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

07.15.2014

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

07.15.2014

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

07.15.2014

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

07.01.2014

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

06.17.2014

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

06.13.2014

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

05.21.2014

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

05.20.2014

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.

Tissue culture shows mesenchymal stem cells, in green, interacting with cardiac stem cells, in red/orange, through gap junctions, displayed as white dots.

UM Leads in the Field of Regenerative Medicine: Moving from Treatments to Cures

05.08.2014

Driven by a commitment to move from treatments to cures, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a leader in the field of regenerative medicine. Researchers and clinicians are collaborating in a wide range of disciplines to develop new strategies that use the body’s own cells to fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic problems, as well as repair damaged nerve fibers.

The audience of nurses gave Watson a standing ovation after her remarks.

Caring Visionary Jean Watson Gives National Nurses Week an Energetic Start

05.07.2014

The Miller School’s observance of National Nurses Week got off to a high-energy start with a presentation by internationally renowned nursing visionary Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, founder and director of the Watson Caring Science Institute. Watson has developed a theory of caring that takes a holistic approach to the relationship between nurse and patient.