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Ophthalmology Times Ranks Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Best in the Nation

October 31, 2017

Ophthalmology Times has ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the #1 Overall Ophthalmology Program, the Best in Clinical Care, and the Best Residency Program in the United States. “It is a deep honor for our team of clinicians, scientists and educators to be recognized for the high quality of our care,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., chair of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System.

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Halloween Safety Warning: The Scary Risks of Costume Contact Lenses & Eye Tattoos

October 27, 2017

Wearing costume contact lenses or tattooing your eyeballs to enhance your fright factor may seem appealing, but beware, dangerous chemicals and painful infections can lead to permanent eye damage and vision loss. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are warning Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses as well as the extreme dangers of eye tattoos.

Bascom Palmer’s Vision Van Provides Relief Care to the Keys

September 18, 2017

A volunteer team from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute spent three days in Key West last week providing urgently needed vision care for residents, nurses, and disaster recovery personnel working to restore services in the Lower and Middle Keys that were devastated by Hurricane Irma. “We moved quickly to equip our Vision Van for the disaster relief effort in the Keys,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., director of Bascom Palmer.

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From left, Michael Gittelman, Kymberlee J. Manni, Ph.D., Edward Abraham, M.D., UM President Julio Frenk, Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D., and Jeffrey Duerk, Ph.D.

University of Miami Medical Campus Resumes Operations after Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017

Even before Hurricane Irma’s winds had finally subsided, the Miller School of Medicine campus was in recovery mode, making sure that it, and the University of Miami Health System satellite facilities, would be able to return to business as usual with minimal delay. In fact, with few exceptions, operations were back to normal on Wednesday morning, as employees returned to work, and patients began arriving for appointments.

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Children of essential employees have fun during the storm at Bascom Palmer.

UHealth Cares for Patients, Employees and Families During Frightening Hurricane

September 14, 2017

First there was the impromptu birthday party for three children who had to stay at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute during Hurricane Irma because their parents were taking care of patients or working to keep things running throughout the University of Miami Health System. The goal of this and other moments was to ease families’ anxieties as the storm approached and then lingered for what seemed like forever over South Florida.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked Nation’s #1 in Ophthalmology for 16th Time

August 10, 2017

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has again been ranked as the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S News & World Report in its Best Hospitals edition. It is the 14th year in a row and the 16th time that Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked Number One since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual rankings.

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Eye Safety Tips for Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations

June 28, 2017

As the dangers of consumer fireworks can lead to serious eye injuries, including blindness, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Health System urges families to celebrate with caution this Fourth of July holiday.

Volunteer physicians and medical students in the Galapagos islands.

UM Medical Team Brings Life-Changing Eye Care to Remote Galapagos Island

June 27, 2017

It all started with a conversation between University of Miami Provost Thomas LeBlanc and Dr. Richard Lee of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at a Faculty Senate event. The provost told Dr. Lee about an amazing experience he had had visiting a UM undergraduate program on Isabela Island in the Galapagos. He urged Lee to visit the island during a planned trip to Guayaquil to speak at an educational meeting.

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J. William Harbour, M.D.

Sylvester Associate Director Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Predictive Testing of Ocular Melanoma

May 23, 2017

J. William Harbour, M.D., associate director for basic research at Sylvester, and the Mark J. Daily Chair and vice chairman for translational research at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to study predictive testing of ocular (or uveal) melanoma, one of the deadliest types of cancer.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Finds Giant Viruses Present in Contaminated Contact Lens Cases

May 12, 2017

Scientists at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute have found that giant viruses, a new class of viruses, are present in contaminated contact lenses of patients with eye infections. These very large viruses are as big as bacteria and live inside amoeba that can caue infections of the cornea – the clear transparent front of the eye. Research will continue to explore the role of these new viruses and how they affect the eyes and vision.

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Bascom Palmer Sponsors SEEING Exhibition at New Frost Museum of Science

May 08, 2017

The new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science officially opens to the public Monday, May 8, with a special exhibition, SEEING: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?, made possible with the generous support of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. On view through October 20, SEEING investigates how eyes, brains, and robots see, while tackling the complex sensory experience of vision, understanding, and perception.

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Focusing On You: Dr. Alana Grajewski

April 25, 2017

During this week’s segment of “Focusing on You: Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine,” Alana Grajewski, M.D., Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, discusses the opening of the Samuel & Ethel Balkan International Pediatric Glaucoma Center, the world’s first integrated services center dedicated to helping infants and children with glaucoma.

Dan Gologorsky, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Daniel Gologorsky Receives Resident Excellence Award

April 19, 2017

Daniel Gologorsky, M.D., M.B.A., a third-year resident at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received the 2017 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation Resident Excellence Award. He received the award for exemplary performance in research, patient care, leadership and education.

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The top images show the untreated retina, left, and the effect of anti-Scg-3 therapy to treat retinopathy of prematurity in a mouse model. The bottom images zoom in on the blood vessels.

Study Suggests New Way to Prevent Vision Loss in Diabetics and Premature Babies

March 22, 2017

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes of diabetic mice. The study suggests that inhibiting this molecule may prevent similarly aberrant blood vessels from damaging the vision of not only diabetics, but also premature infants.

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Thinh Tran, M.D., MBA., chief clinical officer and chief operating officer, joins the hand sanitizer mascot at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Successful Patient Safety Week Concludes

March 17, 2017

Friday was the fifth and final day of Patient Safety Week activities. With the theme of the day being preventing infection, hands across campus were washed and sanitized in record numbers. Hand sanitizer bottles were given away throughout UHealth locations, and the Hand Sanitizer Mascot made surprise inspirational appearances.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Study Points to Dangers in Unproven Stem Cell Treatments in Local Clinic

March 16, 2017

Three South Florida women suffered serious loss of vision soon after receiving stem cell treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at a Broward clinic in 2015, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “The retinal detachments, bleeding in the eyes and other blinding complications in these three patients raise concerns about stem cell clinics that charge patients for their services and that lack clinical data to support their practices,” said Thomas Albini, M.D., associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and co-author of the study.

From left, student pharmacist Bibi Barrios with UMH Pharmacy Clinical Manager Marlene Delavalle, Pharm.D.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Thursday

March 14, 2017

Wednesday, the third day of Patient Safety Week, focused on the safe use of medications. It was a day of important educational outreach, an amusing but informative takeoff on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and an opportunity for UHealth’s pharmacy experts to enjoy some time in the spotlight. Thursday’s activities will focus on the safe use of alarms.

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Wrist bands remind staff of the two approved patient identifiers that should be verified with every patient, every time.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Wednesday

March 13, 2017

Tuesday, the second day of Patient Safety Week, was marked by flashes of green and orange on wrists through the UHealth system. The day’s theme was “Identify Patients Correctly,” and the wrist bands given out featured white raised lettering that said “Name & DOB,” reminding all staff of the required way to accurately identify patients. Wednesday’s activities will focus on the safe use of medications.

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From left, David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., Michael E. Barron, M.D., Myka Whitman, B.S.N., RN, Melinda Sawyer, M.S.N., RN, and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Patient Safety Week Events Continue Tuesday

March 13, 2017

Patient Safety Week had an energetic start, with activities across the entire UHealth system. One major event was the introduction of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to UHealth leaders. Created by Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers, CUSP improves patient safety culture while providing frontline caregivers with the tools and support they need to tackle the hazards that threaten their patients.

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Far right, David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety, conducts a training session.

Patient Safety Week Activities Begin Monday

March 09, 2017

Patient Safety Week, observed March 12-18 this year, is an annual national campaign to foster education and increase awareness related to patient safety. Daily special patient safety activities across the medical campus will be held Monday, March 13, through Friday, March 17. All facilities of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will offer educational resources and informational materials for patients and staff.

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From left, patient Leon Jalfon with Ben Riestra, chief administrative officer of the Lennar Center.

Playing His Way Back to Health

March 03, 2017

Several weeks ago, patients and employees at the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables began to notice classical music filling the front of the building. Someone was playing the piano in the building’s lobby — Chopin, specifically — and the music was rising up through the atrium to the floors above. The pianist turned out to be Leon Jalfon, a 20-year-old patient at the Lennar Center, who, upon seeing the Steinwa

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Alana L. Grajewski, M.D.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Opens Samuel & Ethel Balkan Pediatric Glaucoma Center

January 26, 2017

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, has opened the Samuel & Ethel Balkan International Pediatric Glaucoma Center, the world’s first integrated services center dedicated to helping infants and children with glaucoma, a blinding condition associated with high pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve that carries signals from the eye to the brain.

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Harry W. Flynn, M.D.

Bascom Palmer’s Dr. Harry W. Flynn Receives Prestigious Schepens Award

January 25, 2017

Harry W. Flynn, Jr., M.D., professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, was awarded the prestigious Charles L. Schepens, M.D. Award at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago. The award and gold medal are presented each year to recognize a leader in the field of vitreoretinal surgery.

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The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

Join Us for a Community Event at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center This Sunday

January 24, 2017

The University of Miami Health System is hosting a community-wide grand opening celebration at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the Coral Gables campus this Sunday, January 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to bring their family and friends to see UHealth’s spectacular new home for the health care of the future.

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Steven J.Gedde, M.D.

Bascom Palmer’s Dr. Steven J. Gedde Receives Prestigious Award

January 10, 2017

Steven J. Gedde, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, received the 2016 Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago. The award recognizes and celebrates an outstanding residency program director in ophthalmology.

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