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Rachel Campos-Duffy presents Orlando E. Silva, M.D., J.D., with the “Outstanding Hispanic Award” at The Americano’s First Annual Hispanic Forum.

Breast Cancer Physician Named "Outstanding Hispanic"

12.16.2010

A Miller School physician known for his passion in the fight against breast cancer has been honored for that work and much more on a national stage. Orlando E. Silva, M.D., J.D., associate professor of medicine and faculty member of the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity, was chosen to receive the "Outstanding Hispanic Award" at The Americano's First Annual Hispanic Forum, held in Washington, D.C.

Sylvester Achieves ASCO QOPI Certification for Excellence in Cancer Care

12.02.2010

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has achieved three-year certification by ASCO QOPI for excellence in cancer care. Sylvester, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, is the only such-designated practice in South Florida and one of only a few academic cancer centers in the country that participate in the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).

From left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Steven Falcone, M.D.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge Benefits Research at Sylvester

11.29.2010

Joined by Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Joe Natoli, more than 315 cyclists took part in this past weekend’s inaugural, tri-county Dolphins Cycling Challenge, raising over $400,000 for cancer research and treatment at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

From left, Joan Scheiner, chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer at Sylvester/UMHC, Harvey Chaplin, Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., interim director of Sylvester, and Roberta Chaplin. The Chaplins were the recipients of the Caroline Halpern Award for leadership in philanthropy.

Sylvester's Gala Raises $1.5 million for Cancer Research

11.22.2010

Under the roof of Miami’s newest world-class hotel, South Floridians gathered 870 strong to show their commitment to helping Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine remain at the forefront of cancer research.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, Norman and Irma Braman, Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., and Joyce Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D., gather for the ribbon cutting at the new Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute research headquarters.

Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute Unveils New Labs

11.18.2010

A new era in breast cancer research was unveiled as the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated new research laboratories for the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute. The event took place at the Miller School’s Biomedical Research Building, now home of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute’s research headquarters.

Sylvester’s Gala Raises $1.5 million for Cancer Research

11.17.2010

Under the roof of Miami’s newest world-class hotel, South Floridians gathered 870 strong to show their commitment to helping Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine remain at the forefront of cancer research.

Join Team Sylvester at the Dolphins Cycling Challenge

11.12.2010

On Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, Team Sylvester will take to the streets along with hundreds of other cyclists and volunteers in the inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Miami Dolphins Foundation chose Sylvester as the sole beneficiary of this event to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

Sylvester at Deerfield Beach unveils its expanded facility to hundreds of guests.

Sylvester at Deerfield Beach Celebrates Premiere

11.12.2010

Surrounded by a congressman, a mayor, and dozens of business and community leaders, nearly 400 people gathered at the premiere of the newly expanded Sylvester at Deerfield Beach facility and heaped praise on the many physicians and employees in attendance.

Alexander Daly

Generous Gift to Build Childhood Cancer Clinic at Sylvester

11.04.2010

Pediatric oncologists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, are preparing to initiate a new era in treating children. Thanks to a generous donation from philanthropist businessman Alexander Daly, a dedicated clinical program for the youngest cancer patients in South Florida will soon unfold.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., and Lee Sanders, M.D.

Researchers Win NCI Grant to Reduce Cervical Cancer in Minorities

10.08.2010

Researchers and physicians at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine continue to break new ground in research that benefits the medically underserved. The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $4.2 million in funding to a five-year Miller School project aimed at reducing the excess rate of cervical cancer among minority women.

Richard J. Cote, M.D., professor and chair of pathology

Portable Filter-based Microdevice Detects Circulating Tumor Cells

10.05.2010

A group of scientists and physicians, led by Richard J. Cote, M.D., professor and chair of pathology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has developed a novel filter-based microdevice that detects and characterizes circulating tumor cells, which "could transform the way cancer is diagnosed and treated," says Cote.

Sylvester at Deerfield Beach Opens Women’s Center and Radiation Oncology

09.29.2010

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System is expanding its scope as South Florida’s only university-based cancer center by adding new programs and state-of-the-art options at its Deerfield Beach facility. Among the weapons in the fight against cancer is the new 4,300 square foot multidisciplinary women’s center, led by breast cancer expert, Charles Vogel, M.D., professor of medicine.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Lancet Oncology Study Bears Hope for Young Cancer Survivors

09.16.2010

A new study published online today ahead of print in _Lancet Oncology_ on its fast track shows that using dexrazoxane – an iron chelator that reduces free-radical injury in some settings – to prevent heart damage in young cancer patients during chemotherapy provides long-term cardioprotection without compromising cancer treatment.

Behind the Dolphins cheerleaders and mascot T.D., are, from left, former Dolphin Nat Moore; UM President Donna E. Shalala; former Dolphin Kim Bokamper; Dolphins CEO Mike Dee; Publix executive Bill Fauerbach; Dolphins Vice Chairman Jorge Perez; Dolphins announcer Jim Mandich; Joan Scheiner, chair of Sylvester's Board of Governors; Bonnie Mandich; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa; Joe Natoli, UM senior vice president for business and finance; and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Miami Dolphins and Miller Ride to Benefit Sylvester

09.14.2010

Donning helmets and cycling gear, UM President Donna E. Shalala and Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee rode bikes onto the Schoninger Research Quadrangle Monday to announce a two-day, 30- to 170-mile, tri-county bike ride to benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center this November.

Stephen Bekanich, M.D.

Stephen Bekanich, M.D., Launches Palliative Care Services at UHealth

09.08.2010

When internist Stephen Bekanich, M.D., was in medical school, he wasn't interested in palliative care. But when his grandmother endured a troubling death from metastatic breast cancer nearly a decade later, he redirected his career to the burgeoning field dedicated to relieving physical symptoms and emotional distress of seriously ill patients.

Jean L. Wright, M.D.

Sylvester Radiation Oncologist Receives ARRO Educator of the Year Award

08.31.2010

Jean L. Wright, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology and member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been recognized as an Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO). The award, given to 40 educators across the nation, is presented in partnership with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

BIU President Moshe Kaveh, standing at right, outlines the goals of the new medical school to the UM delegation and Israeli President Shimon Peres. Seated from left are Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D.; Harold Basch, BIU vice president for research; Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt., M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; and President Peres.

UM and Israel’s Planned Medical School Begin Collaboration

07.26.2010

Led by UM President Donna E. Shalala, a delegation of Miller School officials recently concluded a successful week of high-level meetings in Israel aimed at identifying areas of collaboration and synergy with Bar-Ilan University as Israel's largest and fastest growing university establishes the nation's fifth medical school.

Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., and Panta Rouhani, M.D., Ph.D., M.P. H.

Minorities in Florida have Different Melanoma Rates Compared to National Trends

07.20.2010

Miller School researchers have found that melanoma rates among minorities in Florida differ from national trends. Scientists discovered higher incidence rates among Hispanic men and non-Hispanic black women, but lower rates among Hispanic women. The results are published in the July issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the Journal of the American Medical Association/Archives journals.

Miller School Scientists Awarded Millions in State Research Grants

06.16.2010

The battle against cancer being waged in numerous Miller School labs is getting a $12 million boost from the Florida Department of Health's Biomedical Research Program grants supporting research in cancer and tobacco-related diseases. Twenty-three UM and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers collectively won about 27.5 percent - the largest share - of the $45.5 million in grants awarded through the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program.

Rakesh Singal, M.D.

Free Circulating DNA Might Aid Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

06.01.2010

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is commonly used in men for prostate cancer screening. However, there have been concerns the test is not specific enough. Only one-third of men with elevated PSA are diagnosed with prostate cancer following a biopsy, indicating that a large proportion of patients undergo unnecessary prostate biopsy. New research conducted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mr. Stephen Zubrod, Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., and Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Sylvester Hosts Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture

05.24.2010

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center proudly hosted the 11th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on May 21. This year’s distinguished lecturer was Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., professor of biology and human genetics at Howard Hughes Medical Center at the University of Utah.

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., and Payton Liberto (center) at the 2010 Health Care Heroes Awards.

Two Miller School Faculty Honored with Health Care Heroes Awards

05.20.2010

Two Miller School of Medicine faculty members were honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Health Care Heroes Awards at Parrot Jungle Thursday afternoon. W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of otolaryngology, was presented the premier honor at the luncheon, the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award.

May Abdel-Wahab, M.D., and Sheldon Greer, Ph.D.

Clinical Trial for Metastatic Brain Cancer Launching at Sylvester

05.17.2010

Patients battling lung and breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain currently have limited effective treatment options. This has created a critical need for the development of new therapies. Researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have just received approval to begin enrolling patients...

The Kalish Family presented the endowed chair to Krisha V. Komanduri, M.D., in honor of the late Ronald Kalish. In the back row with Dr. Komanduri, fourth from left, are Mr. Kaslish’s family, daughter-in-law Michele, grandson Ben, son Geoff, and wife Nedra. In front are grandchildren Lily and Eli.

The Kalish Family Dedicates the Endowed Chair in Stem Cell Transplantation

05.10.2010

A standing-room only crowd celebrated the official dedication of The Kalish Family Endowed Chair in Stem Cell Transplantation to Krishna V. Komanduri, M.D., last week, a generous gift designed to help one of the world's leading stem cell transplant innovators fulfill his dream of curing the kind of dreadful cancers that claimed successful businessman Ronald Kalish in the prime of his life.

SunSmart 5K Run/Walk for Melanoma Awareness Draws Hundreds of People

05.04.2010

More than 200 participants turned out for the third annual SunSmart Sprint 5K Run/Walk for Melanoma Awareness on Saturday, May 1. Runners and walkers gathered at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne for the 7 a.m. race, which raised an estimated $8,000 for the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery to research and develop more treatment options for skin cancer patients.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Track to Receive $9.5 Million

05.03.2010

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine could receive nearly $10 million for continued cancer research as a result of the 2010 legislative session. This additional funding approved by the state House and Senate will enable Sylvester to recruit more researchers with expertise in specific areas of cancer, along with their research teams. In turn, this money will play a criti

From left, front row, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Jayne S. Malfitano and Laura Cameron with the Harcourt M. Sylvester Jr. statue. Back row, Bernard Fogel, M.D., Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Statue Honoring Harcourt M. Sylvester Jr. Unveiled at Gala Reception

04.09.2010

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center wrote another chapter in its history Thursday evening, unveiling a bronze statue of its benefactor, the late Harcourt M. Sylvester Jr. A crowd of more than seventy people — including Sylvester's daughters, Jayne Malfitano and Laura Cameron — gathered in the courtyard just outside the cancer center for the event. Joan Scheiner, chairman of the Sylvester Board of Governors...

Thousands to Gather at Pap Corps Walkathon to Raise Money for Cancer Research

03.08.2010

On Saturday, March 13, thousands of Pap Corps members, their families, friends, and other supporters will come together on behalf of cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System. Hosted by the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research, the 10th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon & Health Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

Edward Harhaj, Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., and Juan Carlos Ramos, M.D.

Sylvester Researchers Awarded Five-Year Grant to Study Cancer Viruses

03.05.2010

Viruses are believed to be the cause of as many as 20 percent of all cancers, but some viruses can infect human cells and remain latent. To remain latent, they may have to suppress anti-viral host mechanisms, which can pave the way for cancer. The laboratory of Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., the Eugenia J. Dodson Chair in Cancer Research and leader of the Viral Oncology Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center...

Charles Sawyers, M.D., Gregory Tochtrop, Ph.D., Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Stephen Baylin, M.D., Nance Guilmartin, Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc., W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., and Augusto Villaneuva, M.D.

Sylvester Hosts 8th Annual Landon-AACR Cancer Research Award Lectures

03.01.2010

The Miller School’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center proudly hosted the American Association for Cancer Research and Kirk A. Landon and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation awards and lectures on Friday, February 26, with Kirk Landon on hand to personally congratulate the winners.

Noula Shembade, Ph.D., and Edward Harhaj, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers Discover Regulating Mechanism of Key Transcription Factor

02.25.2010

In many cancers, scientists have discovered that key gene regulators which normally control cell growth have either been turned off or mutated. That change in the regular pattern then allows unrestricted cell production and the creation of tumors. Sylvester researchers have discovered exactly how one critical regulator affects a transcription factor that is consistently turned on in most cancers.

NanoKnife Technology Targets Cancer at Sylvester

01.15.2010

One of the newest weapons in the war on cancer, NanoKnife™, is now in the hands of physicians at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System. Sylvester/UMHC – University of Miami Hospital and Clinics is the first provider in Florida, and one of only a handful in the world, to offer this new treatment for destroying soft-tissue tumors.

Most Advanced CyberKnife Comes to Sylvester

01.12.2010

South Florida patients who are candidates for radiosurgery now have the most advanced technology available at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth - University of Miami Health System. Sylvester is now home to the fastest, most powerful model of CyberKnife® currently on the market.

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Phase III Trial Shows Biomarkers Predict p53 Gene Therapy Efficacy

01.04.2010

In most cases, patients with recurrent, late-stage squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck are facing a disease that is incurable. The vast majority of patients do not respond to standard therapies after a recurrence, and even if they do, the median survival is only four to six months. Those factors point to a clear need for improved therapies.