News : 2014

Jamie S. Barkin, M.D.

Distinguished Physician Jamie S. Barkin Receives Samuel Weiss Award

Nationally recognized gastroenterologist Jamie S. Barkin, M.D., professor of medicine, is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious American College of Gastroenterology Samuel Weiss Award. Commemorating the College’s founding father, Samuel S. Weiss, M.D., the award recognizes Barkin’s outstanding career service to the American College of Gastroenterology.

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Jorge Guerra, M.D.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Radiologist Jorge Guerra Loves Building Bridges—to Students, Pati

Former administrator and faculty member Jorge Guerra, B.S. ’68, M.D. ’72, has watched the University of Miami’s national reputation for excellence grow over the past four decades. A recently retired professor in the Department of Radiology at the Miller School of Medicine, Guerra also has contributed to the University’s success, donating annually to his alma mater for the past 34 years.

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From left are Robert Schwartz, M.D., Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Alberto Carvalho, Donna Shalala, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Miami-Dade School Board Member Marta Perez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Lawrence Feldman, Ph.D., and Dominique Saliba, M.D.

UHealth Celebrates Opening of Medical Center at Miami Jackson Senior High School

With the cutting of a green ribbon, UHealth – The University of Miami Health System and Miami-Dade County Public Schools celebrated a first-of-its-kind healthcare partnership. Dozens of people attended the September 16 ribbon cutting for the ceremonial opening of the UHealth Medical Center at Miami Jackson Senior High School, which is designed to provide accessible and affordable healthcare.

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Alina Perez, co-president of the Medical Parents Association, speaks to parents and incoming freshmen at the Medical Parents Orientation, which was held at the Student Activity Center August 6. Vicky Egusquiza is the co-president of the MPA.

Families Encouraged to Get Involved at Medical Parents Association Orientation

Amid the pride and excitement of sending their daughters and sons off for the first year at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, parents recently had the opportunity to see how they, too, can become a vital link in the educational experience. The Medical Parents Association (MPA) held an orientation session August 6 to welcome the Class of 2018, and to urge their families to get involved.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., speaks with medical students about their future.

Dean Goldschmidt Welcomes Class of 2018

In a changing healthcare climate, tomorrow’s doctors will focus on delivering preventive care to keep their patients healthy, while developing new strategies like regenerative medicine to address acute and chronic conditions, according to Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine.

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Ragen and Roy Elterman

Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation Establishes New Scholarships

Thanks to a generous $500,000 gift from the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF), new financial incentives will soon be in place in perpetuity for students at the Miller School of Medicine. The not-for-profit foundation, which is led by Miller School alumnus Roy Elterman, M.D. ’74, is establishing two scholarships to assist students for generations to come.

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From left, Clark Toole, Maria Abreu, M.D., Duff Rubin and Mitchell Cook at the June 12 check presentation in the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Family Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic.

Coldwell Banker CARES Foundation Presents Check to Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic

In order to help improve care and raise awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate CARES Foundation recently made a generous donation to the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Family Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic at UHealth, University of Miami Health System. Representatives from the foundation visited the clinic June 12 to present a ceremonial check for $25,000 to Maria T. Abreu.

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Shailee Patel, center, receives a certificate for completing a two-year Translational Science Wound Healing Research Fellowship, from Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., and Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., the Harvey Blank Professor and Chair of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery.

Student Researcher Honored with a Dozen Accolades in Two Years

Thanks to an inimitably successful two years of research at the Miller School, Shailee Patel can add a remarkable list of accomplishments to her curriculum vitae as she heads back to medical school to complete her fourth-year clinical rotations.

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William Burns beside his plane on an aircraft carrier deck.

Medical Student, a Former Navy Pilot, is Named UM’s First Tillman Military Scholar

William Burns, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot who is entering his fourth year as a medical student, has been named the University of Miami’s first Tillman Military Scholar. The $15,000 award is given by the Pat Tillman Foundation to active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses who are pursuing higher education, and who wish to continue to be of service to others.

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Stuart R. Weiss, M.D., left, and Lawrence Fishman, M.D.

Dr. Stuart R. Weiss Honors Longtime Mentor, Dr. Lawrence Fishman

A distinguished group of alumni from the Miller School of Medicine Class of ’71 gathered together recently for a dual special occasion. Cathi and Michael Graham, M.D., and Geri and Wayne Riskin, M.D., were among those who met to celebrate the creation of their class medical scholarship endowment and to honor classmate Stuart R. Weiss, M.D., for his role as lead donor of the grassroots effort.

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

Medical Alumni Weekend 2014 Celebrates Miller School’s Past, Present and Future

Medical alumni from around the country gathered on the Miller School campus and the historic Biltmore Hotel – the School’s original home – March 7–9 for Medical Alumni Weekend 2014. The balmy weather provided the perfect backdrop and offered a welcome respite to guests from the Northeast and Midwest, who have endured one of the worst winters in decades.

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At the 2014 Freshman Pinning Ceremony, Dean Goldschmidt tells first-year students: “Always put the needs of the patient first.”

First-Year Students Honored at 2014 Freshman Pinning Ceremony

With their proud families and friends looking on, nearly 200 Miller School students in the Class of 2017 were honored on Friday evening, March 7, at the 14th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony welcomes the students into the medical profession and into the Miller School “family.”

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