News : 2011

Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D.

Rising NIH Ranking Reflects the Miller School’s Growing Research Prowess

Enhancing the University’s growing reputation as a research institution, the Miller School of Medicine climbed two spots to No. 39 in the amount of highly coveted research funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health during the 2010-11 federal fiscal year.

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(From left) Roberto C. Heros, M.D., Barth A. Green, M.D., Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D., Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Jorge J. Guerra, M.D., and M. Ross Bullock, M.D., Ph.D.

Jonathan Jagid, M.D., Receives University of Miami Medical Group Faculty Heroes Recognition Award

Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, has been honored with the UMMG Faculty Hero Award for his exemplary patient care and commitment to the surgical treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease, brain injury and those who can benefit from specialized radiosurgery for brain and spinal tumors.

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Kevin Park, Ph.D.

Miller School/The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Researcher Co-Authors Nature Study

Kevin Park, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery at the Miller School’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and colleagues published a manuscript in the prestigious journal Nature that demonstrates that the deletion of two genes promotes continued and significant axon regeneration following injury.

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Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery and Director of Surgical Neuro-oncology at University of Miami Hospital.

Komotar a Devoted Doctor

Re Fred Tasker’s Nov. 22 story New brain vaccine aims to turn fatal disease into chronic: I had just learned that a friend was diagnosed with the very type of brain tumor highlighted in the article. I took a shot in the dark and called the number listed in The Miami Herald.

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University of Miami Hospital is the only location in Florida administering this breakthrough cancer vaccine.

Cancer Vaccine, First of Its Kind, to be Tested in Britain

A cancer vaccine that tackles tumors and out-of-control cells — a first of its kind — will soon enter clinical trials in what researchers hope will transform currently fatal diseases into chronic illnesses.

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Dr. Ricardo Komotar and Dr. Deborah Olin Heros look over an MRI of a brain tumor at the Sylvester Cancer Center. The University of Miami's medical school is one of 10 U.S. institutions working on Phase II trial of a brain tumor vaccine. 
Walter Michot / Miami Herald Staff

New Brain Vaccine Aims to Turn Fatal Disease into Chronic

“This is the future of cancer therapy,” Komotar says. “Radiation and chemotherapy fight the cancer but they also kill normal cells, and they’re toxic. This kills the cancer without harming normal tissue.”

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In this updated photo provided by ABC, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC's 20/20.

Giffords Faces Long Road, Wants to Return to Hill

“I think she’s way ahead of the curve,” said Dr. Ross Bullock, chief of neurotrauma at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., comments on the fatal injury.

Tragic and Rare: Coming to terms with the death of a Phoenix varsity football player

There was no way to predict this tragic event, says Dr. Ricardo Komotar, a neurosurgeon and head trauma specialist at the University of Miami Hospital, himself a former high school football star. “My guess is that he got hit in the wrong spot at the wrong time at high velocity,” Komotar told staff writer Paul Riede. “In terms of what you can learn and how to prevent it, I think the answer is zero. I think it’s a freak injury.”

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Front row, Katherine Swidarski, M.P.H, left, and WalkSafe intern Jasmine Reid. Back row, Anabel Anon, program coordinator, left, and Gillian Hotz, Ph.D.

WalkSafe Program Addresses Student Safety and Health on International Walk to School Day

On October 5, faculty and staff from the WalkSafe program at the Miller School promoted student safety and wellness as they celebrated International Walk to School Day at Charles R. Drew Elementary School. Approximately 300 students walked and rolled to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

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From left, Bruno V. Gallo, M.D., Ricardo Komotar, M.D., awake craniotomy patient Ray Beccaria, and Thomas Fuhrman, M.D.

Doctors and Patient Describe Rare Awake Craniotomy Surgery at UMH

In early September, Ray Beccaria began struggling to put into words what he wanted to say. A week later, he had trouble reading and thought he might be having a stroke. His wife thought he was just stressed. The 64-year-old health information management specialist admits he was “scared every day” that his perplexing symptoms would worsen. A CT scan and MRI at University of Miami Hospital confirmed his fears: a glioblastoma.

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Patient kept awake during brain surgery

While undergoing delicate brain surgery, patient Ray Beccaria spent much of the four-hour operation chatting with his surgeons. Anesthesiologist Dr. Thomas Fuhrman performed the equally delicate task of keeping Beccaria calm and comfortable but still awake enough to speak.

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Paralyzed rugby player gives $20,000 to Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital

Since his spinal cord injury on Jan. 29, Beckham has spent much of his life at Jackson Memorial Hospital, starting with surgery by Dr. Michael Wang.

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From left, former Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula and Nick and Marc Buoniconti celebrate another successful Legends dinner.

Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner Raises More Than $10 Million to Cure Paralysis

The 26th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City Monday night, raised more than $10 million to support groundbreaking spinal cord injury research by the Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which is at a historic juncture.

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Peyton Manning's Receiving Stem Cell Therapy Thrusts Medical Procedures Back Into Sports Spotlight

Dr. Barth Green, who founded the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, says his center is in the final stages of getting FDA approval to treat spinal cord injuries with Schwann cells – adult, peripheral nerve cells that help with regeneration.

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University of Miami/Jackson medical campus

Five UM/Jackson Programs Nationally Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Five University of Miami Miller School of Medicine programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center (UM/Jackson) have been ranked among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals survey, with UM’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute ranked Number One in ophthalmology for the eighth year in a row.

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M. Ross Bullock, MD, PhD, 2011 National Neurotrauma Society President.

UM Symposium Tackles Neurotrauma

“Neurotrauma kills and permanently disables more young people world wide than any other disease,” said Dr. Ross Bullock, president of the National Neurotrauma Society and a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

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From left, Roberto C. Heros, M.D, Barth Green, M.D., and James T. Rutka, M.D., Ph.D., president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Barth Green Earns More Recognition for His Work in Haiti

In recognition of his unwavering dedication to neurosurgical science and his exemplary humanitarian efforts in Haiti for the past 20 years, Barth A. Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Humanitarian Award of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The award was presented to Dr. Green on April 13.

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University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center

UM/Jackson Named No. 1 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale

University of Miami/Jackson Named No. 1 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings

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Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., and James Caulkins, BikeSafe coordinator, teach bike safety to Karis Knoll, who shows off her new bike helmet.

Second Annual University of Miami Brain Fair a Resounding Success

Researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis helped educate children and families about the brain and spinal cord at the second annual University of Miami Brain Fair on March 19 at the Miami Science Museum.

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