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From left, patient Leon Jalfon with Ben Riestra, chief administrative officer of the Lennar Center.

Playing His Way Back to Health

Several weeks ago, patients and employees at the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables began to notice classical music filling the front of the building. Someone was playing the piano in the building’s lobby — Chopin, specifically — and the music was rising up through the atrium to the floors above. The pianist turned out to be Leon Jalfon, a 20-year-old patient at the Lennar Center, who, upon seeing the Steinwa

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From left, Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., with Brett Scotch, D.O., President of the Hillsborough County Osteopathic Medical Society.

Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus Receives Osteopathic Medical Society’s Achievement Award

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., associate professor of clinical medicine, anesthesiology and radiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the annual President’s Achievement Award from the Hillsborough County Osteopathic Medical Society. Lenchus was presented the award at the December board meeting of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.

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From left, Michael Barron, M.D., FAHA, Becker's Hospital Review Publisher Scott Becker, J.D., CPA, and Nazanin Tondravi, J.D., M.P.H.

UHealth Executives Serve as Conference Reviewers at Elite Health Care Roundtable

Two executives from UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, Michael Barron, M.D., FAHA, Chief Medical Officer, and Nazanin Tondravi, J.D., M.P.H., Associate Director for Regulatory Compliance, served as conference reviewers at Becker’s Hospital Review’s 5th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable in Chicago.

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David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Cites Miller School Anesthesiologist in New Death Penalty Book

In his new book, Against the Death Penalty, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer relies on both the research and the expert scientific testimony on lethal injections by David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management.

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Richard R. McNeer, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Selected for Study on Improving Performance of Medical Alarms

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been selected as a research site to help develop the next international standard for medical alarms as part of a project funded by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

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More than 20 Miller School students, graduates and faculty members attended the Florida Medical Association meeting.

Miller School Students and Residents Honored at Florida Medical Association's Annual Meeting

Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and a resident were honored for their clinical and research work at the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association on July 30 and 31 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Three of the six awards for poster presentations went to our Miller School participants — a remarkable accomplishment since there were 100 submissions.

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An open-air terrace will offer outdoor relaxation.

Creating an Inviting Work Environment at UHealth Coral Gables

Todd Smaka, M.D., is looking forward to the opening of UHealth Coral Gables in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center. “This new facility will be a great place to work,” said Smaka, a board-certified anesthesiologist who will practice in the state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center opening later this year on the Coral Gables campus. “It will help create a highly collaborative environment for delivering excellent patient care.”

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Miller School Class of 2017 participants Linsey E. Lindley, Ph.D., left, with Seth Sankary.

Medical Education Conducts Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed 198 third-year Miller School of Medicine students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses for the 21st annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations — a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members served as evaluators in the annual assessment.

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Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., left, with Christopher A. Fraker, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Develop Revolutionary Anesthesia Formulation

An innovative anesthesia formulation developed by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team could dramatically improve surgical care around the world. Unlike conventional anesthesia systems that vaporize liquid anesthetics into gas and then deliver it to the bloodstream through the lungs, the new formulation would allow this class of anesthetic drugs to be injected directly into the bloodstream.

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Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus Wins Award for Innovative Procedure Service

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., received a $10,000 award for an innovative medical education program leading to improved patient care and outcomes at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ annual BAYADA Awards ceremony held on May 5. Lenchus received the award for a training program he developed known as The Procedure Service.

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Todd Smaka, M.D.

Dr. Todd Smaka Named Associate Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for UHealth

Todd Smaka, M.D., associate professor of clinical anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, and Associate Chief of Anesthesiology at University of Miami Hospital, has been named Associate Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for UHealth-the University of Miami Health System.

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Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Professor Edits First Comprehensive Textbook on Transplant Anesthesia

A Miller School professor has edited the first scholarly textbook in the field of transplant anesthesia and critical care. “Transplant anesthesiology is an emerging field of medicine that requires specialized skills and knowledge,” said Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., professor and Chief of the Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia at the Miami Transplant Institute.

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From left, Gregg Kowalczyk, Oscar De Leon Casasola, M.D., Alexandru Visan, M.D., Brian M. Osman, M.D., and Andres Missair, M.D.

Anesthesiology Team Trains Cuban Physicians in Historic Medical Education Mission to Havana

A team of anesthesiologists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently completed an historic medical education mission to Havana, training 21 members of the Cuban Society of Anesthesiologists on acute pain management. The January 29-30 conference, “2016 Acute Pain Workshop Cuba,” focused on ultrasound guidance, multimodal analgesia and evidence-based practice.

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Anat Galor, M.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Roy Levitt, M.D.

‘Dry Eye’ Linked to Chronic Pain Syndromes

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers have found a link between “dry eye” and chronic pain syndromes and mental health — a finding that suggests that a new paradigm is needed for diagnosis and treatment to improve patient outcomes.

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From left, Amir Rowshanrad, M.D., Andrew Oberlin, M.D., David Greschler, M.D., Chad Parvus, M.D., Ivet Cordoba-Torres, M.D., Kenechukwu Okeke, M.D., and David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

Anesthesiology Residents Take First Place in Lifebox National Challenge

A team of University of Miami /Jackson Memorial Hospital anesthesiology residents captured first place in the 2015 Lifebox National Challenge by raising $4,327 to purchase life-saving oximeters — small, noninvasive medical devices that measure the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood — for surgeries in developing countries.

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Joshua  D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Executive, UHealth Physician Practice, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, second and third from left, with Miller School medical students and graduate students at the Florida Medical Association meeting. Photo by Eric Weiss, M.D. candidate 2016.

Miller School Students and Faculty Recognized at Florida Medical Association’s Annual Meeting

Several Miller School students, graduates and faculty members were recognized for their clinical and research work at the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) on August 1 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

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From left, medical students Matthew Stark, Shelly Birch, Simone Caccamo, Bryan Perez and Adam Aldahan.

Medical Education Holds 20th Annual Clinical Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses June 6-7 for the 20th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members served as evaluators for the annual assessment.

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Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

UM Hospital Performs First Mitral Clip Procedure

On May 11, a UHealth surgical team led by Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery, performed University of Miami Hospital’s first mitral clip procedure — a new, minimally invasive method of reducing mitral regurgitation in patients who are not good candidates for conventional surgical repair.

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From left, Joan St. Onge, M.D., Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Halcyon M. Quinn.

Miller School Launches Pioneering Program for First-Year Residents

In a single week last August in New York City, two first-year residents, in different programs and in separate incidents, jumped to their deaths. What could have happened, just three months after their triumphant graduation from medical school, that would have made them want to take their lives? We may never know, but a likely contributing factor is a syndrome called burnout.

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On the helipad where the Burn Center surgical team meets critically burned patients are, from left, Louis Pizano, M.D., M.B.A., Nicholas Namias, M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and Chief of the Division of Trauma, and Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of surgery, Director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center and the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair in the Division of Burns in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.

UM/Jackson Burn Center Remains Only Verified Center in South Florida

Recently re-verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) and American College of Surgeons, the Burn Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital remains one of only 63 burn centers in the nation and the only one in South Florida to earn the ABA’s highest honor. The Center’s verification will continue for another three-year cycle.

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Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O.

Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus Receives Additional Funding to Continue Patient Safety Research

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., associate professor of medicine and anesthesiology and associate director of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, received a $750,000 grant from the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (FMMJUA) for a two-year study titled “Minimizing Iatrogenic Procedural Complications: Reducing Thoracentesis-Induced Pneumothorax Incidence.”

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Abhinav Gautam, M.D., started Nexus Clinical while completing his residency at the University of Miami.

Software Start-Up Pushes Cloud-based Medical Operations to New Heights

Earning a medical degree was a step in the right direction for Abhinav Gautam, M.D., voluntary assistant professor of anesthesiology. But it was during his residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital that the 32-year-old began to see the bigger picture, and he set off on a path toward entrepreneurship to help solve what he calls “massive inefficiencies” in healthcare.

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Pain Management team members are, from left, Dewayne Lockhart, M.D., Rafael Camejo, DNP ARNP, Chaturani Ranasinghe, M.D., Ramon Alegret, M.D., Michelle Francavilla, M.D., Constantine D. Sarantopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., and Dennis J. Patin, M.D.

UM/Jackson Pain Management Fellowship Program Receives Competitive Award

The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Pain Medicine Fellowship Program is the recipient of the 2014 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). This is the first time the program has won the highly competitive award, which annually recognizes one program among all ACGME accredited institutions in the United States.

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Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., left, and emergency responders load a patient onto a truck headed to UM’s field hospital in Haiti, after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., Appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine

Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., professor of surgery, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve as a member of the Florida Board of Medicine. Joining another UM faculty member on the board, he will serve a three-year term on the quasi-judicial panel responsible for disciplining physicians. A veteran trauma surgeon, Ginzburg also serves as Chief of Surgery at University of Miami Hospital.

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Roy C. Levitt, M.D., and Eden R. Martin, Ph.D.

Department of Anesthesiology and Hussman Institute Team Up to Fight Pain

Roy C. Levitt, M.D., and statistical geneticist Eden R. Martin, Ph.D., have been awarded a five-year $2.5 million NIH grant to study genetic susceptibility to certain persistent pain syndromes.

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Willard Lee and his wife Betty celebrate their 60th anniversary and his new lease on life at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

New Valve Improves Patient’s Heart Just in Time for Anniversary

Willard Lee hadn’t planned to spend his 60th wedding anniversary in UMiami at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit, but the fact that he and his wife Betty were celebrating the June 14 milestone at all – with a chocolate cake sent by his interventional cardiologist – was enough to put a big smile on his face, and the twinkle back in his blue eyes.

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Patient Vilma Gonzalez shares a special bond with Dr. Dennis Patin, who relieved her pain.

Pain Doctor’s Dedication Relieves Patient’s Torment

Vilma Gonzalez, who was tormented by pelvic pain that never ceased, owes her transformation to Dennis J. Patin, M.D., associate professor of clinical anesthesiology, who specializes in tailoring solutions for mitigating relentless pain.

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Celebrating the grand opening of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center are, from left, Keith Candiotti, M.D., Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., PT, David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., and Ashwin Mehta, M.D., M.P.H.

New UM Pain Center Offers Unique Team Approach

When David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., the Emanuel M. Papper Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, joined the Miller School more than a decade ago, he was intent on establishing a departmental pain clinic and, over the years, oversaw at least eight different plans.

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Rafael Campo, M.D.

Clinician and Educator Rafael Campo, M.D., Takes on New Role

Rafael Campo, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and currently director of employee health and infection control, has been named Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer for the University of Miami Health System (UHealth) at the Miller School. In his new position, Campo will head up the newly created UHealth Patient Safety and Quality Office.

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BIU President Moshe Kaveh, standing at right, outlines the goals of the new medical school to the UM delegation and Israeli President Shimon Peres. Seated from left are Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D.; Harold Basch, BIU vice president for research; Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt., M.D.; UM President Donna E. Shalala; and President Peres.

UM and Israel’s Planned Medical School Begin Collaboration

Led by UM President Donna E. Shalala, a delegation of Miller School officials recently concluded a successful week of high-level meetings in Israel aimed at identifying areas of collaboration and synergy with Bar-Ilan University as Israel’s largest and fastest growing university establishes the nation’s fifth medical school.

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Laurence Sands, M.D., associate professor of surgery, accepted a 2010 George Paff Teaching Award from the Class of 2011. Also pictured are Elizabeth Ko and Joseph Greene, members of the Class of 2011.

Miller School Students Honor Faculty Members with 2010 George Paff Teaching Awards

Before a dozen faculty members were recognized with the 2010 George Paff Teaching Awards, Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., associate dean for undergraduate medical education, presented a slide show to remind award recipients and other audience members of Paff’s impressive career as a Miller School educator.

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