When a heart attack patient with a clot blocking his left main artery arrived at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Cesar E. Mendoza, M.D., attempted unsuccessfully to restore blood flow using conventional balloon angioplasty. He remembered colleague Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D., reporting success capturing and removing the clots of stroke patients using a stent-retriever device and asked him to attempt the same technique on his patient.
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The Florida Department of Health has announced the award of 16 grants totaling more than $16 million from the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program. Six investigators at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were recipients of Bankhead-Coley and King grants totaling $5,728,856.