Awards Banquet Gathering Hears About Haiti, Distinguished Grads

A record Miller School alumni crowd attended the annual Medical Alumni Weekend Awards Banquet Saturday night, March 6, at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

More than 300 graduates, along with family members and friends, watched in rapt silence as Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., played a slide show and a video that highlighted the medical school’s stalwart earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

“We played an instrumental role in establishing a 240-bed temporary hospital that’s still in operation as I speak,” Dean Goldschmidt said in a Biltmore ballroom where two large video screens showed Miller School personnel in Port-au-Prince. “I wish all of you could have seen the selfless work performed by our doctors. Each of you would have been inspired by the way your colleagues conducted themselves.”

Dean Goldschmidt also acknowledged the Class of 1960, which was commemorating graduating from medical school half a century earlier. The Class of 1985, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary, cheered loudly when popular classmate Walter Lambert, M.D., received the Anastasia Award from the Dean and Alberto Mitrani, M.D. ’84, chair of the Alumni Awards Selection Committee.

“It’s nice to be recognized,” said Lambert, a pediatrician who is medical director of UM’s Child Protection Team. “I love my job – I really don’t think I do anything extraordinary. There’s a lot of people who are doing what I would call ‘God’s work.’”

Later in the evening David Hafler, M.D. ’78, chair of Yale University’s neurology department, was inducted into the Miller School’s Hall of Fame.

“I love the University of Miami,” said Hafler, who is also chief of neurology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. “It gave me tremendous training as a physician and it prepared me for the next stages of my life. To come back and to be honored by your colleagues and your University is one of the greatest honors one can receive.”

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