Universal health care programs in the U.S. and Mexico are under challenge by critics.

A Dark Day for Universal Health Coverage

In a commentary published in The Lancet, UM President Julio Frenk and Felicia Marie Knaul, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, point out that universal health care programs are under siege in the U.S., which they describe as a “mature democracy,” and in Mexico, “a fairly young democracy without the institutional checks and balances that prevent arbitrary decisions.”

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Front row, center: Liver transplant recipient Victoria Rojas with her parents, Mary Ann and Jenaro Rojas. Second row, from left: Transplant physicians Jennifer Garcia, M.D.; Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., Dana Goldner, M.D., and Akin Tekin, M.D. Video & Photo Gallery

Miami Transplant Institute at UM/Jackson Memorial Ranked Nation’s Second-Largest Transplant Center

The Miami Transplant Institute (MTI), an affiliation between UHealth – the University of Miami Health System and Jackson Health System, was recently ranked the second-largest transplant center in the U.S. by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) — the highest ranking the center has achieved since its founding in 1970.

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Miller School representatives Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D. (third row, far left), and Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D. (second row, far right), joined representatives from NIDDK and the other five Clinical Research Units at the first Diabetic Foot Consortium meeting.

Wound Healing Clinical & Translational Research Team Receives Grant to Join Diabetic Foot Consortium

To help improve outcomes for patients with diabetic foot ulcers, the clinical and translational research team at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery received a four-year, $1.7 million grant to become one of six Clinical Research Units (CRU) across the U.S. This team approach to research is part of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

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Richard Carlisle of CAN Community Health, left, with David Forrest, Ph.D., program director, IDEA Exchange, and Hansel E. Tookes, M.D., MPH. Video & Photo Gallery

CAN Community Health Partners with the IDEA Exchange

Making phone calls to secure a shelter bed, handing cold water to someone living on the street, taking an oral swab to test for HIV, escorting a newly diagnosed patient to Jackson Memorial Hospital – these are all part of a typical day for staff members at the University of Miami’s two-year-old IDEA Exchange, Florida’s first and only legislatively authorized syringe exchange.

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Dorinda Carolina.

Dorinda Carolina to Join UHealth as Chief Human Resources Officer

Dorinda Carolina, a human resources executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience at leading medical institutions, will join the University of Miami Health System as associate vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer for UHealth on February 1. As chief human resources officer for the UHealth system, Carolina will lead overall talent and workforce strategies, projects and initiatives.

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