e-Update: News for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty and Staff

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Three-year-old Madhi Harb actually has fun when he comes to alex's place for treatment of the soft-tissue tumor over his eye.

Three-year-old Madhi Harb actually has fun when he comes to alex's place for treatment of the soft-tissue tumor over his eye.

2012: A Year of Pain, and Promise

To fully appreciate where UHealth and the Miller School are heading after a tumultuous year of change, watch Mahdi Harb toddle into alex’s place, the pediatric hematology-oncology clinic that opened at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in May, just as hundreds of employees were losing their jobs amid rising costs and plunging revenues.

Hungry and unable to eat before his MRI this month, the three-year-old who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue tumor, above his right eye in June, heads for the play kitchen to “cook” breakfast, frying eggs, microwaving fruit and baking “putcakes” for his parents. “He walks in like he owns the place,” his mother Shereen Harb observes with a laugh. “But he is at home here. It’s so cheerful and he loves the staff and is always excited to see them.”

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From left, Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

From left, Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Miller School Experts Contribute to Lancet Studies on Global Burden of Diseases

Three of the Miller School’s – and the world’s – experts on cardiomyopathy and stroke contributed to the latest global study of the burden of diseases, injuries and risk factors, the results of which The Lancet released online December 13 and published in an unprecedented triple issue that provides a new platform for assessing and tackling the world’s biggest health challenges.

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Residents at the regional campus complete their third-year clinical clerkships and participate in several fourth-year rotations in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Residents at the regional campus complete their third-year clinical clerkships and participate in several fourth-year rotations in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

UM’s Regional Medical Campus Earns Three-Year Accreditation

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Regional Campus has earned institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the next three years, the maximum allowed. The institution is the sponsor of three graduate medical education programs on the regional campus.

In its first visit to the campus, the council’s institutional review committee commended the regional campus for its “demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME’s institutional requirements without citations.”

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Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, left, addresses guests at the gala. Right, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., third from right, stands with Laura Sylvester, left, her sister Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, and Stuart A. Miller, who were all presented with the Caroline W. Halpern Award for exemplary service.

Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, left, addresses guests at the gala. Right, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., third from right, stands with Laura Sylvester, left, her sister Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, and Stuart A. Miller, who were all presented with the Caroline W. Halpern Award for exemplary service.

Sylvester’s 20th Anniversary Gala Raises Record $1.3 Million

Nearly 600 party-goers streamed into the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts in downtown Miami for the 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration of UHealth’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday evening, December 8. The spectacular party raised a record total of more than $1.3 million for research and care at Sylvester.

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C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

New Center Holds First Scientific Meeting on Prevention of Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior

The Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior held its first scientific and advisory board meeting Nov. 7-9 at the Viceroy Hotel, Club 50, in Miami.

Under the direction of C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and public health, the NIH-funded center was established in 2011 to develop cutting-edge methods in the emerging field of interventional behavioral sciences.

Read more about and view a photo of the first meeting »

Holiday Newsletter Schedule

This is the last issue of the newsletter for 2012. The next issue of e-Update will be published on Wednesday, January 2. Please take this into consideration when submitting items for possible inclusion.

The Medical Communications and Marketing team wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Pasha’s Restaurant to Close for Renovation Dec. 20

Pasha’s restaurant and the surrounding amenities in the Clinical Research Building will be closed starting Thursday, December 20, while Facilities Design and Construction renovates the space. The closure will not affect access to the Medical Wellness Center. The project manager estimates the renovated café will reopen and be ready for service on January 7.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicholas Blanco at 305-243-8378.