Signing of the memorandum of understanding. From left, Gilberto Lopes, M.D., Thinh H. Tran, M.D., MBA, Barbara Ronda, MHSA, Jose Ramirez, M.D. and Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D.

Sylvester to Collaborate on Oncology Training in the Dominican Republic

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dominican Republic’s Instituto de Oncologia Dr. Heriberto Pieter. The agreement allows Miller School oncology experts to provide their evidence-based expertise to improve cancer care, research and clinical trial initiatives and health outcomes in the Dominican Republic.

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Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

Dr. Eduardo J. de Marchena to be honored with Alumni Hall of Fame Award

Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D. ’80, has been named the 2017 recipient of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame Award. The honor will be presented March 4 at the Reunions Banquet at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami.

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From left, Bruce Kirsch with Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

Cardiologists Seek Low-Risk Subjects for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Trials

A team of cardiology researchers led by Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is seeking low-risk subjects for the next phase of an ongoing series of trials comparing the outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) versus conventional open-heart surgery. In prior trials, TAVR produced equivalent or superior patient outcomes.

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From left, Joaquín Repetto, Álvaro Emilio Arceo Ortiz, M.D., Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A., and Carlos Mauricio Del Valle Pruvot.

Miller School of Medicine and Mexican State of Campeche to Collaborate on Public Health Initiatives

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine signed a memorandum of understanding with a delegation from Mexico representing the Universidad Autónoma de Campeche and INDESALUD (the Instituto de Servicios Descentralizados de Salud Publica del Estado de Campeche), to foster collaboration on education, training, clinical, and research initiatives, and encourage the exchange of their respective faculty members and students.

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From left, Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., Thomas M. Hooton, M.D., Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., Lillian Rivera, Ph.D., M.S.N., Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County, John Beier, Sc.D., Micheline McCarthy, M.D., Ph.D., Esper G. Kallas, M.D., Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., Ronald Desrosiers, M.D., Ph.D., Christine L. Curry, M.D., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., David I. Watkins, Ph.D., Rafael E. Campo, M.D., and Anna Marie Likos, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department of Health.

Miller School Researchers Making Major Strides Against Zika Virus

Speaking at the Miller School’s “Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics,” Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., professor of medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases, said, “We have a formidable team of virologists here who are up to the task of taking appropriate action against the virus.”

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