From left, Mexican General Consul to Miami Jorge Francisco de la Lama, Armando Ahued Ortega, M.D., Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., UM President Julio Frenk, and Steven M. Altschuler, M.D.

University of Miami and Mexico City Ministry of Health Establish Health Care Partnership


Leaders of the University of Miami, the Miller School of Medicine and the Ministry of Health of Mexico City (SEDESA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a health care partnership with hemispheric and global potential. Its broad scope includes collaborations in teaching, research, exchange of faculty and students, and staff development.

From left, Rob Campbell, M.D., SGSA chair; Adrian Jones, J.D., SGSA chair-elect; Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D.; Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.; and Jerry Clark, Ph.D., MBA.

Dr. Hilit Mechaber Receives AAMC Award for Exemplary Service


Hilit F. Mechaber, M.D., associate dean for student services at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received the Robert “Bob” Sabalis Award for Exemplary Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Southern Group on Student Affairs (SGSA).

From left, Alicia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., with Matthew Phillips, M.D./Ph.D. student and president of the Graduate Student Association, at the ASCI annual meeting.

Dr. Alessia Fornoni Inducted into American Society for Clinical Investigation


Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, chief of the Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and director of the Peggy and Harold Katz Family Drug Discovery Center, has been inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. The induction ceremony took place April 21 during the association’s annual meeting in Chicago.

Three Walgreens On-Campus Pharmacies Are Open


The University of Miami and Walgreens are pleased to announce the opening of three on-campus Walgreens pharmacy locations: The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital, and University of Miami Hospital and Clinics. These pharmacies offer convenient access to Walgreens’ expert service for faculty, staff, students and the community.

Tumor-cell infiltration into the liver of a TET2-ko mouse.

Studying a Catalyst for Blood Cancers


Mingjiang Xu, M.D., Ph.D., cancer researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues have been studying the protein TET2, a tumor suppressor, for several years. They recently published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, which describes how TET2 loss can open the door for mutations that drive myeloid, lymphoid, and other cancers.

Works of art in the exhibit are intended to inspire viewers to quit smoking.

Art MD ‘Smoke Out’ Exhibit Now Open at Shalala Student Center


Art MD, a non-profit organization founded by a group of residents and faculty at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital with the mission of creating art-based health promotion campaigns, has its “Smoke Out” tobacco-cessation exhibit on display at UM’s Donna E. Shalala Student Center through May 13. All of the art pieces presented seek to inspire the viewer in a different way to quit smoking.

Jeremy Freedman, M.D. candidate, Class of 2019, and his new Miller-branded stethoscope.

Help Support Stethoscopes for Students


As a medical student, husband, and father, Jeremy Freedman frequently finds himself short of time and money. So when the University of Miami Miller School Medical Alumni Association (MAA) surprised him with his very own stethoscope as part of its “Stethoscopes for Students” initiative, Freedman recognized it as the precious gift that it was. “It is such an incredibly warm way to start my medical career,” he said.