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Donor Omar Figueroa, left, with Giselle Guerra, M.D., and Michael Goldstein, M.D.

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Donor Omar Figueroa, left, with Giselle Guerra, M.D., and Michael Goldstein, M.D.

Miami Transplant Institute Performs Florida’s First Three-Way Kidney Exchange

At a dramatic news conference on July 17, the Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center announced the first successful three-way paired kidney exchange in the state of Florida. In the exchange, three families with a member needing a kidney transplant each found a match in one of the other families.

The result was six surgical procedures, involving more than 30 medical personnel, which had been performed simultaneously in six operating rooms at Jackson just eight days before. The emotional high point of the news conference came when the donors and recipients, all of whom are recovering well, met for the first time.

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Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Richard J. Cote, M.D.

UM Department of Pathology Leading Efforts to Bring Healthcare into 21st Century

In a push to bring healthcare further into the 21st Century at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, Richard J. Cote, M.D., Professor and Joseph R. Coulter Jr. Chair of Pathology, is leading a transformation in the Department of Pathology that is redefining a sustainable and successful model for healthcare services across UHealth.

Cote’s efforts were featured in the July issue of the College of American Pathologists’ CAP TODAY, the largest trade publication for pathology. The magazine’s Senior Editor, Kevin B. O’Reilly, spoke extensively with Cote about how, with the Affordable Care Act in full swing, he is leading the department’s transition away from the traditional fee-for-service payment model – a strategy he presented at this year’s Executive War College, the world’s largest annual gathering of laboratory and pathology leaders.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller Professor Contributes to Review of VA Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and public health sciences, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Community Engagement at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), was one of five editors for a supplement on the VA Healthcare System’s patient-centered medical homes published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Carrasquillo and the other editors reviewed more than 70 articles, selecting only 19 to be published to summarize the VA experience on the patient-centered medical homes initiative that launched nationally in 2010 through the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) program. Funded by the VA Office of Patient Care Services’ Primary Care Program Office, the supplement shares the lessons learned by researchers and their clinical and policy partners during the various stages of implementing PACT.

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Lilian Sarfati, M.D., and Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., demonstrate a stress management exercise at the Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center.

Lilian Sarfati, M.D., and Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., demonstrate a stress management exercise at the Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center.

Family Medicine’s Stress Management Program Targets Healthy Mind and Body

Using interlocked hands, Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., assistant professor of family medicine and community health and director of behavioral medicine, illustrates the powerful connection between the mind and the body. When stress enters the equation, she says, “it takes an emotional and physical toll.”

In fact, countless ailments are caused or exacerbated by stress and negative thoughts, explains Allespach, a University of Miami psychologist who set out to treat patients holistically when she began her career with the Miller School and the nearby Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center in 1999. Last year Allespach started the Stress Management Program, which doctors at Jefferson Reaves use to guide patients through a series of brief calming exercises in the exam room.

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Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S.

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Community Health Expert Strengthens Hispanic Families, and the Univ

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S., who has helped countless Hispanic youths change risky behaviors, gives back to the community through his research and generosity.

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Team UM at the 2013 AHA Miami-Dade Heart Walk.

Team UM at the 2013 AHA Miami-Dade Heart Walk.

American Heart Association Heart Walk Launch Party

Join Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth, at the UHealth Launch Party for the 2014 American Heart Association Miami-Dade Heart Walk on Thursday, July 24, at 3 p.m. at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center.

Join the fun, enjoy refreshments and enter a raffle to win a Keurig coffee maker.

The 2014 American Heart Association Miami-Dade Heart Walk is set for Saturday, November 1, at 8 a.m. in Bayfront Park, and we at UHealth want to get you healthier!

Create a team, become a captain and raise money to end heart disease. Together we can make our community healthier. For more information about the walk and to register, please visit www.miamidadeheartwalk.org/.

Free DCC Registration Until July 31

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Miami is proud to once again partner with the Miami Dolphins for Dolphins Cycling Challenge V, benefiting the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. For this milestone fifth year, the DCC is permanently moving to its new time frame, the weekend following the Super Bowl. DCC V is scheduled for February 7 and 8, 2015.

Similar to past years, bicyclists can choose from several routes that range from as little as 13 miles all the way up to 170 miles, spanning 37 cities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. It’s an exhilarating and moving event that brings our community together for a single purpose – to fight cancer.

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New Policy Provides Enhanced Opportunities for Growth

The Department of Human Resources has released a new policy designed to encourage staff to openly pursue opportunities for internal transfer or promotion with the support of their supervisors. The Internal Mobility: Transfer and Promotion policy supports career growth and development at the University through improved communication between managers and their direct reports by removing fear of intimidation and promoting a more transparent interviewing process.

“This new policy is a step in the right direction. It sets the stage for a clear shift in the way we do business at the University by increasing the communication channels between managers and their teams,” said Joe Natoli, Interim Chief Operating Officer at the Miller School and UHealth and Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer at UM.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth, is also excited about the possibilities the policy brings. “By encouraging internal promotions, we provide an opportunity for advancement to individuals who are dedicated to the University’s mission and to successful, continued partnerships,” he said.

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Relax and Rejuvenate with a Personal Acupuncture or Massage Session

The Courtelis Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, in partnership with Well ’Canes, is pleased to offer acupuncture and massage sessions for UM faculty and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. If you suffer from headaches, body pain or weakness, digestive disorders, insomnia, fatigue, or anxiety, you could improve your condition through the benefits of acupuncture or massage.

Acupuncture sessions are covered at the primary care physician co-pay rate for UM/Aetna medical plan members, or $122.50 per consult and $60 per follow-up for self-pay patients. Massage sessions are $30 for 30 minutes and $60 for 60 minutes. Call 305-243-4129 to learn more about the benefits of these services and to book an appointment. For additional information about the University of Miami’s wellness offerings, please visit miami.edu/wellcanes.

The new program includes supervised weight training.

The new program includes supervised weight training.

UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center Introduces Supervised Exercise Program

The UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center is introducing the Supervised Exercise Program for eligible individuals who are not currently exercising and would like to start a routine under the guidance of an exercise professional.

The program is an outgrowth of the Center’s rebranding as a medically based exercise facility, said Tony Musto, Ph.D., Director of Fitness Programs.

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