Camillo Ricordi, M.D., director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions.
Thirty years ago, Marlene Berg founded Cancer Link with a small group of women to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for research. Since then, the all-volunteer nonprofit has raised nearly $3 million to support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “We are all grateful for the great care provided by Sylvester’s medical team," said Berg.
In response to South Florida’s high rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), UHealth—the University of Miami Health System is piloting an initiative to provide screenings, prevention, and treatment services with the aim of reducing transmission of HIV and other STIs. The pilot initiative launched on World AIDS Day, Friday, Dec. 1, at three of 17 UHealth Clinic at Walgreens locations.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and faculty presented medical education initiatives and innovations at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Learn Serve Lead 2017annual Meeting in Boston. The Miller School team presented 12 posters about projects spanning a wide spectrum of areas of interest from classroom peer-teaching to research initiatives in community-based health care.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, has awarded a one-year infrastructure grant of $50,184 to Julio C. Barredo, M.D., director of Children’s Cancer Programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Toppel Family Chair in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
At the dedication ceremony held November 18, 2016, for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center — the gleaming five-story, 206,000-square foot state-of-the-art outpatient facility constructed by UHealth-the University of Miami Health System on the Coral Gables campus — speakers described a new vision for health care.
When an unconscious patient with a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) tattoo on his chest was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s emergency room last summer, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine clinicians faced a serious ethical question: whether or not to honor his wishes. “We felt that the patient’s tattoo, which included his signature, was clearly a call for help,” said Gregory E. Holt, M.D., Ph.D.
Renowned for his expertise in pediatric infectious disease, Charles D. Mitchell, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases, was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research. The award was presented during a November 2nd ceremony at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute.
Jessica MacIntyre, M.S.N., ARNP, director of clinical operations for the Office of the Director at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored at the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Women Empowering and Embracing Women awards program on December 1. She received the “Inspiring and Achieving Award” for her work in health care.
Angelique Muniz boxed in college, and since then she has kept physically active at a local gym, mixing cardio kickboxing with Zumba and yoga classes. But she fought the fight of her life two years ago, when an irritation in her throat turned out to be stage 3 oral cancer. Her aggressive cancer required an aggressive response: the removal and reconstruction of half of her tongue, followed by radiation and extensive therapy.