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Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.

UM Study in JAMA Pediatrics Promotes Public Health Solutions for Intellectual Disabilities

In 2002, the Miller School’s Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., was intrigued by a question Sargent Shriver posed during a board meeting at the Mailman Center for Child Development. The statesman wondered whether the programs and policies he and his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver had championed for decades to reduce the burden of intellectual and other developmental disabilities were actually working.

A developmental pediatrician and medical historian, Brosco, professor of pediatrics and Associate Director of the Mailman Center, refocused his research to find a precise answer to Shriver’s question, which goes to the heart of the current debate on how best to improve health in the 21st century. On April 29, JAMA Pediatrics published part of the answer by highlighting his latest study, which examines the relationship between medical interventions in early childhood and the increasing prevalence of later intellectual disability, as an Online First article.

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Celebrating the Katz Family Chair are, from left, Peggy Katz, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Myles S. Wolf, M.D., M.M.Sc., and UM President Donna E. Shalala.

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Celebrating the Katz Family Chair are, from left, Peggy Katz, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Myles S. Wolf, M.D., M.M.Sc., and UM President Donna E. Shalala.

Dr. Myles S. Wolf Named Peggy and Harold Katz Family Chair of Nephrology and Hypertension

Myles S. Wolf, M.D., M.M.Sc., the chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine, was named the holder of The Peggy and Harold Katz Family Chair at an evening celebration of his many research, educational and clinical achievements, as well as the compassionate and cutting-edge care of the kidney transplant specialists Peggy Katz credits for saving her life from a genetic kidney disorder.

In eloquent and heartfelt remarks during which he discussed the joys of a career in academic medicine, Wolf thanked his wife Rina, his three sons, friends, colleagues, University leadership and, not least of all, the Katz family for their support, guidance and vision in helping him continue on what he called one of the most important of life’s missions – making a difference.

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Andre Dawson, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer, talks about his recent surgery while his doctor Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., center, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., listen.

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Andre Dawson, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer, talks about his recent surgery while his doctor Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., center, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., listen.

Urology Chair Dipen Parekh, M.D., Treats Baseball Hall-of-Famer with Robotic Surgery

Long known for his courage on the baseball field, Andre Dawson recently faced an even bigger personal challenge. “When I found out I had prostate cancer, I was scared to death,” said Dawson, 58, who was elected to the Hall of Fame after a stellar 21-year career. “But I tackled my cancer head on, and did what was necessary to get better. Now, I hope that sharing my story can save others’ lives.”

At an April 25 news conference at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dawson emphasized the importance of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening followed by prompt treatment if cancer is discovered. “At some point, every older male will encounter an enlarged prostate issue,” said Dawson, who is still active in Major League Baseball as special assistant to the president of the Miami Marlins. “That’s why screening for cancer is so important. If you can detect it early enough, you can treat it and be cancer free.”

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J. William Harbour, M.D., seated at left, and Mark J. Daily, right, celebrate the Daily Chair with, from left, Bascom Palmer Director Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

J. William Harbour, M.D., seated at left, and Mark J. Daily, right, celebrate the Daily Chair with, from left, Bascom Palmer Director Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

William Harbour, M.D., Awarded Endowed Chair at Bascom Palmer

With nearly two decades separating their training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, renowned ophthalmologists Mark J. Daily, M.D., and J. William Harbour, M.D., had not met before this week, when their mutual regard for the nation’s No. 1 eye institute and shared vision for pioneering research and patient care brought them together.

A 1970s graduate of Bascom Palmer’s residency and fellowship programs, Daily is on the faculty of Loyola University’s medical school in Illinois, where he also established his successful vitreoretinal practice at Wheaton Eye Clinic in 1978. But on April 22, he returned to Bascom Palmer to dedicate the Mark J. Daily, M.D., Endowed Chair to Harbour, who joined the Miller School faculty last year as professor of ophthalmology, Vice Chairman for Translational Research at Bascom Palmer, and a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Ofelia Alvarez, M.D., examines patient Nikenson Alexandre.

Ofelia Alvarez, M.D., examines patient Nikenson Alexandre.

New National Lecture Honors Late Director of UM’s Sickle Cell Center

The state’s Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research has honored the late Charles H. Pegelow, M.D., who directed the University of Miami Sickle Cell Center for more than two decades, by establishing an annual lecture at the 36th National Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting. The lecture is named for the internationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of sickle cell disease.

The Miller School’s Ofelia Alvarez, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Co-Director of the UM Sickle Cell Center, was selected to present the first Charles H. Pegelow, M.D., Lecture at the scientific meeting held in conjunction with the 7th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium in Miami April 14-17.

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The inaugural issue of the I.B.I.S. is now available electronically.

The inaugural issue of the I.B.I.S. is now available electronically.

Miller School Students Publish Medical I.B.I.S. Magazine to Showcase Student Research

Students at the Miller School have published the institution’s first magazine dedicated to highlighting the research accomplishments of fellow students, an endeavor that is winning rave reviews from Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and other faculty. A publication of the Executive Student Government, the inaugural issue of The Medical I.B.I.S. features a number of research projects, from basic science to clinical studies, that Miller School students have pursued under the tutelage of stellar mentors here or elsewhere. The I.B.I.S., which stands for the Investigation of Basic and Integrative Science, also features articles on how to explore research opportunities at the Miller School and extramurally. To view the magazine electronically, visit The Medical I.B.I.S. online.

From left are Nerissa Morris, Gretchen Semancik, Senior Development Director for the Miami-Dade Heart Walk, and Jennifer Cohen, Executive Director of Benefits.

From left are Nerissa Morris, Gretchen Semancik, Senior Development Director for the Miami-Dade Heart Walk, and Jennifer Cohen, Executive Director of Benefits.

UM Recognized for Commitment to Wellness

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Miami has been recognized as a Gold Level Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition program. The acknowledgment highlights UM’s commitment to the overall well-being of faculty and staff by providing an array of wellness opportunities.

“We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our commitment to advancing the well-being of our faculty and staff,” said Nerissa E. Morris, Vice President for Human Resources and Chair of UM’s Wellness Advisory Council. “As we come off a very successful inaugural event focused on the overall well-being of our faculty, staff and students, and prepare to launch our 2013 wellness incentive program, this award serves to reinforce our message. We will continue to cultivate a culture of wellness within the University through various outlets such as the Coral Gables and Miller School of Medicine onsite wellness centers, programs like Walking ‘Canes, Be Smoke Free and Weight Watchers at Work, and free preventive care benefits for faculty and staff on the UM healthcare plan.”

For more information on the Fit-Friendly Companies initiative, or to find out what you can do to advance your overall well-being, visit www.miami.edu/wellcanes.

Major Street Closure Will Disrupt Traffic in Front of University of Miami Hospital Friday

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 3, all but a single eastbound lane of N.W. 14th Street fronting University of Miami Hospital will be closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate the installation of a helipad on the UMH roof. All medical campus employees who use that route are encouraged to take another route on Friday. Traffic flow is expected to return to normal by 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

Both westbound lanes and the interior eastbound lane of N.W. 14th Street will close for one block, between N.W. 13th Avenue and N.W. 12th Avenue. Only the single outer eastbound lane of N.W. 14th Street will remain open to traffic.

No westbound traffic will be permitted to enter N.W. 14th Street, east of N.W. 12th Avenue, from 10 a.m. on Friday, May 3, until Sunday, May 5, at 6 p.m.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, both of the N.W. 14th Street entrances to the UMH parking garage will be accessible only to traffic heading eastbound on N.W. 14th Street. The parking garage entrance on N.W. 12th Avenue, from the ramp at UMH’s main entrance, will be unaffected by the closures.