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Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

Robotic Surgeon and Oncologist Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., Named Chair of Urology

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., among the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons for urologic oncology, has been named chairman of the Miller School’s Department of Urology. Parekh, who was the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Distinguished University Chair in Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery and Urologic Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, assumes his new position on August 2.

“Dr. Parekh is a remarkably well-rounded urologic oncologist whose multiple skills and interests will help bring our already notable Department of Urology to the next level,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of University of Miami Health System. “An expert in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all urologic malignancies, he performs robotic cancer surgeries on the prostate, the kidney and the bladder, as well as the most complex and major open cancer surgeries. But that’s not all: He is keenly interested in transforming the business side of medicine to improve care, and in funded research that makes a real difference in the lives of patients.”

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Lee Worley, M.D., and Nancy Fawcett, M.D.

Lee Worley, M.D., and Nancy Fawcett, M.D.

Legendary Pediatrics Professors Retire After 50-Plus Years of Service

When Lee Worley, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist, and Nancy Fawcett, M.D., a primary care specialist, began teaching UM medical students and residents more than a half-century ago, the children’s wards at Jackson Memorial were segregated, none had air-conditioning, and computers and beepers weren’t even a thought.

On the eve of their August 1 retirement much has changed, but not the indelible impact the iconic professors of pediatrics, with their combined 105 years of experience, have had on generations of medical students, residents, colleagues and patients.

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Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., Elected President of the Medical Staff at Jackson Health System

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., has been elected President of the Medical Staff at Jackson Health System, and will represent the nearly 2,500 physicians, licensed independent practitioners, and allied health professionals as they work with Jackson Health System Chief Executive Officer Carlos Migoya and his leadership team.

Elected by the medical staff, Lenchus assumes the post from Michael Barron, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology who completed a successful four-year term. As president, Lenchus serves as Chief Administrative Officer of the Medical Staff and chair of the Medical Executive Committee and is responsible for coordinating and cooperating with Migoya in all matters of mutual concern between the Public Health Trust and the medical staff. He serves as a non-voting ex-officio member of all medical staff committees, and enforces medical staff bylaws, rules, policies and procedures.

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Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Michael Freundlich, M.D.

Study Finds Link Between Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Risk in Children

In a study led by Michael Freundlich, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics, and Wacharee Seeherunvong, M.D., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, researchers in the Divisions of Pediatric Nephrology and Pediatric Cardiology found that elevated levels of the hormone fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) are strongly associated with heart disease in children and adolescents with advanced chronic kidney disease.

Initially published online in the journal Pediatric Nephrology, the study, “Fibroblast growth factor 23 and left ventricular hypertrophy in children on dialysis,” has important implications for children with chronic kidney disease. As their life expectancy continues to improve, the early identification of cardiovascular risk factors, like FGF-23, may become promising therapeutic targets.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., explains the CFAR to the journalists as David Watkins, Ph.D., listens.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., explains the CFAR to the journalists as David Watkins, Ph.D., listens.

Miller School Gives Foreign Journalists Close-up View of War on HIV/AIDS

As the International AIDS Conference wrapped up in Washington, D.C., last week, 25 journalists from 25 countries visited the Miller School campus for an up-close view of how the U.S. is fighting the epidemic in the clinical and research arenas.

The U.S. State Department’s Foreign Press Center selected the Miller School for the July 27 site visit because it is, and from the start has been, at an epicenter of the crisis, and the efforts to end it. Florida has the nation’s second highest number of estimated AIDS diagnoses and Miami-Dade County leads the nation in the number of new AIDS cases per capita.

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UHealth Expands in Plantation

As UHealth continues to build and expand its clinical practice, UHealth experts are now available at the newly opened UHealth Plantation. Located in central Broward County in the Crossroads Office Park, UHealth Plantation is just minutes from I-595 and University Drive, providing easy access to high-quality care and services in one central location. The new facility combines clinical services previously provided in Miramar and another Plantation site.

UHealth Plantation, located at 8100 S.W. 10th St. (see map), features comprehensive care from our world class physicians at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and University of Miami Hospital.

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John L. Bixby, Ph.D.

John L. Bixby, Ph.D.

Deadline to Complete CITI Training and Interest Disclosure Process Fast Approaching

The August 24 deadline is fast approaching for all UM faculty, staff, students, and trainees who work on studies funded by the Public Health Service to complete the new conflict of interest training and disclosure process. This deadline is imposed to comply with federal law.

Regardless of whether you receive outside compensation related to your institutional responsibilities, you must complete three new online training modules on conflicts of interest, and disclose your relevant interests using the University’s new Disclosure Profile System (DPS) if you are or could be involved in the design, conduct or reporting of research, or in any externally sponsored scholarly activities. If the Public Health Service funds your work, you MUST complete BOTH before August 24.

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Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., presents the July 26 Collegetown Lecture.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., presents the July 26 Collegetown Lecture.

Sara Czaja, Ph.D., Delivers Collegetown Lecture on Aging Gracefully

With more and more Americans living longer, one out of every ten people in the U.S. could be 90 years of age or older by the year 2030. That, says Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., scientific director of the Miller School’s Center on Aging, makes it more important than ever to distinguish the myths about aging from the realities—and to identify medical interventions and lifestyle strategies that will help the elderly maintain good health and quality of life.

More than 50 community members came to the Whitten Learning Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus on July 26 to hear Czaja’s expert and up-to-the-minute perspective on aging gracefully as part of the Collegetown UM Doctors Lecture Series. Czaja, the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences who holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering, is internationally recognized for developing unique strategies and technologies to improve the quality of life for older adults.

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