Dr. Camillo Ricordi Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors


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.

Cancer Link presidents, from left, Norma Jean Abraham, Iliette Oliveros, Mary Rosenberg, Barbara Berg, Diane Madden, Marlene Berg, Susan Kaufman, Bonnie Sepe, Harriet Shapiro, and Ivette Martin-Sarol.

Cancer Link Celebrates 30 Years of Support for Breast Cancer Research at Sylvester


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.

At UHealth Clinic at Walgreens Miami Beach. From left, Betsy Fernandez, D.N.P., M.S.N., director, UHealth Clinic at Walgreens; Dolores Rexach, ARNP, UHealth Clinic at Walgreens nurse practitioner; and Cristina Rubio-Delgado, M.S.N., ARNP.

UHealth Clinic at Walgreens Launches HIV/Sexual Health Program


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.

Lauren Tholemeier explains her poster to an annual meeting attendee.

Miller School Students and Faculty Present Medical Education Initiatives


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.

Julio C. Barredo, M.D.

Pediatric Cancer Grant Awarded to Dr. Julio C. Barredo


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.

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center Celebrates Its First Anniversary


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.

‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Tattoo Raises Ethical Issues, UM Team Writes in New England Journal


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.

From left, Jon Batchelor, Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, President Julio Frenk, Charles D. Mitchell, M.D., Samita Andreansky, Ph.D., Fernando F. Corrales-Medina, M.D., Jack Falk, Daniel Ferraresi, and Sandy Batchelor.

Dr. Charles Mitchell Honored by The Batchelor Foundation


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, second from left, receiving her award.

Sylvester’s Jessica MacIntyre is Honored by South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


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.

Exercise, including familiar boxing workouts, has helped Angelique Muniz regain her strength.

Cancer Survivor: A Real-Life Wonder Woman


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.