Sarah (left) and Claire Moody.

Sarah Moody Will Ride in DCC for Her Sister


Sarah Moody has supported her younger sister Claire through every stage of her cancer journey. Now, Moody is riding again in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on Sunday, February 20, 2016, to raise funds for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “I have participated in the DCC for the last three years, cycling the 30-mile route,” says Moody.

Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D.

Lung Cancer Specialist says “DCC with Me!”


As a lung cancer clinician and researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., understands the importance of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. “Survival rates for patients with advanced lung cancer have more than tripled in the past five years, thanks to new targeted strategies that go beyond traditional chemotherapy,” he says.

Lisa Siegel.

UM Cyclist says ‘DCC with Me!’


Lisa Siegel says cycling across the finish line at the Dolphins Cancer Challenge is an amazing feeling. “When I get off my bike, cancer patients and survivors come up and hug me with tears in their eyes, thanking us for our support. If you are a University employee, I urge you to help our community by raising funds for our Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and DCC with me!”

Karina Galoian, Ph.D., in Athens.

Sylvester Researcher Presents Sarcoma Findings at World Congress on Advances in Oncology


Karina Galoian, Ph.D., research director of the Sarcoma Disease Site Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and a Sylvester member, recently spoke at the 20th World Congress on Advances in Oncology and 18th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine about new findings in the research she and her collaborators are doing on chondrosarcoma.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

Dr. Dipen J. Parekh Receives British ‘Best Robotics Paper’ Prize


Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was in London on Sunday, October 4, where he received the BJU International – Vattikuti Foundation Robotics Prize. The award was given to honor a paper he and colleagues published in 2014.

Riccardo Lencioni, M.D.

Renowned Interventional Oncologist Joins Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently welcomed a new member to its team of cancer experts. Riccardo Lencioni, M.D., joined Sylvester as Director of Interventional Oncology Research from the University of Pisa in Italy, where he was a professor at the School of Medicine. Lencioni is an accomplished interventional oncology specialist, particularly well-known for his influential work on liver cancer.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Selected for ASCO Quality Initiative Pilot Project


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned another notch of recognition for its quality initiatives. The cancer center has been selected as one of only 20 beta sites in the nation to participate in a next-generation version of quality data gathering for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).

Join Sylvester in Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month


From lectures and mammograms, to walks, runs and a signature football game, all employees and their families are invited to take part and show their support for Sylvester patients, survivors, physicians, researchers, nurses and everyone else affected by breast cancer.

Mindful Tuesdays


Mindful Tuesdays is a weekly program sponsored by the University of Miami Mind Body Medical Group, in partnership with the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, the Department of Public Health Sciences and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine Program.

Clockwise, from bottom left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Jesse Bailey, Senior Executive Director of Advancement, Vinessa Morgan, Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation Treasurer, Steven Levin, Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation Secretary, and Murray Levin.

Esman Foundation Pledges $500,000 to Support Sylvester Research


With an eye toward finding leading-edge therapies to battle cancer, representatives of The Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation recently made a generous pledge to support the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Sylvester CEO Richard Ballard, right, with Isaiah Hazel, center, in campaign t-shirt, and his family.

Sylvester Partners with Miami-Dade County to Fight Childhood Cancer


Gabriella Coimbra, Isaiah Hazel and other childhood cancer patients were the center of attention at a press briefing September 8, when Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Hospital Administrator and CEO Richard Ballard joined Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Commissioner Rebeca Sosa to launch the county’s “Be Bold. Be Gold.” campaign to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

Join Team Sylvester for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks


Join your colleagues to represent the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, one of the largest breast cancer awareness events in South Florida. Invite your family, friends and coworkers to raise awareness, support physicians and researchers, salute survivors and honor those who have fought the battle.

Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D.

Genetics Researcher at Sylvester Identifies Cellular Process Implicated in Cancer and Other Diseases


A Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center genetics researcher has identified a basic cellular process that could lead to new treatment strategies for cancer and other diseases. “We are deepening our understanding of the complex processes that turn genes ‘on and off’ in the development of both normal and abnormal tissues,” said Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., Director of the Cancer Epigenetics Research Program.

Izidore Lossos, M.D.

Lymphoma Physician-Researcher at Sylvester Awarded Key Bridge Grant from ASH


Izidore Lossos, M.D., leader of the Lymphoma Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received a prestigious Bridge Grant from the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional society focused on the causes and treatments of blood disorders.

Keyvan Nouri, M.D.

Early Study Finds Many Parents Not Shielding Babies from Sun’s Harmful Rays


Despite routine warnings about the dangers of extreme sun exposure, many parents are not taking appropriate steps to protect their babies. That’s the finding of a small study conducted by skin cancer experts at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Register for Dermatology 2015 – November 21-22


The Dermatology 2015 conference will take place November 21-22 at The Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach. Those interested in attending should register before October 23 to receive early bird registration pricing.

Marc E. Lippman, M.D.

Dr. Marc E. Lippman Inducted as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians


Renowned breast oncologist Marc E. Lippman, M.D., Deputy Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, has been inducted as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the oldest medical college in England. Lippman received the highest category of membership of the RCP at a ceremony held in London on July 8.

Florida Cancer Data System staff celebrate designations.

Florida Cancer Data System at Sylvester Recognized as Registry of Distinction


The Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) – a joint project of the Florida Department of Health and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – has once again been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) as a “2014 Registry of Distinction” and a “U.S. Cancer Statistics Registry for Surveillance.”

Nipun Merchant, M.D.

Dr. Nipun Merchant Leads New Pancreatic Cancer Study


Nipun Merchant, M.D., Vice Chair of Surgical Oncology Services and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received a $300,000 grant from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Armstrong Receives American Cancer Society’s St. George National Award


For his longtime devotion to improving the lives of children with cancer and his work to advance science, health policy and education, F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., a longtime researcher with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored with the American Cancer Society’s 2015 St. George National Award.

Julio Barredo, M.D., left, and Marco Flores, M.D.

Sylvester Pediatric Oncologists Form Collaboration with Peru


As part of a unique agreement with the nation of Peru, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth - University of Miami Health System, is helping establish a new pediatric bone marrow transplant program in Lima, as well as treating patients in the United States.

From left, Gustavo Fernandez-Castro, M.D., Glenn Fonte, Maria Ramsay, Angela Olier-Pino, Gloria G. Campos, Rohanmi Perez, Rebecca Lebwohl and Sarah Barrett.

Sylvester Recognized with Customer Impact Award for New Service


Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was recently recognized with the Greatest Customer Impact Award by the Florida Sterling Council. Sylvester’s Comprehensive Treatment Unit was honored after presenting its newest project, concierge chemotherapy, at the Florida Sterling Council State Showcase Competition in Orlando in June.

Florida Cancer Data System staffers celebrate 13th consecutive gold certification.

Florida Cancer Data System Receives Gold Certification


The Florida Cancer Data System, Florida’s legislatively mandated, statewide, population-based cancer registry, has received the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries’ highest certification for the 13th consecutive year. Gold certification is awarded to central registries who meet the highest levels of completeness, data quality and timeliness in cancer abstract reporting.

From left, Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., Linda Martinez, Ph.D., Jorge Martinez, and Audrey Martinez, M.D., at a previous check presentation from CancerFree KIDS in 2012.

CancerFree KIDS Awards Grant to Dr. Julio C. Barredo


Thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort, Julio C. Barredo, M.D., the Director of Children's Cancer Programs at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant to help find new treatments and cures to battle pediatric cancers.

From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D., Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., Ronald C. Desrosiers, Ph.D., Diana Lopez, Ph.D., Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Zubrod Memorial Lecture Program Spotlights Faculty and Young Investigators


Six Miller School of Medicine physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 16th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session on May 15. It was the first time multiple faculty awards have been part of the program.

From left, Steven Levin, Arthur Zelent, Ph.D., Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D., Murray Levin, Vinessa Morgan.

Esman Foundation Pledges Support to Sylvester


With an eye toward finding leading-edge therapies to battle cancer, representatives of The Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation recently visited the Miller School of Medicine to take a tour of facilities and meet with the researchers whose work the Foundation has been supporting.

Bottom row: From left, Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., Luis Lopez and Norman Altman, V.M.D. Top row: From left, Soum Lokeshwar, Andre Jordan and Georgios Kallifatidis, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researchers Report Prevention of Lethal Prostate Cancer with 4-MU Dietary Supplement


In a groundbreaking laboratory study, a research team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a non-toxic oral agent that is also consumed as an over-the-counter dietary supplement in Europe and Asia for improving liver health, is highly effective in both preventing and treating prostate cancer. Additionally the agent was able to halt the metastatic spread of the disease.

From left, Donald T. Weed, M.D., Paolo Serafini, Ph.D., and Marc Giattini.

Erectile Dysfunction Drug Plays Role in Novel Cancer Treatment


At a news conference on April 7, a Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center patient talked about his participation in a clinical trial that explored the role of a well-known erectile dysfunction drug in weakening head and neck squamous cell tumors prior to their surgical removal.

John M. Goldberg, M.D.

Students and Oncologist Go Bald to Raise Money and Awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research


’Canes and Coral Gables campus visitors lined the steps of the University of Miami’s Rock Plaza on April 10 to see volunteers getting their heads shaved as part of the ’Canes Go Bald 4 Kids event. Organized by UM juniors and Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority sisters Muniphe Green and Maite Torres, the event raised more than $3,100 in donations to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

From left, Joan St. Onge, M.D., Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Halcyon M. Quinn.

Miller School Launches Pioneering Program for First-Year Residents


In a single week last August in New York City, two first-year residents, in different programs and in separate incidents, jumped to their deaths. What could have happened, just three months after their triumphant graduation from medical school, that would have made them want to take their lives? We may never know, but a likely contributing factor is a syndrome called burnout.

Social workers perform a broad range of valuable services in Miller School of Medicine departments and centers.

Social Workers: Star Players on the Patient-Care Team


March is National Social Work Month, and this year’s theme is “Social Workers Pave the Way for Change.” Today, there are nearly 50 social workers on the medical campus. Some have worked here for decades and played very personal roles in the significant changes that have occurred in patient care and in the steady improvements in patient outcomes.

By walking through a tunnel representing a giant colon, visitors see the difference between normal and diseased colon tissue.

Sylvester Welcomes the Giant Inflatable Colon Today!


The Giant Inflatable Colon, a walk-through interactive exhibit that creates awareness about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer, will pay a visit to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center today.

Register Now for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Annual Walk May 2


The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Take Steps walk is the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. It is a casual 2-3 mile stroll to raise money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Over 1.6 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases.

Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Two UM Researchers Awarded Forum on Women’s Health Grant


Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Medicine, and Seung-Uon Shin, Ph.D., research associate professor in the Division, have been awarded a grant that will help develop a new approach to the treatment of ovarian cancer.

Sylvester to Host Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patient and Family Forum February 28


The Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is hosting the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patient and Family Forum this Saturday, February 28. The free forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in conference room 1301 at Sylvester and feature some of the cancer center’s top specialists among the roster of presenters.

Patient Maria Elena Gonzalez receiving a special visit from Billy the Marlin at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Special Visitors Greet Sylvester Patients


Several unique visitors brought smiles and kisses to the faces of patients at Sylvester on Monday, February 16. A handful of Miami Marlins players, along with dogs from Canine Assistance Therapy, paid a joint visit to alex’s place, the pediatric oncology clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and to adult patients in the Comprehensive Treatment Unit.

Eli Gilboa, Ph.D.

Dr. Eli Gilboa Receives Avant-Garde Award from NIH for HIV/AIDS Research


University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., is one of five scientists selected from across the nation to receive a 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.

From left, UM President Donna E. Shalala; ASBMT President Sergio A. Giralt, M.D.; Krishna V. Komanduri, M.D.; and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

President Shalala Receives Public Service Award from Transplant Organization


University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala received a rare honor last Friday — the Public Service Award from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT). The award, which goes to an individual who has advanced the interests of blood and marrow transplantation, is not given every year, but only when the ASBMT’s Executive Committee achieves consensus regarding an outstanding candidate.

Krishna V. Komanduri, M.D., left, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.

Sylvester Plays Leading Role at International Blood and Marrow Transplant Meeting


Last week’s 2015 BMT Tandem Meeting, held jointly by the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research in San Diego, put the Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and its stem cell transplant programs solidly in the international spotlight.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., riding from Sun Life Stadium to City Place in West Palm Beach, taking part in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Fifth Dolphins Cycling Challenge Turns Miles into Dollars for Cancer Research at Sylvester


A simple kiss said it all. On a sunny Sunday morning, the second day of the fifth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bonnie Crook gave her husband, Bob, a kiss for good luck as he and a group of cancer survivors and supporters were about to set off on the DCC’s inaugural 5K Run/Walk from the starting line at Sun Life Stadium.

Ariel Lopez-Chavez, M.D.

CUSTOM Study Sheds Light on Cancer Treatments Based on Genetics


Ariel Lopez-Chavez, M.D., Director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Malignancies Clinic at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently completed an unprecedented trial with encouraging findings that highlight how targeting genes versus histology can more effectively treat cancer.

Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D., left, and Sophie Egea, Ph.D.

Sylvester Participates in Head and Neck Genomic Study in Nature


A team of cancer researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami has participated in an international multi-center study that has identified genomic changes in head and neck cancers that are linked to HPV, the human papillomavirus – findings that could have important clinical implications.

Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Combination Drug Therapy Shows Promise for Recurrent Endometrial Cancer


Researchers seeking to improve treatment outcomes for women with recurrent endometrial cancer – the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic malignancy in the U.S., killing more than 8,000 women each year – have reported positive results through targeted therapy that uses a combination of the drugs everolimus and letrozole. Their findings have been reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Yoly Hernandez

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Yoly Hernandez Peddles Her Passion for Cancer Research


As director of special projects, Yolanda “Yoly” Hernandez, is passionate about raising funds for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Our team of experts discover, develop, and deliver the world’s most effective ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer,” Hernandez says. “Funds raised for Sylvester stay in South Florida, guaranteeing that the day you or a loved one may need cancer treatment, you don’t need to go very far.”

Nipun B. Merchant, M.D.

World-Renowned Pancreatic Cancer Expert to Lead Surgical Oncology at Sylvester


Renowned pancreatic cancer clinician and scientist Nipun B. Merchant, M.D., is joining the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as Chief Surgical Officer and Director of Surgical Oncology Research Programs. Merchant comes to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth – University of Miami Health System from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.