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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 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online June 11. The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties.

Holtz was ranked in six specialties this year: 22nd in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 22nd in nephrology, 32nd in neonatology, 38th in urology, 40th in cardiology and heart surgery, and 45th in diabetes and endocrinology. Most notably, Holtz improved its ranking in five of these specialties: gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, neonatology, cardiology and heart surgery, and urology.

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Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., accepts the Practitioner of the Year Award.

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., accepts the Practitioner of the Year Award.

Vice Chair of Dermatology Named Practitioner of the Year by Prestigious Florida Society

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, has been named Practitioner of the Year by the Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, the state’s oldest and largest dermatological society.

Kirsner accepted the award at the society’s annual meeting May 24-27 in Boca Raton.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by one’s peers and named dermatology Practitioner of the Year in Florida,” said Kirsner, who is also the Stiefel Laboratories Chair and Chief of Dermatology at University of Miami Hospital. “In part, this signifies to clinicians the value of having a top-flight medical school in Florida to help care for patients with complex conditions.”

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Members of the SHHADE team are, from left, Rimsky Denis, M.P.H., Karan Srivastava, Onyinye Ugorji, and Chaitanya Vadlamudi.

Members of the SHHADE team are, from left, Rimsky Denis, M.P.H., Karan Srivastava, Onyinye Ugorji, and Chaitanya Vadlamudi.

M.D./M.B.A. Students Create Winning Healthcare Business Model

Four Miller School M.D./M.B.A. students have gained local and national attention for their inspired business venture SHHADE — Supplying Home Healthcare Alternatives and Dedicated Education — a mobile medical service designed to reduce healthcare costs to insurers by providing in-home primary care to patients who overuse hospital and emergency services.

Created in 2012 by Rimsky Denis, M.P.H., Onyinye Ugorji, Chaitanya Vadlamudi, and Karan Srivastava, the SHHADE model proposes to target patients with chronic conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma, and teach them how to take control of their own health. In addition to home healthcare services, SHHADE would allow for remote patient monitoring, health coaching and care coordination.

Read more about the M.D./M.B.A. students »

Emeka Okafor, a member of the Motivation Program's Class of 2013, shows his appreciation for a lecture by Sheri Keitz, M.D., Ph.D.

Emeka Okafor, a member of the Motivation Program's Class of 2013, shows his appreciation for a lecture by Sheri Keitz, M.D., Ph.D.

Miami Model Summer Programs Prepare College Students for Healthcare Careers

Growing up knowing his older sister died at age 3 in Nigeria without a diagnosis, Emeka Okafor has wanted to be a doctor since he was a child. Determined to realize his dream, he was among 50 college students welcomed last week to two of the University’s 2013 Miami Model Summer Programs, which prepare underrepresented high school and college students for medical school and healthcare careers.

At the conclusion of his first week in the Minority Students in Health Careers Motivation Program, Okafor was more certain than ever of his career choice, as well as the value of spending the next six weeks attending basic science classes, clinical rotations and seminars aimed at developing the skills needed to successfully compete for admission to medical school. “It’s been amazing,” the biomedical engineering student at South Carolina University said.

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State Senator Anitere Flores, center, accepts an award from Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

State Senator Anitere Flores, center, accepts an award from Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Leadership Presents Award to State Senator Anitere Flores

The quarterly Sylvester Board of Governors meeting held Wednesday, June 5, featured a special guest, State Senator Anitere Flores. The lawmaker was recognized for her critical leadership and support during the recent legislative session in Tallahassee, where $10.3 million in appropriations in the state budget was allocated to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The budget was adopted by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott last month. Senator Flores was key to ensuring that funding made its way to the cancer center, where the money is used to develop new treatments and attract key researchers. This year’s appropriation was an increase of $3 million over last year’s funding.

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Melanoma expert James M. Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., discusses sun safety at the Coral Gables Youth Center.

Melanoma expert James M. Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., discusses sun safety at the Coral Gables Youth Center.

“Meet the Docs” Series Tackles Melanoma

James M. Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, presented “Being Sun Safe” at the Coral Gables Youth Center on the evening of June 6. His presentation was fourth in the “Meet the Docs” series featuring UHealth physicians speaking on health and wellness topics in Coral Gables venues.

An expert in the early detection of melanoma and Director of the Melanoma Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Grichnik stressed the importance of sun protection and skin cancer screening as many cancers can be treated successfully if identified early.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2011 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2011 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Registration Fee Waived for Riders Who Sign Up for Dolphins Cycling Challenge by June 21

For the first time, the University of Miami will pay the full $150 registration fee for faculty and staff who sign up to ride in the fourth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge by Friday, June 21, as part of Team UM Sylvester. To take advantage of this special offer, which does not apply to riders who register with another team, send an email to ridedcc@miami.edu with your name, department, and telephone number.

Participants in the tri-county cycling event, which will take place on Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3, and includes various ride options, can register and meet fellow Team UM Sylvester members at one of the remaining kickoff events:

• Sylvester at Deerfield Beach on Wednesday, June 19, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., 1192 East Newport Center Drive, second-floor conference room

• UHealth at Plantation on Thursday, June 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m., 8100 S.W. 10th Street, first-floor conference room

Read more about this year's Dolphins Cycling Challenge »

Nominate a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year

The UHealth nursing staff at the Miller School is one of the most vital components of our healthcare team. The March of Dimes, a longtime supporter of the nursing profession, is asking for nominations of distinguished nurses in Miami-Dade or Monroe counties who deserve to be recognized as Nurse of the Year.

Please take a moment to nominate a nurse or nursing student who has impacted lives by providing exceptional patient care.

Patients, co-workers, supervisors, friends, nurses and other healthcare professionals are all encouraged to nominate someone by filling out the online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 16.

The Miami CTSI is Now Online

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which is driving scientific discovery and its translation into clinical and community practices that improve the health of South Florida’s diverse population, is now online.

To learn how the Miami CTSI, which offers a wide range of support services and training opportunities to help researchers on all UM campuses accomplish their goals, can help you, visit the new website at MiamiCTSI.org.

Visit the UM Life Science & Technology Park for Summer Deals and Events

Events and summer deals are heating up at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park (LSTP) this summer. From Free Yoga Fridays starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, to extended business hours at eateries, happy hour deals and exclusive dinner events, it is an exciting time to visit the LSTP, located in Miami’s Health District on the corner of N.W. 7th Avenue and N.W. 20th Street.

For more information about the park, including upcoming events and retailer discounts and specials, visit www.umlstp.com.