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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., pictured with patient Zulma Alvarez, is principal investigator on the primary care grant.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., pictured with patient Zulma Alvarez, is principal investigator on the primary care grant.

Miller School Divisions Win Grant to Develop Primary Care Faculty

Three Miller School primary care divisions have launched a bold and historic collaborative effort aimed at significantly advancing UHealth’s scope of primary care in research, education and direct clinical care, and helping to relieve the shortage of physicians who work and conduct research in this field.

With a $1-million, five-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, the Division of General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health have joined forces to establish the University of Miami Primary Care Faculty Development Program. The first research-focused primary care fellowship in Florida, the program is expected to provide two years of training to nine fellows who will conduct primary care research and also work clinically in medically underserved communities.

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From left are Jeffrey Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., LTC George D. Garcia, M.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., and Kenneth G. Proctor, Ph.D.

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From left are Jeffrey Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., LTC George D. Garcia, M.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., and Kenneth G. Proctor, Ph.D.

Army Trauma Training Center Marks a Decade by Thanking Miller School Life-Savers

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Army Trauma Training Center (ATTC) at the Ryder Trauma Center, the U.S. Army last week recognized the contributions of Kenneth G. Proctor, Ph.D., professor of surgery, anesthesiology and biomedical engineering, and Jeffrey Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center, to improving medical outcomes for soldiers and others wounded in war zones.

LTC George D. Garcia, M.D., assistant professor of surgery and director of the ATTC, presented Proctor and Augenstein with the Commander’s Public Service Award for providing important trauma research to the U.S. Department of Defense and for helping to establish the curriculum for the Forward Surgical Teams that train at Ryder before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Proctor was recognized in particular for developing a “premiere mass casualty training exercise” that has greatly enhanced the life-saving capabilities of the surgical teams, and Augenstein for being “instrumental” to the overall success of the ATTC.

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Michael Gittelman, left, was named CEO of the Year, and Jennifer Cohen, executive director of Benefits Administration, accepted the Employer of the Year award on behalf of the University.

Michael Gittelman, left, was named CEO of the Year, and Jennifer Cohen, executive director of Benefits Administration, accepted the Employer of the Year award on behalf of the University.

UM and Michael Gittelman Honored at Excellence in Health Care Awards

Michael Gittelman, hospital administrator of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, was named CEO of the Year at the South Florida Business Journal’s annual Excellence in Health Care Awards, presented October 6 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, the University of Miami was named Employer of the Year. The awards honor South Florida health care businesses that positively impact patient care, medical research, innovation, outreach, and service to the poor and uninsured.

“The dedicated faculty and staff of Bascom Palmer share in this award as well,” said Gittelman. “Together, they make up an exceptional team of which I am proud to be part. On behalf of all of us at Bascom Palmer, I extend congratulations to the University of Miami, and to all of this year’s honorees.”

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From left, Bruno V. Gallo, M.D., Ricardo Komotar, M.D., awake craniotomy patient Ray Beccaria, and Thomas Fuhrman, M.D.

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From left, Bruno V. Gallo, M.D., Ricardo Komotar, M.D., awake craniotomy patient Ray Beccaria, and Thomas Fuhrman, M.D.

Doctors and Patient Describe Rare Awake Craniotomy Surgery at UMH

In early September, Ray Beccaria began struggling to put into words what he wanted to say. A week later, he had trouble reading and thought he might be having a stroke. His wife thought he was just stressed.

The 64-year-old health information management specialist admits he was “scared every day” that his perplexing symptoms would worsen. A CT scan and MRI at University of Miami Hospital confirmed his fears: a glioblastoma was growing in the left temporal lobe of the brain, which controls speech.

But fortunately for Beccaria, who aspires to a second career as a professor, Ricardo Komotar, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery and director of surgical neuro-oncology at UMH, resected the tumor while Beccaria was wide awake and able to provide the single most important clue Komotar needed to avoid impairing the patient’s speech: words.

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After her second jelly fish sting, swimmer Diana Nyad discusses her options with Michael Letter, PA, left, and Clifton Page, M.D. She chose to resume her quest, but eventually had to abort it.

After her second jelly fish sting, swimmer Diana Nyad discusses her options with Michael Letter, PA, left, and Clifton Page, M.D. She chose to resume her quest, but eventually had to abort it.

Sports Medicine Team Witnesses Diana Nyad’s Determination

In the four years he’s been practicing sports medicine, Clifton Page, M.D., has treated all manner of injuries, from garden-variety bruises to dislocated shoulders, concussions and collapsed lungs. As one of the UHealth Sports Medicine physicians who care for UM team athletes, he’s usually ready for any emergency and to assuage the emotional toll significant injury can bring.

Still, when representatives for legendary endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, now 62, asked that a Miami physician join her team as she tried again to swim from Cuba to Florida, Page knew he was in for something special when UHealth Sports Medicine Chief Lee Kaplan, M.D., recommended him.

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Sergio Guerreiro, AuD., fits Nathan Curry with special earplugs to protect the music student’s hearing.

Sergio Guerreiro, AuD., fits Nathan Curry with special earplugs to protect the music student’s hearing.

UM’s Ear Institute and Frost School of Music Partner to Preserve the Hearing of Musicians

Recent studies indicate that student musicians aged 18-22 are at an increased risk for noise-induced hearing loss related to exposure to loud music. Armed with this knowledge, the University of Miami Ear Institute and the Frost School of Music are partnering to provide custom musician earplugs at a reduced cost to all University of Miami music students.

Spearheaded by transfer music student Nathan Curry, the earplugs reduce the intensity of sound, while preserving the quality of the music. “I think about life without having the ability to hear the music,” Curry, a Music Media and Industry major, said before having impressions made for his new earplugs.

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Medical Wellness Center Dedication

Please join us for a special service as we celebrate the life of Richard A. Iacino and dedicate the Medical Wellness Center in his memory on Wednesday, October 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Medical Wellness Center, Clinical Research Building, ninth floor. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Iacino, who died unexpectedly on July 17, 2011 in Miami, was a valued and loyal member of the Miller School of Medicine for 37 years. The chief of staff to Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and his two predecessors, Iacino was, at the time of his death, also adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and assistant vice president for health program development. His impact on the medical school is immeasurable. He was instrumental in the development of the Mailman Center for Child Development, the Comprehensive AIDS Program and the Center on Adult Development and Aging. He also almost single-handedly built the medical campus’s Wellness Center.

To attend, please RSVP to 305-243-9697 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Join Us at the 2011 Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk This Saturday

The perfect opportunity to help prevent heart disease by exercising is right around the corner. The American Heart Association’s annual Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, October 29, at Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami. Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

The half-day event includes a 5K walk and run, and a fun festival area for the entire family with breakfast and lunch provided. Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., will serve as the ambassador for the American Heart Association, and staff from UHealth and the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education will provide demonstrations on the newest basic life support guidelines.

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Calder Memorial Library Hosts National Library of Medicine’s Traveling Exhibit

The Louis Calder Memorial Library will host the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, Changing the Face of Medicine, through November 6.

The exhibit highlights the contributions of female physicians to the practice of medicine from Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., the first female doctor in the United States, to Antonia Novella, M.D., the nation’s first female surgeon general. Calder Library invites you to come learn more about the lives and accomplishments of the many female physicians featured in this outstanding exhibit, including a special section on the contributions of University of Miami female physicians and researchers.

Please contact Kimberly Loper at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further details.

William T. Branch, Jr., M.D.

William T. Branch, Jr., M.D.

Society for Professors of Medicine Brings Internationally Recognized Leader to the Miller School

William T. Branch, Jr., M.D., director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Carter Smith, Sr. Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, will be the distinguished guest speaker at the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on Wednesday, October 12, as part of the Society for Professors of Medicine, a program hosted by the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Branch will present “Promoting Professional and Humanistic Development in Young Faculty” at noon in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, third-floor auditorium.

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Buy Raffle Tickets Now for a Chance to Win a Mac Book Pro, iPad2, or iTouch

The Office of Student Account Services will raffle a Mac Book Pro, iPad2 and an iPod Touch to benefit the University of Miami United Way Campaign.

Tickets will be sold at the Taste of UM event on Wednesday, October 19, at the U Wellness Center and Programs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on the Coral Gables campus in the Office of Student Account Services, Ashe Building, room 158, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be sold until Thursday, December 1, at 5 p.m., and the drawing will be held on Friday, December 2, at noon in the Office of Student Account Services. Entrants do not need to be present at the time of drawing to win. Winners will be notified via email. Office of Student Account Services employees are not eligible to participate in this raffle.

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