Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


A patient's T cells are transformed through state-of-the-art genetic engineering into supercharged cancer-hunting cellular therapy.

FDA Approves ‘Living Drug’ for Treatment of Aggressive Blood Cancer


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of a very limited number of sites in the United States that will provide a newly approved innovative treatment for diffuse large B cell lymphoma — an aggressive form of blood cancer. It takes a patient’s own immune cells (T cells), and uses state-of-the-art genetic engineering to transform them into a supercharged cancer-hunting cellular therapy.

Second from left, comedian Dexter Angry, with Amer Beitinjaneh, M.D., third from left, and members of the stem cell transplant team who treated him last year.

Sylvester Partners with Comic Cure to Bring Laughter to Patients and Staff


Starting in 2018, Comic Cure, a company that uses the power of laughter to uplift and engage social communities around important causes, will partner with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to produce quarterly comedy shows that will be broadcast live to all seven Sylvester locations throughout South Florida. “If laughter is the best medicine, then we are the pharmacy,” said Comic Cure co-founder Benjamin Leis.

Clockwise, from bottom, Nilza Kallos, M.D., Gayle Dubin, Leah Kinnaird, Ed.D., B.S.N., RN, and Daysi Alfonso.

Three Breast Cancer Survivors Tell Their Stories


Many breast cancer patients share similar stories, but there is always something about each patient’s story that is unique. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are the profiles of three women who are long-time patients of radiologist Nilza Kallos, M.D., Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s director of women’s imaging at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

Patricia Emard.

Breast Cancer Survivor: On the Road Again


With three children and nine grandchildren spread around the country, Patricia Emard, 64, who retired as assistant director of bus operations for Miami-Dade Transit, enjoys traveling and visiting family members. In fact, in the spring of 2015, she was staying with her daughter, Rachelle, in Washington, D.C., when she discovered a lump in her breast during one of her regular self-examinations.

Micrograph of breast cancer metastasis to lymph node.

DOD Funds Study of Link between Diabetes and Breast Cancer


Researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to study a protein known as RAGE — an acronym for Receptor for Advanced Glycation End-products — that may be a link between diabetes and breast cancer.

Brain scans.

Miller School Study Points to Innovative Epigenetic Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease


A University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team has identified an innovative epigenetic strategy using a single molecule to turn off multiple genes that drive Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers demonstrated that an epigenetic molecule called M344 penetrates the brain, targets the buildup of beta-amyloid peptides associated with Alzheimer’s disease, increases neuroprotective genes and increases memory.

Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D.

Sylvester Genetics Researcher Receives Prestigious Pioneer Award from NIH


A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center genetics researcher was honored today with the prestigious “Pioneer Award” and a five-year $5+ million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will support Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., professor of human genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in pursuing a novel line of research on “Enhancer RNA Therapy.”

From left, Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., receives a warm greeting from Federico Maestre, M.D., a Puerto Rican ophthalmologist who helped organize the transfer of infants needing treatment, as an ABC crew that traveled with the Miller School team records the moment.

Miller School Mobilizes to Help Puerto Rico and the Caribbean


By sending non-perishable medical supplies, setting up an international communications network and arranging transport for patients needing urgent care, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is mobilizing its resources to help Puerto Rico’s medical community after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.