News & Events : 2016

Dr. Marjana Tomic-Canic and lab's work featured on NIH website

Dr. Marjana Tomic-Canic and colleagues from the University of Miami examined microRNAs, which are molecules that regulate gene expression and serve as master regulators of cellular processes involved in healing. Overexpression of microRNAs were found in skin biopsies taken from non-healing wounds. Targeted therapy aimed at preventing this overexpression may help wounds heal faster.

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Fighting foot ulcers — a very serious problem for diabetics

Of the estimated 29 million Americans with diabetes, Dr. Robert Kirsner, Chairman and Harvey Blank Professor of Dermatology, says that one in four will develop foot lesions, and of those who do, one in six will require an amputation.

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Blood vessels infographic from cardiovascular system module.

’Cane Academy ‘Flips the Classroom’ on Learning

Greater student-teacher interaction, self-paced learning and improved educational outcomes are among the benefits of the innovative ’Cane Academy program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, according to faculty members who have integrated new concepts into their courses.

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Thomas Curtis.

Thomas Curtis Remembered as Outstanding Philanthropist, Visionary and Friend

Thomas Curtis, the founder of the Miami Battery Manufacturing Company and the Curtis Battery and Electric Company in Miami, was among the top supporters of the University of Miami and the Miller School of Medicine. Over a span of nearly 35 years, he donated more than $4 million to various initiatives at UM.

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Anne Burdick, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Anne Burdick Named to New State Telehealth Advisory Council

Anne Burdick, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Dean for Telehealth and Community Outreach at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been appointed to the newly created Florida Telehealth Advisory Council. She is one of 13 health professionals in the state selected to serve on the council.

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Welcome Hadar Lev-Tov, M.D., M.A.S.

Dr. Hadar Lev-Tov will join the faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor on August 1, 2016. Dr. Lev-Tov recently completed his residency in Dermatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. During his residency, Dr. Lev-Tov was chosen to participate in the prestigious Resident of Distinction Award program supported by the National Society for Cutaneous Medicine.

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Dr. Anne Burdick appointed to State Surgeon General's Telehealth Advisory Council

Dr. Anne Burdick, Professor of Dermatology, Leprosy Program Director and Associate Dean for Telehealth and Community Outreach for the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine is one of 13 members appointed to the State Surgeon General’s Telehealth Advisory Council. The Council is tasked with examining the types of telehealth services that are available in Florida, who uses them and how they are covered by health plans and make recommendations about how to increase access to telehealth services for Floridians.

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Want soft skin as you age? Stay out of the sun

Dr. Shasa Hu, Associate Professor of Dermatology at UHealth and Dr. Leslie Baumann, University of Miami Department of Dermatology alumna, agree that signs of aging and skin problems, such as skin cancer, can be prevented with proper skin care and a healthy lifestyle. Highlights include: First and foremost, wear sunscreen and reduce sun exposure; Antioxidants, both topically and orally, can improve the skin’s immune system and reduce signs of aging; and Weight-bearing exercise can also make cells act younger.

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Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D.

Physician Attire Found by Miller Researcher to Influence Patient Perception

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Chair of Dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and collaborators illustrated through a cross-sectional survey of 261 subjects that by a large margin patients prefer their doctors to be in professional apparel. The study focused on dermatologists’ clothing and how patients develop an opinion about their physician’s qualification based on first encounters.

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Don’t let summer fun lead to skin cancer

Summer brings longer daylight hours, lighter clothing and many outdoor activities. However, parents need to remember that extra time in the sun causes damage to their kids’ skin.

There are a number of common myths regarding basic skin care protection; Drs. Kate Oberlin, Keyvan Nouri and Lawrence Schachner shed some light on how your family can maximize its summer fun while using the needed tools to protect your children’s skin, as well as your own.

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New Wound Healing Society President Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., left, receiving the ceremonial gavel from Past President Andrew Baird, Ph.D.

Wound Healing Society Honors UM Dermatology Researchers and Clinicians

Researchers and clinicians in the Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery were honored recently by the Wound Healing Society with multiple awards, presentations and the installation of a new president. “Our faculty, trainees and students are committed to being in the forefront of this field, building on a very long departmental legacy of pioneering research,” said Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D, professor of dermatology.

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Focusing on You: Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D.

During the May 10th segment of “Focusing on You: Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine,” Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatologist, discusses the latest advancements in cell therapy.

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Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Robert S. Kirsner Elected to AAD Board of Directors

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., Harvey Blank Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology Association. He will serve a four-year term that will begin at the conclusion of the Academy’s 75th Annual Meeting in March 2017.

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Fleta Netter Bray.

Miller School Student Wins First Prize in National Medical Essay Competition

Fleta Netter Bray, a fourth-year student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has won first prize in a national medical essay competition held annually by the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. The Melbourne Beach, Fla., native won top honors and a $2,000 cash award in the Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Contest, and is the first Miller School student ever to win a prize in the competition.

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WIAM 2015-16 Advisory Board members: Back row, from left, Wen-Hsiang Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., Maria L. Alcaide, M.D., and Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D. Front row, from left, Anne E. Burdick, M.D., Ph.D., Rose Maria Van Zuilen, Ph.D., Michele I. Morris, M.D., Judi M. Woolger, M.D., and JoNell E. Potter, Ph.D.

Women in Academic Medicine Organization Supports Faculty Development

“This is a great time for women and minorities at the Miller School of Medicine,” said Lilian Abbo, M.D., President of Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM), an organization formed in 2008 with the mission of transforming the development, recruitment and retention of women faculty at the Miller School through education, networking and mentoring.

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From left, Rhea Choi, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Nawara Alawa.

Students, Families and Alumni Celebrate Class of 2019 at Freshman Pinning Ceremony

When Ryan Patrick Nolan stepped onto the stage Friday at the 16th annual John. G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony, it was a proud moment for three generations of the Nolan family with close ties to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Brian Deegan, Ph.D., left, with Sylvia Daunert, PharmD, M.S., Ph.D., in Daunert's lab.

Miller School of Medicine Achieves Significant Gains in NIH Research Grant Rankings

The Miller School of Medicine rose one position in the national rankings of medical schools based on research grants received from the National Institutes of Health during the 2015 federal fiscal year. That gain is significant, considering the ongoing reductions in NIH grants that have caused many medical schools to fall in the rankings.

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Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Robert S. Kirsner Named Chair of Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery

Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., has been named Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Kirsner, who holds the Harvey Blank Professorship, has been Interim Chair since his predecessor, Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., stepped down in December 2014.

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From left, Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Lawrence Schachner, M.D., and William Eaglstein, M.D.

Celebration Marks Six Decades of Dermatology Care

Sixty years of medical accomplishments and memories were celebrated recently as one of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s oldest departments marked a milestone. More than 250 people gathered at the Shelburne Wyndham Grand South Beach January 14-17 for the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery 60th Anniversary Educational Program and Celebration.

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