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Dr. Jose and Hortensia Berrocal, right, celebrate the dedication of the Jose Berrocal Auditorium with their daughters Maria Berrocal, M.D., in blue, and Nina Berrocal, M.D., back row, and their grandchildren.

Bascom Palmer Dedicates Auditorium to Jose Berrocal, M.D.

December 27, 2011

Surprising their husband and father, Hortensia Berrocal and her daughters Nina Berrocal, M.D., associate professor of clinical ophthalmology, and Maria Berrocal, M.D., joined faculty and staff at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute this month to dedicate the newly renovated Jose Berrocal Auditorium in honor of the very first fellow to train under the Institute’s founder.

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Surrounding division Chair Antonio Bianco, M.D., Ph.D., seated, are from left, Brian Kim, M.D., Sanford Baim, M.D., and Gianluca Iacobellis, M.D., Ph.D.

Expertise Sets Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Apart

December 08, 2011

To be recognized among the best academic health systems nationwide requires excellence in education, research and patient care. So it was no surprise when Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., took the helm of the Miller School in 2004, the highly regarded cardiologist began to search for distinctive faculty who could offer the kind of advanced care that would attract patients across the region, the country and the world.

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Surrounded by Miller School and Miami Dolphins leaders and supporters, Jayne S. Malfitano, UM President Donna E. Shalala and Jorge Perez, UM Trustee and Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman, hold an oversized copy of the $1,070,000 check for cancer research at Sylvester.

Dolphins Cycling Challenge Raises Over $1 Million for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

December 06, 2011

The second annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge fulfilled its mission of doubling the first year’s fundraising goal. At Sunday’s Dolphins game, the Miami Dolphins Foundation presented a check for $1,070,000 from the Dolphins Cycling Challenge to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The amount is one of the largest gifts ever to Sylvester from a single event.

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Lisa Metsch, Ph.D.

Lisa Metsch, Ph.D., Enhances HIV/AIDS Care Through Research

December 06, 2011

When Lisa Metsch, a newly minted Ph.D. in sociology, joined the Miller School faculty in 1994 to evaluate HIV prevention strategies for drug users, she noticed something both troubling and transformative: The study groups assembled to test HIV interventions included people at risk for what was then a fatal disease as well as people already living with the virus.

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From left, Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., patient Mark Frye, and Si Pham, M.D., share a laugh at the news conference celebrating UM/Jackson's heart transplant program.

UM/Jackson’s First Heart Transplant Patient Celebrates 25 Years of Success

December 02, 2011

Back in 1986, Homestead resident Mark Frye discovered quite by accident that he had, at best, a year to live, so he thrust himself into the role of medical pioneer. Just 26 at the time, his heart was so enlarged he needed a new one, and he chose an untested but well-prepared team at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital to perform South Florida’s first heart transplant.

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Bascom Palmer Executive and Miller School of Medicine Honored with Excellence in Health Care Awards

October 10, 2011

Michael Gittelman, hospital administrator of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, was named CEO of the Year at the South Florida Business Journal’s annual Excellence in Health Care Awards, presented October 6 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was named Employer of the Year. The Excellence in Health Care Awards honor health care businesses in the South Florida community that impact patient care, medical research, innovation, outreach, and service to the poor and uninsured.

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Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D.

UM Surgeon Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D., Dies in Nepal Plane Crash

September 26, 2011

Jagajan “JJ” Karmacharya, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery, chief of vascular surgery at the Miami VA hospital and associate program director of the vascular surgery fellowship, died Sunday in a plane crash in his homeland of Nepal, where he had gone to visit his ailing mother. Also killed were Dr. Karmacharya’s girlfriend, one of his brothers, a sister-in-law, and 15 other passengers and crew on board.

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Doreen G. Finkelstein, left, senior recruiter with the office of Medical Human Resources, helps a job candidate at the resource fair.

Life Science Park Hosts Community Resource Fair

September 13, 2011

Clutching a collection of brochures filled with information on employment opportunities, Chandra Holland, a certified surgical technician, left the Overtown Community Resource Fair on September 10 more confident about ending her unemployment. She was among the many Miami-area residents who came to the free event, which included health screeings and job and community-resource information from UM and other organizations.

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Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D.

FDA Approves New Lymphoma Drug Based on Miller School Research

August 26, 2011

Offering hope to lymphoma patients who have exhausted their treatment options, the Food and Drug Administration just approved a new drug which was based on an antibody developed at the Miller School of Medicine and has proven effective in recent clinical trials against Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in patients for whom standard therapies failed.

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Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D.

Cardiac Researchers Discover Predictor of Stem Cell Efficacy in Treating Heart Failure

August 24, 2011

Stem cell researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have made another discovery advancing the field of cardiac stem cells. Nanette H. Bishopric, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Laboratory, has led a team of researchers in discovering a factor that can serve as a predictor of stem cell development into blood vessels, a key finding for future applications.

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Silvina Levis, M.D.

UM Study Shows Soy Does Not Help Women During Menopause

August 08, 2011

Soy supplements do not help women in menopause, according to the findings of a two-year, $3 million study conducted at the Miller School’s Osteoporosis Center. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine if the widely popular product could preserve bone health and ease symptoms in the first years of menopause.

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Jochen Reiser, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Changli Wei, M.D., Ph.D.

Nephrologists Discover Cause of Common Kidney Disease

July 31, 2011

Nephrologists at the Miller School have solved a decades-long search for the cause of a significant form of chronic kidney disease – focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Working with mouse models and a bank of patient samples, scientists have discovered the first circulating factor known to start the process leading to FSGS.

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Deans of Miller School and Johns Hopkins Discuss Accountable Care Organizations

March 11, 2011

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and CEO of the University of Miami Health System and Edward D. Miller, M.D., Dean and CEO of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discussed accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the new era of health care reform. Their discussion included how their respective institutions have already made significant strides in developing ACOs with the goal of developing more cost-effective, efficient and quality health care while improving coordination of care for patients along the entire continuum of care.

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New MS drug Gilenya Approved for First-Line Therapy

January 26, 2011

Kottil Rammohan, M.D., professor of neurology and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, discusses Gilenya (fingolimod), a new drug approved by the FDA as a first-line therapy for multiple sclerosis. Dr. Rammohan addresses the efficacy of the drug and whether cost will limit the usage to second-line therapy.

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Current guidelines and methods for treating knee and head injuries in NCAA athletes

January 01, 2011

Lee Kaplan, MD, Chief of Sports medicine at The University of Miami Health System and team doctor for the Miami Hurricanes football team discusses the state-of-the-art methods for surgically repairing torn knee meniscus injuries and for repairing torn ACL’s. Clifton Page, MD, internists for the Miami Hurricanes football team, discusses the new guidelines for handling the return to play for athletes who have suffered a concussion, testing for sickle cell, and for monitoring heat exhaustion.

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