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11.05.2013

Burn Specialist Carl I. Schulman Honored with the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair

Acclaimed Miller School Clinician, Researcher and Educator Recognized in Dedication Ceremony

Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., one of the Miller School’s leading clinicians, researchers and educators, was honored October 29 with the presentation of the Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair in the Division of Burns in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.

“This generous award will support our independent research into new areas of burn treatment and injury prevention,” said Schulman, who is associate professor of surgery in the Division of Burns and Director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center, and Associate Director, Surgical Residency Program.

Speaking at the dedication ceremony at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said, “Endowed chairs allow us to recruit and retain the best of the best, and Dr. Schulman is truly one of the nation’s finest burn surgeons.”

Calling Schulman “a born teacher and gifted surgeon,” Goldschmidt, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth, noted that through Schulman’s efforts, the Burn Center established the state’s only Elderly Burn Prevention Research program. “Dr. Schulman is a dedicated leader in burn research and has also advanced the Miller School’s community outreach activities through education and prevention programs designed to help keep children safe,” he added.

University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala said endowed chairs are among the highest honors given at a great research university. “They offer many benefits to the recipients, the University and our students, who can learn from world-class professors year after year.”
Donors who support endowed chairs, such as the late Eunice Bernhard, ensure sustainable academic excellence, added Shalala, who called Bernhard “a remarkable and fascinating woman.”

Bernhard, who died in 1987 at the age of 88, grew up in the Midwest and moved to New York City, where she married Joseph Bernhard, president of Conso Products of New York, which became part of Consolidated Foods, Inc.

Her estate gift to the University of Miami established this endowed chair for the Burn Center. “On behalf of the University of Miami, UHealth, and the Miller School of Medicine, I am grateful to Eunice Bernhard for her generosity and foresight in establishing an endowed chair, which will provide invaluable support for Dr. Schulman to continue to excel in his scholarly activities at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine,” Shalala said.

Alan Livingstone, M.D, Chairman of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, welcomed Schulman’s colleagues, family and friends to the dedication ceremony. Among the attendees were Schulman’s mother, Lana Becker, and father, Jack Schulman, Schulman’s brothers, Adam and Russ, as well as Schulman’s wife, Ivonne H. Schulman, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and their two children, David and Sarah. Jack Appel, BBA ’48, the trustee who handled the Eunice Bernhard estate, also attended the dedication ceremony.

“While it is a great honor to receive this chair, which is a vital tool to support academic excellence, I want to thank all the people in my life who have enabled me to be here today,” Schulman said. “I continue to look forward to healing the sick, conducting exciting research, and teaching a new generation of physicians.”

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