Miller School Scientific Giant Dr. Eckhard Podack Passes Away

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt sent this message on Thursday: It is with great sadness that I let you know that our dear friend, colleague and mentor Eckhard Podack passed away today at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after an extraordinary fight for his life.

Our loss is substantial, not only of a friend who we adored and shared wonderful memories with, but also of a colleague whose talent is akin to those who have received the Nobel Prize. The work on immune therapies for cancer and the killing of microorganisms with the Perforin family of proteins that he discovered will have a long-lasting impact on our fellow humans. His work will continue to advance through dear colleagues in his Department of Microbiology and Immunology and at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and beyond. Eckhard’s impact on education has also been invaluable for our undergraduate and graduate students and our post-graduate trainees.

We want to extend our sincerest condolences to his beloved wife Kristin and the entire Podack family. When the time is right we will gather to celebrate the life of our friend and scientific giant, Eckhard Podack.


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

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