Dean Edward Abraham welcomes the Miller School Class of 2021.

New Miller School Students Join an Extraordinary Environment

Miller School Dean Edward Abraham, M.D., greeted an auditorium full of people who are even newer to the University of Miami than he is — the members of the M.D. Class of 2021, who gathered last week for orientation. “You’re an absolutely spectacular class,” the Dean said. “This is a wonderful fit for you and a wonderful environment.”

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From left, occupational therapist Angel Alvarez, Ralph Pagano, Louis Pizano, M.D., M.B.A., and Carl Schulman, M.D., M.S.P.H., Ph.D.

Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano Thanks UHealth and Jackson after Treatment for Life-Threatening Burns

South Florida celebrity chef Ralph Pagano, who suffered life-threatening burns in a kitchen explosion, expressed gratitude to his UHealth/Jackson caregivers when he was released following a hospital stay of nearly a month and a half. The explosion occurred when Pagano, owner of the Naked Lunch, Naked Taco and Naked Crab restaurants and host of the culinary show “All Mixed Up,” was opening a new restaurant in Bimini.

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Image showing the relationship between astrocytes (violet) and pyramidal neurons (green) in the hippocampal CA1 region and dentate gyrus.

Miami Project Researchers Awarded Five-Year, $2.2 Million Grant for TBI Study

A team of researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study an attribute in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Daniel J. Liebl, Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery, is leading the investigation.

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Dr. Noriyuki Kasahara in his lab.

Innovative Way to Deliver Chemotherapy into Glioma Cells Shows Promise

It’s a story of targeted chemotherapy, immune system changes, and the possibility of prolonged survival for people with gliomas. Noriyuki Kasahara, M.D., Ph.D., a gene therapy expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of cell biology and pathology at the Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues developed a unique technology to deliver chemotherapy exclusively to tumors.

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Alina Sanchez, past president of the MPA, and two of the current co-presidents, Vicky Egusquiza, M.D. ’87, and Ani Martinez. Video & Photo Gallery

Medical Parents Association Welcomes the Class of 2021

The Medical Parents Association (MPA) held an orientation dinner August 9 to welcome the Class of 2021 – and their proud parents – to their first year at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. “I can tell you from first-hand experience that your daughter or son stands on the threshold of an incredible adventure,” said Vicky Egusquiza, M.D. ’87, whose three sons have attended the Miller School.

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