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A Family Affair

Alumni return to welcome legacy students to the Miller School
2. William Hwang, M.D. ’87, and son Kevin Hwang, M.D. candidate, Class of 2027

William Hwang, M.D. ’87, and son Kevin Hwang, M.D. candidate, Class of 2027


or several members of the Class of 2027, the John G. Clarkson White Coat and Freshman Pinning Ceremony, held August 18, had special meaning. In addition to receiving their white coats, the students received their Miller School pins from relatives and friends who once walked the same path.

The 18 alumni legacies were pinned by family members — grandparents, parents and siblings — and former teachers, all of whom are alumni or resident alumni and who came to the stage to symbolically welcome them into the Miller School family.

“This pinning ceremony is wonderful,” said William Hwang, M.D. ’87. “Being able to be here tonight for my son Kevin is special.”

The alumni legacy pinners also included Francesca Raffa, M.D. ’16, and Gabriella Raffa, M.D. ’17, who pinned younger sister Isabella Raffa.

Sterghos Stratton, M.D., who completed his residency at University of Miami /Jackson Health System in the 1960s, pinned his granddaughter, Baylee Brochu. Stratton also gave Brochu the breast cancer pin he wore during the 40 years he practiced medicine.

“I wore this pin every day when I practiced,” Stratton said. “It reminded me of my transformative time at the Miller School and all I learned about caring for my patients.”

Also taking part in the pinning ceremony were Edward Dauer, M.D. ’75, president of Florida Medical Services and alumnus of the College of Engineering; and Christopher Chen, M.D.’00, CEO of ChenMed, LLC, both members of the Board of Trustees.

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