Family medicine practitioner, Harold Johnson, M.D. ’94, does not generally attend school reunions, but when it came time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his medical school graduation with his classmates, Dr. Johnson knew he did not want to miss it.
“It looks like we only have five minutes to go,” Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, dean and chief academic officer of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said to the excited crowd at Match Day 2019. “Unfortunately, I brought a 15-minute speech.” The groans had barely begun when he flashed his big smile and said, “Just kidding,” generating laughter and applause. Still he used the time he had to great effect.
A University of Miami Miller School research team has found a new approach to preventing and treating HIV infection in a preclinical model. With one injection of anti-HIV monoclonal antibodies, the researchers were able to suppress the virus for three years in one monkey and for extended periods in two others.
Social workers across the University of Miami Heath System tend to be selfless in their day-to-day support and education of patients, families and colleagues on their interdisciplinary teams. The celebration of Social Work Month each March, however, provides an opportunity to step back and acknowledge their essential roles in patient care.
At a ceremony honoring two of the world’s renowned researchers in wound healing, Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., became the holder of the William H. Eaglstein, M.D. Endowed Chair in Wound Healing.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received full accreditation for an eight-year cycle from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). “This was a three-and-a-half-year effort, with teams of faculty and students putting their heart and soul into the process,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., executive dean for education and policy.
Two outstanding women at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were honored at the 31st annual “In the Company of Women” awards ceremony, which showcased the contributions of 15 local women leaders. Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., was co-winner of the Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology award, and Rochelle A. “Shelly” Baer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., received the Outstanding Woman in Health and Human Services award.
People who report an elevated number of depression symptoms may be more likely to have a stroke years later than people with no depression symptoms or a low number of depression symptoms, according to a preliminary study released March 6 that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in May.
Robert M. Quencer, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology, has received the Gold Medal from the American Society of Spine Radiology. The Gold Medal — the ASSR’s highest award — is given to an individual who has made major contributions to the science of spine imaging, to spine imaging research, to the society itself and to education in radiology.
Wei Li, Ph.D., from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a five-year $9.12 million R24 grant from the National Eye Institute (NEI) to develop a new drug that would protect infants from potentially blinding eye disorders due to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).