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News 2017

Bascom Palmer Researchers Identify Widespread Impact of Zika Virus on the Eye

September 28, 2017

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified the considerable impact of the Zika virus on the eye in a groundbreaking study entitled “Ocular Histopathologic Features of Congenital Zika Syndrome” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology.

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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.

Read more about employees during the hurricane »