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Magic Johnson, left, says he joined the "dream team" because of Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., center, and Mike Fernandez, right.

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Magic Johnson, left, says he joined the "dream team" because of Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., center, and Mike Fernandez, right.

Dream Team of Magic Johnson, the Miller School and Clear Health Alliance Fights HIV/AIDS

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who during his super star career as a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers doled out more than 10,000 scoring assists, announced Monday he is making one of his biggest assists in South Florida. His Magic Johnson Enterprises is partnering with the Miller School of Medicine and Simply Healthcare Plans’ Clear Health Alliance to ensure the provision of high quality medical services to the growing number of Medicaid-eligible people with HIV/AIDS in Miami-Dade County, which leads the nation in the number of new AIDS cases per capita.

Johnson, who was diagnosed with HIV 20 years ago while still in the prime of his career and is the picture of health today, said he decided to join forces with the Miller School and Clear Health Alliance, a new Medicaid HIV specialty plan, because they are a “dream team” destined to “change the way people are treated when it comes to HIV and AIDS.”

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Fred F. Telischi, MEE, M.D., seated, is surrounded by, from left, Donald T. Weed, M.D., Joanne Telischi, wife of Fred Telischi, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

Fred F. Telischi, MEE, M.D., seated, is surrounded by, from left, Donald T. Weed, M.D., Joanne Telischi, wife of Fred Telischi, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

Fred Telischi, M.D., Awarded James R. Chandler Chair in Otolaryngology

The 20th anniversary of the James R. Chandler Resident and Fellow Research Forum on June 9 had especially poignant significance for the Miller School’s Department of Otolaryngology. Named in honor of the department’s first chairman, the educational forum gives residents and fellows an opportunity to present current research projects as they compete among themselves.

But this year the evening program opened with the installation of Fred Telischi, M.D., current chairman of otolaryngology and professor of otolaryngology, neurological surgery, and biomedical engineering, as the Endowed James R. Chandler Chair in Otolaryngology.

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Clyde B. McCoy, center, is surrounded by, from left, daughter A. Jeanene McCoy-Bengoa, Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., Ana Maria Bueno, M.D., and Juan Camilo Varon Forero, M.D.

Clyde B. McCoy, center, is surrounded by, from left, daughter A. Jeanene McCoy-Bengoa, Min Zhao, M.D., Ph.D., Ana Maria Bueno, M.D., and Juan Camilo Varon Forero, M.D.

Dr. Clyde B. McCoy Wins International Award of Excellence

For more than three decades, Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D., has directed the Comprehensive Drug Research Center and health services research at the Miller School – and mentored a generation of researchers along the way. In recognition of his tireless commitment to drug abuse research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has honored him with its Excellence in Mentoring Award.

McCoy and other Awards of Excellence winners were recognized June 9 at the 17th Annual NIDA International Forum in Palm Springs, California.

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Amanda Rodriguez talks at the news conference as researcher Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., and her dad Mario listen.

Amanda Rodriguez talks at the news conference as researcher Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., and her dad Mario listen.

Bariatric Surgery Helps Teenager Gain New Confidence and Health

When Amanda Rodriguez celebrated her 15th birthday at a traditional Cuban quince, she weighed nearly 300 pounds. Already pre-diabetic, she could not climb the stairs at her high school and, though she had a lovely voice, was hidden in the back row when the school choir competed.

Today, the 19-year-old has not only a state alto soloist award and a full college scholarship under her substantially slimmer belt, but also the confidence to “interact with really cute guys,” a transformation she owes to the bariatric surgery she underwent at University of Miami Hospital the day before she turned 17.

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Willard Lee and his wife Betty celebrate their 60th anniversary and his new lease on life at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Willard Lee and his wife Betty celebrate their 60th anniversary and his new lease on life at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

New Valve Improves Patient’s Heart Just in Time for Anniversary

Willard Lee hadn’t planned to spend his 60th wedding anniversary in UMiami at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit, but the fact that he and his wife Betty were celebrating the June 14 milestone at all – with a chocolate cake sent by his interventional cardiologist a day before his discharge – was enough to put a big smile on his face, and the twinkle back in his blue eyes.

Even better than the cake was how much better the 83-year-old retired teacher felt just a day after Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery and UM’s principal investigator for a national clinical trial testing the Medtronic CoreValve, implanted a newly available 31 mm valve into Lee’s heart via a catheter inserted into the femoral artery in the groin. The minimally invasive procedure allowed the replacement of Lee’s long-dysfunctional aortic valve, which had all but immobilized him and, combined with his advanced age, the size of his heart, and other ailments, saddled him with the diagnosis he knew meant his days were numbered: inoperable.

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With Mauricio Cohen, M.D., standing behind him, UMH CEO Dan Snyder, at head of table, addresses cardiologists visiting from Egypt.

With Mauricio Cohen, M.D., standing behind him, UMH CEO Dan Snyder, at head of table, addresses cardiologists visiting from Egypt.

UM Hosts Interventional Cardiology Workshop for Egyptian Society of Cardiology

At the request of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology, UHealth and Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at University of Miami Hospital, hosted a three-day Interventional Cardiology Workshop last week for 27 interventional cardiologists from Egypt.

Held in the UMH board room June 13-15, the workshop featured lectures and presentations of live cases broadcast from the catheterization lab, as well as discussions on the future of interventional cardiology, transcatheter technologies for mitral valve and aortic valve replacement and high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions.

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Kneeling from left, are Howard Levene, M.D., Ph.D.; Faiz Ahmad, M.D.; Asterios Tsimpas, M.D.; Charles Bowie, M.D.; Ricardo Komotar, M.D.; Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D.; and Mohammed Khan, M.D., and standing are Brian Hood, M.D.; Chris DeMassi, M.D.; Garrett Zoeller, M.D.; Seth Hayes, M.D.; Ryan Trombly, M.D.; Brian Snelling, M.D.; Gabriel Widi, M.D.; and Glen Manzano, M.D.

Kneeling from left, are Howard Levene, M.D., Ph.D.; Faiz Ahmad, M.D.; Asterios Tsimpas, M.D.; Charles Bowie, M.D.; Ricardo Komotar, M.D.; Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D.; and Mohammed Khan, M.D., and standing are Brian Hood, M.D.; Chris DeMassi, M.D.; Garrett Zoeller, M.D.; Seth Hayes, M.D.; Ryan Trombly, M.D.; Brian Snelling, M.D.; Gabriel Widi, M.D.; and Glen Manzano, M.D.

UM Neurological Surgery Team Wins National Charity Softball Tournament

Twenty-eight teams of neurosurgeons from some of the top medical institutions across the United States and Canada competed June 9 at the 9th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament in New York City. But it was the Miller School’s Department of Neurological Surgery that took home the title.

With victories over Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Cornell, the University of South Florida, the University of Pittsburgh and, finally, a 5-4 win over the Barrow Neurological Institute, the Miller School team had more than just a few shining stars. Led by Ricardo Komotar, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, and Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery, the University of Miami team went undefeated.

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