Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


UM Miller School of Medicine Professor Elected to Board of Directors


Aaron H. Wolfson, UM/Sylvester Radiation Oncologist, UM/Jackson Cancer Committee Chair, and professor and vice chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Gynecologic Oncology Group. The Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), which receives support from the National Institutes of Health, promotes excellence and quality in clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies.

Sylvester Researcher Discovers Key Molecule That Triggers Immune Response


Scientists have long been working to uncover the mystery of what sparks the body’s immune system. Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered a key component in that puzzle: a new molecule that recognizes a virus infection and initiates the signal to generate an immune system response. Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., professor of medicine and Eugenia J. Dodson Chair in Cancer Research, and Hiroki Ishikawa, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow, have published their findings in the September issue of the prestigious journal Nature.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Expands in Deerfield Beach


It’s official! The expansion of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach is now complete, offering a wide array of new services to patients. The official unveiling took place at an evening reception and open house on August 21st, with about 150 people in attendance. Community business leaders joined with local physicians, members of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and UHealth leadership.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Aligns with Stand Up 2 Cancer-National Effort to Fight Cancer


The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is joining the national network event, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), to help raise funds for cancer research, benefitting patients in South Florida and throughout the nation. SU2C is uniting CBS, ABC and NBC in an unprecedented television event on September 5th, 2008. That evening, all three major networks will simulcast one hour of prime time television featuring more than 50 of the biggest names in TV, film, sports and music, all gathered to help raise funds to fight cancer.

UM/Sylvester Physician-Researchers Find Many Community Hospitals May Be Under Treating Breast Cancer


Community hospitals may under treat patients with advanced breast cancer known as infiltrating ductal carcinoma, according to a study led by two researchers at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Leonidas G. Koniaris, M.D., associate professor of surgical oncology, and Judith Hurley, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and member of the Breast Cancer Site Disease Group published their findings in the August issue of the Annals of Surgery.