Department News : 2016 :

From left, John Beier, Sc.D., Eduardo Gomez, M.D., Ph.D., Wilson Bermeo Fuentes, M.D., and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D.

Miller School Public Health Experts Conduct Zika Virus Seminar in Ecuador

Two faculty members from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences — John Beier, Sc.D., professor of public health sciences and Director of the Division of Environment and Public Health, and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D., senior research associate — conducted a Zika virus seminar and training workshop on February 17 at Catolica University in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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From left, Stuart Sacks, Simran Shah, Emily Grass, UM President Julio Frenk, Sam Cass, Amar Arunachalam and Karam Alawa.

Liberty City Health Fair Brings Free Screening Services to Miami Community

More than 200 Liberty City residents took advantage of the sixth annual health fair held on Saturday by the student-run Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. They received screenings for hypertension, diabetes, vision loss, and colon, breast, cervical and skin cancers.

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Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., with Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

American Medical Women’s Association Honors Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Dr. Felicia Knaul

Two University of Miami leaders — Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Dean of the Miller School, and Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences and Director of the Miami Institute for the Americas — were honored with “Local Hero” awards from the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) on Friday, March 11.

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Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

University of Miami Study Finds Young Hispanic Marijuana Users Have Lower Odds of Metabolic Syndrome

Hispanic/Latino marijuana users between the ages of 20 and 30 have significantly lower odds of metabolic syndrome than Hispanic/Latino non-users, according to a recent study by researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Psychology.

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Taghrid Asfar, M.D., M.S.P.H., and David J. Lee, Ph.D.

Researchers to Launch Innovative Smoking Cessation Program for Hispanic Construction Workers

A team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is preparing to launch an innovative smoking cessation intervention program for Hispanic construction workers.

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Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D.

University of Miami Study Finds Young Hispanic Marijuana Users Have Lower Odds of Metabolic Syndrome

Hispanic/Latino marijuana users between the ages of 20 and 30 have significantly lower odds of metabolic syndrome than Hispanic/Latino non-users, according to a recent study by researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Psychology.

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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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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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Register for Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics, March 23

The Miller School of Medicine, the Division of Infectious Diseases, the Department of Public Health Sciences and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will present Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics, on Wednesday, March 23, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

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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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