News : 2015

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

Motor Improvement Seen in Patients with Cervical Spinal Cord Injury After Stem Cell Implantation

After six months, the patients in the StemCells, Inc. trial being conducted at University of Miami Hospital are demonstrating improvements in both strength and function. They are the first cohort in the Phase II pathway study, which is measuring the effects of implanting stem cells in patients with cervical spinal cord injury.

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Mark Nash, Ph.D.

Grant Funds Study of Injuries to Caregivers of SCI/D Patients

Mark Nash, Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has been awarded a four-year $2.5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services/NIDILRR to study interventions for functional decline and secondary medical complications sustained by caregivers of persons with spinal cord injuries and diseases.

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From left, Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D., and Michael J. Kelley.

Iron Arrow Honor Society Taps Six from Medical Campus

Stunned reactions have become the norm each time the University of Miami Iron Arrow Honor Society inducts unsuspecting students, faculty, staff, and alumni into its ranks. Last Thursday was no exception when 40 distinguished individuals — including six from the medical campus — were tapped into the prestigious organization.

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Jacques J. Morcos, M.D., left, and Michael Y. Wang, M.D.

Drs. Jacques J. Morcos and Michael Y. Wang Receive Major Appointments in Neurological Surgery

Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., the recently named Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, has appointed two of the department’s faculty members — Jacques J. Morcos, M.D., professor of neurosurgery and otolaryngology, and Michael Y. Wang, M.D., professor of neurosurgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation — to leadership positions.

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

Dr. Allan Levi Named Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery

Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., has been named Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Levi, who holds appointments in neurological surgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation medicine, joined the Miller School in 1997.

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UM Launches United Way Campaign to ‘Strengthen the Quality of Life’

The University of Miami has launched its 2015 campaign for the United Way of Miami-Dade, with the goals of again raising more than $1 million, increasing faculty and staff participation and, as the “U” has for nearly four decades, doing its part to improve the education, financial stability, and health of children and families in our community.

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Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D.

Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez Named Chair of Department of Surgery

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, and David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, has been named Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, after a thorough search that reviewed the most talented leaders in the surgical field in the U.S.

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From left, Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Dushyantha T. Jayaweera, M.D.

Full Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program is Cause for Celebration

An unexpected summer downpour may have driven the festivities indoors, but nothing could dampen spirits last week when researchers and administrators gathered to celebrate the good news that the University of Miami’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) had been awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.

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Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D., with W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Drs. Helen M. Bramlett and W. Dalton Dietrich Receive $2 million NIH Research Grant

Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D., professor of neurosurgery and psychology, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science, and professor of neurological surgery, neurology and cell biology, have been awarded a five-year $2 million grant by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

New Guidelines Issued for Early Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has issued updated guidelines for the emergency treatment of patients with acute ischemic stroke, recommending endovascular treatment using small mechanical devices known as stent retrievers that grab and allow removal of large clots from a blocked artery in the brain.

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From left, neurosurgery resident Ian Cajias, M.D., Jean Cine and Eric Peterson, M.D.

UHealth Neurosurgeon Saves 19-Year-Old with New Aneurysm Stents

UHealth neurological surgeon Eric C. Peterson, M.D., became one of the first in the United States this spring to use a newly FDA approved stent for aneurysm repair. The patient, 19-year-old patient Jean Cine, who was experiencing headaches, nausea and deteriorating vision, was referred to Peterson, with a suspected brain tumor.

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From left;  Alberto Mitrani, M.D., Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Three UM Medical Alumni Receive Prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award

Honoring clinical excellence, research expertise, and public service among its graduates, the Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association recently bestowed one of its highest honors — the Distinguished Alumni Award — on three outstanding physicians: Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Class of 1990; Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., Class of 1980; and Fred F. Telischi, M.D., Class of 1985.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

New Study Finds Stem Cell Therapy via Intra-Carotid Artery Infusion Safe for Treatment of Stroke

A yearlong study of patients who had suffered from ischemic strokes, led by physician-scientists at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the Miller School of Medicine, has found that stem cells can be safely infused to the brain through the carotid artery within two weeks after a stroke.

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Dileep R. Yavagal, M.D.

Neurologist Helps Establish New Standard of Care for Acute Stroke Treatment

A new treatment strategy for stroke patients using a retrievable stent to open large arteries in conjunction with “clot-busting” medication can dramatically reduce long-term disability, according to a ground-breaking study published online April 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Eric Peterson, M.D., left, with Dan Brooks.

UHealth Neurosurgeon Relieves Florida Firefighter’s Mysterious Pain

Dan Brooks, an Indian River County firefighter and father of four, is not one to complain easily. Six years ago, he began experiencing pain on the side of his face. At first, it came and went, but over time the searing pain grew more intense and occurred more frequently.

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence by the state of Florida – one of just four cancer centers in the state, and the only one in South Florida, to have earned this first-ever distinction.

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John L. Bixby, Ph.D., and Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Collaborate in Use of Cancer Drug for Spinal Cord Repair

A team of Miller School of Medicine researchers, collaborating with investigators at other institutions, has demonstrated that the cancer drug epothilone promotes regeneration and locomotor recovery following spinal cord injury in adult rats. The research was recently published in Science.

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Donna E. Shalala and Thomas J. Bollyky

Miller School Hosts Discussion of Rise of Noncommunicable Diseases

The Miller School of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) held a joint meeting last Friday to discuss the findings of an independent task force report, “The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.”

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Hall of Fame Award 2014 recipient Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. ’79, center, with Albert Mitrani, M.D. ’85, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Medical Alumni Weekend 2015 to Celebrate Miller School’s Past, Present and Future

Medical alumni from around the country will gather on the Miller School of Medicine campus and at the Biltmore Hotel March 6–8 for Medical Alumni Weekend 2015. The annual event will celebrate the medical school’s past, present and future with three days of activities dedicated to ushering in a new generation of UM physicians, sharing recent advances in research and patient care, and bringing together former classmates.

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Michael D. Norenberg, M.D.

Journal Honors Pathologist Dr. Michael D. Norenberg with Dedicated Issue

The academic journal Neurochemical Research has bestowed a rare honor upon Miller School of Medicine physician-scientist Michael D. Norenberg, M.D., professor of pathology, biochemistry and molecular biology, neurology and neurological surgery, and a member of the staff of the Miami VA Medical Center, by dedicating its February issue to his contributions to the fields of neuroscience and neuropathology.

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