The Faculty Council of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held its first-ever awards program during its final meeting of the academic year on May 22. The atmosphere was just right for something new, with faculty members chatting amiably beside a well-stocked supper buffet, and live jazz adding a musical dimension to the event.
Steven L. Cohn, M.D., a hospitalist, professor emeritus of medicine and nationally recognized expert in perioperative medicine, has had a busy spring. Although he officially retired from the Miller School of Medicine in April 2017, he has continued to work part-time and to teach. Now he is finally winding down his academic career, but the vagaries of conference scheduling have forced him to do so in a whirlwind of activity.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will be well represented at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting June 1- 5 in Chicago, as several physicians and researchers are scheduled to make key presentations. At the Plenary Session on Sunday, June 3, Gilberto Lopes, M.D., M.B.A., associate director of Global Oncology at Sylvester, will present the abstract on the Phase III KEYNOTE-42 study.
Medication-assisted treatment may be the most effective strategy for preventing potentially fatal relapses for individuals recovering from opioid addictions, according to national experts at a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine symposium held May 21. “Medication strategies work for many people with opioid abuse disorder,” said Edward V. Nunes, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center.
Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., assistant professor of urology and director of reproductive urology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, spoke recently before members of the American Urological Association at its annual convention in San Francisco. His presentation was a summary of randomized clinical trials he conducted on the effects of shockwave therapy for treating erectile dysfunction.
William H. Eaglstein, M.D., chair emeritus of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wound Healing Society for his numerous contributions to the field. In addition, Ivan Jozic, Ph.D., received the Young Investigator Award, and George Glinos, M.D., won the Anita Roberts Award.
Asha B. Pillai, M.D., a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher who specializes in pediatric immunotherapy, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for her innovative work in transplant immunology. Pillai wants to give hope, and perhaps even a cure, to patients with non-cancerous blood disorders like sickle cell anemia and thalassemia.
Neurosonology — the ultrasonic imaging of neural structures — allows physicians at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System to get a unique and very detailed look at the health of the arteries inside and outside the brain. This can mean a more precise diagnosis, prognosis and management of people after a stroke, transient ischemic attack and even asymptomatic cerebrovascular disease.
UHealth neurosurgeon Robert Starke, M.D., successfully diagnosed and surgically treated a former chief medical officer from the Bahamas who suffered a rare vascular condition in the brain. In December 2016 Glen Beneby, M.D., suddenly blacked out and collapsed. He then experienced cognitive decline and weakness on the left side of his body, and after being misdiagnosed he was ultimately referred to Starke.
Global Oncology and International Programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently established new partnerships in South America, collaborated on an international symposium in Brazil, and hosted the first annual Global Oncology Research Dialogue at Sylvester.