Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Kay and Jack Lombardo with Dr. Asha Pillai, right, at the Woman’s Cancer Association gala.

Dr. Asha Pillai of Sylvester Honored as ‘Cancer Researcher of the Year’


A pediatric cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has been honored for groundbreaking immunotherapy studies. Asha Pillai, M.D., a specialist in pediatric hematology-oncology, was named “Cancer Researcher of the Year” by the Woman’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami at its “Dancing for a Cure” Gala.

From left, Karlene Popplewell, clinical assistant, Christine Chen-Shue, RN, Kimberly Delancy, LPN, Kristine Ruche, RN, Marina Rodriguez, LPN, and Barbara Young-Chang, RN.

Sylvester Team Wins Patient Safety Awareness Week Poster Contest


A team from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Surgical Oncology Department has won the Grand Prize in UHealth’s Patient Safety Awareness Week Poster Contest. The Sylvester department’s entry was one of more than 50 submitted by teams from across the UHealth system. Entries were judged based on creativity, alignment of message, and presentation.

Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D., right, receives the 2018 SOG Presidential Award from Pamela T. Soliman, M.D., M.P.H.

Sylvester Researcher Dr. Brian Slomovitz Receives Award for Best Presentation at Conference


Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D., co-leader of the Gynecologic Cancers Site Disease Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, received the 2018 Presidential Abstract Award from the Society for Gynecologic Oncology on March 24 during the group’s Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in New Orleans. The award was given to Slomovitz for his presentation, which was judged the conference’s best.

Systems Biology and Data Science Symposium attendees. Photo credit: Carlos Enchenique.

Systems Biology and Data Science Symposium Presents Cutting-Edge Advances


Prominent speakers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and other departments and centers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine came together with invited experts from the National Institutes of Health and other leading national scientific organizations for an interactive two-day symposium on systems biology and data science preceded by a Data Science Hackathon.

From left, Andrea Williams, Dr. Krishna Komanduri, and Harold Eugene Williams, Andrea’s husband.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Celebrates 1,000th Stem Cell Transplant


When Marcos C. Perez was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, an uncommon cancer of the blood-producing cells of the bone marrow, he began treatment at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. After three rounds of chemotherapy, Perez received stem cell transplants to rebuild the white blood cells in his immune system. "I am very positive about my outcome, because so many patients come out of Sylvester as winners."

From left, Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Peter Tunney, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., outside the Game Changer vehicle.

Sylvester’s New Outreach Vehicle a ‘Game Changer’ for Community Cancer Care


Acclaimed Miami artist Peter Tunney donated his time and talent to help Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center launch a “Game Changer” outreach vehicle that will bring cancer screenings and health information to underserved South Florida communities. Using images from Sylvester’s history and mission, Tunney created an original piece of art to “wrap” the mobile van, which was unveiled outside Tunney’s Wynwood studio.

2018 Patient Safety Awareness Week Schedule of Events


Monday, March 12, begins UHealth’s observance of Patient Safety Awareness Week — an annual national campaign to increase awareness about patient safety among health care professionals and the public. This year’s theme is “Every Day is Patient Safety Day!” — an affirmation of our dedication to creating the safest possible environment for our patients and for each other.

Sylvester Researchers Discover New Pathway Linking Inflammation and Cancer


A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, collaborating with outside investigators, has discovered a new pathway of inflammation-driven cancer development. Their findings, “Initiation of Inflammatory Tumorigenesis by CTLA4 Insufficiency Due to Type 2 Cytokines,” were published online on January 26 by the Journal of Experimental Medicine.