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Miller School of Medicine Has Record-Breaking Fundraising Year

Continuing an upward trend, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reached a record-breaking fundraising total for the fiscal year 2016. According to standards set by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Miller School raised an unprecedented $159.8 million for the fiscal year, which ended May 31.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

Dr. David S. Kushner Contributes to Book on History of Trepanation

David S. Kushner, M.D., associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and a neurologist with substantial experience in post-surgical care of patients who have had a trepanation, has contributed a chapter providing a modern perspective on the procedure to an upcoming book describing its history dating back more than 2,000 years.

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Karyn Meshbane, left, with Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Miller School Students Inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

Karyn Meshbane, an M.D./M.P.H. student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, understands the importance of compassionate patient care. “As a future doctor, I know that academic training is essential,” she said. “But your grades in school don’t matter as much as your ability to reach out and connect personally with your patients.”

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Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., left, with Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Safe Space Program Begins Second Year with Expanded Training Sessions

Safe Space, a program created to provide a safe haven, a listening ear and visible support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people on the medical campus, will begin its second year of workshops on March 14. Originally a training exercise for faculty and staff, Safe Space is expanding and will also be offered to students in 2016.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

Rehabilitation Services Provide Significant Benefits to Patients with Brain Tumors

When neurosurgeons at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center or University of Miami Hospital refer patients with a primary brain tumor to him, David S. Kushner, M.D., Medical Director for the UM rehabilitation program at HealthSouth Rehab Hospital, finds that rehabilitation can play a key role in helping them recover their functions and enjoy a higher quality of life.

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Miller School Launches Cultural Awareness Week

The Miller School of Medicine has launched its inaugural Cultural Awareness Week — a lunchtime lecture series sponsored by the Executive Student Government, hosted by the Hispanic American Medical Student Association and organized by second-year M.D./M.P.H. student Armando Alvarez. The purpose is to enrich the understanding of diversity, inclusion and cultural competence in medicine.

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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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Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Dr. Robert W. Irwin Named Interim Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Robert W. Irwin, M.D., associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, has been named interim Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He succeeds Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.P.H., who became the department’s inaugural Chair in 2006 and retired in September.

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Register Now for South Florida Conference on Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury

The South Florida Conference on Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury, to be held June 20 at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Treatment Center, is open for registration.

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Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., and Stephen Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H.

‘I would truly like to see an HIV-free generation’

Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., still has vivid memories of women bursting into laughter and lively chatter in the room next to her office at the Miller School of Medicine in the mid-90s. The women were all HIV positive and part of the SMARTEST Women’s Project—one of the first HIV initiatives started by Stephen Weiss, Ph.D., M.P.H., Deborah Jones Weiss’ husband and longtime collaborator.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

Geriatric Patient Functional Independence and Recovery Increased with Interdisciplinary Model

David S. Kushner, M.D., clinical associate professor, and Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph.D., professor and Associate Vice Chair, both of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have completed an observational study on use of the Siebens Domain Management Model (SDMM) in health care management of geriatric patients during inpatient rehabilitation.

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Behind Marc Buoniconti are, from left, Teague Egan, Tom Smith, Chris Smith, John McCarthy and Barth A. Green, M.D.

Twice-Paralyzed Tom Smith Concludes 2,100-Mile Ride from Boston to Miami

Tom Smith, a twice-paralyzed former hockey player from Swampscott, Mass., rode into The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the Miller School of Medicine on May 1, concluding his 2,100-mile, 38-day Reality Ride Challenge, from Boston to Miami, to raise funds and awareness for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

New Interdisciplinary Model Improves Patient Outcomes

David S. Kushner, M.D., clinical associate professor, and Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph.D., professor and Associate Vice Chair, both of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently conducted a comparative study of patient outcomes from before and after the integration of SDMM at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

Researchers Discover Link Between Continence and Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

Researchers in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation have discovered that the recovery of bowel and bladder continence by the time of discharge from inpatient rehabilitation can be used as an indicator of the potential for a favorable long-term functional recovery for severe traumatic brain injury patients.

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Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., and Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A.

New Book by UM Experts Explores Complications in Patients Undergoing Medical Rehabilitation

With more than three decades of experience, Diana D. Cardenas M.D., M.H.A., professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, knows the many medical complications that may occur in patients undergoing medical rehabilitation.

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Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A., serves on the IOM committee that issued the report.

IOM Committee, Including Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., Recommends Customized Care for Veterans

Members of a blue-ribbon panel convened by the Institute of Medicine, including the Miller School’s Diana D. Cardenas, have found that many U.S. war veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from the same set of medically unexplained symptoms as veterans who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

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From left, Elizabeth Felix, Ph.D., Doug Johnson-Greene, Ph.D., M.P.H., ABPP, and Shirin Shafazad, M.D.

Rehabilitation Medicine Wins Grant for Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems

A research team in the Miller School’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has been awarded a federal Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems grant for more than $2 million. Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the five-year grant will enhance rehabilitation services and research aimed at meeting the special needs of brain-injured individuals.

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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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Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A.

UTI Study Findings Could Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Acute spinal cord injury patients who are undergoing in-patient rehabilitation experience a delay in the onset and a reduction in incidence of symptomatic urinary tract infection (UTI) when they are treated using hydrophilic-coated catheters for intermittent catheterization, as compared to an uncoated PVC catheter, according to a study published in PM&R, the journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilita

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