ERP trainer Yanatha Desouvre calls Dean Henri R. Ford an inspirational role model — fashion included — for South Florida's Haitian community.

Dean Ford Hosts First ‘Meet and Greet’ Session


Moriane Joseph, ARNP, was excited to say hello to Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., the recently appointed dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “I have the greatest respect for his recovery work in Haiti after the terrible 2010 earthquake,” said Joseph, a nurse practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology. “I am also of Haitian descent, and it is an honor to welcome him to our school.”

More than 100 Miller School professionals, first-responders, family members and friends turned out for the ceremony.

UM and Civic Leaders Honor Dr. Michael S. Gordon


University of Miami and Miami-Dade leaders paid tribute to Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., a legendary Miller School researcher, clinician and educator, on Wednesday, August 15, at the co-designation of the Dr. Michael S. Gordon Plaza on NW 14th Street at Highland Road. The ceremony was presented by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and City of Miami Commissioner Wifredo Gort.

Study collaborators, from left: Haley Perlow, Miller School medical student; Laura Huang M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist; Stuart Samuels, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator; Diana Molinares, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation resident; and Gregory Azzam, M.D., Ph.D., radiation oncology resident.

Sylvester Researcher Receives Grant to Study Long-Term Side Effects of Head and Neck Radiotherapy


Radiation therapy can be an effective treatment for people diagnosed with head and neck cancer. However, weeks, months or years after treatment, a debilitating side effect — fibrosis of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and muscles of the neck — often arises. This excess production of fibrous connective tissue and scarring can significantly decrease patient quality of life and limit physical function.

Bascom Palmer Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 17th Time


U.S News & World Report has once again ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System as the nation’s best in ophthalmology. Recognized as a global leader in vision research, medical education and patient care, Bascom Palmer received the No. 1 ranking in 2018-19 for the 15th year in a row and the 17th time

Tasuku Akiyama, Ph.D.

Dr. Tasuku Akiyama Receives $1.7 Million NIH Grant to Study Relationship between Itch and Anxiety


Tasuku Akiyama, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received a five-year, $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the neuronal circuit of affective (anxiety-related) itch. Dr. Akiyama’s research focuses on the mechanisms that drive chronic itch at the systemic, cellular and molecular levels.

Dr. Michael J. Paidas

Dr. Michael J. Paidas of Yale Named Chair of OB/GYN at UHealth


Michael J. Paidas, M.D., professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and vice chair of obstetrics at Yale University School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Dr. Paidas brings a wide range of exceptional accomplishment to Miami," said Edward Abraham, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health Affairs.

Sylvester attendees from left, top row: Jared Cotta, Lauren Gjolaj, Avantika Dang, Rizalia Rivera-Cvijovic, Rosa Hsieh, Helen Peck, Andrew Nilson, John Shea.  From left, bottom row: Rania Saghira, Bat-ami Gordon, Yvonne Dinh, Simmy Thompson.

Sylvester Research Administration Posters Showcased at National Conference


A team from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Clinical Research Services and Sylvester administration recently shared their best practices and key insights with leading academic medical centers across the nation. Overall, the Sylvester professionals showcased 10 posters at the Association of American Cancer Institutes annual Clinical Research Initiative conference. Sylvester displayed more posters than any other center.

Department of Family Medicine residents and faculty in Morningside Park.

All in the Family


“Physician, heal thyself.” The biblical admonition to keep your own house in order has taken on new meaning as graduate medical programs across the country implement changes in their training to help residents maximize their own health, as well as that of their patients. A novel burnout-prevention program is helping family medicine residents improve work-life balance and patient care.