanette Vega, M.A.

Diversity Leader Wins Visionary Award

Adding to her career honors, Nanette Vega, M.A., Executive Director for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently received a Diversity Visionary Award from Insight into Diversity magazine.

The prestigious award was announced in June by the magazine’s publisher Lenore Pearlstein, who cited Vega’s “vision, dedication and long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion.” The magazine recognizes individuals who have made significant past and present contributions to diversity in higher education.

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Workday HR Makes Scheduling Time Off Easy

As Workday HR gears up for its 2015 launch, Leonidas Bachas, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Tony Etzel, Vice Chair of Otolaryngology and Executive Medicine, are giving employees a sneak peak at how easy it will be to schedule time off in the new system. Watch their video.

UM Launches Program to Take Action Against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Sexual harassment and violence have become issues of great concern in recent years, especially in the academic and professional environments. In response to new federal legislation, the University has launched an enterprise-wide awareness program to ensure the continued safety of everyone on campus. The program includes educational brochures and posters, as well as an interactive online training titled, “Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence.” The online course takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is designed to help faculty, staff and students understand how to recognize, avoid and report abusive behavior. UM faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the training through ULearn (keyword VAWA). Students may access the module here.

All members of the UM community are responsible for doing their part to take action against sexual harassment and violence on campus. If you witness inappropriate behavior, please contact the Dean of Students, Workplace Equity and Performance, Faculty Affairs, the Department of Security or the UM Police Department. You may also file an anonymous complaint through ’Cane Watch or ’Canes Care for ’Canes.

To learn more about how you can help prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence, download this flyer.