Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D.

Research Describes Novel Tumor-Promoting Adaptation in Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma


A collaborative Miller School study led by Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, describes a novel therapeutic target in RAS-driven lung cancer, a common but untreatable carcinoma. The study, published in Oncogene describes a critical role for MTH1, a protein which sanitizes oxidized DNA precursors, in facilitating tumor formation by activated KRAS.

Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D.

Dr. Mohammad Jahanzeb Appointed Chair-Elect of ASCO Quality Program


Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., Medical Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach, has been appointed Chair-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Steering Group Committee.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Ranked No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 11th Consecutive Year


For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report. Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking a total of 13 times and has been in the top two since the annual rankings began 25 years ago.

Breast Cancer Foundation Funds UM Study on Managing Stress


Can psychological intervention help women adapt to the stresses of breast cancer? It appears that a brief, five-week psychological intervention can have beneficial effects for women who are dealing with the stresses of breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. Intervening during the early period after surgery may reduce women’s distress, and providing cognitive or relaxation skills for stress management may help them adapt to treat

The TOOL team includes Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., seated, and, standing from left, Victoria A. Rodriguez, M.S.W., Stephanie Kolar, Ph.D., Marcia McNutt, M.P.H., Brooke Genkin Rogers, M.P.H., Chelsea Greaves, M.P.H., Alyssa Vazquez, and Shaneisha Allen.

UQuit Helps Diverse Smokers Kick the Habit


For nearly 30 years, cigarettes ruled Jerome Hicks’ life, robbing him of his health, his money, and his time. But one Monday morning in 2013, the disabled concrete finisher woke up with the determination, the support system, and most importantly, the tools to conquer the deadly addiction that disproportionally harms African Americans like himself.

Penelope S. Fisher, M.S., R.N., C.O.R.L.N.

“Penny the Nurse” Honored with Ultimate Symbol of Gratitude


Penelope S. Fisher, M.S., R.N., C.O.R.L.N., Faculty Clinical Instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is an unsung hero for many. And now, her legacy has been memorialized with the ultimate symbol of gratitude – The Penelope S. Fisher Award for Outstanding Humanism in Clinical Care and Clinical Education. Fisher is the first recipient of the new award named in her honor.

From left, Michael Dodard, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and community health and Director of Community Health Affairs; Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.; and Executive Director Laurinus Pierre, M.D., M.P.H., at the Center for Haitian Studies, Health and Human Services, the only community clinic where women living in Little Haiti can receive free cervical cancer screenings. <em>Photo courtesy of Moris Moreno</em>

Public Health Advocate Receives $2 Million NIH Grant to Address Cervical Cancer Disparities


To further combat cervical cancer in South Florida and beyond, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health sciences and Director of the Community Engagement Program at the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a $2 million, four-year grant.

Team CTU Miami with “Mr. Sylvester.” Front row, from left: Lauren Gjolaj, M.B.A., B.S.N.; Angela Olier-Pino, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN; Rohanmi Perez, RN, ONC. Back row, from left: Gloria Gari, M.S.I.E.; Melissa Martinez; Debra Lewis, RN, ONC; Gustavo Fernandez, M.D.; Isaac Castro; Juan Garcia, M.B.A., B.S.M.T.; Danillo Lopez; and Ruthy Tascon.

Sylvester Outpatient Unit Team Wins Prestigious State Award for Efficiency Improvements


A multidisciplinary project team from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center won first prize at the 2014 Annual Sterling Conference Team Showcase Award Banquet, held May 30 in Orlando. “Team CTU Miami” won the statewide competition over five other finalists for a project entitled “Systematically Decreasing Wait Time in an Outpatient Oncology Treatment Unit.”

Honored at the Health Care Heroes award luncheon, from left, Bernard J. Fogel, M.D.; Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D.; Carlos A. Migoya; and Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Dean Emeritus Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


An audience of more than 500 healthcare and business leaders cheered as Miller School Dean Emeritus Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., received the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon, held on May 20 in Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom. In addition, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., won the Health Care Hero Award in the Bio-Medical category.

The Pap Corps President Joanne Goldberg, center, holds a check for $4.5 million, surrounded by, from left, Stan Scheff, CFO of The Pap Corps; Barbara Pessel, Past President of The Pap Corps; Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.; Bill Kingston, Executive Director of Development at Sylvester; Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, Vice Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors; W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.; and Naomi Prever, Past President of The Pap Corps.

Pap Corps Makes Historic Gift to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


The Pap Corps, Champions for Cancer Research has presented its largest annual gift ever, a check for $4.5 million, to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine. Presented at The Pap Corps President’s Meeting at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton on Thursday, May 15, the check is part of the group’s $25 million commitment to Momentum2.