Wolfson Foundation Gifts Inspire and Challenge Medical Students

The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation continues to focus on saving lives by supporting and challenging Miller School of Medicine students who help patients attain optimal health and well-being. Recently, three checks representing a total of $690,000 in funding were presented to the Miller School of Medicine by Jeri Wolfson, a trustee of the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation, at a ceremony held at the Dean’s office. In her remarks, Jeri Wolfson noted that the Wolfson Foundation gifts, which are part of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for The University of Miami, complement President Donna E. Shalala and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt’s passion to promote a sustainable University-wide wellness program.

“These gifts are influenced by both Dean Goldschmidt and President Shalala, who have mentored me on the influence of UM’s wellness initiatives, which include inviting the medical faculty to join the Wellness Committee,” said Wolfson.

On behalf of the Foundation, Wolfson presented a $240,000 gift to Eugene Schiff, M.D., Director of the Miller School of Medicine’s Schiff Center for Liver Diseases, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., who is also CEO of University of Miami Health System.

“With this donation we are saluting Schiff’s passion and the young doctors to be inspired and follow in his and the Dean’s footsteps to cure liver diseases,” said Wolfson. The Schiff Center engages in the most innovative developments in liver disease, including interferon-free antiviral treatments and combination therapy to provide the best options for their patients. During his remarks, Schiff also thanked Wolfson Foundation trustee Arthur H. Hertz, who is also a UM trustee and alumnus.

On behalf of the Foundation, Wolfson presented a $250,000 gift to Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor and Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, Janet Konefal, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Complementary & Integrative Medicine, and Dean Goldschmidt for the Integrative & Complementary Academic Medicine Programs (iCAMP). Wolfson said the gift supports the Foundation’s goal of training medical professionals to teach their patients how to attain health and well-being. The gift also fuels efforts to move the medical school’s curriculum toward a more integrative approach by providing funding to support a master’s degree in nutrition for licensed medical professionals.

The third gift of $240,000 was presented to Dean Goldschmidt for the Dean’s Discretionary Fund, along with the Foundation’s vote of confidence and support for the work the Miller School is doing serving students, the community and the world.

The Wolfson Foundation has generously provided $19.5 million in long-term support to several areas at the Miller School, including the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS), ophthalmology, the Diabetes Research Institute and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The Wolfson Foundation was inducted into the Miami Society in 2003. Overall, the Foundation’s focus is on Miami-based organizations representing education, hospitals and assisted living facilities such as the Miami Jewish Health Systems.

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