News and Media : 2013

Amy Ferguson with her father, Jack, at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Faculty and Staff Help Support the U: A Daughter’s Story

Many of the University of Miami’s faculty and staff members give generously to the U. Starting with today’s issue of e-Update, we will profile some of the dynamic employee donors whose gifts to the institution help support a variety of University-related initiatives. This week we profile Amy Ferguson, Director of Major Gifts at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Mark S. Soloway, M.D.

Mark S. Soloway, M.D., Receives Distinguished Career Award from International Urology Society

Mark S. Soloway, M.D., Professor and Chair Emeritus of Urology, has received the Société Internationale d’Uroloġie’s (SIU) Distinguished Career Award for his significant contributions to the clinical management and understanding of prostate, bladder, and kidney cancer over the past four decades.

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From left, Bal Lokeshwar, Ph.D., Shamaladevi Nagarajarao, Ph.D., and Lei Zhang turn allspice berries into a water extract with this high-pressure liquid chromotography machine.

Researchers Discover Prostate Cancer-Fighting Compound in Jamaican Allspice

Essential to jerk seasoning, allspice is known for flavoring Jamaican and other cuisines around the world with a blend of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper but, according to a new study by Miller School researchers, the aromatic spice could be known one day for impeding the growth of, or maybe even preventing, prostate cancer, the No. 2 cancer-killer of men in the U.S.

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Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A.

Transplant Surgeon Gaetano Ciancio, M.D., M.B.A., Elected President of National Urologic Society

Gaetano Ciancio M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and urology, has been elected President of the Urologic Society for Transplantation and Renal Surgery, an academic forum within the American Urological Association. Elected by society members and announced at the society’s annual meeting in San Diego on May 7, Ciancio will serve a one-year term.

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Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., moderates a panel on nephron-sparing surgery at the annual meeting.

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., Receives Urology's Prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., professor and Chair of Urology and the Dr. Victor Politano Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology, is the 2013 recipient of the American Urological Association’s prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award. Presented at the association’s annual meeting in San Diego May 8, the award recognizes urologists who have made outstanding contributions to the profession within 13 years of completing their residency training.

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Andre Dawson, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer, talks about his recent surgery while his doctor Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., center, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., listen.

Urology Chair Dipen Parekh, M.D., Treats Baseball Hall-of-Famer with Robotic Surgery

Long known for his courage on the baseball field, Andre Dawson recently faced an even bigger personal challenge. “When I found out I had prostate cancer, I was scared to death,” said Dawson, 58, who was elected to the Hall of Fame after a stellar 21-year career. “But I tackled my cancer head on, and did what was necessary to get better. Now, I hope that sharing my story can save others’ lives.”

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Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.

New Study Likely to Change Kidney Cancer Surgery Practices

A study led by Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., professor and Chair of Urology, may dramatically change kidney cancer surgical practices. “The study refutes a key assumption that has limited the adoption of nephron-sparing surgery (NSS),” said Parekh, who is also the Dr. Victor Politano Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology, and Director of Robotic Surgery.

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Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D.

Renowned Urologic Researcher Elected President of the Society for Basic Urologic Research

Vinata B. Lokeshwar, Ph.D., has been elected as the 25th President – and first of Indian origin – of the Society for Basic Urologic Research, a well-recognized society of scientists with more than 500 active members.

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