Dr. Eduardo J. de Marchena to be honored with Alumni Hall of Fame Award

When Miller School alumni from around the country gather next month for Medical Alumni Weekend, they will celebrate the achievements of one of their own.

Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D. ’80, has been named the 2017 recipient of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame Award. The honor will be presented March 4 at the Reunions Banquet at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami.

“It is wonderful to be acknowledged for my small part in the extraordinary growth of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine,” said de Marchena, associate dean for international medicine and professor of medicine and surgery. “My personal achievements have only been possible through the excellence of those who work tirelessly with me every day.”

An internationally renowned cardiologist and an expert in interventional cardiology, de Marchena has served as interim chair of the Department of Medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology.

As dean of international medicine, he leads the International Medicine Institute’s UHealth International, the International Research Division, and the International Education and Training Division, which educates medical students and physicians from Latin America and the Caribbean through its William J. Harrington Latin American training programs. The division has, under his direction, extended its programs to the global community.

In addition to his clinical, academic, and leadership roles, de Marchena’s research has also resulted in several patents and patent applications in percutaneous cardiovascular devices.
Alberto A. Mitrani, M.D. ’84, the associate professor of clinical medicine who chairs the Alumni Awards Selection Committee, said de Marchena’s stellar career as an educator, innovator, and clinician was a key factor in the award process.

“Eduardo de Marchena joined the medical faculty in 1986 and hit the ground running,” said Mitrani. “A superb teacher and clinician, he was immediately instrumental in creating the Heart Transplant Service, advanced the interventional training program in cardiology, and continues innovating to this day. He is recognized for two world-leading achievements in the trans-catheter treatment of valvular heart disease, as well as the creation of a model training program in trans- catheter valvular therapy that is being adopted internationally.”

The Alumni Hall of Fame award is presented to alumni at least 10 years post-graduation who have achieved national or international recognition for an outstanding contribution to academic, research, or societal aspects of medicine.

“Since its inception in 1996, the Hall of Fame Award has been bestowed on 25 of our alumni,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., interim dean of the Miller School of Medicine. “It is a fitting tribute to physicians who are truly the best in their fields and play a significant role in the training of the next generation of physicians and scientists. Through distinguished alumni like Eduardo de Marchena, our tradition of excellence in medical education continues.”

De Marchena has been widely published in more than 200 publications, book chapters, and abstracts in journals and is the co-editor of the Secrets in Interventional Cardiology textbook.

He is a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor at the University of Miami, and has also received the Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. De Marchena is a four-time recipient of the Best Cardiology Attending award presented by the University of Miami Cardiology Fellows, and the Martin H. Stein Memorial Award for Superior Performance as a cardiology fellow.

Active in the community, de Marchena has received the American Heart Association’s Cor Vitae Award and has been recognized by the Cuban Medical Society, and the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

The Hall of Fame Award Presentation and Reunions Banquet is $150 per person. After February 9, it is $175 per person. All other events are complimentary. More information on the Hall of Fame Award Presentation and Reunions Banquet, is available here.

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