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John B. Sory

John B. Sory

UHealth Names New Chief for Regional Alliance

John B. Sory, who brings two decades of experience building and operating clinical research, health information technology and health services businesses in the U.S. and Europe, has been named Chief Executive of the new UHealth Regional Alliance. Among his main responsibilities are forging new relationships with hospitals and physicians outside the UHealth-University of Miami Health System network and managing UM’s contracting relationships with health plans.

“The addition of a talented member of our leadership team who is focused on growth and expanding UHealth’s reach across the region is critical at this time,” said Jack Lord, M.D., Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Medical Administration of UHealth and the Miller School of Medicine. “We have spent time getting our financial footing in order, and with that foundation in place, it is time to grow and project all the great attributes of our faculty, staff, facilities and services across the region.”

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In Memoriam

Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D.

Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D.

Miller School Mourns Passing of Renowned Geneticist Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D.

Louis J. “Skip” Elsas Jr., M.D., a renowned geneticist and the first director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Center for Medical Genetics at the Miller School of Medicine, passed away peacefully in Atlanta early Sunday morning, surrounded by his family. He was 75.

Elsas came to the University of Miami in 2002 to lead its burgeoning work in medical genetics. A prominent force in the field, he had built a world-class genetics program at Emory University over three decades that was recognized nationwide.

He knew then that genetics was the future of medicine. Since 1968, he had demonstrated that the field of medical genetics could not only diagnose a genetic risk for disease pre-symptomatically, but also prevent the disease through appropriate intervention.

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Accepting the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., left, sits next to Nieves Olemberg. Standing, from left, are President Donna E. Shalala, Norman Braman, Isaac Olemberg, Walter G. Bradley, M.D., professor and chair emeritus of neurology, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Accepting the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., left, sits next to Nieves Olemberg. Standing, from left, are President Donna E. Shalala, Norman Braman, Isaac Olemberg, Walter G. Bradley, M.D., professor and chair emeritus of neurology, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Olemberg Chair Presented to Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Joined by family, colleagues and supporters, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., Miller Professor and Chair of Neurology, was presented the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders at a ceremony on Thursday, September 13.

The event, held in the Miller School’s Clinical Research Building, served to officially present the chair to Sacco, who is also the Executive Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the Miller School, and recognize Isaac and Nieves Olemberg for their steadfast support of the Miller School Department of Neurology.

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From left, Vivi Bustillo, RN, MSN, Kenneth S. Saladin, Ph.D., Elizabeth Fontao, MS, PA-C, and Jonathan Trent, M.D., Ph.D.

From left, Vivi Bustillo, RN, MSN, Kenneth S. Saladin, Ph.D., Elizabeth Fontao, MS, PA-C, and Jonathan Trent, M.D., Ph.D.

Grateful Patient Presents Sylvester Sarcoma Expert with Outstanding Care Award

Jonathan Trent, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, has been recognized with an Outstanding Care Award by the Sarcoma Alliance and the grateful patient who nominated him.

“This is an amazing and unexpected award,” said Trent, who directs the Sarcoma Medical Research Program and co-directs the Musculoskeletal Center at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “I am truly honored by this recognition. Receipt of this award underscores the national expertise that is available at the Multidisciplinary Bone and Soft-tissue Cancer program at Sylvester.”

Trent was nominated by Kenneth S. Saladin, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of human anatomy at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, who was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor in 2010.

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From left, Hansel Tookes, Chanelle Diaz, FMA President Vincent DeGennaro, M.D., and Marek Hirsch

From left, Hansel Tookes, Chanelle Diaz, FMA President Vincent DeGennaro, M.D., and Marek Hirsch

Medical Students Rally to Enact Clean Syringe Programs in Florida

In an unprecedented move that could significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases, the Florida Medical Association voted at its annual meeting in July to seek legislation that will legalize syringe exchange programs for injection drug users. The resolution, submitted by the FMA’s Medical Student Section, was written by Miller School students Marek Hirsch and Hansel Tookes.

If passed, the legislation will amend Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes, which currently prohibits the transfer of a clean needle to a person known to inject illegal drugs. In Miami, one in five injection drug users are HIV positive and an estimated one in three users have Hepatitis C. The programs, many believe, would significantly decrease transmission of infectious diseases among the city’s more than 10,000 injection drug users.

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Thea Pizzeria and Cafe, one of several businesses open at the UM Life Science & Technology Park, features a 30-square-foot, 210,000-piece glass mosaic mural of pastel-hued peonies, roses, and daffodils in its cozy dining room.

Thea Pizzeria and Cafe, one of several businesses open at the UM Life Science & Technology Park, features a 30-square-foot, 210,000-piece glass mosaic mural of pastel-hued peonies, roses, and daffodils in its cozy dining room.

New Restaurants and Shops Open at UM Life Science & Technology Park

Several new restaurants and retailers are now open at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, located on the eastern edge of the Health District, along Northwest 7th Avenue. Parking is free for patrons (with validation) and valet parking is available. The Health District trolley also stops right outside the shops and restaurants.

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