Miller School Pays Tribute to Heroes on Veterans Day

As we observe Veterans Day to honor and thank all heroes who have served in our nation’s armed forces to protect our freedom and the safety of our country, I would like to express the Miller School’s gratitude for the privilege of training surgical teams heading overseas, and for providing health care to our returning veterans. We undertake these missions with the same high level of commitment and compassion as the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way in other countries.

Working with nurses and staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Miami VA Medical Center and the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, our UHealth physicians and other medical personnel treat veterans who come to us with a wide spectrum of medical issues. Our strong partnerships, along with the pioneering work pursued in our labs, allow us to meet the serious medical challenges some veterans face.

In marking the 10th anniversary of the Army Trauma Training Center at UM/Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center, the only Army training center in the nation for our armed forces care providers, which has trained more than 90 surgical teams heading to Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army last month recognized the contributions of our faculty. Kenneth G. Proctor, Ph.D., professor of surgery, anesthesiology and biomedical engineering, and Jeffrey Augenstein, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center, received Commander’s Public Service Awards for improving medical outcomes for soldiers and others wounded in war zones.

The Army also recognized our Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education for its vital support by presenting a certificate of appreciation to Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of clinical medicine and director of the Gordon Center’s Division of Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare.

As Dean, I was honored to accept a certificate of appreciation for the Miller School’s longstanding commitment to the program. Collecting the special award on your behalf filled me with appreciation for the job we are privileged to do every day.

As we mark another Veterans Day, I thank you for your service to the outstanding men and women of the military. We will continue to meet the medical needs of our veterans with the same unwavering dedication and intensity with which they serve our nation.


Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Chief Executive Officer, University of Miami Health System

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