e-Update: News for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty and Staff

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Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

University of Miami/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Nation’s Best

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online today. The rankings feature the top 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties.

Holtz was ranked in seven specialties this year: 20th in diabetes and endocrinology, 25th in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 33rd in nephrology, 44th in cardiology and heart surgery, and 45th in urology, 47th in pulmonology, and 48th in neonatology.

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Team CTU Miami with “Mr. Sylvester.” Front row, from left: Lauren Gjolaj, M.B.A., B.S.N.; Angela Olier-Pino, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN; Rohanmi Perez, RN, ONC. Back row, from left: Gloria Gari, M.S.I.E.; Melissa Martinez; Debra Lewis, RN, ONC; Gustavo Fernandez, M.D.; Isaac Castro; Juan Garcia, M.B.A., B.S.M.T.; Danillo Lopez; and Ruthy Tascon.

Team CTU Miami with “Mr. Sylvester.” Front row, from left: Lauren Gjolaj, M.B.A., B.S.N.; Angela Olier-Pino, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN; Rohanmi Perez, RN, ONC. Back row, from left: Gloria Gari, M.S.I.E.; Melissa Martinez; Debra Lewis, RN, ONC; Gustavo Fernandez, M.D.; Isaac Castro; Juan Garcia, M.B.A., B.S.M.T.; Danillo Lopez; and Ruthy Tascon.

Sylvester Outpatient Unit Team Wins Prestigious State Award for Efficiency Improvements

A multidisciplinary project team from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center won first prize at the 2014 Annual Sterling Conference Team Showcase Award Banquet, held May 30 in Orlando. “Team CTU Miami” won the statewide competition over five other finalists for a project entitled “Systematically Decreasing Wait Time in an Outpatient Oncology Treatment Unit.”

The Sterling competition recognizes organizational teams that have demonstrated performance-improvement or problem-solving achievements. Team CTU Miami — the acronym stands for Comprehensive Treatment Unit — set out to reduce the wait time for outpatients needing same-day chemotherapy and laboratory services.

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Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.

Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., and Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.

Familias Unidas Intervention Added to Respected CDC Compendium, Receives $1M Grant

Familias Unidas, the successful intervention developed by Miller School public health researchers to prevent risky behavior among Hispanic youth, has been added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Behavioral Interventions. The interventions listed in the highly regarded compendium represent the strongest in scientific literature that have been rigorously evaluated and demonstrate evidence of efficacy, according to the Prevention Research Synthesis Project, which identifies such programs to help HIV prevention planners and providers across the country select interventions most appropriate for their communities.

Developed by Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, and Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., professor and Executive Vice Chair of Public Health Sciences, Familias Unidas is one of only two interventions for Hispanic youth included in the compendium.

Read more about Familias Unidas »

Carl E. Orringer, M.D.

Carl E. Orringer, M.D.

New Faculty Cardiologist to Lead Novel Preventive Cardiovascular Program

For Carl E. Orringer, M.D., the newest faculty member in the Cardiovascular Division, the move from Cleveland to Miami is a homecoming. Orringer is a triple ’Cane, with a B.A. in chemistry (1970), an M.D. (1974) and a residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital (1977). Thirty-seven years later, he’s back, bringing with him a high-profile cardiovascular disease-prevention program that he developed.

“Everything is coming full circle,” Orringer said. “I feel an allegiance to UM, and bringing the program here is my way of saying thank you.”

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Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Richard J. Cote, M.D.

UM Pathologist Highlights Evolving Role of Clinical Laboratories at National Conference

In an era of integrated care, clinical laboratories need to improve operational performance while creating high-value testing services, according to Richard J. Cote, M.D., professor and Joseph R. Coulter, Jr. Chair of Pathology at the Miller School of Medicine.

“To succeed in the transition from fee-for-service payment to value-based reimbursement, winning labs must provide value-added testing services that the market wants to buy,” said Cote in a high-profile presentation at the 19th annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management on April 29-30 in New Orleans. More than 800 clinical lab executives, pathologists and practice administrators attended the national conference on the economics and business landscape in the field of pathology.

Read more about Dr. Cote »

Michael Maguire consults with C.B. Wohl, M.P.H., assistant clinic director at Caridad Center.

Michael Maguire consults with C.B. Wohl, M.P.H., assistant clinic director at Caridad Center.

M.D./M.P.H. Student Michael Maguire Wins National Leadership Award

Third-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire, M.S., is a 2014 recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s esteemed Leadership Award. The national award recognizes Maguire for his excellence in community service, advocacy and education, and includes special training to develop his skills as a future leader.

The AMA Foundation honored Maguire at its annual Excellence in Medicine Awards celebration on June 6 in Chicago.

Read more about Michael Maguire »

Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., stands outside the east gate of the White House before attending the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit.

Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., stands outside the east gate of the White House before attending the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit.

Miami Project Researcher Attends White House Concussion Conference

Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., research professor of neurological surgery, Director of the UHealth Sports Medicine Concussion Program and of several programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, attended the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit on May 29. Joining her were young athletes, coaches, parents, NFL players, military representatives and other stakeholders.

President Barack Obama spoke to the group and outlined the Summit’s goals — advancing research on sports-related youth concussion and raising awareness of steps to prevent, identify and respond to concussions in young people.

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Miami CTSI pilot grant awardees are, from left, Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., Ali Nayer, M.D., and Francisco Vega, M.D., Ph.D.

Miami CTSI pilot grant awardees are, from left, Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., Ali Nayer, M.D., and Francisco Vega, M.D., Ph.D.

Three UM Researchers Awarded Miami CTSI Pilot Program Funding

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has awarded pilot program funding to three University of Miami researchers.

Selected from among 35 applicants, Ali Nayer, M.D., associate professor of medicine, Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Francisco Vega, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, will each receive $50,000 during the 2015 fiscal year.

Funding was awarded to applicants whose proposals had the highest potential of becoming federally funded and conducting innovative clinical translational research and transdisciplinary projects, and were aligned with CTSI goals of improving health disparities and minority health.

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Miller School Introduces 25 Live Calendar System

The Miller School of Medicine has joined the University’s ’Canes Calendar events management system to provide a new and improved comprehensive listing of events, from Grand Rounds and lectures, to employee training, information sessions and fundraisers.

Events are no longer submitted via email. Instead, with the new calendar powered by the 25 Live event scheduling system, faculty and staff can submit event information to one source and have it shared in multiple platforms, including e-Update and e-Veritas.

The calendar also allows users to:

• Subscribe to weekly emails of calendars of interest

• Add events easily to their personal calendar

• Email events to a friend

• Receive notifications of event changes

• Receive text message and email reminders as an event nears

• Share events on Twitter and LinkedIn

To submit an event, please visit www.miami.edu/calendar/login and sign in with your regular username and password. For more information about the calendar or help, visit www.miami.edu/index.php/canescalendar.

For news and other announcements, employees should continue submitting requests to update@med.miami.edu.

Quality improvement contest winners are, from left, Jose Llinas, M.D., Lara Paraskos, M.D., Andreina Rojas, M.D., Melany Castillo, M.D., and Alex Manzano, M.D.

Quality improvement contest winners are, from left, Jose Llinas, M.D., Lara Paraskos, M.D., Andreina Rojas, M.D., Melany Castillo, M.D., and Alex Manzano, M.D.

UHealth Promotes Patient Safety and Quality Initiatives During National Week

It is said that a patient’s health journey starts with a diagnosis, but according to the National Patient Safety Foundation, experts estimate that up to one in every 10 diagnoses is wrong, delayed or missed completely and that, collectively, diagnostic errors may account for 40,000 to 80,000 deaths in the United States annually. To further improve patient safety and quality initiatives that directly affect the University of Miami Health System, students, residents and fellows took part in various educational activities held in conjunction with National Patient Safety Awareness Week.

In addition to distributing educational resources and information to patients and staff, health professionals also competed in a Virtual Quality Improvement Contest, organized by Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, M.D., M.B.A., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for UHealth, and Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, Chief Academic Officer for UHealth and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

Read more about Patient Safety Awareness Week activities »

Tariq Syed, M.B.A.

Tariq Syed, M.B.A.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Alumnus Invests in His Home Away from Home

UM alumnus Tariq Syed, who is helping the University implement its new Workday system for HR, payroll and finance, believes in supporting the institution where he literally grew up. Read about other faculty and staff who support the U

Read his story »

Hurricane Season is Here — Download Your Copy of Hurricane Update Now

June 1 marked the beginning of the 2014 hurricane season, and now is the time to prepare.

The following are some of the most critical unit and personal preparedness steps that should be taken:

  • Essential Personnel Lists
    All units must update essential personnel lists, notify each employee on the list, and upload the list as an attachment to the unit UReady Plan.
  • Verify/Update Personal, Address and Emergency/Evacuation Information on MyUM
    All employees should make sure their contact and emergency information is correct and up-to-date in their MyUM profile. To review and update your information, visit www.miami.edu/myum, and on the right under the “Personal & Biographical Info” section, click “Personal, Address and Emergency/Evacuation Information.”
  • Storm Surge Evacuation Planning Zones
    Determine if your residence is located within one of Miami-Dade or Broward County’s evacuation zones.
  • Update UReady Plan
    Supervisors and unit emergency planners should confirm through the UReady system that their unit’s continuity plan is up-to-date and that all relevant emergency plans and policies are readily accessible.
  • Emergency Guide
    All members of the University community should review the University of Miami Emergency Guide for critical information on how to respond to the University’s most common hazards and threats.

Additional important information about hurricane preparedness, response and recovery for the medical campus is available in the 2014 issue of Hurricane Update. Please print a copy for your office and home.