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Jonathan “Jack” Lord, M.D.

Jonathan “Jack” Lord, M.D.

Nationally Recognized Leader Named Chief Innovation Officer at the Miller School

A nationally recognized leader in innovations in health care, Jonathan “Jack” Lord, M.D., will join the University of Miami in September as chief innovation officer and professor of pathology at the Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Lord is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of Dexcom, a leader in new technologies and improvements in the field of diabetes and glucose control. Previously Dr. Lord served as chief innovation officer for Humana, creating Humana’s Innovation Center, which combined research, product design and consumer experience engineering and is unique in the health benefits industry.

During his time at Humana, he also significantly advanced predictive sciences by using advanced analytics to predict who will become ill in the future and how illness can be prevented. Dr. Lord also oversaw the creation of the UM/Humana Health Resources Center on the Miller School campus in 2006.

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Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Dean Goldschmidt Reflects on the UCare Journey

At the 13th UCare Leadership Development Institute (LDI), Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., reflected on highlights of his five-year tenure, paying special attention to the 2008 launch of the UCare initiative and the accompanying quarterly leadership seminars.

“What an extraordinary journey it has been,” said Goldschmidt, who is also Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of UHealth. “We have been focused on an environment where we can accomplish our academic medical mission.”

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From left, Bertha Jimenez, program director, Magaly Rodriguez, M.D., Lee Goldstein, M.D., and Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., medical director, stand before one of the wound center’s hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

From left, Bertha Jimenez, program director, Magaly Rodriguez, M.D., Lee Goldstein, M.D., and Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., medical director, stand before one of the wound center’s hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

UHealth Welcomes State-of-the-Art Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center

Miller School and UHealth leaders, faculty and staff celebrated another expansion last week, but as University of Miami Hospital CEO Anthony Degina noted at the open house for the UMH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, the service stands apart from other recent expansions.

“What makes this unique is this really represents a true integration of a lot of different facets of our organization, with both the UM faculty and private physicians working together in a service,” Degina said at the August 24 gathering. “It is really important for the hospital to have that kind of integration.’’

Operated in partnership with National Healing Corporation, the wound center located on the first floor of UMH’s south tower brings under one roof four patient examination rooms, four hyperbaric oxygen chambers and a unique team of UM and community physicians, including dermatologists, general, vascular and plastic surgeons, podiatrists, psychiatrists, infectious disease specialists, as well as nurses and therapists who specialize in healing chronic wounds of different etiologies.

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From left, Eugene Hershorin, M.D.; Matthew Forman of the Himan Brown Charitable Trust; Judith Schaechter, M.D.; the Trust’s Richard L. Kay; Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.; and Lisa Gwynn, D.O.

From left, Eugene Hershorin, M.D.; Matthew Forman of the Himan Brown Charitable Trust; Judith Schaechter, M.D.; the Trust’s Richard L. Kay; Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.; and Lisa Gwynn, D.O.

Pediatric Mobile Clinic Receives Gift from Himan Brown Trust

During his life, Himan Brown’s love and talent for the spoken word made him a cultural zeitgeist, a hitmaker in the world of radio drama whose creations included “Inner Sanctum Mysteries,” “Grand Central Station,” and “Dick Tracy.”

Though Brown died in June 2010 at age 99, he’s still leaving his indelible mark through the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, which last week made a $650,000 gift to UHealth Pediatrics to support the operation of the Pediatric Mobile Clinic. As a result, hundreds of mostly uninsured children who live in many of Miami-Dade County’s most at-risk communities will continue to receive quality health care from a UHealth medical team.

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D.

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D.

FDA Approves New Lymphoma Drug Based on Miller School Research

Offering hope to lymphoma patients who have exhausted their treatment options, the Food and Drug Administration just approved a new drug which was based on an antibody developed at the Miller School of Medicine and has proven effective in recent clinical trials against Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in patients for whom standard therapies failed.

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Changes in Disposing of Surplus IT Equipment

As of August 29, a new procedure to dispose of surplus IT equipment is in effect. Medical Information Technology will coordinate the removal of hard drives from surplus computers and the Surplus Property Office will coordinate the removal of the surplus equipment.

For more information, visit the surplus property and storage website.

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