Dr. Stuart R. Weiss Honors Longtime Mentor, Dr. Lawrence Fishman

A distinguished group of alumni from the Miller School of Medicine Class of ’71 gathered together recently for a dual special occasion. Cathi and Michael Graham, M.D., and Geri and Wayne Riskin, M.D., were among those who met to celebrate the creation of their class medical scholarship endowment and to honor classmate Stuart R. Weiss, M.D., for his role as lead donor of the grassroots effort.

Weiss and his wife Tisch were in South Florida to celebrate the 50th reunion of his Coral Gables High School class.

Steven Falcone, M.D. ’87, MBA, Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Executive of the UHealth Clinical Practice, and Chief Executive of the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital, represented Miller School leadership and the Medical Alumni Association, as immediate past president. He was joined by current Medical Alumni Association President Jeffrey Block, M.D., class of ’82, who attended with his wife Michelle.

Also in attendance were Suzanne and Lawrence Fishman, M.D., who were Weiss’ honored guests. After dinner, Weiss made a surprise announcement that he and Tisch would donate $50,000 to double the Suzanne and Lawrence Fishman Endowed Visiting Professorship that provides funding to bring renowned endocrinologists to campus for lectures and mentoring sessions.

Fishman, who retired in 2008, holds the title of Professor Emeritus in the Division of Endocrinology. He served on the faculty and at the Miami VA Medical Center as Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism for more than 40 years.

Weiss trained with Fishman during his fellowship and considers him his mentor.

“When people look back over their lives, several events always come to mind: one’s high school graduation, your first day at college, your wedding, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one. I have those memories, but I’m especially fortunate to have an additional memory, that of Dr. Lawrence Fishman,” Weiss said. “He is a man of great wisdom, compassion, kindness and a passion for teaching and mentoring his students.”

Weiss was instrumental in the research, development and FDA approval of Merck’s breakthrough osteoporosis drug, Fosamax (alendronate sodium) and served as principal investigator on numerous trials. He has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine and has authored or co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles. He also has appeared on several national news broadcasts, such as Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News.

Now retired, Weiss practiced in the San Diego, California, area for many years. Board certified in internal medicine, with a subspecialty in endocrinology and metabolism, he was medical director and principal investigator of the San Diego Endocrine and Medical Clinic.

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