Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


From left, Eugene Schiff, M.D., Laurence Sands, M.D., M.B.A., Kristin Podack, widow of Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., and Richard L. Williamson, Jr., J.D.

Senate Presents Highest Honors to Three Miller School Faculty Members


The Faculty Senate last week bestowed its highest honors on Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., two pioneering physicians at the Miller School of Medicine. For the first time, the Senate also conferred a Special Senate Award posthumously, recognizing Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., the late researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, for his life-saving discoveries.

Sylvester visitors had the opportunity to walk through a giant colon to learn about colon diseases.

Sylvester Showcases Giant Colon to Raise Awareness of Colon Cancer


Patients, staff and visitors at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center had the opportunity to walk through a giant, inflatable colon in the Sylvester courtyard on March 29 to learn about polyps, inflammatory disease, and colon cancer. The engaging event was to recognize March as colon cancer awareness month.

Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Sylvester Researcher Launches Study on Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer


A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher is leading a new clinical study focusing on early detection of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women. “An effective screening or diagnostic test could potentially save the lives of thousands of women around the world,” said Brian Slomovitz, M.D., who is Co-Leader of Sylvester’s Gynecologic Cancers Site Disease Group.

Sylvester physicians and Miller School students teamed up for three days of head and neck cancer screenings.

Sylvester and UHealth Hold Head and Neck Cancer Screenings


Last week, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth recognized the annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week with three days of community screenings at the VA Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Center for Haitian Studies in Miami.

Izidore Lossos, M.D.

MicroRNA Controls Growth in Highly Aggressive B-cell Lymphomas


A recent study by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine showed that a microRNA called miR-181a dampens signals from the cancer-driving NFκB protein pathway in the most aggressive large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL). By reducing NFκB signaling, miR-181a controls tumor cell proliferation and survival and could be the target of novel therapies.

From left, Norman Braman, Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Sandy Schlesinger, Lianne Lazetera and Jayne Malfitano.

Sylvester Hosts Dedication Ceremony for New Posner Pavilion


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UHealth leaders, doctors, staff and supporters, and University of Miami President Julio Frenk came together on March 21 to celebrate the dedication of Phase I of Sylvester’s new Gail S. Posner Pavilion for Breast Cancer Care at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute. The Posner Pavilion has been established to provide comprehensive health care to women, all under one roof.

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings, April 14-16


In recognition of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, head and neck cancer surgeons from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and medical students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will be conducting free oral, head and neck cancer screenings April 14-16. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 305-243-8713 or email Walk-ins will also be welcome.