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AML cells under the microscope. Source: The website of the National Cancer Institute (https://www.cancer.gov).

Researchers show p300 protein may suppress leukemia in MDS patients

03.27.2017

Scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have shown that p300, a protein that increases gene expression by attaching acetyl molecules to DNA, may stop myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) from developing into acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The study was published in the journal Leukemia.

Thinh Tran, M.D., MBA., chief clinical officer and chief operating officer, joins the hand sanitizer mascot at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Successful Patient Safety Week Concludes

03.17.2017

Friday was the fifth and final day of Patient Safety Week activities. With the theme of the day being preventing infection, hands across campus were washed and sanitized in record numbers. Hand sanitizer bottles were given away throughout UHealth locations, and the Hand Sanitizer Mascot made surprise inspirational appearances.

From left, student pharmacist Bibi Barrios with UMH Pharmacy Clinical Manager Marlene Delavalle, Pharm.D.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Thursday

03.14.2017

Wednesday, the third day of Patient Safety Week, focused on the safe use of medications. It was a day of important educational outreach, an amusing but informative takeoff on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and an opportunity for UHealth’s pharmacy experts to enjoy some time in the spotlight. Thursday’s activities will focus on the safe use of alarms.

Joining David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., senior associate dean for quality, safety and risk prevention, are, from left, Myka Whitman, B.S.N., RN, interim UHealth chief risk officer, Kathy Zanelli, B.S.N., RN, executive director of nursing, Gissette Onorato, executive director of human experience, Maureen Fitzpatrick, M.S.N., ARNP-BC, of the Center for Patient Safety, and Roxanna Araya of the Center for Patient Safety.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Friday

03.14.2017

Thursday, the fourth day of Patient Safety Week, focused on the safe use of clinical alarms. UHealth staff learned about finding the proper balance between alarms that go off too regularly — and therefore get ignored, and those that don’t go off often enough, and potentially endanger patients in need of assistance.

Wrist bands remind staff of the two approved patient identifiers that should be verified with every patient, every time.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Wednesday

03.13.2017

Tuesday, the second day of Patient Safety Week, was marked by flashes of green and orange on wrists through the UHealth system. The day’s theme was “Identify Patients Correctly,” and the wrist bands given out featured white raised lettering that said “Name & DOB,” reminding all staff of the required way to accurately identify patients. Wednesday’s activities will focus on the safe use of medications.

From left, David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., Michael E. Barron, M.D., Myka Whitman, B.S.N., RN, Melinda Sawyer, M.S.N., RN, and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Patient Safety Week Events Continue Tuesday

03.13.2017

Patient Safety Week had an energetic start, with activities across the entire UHealth system. One major event was the introduction of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to UHealth leaders. Created by Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers, CUSP improves patient safety culture while providing frontline caregivers with the tools and support they need to tackle the hazards that threaten their patients.

Far right, David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety, conducts a training session.

Patient Safety Week Activities Begin Monday

03.09.2017

Patient Safety Week, observed March 12-18 this year, is an annual national campaign to foster education and increase awareness related to patient safety. Daily special patient safety activities across the medical campus will be held Monday, March 13, through Friday, March 17. All facilities of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will offer educational resources and informational materials for patients and staff.

From left, William F. Pirl, M.D., M.P.H., with Kelly Irwin, M.D., and Donna Greenberg, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Sylvester’s Dr. William F. Pirl Recognized with APOS Education and Training Award

03.02.2017

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) selected William F. Pirl, M.D., M.P.H., associate director for Cancer Support Services at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, for the Outstanding Education and Training Award at its national conference on February 16. APOS grants the annual award to an individual who makes substantial contributions to educating or training others in the field.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Recognized for Patient Satisfaction by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

02.15.2017

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, recently received four stars as part of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, conducted on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Sylvester was the only hospital in Miami-Dade County to receive four stars.

DCC riders crossing the MacArthur Causeway.

Thousands Support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Dolphins Cancer Challenge

02.12.2017

A brilliantly sunny South Florida Saturday warmed the already upbeat spirit of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge VII on February 11, as 4,000 participants and volunteers cycled, ran, walked or performed countless tasks to support the search for cancer cures at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

From left, Sebastian the Ibis, Andy, Sofia, David and Ileana Cohn, and Coach Mark Richt.

Sylvester Breast Cancer Patient Celebrates Final Chemo Session at The Lennar Center

02.09.2017

When Ileana Cohn, a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center breast cancer patient, scheduled her 16th, and final, chemotherapy session at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center for Feb. 8, she told her husband, Andy, “I want a celebration.” She could hardly have imagined the lengths to which he and staffers at The Lennar Center would go to make the afternoon special.

A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist searches for a cure.

Sylvester and Miller School Awarded $5.7 Million for Cancer and Tobacco-Related Disease Research

02.08.2017

The Florida Department of Health has announced the award of 16 grants totaling more than $16 million from the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program. Six investigators at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were recipients of Bankhead-Coley and King grants totaling $5,728,856.

From left, Ofelia A. Alvarez, M.D., Gwendolyn B. Scott, M.D., G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., and Lourdes Forster, M.D., participate in the celebration.

Women Faculty Celebrate Accomplishments on Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell’s Birthday

02.03.2017

Women faculty members at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine shared the tough lessons and great accomplishments of the past — along with the inspiring promise of the future — at an event Friday commemorating the 196th birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

Join Us for a Community Event at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center This Sunday

01.24.2017

The University of Miami Health System is hosting a community-wide grand opening celebration at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the Coral Gables campus this Sunday, January 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to bring their family and friends to see UHealth’s spectacular new home for the health care of the future.

Steven Chen, Ph.D.

Sylvester Receives NCI Grant to Advance Proteogenomics

01.24.2017

Steven Chen, Ph.D., who directs the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and research colleagues from other institutions recently received a five-year grant of more than $5 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study proteogenomics.

Craig Lockhart, M.D.

Dr. Craig Lockhart Named Chief of Division of Medical Oncology

01.24.2017

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have named Craig Lockhart, M.D., Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology. Lockhart, currently professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, will join Sylvester and the Miller School in April.

Cells with impaired chromatid separation (red arrows) in cultured WT and Asxl1+/- hematopoietic progenitor cells.

A Key Trigger in Myeloid Cancers

01.24.2017

When the body is working well, hematopoietic (blood) stem cells in the bone marrow generate healthy red and white blood cells. However, faulty genes can produce abnormal cells, leading to myeloid leukemia and other conditions. Researchers have been working for years to untangle this complicated biology.

Leaders from Sylvester, the Caribbean Gynecologic Cancer Society, and the University of the West Indies announced the new fellowship on January 13.

Sylvester Launches Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship with Partners in the Caribbean

01.24.2017

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently announced the launch of the new Caribbean Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, supporting subspecialty training in low- and middle-income countries in the Caribbean. The fellowship is a collaboration between Sylvester, the Caribbean Gynecologic Cancer Society, and the University of the West Indies.

Nicolas Acquavella, M.D.

Dr. Nicolas Acquavella: New Treatments for Melanoma Are on the Horizon

01.20.2017

Nicolas Acquavella, M.D., is a board-certified medical oncologist at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. He focuses on providing innovative and advanced treatment options to patients with advanced and metastatic melanoma. Here, he discusses unique treatments on the horizon.

RIDE. RUN. WALK. for Cancer Research

01.10.2017

You’re invited to join Team Hurricanes for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Every dollar raised during DCC directly funds cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System. Since 2010, DCC has raised $16.5 million for cancer research at Sylvester, and it’s one of our cancer center’s most important fundraising initiatives.