The top images show the untreated retina, left, and the effect of anti-Scg-3 therapy to treat retinopathy of prematurity in a mouse model. The bottom images zoom in on the blood vessels.

Study Suggests New Way to Prevent Vision Loss in Diabetics and Premature Babies


Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes of diabetic mice. The study suggests that inhibiting this molecule may prevent similarly aberrant blood vessels from damaging the vision of not only diabetics, but also premature infants.

Tyler Clark receives his envelope from Dean Laurence Gardner, M.D., as wife Brittany and daughters Remi, Mia and Ella await the news.

Miller School Students Celebrate Their Futures at Match Day 2017


Screams of joy extended far beyond the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on Friday as members of the Miller School of Medicine Class of 2017 joined medical students all over the country for Match Day, when they learn where they will spend the next several years of their training.

Thinh Tran, M.D., MBA., chief clinical officer and chief operating officer, joins the hand sanitizer mascot at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Successful Patient Safety Week Concludes


Friday was the fifth and final day of Patient Safety Week activities. With the theme of the day being preventing infection, hands across campus were washed and sanitized in record numbers. Hand sanitizer bottles were given away throughout UHealth locations, and the Hand Sanitizer Mascot made surprise inspirational appearances.

Miller School of Medicine students pose with Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., MACP, and Alex Mechaber, M.D. ’94, at the 2017 Medical Education Donors and Scholars Luncheon at the Coral Gables Country Club.

Event Brings Donors and Scholars Together


The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine was Nikesh Doshi's first choice for medical school, particularly after completing his undergraduate studies as a ’Cane. The third-year Miller School medical student, who is pursuing a career in internal medicine, says his education might not have been possible if not for the funding he received through the Jeannette Newton Scholarship,’94.

From left, Alberto A. Mitrani, M.D., Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D., and Laurence B. Gardner, M.D.

Hall of Fame Award, Banquet Highlight Medical Alumni Weekend 2017


During the annual celebration of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s alumni, internationally renowned cardiologist and longtime UM faculty member Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D. ’80, was formally inducted as the 2017 recipient of the Medical Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame Award. The honor, one of the highlights of Medical Alumni Weekend 2017, was presented March 4.

From left, student pharmacist Bibi Barrios with UMH Pharmacy Clinical Manager Marlene Delavalle, Pharm.D.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Thursday


Wednesday, the third day of Patient Safety Week, focused on the safe use of medications. It was a day of important educational outreach, an amusing but informative takeoff on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and an opportunity for UHealth’s pharmacy experts to enjoy some time in the spotlight. Thursday’s activities will focus on the safe use of alarms.

A. Barry Grosse, J.D.

UHealth Names Chief Compliance Officer


A. Barry Grosse, J.D., has been named Chief Compliance Officer of the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine. Grosse, who is now Chief Compliance Officer of Healogics, a wound care management services company in Jacksonville, comes with a wealth of experience building compliance programs at managed care companies, hospitals and health care providers.

Joining David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., senior associate dean for quality, safety and risk prevention, are, from left, Myka Whitman, B.S.N., RN, interim UHealth chief risk officer, Kathy Zanelli, B.S.N., RN, executive director of nursing, Gissette Onorato, executive director of human experience, Maureen Fitzpatrick, M.S.N., ARNP-BC, of the Center for Patient Safety, and Roxanna Araya of the Center for Patient Safety.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Friday


Thursday, the fourth day of Patient Safety Week, focused on the safe use of clinical alarms. UHealth staff learned about finding the proper balance between alarms that go off too regularly — and therefore get ignored, and those that don’t go off often enough, and potentially endanger patients in need of assistance.