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Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D.

Research Describes Novel Tumor-Promoting Adaptation in Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma

07.29.2014

A collaborative Miller School study led by Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, describes a novel therapeutic target in RAS-driven lung cancer, a common but untreatable carcinoma. The study, published in Oncogene describes a critical role for MTH1, a protein which sanitizes oxidized DNA precursors, in facilitating tumor formation by activated KRAS.

Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D.

Dr. Mohammad Jahanzeb Appointed Chair-Elect of ASCO Quality Program

07.29.2014

Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., Medical Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach, has been appointed Chair-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Steering Group Committee.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

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.

UM Trustee Paul J. DiMare celebrates the unveiling of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System at University of Miami Hospital, with Dipen Parekh, M.D., patient Keith McKerrow, and his business associate and partner, Donald Rabideau.

UHealth is the First Academic Medical Center to Use New da Vinci Surgical System

05.01.2014

Building on its growing reputation as a leader in the use of breakthrough technology, UHealth - University of Miami Health System has become the first academic medical center in the world to use the new da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. The procedure, a prostatectomy, was performed by Dipen Parekh, M.D., at University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital of UHealth.

James Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D.

Sylvester Study Provides New Insights on Melanomas

04.03.2014

A new Miller School study led by James Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, provides new insights into the genetic mutations that can lead to melanomas. "Mutations driving melanoma growth have diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic implications," said Grichnik.

Gov. Rick Scott is given a symbolic white lab coat during his visit to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Applauding his efforts are, from left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Donna E. Shalala, Stuart Miller, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., and far right, patient Billy Thies.

Governor Scott Visits Sylvester to Promote 2014 State Cancer Budget

03.18.2014

Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the Miller School’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, March 14, to tout the $80 million earmarked for cancer treatment and research in his proposed $1.4 billion 2014 state budget, and to support Sylvester’s efforts to receive official designation from the National Cancer Institute.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge partners, from left, Stuart Miller, Joe Natoli, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Stephen Nimer, M.D., Richard Berkowitz, Michael Mandich and Tom Garfinkel.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge Donates $3.1 Million to Tackle Cancer

03.14.2014

Executives from the Dolphins Cycling Challenge presented Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a check for $3.1 million to tackle cancer. Launched in 2010 as a partnership between Sylvester and the Miami Dolphins, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge is a two-day, tri-county cycling event, from which 100 percent of rider-raised funds are donated to Sylvester.

Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D.

Sylvester/AIDS Researcher Unifies Theory on Human Viral Oncogenesis

03.12.2014

Despite prevalence, public health importance, and the fact that virus-induced cancers are the most preventable through vaccination or anti-viral therapy, this group remains among the least understood of all cancers. A study led by Enrique A. Mesri, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, sheds light on this group of cancers and may help develop new targeted therapies.

Mark Soloway, M.D., third from left, received an award for his lifetime service to urologic oncology. Congratulating him were, from left, conference organizers Balakrishna Lokeshwar, Ph.D., and  Vinata Lokeshwar, Ph.D., conference sponsor Edwin Cevallos, M.D., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Inaugural Cancer Symposium Shares Research Findings

01.29.2014

Three of the nation’s top cancer researchers — each targeting a different form of the disease — were the keynote speakers at the University of Miami Cancer Symposium “Cancer Prevention and Treatment,” held January 24 at the Lois Pope LIFE Center Auditorium. The symposium was organized under the auspices of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Urology.

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

Researchers Discover New Hormone Receptors to Target When Treating Breast Cancer

01.27.2014

In a new study directed by Tan A. Ince, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology at the Miller School of Medicine and member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, researchers have developed a new breast cancer classification system that shifts the focus away from genetic mutations, a common approach of mainstream cancer research, but one that has been less effective than first imagined.

Karina Galoian, Ph.D., and H. Thomas Temple, M.D.

Study Identifies Novel Highlights for Sarcoma Research

01.10.2014

Researchers at the Miller School, led by Karina Galoian, Ph.D., research associate professor of orthopaedics, have uncovered pathways linked to the genesis of chondrosarcoma, cancer of the cells that produce cartilage. The study, “Lost miRNA surveillance of Notch, IGFR pathway -- road to sarcomagenesis,” was published in the January issue of Tumor Biology.