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President Donna E. Shalala, center, receives the oversized check representing the $2.2 million gift from Stephen Ross, to her right in black jacket, surrounded by dozens of other Sylvester supporters, including Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., second from right.

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President Donna E. Shalala, center, receives the oversized check representing the $2.2 million gift from Stephen Ross, to her right in black jacket, surrounded by dozens of other Sylvester supporters, including Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., second from right.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge Raises $2.2 Million for Cancer Research at Sylvester

As scores of participants in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge formed the shape of a bicycle on the field of Sun Life Stadium, the Miami Dolphins presented a check for $2.2 million from the event to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The gift, the largest single-event donation made by any NFL team and one of the largest in Sylvester’s history, was raised by 2,000 cyclists – some of them virtual – who participated in the third annual tri-county ride on November 3-4. All proceeds will support cancer research at Sylvester.

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David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN, and Kymberlee Manni

David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN, and Kymberlee Manni

UMH Wins Second Press Ganey “Top Improver Award” for Outpatient Services

For the second year in a row, University of Miami Hospital has earned Press Ganey’s top award for continued improvement in customer satisfaction across the entire spectrum of outpatient services.

Announced at the patient-perception tracking firm’s National Client Conference in Washington, D.C., this month, the award recognizes UMH’s continuous incremental improvement in how patients rate their experience in the hospital’s numerous diagnostic, laboratory and imaging departments, and how likely they are to recommend the services to others.

UMH CEO Dan Snyder, FACHE, credited UMH’s chief operating and chief nursing officer, David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN, for the improvements, noting that “it’s pure leadership that causes scores to go up.”

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Jacob McCauley, Ph.D.

Jacob McCauley, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Expand Study of MS in Hispanics

Jacob McCauley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Director of the Biorepository at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been awarded $641,140 from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to expand studies of multiple sclerosis in the Hispanic population. For their grant, “Exploring Multiple Sclerosis Genetics in Hispanics,” McCauley and his research team plan to conduct the largest study of Hispanic MS patients, examining more than 1,000 DNA samples.

“We are very excited about this project and the opportunity to begin exploring the genetic aspects of MS within the Hispanic population,” McCauley said, noting the work will complement the larger MS genetic projects that he and Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the Hussman Institute, are taking part in with the International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium. McCauley is also Co-Director of the BioResource component of the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which addresses health problems prevalent in ethnic/racial-minority and medically underserved communities.

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Andrea Temperino holds Austyn while husband Anthony holds Alexander and Ashton.

Andrea Temperino holds Austyn while husband Anthony holds Alexander and Ashton.

Parents of Triplets Thank Physician “Dream Team”

Wiping away tears in a room filled with reporters and photographers just days before Thanksgiving, a Broward County couple proclaimed their heartfelt gratitude for the “dream team” of Miller School doctors who saved the lives of their newborn triplets, as well as their mother, at the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Andrea and Anthony Temperino’s three sons were born after not one, but two health scares that could have claimed the lives of Andrea and her unborn children.

The Coral Springs couple, who already have a 20-month-old son, Ayden, appeared at a news conference Monday to thank the team of doctors and nurses who over the summer finally diagnosed Andrea as having a rare autoimmune disorder and, just this month, as suffering from a placental abruption. “When all is said and done, I want everyone to know,” said Anthony Temperino, “you saved her life twice.”

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Melissa D. Stone, right, chats with another AAMC conference attendee about her poster on the ethics education program.

Melissa D. Stone, right, chats with another AAMC conference attendee about her poster on the ethics education program.

Miller School Students and Faculty Present at AAMC Annual Meeting

A handful of students, including one who was invited to showcase a free and easy student-initiated Miller School program that provides hands-on ethical training to medical students, were among the presenters at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco this month.

Second-year student Melissa D. Stone was among the five students selected nationwide to make an oral presentation at the AAMC’s Student Programming Showcase. A member of the Miller School’s Council for Honorable and Professional Conduct, she introduced about 100 students and faculty from around the country to the program the council instituted 18 months ago to enable medical students to participate in hospital ethics committee meetings and help decide real-time ethical dilemmas.

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