The media relations team works to support the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth - the University of Miami Health System, fielding interview requests and promoting our groundbreaking research and clinical care. If you would like to speak with a member of the Miller School faculty, including physicians and researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, please contact us. We are here to help you connect with experts in a wide variety of medical specialties.
All media on the medical school campus must be escorted by a member of the media relations team. Before your arrival, please contact someone from the media relations team to schedule an interview, escort you, and, if needed, obtain appropriate patient consent.
Asst. Vice President of Medical Communications
Lisa leads and coordinates all media relations, external communications, and video production for the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, managing related social media and various other communication channels. Among her areas of concentration are neurology, neurological surgery, and stem cell therapy. After working 18 years in broadcast journalism, Lisa joined the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2007. A Fort Lauderdale native, Lisa is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Communication Studies. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement.
Director of Media Relations
Jennifer develops external communication plans and manages media opportunities for UHealth, focusing on ear, nose and throat, sports medicine, orthopedics, diabetes and pediatrics. She has more than 15 years of experience in communications, including public relations and crisis communication. She is accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. Jenn was president of the PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale chapter in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her Master of Mass Communications.
Manager of Communications
In her role as a manager of communications, Kai is responsible for gaining local and national media coverage for groundbreaking health stories and medical research in ophthalmology from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, cardiology, public health, and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS. A former Sun Sentinel reporter, her media experience spans 18 years and encompasses media relations, print journalism, features writing, and online media production. Prior to joining UM, Kai spent several years covering international disasters and global health initiatives, and worked as a media relations specialist at Miami Dade College. She earned her B.S. in communications and is a candidate for her M.A. in International Studies at Morgan State University.
Director of Media Relations, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Patrick is responsible for traditional and social media, as the main media contact for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, he develops multi-platform content focused on cancer care and oncology research for all of Sylvester’s communications channels. Patrick has more than 12 years of international experience in communications and media relations. Before joining Sylvester, he was a manager of communications at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and worked for global PR agencies in Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S., with a focus on health care and pharmaceuticals. Patrick is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Public Relations Society of America. A native of Germany, he earned an M.A. degree in political science from the University of Munich.
Director of Communications, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
As the director of communications for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Scott serves as the primary liaison for physicians and scientists at the world’s largest spinal cord injury research center. He majored in public relations and political science at the University of Miami and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Before joining The Miami Project, he spent time with public relations firms Burson-Marsteller and Pearson-McGuire Associates in Miami. Scott handles the day-to-day public relations duties for The Miami Project and the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the national fundraising arm of The Miami Project.