News & Events : 2017

From left, Brian Morrison, M.D., Andrea Maderal, M.D., Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., and Shasa Hu, M.D.

UHealth Dermatology Opens South Miami Clinic, Offers Discounts

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery has opened a new clinic at 7000 S.W. 62nd Avenue in South Miami. Just a mile from the UM’s Coral Gables campus, it offers general dermatology services, as well as cosmetic and Mohs micrographic surgery.

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From left, Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., and Professor Dr. Lidia Rudnicka, president of the Polish Dermatological Society, receive medals from Professor Dr. Marek Zietek, rector of Wroclaw Medical University, at the 9th World Congress on Itch.

Miller School Dermatologist Honored at 9th World Congress on Itch

Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored at the 9th World Congress on Itch (WCI), held October 15-17 at Wroclaw Medical University in Poland. Yosipovitch and Professor Dr. Lidia Rudnicka, president of the Polish Dermatological Society, received the Medal of Wroclaw Medical University at the opening ceremony of the international congress.

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Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., examines a patient's leg ulcer.

Dermatology Chair Co-Authors Guidelines for Treating Lower-Extremity Ulcers

A Miller School of Medicine dermatologist offers guidance to physicians diagnosing and treating leg and foot ulcers in a collaborative article published October 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Chronic lower-extremity wounds affect millions worldwide, and optimizing results through evidenced-based care can improve patient outcomes, restore healthy limbs and save lives,” said Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D.

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Medical campus update: Hurricane Irma

The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.

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Immunofluorescence staining of a tissue section from a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer. Beta-catenin is shown as green.

Researchers to Study Multiple Biomarkers in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently received notification of two DiaComp (Diabetes Complications) pilot grants from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study biomarkers in diabetic foot ulcers. Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., professor of dermatology, is the principal investigator in the two studies.

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From left, Preetha Kamath, Inna Granovsky, Dr. Paolo Romanelli, Madeline Lederer and Karishma Desai.

UM Students, Faculty Share Dermatology Experiences at University of Pisa

Karishma Desai and Madeline Lederer, second-year students at the Miller School of Medicine, broadened their clinical dermatology experiences this summer through an externship program with the University of Pisa in Italy. “During our month in Pisa we engaged in hands-on care, learned a great deal about wound healing and were even given the option of rotating through other fields of medicine as well,” said Lederer.

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Top row, from left, Francius Adler, M.D. (Haitian general surgeon), Sammy (Haitian translator), Brian Morrison, M.D., Robert Griffith, M.D. (UM dermatology resident). Bottom row, from left, Mona Jeanty, M.D. (Haitian dermatologist), Danie Dure M.D. (Haitian dermatologist), Shesly Jean Louis, M.D. (Haitian dermatologist), Wilhelmina Edouard, M.D. (Haitian dermatology resident), Claudemene Charles, M.D. (Haitian dermatology resident), Ariel Eber (UM medical student).

Clinic in Haiti for People with Albinism Grows in Reach and Effectiveness

People with albinism in Haiti stand out not only because of their lighter skin, but also for their heightened risk of skin cancer in a country where many physicians are unaccustomed to diagnosing and treating the malignancy in their skin type.

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Dermatology welcomes Dr. Natalia Jaimes

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Doctor examining patient's foot.

Collaborative Clinical Study Tests Impact of Novel Imaging Technology on Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, working in collaboration with the inventors of a novel imaging technology at the Florida International University Department of Biomedical Engineering, are conducting a clinical study of a scanner that can see into tissue and monitor real-time physiological activity in diabetic foot ulcers.

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From left, front row, organizers Robert S. Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., and Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., with conference participants.

Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery Holds First Annual Research Day

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery hosted its first annual Celia & Samuel Resnik Research Day on May 6, featuring scientific achievements of faculty and trainees. The event, which took place at the Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables campus, included 50 presentations, a graduation ceremony for 11 fellows, and scientific poster sessions.

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Cross-section view of skin anatomy.

New M.S. in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences Program is a First in the U.S.

The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine is launching the first Master of Science in Skin Biology and Dermatological Sciences program in the United States. The program is designed to prepare students for careers and leadership positions in skin science and industry. Applications are due July 1; classes begin August 22.

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A wound before and after treatment with Apligraf.

Study Reveals How Live Cell Therapy Application Triggers Genomic Changes to Drive Wound Healing

A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers has uncovered the secret behind a type of skin made from live human cells that stimulates healing of venous leg and diabetic foot ulcers. The FDA-approved Apligraf, which is marketed by Organogenesis, Inc., does not take to the wound as a graft would. Instead, it disappears from the wound within a week or two, yet it still triggers healing.

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From left, Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D., Antonella Tosti, M.D., Stephane Colleu and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Antonella Tosti Receives First Fredric Brandt Endowed Professorship

Already renowned for her work in hair and nail diseases, Antonella Tosti, M.D., a professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded the first Fredric Brandt Endowed Professorship.

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Black and Hispanic Caregivers’ Behaviors, Motivations, and Barriers to Sun Protection in Children

Major shortcomings in efforts to prevent skin cancer in minority communities include increased incidence of melanoma and higher rates of mortality. We compare black, Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic white caregivers’ behaviors, motivations, and barriers to sun protection in children aged 4 to 12 years in Miami, Florida. This information is imperative to understanding family-based factors that can lead to lifelong, habitual sun safety behaviors.

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The Role of Bone Scintigraphy in the Diagnosis of Calciphylaxis

Calciphylaxis is a rare, life-threatening small vessel vasculopathy, predominantly seen in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Most physicians rely on clinical findings and risk factors to diagnose calciphylaxis. However, mimickers exist,2 and tissue biopsy can be helpful to differentiate these diseases.

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A Missed Opportunity to Discuss Racial and Gender Bias in Dermatology—Reply

Stephen Symes, MD1; Joshua D. Fox, MD2; Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD2

Our most important finding was that patients, independent of dermatology clinic setting and regardless of race or gender, preferred physicians in photographs who wore professional attire. We believe our results are valid despite not including “no preference” as a possible answer. If no patient preference for physician attire existed, then answers would likely have been spread more equally among all possible choices. While we found that our study population preferred the white woman and black man in our photographs to wear professional attire at a greater rate than the white man in our photographs, this does not necessarily imply white or gender privilege in medicine. That is but one potential explanation.

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Rash on patient's stomach.

University of Miami Physicians Publish Case Study of First Locally Acquired Zika Infection

Following the recent Zika outbreak in Miami-Dade County, a multidisciplinary team of physicians with the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine published a case study January 11 in The New England Journal of Medicine, describing in detail the nation’s first locally transmitted case of Zika.

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Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

Discovery about the Effects of Glucocorticoids in Wound Closure Could Open Wider Possibilities

Even after years of careful research pointed investigators toward a novel pathway involved in wound healing, Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., and her team were still surprised. The specific molecule and the potential scope of applications to other autoimmune and inflammatory processes beyond the skin were both unexpected.

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