When internist Stephen Bekanich, M.D., was in medical school, he wasn't interested in palliative care. But when his grandmother endured a troubling death from metastatic breast cancer nearly a decade later, he redirected his career to the burgeoning field dedicated to relieving physical symptoms and emotional distress of seriously ill patients.
For the second year in a row, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has ranked as the No. 2 medical school in the country for Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Business magazine in its 2010 report on the Top 10 Medical Schools for Hispanics. Only the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine ranked higher.
Landmark Study Will Help Slow Kidney Disease 09.01.2010
A sweeping national study with "enormous" public health implications has shown that controlling blood pressure more intensively can slow the debilitating progression of kidney disease in many African-American patients.
The Miller School's Jianqin Wei, M.D., has been named the 2010 "Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year" by the Florida Heart Research Institute. Dr. Wei, a trained interventional cardiologist, unrelenting researcher and newly appointed assistant research professor of medicine, was honored on August 21 at the annual meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology held in Kissimmee.
Jean L. Wright, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology and member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been recognized as an Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO). The award, given to 40 educators across the nation, is presented in partnership with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
Major Advance in Hepatitis C Therapy 08.26.2010
In what’s being called the start of a new era in treating hepatitis C, a team that includes a leading Miller School physician has discovered a drug that appears to dramatically increase the success of standard therapy. For decades, patients with hepatitis C have faced an unpleasant reality: the standard therapy is effective in only 40 percent of cases and the side effects of the lengthy regimen can be debilitating.
In a visit to the Ryder Trauma Center on Friday, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson vowed to continue his efforts to secure funds for the critical care and rehabilitation hospital the Global Institute and Project Medishare established in Port-au-Prince after Haiti's devastating earthquake.
Charles W. Luetje, Ph.D., has been named Chairman of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the Miller School. Dr. Luetje, who has served as interim chair since 2008, joined the Miller School faculty in 1991. He was vice chair of the department from 2004 to 2008.
Dr. Barth Green Receives Humanitarian Award 08.19.2010
Barth A. Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery, received the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organization's prestigious Lawton's Heart Humanitarian Award last night for his lifetime devotion to humanitarian during an award ceremony at the organization's annual conference in Fort Lauderdale. Founded 20 years ago, FANO represents Florida's non-profits.
UM Researchers Co-Author First Set of Studies for the NIH’s National Study of Hispanic Health 08.18.2010
Less than four years after the NIH launched the largest long-term health study of Hispanic/Latino populations, researchers at the four sites, including the University of Miami, have published their first papers. The research appears in the August issue of Annals of Epidemiology.