Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Surrounded by Miller School and Miami Dolphins leaders and supporters, Jayne S. Malfitano, UM President Donna E. Shalala and Jorge Perez, UM Trustee and Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman, hold an oversized copy of the $1,070,000 check for cancer research at Sylvester.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge Raises Over $1 Million for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


The second annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge fulfilled its mission of doubling the first year’s fundraising goal. At Sunday’s Dolphins game, the Miami Dolphins Foundation presented a check for $1,070,000 from the Dolphins Cycling Challenge to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The amount is one of the largest gifts ever to Sylvester from a single event.

Celebrating the grand opening of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center are, from left, Keith Candiotti, M.D., Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., PT, David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., and Ashwin Mehta, M.D., M.P.H.

New UM Pain Center Offers Unique Team Approach


When David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, joined the Miller School more than a decade ago, he was intent on establishing a departmental pain clinic and, over the years, oversaw at least eight different plans.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2011 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

The 2nd Dolphins Cycling Challenge Doubles Ridership To Raise Money for Sylvester


More than 860 cyclists, including over 160 children and 21 cancer survivors, rode various events across three counties to take part in the 2nd Annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) on November 5th and 6th to raise money for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The two-day event featured a kids’ ride and six different routes from 30 to 170 miles that went through 37 cities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Researcher Leads Pivotal Breast Cancer Study


A seminal study designed and coordinated by Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology, member of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester, and director of the Tumor Stem Cell Division at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the Miller School, has pinpointed a protein that, when expressed in high levels in ER-positive tumors, is linked to a doubling of mortality in ER-positive patients.

From left, Bruno V. Gallo, M.D., Ricardo Komotar, M.D., awake craniotomy patient Ray Beccaria, and Thomas Fuhrman, M.D.

Doctors and Patient Describe Rare Awake Craniotomy Surgery at UMH


In early September, Ray Beccaria began struggling to put into words what he wanted to say. A week later, he had trouble reading and thought he might be having a stroke. His wife thought he was just stressed. The 64-year-old health information management specialist admits he was “scared every day” that his perplexing symptoms would worsen. A CT scan and MRI at University of Miami Hospital confirmed his fears: a glioblastoma.

Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D.

Sylvester Radiation Oncologists Reveal New Discoveries at National Gathering


Led by renowned physician-scientist Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of radiation oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, several Sylvester radiation oncologists are presenting discoveries at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology this week in Miami Beach.

UChart Adds Kiosks for Patient Check-In


UChart, the electronic medical record system in place across UHealth, is adding another element to streamline patient visits. In certain clinical areas, we will be piloting the use of UChart Kiosks to allow patients to register and check in for their appointments.

Jean Gabriel, 9, who has Ewing’s Sarcoma, affixes his hand print to the canvas that will hang in the new bone marrow transplant unit.

Pediatric Oncologist Receives Hyundai Hope Grant


Hyundai Motor America and its Miami-Fort Lauderdale dealers have awarded Martin Andreansky, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, a $100,000 Hyundai Hope grant to support an initiative to increase South Florida minority representation in bone marrow registries and cord blood banks.

Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D.

FDA Approves New Lymphoma Drug Based on Miller School Research


Offering hope to lymphoma patients who have exhausted their treatment options, the Food and Drug Administration just approved a new drug which was based on an antibody developed at the Miller School of Medicine and has proven effective in recent clinical trials against Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in patients for whom standard therapies failed.

Gustavo Fernandez, M.D., the study’s principal investigator, readies patient Robert Chambers for his last dose of the promising drug.

Out of Options, First Patient in Bladder Cancer Trial Now Has Hope


When Robert Chambers became the first patient to receive a potential new bladder cancer therapy developed by Miller School Nobel laureate Andrew V. Schally, he was out of treatment options, and hope. But after his final dose of the promising drug, Chambers is feeling better.

Glenn Barber, Ph. D.

Sylvester Cancer Researcher Selected to Lead Cell Biology and Anatomy


Glen Barber, Ph.D., professor of medicine and associate director of basic research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named chairman of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. The selection comes after an extensive search by W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., senior associate dean for Discovery Science, and the Cell Biology Chair Search Committee, at the request of Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School.

Daisy Healey, 12, leaves her handprint on a Hyundai Sonata, an official vehicle of the Hope on Wheels tour.

Pediatric Oncologist Receives Hyundai Scholar Grant for Leukemia Research


Hyundai Motor America and its Miami-Fort Lauderdale dealers have awarded John Goldberg, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, a $50,000 Hyundai Scholar grant to study the anti-leukemia properties of metformin, a commonly prescribed oral medication for diabetes, in combination with other drugs.

Dr. Peter Cassileth

In Memoriam: Dr. Peter Cassileth


Peter Cassileth, M.D., emeritus professor of Medicine and former division chief of Hematology-Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has died of leukemia at age 73.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., congratulates Jacqueline Cereijo, D.N.P., M.B.A., R.N., on becoming UHealth's newest "fire starter."

Sylvester’s Kendall Director Newest UHealth “Fire Starter”


Nobody likes chemotherapy, but patient Joaquin Hernandez is grateful he receives the treatment at Sylvester’s Comprehensive Treatment Center in Kendall. “If you have to come, this is where you want to come,’’ Hernandez said. “The service is great. The nurses are the best.’’ His sentiment is shared by so many of the Kendall satellite’s patients that the unit has earned the highest patient satisfaction scores.

Discussing HIPEC at a May 17 news conference are, from left, colorectal surgeon Floriano Marchetti, M.D., patients Georgina Pereira and Tammy Rosamilia, Mecker Möller, M.D., lead HIPEC surgical oncologist, and Samer Schuman, M.D., gynecologic oncology surgeon.

Sylvester First in South Florida to Offer Novel Abdominal Cancer Treatment


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the first in South Florida to offer a novel therapy for certain types of abdominal cancers that combines heated chemotherapy with surgery. The procedure is performed at the time of surgery and has extended the lives and improved the quality of life for patients who might otherwise have limited treatment options.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, left, and W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester/UMHC, celebrate the success of the inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge, which took place Nov. 20-21, 2010.

Sylvester Gears Up for Second Annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge


The second annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge, benefitting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is set for November 5 and 6. The two-day, 170-mile tri-county charity cycling event will be held in memory of Dolphins great Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich, who lost his battle with bile duct cancer in April. This major community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the Miller School.

Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, left, addresses Jim Mandich, center, former Dolphins tight end and the team’s longtime radio announcer, at a press conference for the inaugural Dolphin

Statement on the Death of Jim Mandich


The entire team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is terribly saddened at the death of Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich. The former Miami Dolphin and sportscaster was a true sports legend in South Florida and across the nation. The tenacity, courage, and determination that carried him through life, were also hallmarks of his courageous battle against cancer.

Sylvester Leader Elected Master of the American College of Physicians


"Marc E. Lippman, M.D.":, interim deputy director of Sylvester, the Kathleen and Stanley Glaser Professor of Medicine, and chair of medicine at the UM Miller School of Medicine, has been elected Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Cancer Researchers Find Genetic Differences in Breast Tissue Among Races


Results from a pilot study by scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine suggest underlying genetic differences among ethnic groups are present not just in tumors, but in normal breast tissue as well. These findings may partially explain why women of certain ethnic backgrounds are more susceptible and at a higher risk for certain breast cancers than others.

The crowd of more than 3,000 heads off on the 2011 Pap Corps Walkathon to raise money for research at Sylvester.

Thousands Raise Money for Sylvester at 11th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon & Health Fair


More than 3,000 walkers converged on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton on Saturday morning, April 2. They were there for the 11th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon & Health Fair, one of the signature events of the all-volunteer group that raises money for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth - University of Miami Health System.

Rosy Weisberg, LCSW

Sylvester Social Worker Earns Her Rewards with Compassion


A bright yellow sign proclaiming “I ♥ MY JOB” hangs above the desk of Rosy Weisberg, LCSW, and everybody who knows her can see that’s true. It’s so obvious, in fact, that Weisberg, who works with cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, was named Social Worker of the Year for 2010.

Shared Resources Fair Promotes Scientific Collaboration Among Researchers


More than 200 researchers attended the second Shared Resources Fair, which was sponsored by the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine Office of Scientific Advancement and Research Training, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research.

Sylvester Presents Chico’s WellBeingWell – a Guide for Healthy Living


The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is proud to host the second WellBeingWell symposium, to be sponsored this year by Chico’s clothing retailer. The one-day event will take place on Tuesday, April 26, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pictured from left with Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and mascot T.D. are: Miami Dolphins player Vernon Carey, Miami Dolphins alum Nat Moore, Dr. W. Jarrard Goodwin, Dr. Joseph Rosenblatt, Jorge Perez, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.;  Mike Dee; Jeff Peck; and Miami Dolphins and UM alum Twan Russell.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge Raises More Than $500,000 for Sylvester


The Miami Dolphins presented Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth-University of Miami Health System, with a check Thursday for an impressive $533,106 – proceeds from the inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge. The two-day, 170-mile ride was coordinated by the Miami Dolphins Foundation and took place last November.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Alexander Daly.

Groundbreaking Held for Children’s Cancer Clinic


Leaders and physicians from UHealth-University of Miami Health System have broken ground on the Alexander Daly Family Clinic for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, the first pediatric oncology clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.