Training the next generation of physicians: Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU is empowering those who have heard the call of duty to become the next generation of community-minded doctors through state-of-the-art training and an education that emphasizes diversity and compassion. 

Medical enterprise responds to help community during pandemic

Florida International University’s academic medical enterprise, with its many health care disciplines and strong community orientation, swiftly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, furnishing a variety of frontline medical services. Through a partnership with Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Health and the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, FIU has staffed and operated a COVID-19 test […]

Cancer does not take a break

As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, Dr. Julia Bisschops urges women to not put breast cancer screening on hold because of the pandemic. Bisschops is an assistant professor at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the lead physician for […]

FIU scientist holds one of the top 100 longest-funded NIH research grants

Barry P. Rosen’s arsenic research funding exceeds $23M in nearly four decades –By Ileana Varela for FIU News FIU annually honors its top scholars—faculty members and administrators whose work demonstrates a significant impact in their respective fields. This year, the university has selected Distinguished University Professor Barry P. Rosen, as an FIU Top Scholar in the […]

College of Medicine appoints interim dean of diversity

–By Ileana Varela for FIU News Dr. Cheryl Holder has been named interim associate dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community Initiatives for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). Holder is a highly respected clinician, educator and community leader who has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved and vulnerable populations. “I am truly […]

NeighborhoodHELP: The job of helping our community goes on despite COVID-19

–By Ileana Varela for FIU News When she opened the door and saw the two women standing there looking like a hazmat crew—face mask, face shield, gown, gloves—Nelly Iturregui couldn’t help but laugh. “She said, doctora? Then she put her hand to her mouth and started giggling. We all laughed,” said Jessica Oliveira, a physician assistant […]

Med student studies why some HIV patients don’t stick to medication plan

–By Ileana Varela for FIU News The World Health Organization’s latest data estimates that worldwide more than 36 million people, including more than one million Americans, are living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Thanks to antiretroviral therapy, ART, fewer people are progressing to AIDS. Antiretroviral drugs do not kill or cure the virus, but help […]

Dr. Yolangel “Yogi” Hernandez Suarez named to FIU Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Yolangel “Yogi” Hernandez Suarez, former Chief Medical Officer of FIU’s HealthCare Network, has been named to the FIU Foundation Board of Directors. Hernandez Suarez and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey “Jeff” Simmons, recently made a $2 million gift to FIU’s Next Horizon campaign to establish the Simmons+Hernandez Suarez Fellowship Program at FIU Embrace. The fellowship supports […]

Top FIU benefactor inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Decades ago, Dr. Herbert Wertheim turned his early ideas for inventions into prototypes using Maxwell House coffee cans as chemistry beakers. An optometrist and the founder and CEO of Brain Power Inc., he was the first
 to discover and produce ultraviolet light dye absorbers for eyeglass lenses, an innovation that has helped millions avoid cataracts […]

Sackstein appointed dean of Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Dr. Robert Sackstein has been appointed dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) and senior vice president for health affairs. Sackstein comes to FIU from Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he has served as professor in two departments, dermatology and medicine, and co-director of the Glycoscience Center at HMS. At Harvard, Sackstein has been […]