Pasquale Benedetto, M.D., third from left, received a custom-made dollhouse from artist Arlene Santangelo, in gratitude for the care he provided her husband, Pat, far right. At the presentation were Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of hematology/oncology at Sylvester, far left, and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, second from right.

Dollhouse and Mayoral Proclamation Honor Sylvester Physician


Longtime South Floridian Pat Santangelo is accustomed to speaking in front of crowds, as spokesman for many years with the Florida Highway Patrol and now in Public Affairs for Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. On Tuesday, May 21, he enlisted the help of his boss and used another method to say thank you to Pasquale Benedetto, M.D., the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center physician who helped him beat a rare cancer.

From left, Bal Lokeshwar, Ph.D., Shamaladevi Nagarajarao, Ph.D., and Lei Zhang turn allspice berries into a water extract with this high-pressure liquid chromotography machine.

Researchers Discover Prostate Cancer-Fighting Compound in Jamaican Allspice


Essential to jerk seasoning, allspice is known for flavoring Jamaican and other cuisines around the world with a blend of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper but, according to a new study by Miller School researchers, the aromatic spice could be known one day for impeding the growth of, or maybe even preventing, prostate cancer, the No. 2 cancer-killer of men in the U.S.

From left are Stan Scheff, Chief Financial Officer of the Pap, JoAnne Goldberg, Pap Corps President, Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, Vice Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors, Bill Kingston, Executive Director of Sylvester Development, Joan Scheiner, Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors, and Chief Medical Officer W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D.

Pap Corps Annual Gift Reaches $3.6 Million


Motivated by its more than 21,000 volunteers, The Pap Corps: Champions for Cancer Research presented its annual gift – this time a check for $3.6 million – to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine. Presented at The Pap Corps May 9 President’s Meeting at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, the check is part of the group’s $25 million commitment to Momentum2.

From left are Charnesha Byrdo, guest of patient Javaris Cox, Kenzy Dargrand and his sister, patient Kayla Dargrand, patient Zoila Garcia, patient Yarixa Montoya, her guest Caridad Jones, patient Kevin Aguilar, his sister Adriana Aguilar, and patient Eric Quinn.

alex’s place Patients Experience a Prom to Remember


Decked out in party dresses and tuxedos, nine patients from alex’s place, the pediatric oncology clinic, arrived at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center with fun on their minds on Friday, May 10. They gathered there for a limo ride to the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, to experience “A Prom to Remember.”

With Commissioner Javier Souto at his side, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez reads the county proclamation honoring UHealth nurses.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Honors UHealth Nurses with a Proclamation


The celebration of National Nurses Week at UHealth’s three hospitals reached a crescendo May 10, when Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez presented a proclamation with Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto to “honor the folks that really make hospitals run." Drawing laughter at the festive ceremony at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Gimenez said, “I know doctors think they do, but we really know the truth."

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., moderates a panel on nephron-sparing surgery at the annual meeting.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., Receives Urology's Prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award


Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., professor and Chair of Urology and the Dr. Victor Politano Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology, is the 2013 recipient of the American Urological Association’s prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award. Presented at the association’s annual meeting in San Diego May 8, the award recognizes urologists who have made outstanding contributions to the profession within 13 years of completing their residency training.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Inducted into Association of American Physicians


For the sixth year in a row, a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty member has been inducted into the prestigious Association of American Physicians, whose members include Nobel laureates and world-renowned researchers and clinicians. This year’s Miller School honoree is Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a visionary physician and scientist.