Dileep Yavagal, M.D., has found stem cells can speed recovery of stroke patients.

Stem Cells: A Breakthrough in Stroke Treatment?


Millions of brain neurons die within minutes following a stroke, and the dead cells can’t be restored. Nonetheless, the brain tissue surrounding the dead area, although non-functioning, remains alive for a short time. Research has found that stem cells target the area and secrete chemicals that save the tissue and, essentially, rejuvenate it.

From left, Drs. Geetika A. Klevos, Keyvan Nouri, Andrew Sherman and Oleksandr Kryvenko.

Four UM Physicians Graduate from Inaugural Physician Leadership Academy


Four University of Miami Miller School of Medicine physicians graduated as part of the inaugural class of the Physician Leadership Academy of South Florida. The academy was formed as a partnership of the Dade County Medical Association, Broward County Medical Association, and Palm Beach County Medical Society. It is supported by the Florida Medical Association, with six physicians selected to represent each county.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Recognized for High-Quality Cancer Care


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been reaccredited by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). This program awards a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.

Physician treats child for possible concussion.

New Clinic Will Treat Children’s Concussions


To serve children under 16 who have suffered concussion from a non-sports- related injury, the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute’s concussion program has launched its Pediatric Concussion Clinic, led by concussion expert Gillian Hotz, Ph.D. “Too often, younger children fall through the cracks and are not correctly diagnosed with concussion,” said Hotz.

Multiple Grants Generate Momentum in Cancer Research


Research efforts to improve outcomes for people with ovarian cancer or glioma just got a boost in excess of $3 million. Noriyuki Kasahara, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of biology and pathology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues have received a $2.6 million NCI grant to support their unique technology to deliver targeted chemotherapy.

From left, Abby Ness and Carly Muller, M.D./M.P.H. candidates, Class of 2021.

UM Medical Alumni Association Presents ‘Stethoscopes for Students’


Only minutes into their formal medical school education, the members of the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2021 were presented with perhaps the most-recognized symbol of the medical profession. The students were handed brand-new stethoscopes, donated by alumni and faculty as a way of welcoming them to the Miller School.

From left, occupational therapist Angel Alvarez, Ralph Pagano, Louis Pizano, M.D., M.B.A., and Carl Schulman, M.D., M.S.P.H., Ph.D.

Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano Thanks UHealth and Jackson after Treatment for Life-Threatening Burns


South Florida celebrity chef Ralph Pagano, who suffered life-threatening burns in a kitchen explosion, expressed gratitude to his UHealth/Jackson caregivers when he was released following a hospital stay of nearly a month and a half. The explosion occurred when Pagano, owner of the Naked Lunch, Naked Taco and Naked Crab restaurants and host of the culinary show “All Mixed Up,” was opening a new restaurant in Bimini.

Image showing the relationship between astrocytes (violet) and pyramidal neurons (green) in the hippocampal CA1 region and dentate gyrus.

Miami Project Researchers Awarded Five-Year, $2.2 Million Grant for TBI Study


A team of researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study an attribute in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Daniel J. Liebl, Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery, is leading the investigation.

Dr. Noriyuki Kasahara in his lab.

Innovative Way to Deliver Chemotherapy into Glioma Cells Shows Promise


It’s a story of targeted chemotherapy, immune system changes, and the possibility of prolonged survival for people with gliomas. Noriyuki Kasahara, M.D., Ph.D., a gene therapy expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of cell biology and pathology at the Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues developed a unique technology to deliver chemotherapy exclusively to tumors.

Alina Sanchez, past president of the MPA, and two of the current co-presidents, Vicky Egusquiza, M.D. ’87, and Ani Martinez.

Medical Parents Association Welcomes the Class of 2021


The Medical Parents Association (MPA) held an orientation dinner August 9 to welcome the Class of 2021 – and their proud parents – to their first year at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. “I can tell you from first-hand experience that your daughter or son stands on the threshold of an incredible adventure,” said Vicky Egusquiza, M.D. ’87, whose three sons have attended the Miller School.