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

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From left, Joycelyn Lawrence, M.D., Arthur Fournier, M.D., Anne Burdick, M.D., associate dean for telehealth and clinical outreach, and Scott Simmons, director of telehealth, demonstrate how North Miami Beach High's video-conferencing system links students to remote doctors.

From left, Joycelyn Lawrence, M.D., Arthur Fournier, M.D., Anne Burdick, M.D., associate dean for telehealth and clinical outreach, and Scott Simmons, director of telehealth, demonstrate how North Miami Beach High's video-conferencing system links students to remote doctors.

Miller School Awarded $4M to Expand School Clinics and Create National Model

The Miller School, in partnership with a handful of diverse and novel collaborators, has received a highly competitive $4 million federal Health Care Innovation Award to expand the services that 12,000 Miami-Dade County public school students receive through their school-based clinics – and save Medicaid far more than the grant investment.

One of only 107 awarded nationwide by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ new Center for Innovation, the three-year grant will sustain the primary care program and add dental and mental health services to those already offered at nine school clinics originally funded by the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation and staffed by the Miller School in four elementaries, two middle schools and three high schools in North Miami, North Miami Beach and Overtown. The grant program also will extend services to the students’ families.

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Thomas Harrington, M.D., speaks at the Harrington Programs 45th anniversary dinner.

Thomas Harrington, M.D., speaks at the Harrington Programs 45th anniversary dinner.

Harrington Medical Training Programs Celebrate 45 Years of Excellence

The William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs celebrated 45 years of training top-tier medical graduates from Latin America and the Caribbean this month with a dinner at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami and a conference on the medical campus.

Over the decades, thousands of the brightest and most motivated Latin American and Caribbean medical students and graduates have completed the Harrington training, which includes placement in residency and observership programs in all specialties across the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D.

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D.

New York City American Heart Association Names Dr. Ralph L. Sacco a “Champion of Heart and Stroke”

In recognition of his outstanding efforts supporting heart disease and stroke awareness and education, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., Olemberg Professor and Chairman of Neurology, has been named one of 20 “Champions of Heart & Stroke” by the American Heart Association New York City chapter. The Champions of Heart & Stroke were announced at the New York City Heart Ball on June 19.

Sacco, the first neurologist to serve as president of the American Heart Association, was selected for the honor based on his “professional status, sphere of influence, and overall support of the organization and its life-saving mission.”

Read more about Dr. Sacco »

International Health concierges, from left, are Maria Mercedes Aragon, Daniel Angulo Gonzalez and Nora Abdel Hamid.

International Health concierges, from left, are Maria Mercedes Aragon, Daniel Angulo Gonzalez and Nora Abdel Hamid.

UHealth Offers International Patients Premium Services at New Office in Professional Arts Center

Under the leadership of Natalie Geary, M.D., Chief Patient Experience Officer, International Health has moved to the third floor of the Professional Arts Center to enhance the patient experience and expedite the delivery of a full range of services to international patients.

The services include assistance with travel documents and travel arrangements, coordination of air transfers to University of Miami Hospital, insurance verification, self-pay packages, scheduling, and culturally-appropriate concierge services.

Read more about the new office »

Ruben Quintero, M.D., and Eftichia Kontopoulos, M.D., enjoy seeing their 20-month-old patient Leyna Mykaella Gonzalez at a news conference.

Ruben Quintero, M.D., and Eftichia Kontopoulos, M.D., enjoy seeing their 20-month-old patient Leyna Mykaella Gonzalez at a news conference.

World’s First In Utero Surgery to Remove Tumor Saves Unborn Child’s Life

The star of a June 21 news conference at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital was understandably oblivious to the fact that the cameras and reporters were there to see her and the Miller School fetal surgeons who saved her life. Just 20 months old, Leyna Mykaella Gonzalez sat with Ruben Quintero, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Eftichia Kontopoulos, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, who detailed the case recently documented by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology as the world’s first successful removal of a fetal oral teratoma.

Read more about the unprecedented surgery »

Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D.

Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D.

Studies Show Brain and Heart Cells Control Thyroid Hormone for Self-Protection

Underscoring the body’s remarkable ability to protect itself, Miller School researchers have published two studies that indicate the brain and heart each create a localized state of hypothyroidism to decrease energy metabolism during a stroke or heart attack.

Under normal conditions, hormones produced by the thyroid gland control energy use by stimulating oxygen consumption and accelerating metabolism at the cellular level. But during ischemic or hypoxic events, two independent teams of international researchers led by Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, reported in The Journal of Neuroscience and Molecular Endocrinology that the brain and heart both deactivate hormone thyroid action to reduce energy expenditure and oxygen consumption, thereby minimizing tissue damage.

Read more about the hypothyroidism studies »

Ricardo Komotar, M.D.

Ricardo Komotar, M.D.

New Episode of Breakthrough Medicine Airs This Weekend

The newest episode of our Breakthrough Medicine series, Mind Over Matter: Extracting A Deadly Brain Tumor, will air Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 1, at 5:30 p.m. on WPLG-TV (Local Channel 10).

In this episode you will watch a patient diagnosed with a glioblastoma, one of the most deadly forms of brain cancer, remain completely conscious while doctors perform brain surgery to remove his tumor. Experience this precise surgery in which the patient must stay awake to protect his brain function, including the finest networks responsible for language, and learn about the revolutionary brain tumor vaccine offered at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center that is only available at a handful of medical centers nationwide.

To preview the episode, visit us on YouTube.

The Breakthrough Medicine series provides viewers the opportunity to go inside our university-based health system and share in the remarkable breakthroughs being made on our medical campus each day.

Please share this with your family and friends and be sure to tune in.

Two Miller School Teams Awarded Arsht Research on Ethics and Community Grants

The University of Miami Ethics Programs have awarded two Miller School faculty-student teams grants for the 2012-13 Arsht Research on Ethics and Community program.

Thomas Champney, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology, and Reid Cushman, Ph.D., research assistant professor of medicine, and a group of graduate students and post-docs received one award for the project Peer Educators in the Ethics of Research (PEER) – Pilot Implementation and Evaluation.

Richard Tiberius, Ph.D., director of the Miller School’s educational development office, and students Tyler Beals and Jason Rudman received the other grant for the student project The Right to Healthcare: A Survey of Future Physicians.

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Space Still Available for Debbie School’s Creative Arts Camp

The Debbie School at the Mailman Center for Child Development has space available in its summer camp for children ages 6 to 10. Led by classroom assistant Andrea Lizarraga, the camp runs until August 10 and includes activities such as basic arts and crafts, art and music appreciation, creative writing, and film production. It will conclude with a gallery exposition of the children’s work.

The cost is $175 per week, which includes an additional hour of before- and after-care services. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to request an application packet, call 305-243-8000. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Calder Library to Close on July 4th and Every Sunday Through July

The Calder Library is now closed on Sundays through the month of July and will resume its Sunday hours of 1 to 8 p.m. on August 5. The library also will close for the Fourth of July holiday next Wednesday.

Otherwise, the library’s hours remain Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Funding and Research

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