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Cor Vitae Stroke Award winner Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., right, with Heart Ball Corporate Chairman Carlos Castresana of Wells Fargo.

Cor Vitae Stroke Award winner Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., right, with Heart Ball Corporate Chairman Carlos Castresana of Wells Fargo.

Dr. Ralph L. Sacco Receives Cor Vitae Stroke Award from American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has presented its prestigious Cor Vitae Stroke Award to Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Olemberg Chair of Neurology. Sacco received the award at the AHA’s 2014 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball, held May 17 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. UHealth was a Platinum Sponsor of the event.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of Americans, and Cor Vitae, or Heart of Life, is a partnership between the AHA and its most dedicated supporters. Recipients of the Cor Vitae Stroke Award — and the Cor Vitae Heart Award, which was presented at the same event — are selected for their contributions to patient care and public awareness.

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With Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Donna E. Shalala standing, Frank J. Eismont, M.D., sits left, with Marla Bergmann, who presented The George and Marla Bergmann Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics to Dr. Eismont.

With Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Donna E. Shalala standing, Frank J. Eismont, M.D., sits left, with Marla Bergmann, who presented The George and Marla Bergmann Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics to Dr. Eismont.

George and Marla Bergmann Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics Presented to Dr. Frank J. Eismont

Before a packed auditorium full of family, friends, and University of Miami leadership, Marla Bergmann formally carried through on a commitment she made with her late husband, George, several years ago. Mrs. Bergmann had the honor of presenting The George and Marla Bergmann Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics to Frank J. Eismont, M.D., professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Chief of the Orthopaedic Spine Service at the Miller School of Medicine.

The dedication was made May 12 at the Lois Pope LIFE Center. The Bergmanns, longtime philanthropists, established the endowed chair in 2006 in the Department of Orthopaedics after Eismont successfully rehabilitated a serious neck injury that George suffered.

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Teshamae Monteith, M.D.

Teshamae Monteith, M.D.

Older Migraine Sufferers May Have More Silent Brain Injury

Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury, according to research led by Teshamae Monteith, M.D., assistant professor of clinical neurology and Chief of the Headache Division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

In a new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, people with a history of migraine headaches had double the odds of ischemic silent brain infarction compared with people who said they did not have migraines. Silent brain infarction is a brain injury likely caused by a blood clot interrupting blood flow to brain tissue. Sometimes called “silent strokes,” these injuries are symptomless, but are a risk factor for future strokes.

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Fred F. Telischi, M.D.

Fred F. Telischi, M.D.

Dr. Fred Telischi Receives Presidential Citation at AOS Annual Meeting

Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Professor and James R. Chandler Chair of Otolaryngology, received a Presidential Citation from the American Otological Society on May 16 at the organization’s 148th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

The award was presented by AOS President John W. House, M.D. Telischi was one of five recipients, all of whom are active chairs of academic otolaryngology departments who graduated from the fellowship program at the House Research Institute. The Institute was established in 1946 by House’s father, Howard P. House, M.D.

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Noam Alperin, Ph.D.

Noam Alperin, Ph.D.

Researchers Explore Pharmacological Complement to iNPH Brain Shunt Procedures

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Miller School and Weill Cornell Medical College has found that a drug commonly given to young, obese females to treat idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a neurological disorder characterized by elevated pressure in the brain not caused by a tumor or other disease, also has a condition-reversing effect when given to seniors of either gender who have idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH), a type of brain malfunction caused by excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid.

Their findings appeared in an article entitled “Low-dose acetazolamide reverses periventricular white matter hyperintensities in iNPH” in the April 15 issue of the journal Neurology, published by the American Academy of Neurology.

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Philip Profeta

Philip Profeta

New Chief Supply Chain Officer to Consolidate and Manage All Procurement Functions

In an effort to improve efficiencies and reduce costs in the procurement process, the University of Miami is consolidating all purchasing and delivery functions under a single umbrella organization and has brought on board a seasoned expert to lead and manage the new system.

Philip Profeta, whose experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, accounts payable, hospital supply chain planning, logistics, and warehousing spans more than three decades, is the University’s new associate vice president and chief supply chain officer. Based on the medical campus, he is responsible for consolidating and leading the University’s entire procurement structure, including accounts payable, across the institution and multiple supply chains across the health care/hospital system.

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At the Life Science & Technology Park, Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day participants show off their DNA models made out of licorice and gum drops.

At the Life Science & Technology Park, Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day participants show off their DNA models made out of licorice and gum drops.

Daughters and Sons Experience a Hurricane Work Day

More than 270 youngsters traded in their schoolbooks for a day of real work experience when the University of Miami hosted another successful Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, May 15, on the Miller School of Medicine, Coral Gables and Rosenstiel School campuses. From taking vital signs of patient simulators at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, to building robots with the help of the Genius Factory at the Life Science & Technology Park, and taking a boat ride into Bear Cut at the Rosenstiel School, participants were able to enjoy a day full of Hurricane spirit and educational exploration.

Parents and children at the Miller School of Medicine started their day at the Life Science & Technology Park with a welcome breakfast led by Norm Parsons Jr., Director of the UM Wellness Centers, while Coral Gables campus parents and children enjoyed lunch with President Donna E. Shalala at the Flamingo Ballroom, and RSMAS children spent the morning at the Miami Seaquarium where they witnessed live shark feeding.

Throughout the day, the children participated in a host of activities, including building a geodesic dome made out of marshmallows and spaghetti, exploring zebra fish embryos, filming and producing a short movie, creating liquid nitrogen ice cream, learning about scuba and boat safety, and taking zumba and yoga lessons.

View a photo gallery of the 2014 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day >>

Annual General Faculty Meeting

President Donna E. Shalala, Provost Thomas LeBlanc and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., will host the annual General Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, May 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at University of Miami Hospital, Seminar Center.

All Miller School faculty members are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Come to an Open Forum with Joe Natoli

Learn about the current business strategy for the Miller School and UHealth, as well as key initiatives driving change at the University, in an open discussion led by Joe Natoli, Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Miller School and UHealth and Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

The next forum will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, in the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Broad-Bussel Auditorium, located on the first floor of the Clinical Research Building. Additional sessions for satellite locations have been added. Click here to register and view additional dates and locations.

Early Submission Deadline

The deadline for the May 27 issue of e-Update will be noon on Wednesday, May 21. The University will be closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.