Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Named Chief Academic Officer for UHealth

Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, has been named to the new position of chief academic officer for UHealth-University of Miami Health System. In her new role, Diaz will work in partnership with Michael Lewis, M.D., senior associate dean for graduate medical education, specifically overseeing graduate medical education at University of Miami Hospital.

Each year, the Miller School, in partnership with Jackson Health System, trains more than 1,000 residents, most who rotate through Jackson Memorial Hospital, where the highly selective training programs are primarily based.

The chief academic officer position was created to help streamline and develop segments of the program that have expanded to UHealth facilities. More than 100 residents now rotate through University of Miami Hospital. In addition, Diaz will work with the leadership at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to produce a single standard within UHealth for graduate medical education.

“Dr. Diaz is uniquely qualified for this role,” said Lewis. “She has a deep dedication to the institution, wide knowledge of graduate medical education, and superior interpersonal skills. Under her leadership the graduate medical education program at UMH will rise to new levels.”

Diaz, who has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Drew University, completed her medical degree at the Miller School in 1997 and her residency in internal medicine at UM/Jackson in 2000. She joined the faculty immediately after residency, adding the role of internal medicine associate program director in 2004.

“I have long been a proponent for excellence in graduate medical education and look forward to playing an even greater part in helping shape the careers of new physicians,” said Diaz. “The programs at Jackson and other UM facilities are highly regarded nationally and the intent here is to develop the program at UMH at the same high level. I see this as a tremendous opportunity.”

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., professor and executive dean for education and policy, said Diaz’s strong commitment to ensuring residents achieve their goals portends success for the program.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Diaz since her first day as an internal medicine resident,” said Gardner. “She is very caring and compassionate. As she has developed her teaching and leadership skills, she has demonstrated a unique ability to mentor and develop young physicians, which is the role she will play in her new position.”

Diaz credited the mentors she encountered during her own residency, as well as the diversity and breadth of the Miller School graduate medical education program, for her decision to pursue a career in academic medicine at UM.

Diaz, whose father was an expatriate executive, was born in Ohio but grew up in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Miami. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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