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2018 Patient Safety Awareness Week Schedule of Events

March 02, 2018

Monday, March 12, begins UHealth’s observance of Patient Safety Awareness Week — an annual national campaign to increase awareness about patient safety among health care professionals and the public. This year’s theme is “Every Day is Patient Safety Day!” — an affirmation of our dedication to creating the safest possible environment for our patients and for each other.

Read more about the 2018 Patient Safety Awareness Week schedule »

Clockwise, from bottom, Nilza Kallos, M.D., Gayle Dubin, Leah Kinnaird, Ed.D., B.S.N., RN, and Daysi Alfonso.

Three Breast Cancer Survivors Tell Their Stories

October 30, 2017

Many breast cancer patients share similar stories, but there is always something about each patient’s story that is unique. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are the profiles of three women who are long-time patients of radiologist Nilza Kallos, M.D., Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s director of women’s imaging at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

Read more about the breast cancer survivors' stories »

From left, Michael Gittelman, Kymberlee J. Manni, Ph.D., Edward Abraham, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D., and Jeffrey Duerk, Ph.D.

University of Miami Medical Campus Resumes Operations after Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017

Even before Hurricane Irma’s winds had finally subsided, the Miller School of Medicine campus was in recovery mode, making sure that it, and the University of Miami Health System satellite facilities, would be able to return to business as usual with minimal delay. In fact, with few exceptions, operations were back to normal on Wednesday morning, as employees returned to work, and patients began arriving for appointments.

Read more about Hurricane Irma »

Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.

Dr. Tomás A. Salerno Re-elected for Fourth Term as Faculty Senate President

May 01, 2017

Tomás A. Salerno, M.D., professor and chief emeritus of cardiothoracic surgery, vice chair of the Peer Review Committee of University of Miami Hospital and vice chair for faculty mentoring and development in the Department of Surgery, was re-elected chair of the Faculty Senate for a fourth one-year term. Salerno, who has served in the Senate since 2008, was re-elected for the 2017-18 academic year on April 26.

Read more about Dr. Salerno's re-election »

Thinh Tran, M.D., MBA., chief clinical officer and chief operating officer, joins the hand sanitizer mascot at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Successful Patient Safety Week Concludes

March 17, 2017

Friday was the fifth and final day of Patient Safety Week activities. With the theme of the day being preventing infection, hands across campus were washed and sanitized in record numbers. Hand sanitizer bottles were given away throughout UHealth locations, and the Hand Sanitizer Mascot made surprise inspirational appearances.

Read more about Patient Safety Week »

From left, student pharmacist Bibi Barrios with UMH Pharmacy Clinical Manager Marlene Delavalle, Pharm.D.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Thursday

March 14, 2017

Wednesday, the third day of Patient Safety Week, focused on the safe use of medications. It was a day of important educational outreach, an amusing but informative takeoff on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and an opportunity for UHealth’s pharmacy experts to enjoy some time in the spotlight. Thursday’s activities will focus on the safe use of alarms.

Read more about Patient Safety Week »

Wrist bands remind staff of the two approved patient identifiers that should be verified with every patient, every time.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Wednesday

March 13, 2017

Tuesday, the second day of Patient Safety Week, was marked by flashes of green and orange on wrists through the UHealth system. The day’s theme was “Identify Patients Correctly,” and the wrist bands given out featured white raised lettering that said “Name & DOB,” reminding all staff of the required way to accurately identify patients. Wednesday’s activities will focus on the safe use of medications.

Read more about Patient Safety Week »

From left, David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., Michael E. Barron, M.D., Myka Whitman, B.S.N., RN, Melinda Sawyer, M.S.N., RN, and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Patient Safety Week Events Continue Tuesday

March 13, 2017

Patient Safety Week had an energetic start, with activities across the entire UHealth system. One major event was the introduction of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to UHealth leaders. Created by Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers, CUSP improves patient safety culture while providing frontline caregivers with the tools and support they need to tackle the hazards that threaten their patients.

Read more about Patient Safety Week »

Far right, David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety, conducts a training session.

Patient Safety Week Activities Begin Monday

March 09, 2017

Patient Safety Week, observed March 12-18 this year, is an annual national campaign to foster education and increase awareness related to patient safety. Daily special patient safety activities across the medical campus will be held Monday, March 13, through Friday, March 17. All facilities of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will offer educational resources and informational materials for patients and staff.

Read more about Patient Safety Week »

From left, Michael Gittelman, M.H.S.A., Maikel Bacallao, RN, Kymberlee J. Manni, Ph.D., Rogerio G. Carrillo, M.D., M.B.A., Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Barbara Ronda, M.H.S.A., Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A., Alexander Jonusas, PA-C, and Mario Caballero, PA-C.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa Recognizes UHealth Team for Patient Care

December 21, 2016

Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa paid a holiday season visit to the executive offices of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System on December 21 to present a commendation to Rogerio G. Carrillo, M.D., M.B.A., professor of clinical surgery and cardiothoracic surgeon at University of Miami Hospital (UMH), for his lifesaving work treating county residents over a career spanning nearly four decades.

Read more about Commissioner Sosa's commendations »

Sakir Humayun Gultekin, M.D.

Dr. Sakir Humayun Gultekin Joins Sylvester and Department of Pathology

June 21, 2016

Sakir Humayun Gultekin, M.D., has joined Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth. Gultekin will serve as Director of Clinical and Molecular Neuropathology for the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative, where he will support its comprehensive brain tumor program via clinical and basic science research.

Read more about Dr. Gultekin »

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

Medical Education Conducts Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

June 07, 2016

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.

Read more about the clinical skills examinations »

From left, Richard Ballard, Iléana Ros-Lehtinen and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Presents U.S. Flag to UHealth Wheelchair Clinic

May 17, 2016

U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen presented a U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to the team at the UHealth wheelchair clinic in recognition of their work with disabled patients. In attendance at the May 9 ceremony were Richard Ballard, CEO of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

From left, Carol M. Davis, D.P.T., Ed.D., M.S., Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Ph.D., and Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D.

Dr. Sherri Hayes Establishes Student Scholarship Fund in Physical Therapy

April 19, 2016

After building the Department of Physical Therapy as its longtime Chair for nearly three decades, Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., is now offering financial assistance to the Department’s students through a newly created scholarship fund. Hayes pledged $10,000 recently to establish the Dr. Sherri Hayes Student Scholarship Fund, which is designed to award funds for student-related travel expenses or scholarships.

Read more about Dr. Hayes' scholarship fund »

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings, April 14-16

April 05, 2016

In recognition of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, head and neck cancer surgeons from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and medical students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will be conducting free oral, head and neck cancer screenings April 14-16. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 305-243-8713 or email headandneckcancer@miami.edu. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

Read more about head and neck cancer screening »

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

UHealth Cardiologists Contribute to Groundbreaking Document on Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy

November 17, 2015

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology, and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research, and Maureen H. Lowery, M.D., professor of medicine and Director of the Noninvasive Cardiovascular Laboratory at University of Miami Hospital, have written a commentary in response to the first-ever Scientific Statement on cardiac arrest in pregnancy published by the American Heart Association.

Read more about the commentary »

From left, Carlos Alfonso, M.D., Diana and Noel Zuniga, and Robert C. Hendel, M.D.

Novel Stem Cell Therapy Changes Life for Federal Agent Saved by UHealth Cardiologists

October 06, 2015

Surrounded by reporters and TV cameras, and wearing exercise clothing, UHealth patient Noel Zuniga ran hard on a treadmill at University of Miami Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. His workout during a press briefing on October 2 was a way of demonstrating how UHealth doctors changed his life for the better in the past year through a novel stem cell procedure that has healed much of the damage to his heart.

Read more about the effect of stem cells on damaged hearts »

Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D.

UHealth Surgeon Only Florida Doctor Trained to Perform Newly Approved Gastric Balloon Placement

August 11, 2015

Nestor de la Cruz-Munoz, M.D., leader of bariatric surgery at UHealth – University of Miami Health System, is the only Florida surgeon and one of a handful of surgeons in the U.S. trained to perform the newly approved ORBERA Intragastric Balloon procedure. On August 6, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the non-surgical procedure to help adult patients suffering from obesity.

Read more about the ORBERA system »

David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., center, accepts the Hispanic Leadership Award with, from left, Felipe F. Basulto, Chairman of the SFHCC, Liliam M. Lopez, President & CEO of the SFHCC, Isis Zambrana-Diaz, David’s sister, and Anexis Lopez, RN, BHSA, Executive Director of Occupational Health, Workers’ Compensation and Infection Control for UHealth.

UM Hospital CEO David Zambrana Receives Hispanic Leadership Award

March 24, 2015

David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., the CEO of University of Miami Hospital, received the Hispanic Leadership Award in the health care category March 20 at the annual awards luncheon held by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The awards luncheon is a signature event that recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in a variety of fields within the Hispanic market of South Florida.

Read more about Zambrana's award »

From left, Michelle and Laura Falcone with their father, Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., and Dylan Goldschmidt with his father, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., get the Miami-Dade Heart Walk off to a great start.

UHealth Sets the Pace at Miami-Dade Heart Walk

November 04, 2014

More than 300 walkers representing UHealth-University of Miami Health System joined the Miami-Dade Heart Walk Saturday, November 1, at Bayfront Park. Raising nearly $13,000 to help fund research and education sponsored by the American Heart Association, UHealth placed third among all of the companies participating in the event. A total of $366,000 was raised.

Read more about the Miami-Dade Heart Walk »

Sandra V. Chaparro, M.D., holds the CardioMEMS device.

UHealth Becomes First in Southeast U.S. to Use New Heart Failure Monitoring System

October 21, 2014

Cardiovascular physicians at UHealth – University of Miami Health System are the first in the Southeast U.S. to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF System has been shown to reduce hospital admissions by more than one-third when used by physicians to manage heart failure. It was implanted at University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital of UHealth.

Read more about the system »

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

June 24, 2014

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.

Read more about Nexus Clinical »

Carl E. Orringer, M.D.

New Faculty Cardiologist to Lead Novel Preventive Cardiovascular Program

June 10, 2014

For Carl E. Orringer, M.D., the newest faculty member in the Cardiovascular Division, the move from Cleveland to Miami is a homecoming. Orringer is a triple ’Cane, with a B.A. in chemistry (1970), an M.D. (1974) and a residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital (1977). Thirty-seven years later, he’s back, bringing with him a high-profile cardiovascular disease-prevention program that he developed.

Read more about Dr. Orringer »

David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN

Dr. David Zambrana Named CEO of UMH

May 06, 2014

David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the University of Miami Hospital. Zambrana, who was previously the hospital’s chief operating officer, has served as interim CEO since January. He joined the University of Miami Hospital (UMH) as chief nursing officer in 2008.

Read more about Dr. Zambrana »

UM Trustee Paul J. DiMare celebrates the unveiling of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System at University of Miami Hospital, with Dipen Parekh, M.D., patient Keith McKerrow, and his business associate and partner, Donald Rabideau.

UHealth is the First Academic Medical Center to Use New da Vinci Surgical System

May 01, 2014

Building on its growing reputation as a leader in the use of breakthrough technology, UHealth – University of Miami Health System has become the first academic medical center in the world to use the new da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. The procedure, a prostatectomy, was performed by Dipen Parekh, M.D., at University of Miami Hospital, the flagship hospital of UHealth.

Read more about the da Vinci® Xi™ at UMH »

Brazilian National Academy of Medicine President Pietro Novellino, on left, leads the applause for Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., following his induction ceremony.

Alan Livingstone, M.D., Inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine

April 23, 2014

Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., the Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry Professor and Chairman of Surgery, is usually addressed as “Dr. Livingstone,” sometimes as “Professor Livingstone.” Now there is a new option: “Your Excellency.” On March 27, Livingstone was inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine, one of the oldest and most exclusive medical academies in the world, and the title accompanies that honor.

Read more about the ceremony »

Alexandra Young

Second Look Day Dazzles Class of 2018 Prospects

April 15, 2014

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” goes the old saying, but that isn’t always true. For Alexandra Young, who joined 137 other physicians-to-be in the Lois Pope LIFE Center’s Apex Auditorium on April 11 for the Miller School’s fourth annual Second Look Day, getting an up-close look at the campus was a first-time thrill.

Read more about Second Look Day »

Starbucks Opens at University of Miami Hospital

November 14, 2013

UM President Donna E. Shalala cut the ribbon opening the new Starbucks in the lobby of University of Miami Hospital on Monday. Hospital employees and leadership celebrated the arrival of the coffee shop, which will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nilda Peragallo Montano, Dr.PH., RN, opens the summit in University of Miami Hospital's Seminar Center.

UM Empowers Nurses at Statewide Summit

November 14, 2013

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies and University of Miami Hospital co-hosted the South Florida Satellite Center of the Florida Blue Foundation and Florida Action Coalition’s 2013 Statewide Nursing Summit at UMH. University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala delivered the summit’s keynote address via simulcast from the main location at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Read more about the summit »

Surrounding Robert and Sissi Feltman, holding plaque, are from left Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of Medicine, Maria Abreu, M.D., and Amar Deshpande, M.D.

Retired Radiologist Robert F. Feltman’s Teaching Legacy Honored at Luncheon

October 29, 2013

When Robert F. Feltman, M.D., joined the Department of Radiology at UM’s medical school in 1960, he so enjoyed teaching gastrointestinal fellows to read and make diagnoses from X-rays that, for decades, he spent his own time conducting bi-weekly training conferences on campus. Fifty-three years later, Feltman and his family returned to the Miller School for a luncheon honoring his work and lifetime commitment to teaching.

Read more about the Feltman Fund »

Luis M. Ramos Gomez, M.D.

Family Medicine Expert Returns to Miller School to Lead New Inpatient Service

October 01, 2013

Luis M. Ramos Gomez, M.D., who recently completed his family medicine residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital after serving in a number of clinical and administrative capacities around the world, has returned to the Miller School to develop a new Family Medicine Inpatient Service at University of Miami Hospital that provides prompt, efficient, and effective patient- and community-centered care.

Read more about Dr. Ramos »

Two months after Carlos Alfonso, M.D., right, made his emergency visit to Panama, Diana and Noel Zuniga are happy to be returning to their children.

UMH Cardiac Team Makes Ultimate House Call to Save N.C.I.S. Agent in Panama

May 21, 2013

The request from cardiologist Alan Heldman, M.D., came on a Tuesday, March 19, just after 3 p.m., as Carlos E. Alfonso, M.D., was rounding at the VA: Could Alfonso mobilize a team and get to Panama right away? A 42-year-old diplomat at the U.S. Embassy had suffered a massive heart attack the day before, and without the mechanical pump UM doctors had helped prove effective in the U.S., he would likely die.

Read more and view pictures from the news conference »

Donald B. Williams, M.D., left, and Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D.

Study Supports Transaortic Approach Over Transapical for Valve Replacements

May 21, 2013

Cardiology experts at the Miller School showed in the first study of its kind that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using the transaortic approach may result in less bleeding, fewer vascular complications, and a shorter recovery time than using the transapical route. Published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the study results hold promise for patients with severe aortic stenosis.

Read more about the study »

With Commissioner Javier Souto at his side, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez reads the county proclamation honoring UHealth nurses.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Honors UHealth Nurses with a Proclamation

May 10, 2013

The celebration of National Nurses Week at UHealth’s three hospitals reached a crescendo May 10, when Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez presented a proclamation with Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto to “honor the folks that really make hospitals run.” Drawing laughter at the festive ceremony at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Gimenez said, “I know doctors think they do, but we really know the truth.”

Read more about UHealth's Nurses Week celebration »

David Zambrana, far left, stands with respiratory team members, from left, Stephanie Moss, Ph.D., Pilar Hombreiro, RRT-NPS, CPFT, RN, Francisco Pittevil, Tanira Ferreira, M.D., and Carlos Aja.

UMH Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in National Program

April 23, 2013

The Respiratory Therapy Program at University of Miami Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program identifying the top respiratory programs in the nation. The University of Miami Hospital team, led by Pilar Hombreiro, RRT-NPS, CPFT, RN, met a series of criteria to become one of just 15 percent of U.S. hospitals to receive the award.

Read more about the respiratory program »

Performing in the UMH lobby are, from left, Esneider Valencia, Frank Capoferri, Lewis Jones and Joe D'Aleo.

Jazz Duo Performs Wednesday at Sylvester for “The Musicians Will See You Now” Concert Series

April 22, 2013

UHealth will present the second in a series of musical performances by students from the Frost School of Music on Wednesday, April 24, at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Freshman guitarist Jonah Udall from Rochester, New York, and upright bassist Daniel Montgomery, a sophomore from Berkeley, California, will perform in the Sylvester courtyard from 12:30 to 1 p.m., relocating to the second-floor lobby from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Read more about the series »

Wearing protective gear, UMH operations and clinical personnel Gustavo Gonzalez, left, Mimi Pinder, center, and Joseph Falise, right, decontaminate a "patient" who they were told was exposed to an unidentified chemical during a cruise ship explosion.

UMH Stages Successful Drill to Prepare for Unthinkable Disaster

April 09, 2013

Last Wednesday unfolded at University of Miami Hospital as the kind of day doctors, nurses and other staff hope they will never see, but are well-prepared to handle: An explosion on a cruise ship two miles offshore had unleashed smoke, fire and a chemical vapor of unknown origin, inflicting various burns, respiratory distress, blunt trauma and lacerations on 150 people. Some survivors were one their way to UMH.

Read more about the drill »

From left are Louis Lemberg's son-in-law, Alan Saltzman, M.D., and grandson Russell Saltzman, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., Lemberg's widow Miriam and daughter Paula Saltzman and Joshua Hare, M.D.

Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., Delivers Lemberg Lecture on Improving Care for Coronary Patients

March 08, 2013

After joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1994, Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., was asked to explain why the mortality rate for patients who underwent angioplasty at the university’s hospital was much higher than that of a regional center. He assumed the sickest patients were being transferred to the university, but having no data to support that, he began collecting it, improving coronary care for everyone.

Read more about Dr. Moscucci's lecture »

From left, union leader Monica Russo; David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., RN, Chief Operating and Nursing Officer; and Amparo Miyares, dietary worker, applaud Elizabeth Jazon, RN.

University of Miami Hospital and 1199SEIU Caregivers Forge Innovative Partnership

August 02, 2012

Forging a new era in labor-management relations, University of Miami Hospital employees and management have worked together to negotiate and approve an innovative new union contract that invests in quality patient care and a brighter future for workers at UMH. The contract, which includes a first-ever education fund for employees, was ratified by UMH workers who are members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

Read more about the partnership and watch the news conference »

Lee Kaplan, M.D., left, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., spoke with high school students at the annual Student Ambassador Seminar.

Students Learn Leadership Lessons at UHealth Sports Medicine Seminar

July 24, 2012

Sixty-five Miami-Dade and Broward high school students who were invited as role models for success participated in last week’s 3rd Annual Student Ambassador Seminar, leaving with lessons on leadership, decision making, peer pressure, academic success, time management, and life in the sports world from people who have been there – and one who chose to forego it.

Read more about the Student Ambassador Seminar »

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