Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, left, addresses guests at the gala. Right, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., third from right, stands with Laura Sylvester, left, her sister Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, and Stuart A. Miller, who were all presented with the Caroline W. Halpern Award for exemplary service.

Sylvester's 20th Anniversary Gala Raises Record $1.3 Million


Nearly 600 party-goers streamed into the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts in downtown Miami for the 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration of UHealth’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday evening, December 8. The spectacular party raised a record total of more than $1.3 million for research and care at Sylvester.

J. David Pitcher Jr., M.D., crosses the finish line of the 2012 Dolphins Cycling Challenge with his patient Lazaro Cordero, who Pitcher pulled for 30 miles.

Third Dolphins Cycling Challenge Supports Cancer Research and Care at Sylvester


Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart A. Miller cross the finish line of the third annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 4. They joined 1,500 riders in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties for the two-day ride “tackling cancer one mile at a time.”

Krishna V. Komanduri, M.D.

Sylvester Cancer Center Team Performs 100th Stem Cell Transplant


Krishna Komanduri, M.D., the director of the Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program, and his multidisciplinary team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center performed their 100th stem cell transplant on October 26 -- a historic milestone that underscores the cancer center’s growing prominence.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Pinpoints New Way to Kill Cancer Cells in Science Signaling Study


Long known to stimulate cell growth, the signaling protein Akt has been implicated in a number of human cancers. But in a new study published October 23 in the prestigious journal Science Signaling, a team of researchers led by Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that Akt also can impair the growth of blood-forming stem cells that can develop into cancers like leukemia.

Steven Newman, M.D.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Appoints Executive Director for Clinical Affairs


Steven B. Newman, M.D., a hematologist/oncologist with more than 30 years of clinical, operational and administrative experience, has been appointed executive director for clinical affairs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of clinical services for the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Miller School’s Department of Medicine.

J. William Harbour, M.D.

J. William Harbour, M.D., Joins Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to Lead Eye Cancer Program


J. William Harbour, M.D., a pioneering ocular oncologist and retinal surgeon whose genetic discoveries are transforming the diagnosis and treatment of the most common eye cancer, has joined the Miller School faculty as Vice Chairman for Translational Research at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and director of its Ocular Oncology Service.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara J. Czaja to Present Collegetown Lecture: “Aging Gracefully”


Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and scientific director of the Center on Aging, will present a special lecture, “Aging Gracefully,” on Thursday, July 26, as part of the Collegetown initiative to enrich the local community with intellectual discourse and presentations by faculty experts.

From left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Alexander Daly, and Julio Barredo, M.D., look on as Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for <b>alex's place</b>.

Sylvester Opens Unique Pediatric Oncology Clinic


Creating a new paradigm for treating children with cancer, alex’s place is now open at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The first facility of its kind in the nation and the first pediatric oncology clinic at Sylvester, alex’s place merges research and clinical care from an academic medical center with innovative technology designed to ease the anxiety of therapeutic visits.

Holding an oversized check, Donna E. Shalala, left, and Naomi Prever, outgoing president of The Pap Corps, are surrounded by, from left, Hannah Scheff, treasurer of The Pap Corps; Tutsie Lipkin, past president of The Pap Corps; JoAnne Goldberg, incoming president of The Pap Corps; W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.; Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., past interim director of Sylvester; Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.; and Joan Scheiner, chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors.

Pap Corps Makes $3.2 Million Gift to Cancer Research at Sylvester


Fueled by the work of more than 21,000 volunteers, The Pap Corps: Champions for Cancer Research, presented its annual gift to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine -- a check in the amount of $3.2 million.

With a saline rinse and a collection tube, Elizabeth Franzmann, M.D., is detecting oral cancer before it's too advanced to cure.

Licensing Office Helps Physician and Entrepreneur Bring Oral Cancer Test to Patients


One day soon, the 50,000 Americans destined to be diagnosed with head and neck cancer annually could learn with a simple test that they could develop the deadly disease long before the first lesion appears in their mouth. If so, the breakthrough will have been enabled by the research of a Miller School otolaryngologist, the passions of a Georgia attorney and the office that united them.

Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

With Community Collaborators, Erin Kobetz Wages War on Cancer


As a Miller School researcher in her first faculty appointment, Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., discovered a high rate of cervical cancer among the women in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood and teamed up with communiity collaborators to eradicate the preventable disease.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., and Tracie L. Miller, M.D.

Cardiac Biomarkers May Indicate Heart Risks in Child Cancer Survivors


A new Miller School study has identified two cardiac biomarkers that could be early indicators of heart damage in childhood cancer survivors. The study, another major step in determining cardiac damage in childhood cancer patients, was led by Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics and executive associate dean for child health.

From left, are Ricardo Komotar, M.D., patient Cathy Hoffman-Booker, and Deborah Heros, M.D.

Miller School Offers Brain Cancer Vaccine, Gives Patient Hope


The first patient in Florida to receive a novel vaccine for brain cancer, Cathy Hoffman-Booker is optimisitc about her participation in a clinical trial using a vaccine derived from her own brain tumor – a glioblastoma multiforme, the most common form of brain cancer.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Gabriel Schreiber, dean of Ben Gurion University's medical school, formalize their collaboration as Governor Rick Scott and Amos Drory, vice president for external relations at BGU, watch.

Dean Goldschmidt Joins Governor Scott on Trade Mission to Israel


Accompanied by the Miller School's Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., and Michael Lewis, MD., Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., joined Florida Governor Rick Scott last month on a trade mission to Israel aimed at attracting Israeli companies to Florida and fostering stronger ties between the Sunshine State and the Jewish state.

Mark Duper, left, and his doctor Mark S. Soloway, M.D., celebrate the success of his cancer treatment.

Riding to Benefit Sylvester, Dolphins Great Makes Life-Saving Discovery


Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark “Super” Duper had a rough ride during the second annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge on November 5, 2011. He never dreamed that as he was riding his bicycle to raise money for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in memory of Dolphins great Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich, there was a cancerous tumor growing inside his own body.

Construction continues in the courtyard of Sylvester/UMHC, where the Cornfeld Neuroimaging Research Program, left, and Alex’s Place at Sylvester are being built.

Miller School Donors Help Build Enhanced Services for Sylvester/UMHC Patients


Thanks to a $2 million gift from businessman, philanthropist, and UM alumnus Alexander “Alex” Daly, UHealth-University of Miami Health System’s youngest cancer patients soon will receive outpatient care in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility that caters to the unique needs of children.

Keyvan Nouri, M.D., accepts the Louis C. Skinner, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Dermatology, surrounded by, from left, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Lawrence Schachner, M.D., and his parents  Zohreh Khajavinoori and Dr. Ali Nouri.

Keyvan Nouri, M.D., Named Louis C. Skinner, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Dermatology


Keyvan Nouri, M.D., the Richard Helfman Professor of Dermatologic Surgery, director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Dermatology, and Laser Surgery, and chief of Dermatology Services, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, accepted the first Louis C. Skinner, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Dermatology at a January 18 ceremony on the Miller School campus.