Donor Generosity Advances Research at UM’s International Medicine Institute

Lydia Harrison and her husband, Burton Harrison (AB ‘49, JD ’52), who died this past summer, were recognized on December 16 at the Miller School for their generosity and tireless support of Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., Associate Dean for International Medicine, and his research at the International Medicine Institute.

At the event, a plaque was installed on the Institute’s donor wall in honor of the Harrisons, both UM Heritage Society members and ardent supporters of the University of Miami.

“Burton and Lydia Harrison have been exemplary benefactors,” said de Marchena. “They have been huge supporters of the UM School of Law and the Miller School of Medicine. They also are strong sponsors of the New World School of the Arts in South Florida. Their contributions to the cardiovascular fund of the International Medicine Institute has helped us continue to grow our international research programs in cardiovascular devices. We are very grateful for their generosity.”

UM’s International Medicine Institute provides excellence in medical education and training to physicians and other healthcare professionals worldwide. Its research division is poised to partner with international physicians and organizations to generate new knowledge through research projects and clinical trials. Since1967, the Institute has housed the William J. Harrington Medical Training Program, which offers a wide range of observership opportunities to international medical students and physicians from Latin America and the Caribbean.

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