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David Rosow, M.D., center, and Donna Lundy, Ph.D., talk to one of their voice patients, 84-year-old Peter Moser.

David Rosow, M.D., center, and Donna Lundy, Ph.D., talk to one of their voice patients, 84-year-old Peter Moser.

On World Voice Day, Patient Celebrates His Voice and the Doctor Who Restored It

At 29, Joe Glevenyak’s future beckoned brightly. He was an account executive in charge of the entire Eastern Seaboard. He had great friends, and a satisfying social life. Then he lost his voice and his world crumbled. “I sounded like Darth Vader,” the Jupiter resident recalled. “I went from being the life of the party to an introvert. I didn’t go out. I couldn’t work. I was depressed. My life as I knew it was over.”

Now 31, Glevenyak is thrilled to be able to talk about how his voice, and his life, were restored at the Miller School’s Miami Voice program on any day, but especially on April 16, which happens to be World Voice Day. He owes his recovery to David E. Rosow, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, who with four speech pathologists and the Frost School of Music behind him, is building Miami Voice into a premier medical center for singers, performers, and others who, like Glevenyak, rely on their voices for their livelihoods.

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Ricardo Komotar, M.D., demonstrates the laser device he used on patient Thomas Jambeck, center, as Anthony Addesa, M.D., looks on.

Ricardo Komotar, M.D., demonstrates the laser device he used on patient Thomas Jambeck, center, as Anthony Addesa, M.D., looks on.

UM Neurosurgeon Uses Innovative Laser Technique to Eradicate Brain Tumor

When Thomas Jambeck was diagnosed with brain tumors caused by metastatic melanoma in 2011, the 64-year-old West Palm Beach resident underwent radiation and two surgeries. One tumor responded, but the second doubled in size. That’s when his physicians sent him to the Miller School of Medicine for what would be a life-changing procedure.

On February 22, Ricardo Komotar, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, and Director of Surgical Neuro-oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, performed a laser tumor ablation at University of Miami Hospital, the only facility in the southeastern U.S. offering this procedure, to eradicate the problem tumor with pinpoint accuracy.

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From left are Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; Margaret Fischl, M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; Rhonwyn Ullmann, wife of Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.; Richard S. Myers, Ph.D.; Richard L. Williamson, Chair of the Faculty Senate; and Eugene W. Anderson, Dean of the School of Business Administration.

From left are Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; Margaret Fischl, M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; Rhonwyn Ullmann, wife of Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.; Richard S. Myers, Ph.D.; Richard L. Williamson, Chair of the Faculty Senate; and Eugene W. Anderson, Dean of the School of Business Administration.

Drs. Margaret Fischl and Richard Myers Receive Faculty Senate Awards

The first healthy patients with illnesses such as pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Kaposi’s sarcoma started showing up at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in the early 1980s. Their immune systems had become compromised, leaving them open to a host of opportunistic infections.

One of the physicians caring for them was Margaret Fischl, M.D., a young internist who was just starting her career as a faculty member at the Miller School, and last week became one of two Miller School faculty recognized by the Faculty Senate for their achievements. “In the beginning, we didn’t know what was causing [the infections],” recalled Fischl.

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Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D., accepts the Distinguished Service Award at the UM Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D., accepts the Distinguished Service Award at the UM Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

Dr. Clyde B. McCoy Honored at UM Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

The Miller School’s Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D., felt right at home surrounded by sports legends at the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame 45th Annual Induction Banquet, where he received the Distinguished Service Award for his tireless support of the UM Athletics Department.

A former athlete, lifelong sports enthusiast and one-time national sports executive, McCoy, professor and Chair Emeritus of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the Comprehensive Drug Research Center, has served as UM’s faculty athletic representative for nearly two decades. At the April 11 banquet at Jungle Island, he became the eighth recipient of the revered award established 24 years ago.

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Jason Wagner, from the University of Florida, gives the Miller School's Second Look Day a thumbs-up.

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Jason Wagner, from the University of Florida, gives the Miller School's Second Look Day a thumbs-up.

Potential Members of Class of 2017 Return to the Miller School for a Second Look

Hazel Asumu already was leaning heavily toward UM for her medical education, but after spending the morning of Friday, April 12, hearing Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and members of the education team talk about what makes the Miller School extraordinary, the Duke University graduate was certain. “I’m definitely coming here,” she said. “It’s awesome. I can tell the faculty are really involved and invested in the students. They really want us to be the next best thing.”

Attending the Miller School’s third annual Second Look Day with her parents, twin sister and little brother, Asumu was among the 119 obviously gifted undergrads who, accepted to multiple medical schools, were invited to take another, closer look at how UM would set them on a path to becoming excellent physicians, and leaders.

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Service Response Center team members are Natasha Jean-Francois, in front, and, from left, John Normil, Roxanne Benzant, Shellie Thompson, Cesar Aguilar, and Chiquita Brunson.

Service Response Center team members are Natasha Jean-Francois, in front, and, from left, John Normil, Roxanne Benzant, Shellie Thompson, Cesar Aguilar, and Chiquita Brunson.

University of Miami Hospital Improving Customer Service One Call at a Time

University of Miami Hospital raised customer service to a new level last week, opening the Service Response Center, a dedicated call center that manages requests from hospital staff for various internal services.

The goal of the 24/7 call center, located in room 4020 of the East Building, is to provide superior customer service through a single point of contact. Using patented software, Service Response Center representatives can process, prioritize and assign requests for linen, food and nutrition, catering, event setup, moving, environmental, plant operations and other services. Best of all, there is only one number to call: 305-689-HELP (4357).

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UM Faculty Offered Discount for iCamp Conference

The Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine is offering a significant discount to UM faculty who wish to attend “Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Therapies to Pain Management,” an initiative of iCAMP, Integrative and Complementary Academic Medicine Programs, April 26-28 at the Miami Marriot Biscayne Bay. The deadline to register is Friday, April 19.

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