Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Sylvester is One of Four Sites for Clinical Trial to Treat Advanced Colorectal and Ovarian Cancers


Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D., director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is overseeing a Phase I/II study of a combination therapy to treat advanced colorectal and ovarian cancers. Sylvester is one of only four sites in the U.S. participating in the multicenter trial, and is the only site in Florida.

Sylvester radiation oncology team with colleagues in the Dominican Republic.

Sylvester Radiation Oncologists Travel to Dominican Republic for Consulting Engagement


A group of radiation oncologists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently traveled to the Dominican Republic for a hands-on consulting engagement at Instituto Oncologico Heriberto Pieter in Santo Domingo. The cancer specialists made the trip to as part of the memorandum of understanding signed a year ago with the institute’s medical director, Jose Ramirez, M.D.

Canon representatives David Cavanaugh and Andrea Rai, at left, stand in front of the Pediatric Mobile Clinic with Lisa Gwynn, D.O., and Maria V. Ferraris, M.Ed., project manager, Pediatric Mobile Clinic.

Donors Get On-Site Experience with UM Pediatric Mobile Clinic


For many donors, there is no better way to know their gift is making a difference than by seeing it in action. For two representatives from Canon Solutions America, getting a first-hand look at how the University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic cares for patients is all the proof they need. “This is one of our favorite projects due to the direct impact that we have on the communities here,” said Andrea Rai.

From left, Jennifer Jehn, Dr. Stephen Nimer, Dr. Sara St. George, Lesley Visser, Twan Russell and Keith Goralski at the grant announcement.

Sylvester Researcher Receives Grant to Help Female Cancer Survivors


Sara Mijares St. George, Ph.D., of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received a $200,000 grant from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano, through a collaboration with the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. The grant will fund a study that will provide information to Hispanic and black female cancer survivors to improve weight, physical activity and nutrition.

In an upcoming phase two human study, researchers will use nine outcome fields — cognitive, behavioral, psychosocial, sleep, pain, sensorimotor, cardiovascular, inflammatory biomarkers, and neuroimaging studies — to evaluate the drug’s efficacy.

‘Concussion Pill’ Shows Promise in Pre-Clinical Pilot Study


Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, along with their partners at Scythian Biosciences, are one step closer to finding a new treatment for concussion. In 2016, the multidisciplinary Miller School team embarked on a five-year study to examine the effects of combining CBD with an NMDA antagonist for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and concussion.

Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery trainees, residents and faculty at the second annual Celia & Samuel Resnik Research Day.

Second Annual Celia & Samuel Resnik Research Day Highlights Dermatology Achievements


The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery recently held its second annual Celia & Samuel Resnik Research Day, featuring 28 oral and 32 poster presentations that highlighted the discoveries and accomplishments of the trainees, residents and faculty in its robust skin biology research and training programs.

Summer Course Explores Commercial Potential of Research Discoveries


Does your latest discovery have commercial value? Go beyond the lab and broaden the impact of your research project this summer by taking the National Institutes of Health’s I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The free, five-week course is designed specifically for teams of faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, residents, students or entrepreneurs.

Nurse practitioners Amanda Chaney, left, and Jessica MacIntyre, right, receive their awards from Jacinto Garrido, Ph.D., DNP, South Florida’s state representative to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Sylvester Nurse Practitioner Honored for Advocacy


Jessica MacIntyre, M.S.N., ARNP, director of clinical operations at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been honored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) for her advocacy on behalf of Florida’s nurse practitioners. MacIntyre, who is co-director of Florida’s only oncology fellowship program developed for nurse practitioners, received the 2018 AANP State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocacy.

Frank J. Penedo, Ph.D.

Cancer Survivorship Expert Dr. Frank J. Penedo Joins Sylvester


Frank J. Penedo, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in cancer survivorship and psychosocial oncology, will join Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on August 15 as associate director for cancer survivorship and translational behavioral research. Dr. Penedo will also co-lead the cancer control research program. “I am delighted to rejoin the team at Sylvester,” said Dr. Penedo.

School-to-Work mentors and students at final meeting of academic year.

Miller School Mentors High School Students Seeking Careers in Health Care


“My little nurse” — Brianna Manker still remembers what she was called when, at only 3 or 4, she would go to the refrigerator to get her grandmother’s insulin. Manker is grown up now — she just graduated from high school — but in a way, the nickname she earned as a toddler provided a goal that remained with her. She starts college in the fall at Florida A&M University to earn a degree in nursing.