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Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A.

Photograph by Kiko Ricote

Dear Alumni, Colleagues, and Friends of the Miller School Family,

Miami is a global crossroads for communities and imagination, discovery and innovation. Our geographic location presents the Miller School of Medicine with diverse challenges and unique opportunities that are transforming us into one of the nation’s preeminent medical institutions. This is the place where the best and the brightest are changing the world.

In “Global Outreach,” the cover story of this issue of University of Miami Medicine, you will learn how our clinical, research, education and training initiatives are improving health around the world and in our own neighborhoods. “Health Watch” describes how wearable devices help patients share vital information with our physicians without an office visit. And “Visionary Nonpareil” introduces you to an inventor at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute — the holder of more patents than any other scientist at the University of Miami — who has revolutionized ophthalmology over a career spanning more than five decades.

You’ll read about our collaborative initiative that spawned plasma sharing with the sickest COVID patients, an algorithm that alerts clinicians to pulmonary embolisms, and new treatment possibilities through early detection of ALS. We also profile alumni who are finding groundbreaking ways to incorporate innovative technology into their practice, driving outstanding patient outcomes.

Many of these advances could not have happened without the generosity of our donors, and this edition shares how several are changing the lives of patients through their contributions. I offer a reminder that the University’s capital campaign, Ever Brighter: The Campaign for Our Next Century, is in full swing, and I invite you to partner with us on our journey to medicine’s brighter tomorrow.


Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A.
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Articles From the Fall 2022 Issue

Fall 2022

Global Outreach

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In Memoriam

The Miller School mourns the untimely deaths of three faculty members who made exceptional contributions in their respective fields By Emily Wilson David R. Gater Jr., M.D., Ph.D. Professor and…