Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Theresa DiNardo Brown Named AVP and Executive Director of Marketing and Communications


Theresa DiNardo Brown, Chief Communications Officer of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, has been named Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, and Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.