South Florida Hospital News
Monday April 6, 2020

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April 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 10




Ellen Brown, E.d.D., F.A.A.N., an associate professor of graduate nursing at Florida International University’s (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, has been named as the Wallace Gilroy Endowed Faculty Scholar. The two-year appointment, made possible through the Wallace Gilroy Endowed Nursing Research Fund established by the Hugoton Foundation and Joan K. Stout, R.N, will promote her research specializing on caregiving in the aging population.

The appointment will further Dr. Brown’s current collaboration with Miami Jewish Health to evaluate the impact of empathy in health care delivery for older adults, many living with dementia. For the past two years, Dr. Brown has been working with Marc E. Agronin, M.D., Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health and Chief Medical Officer for Miami Jewish Health’s MIND Institute, to pilot Miami Jewish EmpathiCare SM.
Dr. Brown was also instrumental in developing the CareHeroes web and smartphone app. The app is designed to improve dementia care coordination between practitioner and family caregiver two-fold: (1) through a secure platform for sharing clinical information in real time with greater accuracy, and (2) access to multi-media educational content on Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) and caregiving including with the CareHeroes chatbot. The CareHeroes app also serves as a stand-alone intervention to reduce the negative impact of caregiving on the family caregiver by linking them to services and resources that caregivers often are unaware exist, and addresses mental health needs of caregivers through self-screens for depression and burden that provide instant feedback and recommendations.

Baptist Health South Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary J. Becker, M.D., to the Board of Directors of Baptist Health Medical Group.

A retired interventional radiologist, Dr. Becker is a renowned educator, researcher, author and pioneer in the development of new vascular devices. He is an internationally recognized leader, serving as the Executive Director of the American Board of Radiology for nearly seven years. Dr. Becker served as Board Chair and President of one of the largest medical organizations in the world, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), receiving its Gold Medal in 2014 after serving eight years on its Board of Directors, with a focus on its scientific portfolio.
Dr. Becker has held several key leadership positions at Baptist Health during his career, including Director of Interventional Radiology, Assistant Medical Director, and Medical Director of Clinical Research at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. Other notable career highlights include working as branch chief of Image Guided Intervention in the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis at the National Cancer Institute as well as professor of the Interventional Section at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Becker earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University, where he also completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and served on the faculty as Professor and Chief of the Vascular Section. 

Dr. John Ragheb, Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Chief of the Department of Surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, has been elected President of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ASPN).

Dr. Ragheb obtained his B.A. and M.A. with Honors from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and then went on to the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, and then completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at New York University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Ragheb is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He is currently the Chairman of the Neurosurgery Specialty Committee for the American College of Surgeons. He recently completed a 10-year term as a Director on the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, five of which he served as the Secretary-Treasurer.  Dr. Ragheb has also served on the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Neurological Surgery executive committee, including a term as Chair.
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