News : 2010

Ryan Trombly, M.D.

Dr. Ryan Trombly Awarded UM Consultant of the Year

The University of Miami (UM), Division of Hospital Medicine faculty presented Dr. Ryan Trombly with the Consultant of the Year award during an honorary reception that took place Saturday, December 11, 2010.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., center, was honored with the  2010 Outstanding Citizenship Award from Poder magazine and the Americas Business Council (ABC) Foundation. CNN’s John King, left, hosted the ceremony, and Juan Mora, ABC Foundation president, presented the award. (Photo courtesy of ABC-Poder/Mitchell Zachs)

Dean Goldschmidt Honored with Outstanding Citizenship Award

Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., received the Outstanding Citizenship Award from Poder magazine and the Americas Business Council (ABC) Foundation Tuesday evening. He joined elite global leaders who were honored for their “remarkable strategy, vision and execution in their respective businesses and organizations—those who are changing or can change the region’s development dynamics on several fronts.”

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Robert Hernandez, M.D., senior associate dean for medical student administration, left, and Deborah Powell, M.D., 2009-2010 AAMC chair.

AAMC Honors Miller School’s Service in Haiti

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine received national recognition for its outstanding contributions to academic medicine and the global community from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) during an awards ceremony at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, left, visited The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis on Monday to announce $5.6 million in funding for the Project’s scientific work, which he discussed with, from right, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Barth Green, M.D., and Marc Buoniconti.

Senator Nelson Helps Secure $5.6 Million for The Miami Project

On Monday, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson delivered the good news that a key Senate panel has approved $5.6 million for The Miami Project’s advanced research into spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, the hallmark injury of U.S. soldiers serving overseas.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., right, greets Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive during the prime minister's visit to University of Miami/Jackson Medical Center's Ryder Trauma Center on Wednesday. Bellerive toured the center with hospital executives and physicians, including Barth Green, M.D., left, to learn more about how Haitians were cared for after the January 12 earthquake.

Haiti Prime Minister Thanks UM/Jackson for Earthquake Aid

On a visit to Miami eight months after a catastrophic earthquake devastated his country, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, was visibly moved Wednesday after touring Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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Young Man Paralyzed in Accident Walks Again

David Del Cristo was paralyzed from the waist down, and doctors couldn’t say if he would ever walk again. He underwent a six hour operation by Dr. Michael Wang to realign his spine with several rods and pins. Within a month of the accident, Del Cristo took his first steps.

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Barth Green, M.D., (left) and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., at the award ceremony.

Dr. Barth Green Receives Humanitarian Award

Barth A. Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery, received the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organization’s prestigious Lawton’s Heart Humanitarian Award last night for his lifetime devotion to humanitarian during an award ceremony at the organization’s annual conference in Fort Lauderdale. Founded 20 years ago, FANO represents Florida’s non-profits.

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M. Ross Bullock, M.D., Ph.D.

M. Ross Bullock, M.D., Ph.D. Named President Elect of National Neurotrauma Society

M. Ross Bullock, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery and director of clinical neurotrauma, is the new president-elect of the National Neurotrauma Society and will organize the 2011 national meeting to be held in South Florida.

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Third from left, Barth Green, M.D., addresses a House subcommittee with, from left, Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction; Jonathan T.M. Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International; Joia Jefferson Nuri, chief of staff, TransAfrica Forum; Michael Fairbanks, founder and director of the SEVEN Fund; and Nicole S. Balliette, deputy director for Haiti Emergency Earthquake Response, Catholic Relief Services.

Barth Green, M.D., Testifies at U.S. House Hearing on Haiti

Testifying before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Barth Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery, offered his insights on the current health conditions in Haiti, and the vast challenges and opportunities the nation faces as it struggles to recover from January’s catastrophic earthquake.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute earned another No. 1 ranking, this time in an <em>Ophthalmology Times</em> survey.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked No. 1 Eye Hospital Again

For the seventh year in a row, UM’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the Number One hospital in the country for ophthalmology.

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Michael Y. Wang, M.D., and his team performed the complex surgery to remove Pippa’s tumor while protecting her spinal cord.

Saved From Paralysis

Philppa “Pippa” Milne always thought of Jackson Memorial Hospital as a place where people come when they have been shot, seriously burned or critically injured in a car accident. The Coral Gables resident never expected she would need Jackson. But after burning her wrist – and not feeling any pain – Pippa underwent a series of tests that discovered a serious problem.

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Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Falcone Named Associate VP for Medical Affairs and COO of UM Medical Group

Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor of radiology, neurological surgery and ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been named associate vice president for medical affairs, chief operating officer for the University of Miami Medical Group (UMMG), and associate executive dean for practice development.

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From left, Class of 2010 graduates Alina Lopez, Emilio Lopez and Lack Louro, wait to receive their medical degrees.

Two of Haiti's Health Care Heroes Honored as the Class of 2010 Graduates

With the Miller School’s extraordinary earthquake relief effort in Haiti a fitting backdrop, 155 students in the Class of 2010 received their medical degrees during commencement at the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus Saturday night. The ceremony highlighted the accomplishments of two humanitarians who have devoted their lives to serving and improving access to health care in Haiti.

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Roberto C. Heros, M.D., accepted the 2010 Harvey Cushing Medal at a special ceremony during the AANS annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Roberto Heros, M.D., Awarded Prestigious 2010 Harvey Cushing Medal

Roberto C. Heros, M.D., professor and co-chair of neurological surgery and residency program director, was honored with the 2010 Harvey Cushing Medal, the highest award given to a neurosurgeon by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). A Miller School faculty member for 15 years who is internationally known in his field, Heros was recognized for his dedication and contributions to neurosurgery…

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Dr. Barth Green and Amy Wang, Occupational Therapist Registered, at the Project Medishare Medical Compound.

Devastation after the Haiti Earthquake: A Neurosurgeon's Journal

On January 12, 2010 a 7.0-Mw earthquake struck Port au Prince, Haiti. The devastation, obvious from media footage, was unparalleled in recent history. An estimated 194,000 Haitians were killed, and roughly 200,000 were injured (Figure 1). In the weeks following the quake a massive international effort was mobilized to assist the nation of Haiti.

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Dr. Barth Green and Katie Couric in Haiti.

Haiti's 21st Century Makeshift Hospital

(CBS) In a dusty field 200 feet from the Port-au-Prince airport, a makeshift medical center treats life-threatening injuries and chronic illnesses. “If they come in here, they’re treated as if they’re at Mass General, Mayo or University of Miami, anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Barth Green. CBS News anchor Katie Couric reports Green was one of the first to arrive in Haiti after the earthquake.

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Dr. Howard B. Levene Gives Back to Local Elementary School

Dr. Howard B. Levene, of the University of Miami, Department of Neurosurgery, spent his morning with over 140 eager fourth and fifth grade students, sharing his knowledge and expertise as a “brain and back” doctor. Dr. Levene’s presentation falls at the culmination of a week-long effort to expose Olinda Elementary School students to a multitude of career options.

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Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Published on use of Mild Hypothermia in Spinal Cord Injuries

A study published by researchers from the Miller School’s Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis offers evidence that the use of mild hypothermia is both a safe and potentially effective strategy in acute spinal cord injury. More than two years ago, NFL player and former Miami Hurricane Kevin Everett suffered a spinal cord injury and many believed he would never walk again.

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Dr. Heros (left), Dr. Sacco (right)

Dr. Roberto C. Heros, wins Prestigious 2010 Cor-Vitae Award of the American Heart Association

Dr. Roberto C. Heros was the winner of the 2010 Cor-Vitae Award of the AHA for his contributions to stroke care. Dr. Heros is Professor and Co-Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery.

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Barth Green, M.D., tends to an injured child while his anguished mother cries out in despair.

Miller Neurological Surgery Team Treats Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries in Haiti

Embarking on the first of many anticipated medical specialty missions, a Miller School neurological surgery team arrived at the University’s hospital in Haiti Friday and began treating earthquake survivors with spinal cord injuries…

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UM Doc Returns From Haiti With Patients & Hope

One of the first Miami area doctors to arrive in Haiti after last week’s devastating earthquake is back in South Florida. “We were the first medical team to land because the airport was closed and we just went in without any tower authorization or anything. When we got there, there were no hospitals and really no doctors, everything was in shock,” said Miami neurosurgeon Dr. Barth Green.

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Haitian First Lady Elisabeth Debrosse Delatour, President Rene Preval and Barth Green, M.D., professor and chairman of the Miller School's Department of Neurological Surgery, discuss the earthquake relief efforts in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Local Doctors head to Haiti to help victims

A group of South Florida doctors are headed to Haiti to help victims of the disaster. Around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, five doctors and three nurses departed from Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport bound for Port-au-Prince.

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