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Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A., serves on the IOM committee that issued the report.

Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A., serves on the IOM committee that issued the report.

IOM Committee, Including Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., Recommends Customized Care for Veterans

Members of a blue-ribbon panel convened by the Institute of Medicine, including the Miller School’s Diana D. Cardenas, have found that many U.S. war veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from the same set of medically unexplained symptoms as veterans who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

In a recently issued report, the Committee on Gulf War and Health: Treatment for Chronic Multisymptom Illness, said there is no single therapy or universal treatment that will help all veterans afflicted with chronic multisymptom illness (CMI) and recommended the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs customize care with an array of therapies tailored to meet each veteran’s individual needs. A prepublication copy of the report, which was sponsored by the VA, is available online.

“This is a serious problem for veterans,’’ said Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A., professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, who has been a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) since 2004 and previously served on the IOM Board on Military and Veterans Health. “One of the issues is that so many physicians discount their problems. Many soldiers told us, ‘Doctors make us think it’s all in our head.’ So one of our charges was to inform the VA how to improve care.”

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Rodrigo Vianna, M.D.

Pioneering Surgeon Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., Named Director of Miami Transplant Institute

Rodrigo Vianna, M.D., one of the world’s most experienced multiorgan transplant surgeons, has been named Director of Transplant Services and Chief of Liver and Gastrointestinal Transplant at the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the Miller School of Medicne and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., and Karen Nuytemans, Ph.D.

UM Researchers Sequence Rare Variants Associated With Parkinson Disease

Miller School researchers have conducted whole exome sequencing to further investigate genes recently identified as being associated with Parkinson disease. The findings of their study, “Whole exome sequencing of rare variants in EIF4G1 and VPS35 in Parkinson disease,” were published online this month in the journal Neurology.

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Dedicating the new division are, from left, James Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., Linda and David Frankel, their son Greg with grandson Vince, and daughter-in-law Alexandra, and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D.

Generous Gift Establishes Melanoma Division in Department of Dermatology

With the extraordinary generosity of David M. Frankel, M.D., and his family, the Miller School’s Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery has established The Frankel Family Division of Melanocytic Tumors, bringing researchers and physicians one step closer to conquering a formidable foe.

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Laura Stone, center, receives the Leadership Award from, at left, the AMA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer James L. Madara, M.D., Foundation President Clarence Chou, M.D., and President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., and Jack B. Watters, M.D., Vice President for External Medical Affairs at Pfizer Inc.

AMA Foundation Honors Miller School Student With National Leadership Award

Third-year medical student Laura Stone is one of only 20 recipients of the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2013 Leadership Award. The national award recognizes exceptional medical professionals -- medical students, residents, fellows and early career physicians -- who positively influence healthcare beyond the practice of medicine.

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Andres M. Kanner, M.D.

Internationally Renowned Epilepsy Expert Andres M. Kanner, M.D., Joins Miller School Faculty

Andres M. Kanner, M.D., who is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the behavioral aspects of epilepsy, has joined the Miller School’s Department of Neurology as chief of the epilepsy division, and director of the International Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

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