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Celebrating the grand opening of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center are, from left, Keith Candiotti, M.D., Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., PT, David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., and Ashwin Mehta, M.D., M.P.H.

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Celebrating the grand opening of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center are, from left, Keith Candiotti, M.D., Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., PT, David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., and Ashwin Mehta, M.D., M.P.H.

New UM Pain Center Offers Unique Team Approach

When David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, joined the Miller School more than a decade ago, he was intent on establishing a departmental pain clinic and, over the years, oversaw at least eight different plans.

None, however, came to fruition — which in retrospect is a good thing because none could come close to matching the scope, breadth or patient-centric vision behind the Multidisciplinary Pain Center, which officially opened in the Medical Wellness Center last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. For Lubarsky, who understands pain from both a personal and professional perspective, the center, a key element of the UHealth Institute for Advanced Pain Management, was worth the long wait.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2011 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2011 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

The 2nd Dolphins Cycling Challenge Doubles Ridership To Raise Money for Sylvester

More than 860 cyclists, including over 160 children and 21 cancer survivors, rode various events across three counties to take part in the 2nd Annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) on November 5th and 6th to raise money for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The two-day event featured a kids’ ride and six different routes from 30 to 170 miles that went through 37 cities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Even before the sun rose over Sun Life Stadium, hundreds of cyclists – young, old, experienced and novice – gathered to ride Saturday morning, in support of Sylvester. Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, thanked the Miami Dolphins for their support and the riders for their dedication to “making cancer a thing of the past.” Stuart Miller, UM Trustee, who rode all 170 miles with Dean Goldschmidt, also thanked the crowd and echoed the DCC catchphrase, that they were “tackling cancer one mile at a time.” Miller’s Team Lennar has raised more than $200,000 to date.

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UM President Donna E. Shalala

UM President Donna E. Shalala

President Shalala Delivers the Gross Lecture Thursday

UM President Donna E. Shalala will deliver the 11th Biennial Ralph H. and Ruth F. Gross Lecture at the Louis Calder Memorial Library at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, and she’ll discuss a subject close to her heart: “The Future of Health Care.’’

The President, who was the nation’s longest serving secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is the first sitting UM president to deliver the lecture, which commemorates something else she holds dear: the pursuit of knowledge.

Established in 1990, the lecture series celebrates Ralph Gross’ appreciation of the value of information. A Broward County poultry farmer, he lost almost all of his first hatchlings to disease. Intrigued not so much by why so many animals died but why a few survived, he was determined to find the answer, and spent hours in the Calder Library researching nutrition and health. The feed supplements he later invented saved his business, earning him a patent and a fortune.

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Kathy Hebert, M.D., M.M.M., M.P.H.

Kathy Hebert, M.D., M.M.M., M.P.H.

Dr. Hebert Takes Heart Failure Disease Management Overseas

Despite significant advances in therapy and health education, cardiovascular diseases remain the No. 1 cause of death globally. There are, however, physicians and scientists who are chipping away at the root causes to prevent cardiovascular diseases and help those who have been afflicted live healthier lives, regardless of where they live.

Miller School cardiologist Kathy Hebert, M.D., M.M.M., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division and director of disease management and health services research, is behind one such program. Motivated by the success of her heart failure disease management program in Louisiana and at Jackson Memorial Hospital, she and a team of researchers transferred aspects of the program to the former Soviet republic of Georgia and succeeded in reducing heart failure hospital admissions and emergency room visits, and increasing adherence to evidence-based drug therapies and lifestyle changes to manage the disease.

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The UgotaBug website debuts during

The UgotaBug website debuts during "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week," November 14-20.

Antimicrobial Experts Launch New Website and Get Ready to Host First Statewide Symposium

Coinciding with the first day of “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” which runs through November 20, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs for the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospitals launched a new website Monday to help control and prevent the emerging global problem of antibiotic resistance locally. The website, named UgotaBug, provides readily accessible and useful information about antibiograms, renal dosing of antimicrobials, national and local guidelines, and much more. Users may browse the site from any computer on campus as well as from their smart phones and off-campus computers.

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Early Deadline for Submissions

Please note that the submission deadline for the December 2 issue of MED is Tuesday, November 25, at noon. Any requests received after the deadline will be processed the following week. Happy Thanksgiving!

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