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From left, Michael Dodard, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and community health and Director of Community Health Affairs; Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.; and Executive Director Laurinus Pierre, M.D., M.P.H., at the Center for Haitian Studies, Health and Human Services, the only community clinic where women living in Little Haiti can receive free cervical cancer screenings. <em>Photo courtesy of Moris Moreno</em>

From left, Michael Dodard, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and community health and Director of Community Health Affairs; Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.; and Executive Director Laurinus Pierre, M.D., M.P.H., at the Center for Haitian Studies, Health and Human Services, the only community clinic where women living in Little Haiti can receive free cervical cancer screenings. Photo courtesy of Moris Moreno

Public Health Advocate Receives $2 Million NIH Grant to Address Cervical Cancer Disparities

To further combat cervical cancer in South Florida and beyond, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences and Director of the Community Engagement Program at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a $2 million, four-year grant.

Her project, “Addressing Cervical Cancer Disparity in South Florida: CBPR in Action,” will address this disparity through a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) initiative that tests two innovative methods for disease prevention. Consistent with the tenets of CBPR, the focus of the effort reflects community input and is grounded in community members’ preferences for health and disease prevention.

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Ronald Goldberg, M.D.

Ronald Goldberg, M.D.

Long-Term Follow-Up of Diabetes Prevention Program Shows Continued Reduction in Diabetes Development

Treatments used to decrease the development of type 2 diabetes continue to be effective an average of 15 years later, according to the latest findings of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study, a landmark study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Ronald Goldberg, M.D., professor of medicine in the Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute, is one of the investigators of the Outcomes Study, which was conducted as an extension of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), first reported more than 10 years ago. The latest results were just presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions held in San Francisco.

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Raul Mitrani, M.D., left, holds the SmartTouch catheter in the Electrophysiology Suite at UMH, with Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., James O. Coffey, M.D., and Juan Viles-Gonzalez, M.D.

Raul Mitrani, M.D., left, holds the SmartTouch catheter in the Electrophysiology Suite at UMH, with Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., James O. Coffey, M.D., and Juan Viles-Gonzalez, M.D.

UHealth Cardiologists are First in South Florida to Use New Cardiac Ablation Device

A team of cardiologists at University of Miami Hospital are the first electrophysiologists in South Florida to use the SmartTouch ablation catheter, an advanced pressure-sensitive catheter to treat patients with potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorders.

Raul Mitrani, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, and James O. Coffey, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, have corrected atrial fibrillation and other disorders in several patients using the new catheter at University of Miami Hospital.

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Miami Model diversity program attendees.

Miami Model diversity program attendees.

Miami Model Program Prepares Aspiring Medical Students

Port-au-Prince native Djamel Joachin was inspired to join the medical field in the chaotic aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake. The then-engineering major traveled from Gainesville to Haiti to translate for doctors, but suddenly found himself drawing blood from patients.

“It was then that I realized that medicine was something I’m able to do,” said the 25-year-old who’s now earning his graduate degree in biomedical sciences at Barry University. “There’s a feeling that I get after helping someone.”

Attending this year’s Miami Model diversity program, coordinated by the Miller School’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Coral Gables Campus Office of Academic Enhancement, puts Joachin closer to his dreams. UM and the University of Florida, his alma mater, are his top choices for medical school.

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Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Falcone Shines in “Best of Miami” Health and Medicine Spotlight

Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs and CEO of the UHealth Clinical Practice, was honored in the Health and Medicine section of the “Best of Miami 2014” supplement in the June 6 issue of Miami Today. He was recognized for the strong reputation he has built as both a physician and a leader on the business side of healthcare.

Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya nominated Falcone, who is also Chief Executive of the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital. “Steve Falcone distinguishes himself as a leader, as a partner and as a thoughtful defender of world-class health care for everyone in Miami-Dade County,” Migoya said. “The field of medicine and the business of hospitals are changing like a thrill ride: fast, unpredictable and sometimes scary. Dr. Falcone is the calm eye in that storm’s center.”

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Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D.

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Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D.

UM Cardiovascular Division Presents Distinguished Faculty and Fellow Awards

The Cardiovascular Division honored four distinguished faculty and fellows at its June 8 Cardiovascular Fellows’ Graduation Ceremony at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay.

Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at University of Miami Hospital, received the Robert J. Myerburg Outstanding Academic Cardiology Faculty Award for his excellence in education, clinical care and research.

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Miami CTSI K12 awardees are Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Miami CTSI K12 awardees are Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Two Junior Investigators Awarded CTSI Career Development Grants

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has awarded grants to two Miller School researchers through its Mentored Translational Research Scholars Program (K12), which helps junior faculty develop successful careers as independent investigators.

Selected from 16 applicants, Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, and Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., research assistant professor of public health sciences, will each receive up to three years of renewable annual funds, including 75 percent salary support for protected research time, $30,000 for research supplies and funds for research-related travel.

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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.