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UM Trustee Stuart Miller, chair of the Miller School's <em>Momentum2</em> campaign, urges the audience to get involved.

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UM Trustee Stuart Miller, chair of the Miller School's Momentum2 campaign, urges the audience to get involved.

DRIF $100M Gift and Other Donations Celebrated at Momentum2 Launch

At a celebration marking the public launch of the University’s $1.6 billion Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, 740 donors, faculty, administrators and friends broke into applause after Sebastian the Ibis handed an envelope to UM President Donna E. Shalala, who announced that the campaign has so far raised $906 million, including the lead gift of $100 million from the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

Behind her on stage at UM’s BankUnited Center on February 16, music soared from the University’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg.

There was a similar musical overture and a standing ovation when UM Trustee Steve Sonberg, a national board member and former chairman of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, announced the lead gift and the foundation’s commitment to the Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute to find a cure for the disease.

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Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D.

Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D.

Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Named Chief Academic Officer for UHealth

Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, has been named to the new position of chief academic officer for UHealth-University of Miami Health System. In her new role, Diaz will work in partnership with Michael Lewis, M.D., senior associate dean for graduate medical education, specifically overseeing graduate medical education at University of Miami Hospital.

Each year, the Miller School, in partnership with Jackson Health System, trains more than 1,000 residents, most who rotate through Jackson Memorial Hospital, where the highly selective training programs are primarily based.

The chief academic officer position was created to help streamline and develop segments of the program that have expanded to UHealth facilities. More than 100 residents now rotate through University of Miami Hospital. In addition, Diaz will work with the leadership at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to produce a single standard within UHealth for graduate medical education.

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John K. Robinson Fund grant recipient Aron Nusbaum, center, is flanked by his parents, Bernard Nusbaum, M.D. ’79,  and Lynn Nusbaum, M.D. ’82, who were both students of Robinson.

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John K. Robinson Fund grant recipient Aron Nusbaum, center, is flanked by his parents, Bernard Nusbaum, M.D. ’79, and Lynn Nusbaum, M.D. ’82, who were both students of Robinson.

Alumni Weekend 2012 Celebrates Miller School’s Past, Present and Future

Medical alumni from around the country converged on the Miller School campus and the famous Biltmore Hotel—original home to the University of Miami’s School of Medicine—on February 10-12 to take part in Medical Alumni Weekend 2012. The event, which celebrated the Miller School’s past, present, and future, drew a record-breaking 1,500 medical alumni, students, friends, and family members who participated in various seminars, ceremonies, professional workshops, and receptions.

The weekend unfolded with a Friday keynote address by UM President Donna E. Shalala, the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration, who shared her unique perspective on how health care history affects the present and future.

“Health care itself is changing at such a rapid speed because health policy is changing so quickly,” Shalala said to the room full of medical alumni, students, and staff.

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Gaston Zilleruelo, M.D., will direct the international seminar for the seventh year.

Gaston Zilleruelo, M.D., will direct the international seminar for the seventh year.

39th Pediatric Nephrology Seminar Attracts International Experts to South Florida

Attracting pediatric and internal medicine nephrologists and other health professionals from the world over, the 39th annual Pediatric Nephrology Seminar will take place March 8-11 at the Alexander All Suite Ocean Front Resort on Miami Beach.

Founded at and sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine, in conjunction with Holtz Children’s Hospital, the annual gathering has been a rewarding educational experience that, over 39 years, has grown into an established tradition in the field of pediatric nephrology. “Since its founding, the seminar has brought together more than 600 distinguished faculty and has been attended by over 5,000 registrants,” noted seminar director Gaston Zilleruelo M.D., professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric nephrology at the University of Miami/Holtz Children’s Hospital, who also led the six previous seminars.

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PEER Training Awards

Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Peer Educators in the Ethics of Research (PEER) project. PEER provides a $1,000 stipend for advanced graduate students and post-docs who complete a one-semester research ethics course and then participate in peer training activities related to research ethics.

PEER is based on the University of Delaware’s NSF-funded RAISE Program. The PEER awards and the research ethics course are sponsored by the University of Miami Ethics Programs. For more information and an application form, visit the PEER website.

Second Employee Clinic Opens February 27 on Gables Campus

Got an earache or a sore throat? Feeling sick at work is no fun, but finding help when you’re under the weather will be more convenient for UM employees no matter where they work starting Monday, February 27, when UM President Donna E. Shalala and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., dedicate the Coral Gables Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinic during a grand opening celebration that begins at noon.

Located in the McKnight Building, 5807 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, across from Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park, the walk-in clinic will be open to all benefits-eligible University employees for just $10 a visit

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Funding and Research

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