News : 2015 : August

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D.

Dr. Omaida C. Velazquez Named Chair of Department of Surgery

Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery, radiology, and biochemistry and molecular biology, and David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, has been named Chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, after a thorough search that reviewed the most talented leaders in the surgical field in the U.S.

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Matthias Loebe, M.D.

Dr. Matthias Loebe Joins Miami Transplant Institute

Matthias Loebe, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) as Director of Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Support. “There is an enormous need here in South Florida to provide heart and lung transplantation services at a very high level in an academic environment,” said Loebe.

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Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D.

UHealth Surgeon Only Florida Doctor Trained to Perform Newly Approved Gastric Balloon Placement

Nestor de la Cruz-Munoz, M.D., leader of bariatric surgery at UHealth – University of Miami Health System, is the only Florida surgeon and one of a handful of surgeons in the U.S. trained to perform the newly approved ORBERA Intragastric Balloon procedure. On August 6, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the non-surgical procedure to help adult patients suffering from obesity.

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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.

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