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David R. Gater, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Gater Named Chair of Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

David R. Gater, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., will join UHealth and the Miller School of Medicine on June 1 as chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Gater comes from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, where he has been the inaugural Rocco Ortenzio Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2013.

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From left, David Kushner, M.D., trooper Carlos Rosario, and Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D.

UHealth Teamwork Brings Injured State Trooper Back from the Brink and Readies Him for Return to Duty

When the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue helicopter touched down on the roof of Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital on January 9, a trauma team was waiting. As its doors opened, however, the team didn’t rush forward to help speed a patient to the advanced emergency treatment offered on the floors below. Instead, they clapped and cheered.

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A research team hopes to use machine learning technology to develop precision medicine treatments for patients with traumatic brain injuries.

New U-LINK Awards Support Innovative Solutions to Difficult Problems

Can machine learning help develop personalized treatments for the “silent epidemic” of brain injury, which affects 15 million Americans every year? A team of faculty from five disciplines, including two from the Miller School of Medicine, will begin trying to answer that question after receiving one of the second set of Phase I grants awarded by the University of Miami Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge, or U-LINK.

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Study collaborators, from left: Haley Perlow, Miller School medical student; Laura Huang M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist; Stuart Samuels, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator; Diana Molinares, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation resident; and Gregory Azzam, M.D., Ph.D., radiation oncology resident.

Sylvester Researcher Receives Grant to Study Long-Term Side Effects of Head and Neck Radiotherapy

Radiation therapy can be an effective treatment for people diagnosed with head and neck cancer. However, weeks, months or years after treatment, a debilitating side effect — fibrosis of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and muscles of the neck — often arises. This excess production of fibrous connective tissue and scarring can significantly decrease patient quality of life and limit physical function.

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David S. Kushner, M.D.

Researchers Call Bladder Continence an Important Marker of Recovery in Post-Acute Stroke Patients

Two researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have determined that recovery of bladder continence is an important factor in predicting good outcomes for post-acute stroke patients. The researchers’ findings were published in a recent article in the Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases.

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