Just weeks ago, U.S. News & World Report issued its lists of “America’s Best Hospitals” and once again, a number of programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center were singled out. For the fifth year in a row, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute was listed as the Number One eye hospital in the nation. Ear, nose and throat came in at No. 18, the third year in a row that UM/Jackson specialty earned a top ranking. We are also extremely proud that neurology and neurosurgery were ranked No. 39 and geriatrics was No. 45.

The Miller School has made Miami a medical destination where people from well beyond South Florida can access the best physicians, nurses and medicine. We enjoy an international reputation, thanks to the quality and breadth of our clinical and research expertise.

We’ve created one of the most ambitious cardiovascular divisions anywhere in the world. Led by Dr. Joshua Hare, the division is breaking new ground in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks, or weakened from heart failure. Dr. William O’Neill and Dr. Alan Heldman are using a percutaneous heart valve replacement procedure to help older patients who would otherwise not be candidates for surgery. Dr. Vivek Reddy is heading a world-class center specializing in heart rhythm disorders, and the University of Miami Hospital will perform robotic heart surgery within a new minimally invasive surgery center.

Our new acute stroke center, which operates in conjunction with Jackson Memorial Hospital, has one of the largest stroke teams in the region. Dr. Ralph Sacco, chair of the Department of Neurology, is a leading national stroke expert. His team is working on new ways to treat acute strokes and remove clots up to eight hours after an attack is suffered.

The UM/Jackson Transplant Institute is leading the way in solid organ transplantation and in developing new ways to battle rejection. An offshoot of this is the new Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Stem Cell Transplantation Program, located at Jackson Memorial Hospital, which Dr. Krishna Komanduri will lead.

The Miller School’s Diabetes Research Institute is one of only nine centers worldwide participating in an NIH clinical trial to determine new tolerance protocols for islet cell transplants, considered the best hope for curing Type 1 diabetes.

Our Division of Gastroenterology is now being led by Dr. Maria Abreu, an expert in inflammatory bowel disease who is also focusing on gastrointestinal and colon cancers.

Dr. Lee Kaplan from the University of Wisconsin is joining us to build our sports medicine program at UM Hospital into a powerhouse, especially in the area of minimally invasive surgery.

Scientists at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and physicians in the Department of Neurological Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine are coming up with precedent-setting discoveries that will help individuals who’ve sustained devastating spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries.

Our bariatric surgery program for the treatment of obesity, under the direction of Dr. Atul Madan, is offering new hope for many patients.

All of these programs are part of the University of Miami Health System, which was unveiled in April. Stretching from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County, UHealth is a comprehensive network of hospitals and health care workers that is South Florida’s only university health system.