Dr. Rodrigo M. Vianna Inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine

Rodrigo M. Vianna, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery, Director of Transplant Services and Chief of Liver and GI Transplantation at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, has been inducted into Brazil’s National Academy of Medicine, one of the oldest and most exclusive medical academies in the world. The ceremony took place on November 23.

Vianna, a native Brazilian, joins Alan Livingstone, M.D., professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Surgery, who was inducted into the Academy in 2014, and Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., professor of surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vice Chairman for Faculty Development and Mentoring in the Department of Surgery, and Chairman of the University of Miami Faculty Senate, who was inducted in 2015.

The Academy was founded in 1829, when Brazil was a monarchy. By charter, membership is restricted to 100 representatives of the country’s medical elite — 40 internists, 40 surgeons and 20 physicians from other areas of medicine. Appointment is for life; a member has to die for a vacancy to occur. In addition to the Brazilian members, there are 55 foreign inductees, of which Vianna is now one. Achieving membership is not easy. You can’t be nominated by your friends; you have to be recognized by your peers.

Vianna is a familiar figure in Brazilian medical circles, in part because the Department of Surgery has played an active role in training Brazilian doctors, in person and through telemedicine, in both Brazil and Miami. More than 80 Brazilian professionals have visited the Miami Transplant Institute since 2013. Vianna and other Miller School faculty have all had significant involvement in the training programs.

He is also well known because he has performed transplant surgery on Brazilians in need of a multivisceral transplant and has helped establish multi-organ transplantation centers in Brazil.

As is required of all new members, Vianna gave a lecture after his induction ceremony. His presentation was about advances in transplant surgery.

Vianna also was recently granted the prestigious Livre-Docência designation by the Department of Surgery at the University of São Paulo after receiving a perfect score from a panel of five reviewers.

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