News : 2016 : June

Ashok K. Saluja, Ph.D.

Sylvester Recruits Expert to Head New Pancreatic Cancer Research Institute

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has announced the appointment of Ashok K. Saluja, Ph.D., as the inaugural Director of the new Sylvester Pancreatic Cancer Research Institute at the Miller School of Medicine (SPCRI) and Associate Director for Research Innovation, Senior Associate Dean for Research, as well as professor and vice chair of surgery.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

First Type 1 Diabetes Patient in Europe is Free from Insulin Therapy after BioHub Transplant

A 41-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11 has become the first patient in Europe to discontinue insulin therapy after receiving a transplant of pancreatic islet cells using an innovative technique developed by the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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From left, Omaida C. Velazquez, M.D., Shari Leonardi, Travis J. Leonardi, Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., Cory Sands, Dana Sands, M.D., and Ryan Sands.

Dr. Laurence R. Sands Receives First Chair in Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery

In a first for the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, a distinguished member of its faculty has been presented with one of academia’s highest honors. Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, was presented with The Dr. Laurence Sands Endowed Chair in Colon and Rectal Surgery.

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Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., left, with Christopher A. Fraker, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Develop Revolutionary Anesthesia Formulation

An innovative anesthesia formulation developed by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team could dramatically improve surgical care around the world. Unlike conventional anesthesia systems that vaporize liquid anesthetics into gas and then deliver it to the bloodstream through the lungs, the new formulation would allow this class of anesthetic drugs to be injected directly into the bloodstream.

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Keynote speaker, Stanley Dudrick, M.D., left, with Patricia Byers, M.D.

Dr. Patricia Byers Receives Award for Contributions to Florida’s Surgical Care

A long-time advocate for effective trauma care, Patricia Byers, M.D., professor of surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, was honored with the prestigious Raymond Alexander award from the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). She received the lifetime achievement award at the chapter’s annual recognition ceremony in Tampa.

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