Ira Karmin Appointed Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ira Karmin, M.D., who as interim chair for the past two years has guided the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology through a period of great transition, has been appointed to the permanent position of chair.

“Ira stands out in all of his roles — as a skilled surgeon and dedicated clinician, a tireless advocate for women’s and children’s health and a role model to residents and students — and we are delighted to have his leadership at the helm of a department that has been providing excellent women’s healthcare across the state and around the world for more than half a century,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of the University of Miami Health System.

Karmin will continue to serve as Chief of Gynecology at University of Miami Hospital and Associate Residency Director for the OB/GYN program at Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the largest training programs in the country and one of the few to offer comprehensive robotics training as part of the curriculum.

“We have renewed and strengthened our commitment to Jackson in obstetrics and are ready to meet the challenges and hard work ahead of us,” Karmin said. “In the near future, the department will have an expanded footprint, but our mission will remain the same: to continue providing excellent clinical care and education and conducting groundbreaking research.”

One of his major departmental goals is to restore the prominence of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, which focuses on state-of-the-art therapeutic interventions for all female cancers. Karmin is in the process of recruiting several faculty members who specialize in robotic surgery for gynecologic oncology.

He also plans to expand the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, adding a new director who is committed to elevating its national recognition for outstanding care and NIH funding, and continuing the Miller School’s strong collaboration with Jackson.

Other priorities include expanding minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, known as SILS – single incision laparoscopic surgery – and supporting the department’s pioneering research in gynecologic oncology, HIV/AIDS, and preterm births.

An expert in minimally invasive surgery and alternatives to hysterectomy, Karmin joined UM in 2006 as chief of OB/GYN at the regional campus in Palm Beach. He moved to the Miami campus as gynecology service chief at University of Miami Hospital in 2010 and was named interim chair in February 2011.

In August of the following year, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education conducted a site visit and fully accredited the residency program through January 2017.

Before joining the Miller School, Karmin was director of the Division of Gynecology at Weiler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He also directed the Physician’s Assistant Residency and Staff Program, and previously served on the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and as the residency program director at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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