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Raisa Gonzalez (center), winner of the Dean's UCare Hero Award, with Magaly Robitaille (left) and Eduardo Alfonso, M.D.

Dean's UCare Hero Award Given at Holiday Breakfast

December 02, 2010

When Raisa Gonzalez, executive assistant to Eduardo Alfonso, M.D., saw her boss arrive at the holiday breakfast for executive assistants on Thursday morning, she immediately thought she had made a mistake. She mentally scanned his schedule to determine if she had double-booked him. She soon learned that she was wrong, which doesn’t happen often to Gonzalez.

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Under the leadership of Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor and chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Institute recently garnered recognition from Press Ganey.

High Quality of UHealth Patient Services Recognized by Press Ganey

November 05, 2010

Three clinics within UHealth–the University of Miami Health System have been recognized for their “statistically significant improvement” in patient satisfaction by Press Ganey, the national patient perception research and quality improvement-tracking firm. This has provided an overall boost for the entire health system, which also was highly ranked by Press Ganey.

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Bascom Palmer Rejects Secret Rebates for Eye Drug Use

November 04, 2010

On Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, Andrew Pollack of the New York Times wrote an article describing a secret rebate program between the pharmaceutical company Genentech and select eye doctors throughout the country. In this program, eye doctors are offered a financial kick-back if they increase their use of an expensive eye drug known as Lucentis to treat patients who have the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Lucentis was approved by the FDA in 2006 to treat this blinding disease. Some patients with this condition require repeated injections of this drug for many years at a cost of approximately $2,000 per injection. The ophthalmologists at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute have not participated in this program and will never accept any type of financial kick-back designed to influence patient care.

At left, Laurence Gardner, M.D., seated, and, from left, Maria Gavier, Joycelyn Lee Robinson, Ph.D., Carla Jean, M.P.H., and Larry Deon Adams and, at right, Victor Perez, M.D., are among the Miller School honorees.

Miller School Sweeps the 2010 Excellence in Health Care Awards

October 19, 2010

Staff and faculty at the Miller School received three of the South Florida Business Journal’s 2010 Excellence in Health Care Awards, earning the top honor in every category for which they were finalists. A team at The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG) received the Community Outreach Award, while Laurence Gardner, M.D., executive dean for education and policy, was honored.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Rated #1 in Overall Programs, Patient Care and Education

October 08, 2010

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been ranked, for the third consecutive year, as having the Best Overall Programs in the nation, as published in the October 1 edition of Ophthalmology Times. The Institute also ranked “Best” in both Clinical (Patient) Care and Residency Training.

Bascom Palmer hosts Accommodation Club Meeting: the search for a solution to 'old sight' continues

July 02, 2010

Over 150 world leaders in science, engineering and clinical practice met at the 7th Accommodation Club meeting in Miami, Florida, to solve the problem of how to give presbyopes near vision as good as when they were young. More than one billion people in the world are presbyopic, which is growing as the world’s population grows and ages. An estimated 517 million of these are without correction for functional presbyopia.

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Stephen G. Schwartz, MD, MBA, Installed as FSO President

June 28, 2010

The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), the preeminent statewide professional association for medical and osteopathic doctors who specialize in vision care, installed Stephen G. Schwartz, MD, MBA, as president at its Annual Meeting, Masters in Ophthalmology, held June 25-27 in Orlando.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Names Vittorio Porciatti, D. Sc. as Director and Vice Chair of Research

June 14, 2010

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, today announced that Vittorio Porciatti, D. Sc., has been named director and vice chair of research at the Institute. A tenured research professor of ophthalmology, as well as a neuroscientist, electrophysiologist and biophysicist, Porciatti’s current research focuses on prevention of glaucoma. He had served as Bascom Palmer’s interim scientific director since 2008.