Latest NewsInnovative Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program Marks 10th Anniversary
From left, Tomas Salerno, M.D., Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D., Mauricio G. Cohen, M.D., and Carlos E. Alfonso, M.D.
A decade ago, open-heart surgery was the only available treatment for an aging adult with severe aortic stenosis, a life-threatening condition causing chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath. But many high-risk patients whose diseased aortic valves were unable to pump an adequate flow of blood could not undergo surgery and faced a bleak outlook.
Today, its possible to replace an aortic valve through an interventional cardiovascular procedure pioneered in the United States at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in partnership with its affiliated cardiac institute, Clinica Angiografia de Occidente in Colombia. Since the first South Florida patient was treated on April 17, 2008, the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure has opened the door for patients from their 60s to their 90s to get new heart valves and enjoy a much higher quality of life.
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As he begins his adventure as dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Henri R. Ford, M.D., says he is extraordinarily excited and at the same time humbled by this great privilege. He is ready to break down silos, build bridges between research areas, and promote connectivity that will lead to the medical advances of tomorrow.
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WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.S., M.B.B.S., associate professor of public health sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). The college is the credential-based professional organization dedicated to continued education and advocacy for epidemiologists in their efforts to promote public health.
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UHealth the University of Miami Health System and Jackson Health System collaborated with the Miller Schools Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Committee of Interns and Residents to hold the first Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Showcase on May 15. More than 40 posters were submitted by residents, faculty members and employees.
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The director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Centers Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Plantation, Alejandra Perez, M.D., has been appointed to serve on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. ASCO is the worlds leading professional organization for physicians and oncology professionals caring for people with cancer.
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On June 4, The New England Journal of Medicine published an update to a large, international study of two clinical trials that examined the comparative survival rates for adjuvant therapies for hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer in premenopausal women. The journals editors turned to Marc E. Lippman, M.D., a breast cancer specialist at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, to write an accompanying editorial.
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