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2.24.2015

Medical Alumni Weekend 2015 to Celebrate Miller School’s Past, Present and Future

Medical alumni from around the country will gather on the Miller School of Medicine campus and at the Biltmore Hotel March 6–8 for Medical Alumni Weekend 2015. The annual event will celebrate the medical school’s past, present and future with three days of activities dedicated to ushering in a new generation of UM physicians, sharing recent advances in research and patient care, and bringing together former medical school classmates.

The event will begin on Friday afternoon with tours of the medical campus. Immediately afterward, first-year medical students and their families will gather on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle for one of the Miller School’s most time-honored traditions – the 15th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony. Presided over by Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth, the event officially welcomes first-year students into the UM family, as they are symbolically pinned by alumni and academic society leaders.

Margaret A. Fischl, M.D. ’76, will give the keynote address. Fischl is a professor of medicine at the Miller School and Director of the University of Miami AIDS Clinical Research Unit, the Co-Director for the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the leader of the CFAR Clinical Core.

Dr. Fischl has chaired or co-chaired more than 50 HIV/AIDS clinical trials, including many of the key studies that have led to current treatments. Fischl was a founder of one of the top six HIV/AIDS programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. She was inducted into the UM Medical Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 1998.

Following the ceremony and remarks, guests will celebrate at the annual Dean’s Reception and Alumni Alley. At the Newman Alumni Center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, the first of many milestone anniversaries will be marked. Members of the Classes of ’65 and ’90 – celebrating their 50th and 25th reunions – will gather at a welcome reception to reminisce with friends and classmates.

On Saturday morning, Miller School faculty members will lead continuing medical education sessions under the banner of “Advances in Medical Research and Patient Care,” hosted by course director Maria Egusquiza, M.D. ’87.

Fred F. Telischi, M.D. ’85, professor of neurological surgery and biomedical engineering, James R. Chandler Chair in Otolaryngology, and Chairman of Otolaryngology, accompanied by Sergio Guerreiro, Au.D., assistant professor and Director of Operations for the Division of Audiology, will present a session called “What’s New with Hearing Loss? (Helen Keller Said It Best).” Eduardo de Marchena, M.D. ’80, Associate Dean for International Medicine, professor of medicine and surgery, and Assistant Director of Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Programs for the Miller School, will discuss “Advances in Transcatheter Therapy of Structural Heart Disease.” Walter Lambert, M.D. ’85, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and Medical Director of the University of Miami Child Protection Team, will lead a session entitled “Sexual Abuse of Children.”

The annual Donors and Scholars Luncheon Saturday afternoon will bring together alumni and major donors of Miller School scholarships to meet with grateful students, faculty, and staff.

Saturday evening will mark the weekend’s crowning event, the Alumni Reception and Banquet. Guests will meet at the Biltmore Hotel – the Miller School’s original home – for a reception where they can mingle with classmates. They will also celebrate the milestone 55th, 50th and 25th reunions with the classes of 1960, 1965 and 1990. Special guests include the classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1995, 2000 and 2005, who will be celebrating their 45th, 40th, 35th, 30th, 20th, 15th and 10th reunions.

After Dean Goldschmidt delivers his annual State of the School address, he and Alberto Mitrani, M.D. ’85, chairman of the Alumni Awards Selection Committee, will present the Hall of Fame Award. The prestigious honor is presented to alumni who have graduated at least 10 years earlier and who have achieved national or international recognition for an outstanding contribution in academic, research or societal aspects of medicine.

This year’s recipient will be Aileen M. Marty, M.D. ’82, a professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. She graduated from UM and pursued her medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. She served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years specializing in tropical medicine, infectious disease pathology, disaster medicine, medical response and policy involving weapons of mass destruction.

She has served as a professor of emerging infections and pathology at the Uniformed Services University, The Johns Hopkins University, the National Defense University, and The University of Valencia, Spain. She has worked with and for the World Health Organization in Europe, the Americas, and Africa, most recently in the fight against the 2014 Ebola epidemic in Nigeria.

Sunday afternoon, the weekend will draw to a close with an alumni brunch at the Biltmore.

For more information, visit www.alumni.med.miami.edu.

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