Center, from left, award winners Amiethab Aiyer, M.D., and Joana Almaça, Ph.D., with Faculty Council, Miller School and UHealth leadership.

Faculty Council Awards Program Recognizes Research and Teaching Excellence

The Faculty Council of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held its second annual awards program during its transitional meeting of the academic year on May 28. Two awards — one for research and one for teaching — were presented to honor the contributions of beginning and mid-career faculty members to the Miller School and its mission.

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Orthopaedics faculty members, from left, Juan Pretell, M.D., Hayley Ennis, M.D., Giselle Hernandez, M.D., Adrianna Urruela, M.D., Julie Munoz, M.D., Sheila Ann Conway, M.D., and Tabs Aiyer, M.D.

Women Faculty Play Growing Role in Miller School’s Orthopaedics Department

Adriana Urruela, M.D., is looking forward to a rewarding career in hand surgery. A fourth-year orthopaedics resident at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Urruela is one of a small but growing number of women entering the field of orthopaedic surgery.

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From left, José Clemente Ibarra, M.D., Ph.D., with Lee Kaplan, M.D.

UM Sports Researchers Discuss New Approaches to Treating and Preventing Injuries

Cellular therapies to accelerate injury recovery, new approaches to repairing damaged cartilage, and concussions in cheerleaders were among topics explored at the University of Miami’s inaugural Sports Medicine Institute Research Symposium on May 1 at the Newman Alumni Center.

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David R. Gater, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Gater Named Chair of Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

David R. Gater, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., will join UHealth and the Miller School of Medicine on June 1 as chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Gater comes from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, where he has been the inaugural Rocco Ortenzio Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2013.

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Feng Gong, Ph.D., enjoys the interactive aspects of teaching M.D. and M.D./MPH students and training residents.

Miller School Professors Recognized for Promoting Positive Learning Environment in PULSE 360 Survey

In all, 33 Miller School professors received high scores for promoting a positive learning environment in the first PULSE 360 Survey for Faculty-Learner Engagement. The survey was performed by the Physicians Development Program Inc., an independent organization, to allow comparison to national data and to assure anonymous feedback to individual faculty members.

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