Andre Dawson, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer, talks about his recent surgery while his doctor Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., center, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., listen.

Urology Chair Dipen Parekh, M.D., Treats Baseball Hall-of-Famer with Robotic Surgery


Long known for his courage on the baseball field, Andre Dawson recently faced an even bigger personal challenge. "When I found out I had prostate cancer, I was scared to death," said Dawson, 58, who was elected to the Hall of Fame after a stellar 21-year career. "But I tackled my cancer head on, and did what was necessary to get better. Now, I hope that sharing my story can save others' lives."

Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D., left, and Evadnie Rampersaud, Ph.D.

Researchers Identify “Obesity Genes” Among People of African Ancestry


An international team of researchers, including three from the Miller School, has discovered new regions of the human genome that influence obesity in people of African ancestry, as well as others. Contributing to the study from the Miller School were Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D., Evadnie Rampersaud, Ph.D., and Jorge L. Rodriguez Gil, B.S.

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


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.

Ricardo Komotar, M.D., demonstrates the laser device he used on patient Thomas Jambeck, center, as Anthony Addesa, M.D., looks on.

UM Neurosurgeon Uses Innovative Laser Technique to Eradicate Brain Tumor


When Thomas Jambeck was diagnosed with brain tumors caused by metastatic melanoma in 2011, the 64-year-old West Palm Beach resident underwent radiation and two surgeries. One tumor responded, but the second doubled in size. That’s when his physicians sent him to the Miller School for what would be a life-changing procedure.

Jennifer J. Hu, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Help Pinpoint Genetic Variants that Increase Risk for ER-Negative Breast Cancer


Two Miller School researchers are part of an international consortium that identified four genetic “spelling mistakes” that can increase the risk of one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer all too common in South Florida. The findings are reported in one of five studies produced by the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study and published in a special issue of Nature Genetics.