UHealth “Breakthrough Medicine” Documentary Series Nominated for Emmy Awards

Two recent “Breakthrough Medicine” episodes, produced by the University of Miami Health System, have received nominations for the 36th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards. In the category of Human Interest Program, the episode “A Matter of the Mind: Extracting a Deadly Brain Tumor,” featuring Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, was nominated. The story focuses on a patient as he undergoes an awake craniotomy and then receives a brain cancer vaccine developed with his own tumor tissue.

The other program nominated is “Hearing is Believing: Treating a Child’s Deafness,” which follows a family as they cope with their child’s deafness. Thomas Balkany, M.D., Hotchkiss Professor of Otolaryngology and Director of the UM Ear Institute, performs a cochlear implant procedure in the program that highlights the comprehensive services at the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center.

The University of Miami Health System won a Suncoast Emmy Award in 2010 for its “Breakthrough Medicine” episode “Stem Cell Therapy: Healing Force of the Future.” This year’s winners will be announced at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale on December 1.

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